Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Just winding down from a lovely Mother's Day. The little bean slept until a reasonable hour, and we still made it out and about by 9 am. After one false start (no travel high chair or sippy cups), we stopped at the local flower stand and the donut shop. Thank goodness VGs had a couple cinnamon sugar twists to satisfy the husband and I. Delish, but what a sugary mess they make in the car. Little bean had her first taste of sugar-dipped fried fat. She loved it, sigh.

Mother's day was a brunch with my MIL, she prepared lemon poppyseed waffles topped with fresh local strawberries and blackberries (which were from Costco). As if this wasn't enough, she whipped up a quick spinach and mushroom frittata. Excellent, and the bean also loved every bite. Of course, she would have been happy eating just the "berwies" until she popped. I have a mental image of her blowing up and turning purple like the girl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After the meal we headed over to the Montage in Laguna Beach to walk along the beach path. It was so gorgeous, even if it was May-Gray today. The bean was reticent to step onto the sand, but she eventually went for it. She was interested in the water coming up, and had fun almost getting wet.

Dinner tonight was huge globe artichokes (4 for $5 at Henry's this week) and a strawberry goat cheese salad. I coated goat cheese rounds with finely chopped almonds and black pepper and sauteed them in a mix of olive oil and butter. The salad dressing was my verion of Trattoria i Trulli's: mayo, brown sugar, olive oil, balsamic, garlic and S&P. OMG, it was great. One of these days I will start experimenting with food pix, but I'll have to be happy with my descriptions for now.

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