I pinned this pao de queijo recipe on Pinterest a week back and had to give it a try (yes, it really happened: I pinned a recipe, AND THEN WENT BACK AND ACTUALLY MADE IT). So, not only are these Brazilian cheese breads seriously the easiest bread-like food you will ever concoct (hello, pour all ingredients in a blender, blend, bake, done), they are also totally gluten free, which I know is a biggie for some families. The chewy texture was a total hit with my kid. Love these. Have started to literally crave them. Recipe at Simply Recipes.
Also from the what-we-were-eating department: purple cauliflower. Few kids can resist the power of purple food. This batch I just roasted along with a head of broccoli (coated with olive oil, 3 cloves crushed garlic, sprinkle of lemon juice, salt, pepper – 25 minutes at 400) and it was deelish. You can find it at some grocery stores and I’m sure a farmers market near you will have them soon. The next time I see it, I plan to grab two and some purple potatoes and make a thick, creamy purple soup. You know you want some purple soup.
We grabbed another family and headed down to North County San Diego for a one-night getaway to the kind of resort that is heaven for parents – La Costa Resort and Spa. The children splashed about in the enormous kiddie pool (replete with it’s own little beach), took numerous trips down water slides, and were thrown about by fathers before jumping on the bed way past bedtime. It was only one night but it felt like a full vacation. Sometimes it’s great to just get up and go out of town if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity.
We hit the beach outside my favorite grilled-spiny-lobster joint (California spiny lobsters have no claws. The claw is the best part IMHO. But whatever, they are still delicious) with my two favorite girls, their matching zebra pants, and an experiment with the new (only $5!) Kate Moss for Rimmel bright coral lipstick (get it at CVS or Walgreens). Not sure I’m pulling it off, but the girls liked it. But they also like clowns, so there’s that.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting The Honest Company (which I’ve written about before here) and getting a behind-the-scenes office tour with founder Jessica Alba. I can’t wait to share it with you next week. I was going to say something self-deprecating about being photographed next to Jessica Alba, but you know what, I’m not gonna go there. She’s beautiful and so are we all.
Other than that, I was very excited to watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Upon turning it on, my husband gave it about three minutes before leaving the room. When I asked him why he wasn’t into it, he said something about armor and offered me a goblet of wine while bowing dramatically. Whatever dude, enjoy your Ultimate Fighting. At least mine has wine.
In more serious/inspiring news, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook talking about leaving work at 5:30 and the value of work-life balance was wonderful. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look here. Cheers for parents everywhere. May we all get home in time to play with our children.
Over on Babble this week, I’m sharing 25 Totally Clever Tips & Tricks for Spring Cleaning (with stuff you have around the house), 25 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces Before & After (I could look at before & after pics all-day-long), and 25 Totally Clever Storage Tips & Tricks for Spring…
Jacinda has 25 Ideas for an Outdoor Movie Night. That sounds so good.
As well as 20 Inspiring Basements that Don’t Scream Man Cave. I want a craft basement like this lovely one. Our California house actually does have a small basement (rare around these parts), which my husband has interestingly taught my daughter to refer to as the “dungeon.” As in “Mommy, I can’t find my elf from Christmas. I think it’s in the dungeon.” Sigh.
Forts, tee-pees, and playhouses: here’s 25 DIY Hideouts you can whip up for the kids. They hide – you relax. Win-win!
So, what is going on in your worlds? Any recipes we need to try, shows we need to watch, articles we should have clicked on, or books we need to read if we ever finish the books we started right before we had babies?