It has been a fun week for Sofia. She got to paint a birdhouse
On Spring day, they planted flower seeds. Sofia looks like she’s been doing this her whole life!
the teacher even asked me whether I plant at home…. no, ZERO talent for that. I guess Sofia will be in charge of that from now on. 😉
we had a big party at the school on Thursday, where Sofia danced with her favorite partner in class
each family brought their traditional food from their country and look the feast
arepas (Venezuela dish), lasagna
rice pulao, salad
a russian dish, my empanadas
and a lot more. I strategically skipped lunch that day to eat as a beast for a very early dinner. My favorite dish was sushi and roll-less sushi rice, I need to make some at home!!!
On Saturday we went to the mall because Sofia URGENTLY needs a new pair of shoes. The ones she currently wears is for stage-2 babies, therefore the sole is too soft and would not support her all-day running feet. One mom of the kids at the daycare recommended Stride-Rite and there we went. They were having a good deal so we decided to get two pairs. Unfortunately they didn’t have Sofia’s size so we went home with no shoes but I ordered it online. One of the pairs is a white sandal, pictured below.
yeah… I took her pants off to try it properly 😉
Sunday we stayed in and Sofia discovered magnets in the fridge and she played with them for 20 min alone. I NEED TO GET SOME MORE MAGNETS!!! 😆
and then she was really happy that I finally allowed her to play with the rice box
yes my darling…. everything could be a toy!
finally we did groceries. $120 worth of food. I don’t know why we spend so much on groceries each week 😦 How people manage to do it in <300???
Last week I was in charge in cooking dinners because I was a bored with my mom’s cooking lately. I used 3 of the cook smarts menu
#1 Panko crusted fish taco
Love it. So simple and so delicious. I will definitely use the technique again.
#2: butternut squash curry
served over brown rice. It had good flavor and really easy to prepare. And I had two serving in the freezer. Yeah~
#3: Chicken Thai Basil stir-fry
this one was just okay, and leftovers were not as good as freshly prepared.
One night I had spinach cannelloni and roasted asparagus.
Sunday’s lunch: soba & broccoli salad with ginger-sesame-miso sauce,
topped with fried seaweed
Overall I like cooksmarts. It’s easy to use, simple ingredients, quick preparation and it allows me to try new dishes. However, I won’t be subscribing to it now because I can do the preparatory work (deciding the recipe, figuring out what to buy, what preparation can be done in advance, etc). Most importantly it is because I have a lot of recipes I want to try first. In the future, when I run out of ideas/recipes to try, I might subscribe to it. For the moment, I’ll incorporate some of its ideas: i) decide on 4 dishes for dinner; ii) prepare the groceries list accordingly; iii) figure out what I can prepare in advance (chopping the veggies for example); iv) make the dish! hopefully I don’t spend more than 30 min. 🙂
Q: What’s your method of planning/preparing for your meals?