Well, Owen and Schnitzel survived their first hurricane.
Our neighbors tree and our fence didn’t fare quite as well.
Although everyone kept commenting about how Ol’ Irene had weakened quite a bit and wasn’t nearly as bad as she was predicted to be, it was still a helluva storm! Prior to the hurricane warnings, Benjamin had planned to be hanging out on a houseboat in the Boston harbor Saturday night for a friend’s bachelor party. Thankfully that plan got nixed (but not until the guys were sure they could get their money back, which wasn’t until late on Friday night — good planning, boys!) and they settled for hotel rooms in Boston to
drink ride out the storm. Either way, I was left holding down the fort for the majority of this stormy weekend.
Between the torrential downpours and crazy wind, we were all feeling a bit stir crazy by Sunday evening. Thankfully Benjamin arrived home before the eye of the storm hit and the wacky weather passed in time for us to take a [precarious] family walk Sunday evening to survey the damage the storm had done. Holy down tree limbs and scary dangling power cords! I don’t know how, but we only lost power for about 1 minute, and then it came right back on. We are LUCKY.
Oh, and in other news, I got my hair chopped and it’s WAY shorter than I anticipated and I think it looks dorky/awkward. I’m hoping I’ll like it in a few weeks. I should be used to this game by now; I ALWAYS do this. I let my hair grow “long” (for me, at least), I chop it off with a dramatic ‘do, I don’t love how short it is at first, and then I end up loving it. So right now I’m in the ugh-I-hate-this-why-did-I-cut-it-at-all stage. Pictures to come when I’m feeling better about it. The good news? It will all grow back!
Did you get hit by Irene? How bad was it?
Do you fall into the “always wanting to cut your hair and then hating it” trap like me?
What We’re Eating: Some dinners to catch you up on. The pictures are less than appetizing because usually they are snapped in a dimly lit kitchen by a hungry photographer who really just wants to go sit on the couch and catch up on Project Runway and Modern Family. This is why I’m not a food blogger!
Friday: Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Kale Chips and Multigrain Bread with Goat Cheese. Yum. Finally figured out the secret to making actually crispy kale chips — cook ’em low and slow! 275 degrees for 20 minutes, if I remember correctly. Also? Normally there would be about 10 times that much ketchup on the plate to eat with the kale chips. But those were the last, gross little squirts in the bottle. Sadness. Gotta put that on the grocery list.
We saved Owen some tilapia and he gobbled it for the next 2 days, straight from the ‘fridge. I thought it would be too peppery, but yet again the kid reminded me that he loves flayvah! Offered him some leftover kale chips as well. Those did not go over quite as well — he put them to his lips and felt the texture and got the full-body shivers and delicately dropped it off his tray for Schnitzel.
Saturday: Chicken, Apricot & Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Roasted Cauliflower and Pan Fried Greens. This just may be one of my best flavor combinations yet. I could have sworn I stole this idea from someone else, but I Googled to try to find it and came up with nothing. So I’m taking credit for it. Spread goat cheese and apricot jam on a tortilla, add in pre-cooked chicken (I chopped it up into little cubes and cooked it that night, though leftover grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken probably would have been even better), a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella (to make it stick together) and pan fry in a dry pan. Yum.
Owen can’t have wheat tortillas, so he got leftover chicken and roasted cauliflower.
Sunday: Vegetable Potstickers and Steamed Zucchini & Summer Squash. Totally not in the mood to create anything fabulous, I cooked up some frozen potstickers (these were my grocery store brand, but they were not nearly as good as the Trader Joe’s version — those are awesome!) and steamed some zucchini in the microwave.
Again, Owen can’t eat the potstickers because of wheat in the dough, so he got leftover zucchini and a frozen quinoa/sweet potato/black bean burger I made awhile ago, along with lots of other food like bread with hummus, cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc.
What did you eat this weekend?