Wednesday… ah, Wednesday. The day when you get to hear the way I got to Jay’s heart this week… except this particular Wednesday, you don’t.
We’ve had a somber week. A close friend lost his battle with cancer. He was a really wonderful man – one of those people you meet who is genuinely kind. He lived his life with gusto and pursued his wife, his daughter, and his hobbies with passion. He was funny and fun and loved by many. He and Jay were in each other’s weddings. Heaven is richer for having him, and our lives are better for knowing him. So Jay has been back home for several days, looking for ways to do God’s work among his friend’s family, and it’s really amazing the doors that God has opened for him to step into. Jay has been doing some wonderful things, and I am so proud to be his wife.
So today, instead of reading Jay’s favorite foods this week, you get to see what should have been last Friday’s post – the latest installment of Friday Food Critics – your chance to join Abs and Sam during a day’s worth of eating.
Their Friday morning started with a quinoa oatmeal berry breakfast. I love this breakfast. The only thing that I do differently than she suggests is I cook a cup of quinoa before baking instead of adding a dry cup to the dry ingredients, and I spread it in the pan before spreading the dry ingredients. We like it that way a little better because the quinoa doesn’t seem to cook all of the way just baking, and we like it better cooked all the way. Anyway, Friday Food Critics is not an installment of this blog where I generally link you to recipes, but if you are new to the whole concept of cooking with quinoa and have been trying to figure out a good recipe to start with and have not yet tried the one in my last blog, this is another great one to go for. At least that’s my opinion. Let’s see what the kids think:
While Abs’s face after the second bite might seem a bit sketchy, I promise she liked it. This meal is really a hit in our house. Also, I’m afraid my ability to video is getting worse. I say all the time that I cannot multitask, and sadly, it is true.
Lunch… smoothies. We have smoothies a lot. I love strawberry season because strawberries are my favorite smoothie ingredient. We’re into strawberry banana smoothies right now.
And for supper, I made black bean quesadillas for the first time. Now if you read my last post, you know that I am going through a detox where my only sustenance is this strange natural concoction that I drink many times a day. On the day I am writing this, it is day nine of this detox, and I can say undoubtedly that the hardest part of it was NOT trying these black bean quesadillas. They looked incredible to me, and I love to try new things. So I had to live vicariously through my children (NOT a healthy thing for a parent to do, but in this case, I let myself). And now you get to live vicariously through them as well:
And lest there was any question as to how well they liked the black bean quesadillas that I sacrificed for my so-called lemon breath, here is how they responded when I took the plate away:
And with that I sign off for tonight. As always, thank you for reading. And please hug the people you love for an extra second tonight. Death is a sacred time, full of mystery and wonder and opportunity and grief and longing and memories and regrets and appreciation. But life is full of all of those things, too, and they often come in the packages of the messy, wonderful people around us. I’m so grateful that the children you’ve been watching here are two of mine.