Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Everyday Moral Dilemma: Is that a bottle in your pants?

Here's an everyday moral dilemma for you all.  I think I saw someone steal something yesterday and I have been working it over in my brain ever since. I would love the chance to analyze and talk this one through. In all fairness, yesterday I was rocking a double pink eye infection (that's right. . .that's how I kick it for Valentine's Day) and was under the influence of that strange concoction of no sleep and sinus pressure. Yet I am quite certain about what I saw.

The Situation
While browsing the hair products as I waited on my prescription yesterday (WHY does it take so long to label and bag a bottle of eye drops?!??!), I saw a man around my same age lingering in the aisle with me.  He was teetering from foot to foot, a move I interpreted at first to be indicative of an urgent desire to pee, but upon closer examination, I saw that he was struggling to put something in his baggy pants. Wedged between his belt and shirt, covered by a loosely fitting jacket, I glimpsed two or three bottles of some presumably hair-related product.  In disbelief, I watched him shifting and adjusting the fabric to achieve maximum concealment. He did not meet my eyes but stared at the ground, repeatedly sniffing in a manner which I find retrospectively confusing, leading me in the moment to a feeling that he was not in his right mind.  He then teetered his way down the aisle, past the store manager, all of the check-out counters, the shoplifting prevention device, and out the door into the parking lot.  I stood stunned and watching, waiting for the hidden cameras to descend upon me. What was the right thing to do in this situation???

Monday, February 13, 2012

More Lessons in Accidental Smut

Siena got tired of her "library cards" and decided to use them as scratch paper. So now this is what I get to giggle at while she "works" at her desk. Once again, she appears to have NO idea what she is coloring. Life is beautiful, children are a hoot, and I think I need to buy some new bras.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Get-well Vegetarian Pasta Carbonara

So we've all been sick this week.  The kind of sick that makes you want to crawl into bed and re-emerge only once the chain saw has safely exited your throat.  I'm not going to lie.  Feeling sick is definitely a one way ticket to the drive-through or delivery drawer in my house.  No shame in calling in the reserves.  The trickiest days, however, seem to be the ones when you are resurfacing to the world of the living but have yet to find your energy---not sick enough to justify the expense of ordering yet not well enough to put together something fancy. What do you make on those days?

When I'm sick, meat seems more disgusting than usual.  Just the idea of it, even sitting here now, gives me the chills. Weird, I know. In contrast, pasta, especially involving cheese, seems to always be desirable.  Adapted from this vegetarian pasta carbonara recipe from Food and Thrift, this Meatless Monday is not only thrifty, but also chock full of the kinds of comforting flavors that are welcome on a cold evening when, let's face it, you would rather be in bed. Definitely adding this one to the rotation of go-to get-well dinners.

  • 1 bag of whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1/2 onion chopped (I used red onion since it's what we had)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 bag peas, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • enough lemon wedges for one per person.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Meatless Mondays: Pear, pesto & brie pita pizzas

Sometimes the key to making something everyone likes is giving some choices and, in a sneaky way, making everyone make their own darn food.  Hard to complain when you're the cook, right?  With this in mind, pita pizzas are a fabulous choice for a busy Meatless Monday.  Armed with a variety of your family's favorite cheeses and meat-free toppings, this one has a little something for anyone.  As an added bonus, you can go as homemade or semi-homemade as you like, depending on your pantry, your motivation, and, well, your Monday.

Although we've made these personal pies with tomato sauce many times before (with great success!), this time we decided to also experiment with a playful and different combo. . .pear, brie & pesto.  Seriously, how can you go wrong with those three?