I Spy With My Little Eye…

My daughter has been up in bed for 40 minutes now, but hasn’t stopped talking. Listening to Quinn on the monitor, it sounds like she is making phone calls and shuffling things around. She is still in a crib, but sometimes after hearing her like this I expect to walk into her room and see all of her furniture rearranged. I mean, what can she possibly be doing up there. There is nothing in her crib but 5 pacifiers and 2 blankies. That’s it! If only I could entertain myself that well.

Last night I got home just in time to say goodnight to her. She was all tucked in by Dad, who she had just finished hanging out with for a few hours. I asked her if she had fun, which of course she responded yes to. Then I asked her what she did. Now, in the past she has not been verbally advanced enough to answer this, but I like to ask her anyway. Tonight though was different. She told me “Ice Cream.” I asked her if she got ice cream from Dad, and she answered “Yes.”

This amazed me that she is developing her language skills so well, but also frightened me too.

Note to self: There are no more secrets in this house. You have a spy. So when you tell your husband you cleaned all day, you had better mean it!

Spicy Peanut Noodles

1/2 box of whole wheat spaghetti

1 tsp peanut oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3/4 creamy peanut butter

1 Tb Sesame Oil

2 tsp Rice Vinegar

1/2 c water

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper (more if you live on the wild side)

1 Tb cilantro, finely chopped

1/2 white sesame seeds

1/2 tsp black sesame seeds

Prepare spaghetti as directed on the box. Drain out water when finished cooking. Toss with a drop of sesame oil and set aside to cool.

In a small sauce pan, heat vegetable oil and saute garlic for about 2 minutes. Do not let garlic brown. Add sesame oil and stir. Add peanut butter and continuously stir until it is melted. Stir in Rice Vinegar and some water. Keep adding water until it is a very smooth thick, but liquidy substance. Pour over noodles. Add crushed red pepper and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Before serving toss in cilantro and sesame seeds. If texture seems a little dry, drizzle sesame oil and toss.

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