Mixed Bag Mondays: Mushrooms and Waffles

I swear I’m not being lazy, but I just don’t see the need to go through all the steps of sharing some recipes that aren’t ones I would make again. Let’s start with the waffles.

What’s wrong with this waffle?

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Sous Vide Halibut

Here I am bringing another sous vide recipe your way. This is not meant to sway you to buy one. I think I have said this before, but I never planned on having one. It was a gift and I wanted to find recipes to use with it. My best luck has been with seafood, so I wanted to share a favorite from this summer.

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Vanilla Butter Cake

A little while ago I shared that I had made a vanilla cake recipe from my favorite cake book to make cupcakes for the Fudgelet. I also used the same recipe to try out my new number/letter cake pan. Maybe not the best idea to use a new recipe and a new pan, but it worked pretty well. The cake pan had a little bit of a learning curve but nothing crazy and we liked the cakes we got. Basically, the letter pan is about the same amount of batter as an 8 inch cake, so I ended up having some batter left that I used for a round cake.

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Roasted Beef Brisket with Vegetables

My birthday is always interesting as an adult/mom/wife. I enjoy cooking, so it can be fun making food for my own birthday. But, I also don’t want anything that would be exhausting or boring. So, this past birthday I was flipping through my cookbooks and came across this recipe. I’d never made anything with brisket before, but wanted to try. It seemed so easy but seemed potentially good. I consulted with my dad and M since they had cooked brisket before. The recipe was a bit different from what they’ve done before but they said it sounded like it could work.

And it did!

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Strawberries and Cakes

I know…it isn’t strawberry season, but I still wanted to share these. I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen and also a recipe from a cookbook. But to be honest, I can’t tell them apart. I’m not positive which recipe came from which place. I think the ones directly below were from a cookbook and the circle ones were from Smitten Kitchen. I think.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Dear Fudgelet, Part 7

Dear Fudgelet,

As I write this, I am freaking out a bit. Today we took you to your preschool orientation. In a few days you will start preschool for real. While we sat at the orientation, I started to panic that I had chosen the wrong school.

  • It seemed too crazy as we went in with all of the other families there.
  • The bathroom is a public one and you get scared of how loud they flush…now you will have to flush them on your own.
  • You just wanted to play solo and K mentioned that a Montessori school might have been a better fit after all (I still don’t think so but this gave me doubts too).
  • They “hope” to teach you to read 25 words but you can already read every word in the room and more.
  • Will you learn anything?
  • Will you be safe?
  • Are the teachers going to look out for you?
  • Are you going to miss me?
  • How will I make sure to get you on time when pick-up is during his usual nap and if I’m even a minute late you might worry?

And then I started to realize that my fears had nothing to do with the specific school. I mean, they do, but I would come up with any fears for your first time away from me. You will be with people I barely know and I won’t know what is happening while you are gone. The first day I might not cry, but I will likely be in a state of panic the whole time.

What do I hope for you with school?

I hope:

  • You will have fun.
  • You will learn academics but also common sense and social skills, too.
  • You and I will learn to be okay being separated for lengths of time.
  • You will be excited to go.
  • You will make friends.
  • You will like your teachers, but still think I’m ok.
  • You will be excited for Kindergarten.
  • You will not be bored but will find everything interesting.
  • You will not be the perfect student, but will try hard and mostly follow directions.
  • You will be safe.
  • You will listen and absorb, but also remember and follow what we teach you at home.

This will post on the day you have your first field trip. It is also the day I need to bring in snacks for the class. I did that on purpose, to help remind myself, haha. I think I will be there for your field trip, so we shall see how it goes. And by then, we will hopefully be following our new routine of school days and days off without as much panic.

Happy Start of School! Your life will be changing so much and you are now out in the world. I hope the world isn’t too hard on you but that you learn some good lessons along the way.

Love,
Mom

Grilled Caramel Sesame Chicken

This recipe started off with every thought of me following it word for word. But we don’t like fish sauce, no matter how hard we try. So, I swapped it with some Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. And then I was going to use skewers but chickened out (pun intended) at the last moment. That’s why my chicken is chopped when it didn’t need to be with the way I cooked the chicken. But, it still ended up delicious the way I made it. We loved it over rice.

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