Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mariposa Lillies



We saw both of them hiking today, and pink ones, too.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Tired of nagging your kids?

Here's a line that works really well for me:

"Because I love you, I'm going to give you a chance to put that toy away before I throw it out. Next time I may not warn you, and if you see it in the garbage you're just going to have to leave it there."

The thing I like about this is, that not only does the kid pick up the toy, but they even, occasionally, thank me. And if they leave it there and I get to throw it out? Less clutter. This is a total win-win for me.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

mother's day menu

Ziad made pasta with the new pasta roller we got yesterday. I cooked it up, then tossed it with extra salt and pepper, butter, olive oil and parmesan cheese.

Jenny made a vegetarian lasagne with lots of yellow squash sliced paper-thin in the mandoline.

I grilled some artichokes in a lemon garlic marinade.

Ziad made a Caesar salad dressing for our Caesar broccoli salad.

For an appetizer we had brie with fig jam, and crackers from Whole Foods. For desert, a lemon-meringue pie that a friend of hers makes.

We drank pinot noir from Chateau St-Jean.

It's been a long day, and I'm bone-tired, but what a delicious meal we had. And the best part is that so much of it was made by my children. It took Jennifer 30 years, but she finally cooked for me.