1. Breakfast in bed provided by big girls- tea & whole wheat toast. But the real treat? They got the little kids ready in the morning, dressing and feeding them. Aren't those big girls lovely?
2. My lunch- the ultimate treat- fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and pesto. And because daughter #1 was at her day of ballet intensives, I didn't have to share! Dear reader, if you haven't tried this classic Italian salad with a bit of pesto, you must indulge! For me, fresh basil overpowers the taste of the mozzarella, and dried basil is an abomination. Pesto is a perfect middle way; just don't put too much on.
3. First world disappointment- my students gave me a box of See's chocolates. They are of the 'cream' variety. Unfortunately, you "know what you are going to get" with a box of fruit cream chocolates. In any case, I don't need the sugar. Not-so-good chocolate is a point of snobbery for me. I don't eat milk chocolate (except for s'mores) and I can't eat fruit creams. UNless I am in front of the students who bought it for me. Then, I eat it.
4. My Chinese students gave me some very authentic-looking, loose tea that I am looking forward to using. And all of the stereotypes about Asian students being hard-working are playing out this summer; they are a joy to have in class.
5. and what can I say...my kids love the flan that Elizabeth from Mexico makes....who needs a birthday cake when you have flan? The only problem is that her flan brings to mind a similar dessert that grandmother makes in the old country with farm fresh (from that same day- very free-range and organic) eggs and milk. Yum---We miss you, grandmother!
6. Not a birthday food quick take- but dough made from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day is waiting in the fridge. I guess I am silly- but this concept is mind-blowing to me, and I hope to keep baking and expanding my repertoire.
7. After anti-terrorist training & hospital work, priest-husband was ready for dinner at about 9:15. This town shuts down at 9 on weekdays, and I wasn't in the mood for Subway- the only place open. We ended up buying blueberry/peach panna cotta (freezer section) from Von's (Safeway) and taking it home. I heartily recommend it! This would have been a perfect dessert for my year in Austria where I decided not to eat chocolate- yes- it was a crazy promise to myself, but I was successful!
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