July 19th, 2021


quiet weekend & cooking

this weekend concluded the cousin exchange. we sent josie to my sister's for three nights, and marc went to some festival in missouri, so it was just 8yo Olive and me.

I made a new years resolution once to cook decent food when marc left town. he's the one who cooks and grocery shops for our family, and over the years he's developed a nice set of lovely things he can make. I have none of these things. He also has his own taste... if it was up to him we'd have steak and potatoes every night, if it was up to me we'd be practically vegan by now. I have to make LOTS of requests for a vegetarian night. He loves to buy the mega-costco ground beef pack, split it up, and feed us for days. You'd think there's only so many things you can make with ground beef and you'd be right, but he makes them all.

oh, but the other issue is that when he left, all I knew how to make was macaroni and cheese out of the box. that's not great either. That is why I challenged myself to make real dinners when he leaves.

Thursday night: cheese ravioli (frozen) with tomato sauce made from the America's Test Kitchen quick sauce recipe. Canned dice tomatoes in the food processor (ATK endorsed method!) garlic, oil, fresh basil from the garden.

Friday night: roasted sweet potato tacos, corn, black beans, avocado

Saturday night: salad with baked breaded cauliflower nuggets according to jocooks. I think just plain roasted cauliflower would have been fine, so I probably won't bread it again but I was trying to be fancy.

We also made muffins. Olive went back and forth between wanting to be left totally alone, and wanting to be right next to me telling me about everything in her games. On Saturday I DRAGGED her to the Kansas Aviation Museum just so we'd get out of the house. I'd worked from home Thursday and Friday so she was really just left to her electronics, which is living her best life if you ask Olive. Saturday she slept in and didn't want to eat lunch and really didn't want to leave the house, but I made her. She admitted it was fun. We spent a ton of time playing with their magna-tiles. The aviation museum is in our old airport, and you can go up to the top of the control tower and see out for miles. She declared the whole experience to be pretty boring but also asked me a lot of questions about boeing 737 and fuselage production at the spirit plant next door.

so after that torture you'd think she'd want to game all night, right? but no! she wanted to talk about school, play Just Dance with me, play dominos, make muffins, help with dinner, then we watched The Greatest Showman together and stayed up all kinds of late.