There are advantages to having an empty nest.
Saturday, even though Chad was in town, he was working. You will recall that he was grumpy and when he left that morning to go to work, I asked him what time he would be home after work (as in . . what time shall I have dinner?), his response was “I’m going to Jason’s”. I thought . . fine . . I hope Jason is going to feed you!
Not long after Chad left, Vince said “Want to go to Pittsburg?” In Vince speak, that’s means . . want to eat Chinese? He knows I don’t like Chinese food. My first answer was an emphatic NO! Then I felt bad. He does so much for me. You know . . those pink sponges . . how many husbands would be so considerate as to think of getting a nail saver sponge for their wife for Valentine’s Day? I hope your answer is “Not Mine”. Really, I may complain about Vince (ain’t no maybe about it . . I complain a lot!) but he really is a great husband and I’ll bow at his feet (well, only in my mind . . not literally!) for the ways he’s helped me with Chad; the way he provides for all of us and never complains; the ways he supported me emotionally through those years when Chad caused all this gray hair. He really isn’t much on buying gifts for special occasions. In Vince’s mind, every day is a special occasion. If you see something you want and need, get it. Heck, get 2 or 3 of them and drive your wife nuts! 🙂
I began thinking about all that and then I said . . ok, I’ll go eat Chinese so off to Pittsburg we went.
They have crawfish on the buffet and while they look like regular boiled crawfish, they don’t taste like any crawfish you’ll ever find in Louisiana . . unless you’re eating at the Chinese buffet . This is Vince’s plate . . not mine. My Louisiana heritage will not allow me to eat crawfish off a Chinese buffet, even though I did taste them once just to be sure they didn’t measure up. I’ve tasted some bland crawfish on Chinese buffets in Louisiana. That should be criminal! Hey . . Governor Jindal . . make it illegal in Louisiana to serve crawfish that aren’t done right! And, I should be the one who gets to decide what’s right! 🙂
From there we went to a couple of antique stores. I bought this little iron for $2. It will probably just find a place sitting on a shelf next to a Featherweight but I fired it up and it does work.
Sunday I made more of the Five Minute Artisan Bread. If you haven’t bought the book and tried it, what are you waiting for? I just love it! Chad had asked for some to take back to school so I made a long baguette type piece and we ate part of it with lunch and then Chad was taking the rest of the loaf with him. Then Vince asked if it would be possible to make more for dinner. He wanted sandwiches with crusty bread. I had another whole batch I’d stirred up Thursday so yep, I just made another smaller baguette type loaf. Chad had already left by dinner time. Vince fixed himself a sandwich and I had an avocado with fresh, warm bread!
Then yesterday, I still had some smoked chicken in the fridge so I made a pizza. This is my favorite pizza – kind of a margherita style.
Hey . . stop laughing! No one ever said pizza HAS to be perfectly round. Mine always ends up taking on whatever shape it desires. Yes, I could take more time to get it nice and round but who cares? It tastes just the same whether it’s “L” shaped, horse shoe shaped or whatever shape it takes on. I like to make this with fresh tomatoes but . . there were no fresh tomatoes at my house so I cooked down a jar of whole tomatoes with some basil, oregano, onions and garlic. The I topped it with sliced fresh mozzarella, a bit of parmesan, chopped smoked chicken and lots of fresh basil.
Now doesn’t that just look so good? It was definitely so good! And, because Chad isn’t home to complain about spinach, I fixed Spanakopita and it was so good too! 🙂
Chad is a bit of a picky eater in that he won’t eat spinach, broccoli, cabbage . . that sort of thing. Vince will eat most anything so I can cook anything my heart desires without worrying about having rice and gravy for Chad. This empty nest isn’t nearly as bad as it was two weeks ago!