My name is Erin, and I do not like taking my daughter to the playground.

Whew. That felt good.

I often ask myself if this makes me a bad mom. Then I quickly tell myself, “No!” I do many, many things for and with my daughter. I am allowed to dislike one activity.

I can’t really pinpoint the major reasons. I am just never comfortable there. I hate milling around with other parents, waiting for my child or their child to do somethings wrong. And believe me, someone always eventually makes someone else cry.

The parents barely speak to each other. I mean, there is the usual banter about how old the person’s child is, whether or not they are in school, where they go, etc., etc.. I kind of can’t stand that same conversation over and over and over.
I get totally bored and totally under stimulated.
The problem is that Quinn LOVES going to the playground.

It’s not as bad as it seems.

Her dad likes to take her there. It is their special time together. He actually has fun doing it. So in the end, we all get what we want. Well, the great husband really, really wants me to like going to the playground with him. But they both still choose to love me as I am.

This makes everyone happy.

Yesterday was The Great Husband’s birthday. He requested seared tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes. Done and done.

For a quick and delicious appetizer, I whipped up these. Impressive at any party.

Stuffed Mushrooms

serves 6-8

4 cups whole mushrooms

1/2 c panko break crumbs

1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

3/4 c butter

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp parsley

Preheat oven to 375F.

Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Remove stems from mushrooms.

Finely chop stems and 2 mushrooms. Melt 1/2 c butter.

In a medium bowl, add chopped mushrooms and stems, bread crumbs, cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley. Add melted butter and stir until incorporated.

Place mushroom caps top-side down in a large casserole dish.

Stuff each mushroom with stuffing mixture.

Melt remaining butter and pour a little over each stuffed mushroom.

Place in dish in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until tops are crispy.

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