Day thirty one…

This is the theme of my life since becoming a mom and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. The reasons are different depending on the day. Sometimes it is just because I need more sleep, some days it is because I am getting three people ready instead of one, and some days I just can’t seem to read a clock. Maybe someday I will be able to get places early once again. What am I thinking, I would be happy with on time without rushing. A mom can only dream…

Day thirty…

Day thirty was just one of those days that goes down in the best day ever book. I went bridal dress shopping with my little sister which was surreal but amazing. It is hard to think she is even old enough to be getting married. She will always be my little sister but she is all grown up. Then I went to dinner at the Mexican restaurant that the Jerry Maguire restaurant scene was filmed. Tom Cruise creeps me out now but that is still one of my favorite movies ever. I topped the day off with a screening of Lincoln at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences movie theater with a panel after the movie. Can’t beat Steven Speilberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Sally Field, Daniel Day Lewis, and John Williams. The movie was wonderful. It was beautifully written and acted. Oh, and the music by John Williams wasn’t bad either. With all that happened during the day it is hard to pick a pin to attach it to. So, day thirty is dedicated to my board “the hollywood in me.”

Day twenty nine…

It has been a few days since I posted not because I have not been doing pins but because I have been experiencing pins. Check another thing off my bucket list. Friday night I spent a few freezing hours with Barbara Streisand at the Hollywood Bowl. It was amazing and even better I got to enjoy Barbara with my mom and sisters. Great family bonding. And it was a family affair for her as well. She sang with her son and sister which was a nice personal touch. Her stories were great and the songs were unforgettable. It made for an unforgettable night. Image

Day twenty eight…

 

 

Confession time. My mom ripped this recipe out of a magazine months ago and decided to make it for dinner tonight. I thought it looked delicious and like something I would pin and then make myself. So instead I found the recipe online, pinned it, had her make it, loved it, and am now writing about it. I will say she did a fabulous job and I loved the recipe and will make it myself one day. The only changes she made to the recipe were she could not find low-sodium vegetable broth so she just used the regular kind and she used salted instead of unsalted butter. Neither thing made the dish salty.

Serves 4

Hands-On Time: 20m

Total Time: 50m

Ingredients

  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  small butternut squash (about 11/2 pounds)—peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1  onion, finely chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1  cup  pearl barley
  • 1/2  cup  dry white wine
  • 3  cups  low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 5  ounces  baby spinach
  • 1/2  cup  grated Parmesan (2 ounces), plus more for serving
  • 1  tablespoon  unsalted butter

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large oven-safe saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the squash, onion, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to soften, 4 to 6 minutes.

2. Add the barley to the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil; cover the pot and transfer it to oven. Bake until the barley is tender, 35 to 40 minutes.

3. Stir in the spinach, Parmesan, and butter. Serve with additional Parmesan.

Tip: Barley has a chewy texture and a mild, nutty flavor. It’s most often sold pearled (polished), but you can also find it in its more fiber-rich whole-grain form (hulled), which takes longer to cook.

Nutritional Information

Calories 427; Fat 15g; Sat Fat 5g; Cholesterol 18mg; Sodium 783mg; Protein 13g; Carbohydrate 63g; Sugar 6g; Fiber 15g; Iron 3mg; Calcium 318mg

My moms looked like this…

 

Day twenty seven…

I know nothing in life is black and white like so many try and make things seem. Today’s results mean many different things to many different people. We would be better served as a country to remember how much resides in a gray area and that things get done when compromises and communication occur. I will say that today though , as a woman, I am very happy with the outcome.

Day twenty six…

Today I am taking a break from my soap box to say how very thankful I am for having the best eight year old ever. Today we celebrated my G’s eighth birthday and it is crazy to think that he is already eight. Time flies when you are having fun. He is a smart, funny, sensitive, caring, thoughtful, and polite little man and I am so proud to be his mom. He is kind, he is smart, and he is important and I try to remind him of that everyday.

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