It's very hot here. Not NYC hot, but hot nonetheless.
I have been walking a lot in prep for the Boob Walk in September. I have raised $1,095 of the $1,800 so far. I have walked *nearly* every day for the past month, but need to double it in August.
Buddy did three camps this summer. She did a half day soccer camp which was fun I think but seemed hot. She did a art camp at the middle school by our house which I hated because they were disorganized, but a lot of her little friends were in it. She is currently in a musical theater camp which is well run and lovely. She got her part yesterday and will be an OOMPA LOOMPA so yeah. That is going to be cute.
Little Joze just plays every day with the nanny. They go to the park twice a day and she plays in the wading pool.
I just go to work every day. Ha! It's going all right. Summer tends to be quiet and busy. Meaning - not a lot of people in my face but I have a lot to do to get ready for the fall.
I have been madly in love with the DNC and Obama's speech last night was just incredible.
I've also been madly in love with this winery and their wine. Ramos Torres Winery. I joined their wine club. My first one!
We have our "summer social" tonight which is a sort of fundraiser/party at one of our donors house. Babe is meeting me there and we got a babysitter so it is also like a date!
My little family can't finish a whole package (rasher?) of bacon, so I always have some leftover and I usually don't end up using it and it gets wasted. NO BUENO.
So, on Monday I googled Bacon and Pasta and I found this recipe. We had a whole bunch of tomatoes from the garden and basil growing too. I recommend it. I left the bacon off so you could add your own (I hate bacon in stuff, so I added none) but it was delicious.
2 tablespoons kosher salt 16 ounces spaghetti pasta 1 pound thick-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped (I ONLY HAD HALF A POUND OF BACON) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup red onion, diced 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 3 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced (I USED FIVE TOMATOES FROM THE GARDEN) 1/4 cup red wine 4 tablespoons basil, chiffonade 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large stock pot, boil 3 quarts of water, when boiling add 2 tablespoons kosher salt and the pasta and cook until the pasta is al dente. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon and saute until bacon is crispy. Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate and remove 3/4 of the bacon fat from the pan. Add extra-virgin olive oil, onions, and red chili flakes. Cook until onions are translucent, add garlic, cook for 2 minutes then add tomatoes. Saute for 5 minutes, then deglaze with wine. Drain pasta and add to the tomato mixture pan. Add basil and bacon. Toss with Parmesan, and add salt and pepper, to taste. Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/bacon-and-tomato-pasta-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback
The trip was just wonderful. It was so nice to get away. The drive was relatively easy and fun. On the way home we stopped at a brewery in Santa Clarita and had dinner. We got home around 6pm and the girls had a chance to play and run around before bed.
One convention is over, and another looms. However riveting, or dull, you find them, this is certain: The modern-day quadrennial get-togethers are fleeting when compared with the Democrats’ 16-day gathering in New York in 1924, the longest national political convention in U.S. history.
The first days were spent narrowing the field of candidates to 16. Then — inside a 100-degree Madison Square Garden — began the lengthy roll calls. Ballot after ballot brought bedlam and deadlock, and the country followed along on live radio.
Spectators in the gallery spit on delegates below, brawls broke out on the floor and two governors got into a fistfight. Among the many divisions: pro-Prohibition versus anti-Prohibition, Catholics versus Protestants, rural versus urban.
A debate on a resolution denouncing the Ku Klux Klan required 1,000 police officers to control the crowd. (The proposal passed by one vote and newspapers nicknamed the convention a “Klanbake.”)
On the 12th day, the Democratic National Committee chairman fainted. Twice. A motion to adjourn and meet again in Kansas City, Mo., failed.
After nearly 100 ballots, the two leading candidates — Gov. Alfred E. Smith of New York and former Treasury Secretary William G. McAdoo — gave up.
On the record 103rd ballot, John W. Davis of West Virginia, a wealthy Wall Street lawyer, emerged victorious. (He was later handily beaten by President Calvin Coolidge.)
A report in The Times said of the convention, “No trained animal was ever tortured like these delegates.”
I have recurring dreams that I hate like the one where it is the last day of school and I forgot to go to class the whole year. I have that one frequently and every time I wake up I am so happy I am not in school.
I also often dream I just can't get where I need to go. Like some little detail keeps detaining me or sending me home. Very frustrating.
Last night I had a new spin on those stress dreams. I dreamt I was trying to move out of a house, a home where a bunch of folks lived, and I was so behind schedule. Every room had my stuff in it; I would think I was making progress and then see the bookshelf full of DVDs and mine were interspersed. I wanted to leave everything behind but I couldn't. I had to keep packing up and packing up. So frustrating.
I made these great Greek Nachos for the appetizer at my house the other night. The whole theme was greek, so babe marinated and grilled chicken (using this marinade), Cin brought delicious greek salad, and our other pals brought hummus & pita chips. Yah, it was all good.
Here is the original recipe. I didn't make my own pita chips, but I did warm them on the baking sheet so they would make everything get together. And I forgot the cucumbers. Otherwise, there you have it!
4 oz. Greek feta, crumbled
1/2 c. Greek yogurt
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Juice of 1 lemon, divided
2 cucumbers, chopped
1/2 c. chopped kalamata olives
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. chopped dill
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Slice pita into wedges. Put triangles in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tbs. olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Toss to combine. Bake until toasted, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, make whipped feta. In a large bowl, combine feta, 1/4 c. greek yogurt, olive oil and juice of half a lemon. With a hand mixer, mix until fluffy.
Dollop whipped feta on baked pita chips. Garnish with cucumber, olives, tomatoes, and dill. Drizzle with more olive oil and the remaining lemon juice over the chips.
I wish there was some way to describe the 4th of July in my neighborhood. You'll just have to come over some time to see it. There are literally 15 - 20 "amateur" fire work shows going off in every direction. This was the first year I actually saw some on our street. Then, you have all of the rest of us who have our own fireworks. It is Buddy's favorite day of the year. Our neighbors are very nice and very fun and we sit out on the lawn drink beer and watch the shows.
Last year, I had Joze in my pack! This year, she was in her crib snoozing through the whole thing. I was watching her in my monitor and even when the fireworks went off loud enough to set off car alarms she slept on.