Mar 23 2009


I made all of the food for my dad’s party on saturday (except for the cheesecake and the salads), and it was DAMN good. I highly recommend:

Sausage, Cheese, and Basil Lasagna

Spinach, Pesto, and Cheese Lasagna

Dark, Moist, (Flourless) Chocolate Cake

Vanilla Bean Pound Cake (But I fudged the recipe a bit)

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Crumb Top (Made it with Joy’s cream cheese crust instead)

Whiskey Whipped Cream

I also had fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream (which I did not make).

Both of the lasagnas and the chocolate cake will be on my go-to lists from now on. The lasagnas were EASY, too.

Mar 23 2009


Losing 8 hours at work – Getting cool, part-time, second job

Having to pay taxes – Having bank unexpectedly send a check for home-tax overpayment

Having to fix the car – John suddenly getting sufficient extra work to cover the cost

Taking all Saturday to make food for my father’s birthday -
Food being awesome, party much appreciated, free over-nightbabysitting, sleep-in Sunday, free KITCHENAID MIXER anda Pasta Maker!

Each time it feels like we’re getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop, something comes up to shield or cushion us enough so that we can keep getting by. I don’t know if it’s luck or Karma or just really fucking awesome coincidences, but I certainly appreciate it. Each night that I can relax enough to not have an anxiety-riddled pregnancy dream (and, therefore, ULTRA-realistic) is a REALLY GOOD NIGHT, and would not be possible if these balances were not happening.

No, were not riding out these hard times without wobbling, but we’re staying on the board and that’s what matters most right now. Balance. Balance.

You know what else is good? Homemade cheesecake and homemade sweet-hot gherkins (OMFG!). I am so pregnant.