My thoughts are with him everyday and we will miss him over these 4-5 months!!!
Gloomy outside again today. Something is wrong with our Netflix so Preschooler did not get to watch his fave after breakfast this morning (Ben 10). Preschooler is watching X-Men. Making a Spanish Rice with Bacon in a bit. I came up with a whole page of blog ideas last night. I woke up with a sinus headache (for the fourth day in a row) and took a fun selfie of how tousled and high my bangs are...of course, I used the "Rise" filter. :-)
I can feel that sinus headache persisting underneath it all.
(Later in the day)
Me: Did you see the picture I took of my hair this morning?
Husband: Yes, I did.
Me: What did you think of it?
Husband: It was interesting.
Toddler's response to Daddy's request for a Good Morning Hug..."Not today."
First bit of bacon is finished for Spanish Rice at lunch. A bit ago, Toddler was wearing his Thor helmet with one wing in the front and one in the back and discussing the X-Men with Daddy.
There were also two Sunset Produce yellow onions chopped.
---If making this be sure to get all the veggies out before browning the rice. You do not want to be picking out crispy bits of vegetables while cooking (or worse, while eating).
---If you have never made Spanish Rice, this is the spectacular part. You put the liquid in when the rice is still hot and it makes steam and sizzle. For safety sake, I now just put part of the liquid at first. The liquid for the boil and simmer is to be put all the way up to about 1/4 inch from the top of the pan!
---We saved the onion peels for dyeing eggs. I want to achieve a red color with our next batch. We try natural stuff for coloring eggs all year. :-)
Took some great photos during the waiting parts
---Husband snuggling with our sleeping daughter and watching cartoons
---Daughter wearing her fairy wings that family friends gifted her with.
Plenty of dried cilantro
Really good Hot Hungarian paprika sprinkled on top
---A second boil and simmer-down is normally just if the rice has not cooked good enough. When you do a second boil and simmer, it must be watched very careful so it is not overdone (causing mushy rice).
---There is normally cumin put in the seasoning but Husband has a problem with it. Cumin is so much a part of many good Hispanic dishes. There is also a diced jalapeno(s) normally put in during the simmer-down (again Husband's stomach). We will prevail over food allergies and sensitivities! See our solutions!
The rice was allowed to cool for about twenty minutes and then put in a big plastic bowl.
"It's like gold. If you want to make a girl happy, buy her tomato paste."
See the tomato paste was mixed in well.
---A can of Happy Harvest Stewed Tomatoes drained and each piece cut in half in the pan with a spoon. There are various bits of other veggies included with this brand of stewed tomatoes. This could also be rinsed to remove some of the salt before adding it to the pan.
---Heated through for five minutes (and then the veggies and bacon get added in).
---I told Husband how I wished this was a large amount of fresh tomatoes!
---Of course, I showed Husband the grossness. Yes, it really was yellow. I don't know the sanitation aspects of using the grease again at this point...I suppose.
So, as is often the case at our house, the Spanish Rice took five or six hours. It ended up being First Dinner. I take my Spanish Rice seriously. :-)
The finished dish was yummy!
---We spent some time hanging out on the porch and got a sweet photo of our daughter wearing a soft and warm purple unicorn blanket with a pink horn. The unicorn part goes on her head. A present from her grandparents. :-)
---We bundled up and went outside to play in the backyard. Took a picture of our son among his Little Tikes stuff and a couple of pictures of Daddy helping our daughter with a riding toy.
Husband went to gather supplies for some Audiofeed Music Festival projects. When he came back in, I was informed the police had just been called on my Husband....I was like WHAT??! Apparently, we have a busybody neighbor who decided she does not like us burning cardboard in the firepit and there is an ordinance against it. Bonfires and coping with a city with very little recycling efforts are going to be all the harder now that we are the only people in the neighborhood who have this "ordinance" enforced...sigh.
---The general Facebook consensus was this is STUPID! We are talking a firepit and she would not even have been able to see it was cardboard if we had not built a storage structure instead of keeping the cardboard collecting on the back porch. Apparently, the police were told it was trash we were burning and probably led to believe it was some sort of towering inferno.The police think we can use it as a firestarter without it being a problem (actually what it is....we progress through to bonfire and/or hotdogs and marshmallows). We will just have to dispose of bigger pieces and cut everything down smaller from now on. Let us hope we do not decide to do any kind of burning on a day this lady's windows are open (pretty far away) again. There are all sorts of ordinances including a clause to alter the context, if appropriate, to a situation and have that be against the code (what?). I hope our Bonfire Season is not totally crushed. Wow.
Took some photos before bed of Toddler and Preschooler playing in the wagon...including with the huge Tigger that Preschooler got for Easter. Also, photographed Toddler as she went around with my shoes...she took several steps. :-)
We did get the Netflix fixed and Preschooler started watching "Jumanji: The Animated Series" today. I screened the first three episodes yesterday. Great for kids..repetitive for adults. I want to read the book.
We were supposed to have a friend over tonight but that will have to be rescheduled. :-(