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Monday, January 16, 2006

Leopard Print PJs and Tropical Pork - It's all good.

Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement! I feel a lot better now, thanks to my friends (online AND off), retail therapy, and some great cooking.

Right after I ate a horrid lunch (Boston Market, don't ask...), my friend Barb and I drove over to a newish wine store that opened up just five minutes away from our office. It's a franchise called Vino 100 . The concept is 100 wines under $25. The storefront is very simple; wood floors, cubby-style shelves, one side red, one side white. I loved the way the wines are classifed. Ratings were nowhere to be found (thankfully - they are so subjective). Instead, each wine had a little sign called a wine barometer. I needed some inexpensive wines for weeknight drinking. I got three bottles (including the bottle described in the above link). The wine I tried tonight was just $10, and I really enjoyed it. It was called Cols des Vents.

My retail therapy continued after work. I left early and after running a couple of errands (bank, post office, etc.) I went over to Once Upon a Child with my swing. I got $20 for it, which seemed pretty good for a swing that is over four years old. I exchanged it for a smaller, portable swing that has a wider seat to better fit Max. This will be perfect for my second floor. I'm especially looking forward to putting him in it while I shower. Right now, I put him in the bassinet and wheel it into the bathroom, living me zero room to maneuver. He's also getting awfully big for the bassinet. I got a few other things at the store as well. For Dylie, I got a pair of pink Scooby Doo slipper socks (brand new). They were 80 cents. I also got her a very cute pair of leopard print PJs (Nordstrom brand) for $6, and a silly turquoise unitard for $3. Max got some cute baby tube socks (80 cents for three pair), and two Baby Einstein books ($1 each).

Here are the leopard PJs - I love them!!


Following Once Upon a Child, I headed over to Kroger to do a bit of food shopping. I got lots of baby food along with some supplies for tonight's dinner. Re: the baby food, I'm a bit torn. I made most of Dylie's food myself, and honestly, it didn't take much time. But, I have so much going on right now, and even a little time spent on that is time away from other activities. Also, given the fact that I'd want to use all organic fruits and veggies, it isn't even a cost-saving activity. I did buy a big bunch of bananas for the little guy - those can just be mashed with a fork.

After I got home, looked at all of the books Dylie bought, nursed Max and put away the groceries, I started making dinner. It was amazing. Granted, we didn't eat until after 7, but it was so worth it. I turned once again to All about Braising, and made Country Style Pork Ribs with Mango, Lime and Coconut. The pork was browned in olive oil and removed from the pan. I then added a thinly sliced onion, ginger, garlic, lime zest, a cinnamon stick and some cardamom. Once that cooked for a bit, I added rum (the recipe called for light rum, but I only had Captain Morgan's), a chopped mango, fresh lime juice and coconut milk. The pork was added back into the skillet which was then covered. I cooked the dish on low for about an hour and ten minutes and served it with white rice and leftover green beans. The pork was so tender and flavorful, and I just loved the sauce, especially with the fluffy white rice. Dylan ate every bite.


Max ate peas:


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