Friday, September 30, 2016

Last night I made apple oatmeal: 1 cup steel cut oats, 2 sliced apples, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 4 cups of soy milk. I also oiled the sides of the slow cooker first. It took 8 hours on low. The original recipe called for 1/3 cup of brown sugar, but that seemed a bit excessive. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Eric got home from school and made guacamole and hot chocolate from scratch.

Guacamole: ripe avocado, chopped red onion, chopped tomato, salt.

Hot chocolate: 1/3 cup hot water, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar - bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring. Lower heat and add 3 1/2 to 4 cups milk - heat through, but don't boil. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I've been using the slow cooker again now that autumn is here. Broccoli cheddar soup yesterday. Tonight (overnight) I'm going to try this apple oatmeal. I'll use less brown sugar; 3/4 cup seems a bit much.

On second thought, this looks even better.
We all stayed up too late watching the debate last night - the kids got into it too. Trump interrupted Hillary 29 times (NYT counted) and once Zoe looked at me and asked, "When is Hillary gonna talk again?" I thought she was masterful. Calm, focused, determined, a leader. And not shrill - many have criticized her voice - something they would never do to a male candidate. She has to do everything a male candidate does 20 times better. And she certainly did in this case! Trump is a joke and the scope of his lies is unmatched (LA Times).

My favorite part was when she called him out on his chauvinism near the end - he tried to deny that he called women pigs, slobs and dogs; that he said pregnancy was an inconvenience to an employer; that he said women should only get equal pay if they work harder  - and Bloomberg TV was fact-checking the whole thing live.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

I wonder if Cinnabon's still exists...there was one at the mall when I was in high school.
For anyone who still thinks *Hillary* is the liar:

Friday, September 23, 2016

We went to a fancy restaurant for D's birthday. It was all vegetarian and very delicious. Zoe and I had the Yukon potato fry bread (thin, crisp bread with potato filling and cheese and sour cream and radish. Very delicious but not low carb. I have a date with the exercise bike when we get back.) We also shared crudités with hummus. Eric had gnocchi and D had cauliflower tempura.
I just got Zoe's class list and I've been thinking about where to have her birthday party. She wants to have it at a kids' chain that has several locations in the city. I also just got an email from this chain offering me $115 off anything I do there (including a birthday party). So that is good. The question is, which location? I'm planning to invite her old class (they all live on the Upper West Side), a few neighborhood friends, and her new class. The new class is scattered through the city, but the most popular zip code (the class list gives zip codes but not full addresses) is the east side, 27th to 41st Street.

The chain has a location near the old class (Upper West Side) AND a location near that popular zip code. I don't know which one to pick. The old class is a small group (9), but it's nice to see them; one of them had a birthday party earlier in the month. The new class is a larger group (24), but I don't know them too well yet. The rest of the new class that is not in the popular zip code is either 1) elsewhere on the East Side or 2) far downtown, like Tribeca and the financial district. None of them are on the Upper West Side (only the old class is). So it's kind of a pickle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's Christmas on Pinterest already. These are very cute though.

The Hill says that Hillary regained her 5-point lead over Trump nationwide. Democrats are nervous because it's so close. But we don't need a big lead, necessarily. JFK beat Nixon by one half of one percent in 1960 - about 300,000 votes. And Gary Johnson is revealing himself to be an idiot (no idea where Aleppo is and wants to abolish the Department of Homeland Security), so hopefully he won't divert too many votes from Hillary. And Jill Stein only cares about legalizing marijuana.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Eric likes to look up recipes online and cook them. Today he found a recipe for a baked potato where the potato was sliced, but not all the way to the bottom. I wasn't sure how it would come out. It was delicious! Cooked just right and slightly salty. He is a talented chef.