Anyway, when I really get down (55 minutes out of every hour), I remind myself of what was happening exactly a year ago and how, strangely, this is somewhat easier and also more optional. Seriously, do you remember the Turkey Burritos of Sadness? I'll take a meat muffin (IT'S NOT DIRTY IT'S A THING) any day. Also, I've gotten a couple of comments about willpower and I just want to go on the record with this correction: stubbornness. I will resist every brie cracker shoved in my face out of stubbornness.
A bright spot in this bleak, bleak time of cravings and meat-sweats: the food really is pretty good. I whipped up some Egg Foo Yong the other day, which I sold to Anna as an "egg and chicken and cabbage pancake" with some success. I also made two sauces from the cookbook: Spicy Secret Sauce (good) and The Best Stir-Fry Sauce Ever (not really for me, since all I ever taste in Chinese Five Spice powder is anise, and yuck). Anyway, look at the beautiful little circles of savory griddle-y goodness!
BEHIND THE SCENES: this was mostly an aesthetic disaster and took foreeeeeever. Next time I won't try to replicate the awesome cookbook picture and will just make a giant yummy omelet.
|It's heartbreaking when eggs betray me this way. See also: crepes.|
Pizza sauce and olives go a pretty long way for me, but without mozzarella this really only provides wistful echoes of pizzas past. Confession: I rather liked it. But it was also the first time since meat muffins that I seriously wondered to myself, What on earth am I doing?
|And I say that as someone who put chia seeds in her limeade because a magazine told her to.|
|If you had told 31-year-old Erica about this mayo/yogurt reversal, she would have laaaaaaaaaaughed and laughed.|
Finally, last night we had a nice bowl of Coconut Curry with chicken, cauliflower, and squash. I love curry and this was a gently spicy one. This is a meal that I would actually keep in my normal, pre-lifestyle-overhaul rotation.
|Also a warm, comforting way to remind the weather who's boss around here.|
Anna had a bit of a deer in the headlights thing happening with her First Day of School pictures.
|FIRST DAY OF WHAT, NOW?|
But then I realized she just had some very specific ideas about props and staging.
|There's that cool confidence. Girl just needed her wheels.|
|Remembering to check her blind spot. All growed up!|
|Anna has no idea how to use this DS, but she's excellent at propping it up in various places.|