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I don’t have time to weave together a nice post in MLA Handbook Format for you anymore.  With two babies, I’m now a bulleted list kinda girl.  Then one day, when they’re on the move, I’m just going to type 5 words in a blog post and you’re gonna have to figure it out on your own.

Here are my random unrelated thoughts over the last few months:

  1. I Pick Boogers.  Yeah i fish into 4 teeny nostrils to extract boogers.  I’m trying to remember what 30 seconds of my old life this replaced.  Do not even mention the bulb syringe…i will cut you….and so will Pumpkin.
  2. The Red Light Holler – “WAAAAAH!”  Really?  Obeying traffic laws supercedes yall’s massage car seat spa treatment back there.  Hang on for one freakin minute.
  3. Word of The Year: “Fussy” – My new favorite word for annoying grown ups.  Mild enough not to be abrasive, but strong enough to offend.  …and you can say it in front of kids without whispering.
  4. Closet Selections – Prior Solid Foods, I choose to wear anything in the “Spit-up” Color spectrum.  Ecru, Cream, White, etc  After Solid Foods, I choose anything from the Goodwill pile.
  5. Pajama Dilemma – I change into my pajamas around 6 pm and then I remain in them for quite some time.  And then husband arrives from work the next day and I am still wearing the same pajamas.  Do I continue to wear the same pajamas, or shall I spice it up and change into new pajamas?
  6. “Pass me the Bottle” – A statement I say to husband daily…he doesn’t always know the right answer.
  7. Love/Hate Relationship with Fleece – Slow to absorb liquids, perfect for babies’ spit-up.  Also it is the “Vegas” of strong odors.  What goes on in Fleece, stays in Fleece.  Now I get to check your diaper every 6 minutes because I SWEAR you pooped again.
  8. The Bypass – Rice Cereal?  No we aren’t doing that.  This tastes disgusting.  We are adopting the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure feeding method and we’re going to find Sweet Potatoes.
  9. Neck Fat – Thanks for grabbing where I didn’t think there was anything to grab onto, like my forehead and neck.  Ow.
  10. Poo Timer – Why must you both choose to have your morning poo while your father is in the shower?  Give him a turn.
  11. Co-Sleeping – If we must share this space, please refrain from sleeping in the Jesus-on-the-Cross pose.  That takes up a lot of real estate and my mouth is about taste a nightstand.  Also, there are no flies on my face.  No swatting needed.
  12. The Drunk Rescue – When you wake up in the middle of the night with blood-curdling screaming, I am trying to move as fast as I can to the nursery while trying to exit the very rare and precious REM state I was in, so forgive me for my inebriated stumble if I attempt to insert a pacifier in your ear.
  13. The Lost Baby Manual – I’ve fed you, I’ve changed you, I’ve swaddled you, I’ve unswaddled you and then re-swaddled you, I’ve held you, I’ve given you your binky, I sang Who Let the Dogs Out, and you’re still crying.  What do you waaaaant?????

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Download of the Week: House Party by Sam Hunt

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Garlic-Chili Tofu with Fingerlime Caviar and Black Rice

This is not as elaborate as it seems, but impresses easily for the intriguing ingredients, the variety of colors, and the contrast of textures.

Ingredients

1 cup Hinode Black Rice

1-3/4 cup Vegetable Broth

1 Pkg Extra Firm Tofu

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed or grated

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

juice of one lime

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 mango or pineapple, thinly sliced

1 fingerlime (usually found in a plastic container in produce)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 clove garlic, sliced

2 cups mixed greens (spinach, beet greens, etc)

Directions:

1. Place 1 cup of rice in a saucepan.  Add 1 3/4 cups of vegetable broth, bring to a boil and stir.  Reduce heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes, or until moisture is absorbed.  Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.

2. While the rice is simmering, you can marinate the tofu.  Cut the tofu into 2″x 2″ x 1/2″ thick slices and gently press between kitchen towels to remove excess liquid.  See my tofu tutorial for more tips.  In a ziploc bag, add the prepped tofu, olive oil, grated garlic, cayenne, lime, salt, and pepper.  Marinate for about 1/2 and hour or overnight.  Remove the tofu from the ziploc bag and bake on a rack in the toaster oven at 350 degrees, 15 minutes, turning them halfway through.

3.  In a small skillet, heat the coconut oil on medium high heat, saute the garlic and the greens for 1 to 2 minutes and remove from heat.

4.  Assemble on a platter:  Arrange the greens, then add the rice (you can form the rice into a ramekin and then turn it upside down on the greens), then top with baked tofu, and then garnish with mango slices and fingerlime caviar.

Make Ahead Tips: You can marinate the tofu overnight and prepare the rice one day before.