Layla has this wonderful independence…she truly wants to try everything on her own. I try to remind myself to let her and embrace it and step back. I have a tendency to try to get in there and help her when she is not even asking for it. (She is good at telling me "no, I'll do it myself") Maybe it's being the second child that she has the desire to do so much herself, or maybe it's just her…either way I love seeing it.
That night I attempted to make fish tacos. I always eat them at restaurants and love them, so I decided to try to make them myself. They turned out AWESOME!! The marinade I made to cook the fish in was delicious (taco seasoning, pepper, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and peach preserves…all pureed together) I used cod fillet, marinated it for a couple hours (fish chopped into pieces), then I sauteed them in olive oil. We put them a wheat tortilla topped them with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, my mango salsa and sour cream...yummy!! I wanted to make it a little fruity because it seems like when I order them they usually have a pineapple or some other tropical fruit type salsa on it. No photo of this dinner because we ate them before I even thought of it!!
Little things I'm happy for right now:
-The sunshine we had earlier this week!!! It was not hot yet by any means and the snow is here now, but the sun was fantastic. (Layla and I had lunch outside on Wednesday…her suggestion, and the kiddos all got to play crazy outside at my parents this week for family dinner!!)
-The upcoming holiday-I love playing the Easter bunny…even more than Santa. Maybe because it's less pressure. Santa has to fill stockings with great goodies AND have the biggest, best gift under the tree. The Easter bunny just gets to put silly things and candy in plastic eggs (our favorite is putting baby carrots in them…the girls think it's hilarious every year…they say "this is bunny food!") and the baskets get to be filled with fun little gifts. And, because it's spring it's usually fun stuff for outside like sidewalk chalk and bubbles. Then…you get to hide the eggs, which I swear becomes a competition between Matt and I for who can find the better hiding spots. (I also love that I get up before anyone on Easter morning to hide the dyed eggs outside…even if there's snow!)
-Weekend plans-last week was a lazy-turned-busy weekend…this weekend is full of plans! Dinner with friends, dying Easter eggs, and all the Easter fun and maybe some furniture shopping. (we've been trying to find stuff for our room…to finally get rid of the last pieces of furniture that have been loaned to us from family, then we can be proper grown-ups)Last night I made a family favorite....Tortellini Soup with some homemade bread, it's a crowd pleaser at my house~
-Chopped carrots, celery, onion, zucchini and/or green beans. (I do about a cup of each and you can vary what type of veggies you use!)
-1 can diced tomatoes
-1 can tomato sauce
-3 1/2 cups veggie broth
-Salt & pepper.
-1 package tortellini (or homemade if you are feeling ambitious!!)
*Put all of the above in a large sauce pan, bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer. Cover and let simmer until veggies start getting soft (about 10-15 min). Add the tortellini and cook an additional 10 minutes until tortellini is done.
This soup is something I can make and nobody will complain at dinner time...especially if you serve it with warm bread. (I made herb-wheat baguettes...mmmm)
Ready for a lovely weekend of friends,family and of course at-home-date night with my hubby (manicotti with marinara sauce).
Happy Good Friday & Easter!!!