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Februarying

We’re having a heck of a winter over here. Lots of snow days and sickness. Here’s a few snippets.

Cormac had no school all last week for mid-winter break. (Kids these days, man. I definitely never got two winter breaks when I was in school.) We had plenty of activities to keep us busy. Brent and I took the boys to the aquarium the weekend before last.

Cormac’s favorite part was seeing the ferry. I think he gets it from me. Ferries are my jam.

Since there was no school, I also took the boys with me to a rally outside our congressman’s office on Thursday.

I think it’s good for them to be exposed to things like this. I’m aware they have no clue what’s going on. I know some other 4 year olds may, but abstract concepts like government and elections and disagreement are hard to explain to Cormac, which is why giving him real life examples for word’s like “rally” and “protest.”

When Brent got home from work, Cormac was able to tell him we went to a rally and listened to people talk and we chanted.

We also did super fun things like meeting some friends for a Happy Meal playdate at the McDonald’s playplace. Definitely the highlight of the week for both boys.

Cormac finally went back to school yesterday, only for us to have a snow day today!

Guys – in all seriousness, I was kind of pissed about today’s snow day. The boys had like 1/2″ of snow to play in last night, but it was nearly all gone by morning.

But the school distract called for a two hour delay, which means all preschool classes, even the afternoon ones, are cancelled for the day.

So even though there was no snow, we decided to enjoy our random day off and head to the zoo since we haven’t been in a while and I wanted to get out of the  house.

Highlights of our trip included actually seeing the hippo moving out and about. He’s usually hidden under the water. AND Cormac got up close and personal with a snake.

Cormac let me know it felt “a little  bumpy.”

Other things worth mentioning this month. I made this weeknight porchetta from Bon Appetit, along with this kale salad with sauteed apples, and it was one of my favorite homemade meals in recent memory. Highly recommend.

Oh, and on the beverage front – these palomas were amazing.

The salty chili sugar rim was my favorite thing ever. Addictive.

I’ve been working on the parlor/playroom as promised, and i finally removed all the wallpaper border!

So I’ll start priming and painting the trim in this room now, and I think I’ve got a wall paint color picked out already, so hopefully I can cross this room off my checklist soon.

Oh and the other big news! I got a new (to me) car. We had a Volkswagon Jetta TDI wagon, and I had no complaints about it, but the EPA did, and the result of a settlement is that VW bought back our car for significantly more than it was worth. I’ve been thinking about electric cars for a while, and the prices on used Nissan Leafs are hella cheap, so we bought one.

I pretty much love it. I love that I never, ever have to go to get gas again. For real, we all have “adult” tasks we hate doing and for me, I’ve always hated getting gas. I usually attempted to con Brent into filling my car up for me, so this solves that. Additionally, I’m thrilled it’ll lower our carbon footprint, at least a bit. Science y’all.

Plus I actually like driving it, and it has a heated steering wheel which has ended up being my favorite little bonus. We already had electricity running out to our driveway, so we just put the charger into the car, toss the cord over the fence and plug it in.

Looks a bit odd, but totally works. Yay! I’ll do an update on how it’s working for us once I’ve had it for longer than a few days, but so far, so good.

Kale Caesar Salad

I frequently order a kale salad when I see it on a restaurant menu, especially a kale Caesar salad. I just think that kale is sturdy enough to stand up to a tangy, creamy dressing. It’s pretty great. That’s why it’s a  trendy cliche, right? So I made it at home. I think that’s where my culinary creativity is right now: recreating stuff I already know I like.

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This is obviously a super simple dinner, but what makes it great, is the quality of what you use. I hate that I went all Ina Garten on you, but when you’re  just eating greens, chicken, croutons and dressing, you’re gonna notice if your dressing sucks, you know?

My go-to Caesar dressing:
-1 egg
-1/4 cup lemon juice (1 juicy lemon’s worth)
-1t Worchestershire sauce
-1t anchovy paste
-3/4 cup grated Parmesan
-2 cloves of garlic
-1/2 cup olive oil
-salt and pepper

Just blend that all in a blender and stick in the fridge for a half hour or so. Give it a quick whisk before using.

The croutons are so good. I just make a loaf of bread. I swear it’s easy. I wouldn’t lie on the internet. My go-to, super-easy recipe is the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, and I pretty much exclusively use the dutch oven method. Once the bread is cool, cut into 1″ cubes and toss with olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper. (If you’re really like, as if Victoria I would never make my own bread, that’s fine. At least promise me you’ll buy a crusty loaf from the bakery section of the grocery and make you’re own croutons.) Bake the cubes at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes, tossing once halfway through. They are crunchy, salty cubes of deliciousness. I could just eat toasted homemade bread all day. But try to save some for the salad.

I’m going to assume you all know how to cook chicken? Or buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it. Whatever, I don’t judge. (Sometimes, I judge. I’m working on that.)

Thinly slice the kale. I like the curly kind over the dinosaur variety for salads. Toss the kale with some of the dressing. I give it a quick massage with my hands to fully coat the kale. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? Then add in the croutons, chicken, and a few Parmesan shavings. Enjoy! And then go ahead and give yourself a little pat on the back. Kale. Freaking. Salad. You’re basically the healthiest person ever. Go you!