There are some things you think will never come out of your mouth, but once you have kids, pretty much anything goes. While clearing the dinner table tonight, Nicholas dropped his entire cup of juice on the floor, ice and all. Every time he picked up a piece of ice, he stuck it in his ear first. I have no idea why, but my mothering instincts say that’s probably not the best place to stick ice. Boys!
Spent the day down the shore today and had an enjoyable relaxing time. My parents’ new shore house is right on the bay, and Nicholas delighted in watching the boats and jet skis go up and down the water. Between that and a large family of geese that meandered by every so often, he was quite content. About two miles down the road is a great park complete with picnic tables, a beach area, docks to fish from, a playground and more. A perfect space for kids, and better still, dogs were allowed too, so Bella got a nice walk as well.
Didn’t get home until nearly 8 pm, and had a big meal at lunch, so no plans for cooking tonight. Ended up ordering take-out. Of course, Sunday night, most of the restaurants were either closed or closing, so every time we settled on a menu, we ended up having to start all over after finding out the restaurant was closed. I ended up with Cavatelli with Broccoli in a Garlic Sauce, Nicholas with pizza and The Husband with an Italian Sub and French Fries. Everyone’s happy.
Read a recent article on Tyler Florence’s new cookbook, Eat This Book, and it mentioned that he has a new Food Network show coming out in the Fall, Ty Food. He will feature Tyler at home in his New York City apartment’s kitchen. And just in time for Christmas, he’ll be releasing his third cookbook, also called Ty Food.
Like Avocados? One of my favorite things to eat. When The Husband and I took a cruise to Bermuda years ago, we found a local dive, and their specialty sandwich was an avocado and bacon sandwich on toasted white bread with mayo. Every day that the ship was docked, we’d run over to our secret discovery and order sandwiches; the last day, we made sure to get extras to have on the ship. Still a delicious memory and one of my favorite sandwiches. Now, researchers say that avocado’s fat is advantageous, increasing your body’s absorption of antioxidant carotenoids. That’s good news for those that shy away from eating avocados because they’re worried about the fat it contains. Steve Schwartz, a Food Scientist, recently did a study to see if avocado, which has long been proven to be a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, could match the antioxidant boosting properties found in salad dressing. After monitoring volunteers’ diets, studies showed that concentrations of lycopene, beta carotene and alpha carotene in their blood ranged from 2 to 15 times higher than those who weren’t having avocado. These added nutrients have been linked to risk reduction of cancer and cardiovascular disease. And these volunteers were only eating half of an avocado! Additional benefits to eating avocados are the extra diet fiber, folate and Vitamin K you’ll receive. So, the jury’s in … eat up!
Tune in tomorrow to find out how we’re going to celebrate a very special occasion. Until then…