Last Saturday night, I had one of those rare moments to myself. Walter was off playing with Alex and Rob, a friend of ours, and I had the kitchen to myself at dinner prep time. It was a bit late, but we had had chai and snacks with friends in the late afternoon and no one was particularly hungry yet. So I got to cook, by myself in my own little cooking trance. It was delightful. Then afterwards, I cleaned up the kitchen so that it was in this shiny, spotless state where I just want to come back in the next morning and create tasty things (this is not my kitchen’s usual state). It was a housewify zen of sorts. I went to bed feeling quite fulfilled and content. Continue reading Romaine Salad with Bacon, 5-Minute Eggs, and Creamy Garlic Anchovy Dressing
I baked this for a New Year’s party at a friend’s house (yes, I am aware that it is the middle of January, but sometimes life gets in the way of my blogging!). They had a lovely potluck dinner in which each couple made one course of the dinner and the hosts paired everything with wine. It was absolutely delicious! The hosts asked me to do the dessert. Last year, I had gone with a traditional Howe family New Year’s dessert of Kit’s Chocolate Mousse from The Williams-Sonoma Collection: Dessert. The dinner had been fantastic and everyone was a foodie so this year I decided that I needed to up my game. Continue reading Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise
I am feeling quite serious and responsible lately. Granted, I have always been serious and having Walter seems to have made me even more serious about life in general. However, I feel like things have reached new heights of responsibility and just general heaviness lately. It started last year I think. I won a financial planning session from Las Madres (my local playgroup) at their annual luncheon. I was super psyched. I greatly enjoy making sure that all our money is in the correct pot and that the future is as planned for as possible. I had wanted to do a financial plan for a bit, but with Walter and life, it just never quite made it to the top of my to do list. But now, I had the perfect reason to do it and for free too! By the way, if you need any financial assistance Mike at Co-Pilot Financial kinda rocks. So we started in on the process, and let me tell you it is an interesting process of pulling all the parts of your financial life together and figuring out just exactly how much you are spending a month (printing 6 months of credit card bills is a lot!). It turns out we spend a lot more a month than I would have ever guessed and despite the evidence being there in black and white on our credit card bills, I still feel that where it all goes is amorphous. So we did some more figuring on what our financial goals were for the future and all that good stuff.