Well, summer has finally been achieved here in the City of Angels. It has been hot and sunny all week. A little TOO hot and sunny for our little house with no air conditioning. Jimmy has this rigid method of keeping the house cool which involves strict times of day when certain windows must be opened and other windows must be closed and fans must be aimed in various directions. It's all very confusing, but amazingly works. So before Jimmy makes me run around and open all the windows, I'll try to get down a few...
I went crazy for Kale Chips the other day. I can't get over how good they are. I mean this sincerely. Absolutely addictive. I made a batch in the morning, and ate the entire bowl before the end of the day. I highly recommend giving it a try, it's super easy to make. And kale is one of those superfoods packed with all sorts of wily nutrition - one cup of kale only has 36 calories, it provides 192% of the daily value of Vitamin A, and 90% of your daily value of Vitamin C. And it's tasty too!
Here's Jan's recipe for Kale Chips.
For a while now, I have been harboring a snotty, judgemental, jealous grudge against the mommies at Jude's school who run around wearing their cute little tennis skirts all the time. I mean all the time, whether they've been playing tennis or not. Showing off their cute little bodies and their cute little legs. But I am hereby eating crow. The other day I bought myself a little black tennis skirt (a skort - don't you love that?) and it is now, officially, my summer uniform. It's all I wear. I am a complete tennis skort convert. I am worshiping at the altar of skort. This thing is SO comfy and easy. It's like sweat pants only cooler and...cuter. I think I'm going to have to go buy more, more, more skorts.
Did y'all hear this? A dingo really did eat her baby! Remember how back in 1980, Australian mom, Lindy Chamberlain, claimed that a dingo had taken her baby? She ended up being prosecuted for murder, and served some time in prison before she was finally released. And they made the Meryl Streep movie A Cry in the Dark about it. Though you might remember it more from this...
Well, after more than 30 years, they finally reopened the case and brought in a bunch of new scientific dingo experts and they ruled that a dingo did, in fact, eat her baby. I'm not so sure about Elaine's friend's fiance.
Jude this morning...
Does flying cross-country with your children make you want to go all Shatner on them and leap out the Emergency Exit? I've got just the thing for you. Nanny in the Clouds. It's a site that matches harried parents with nannies who happen to already be booked on the flight you're taking. You just check in on their website, and hope you get lucky and find a kindly nanny-type who is headed your way. Or you could, at considerably more expense, purchase the ticket for the nanny yourself. I have to say that when I was a much younger woman, I would have loved the idea of making some cash doing a little babysitting while I was on a long and boring flight. Not a bad deal all around.
Made this for dinner the other night. Huge thumbs up from Jimmy. A great, easy summer pasta...
Arugula Pesto Pasta
12 oz whole wheat or regular penne pasta (I recommend the whole wheat)
1 pkg. Sweet Basil Pesto Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe's (or the closest thing you can find to that if you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby), sliced
1 cup homemade basil pesto (recipe below) or if you are a wimp, pesto purchased from the store
1/2 a bag arugula
shredded or grated Parmesan for garnish
Boil the pasta according to package instructions. While pasta is boiling, pan fry the sausage until nicely browned. When pasta is cooked, drain it well and immediately toss it with the pesto. Add the warm sausage slices and the arugula. Heat from the pasta will slightly wilt the arugula. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. YUM!
Homemade Basil Pesto
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
salt and pepper
Dump the basil, nuts and garlic in a food processor, and pulse until it's mixed up. Then turn the food processor on and slowly add the olive oil in a stream until it's all pureed and consolidated. Add the Parmesan and salt and pepper.
Alright, it's time to go open the windows on the west side of the house and turn up the windows. Please visit Stacy for more random fun.