Okay, so today was pretty fantastic for several reasons:
First off, I actually got up and did my workout goal of the day (and the only reason I got up earlier than I have voluntarily all summer was because Chelsea would hold me accountable). I got out of the apartment with baby and stroller before 8am and before the Texas heat hit hard.
Secondly, Lauren came over with her two lovely ladies, so with Sebastian in tow the five of us tested out the pool here at our new place. Thumbs up. Very kid and momma friendly, plus we had the entire pool to ourselves the entire time (of course we were in the water at 11am for pre-naptime swims). I especially liked the thumping bass of the dance party music that the complex plays over the speakers while you're there playing motor boat with your kiddos. Nice touch.
Thirdly, Joanie posted the other day about this Martha Stewart recipe that I had been eyeing, but after reading her big ol' approval post I knew I had to try it out.
Oh. My. Goodness. So glad I did. Now you have to go try it out too. Jacob and his cousin, Alex, gave it rave reviews and I had to agree. I usually find something wrong with a dish whenever someone compliments it, but I really couldn't think of anything I wanted to improve. I think this is the only way I'm going to eat pasta from now on.
The basic gist of it is this -- put everything into one pot and let all the water cook off and voila! you've got a meal. This will be an awesome dinner party meal because you can have all your ingredients (except the water and olive oil) in the pot and on the stove hours ahead of time. All you have to do is add the water and olive oil about ten minutes before you want to eat and turn on that stove and then you're ready to go.
Here's the recipe (is this copyright infringement, you think?):
I pretty much followed this exactly, however I did make some minor changes (surprise surprise). I realized that though the recipe calls for 12 oz of linguine, a typical box comes in 16 oz and I wasn't about to try to figure out what 4 fewer ounces would be (and I wasn't about to have 4 random ounces of linguine sitting in my pantry). So I used an entire 16 oz box and I used 5 cups of water instead of the 4 1/2. Other than that the recipe was pretty much identical.
So delicious, oh my goodness, so delicious. As Joanie reviewed:
The verdict? Delicious. The flavors were fresh and found their way throughout each pasta noodle. The recipe boasted, “Once the water has boiled away, you are left with perfectly al dente pasta in a creamy sauce that coats every strand.” I was skeptical of the creamy sauce bit, too. It’s just water! But it’s true– there was a fresh, pure coating on each linguine noodle that was saturated with the garlic and basil and red pepper flakes.
I'm sure if Sebastian had tried it he would have approved.
Knock yourself out, kid.
After dinner the day's good streak continued. I had posted on this local Catholic Google group (it's basically a mom's group) that we were selling our grill because we just can't do the lug-it-downstairs-every-time-we-want-to-grill thing (thus temporarily ending our romance with the grill until we find one a little more portable).
Anyway, some guy emailed me saying he and his wife would like to buy it from us, so after we had finished our uhmazing dinner they stopped by for the business deal. Well, let's just say that the man and I both discovered we had a gift for gab and within about seven minutes of introducing ourselves, we found out a whole lot about each other and each other's spouses -- current employment, where we were raised, where we studied, who we knew, what similar weddings we apparently had both attended, mutual friends, and our relationship with the game Settlers of Catan. Practically as soon as they stepped out the door I told Jacob: "I want to be friends with them." Furthermore, the wife (I feel awful that I forget her name!) is so so lovely and I admired her right away for her ability to stand and smile as her husband and I gabbed a mile a minute. I admire those who have the ability to not say much ... I haven't mastered that yet.
Anyway, it turned out that Jacob ended up dropping the grill off at their place after discovering it wouldn't fit in their car, and from the sounds of it -- we'll be hanging out soon. Yay for getting rid of a grill and getting friends in exchange.
Oh, did I also mention that Sebastian has slept like a rockstar all day? And I even made cookies once he went to bed, which I am going to eat (moderately, of course) once Jacob gets back from his evening tutoring gig while we get our West Wing fix?