* My mother-in-law brought over these three beautiful zucchini from her garden last week when she picked up Oscar for a sleep over. I love, love, love zucchini, especially when it is fresh. I love it grilled, sautéed, with pasta, whatever. Even raw with dip. I wanted to do something different with it so I made Curried Zucchini Soup and it was FANTASTIC. You just sauté and onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one table spoon of kosher salt; add 2 cloves of minced garlic and 2 teaspoons of curry powder (I used hot curry powder) and cook until fragrant (like one minute.) They you toss in on baking potato cut into one inch chunks and 3 medium or 2 large zucchini cut in to one inch slices; bring to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes until the veggies are tender. Then you puree it in batches (don't fill the blender more than half way - took me three batches to puree the whole pot) and you can either serve it immediately or serve it chilled. Add a hunk of crusty bread and that's a meal right there. Delicious.
*Now that the weather is nice (well not this week; this week it's atrociously hot), Valentine spends a lot of her time out doors. I let her in every hour or so to cool down and get a drink, but she really prefers it outside. A couple of weeks ago, she was lying on our back porch and I noticed she was being swarmed by flies. I felt so bad for her. This almost never happens - we don't really have biting flies in our neck of the woods and Valentine is not particularly smelly. I mean, she smells like a dog, but she's not putrid or anything.
Anyways, I opened the door to let her in and she reluctantly came inside. And that's when I saw that there was something white and furry on the porch where Valentine had been lying. Three somethings, really. So, I looked a little closer. Are you ready for this? It was the HEAD of a white rabbit and it's two feet (you know, for luck.) The body was gone, I'm assuming consumed by Valentine.
So, I almost vomited right there and I immediately called Nelson and told him he needed to get home ASAP because I'll dispose of dirty diapers and dog poop but I WILL NOT be handling a dismembered rabbit corpse. And the thing is, I'd seen the dead rabbit in the yard earlier in the morning, but I couldn't go get it because I had the boys and bunny corpse disposal is just not a question-happy-three-year-old-friendly activity. See, when Valentine catches a varmint and actually kills it, she usually juts looses interest. Well, not this time. Disgusting.
*Oscar had his first visit with the dentist on Friday. He has 20 clean, shiny teeth and he went home with a new yellow toothbrush sporting a mermaid and a clown fish. I also had my teeth cleaned and have to go back for a filling. And an extraction. And a bridge. Stupid teeth. Here's my guy in the dentist chair, so proud:
*I finally bought my train ticket for BlogHer. I'm really looking forward to the three and a half hour train ride to NYC all by my self. I don't know if I should sleep or read or cry. I might even bring a little DVD player so I can watch movies. Or TrueBlood. There are just so many options.
*Last Thursday, my friends Jane and Pam came over with their little boys Xavier and Gideon and we all went up to the Farmer's Market and came home to have a lovely dinner of bread, pickles, green beans, salmon spread, cheese, and wine. While us moms were inside enjoying our wine, Nelson was outside with all four boys. This bigs (Oscar, Gideon, Xavier) were happily playing with the sand and water table on the side of the house while Miles William was practicing going down our front porch stairs on his behind. When Miles got to the second to last stair, Nelson decided to peek around the corner and check on the bigs. And Miles promptly fell off the stairs and onto his face. The poor kid has been sporting a scraped face all week, though it looks much better today.
*Oscar's birthday party was a smashing success, including the monster truck birthday cake. Hopefully I'll upload photos today and post some this week. Prepare to be impressed.
*Does anyone want to design me a free business card to bring to BlogHer? Come on, who's not looking for unpaid work theses days? You know you want to.
Wow, that's kind of a lot of random for me. Now, get thee to Keely's and visit more random players.