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“I don’t want shorts, I need pants”

It is officially shorts weather!!!!

Apparently, the temps will be in the 80’s all week, and there will be sunny skies :)…still, Big T put up a fight this morning about wearing shorts. He I guess the boy is attached to his jeans and corduroys. I finally got him to put them on by telling him they were “short pants”. Not shorts. Short pants. I am so glad Little T is not to that phase yet. He is cool with whatever outfit I pick out. Now, actually getting the clothes on him requires a lot of effort, and is like wrestling a baby alligator. Sometimes I wish I could just send him off to daycare in his diaper.

To prepare myself for shorts weather, I have been trying to eat right and exercise. Running 2-4 days a week. Not sure how I will keep up with it now that it’s getting so hot out…

I have also discovered greek yogurt. YUM! So here’s my breakfast of champions: Greek yogurt and coffee

“I’m not hungreee…”

I may have mentioned once or twice that I have the pickiest eater in the entire world. THE PICKIEST. Lately he has decided he no longer eats rice. He loves loved rice. What’s a mom to do? I cannot force-feed him. I kind of tried. A little. It didn’t work.

Here are the things Big T will eat:


chicken (only nugget-style)


mandarin oranges





M&Ms (oh, these are not food? oh…)

Foods he will not touch



veggies (unless hidden in other foods)

most fruits




And sometimes he will eat…




mashed potatoes

bread (not toasted, with lots of butter)



“I don’t like it”

Seriously, you offer Big T something new, and he automatically does not like it or want to try it. I know I have the pickiest eater in the world. I just know it. This time it was Cioppino. Pronounced chop-ee-no. Or something like that. 

Whatever, kid. I like Cioppino.

So here’s a simple, quick recipe for Cioppino (Seafood Stew). SO simple…like weeknight simple. And it’s delicious too.

What you need:

6 oz fish filet (perch, cod…really, any white fish) . cut up into bite-sized pieces

8 oz shrimp (shelled, deveined). I cheated and used the bagged, pre-cooked kind. Jumbo shrimp, not the tiny ones.

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chooped

1 29oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp italian seasoning mix

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 cups of water


Saute onion, green pepper, and garlic (with salt, italian seasoning mix and black pepper) in olive oil until tender. This should take 4 to 5 minutes on med-high heat. Add can of diced tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for another 5 or so minutes. Add fish and shrimp and 1-2 cups of water (depending on how thick/thin you like it). Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer and cook until fish is fully cooked (flakes easily with a fork).

Serve hot, with fresh, crusty buttered baguette.

Cold nights and hot stew…what more could one ask for?

PS – Big T would not touch this with a 10 foot pole, and Little T is too young for shellfish.


“I want noodles and sausage”

Yep. An odd combination. Ramen noodles and breakfast sausage. But Big T loves it. I try not to use the seasoning packets that comes with the ramen…instead I use chicken broth. For the record, I DO NOT like ramen noodles. Never have. Not even when I was in college (everyone seemed to like it then). I just wish Big T would actually eat some of the things I make.

I have been doing a lot of cooking lately. I made deviled eggs the other day. They were delicious.

Then I made shrimp pasta salad. mmmmm.

But my most recent food kick is butternut squash. How come nobody told me about this veggie? It is delicious. I had some at the in-laws on Christmas day. yummmmmm. I will be trying some things with squash in the days to come 🙂



I am baaack! Back home, that is. And all I got from Big T was “hey”. A very unenthusiastic welcome. But I hugged him and I know he missed me. They all did. Little T’s face lit up in a HUGE smile when he saw me. 🙂 I must add, Mr. T held down the fort fabulously.

International Conference was fun. Swanky Tropical Resort was both swanky and tropical.

St Martin

The beach was a topless beach (in that you could be topless if you wanted. This was a first for me and it was not my cup of tea). Everything was super-duper pricey, and the location was pretty.

One thing though…the food left a lot to be desired. Here’s a list of top 10 things I did not like (foodwise) about this past week:

10. The butter for rolls was unsalted. eh.

9. While we are on the topic, the rolls/breads were not always fresh.

8. That was not papaya they had. That was cantaloupe. SO not the same thing.

7. Fish was always over-cooked. chewy.

6. Cold chicken. Really? People like that? Really??

5. Soggy french toast. It was ewwww.

4. This one time, I had raw bacon.

3. Dinner was served at 8pm daily (LATE!!!)

2. There we no snacks between 12:30pm lunch and 8pm dinner. Maybe they put on into starvation mode so that we would not notice how bad some of the food was.

1. The polenta with truffles. It was truly awful. I am still gagging.

Now the good:

10. The fruit punch. It was actually very good.

9. Their coffee and teas. Oh and they had evian water as their bottled water of choice. I am an aquafina girl myself. But evian is good too.

8. Fancy jams and jellies – guava, tamarind, mango…

7. Fancy tropical juices too – passionfruit, guava…

6. Rum punch on the beach.

5. The rotini with pesto and arugula was a pleasant surprise.

4. Fat little breakfast sausages.

3. Rum punch at check-in.

2. Being waited on by a very attentive french-speaking wait-staff. It is just sexier to be waited on in French. Oui, madame…

1. Fried plantains. FOR BREAKFAST. It was magnificent.

I missed my family so much though. In fact, anytime I saw other children I stared at them longingly cause I missed mine so much. The meeting itself was fun, and I made a lot of good contacts. I also got great feedback on my talk. so I guess it was worth it.

One last thing: I had enough time to read a book by the author Malla Nunn – A Beautiful Place to Die. It was hard for me to put it down, and I read it in 2 days. If you like murder mysteries with lots of historical info thrown in, you’ll probably love this one. It’s set in 1952 South Africa, not exactly a comfortable, happy time in SA. Check it out.

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“I wasn’t talking to you mommy, I was talking to daddy”

This particular statement coming from Big T’s mouth made my blood pressure rise. I get that daddy is his hero. I get that. But I will not tolerate rudeness from my own kid. Unfortunately, I was driving so the best I could do was give him a super stern talking to. I seem to be using The Mommy Voice a lot nowadays.

We decided that Mr T would stay home instead of coming with me to the International Conference. It was just too complicated to have him come with me. Plus, Little T (and Mr. T) appear to be coming down with something. Little T was not 100% his usual cheery self today, and he has been sleeping a lot. Plus he had a low grade fever this morning. Mr. T also has a low grade fever. Come to think of it, I may be getting something too…I have a massive cold. Should be fun flying while stuffy. ugh.

I never did get around to getting a flu shot this year.

To prepare the family for my absence, I decided to make a huge batch of one of Big T’s favorite dishes – Jollof Brown Rice. It’s delicious and it freezes well. Mr. T likes it too. If nothing else, they can eat this all day 😉

Recipe for Jollof Brown Rice:

Saute 1 medium onion (chopped) in 3/4 cup canola oil. Med. high heat, about 3 minutes until onions are tender. Add 1 15oz can of tomato sauce, and 1/2 6oz can tomato paste. Mix well until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning mix (I know, right. it works), 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1.5 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 tablespoon black pepper. It  can be more or less spicy to taste. We like it on the spicier side. Mix well, and bring to a simmer on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Then, stir in 4 cups Uncle Bens Brown Rice. Add 4 cups chicken broth and 2 cups water. Stir. Bring down heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour until all the liquid has evaporated. Stir well to mix. serve with chicken or beef and a side of veggies. ENJOY.

I am looking forward to my conference. I cannot lie. Sun, Beach, Science…

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