Five Favorites and What I’m Reading Wednesday
1. I don’t mind doing the laundry. I don’t like it much, but also don’t hate it. What I do hate is stain removal… which is unfortunate, since Grace likes to use her shirts as a washcloth after almost every bite she takes. I wish that was an exaggeration. What keeps me sane? My handy Shout spray. I love this stuff and can’t wash clothes without it.
2. Date nights. We went to our church/school’s big annual fundraiser night and had a blast. Dinner, drinks, dancing, and a fun night out without the kids. I meant to snap a pic of Joe and I, but he rushed me out the door before I could ask the babysitter to do it, and I didn’t go the selfie-while-driving route. Oh well.
3. We got our hands on a dessert from the auction, and oh my gosh. I generally prefer not to drink my calories, but I am so glad I had this. Chocolate martinis with chocolate covered strawberries. So good that I’m going to recreate them at home if I can track down the recipe.. but of course anything with Irish cream and Frangelico couldn’t be bad, right? I’m sure the refills helped to enhance our sweet dance moves later, too.
4. This sneaky healthy tomato soup. I love me some comfort food, and this is perfect for these chilly November nights. It’s much heartier than the canned version at the grocery store, so easy to make, and I love sneaking all kinds of veggies in Grace’s diet. Thanks to my mom’s suggestion, the last time I made it I added spinach and Parmesan cheese, and I was out of pesto or I would have thrown that in too. I’m thinking I’ll try adding tortellini one of these times, too, because carbs and cheese make everything better. And for you lactose-intolerant types, just skip adding the milk at the end – I promise it will still be good!
5. I was so excited to get Cari’s book in the mail. Autographed by her and Pope Awesome himself! It was perfect timing too, because it came just in time to keep me entertained while I was sick on the couch. I love a good conversion story, and it was so interesting to me to read about Cari’s journey. She’s honest, thought-provoking, and funny. At one point, she talks about how she realized that God was a gentleman who respected her free will, then just a few paragraphs later, she writes about sticking out her tongue at her husband during Mass – the Mass where she and her husband entered the Church, no less. This little bit of insight and reflection followed by a bit of humor and irreverence sums up Cari perfectly to me.