An update on chocolate pudding

A friend sent me this recipe the other week.  There is no reason why this shouldn’t be fantastic.  We’re having it as soon as the avocados on my counter soften.  Whether you’re looking for an alternative that’s healthier, or a dairy free pudding, or a vegan pudding, this recipe fits the bill.

Chocolate pudding:

1 avocado, smashed
1 banana, smashed
4-6 pitted dated, chop and boil with just enough water to soften
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup water

Blend ’til super smooth – refrigerate 1 hour.  Enjoy

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Menu Plan | October 25

I’ve been back menu planning the past couple of weeks.  It’s still a pain to be cooking the night before, so that things are easy when I get home from work. But it beets trying to get dinner on the table with two hungry boys clinging to me in the kitchen.  Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Sunday:  Roast chicken marinated in indian spices, creamed peas and onions, beet salad
Monday: Broiled salmon on kale, smashed potatoes and sliced cucumber
Tuesday: Croque Monsieur and green salad
Wednesday: Corn Chowder and green salad
Thursday:  edamame spread, miso soup, and still looking for a third element
Friday: Homemade pizza

We’ve been trying to simplify our meals, to make things easier and faster.  We tried two weeks of plain food, i.e. baked chicken with steamed vegetables – no sauce/spices, etc.  Ich. It was terrible.  No one wanted to eat the stuff, no one wanted the left overs.  Now we’re trying either no recipes, but still spices (even if it’s only garlic) or very simple recipes.

Good Ideas ~ Weekend without the kids

Most of our friends seem to fall into one of two categories:  “OMG I would never leave my baby alone over night”… or “Three is the perfect age to start leaving kids at home while I go on a real vacation”.  We’re falling somewhere in the middle.  I wouldn’t want to leave my kids for a whole week, I do enough of that traveling for work.  But a weekend?  That’s a different story.  We just came back (I say just, becuase it’s Thursday and I haven’t had a chance to do laundry since we got home on Sunday) from a weekend in NYC. 

New York is fun with kids, but it’s great without them.  We went to see a play (together).  Last time we staggered our shows ~ one of us went out and the other stayed at the hotel with sleeping baby.  We shopped in real stores, and even managed to get out of FAO Schwartz without too much damage. The other great benefit of being away for 4 days, was being called by my first name.  Strange how even those little things make a difference.  Big things help too, my early birthday present was a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.  They are beautiful and are currently sitting on our dresser so I can look at them. 

It will likely be another year or two before we head out on our own like that, but I’ll be looking forward to it.