So I spent all day baking instead of painting I like I planned. It was nice and cool and I needed to make bread, and if I am going to make bread and have the oven on anyway then I may as well go ahead and bake as much other as I can think of. The kids and hubby got 10 dozen cookies, a cake, bread, and 2 loaves of quick bread, not to mention a crock pot of beans and some confetti rice* for dinner out of it so they are happy.
I got a self portrait doodle out of it so I am happy. (As I mentioned to Jonatha–hubby suggested that I looked like a 1950’s housewife in one of those awful ads: “Use our wonderful baby soap, with full lye” or Eat our wonderful health food, now with more Lard.”–I think I look more like a gypsy or some weird bohemian chick, especially since my hair is done in multiple braids, not cornrows but close enough.)
In the meantime my large house painting is laid out and ready for me to start on, I have a small but full page doodle in the works, the bills are paid, made plans with mom to drive down to the Trader Joes 45 min away on Wednesday, the laundry is sorted, the kids folded and put away the 4 baskets of laundry that have been soaking up the stink in the basement, and Issac and I fixed the crack in the tub so now we can take showers again (the lack of a non-leaky tub is the very reason why my hair has spent the last week up in mini braids, well that an how easy to care for and cool they are,) AND I managed to stay home meaning I didn’t use gas. It has been a productive day.
*We call it confetti rice though I believe it is different than what most people think of when you say confetti rice. I am all about quick easy meals–cereal and fruit is perfectly acceptable in our household. My confetti rice is quick and easy and everyone LOVES it, and and I love it because it is cheap:
1 can tuna with olive oil (you can use the broth version, I don’t but you can. Plus, if you don’t do tuna you can leave it out or use real honest to goodness meat, or if you don’t buy meat because it is too expensive but want some protein in their you can throw in some TVP which I do occasionally though hubby won’t eat it if I do.):))
2 cups leftover rice (in this case it was aborio, but whatever you have)
2 cups mixed soup veggies, frozen (you can use whatever frozen or canned veggies you all like, my kids like the little soup ones and I HATE canned veggies unless they are green beans)
garlic and onion powder and salt to taste (I like lots of onion and garlic powder and a little bit of salt)
Fry all of it together until warm. Do not, I repeat, do not cook this until the veggies all turn brown. Ick. The kids won’t eat it, and that is just gross. No, you have to just get it warmed up so everything is bright and colorful–kids LIKE colorful food whiich is goo dbecause it is MUCH healthier when the veggies have their color.
Give the picky eater a small sample and insist she come to the table and eat the sample up before going back to her game. Picky eater will finally taste it then ask for seconds. Eat it up while still hot. The end.