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Lately, V has been super needy.  She gets upset if I put her down anywhere, unless she knows for sure that I will be staying with her.  So, while M and I got ready this morning, we let the kids hang out in V’s room.  Z was on the glider and watching Yo Gabba Gabba, while V explored around the room on the floor.  It helped.

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Time Limit Creations

V has a witching hour – she usually wakes up around 9-9:30 pm, at which point, she refuses to go back to her car seat or crib.  How does she know?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that if I ever want to do anything, I have to do it and finish before that time.  So here is how I chose to spend that time limit.

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Yesterday, I made this stir-fried tofu, green beans and mushroom dish that was a bomb.  M totally loved it and so did I.  So I wanted to make it again.  By the way, the secret to making crispy tofu that sops up yummy sauce is to use corn starch.  I used medium firm tofu (firm is too hard.  Medium gives the end result a nice contrast in texture – crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside.) and cut them into pieces just right so it does not fall apart while you are working with it.  Then you just coat it in corn starch and deep fry it till golden brown.  It stays crispy as long as you let it cool in the air, not in a container. Seriously, corn starch should a staple in your pantry if you love Chinese food.

The secret sauce is David Chang’s (Momofuku guy) Octo Vinagrette.  It’s from his Fried Chicken recipe which you can get here.  Make a big batch of the sauce because you will want to use it for everything.  Trust me.  The rest of the stir fry is just technicality.  Make sure your pan is smoking hot before you put the oil in.  Once the oil is in, you have to put the ingredients in or it will burn.

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.Today, I found these cute scalloped cups for baking mini cakes or sponge cakes.  So I made it.  Here is the recipe.  Super airy and light.  Yum.  Pillowy softness.

Secretly Content

It’s funny.  When M goes out, I get to ‘create’.  Whether be it cooking, sewing or baking, it’s my time to enjoy.  I know, most of you will think, “But, that’s work!”.  I love it.  In fact, when M gets home from work, I always trade off with him and as much as dinner needs to be prepped and cooked, it relaxes me.  So, secretly, I am happily content when I am home and the kids are asleep – let me reiterate, WHEN THE KIDS ARE ASLEEP.

Tomorrow is M’s sister’s bday and they are coming over for the morning and staying for lunch.  Again, I secretly enjoy cooking for them (even though they don’t put in the same effort when we come over, but that’s irrelevant.) because I get to make new things or let them try stuff I make.  They usually love it. 

The kids went down with some difficulty tonight. M had to go to V twice after I put her down and we ended up sleeping her in the car seat.  Z took a while to get settled, making tons of excuses and whining before going to sleep.  “My hair, it’s in my face (oh yeah, he has long hair hat he does not want cut. And we like it long, too.).”  Mixed in with some crying and whining, “My eyes, they’re (I’m not kidding.  This kid uses contractions.) wet.” “I poked my eye.”  Finally after about 15 minutes of trying to comfort him and talking him into sleep, he relents. 

So I rush down to the kitchen to start my creations.  (See next post for details.)

Secretly Content

It’s funny.  When M goes out, I get to ‘create’.  Whether be it cooking, sewing or baking, it’s my time to enjoy.  I know, most of you will think, “But, that’s work!”.  I love it.  In fact, when M gets home from work, I always trade off with him and as much as dinner needs to be prepped and cooked, it relaxes me.  So, secretly, I am happily content when I am home and the kids are asleep – let me reiterate, WHEN THE KIDS ARE ASLEEP.

Tomorrow is M’s sister’s bday and they are coming over for the morning and staying for lunch.  Again, I secretly enjoy cooking for them (even though they don’t put in the same effort when we come over, but that’s irrelevant.) because I get to make new things or let them try stuff I make.  They usually love it. 

The kids went down with some difficulty tonight. M had to go to V twice after I put her down and we ended up sleeping her in the car seat.  Z took a while to get settled, making tons of excuses and whining before going to sleep.  “My hair, it’s in my face (oh yeah, he has long hair hat he does not want cut. And we like it long, too.).”  Mixed in with some crying and whining, “My eyes, they’re (I’m not kidding.  This kid uses contractions.) wet.” “I poked my eye.”  Finally after about 15 minutes of trying to comfort him and talking him into sleep, he relents. 

So I rush down to the kitchen to start my creations.  (See next post for details.)

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