the bean is such a ham. she cracks me up. as soon as i whip out the camera, she's looking dead at me and striking a pose (do you dig the new PJs, or what?):
more of her new jammies! her little ruffle butt is funny.
the teen hates this toy with a passion (it's got some really loud music that plays at the push of a button, which the bean does with great delight). i put some tape over the speaker, which muffled the volume a bit, but it's still annoying as hell. when i asked her to smile, this is what i got:
and, totally off-topic, but my latest culinary adventure was quite a success. i made a big spinach salad for dinner and paired it with this recipe for tomato-artichoke soup.
the last time we had tea, the teen had a similar soup that she absolutely loved, and when i found a recipe for it, i decided to give it a shot. after a few tweaks (namely, adding more tomato puree and salt), she gave it a taste-test, and it passed! i was pretty stoked, as i'd never made soup like it before. and because i cringed at the thought of using all that butter and milk, PLUS heavy cream, i cut down on some of that butter and switched the latter for some fat-free half-and-half instead (i also used fat-free milk). delicious AND nutritious!
cutting out starbucks has been painful, but great for the checkbook. i mean, come on - there's a 'bucks in both of the grocery stores i shop at, and it'd become a regular treat for us. scooping up a grande iced nonfat upside-down caramel macchiato (say that three times fast) was pretty typical for me for quite a while, and i do miss it. but while going through my pantry, i rediscovered several brand-spanking new tins of flavored instant coffee and decided to give it a shot.
and i'm officially addicted. i like to mix in a bit of nonfat french vanilla creamer, and it's oh-so-yummy. and i think a whole tin of that instant coffee that i used to turn my nose up at costs about the same as ONE of my beloved caramel macchiatos. so, so wrong. but oh, so right!
this cost-cutting thing is turning into a fun game. i kinda like it.