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Surf & Turf

We’re back from vacation and we’re going to have a classic for dinner: Surf ‘N Turf.

We’re all trying to hold on to our vacation now that we are back to being landlocked in freezing temperatures. But it is always good to come home. So, we’ll be wearing sunglasses and cranking up the surf music while we make something that tastes like the ocean and the prairie.

One of the things Sophie got to do while we were visiting was help her Grandfather harvest the limes off his lime tree. She’d tucked them into her suitcase and we found them when we unpacked. What a fun surprise. So, I definitely want to cook with them tonight.

On the menu:

  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp
  • Steak (grilled)
  • Baked Potato
  • Green Beans
  • Fruit Salad




Home Again.

Well, I never did get around to updating the blog from the road but I am happy to report that we did have some success with everyone trying some new foods on Wacky Wednesday:

Sophie & Alex: We’ve pretty much abandoned going out for breakfast since we’ve had kids. They usually wake up too hungry to pull it off without tears and/or whining. And who needs to start the day like that?  But last Wednesday, we dragged them to the Old Town Mexican Cafe in Old Town San Diego. They split an order of buttermilk pancakes and questioned why if we were going out for breakfast we were ordering things that didn’t sound like breakfast food. The both tried a bite of my Red & Green Chilaquiles  but the big hit was the freshly made tortillas that are made fresh on-site every day at the Old Town Medican Cafe. Sure, tortillas are a staple in our house but I assure you the kids had never tasted anything close to the light and chewy deliciousness of the ones we ate there.

Jen: I had an obligatory bite of Machaca Con Juevos (Steak & Eggs) which is oddly about as close as I’ve come to ever eating steak & eggs for breakfast or anytime else. I am not a steak fan. But my real new food was a seaweed salad that by Brother-In-Law had left in the fridge. Several different types of seaweed with a little oil and sesame seeds. It was snappy and light and fresh. Delicious.

John: His was probably the most unconventional choice. As we were down on the beach a tangle of seaweed washed ashore. It looked almost alien! The kids were shrieking and he said something akin to “It’s just seaweed. Like the stuff Mom just ate in her salad.” And then he took a bite. He didn’t give it rave reviews… but he did say it was salty.


On The Road

I hate to start out a post with an apology but since this is my first post using the iPad I’m sure there are bound to be typing or formatting errors. Please excuse those. One of these days my life will settle down to a dull roar and I will actually get a chance to try to educate myself on how to use new technology before I have to use it, right? Well, or at least I will have enough time to read the instructions. (Ha. Who am I kidding? I will probably NEVER read the instructions.)

Anyway, we are in La Jolla visiting my Father-In-Law for Thanksgiving. Usually we host a crowd at our house inviting both our families and a gaggle of friends. And while I am missing some of that tradition it is nice to do something different; this year we all needed a change of pace. And packing for two kids is so much easier than menu planning, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning up afterward, right?

Tomorrow is Wednesday. And, no, we aren’t going to forgo wackiness just because we are travelling. In fact, since we are all on vacation we have the whole day to be wacky!

Here’s the plan: everyone is going to challenge themselves to try a new food tomorrow.

I am super excited to see how this plays out for everyone!

And in the spirit of trying to do something different I am hoping I can actually share some more of our wackiness here…


How can it be that almost a month has passed since my last blog post? In a blur. That’s how.  It’s been a busy fall.  I do know that for a couple of the weeks, we managed to pull off slightly irreverent dinners even if it wasn’t out-and-out wackiness. And that’s okay. I think if we try too hard it might make take some of the fun of it out and who wants to do that?

Last week, Wacky Wednesday truly went to the dogs and we noshed on all our our dog, Lucy’s, favorite foods.  We had chicken, buttered noodles, broccoli & carrots and then bowls of ice cream for dessert. Lucy got her own plate on the floor. And no, that didn’t stop her from begging at the table.

This week is a bit bittersweet for me. Lucy’s getting up there in years and we’ve had to make a difficult decision in regards to her care. At the same time, we’re planning for a family vacation that involves airplanes and the ocean. (It’s hard to say which the kids are more excited about.) And so the balance of life goes on. The yin-yang. The happy sadness.

The menu for this week will seek that balance. We’ll sip pink lemonade and have a picnic on the floor with the dog:

Heart Shaped Pesto & Olive Pizzas

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart

Pizza is always a big hit at our house. The heart shapes are just to convey how much love and how big of a part Lucy has been in our lives. We adopted her as an 8-week old puppy from an abandoned litter. She was our baby before we had kids. She’s lived uptown and downtown and then settled down with us in Saint Paul where we’ve welcomed our real babies home.

And what doesn’t chocolate make better?