Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sparkling Mango Lemonade for Summer

On my third Capri Sun, the hubster told me that perhaps I should pace myself. Pace myself? At a children's birthday party surrounded by bossy toddlers, an Elmo soundtrack on repeat, and a balloon guy that insisted on forcing everyone to wear balloon crowns? Pace myself? He was lucky I hadn't carted off the cooler carrying all the Capri Suns.

You thought it was challenging being a non-drinker at an adult event? Try being a non-drinker at a children's birthday party. It's 90 degrees out, there are at least six kids competing to see who can cry the loudest, and you just sat on a piece of cake that someone kindly left on your chair. There's a reason why the cooler holding the Capri Suns for the little people is right next to an even bigger cooler holding the bottles of craft beers for the parents. The parents hosting the birthdays have figured out that it's the only way to make sure the other parents don't go insane singing thirty rounds of Itsy Bitsy Spider. And if you're not a drinker, Capri Sun it is.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Hubster's Grilled Turkey Sandwich with Cilantro Pistachio Pesto

I'm convinced I'm married to the smartest man in the world. See, the hubster has figured out that he needs to cook just one thing every year. Not two or three because that's heading toward routine and expected. No, just one. That way, it's always an exciting surprise. Back in 2006, he made Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner one night and he is still riding on the glory of that one meal. When a friend asks, "So which one of you is the cook?" the Hubster nonchalantly responds, "Oh, both of us cook. I make a great Chicken Tikka Masala."

Lately, the Hubster has saved his once-a-year foray into the kitchen to make a baked treat for my birthday. I hate to admit it but gosh, I love that annual baked treat. Last year, he made a batch of Ina Garten's Shortbread Cookies dipped in dark chocolate and I swear, coming home to those cookies was better than receiving jewelry or a fancy handbag and almost better than sleeping in. Almost. Let's not get carried away here.

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