Chicken Mole Poblano and Other Weekend Stuff

After only two weeks of 2017, I was ready for a three day weekend. Its hard easing back in after the holidays, isn’t it? Last week was a rough one. Cormac is going through some stuff, and becoming really resistant to therapy, and Teddy is sweet but extremely exhausting right now. So I was thrilled to have back up in the form of Brent for three straight days.

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We actually had a really tame weekend. Both boys are super into Legos right now, so we took them back to an old favorite, Wunderkind, a Lego café, near our old house. Brent and I got to drink coffee while the boys built to their heart’s content. It was a really great way to pass the morning.

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Saturday afternoon, our friends Ed and Nichole came over to help Brent keg beer that he made forever ago (it’s totally gross; he ignored it for way too long). But Cormac had a lot of fun playing with his buddy, Keaton. We grilled a bunch of steaks and asparagus and roasted potatoes but I took zero pictures because oops.

Sunday we barely had any plans so I decided to take the time to make a slightly more involved recipe – Chicken Mole Poblano from Cook’s Illustrated.

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Not so photogenic, huh? I don’t think I’m super familiar with mole, either making or eating it, but it turned out well. I modified the recipe very slightly to eliminate the slice of white bread since Brent and I are doing the Whole30 this month. I didn’t miss it or notice a difference. I was lazy and just served it with roasted potatoes for sopping up the sauce.

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And it made a lot of leftovers which is super helpful to have as lunches for the week. For leftovers the next day we served it on these Siete almond flour tortilla we found at Whole Foods. Good stuff.

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And we also had haircuts scheduled for the boys. To say they were overdue would be a massive understatement. I was just thrilled they stayed calm and there were no tears.  Teddy did refuse to wear the cape, but I decided to pick my battles. (He is looking so grown up!!)

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Aren’t they cute?

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I also decided to make some Whole30-friendly snacks because B is a bit of a snacker. I made these Toasted Coconut Curry Cashews from Jessica’s book, Seriously Delish. Everything she makes is delicious.

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I used a madras curry powder we had on hand and I thought these turned out pretty tasty.

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I gotta say the novelty of the new kitchen definitely hasn’t worn off yet. It’s by far my favorite room in the house. (Not saying much considering how much work every other room in the house needs, but still).

Oh, I also convinced B to go to my hot yoga class with me for the first time yesterday! I was so excited, but B saw ants in the studio during class and it totally ruined the experience for him and he has vowed never to go back. Super tragic. Alas.

Back to the grind today. Teddy’s speech therapist showed up at 8am. Woof.

January

Woooo, everyone happy to be done with 2016? Unfortunately, 2017 didn’t exactly come in like a breath of fresh air around here. More like a wrecking ball. The boys and I went down with sickness. HARD. We ended up having to make a run to urgent care New Years’ Day for Teddy. And after some antibiotics, missed school and a lot of rest, we’re finally on the mend. Cormac returned to school, and I made it to the yoga studio 3 days in a row!

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Of course, we just got everyone well enough to go to back to school, and school was cancelled today due to ice. Sigh. We’ve been trying to keep busy. Cormac and I have done some baking. These boys are currently OBSESSED with these little sweet potato banana bites. They take like 2 minutes to make and less than 20 minutes to bake. We’ve made like 3 batches in the past week.

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It’s always fun to be able to sneak veggies into the kids.

We also made a trip to the  Museum of Flight last weekend. Cormac loves that museum.

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And Teddy had a good time too.

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Most of our days have been spent making elaborate train tracks throughout the front room. Santa brought some new train sets and now we have more than enough for the boys to play together.

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Concluding a totally random brain dump post, here’s what else I’m currently thinking about:

More house projects. But mostly things I can do myself. That includes a lot of painting. Our old house has tons of cool, thick trim, but some is wood, some is white, and some is both! It kind of drives me nuts, so I’m currently on a mission to make it all match. I’ve finished the dining room, since it’s adjacent to the kitchen and therefore it’s shabbiness was very noticeable. Painting it all white has made the room feel a lot brighter. (For an example of what it looked like before, you can see the baseboard trim in the train track photo above.)

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Travel: I’m (just me) going home to Chicago for a weekend in February. I thought about taking the boys, but I think Cormac needs some consistency and I don’t want him to miss any more school right now. So I figure it’ll be good for me to take a quick break from them and Brent can spend some quality time with those two crazy guys. I’m also starting to think about what trips I can convince Brent to take this summer.

Kindergarten: Would you believe Cormac is eligible for Kindergarten next year? I don’t! How am I old enough to have a kid in elementary school?! BUT he’s got a tricky August birthday, not to mention an ASD diagnosis, so we’re actually pretty torn about whether to send him or not. We thought we had it figured out and we were just going to wait a year, but it turns out because he could go to Kindergarten, the school district won’t allow him back at their developmental preschool next year. It really threw me for a loop, and now I’m just not sure what’s best for him. Why are there so many decisions to make? Parenting right now is feeling like a whole lot of crossing my fingers and hoping I don’t screw it up.

Okay, I think that’s all for my self-indulgent whining today. How’s 2017 treating you?