Friday Night Dinner 18

What We’re Eating and Drinking: Kale Salad with Avocado, Blueberries & Green Goddess Dressing & water

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I’m not going to go on and on about the Cleanse again here, but since I’m talking about food for a minute I will state the obvious and say that it’s been an interesting eating week. Noah implored me this morning to STOP THIS THING a day early because “Friday Night Dinner is so important to us…” and it is, but I’m not stopping early. (Incidentally Noah has been eating regular food all week, so I’m not sure what he’s getting at.) I feel like I’ve reached the last few miles of a marathon and I’m going to drag myself over the finish line come hell or high water or the most fervent wishes of my kid. Tonight we’re having kale salad with a delicious Green Goddess Dressing. Topped with an avocado and some blueberries it’s a tasty, healthy dish. I’ve been surprised at all of the flavors included in this diet. Fresh herbs blended with lemon and a little salt can really be satisfying and tasty–especially when they aren’t overrun by too much oil or fat. I’m not a convert, mind you, though it’ll be interesting to see what kind of foods I turn to tomorrow and in the coming weeks. And also how long it will take me to get back to the bad habits I developed over the long, cold winter when I used food to keep me warm and make me happy.

Gina: Like a worried, loving nonna dressed head to toe in somber colors since nonno passed away, I want to feed you a giant bowl of pasta, while gesturing emphatically about the importance of eating carbs! Truly though, some of the dishes you’ve described this week sound scrumptiously fresh and crisp, and have included a whole bunch of ingredients that are not easy to find over here. I admire your ability to keep this up for 7 days too! Too balance out the universe though, I will eat a giant bowl of pasta for you tonight!


What We’re Talking About: Noah is so busy, busy, busy


June is such a busy month! Each week for the past few weeks the three of us have had to sit down in front of the chalkboard in our kitchen to plan things out, drawing lines between activities and people and underlining the most important stuff in bright colors and trying to decide who gets the car. It’s like we’re planning an incursion. I’m ready for summertime and the much more relaxing days of camp and supper in the yard and NO HOMEWORK. Noah’s looking forward to it, too. He had way too much going on this spring with DI and baseball and the play. On some days he was eating dinner in the car on the way from one activity to the next. Not ideal. Luckily, the end is in sight. Noah’s last baseball game is this Saturday morning and next week–marathon as it will be with play rehearsal every single afternoon–is the final week of that. The show opens next weekend and runs for three performances and then we are done! Whoo-hoo!

Gina: In bocca al lupo Noah! We too are doing the June run-around (more next door!) But in between the car and the destination, I sometimes catch the scent of summer as I run into the building, or notice before jumping in the house to make a quick dinner that the sunlight is so much brighter, or while figuring out the schedule for next week, I see that a week not too far off has nothing (well, almost nothing) on it, and in those moments, my muscles relax for a split second and I get a little happy buzz. Soon the kids will be hanging out in the yard, not worrying about what time they have to be where. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh! My mom has a favorite poem that she’s quoted a million times to us that starts “Verano, verano, ¡Que dicha es verano!”, (Summer, summer, What bliss is summer!) and it seems more and more true every year! 

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