Day 328: Shades of grey

November 24, 2007

Today we hit a small crisis in our parenting development. We have never really had to discuss discipline as we have both been on the same page with regards to trying to attempt to be consistently consistent. We aim for positive not punitive discipline with appropriate actions, without yelling or resorting to tantrums ourselves. In theory. However, a two year old who is very, very much testing the boundaries of her actions and our responses plus a baby who has an innate ability to wake up screaming just as stress levels are rising, plus a whole host of missing sleep means that things can tend to go a bit haywire. We ended up having a naptime crisis discussion and agreed that we both have to find the same page and stay there, no matter how hard it may seem. Also, we need to chill the f* out.

So this afternoon in Target, L ended up finishing the grocery shopping with Baby N, while I took Little A out to the car to cool down. This may have backfired spectacularly, as she seemed to find the whole experience highly amusing. Nor did she seem upset to not be in the shop standing in an enormous line at the check-out. Instead, she entertained herself singing and counting and generally being quite endearing. She kept telling me “I saw the croco’ile at the mall, mummy. I saw the lion at the zoo. Noo-noo ate Christmas, mummy. Look mummy, there’s the moon. I see the moon. I saw the croco’ile at the mall, mummy.” Obviously she was suffering great mental anguish at being taken away from the site of her shopping trolley climbing, food dropping crimes against parental sanity. I had to try really hard not to laugh within sight or sound of the little tyke.

Anyway, this evening we made Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce after the tyrant toddler went to bed, rather than before as we had planned. At the end of the day, sometimes you simply need a ginormous glass bucket of gin, but pasta will have to suffice. This meal was again very easy, it was the same preparation method as for the soup yesterday, but with less liquid. Mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper were sautéed, the liquid came from cognac, stock and cream, texture was provided by the blender, and substance from fettucine. The pasta and sauce were tossed together (messy) served in bowls and garnished with parmesan and parsley. The camera battery died after I took one photo and I wasn’t in the mood to wait for it to recharge, so what you see is what you get.

The pasta dish was very successful, the sauce was rich and tasty and very decadent. My only comment would be that perhaps some of the mushroom/ onion/ garlic mixture could have been either left out of the blender, or only very slightly blended so that there was a little variety in the texture. And colour. But other than that, the sauce is very good. Although having said that, a little prosciutto or bacon would have been pleasant. But really, we would use this recipe again, certainly as a starting point. It was good. Maybe a little bland, but really very good. Tomorrow we are making Ham and Spinach Hash with Fried Eggs. Provided we have a less eventful day, hopefully we can feed this to Little A who doesn’t share our egg prejudice.

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  • Reply Cindy November 25, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    I am really loving reading your blog. Someone gave me the link to it. Did you guys ever go see Rachel???
    What is on the agenda for next yr?? Have you thought about doing anything else like this?
    And have you thought about publishing your blog ala’ julie and julia??!!
    keep up the good work. I don’t know how you guys do it.
    Ps I also live in MN. born and bred though! ha

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