Thursdays, especially the evenings, are usually a little bit ‘off’. Most nights, once dinner time hits, I have the next 90 minutes or so until bedtime down to a science. It’s a bit robotic. But it keeps me sane Once we’ve eaten, things get tidied up, the kitchen gets cleaned, the kids get bathed, snacked or bottled, read to, and thrown into bed. Even after writing that, I feel the need to take a nice deep breath and…*sighhhh*. Done for the day!
However, then there are Thursdays. Makenna’s ballet class goes until 5:15pm, and we’re usually not home until after 5:30. Definitely cuts into my neurotic routine. Most Thursdays I have something quick planned for dinner, with everything prepped already. Or I’ve planned for there to be leftovers. Something quick. Something easy. Well today…mama didn’t plan so well (instead I spent nap time trying to source a damn ballet slipper piñata!), so we had a crazier night than usual.
1. Speaking of ballet and ballet-related piñatas…little miss is turning the big FIVE soon, and she is having a ballerina birthday party. It’s hard to believe 5 whole years have flown by, and this tall, funny, sensitive, smart (add in about 101 other amazing, positive adjectives here) will be going to kindergarten this fall.
2. Speaking of dinner. I’ve been really making an effort lately to clean up my diet, while having a meal plan set for the week’s dinners. It’s been going really well. And I have been super lucky to be given two really great eaters (so far anyways!). Declan, with the appearance of 3 molars recently, has really jumped on the whole eating thing (teeth make chewing a wee bit easier I suppose!). I used to call him my little birdie, because he would just pick at his food and not eat a whole lot. Well…things have changed, and it looks like he’ll be taking after his sister in this regard (she eats pretty much everything and will try anything). Where was I going with this… Ahh yes, the dinner I made tonight!
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
(this is going to be my attempt at sharing my recipe with you…and I don’t really measure anything with this one).
Brown one package of ground turkey (about 1lb I guess, I use the packages from Costco) in a frying pan. Add some chopped onions, garlic, bell peppers. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and the veggies have softened a bit.
Sprinkle with some ground ginger and a few pinches of red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you want).
Add hoisin sauce (I want to say about 1/3 cup), and I sprinkle some soy sauce in there too. Mix it all around (maybe it needs some more sauce, you want the meat covered, but not runny). You can let it cook for a bit more or eat it right away, just let the sauces heat up. I cooked mine while the kids were eating dinner tonight and ate it about 2 hours later
Dump some of the sweet and spicy turkey into a leaf of lettuce. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of grated cheese. And top with julienned carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers and green onions. Wrap ‘er up, and nom, nom, nom!
Now would be a good time to post a lovely styled photo of the wrap I just ate. But it’s gone. In my belly. And I put the leftovers in the fridge already. You will have to make do with a picture of this guy, enjoying some cheerios a few weeks ago.
3. Speaking of Declan…his appointment last week at BC Children’s went well (pretty much how I thought it would go). A very good thing! His doctors have no concerns, as he’s progressing really well. They want to repeat the brain/cervical spine imaging (MRI) in about 1 year, when he’s 2.5 (to see how/if the fluid levels around his brain have changed).
Playing in the waiting room (crummy cell phone pic!)
Still…it’s a bit disconcerting when I think about things…how my mind will wander when I’m sitting in a chair in the neurosciences department of our province’s Children’s hospital, waiting for an appointment with my son’s neurosurgeon. I sometimes briefly think of the ‘what ifs’…but my focus is quickly brought back to the present. Who can ignore the constant chattering, squawking, grunting and yelling, while little hands grab and pull at my legs to stand up? My sweet, happy, curious, lovable, healthy little guy. He grounds me and I never forget how lucky I am.
Just chillin. Hanging out at our friend Nikki’s house, the morning of his appointment