Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dinner & Books - Summer Ed.

If I'm being totally honest, my multi-cultural palate is probably owed to my kids more than anything. Become a mom to a bunch of kids with vastly different roots, and you start to notice and care about things you didn't use to notice or care about.

It's not that everyone operates like this, it's just that I was always content with Pineapple Chicken prior to 2006, which doesn't really even count as Chinese food.

I once ate at the Indian buffet when we lived in DC and it didn't ring my bell. "Too stewy," I said. Like a fool.


This is a recent home creation, and it knocked all our socks clean off. It's seriously something special.
And if it sounds too complicated, it's totally not. You probably just need to go to bed earlier tomorrow night or take a mental health day. WE CAN MARINATE CHICKEN IN AROMATIC OIL. I promise we can.

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Thighs
Indian-Style Stir Fried Cabbage
Mango Salsa - Dice one mango and one peeled cucumber. Stir together with the juice of half a lime, salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro.

Since food and books pair together like, well, food and books, I'm going to go ahead and blab about what I've been reading.

Very different from his other books I've read, but insightful and an easy read.
I don't read parenting books very often, but this is the kind that reminds me of what a gift it is to guide our small people (and taller-than-us people) with intention. I want to be a more grace-giving mom. I'm tired of parenting from a place of fear (mostly of what other people will think) or worry. This is an excellent read.

My friend Kim loaned me this one because it still had time left on it at the library. It didn't wow me, but I finished a novel! I haven't done that in a while.

This is so freaking fun and fantastic and thoughtful. It's kind of like Jen Hatmaker's 7, only grittier. It has given me tons to think about and she's a great writer.

Kid reads:
Made me cry. #adoption

Super whimsical and full of wonder, with great illustrations.

Every little brown girl needs to own this book! It made Rubes smile so big.

Calvin = obsessed.
Example: "Mom, if you could be the daughter of any of the Greek gods, who would you pick?"

Ruby = obsessed.
These seem so odd to me. There are a bajillion. Sports fairies. Flower fairies. Science fairies. Gymnastics fairies. (???) Weather fairies. (Not even playing.) Baby Animal Rescue fairies. Rock-and-Roll fairies. School fairies. Not to be outshined by...the Green fairies. (Again, ????? To all of it.)

I found this at the thrift store (holla!) and had to bring it home. It's such a cool little book about a boy who lives in the city, in South Africa. Africa! You're so rad and varied, with so many layers and so much to teach us.

That's what we're eating and reading.

How about you?


  1. In a reading rut for my 2nd grade son (3rd grade this fall) I want to find something exciting for him to read this summer

    1. My son is 1st going into 2nd (but in French Immersion) and so we are very slowly reading Dragon Master series by Tracey West. My son is doing okay (considering he hasn't had English at school at all yet!), so likely would be easier for your son to read - and it is really exciting - I want to know what's happening - so I may have read ahead to the end, uh hum... :)
      3 books, 4th and last due out in August. Highly recommend!! I picked it up at my local bookstore, I'm sure they are on amazon or wherever.

    2. Thank you so much Annet!!!

    3. Maybe the Boxcar Children mysteries? I loved them but I'm not sure what the age recommendations are.

  2. P.s. Love this post recipe looks amazing!

  3. Confesstion: everytime I see chicken thighs in a recipe, I skip it.
    Also, I loved that Kim's recommendation didn't wow you! Pare for the course!
    And I actually took a picture od that Africa book at the library last week to send to KG! Reminded me of her! At least I think it was that book. Now that I think of it, maybe not. Hmmm....

    1. Exactly, Sarah! Although it didn't wow me either. A fun read. Light. Good for vacation.

  4. How's All the Light We Cannot See going? You've abandoned it, haven't you?

  5. I'm reading Extravagant Grace and Where the Wind Reads by Vihn Chung -- a memoir... VERY good so far.

    Happy reading!!!!

  6. Now that Ruby has read what I like to call The Fairy Canon, you may want to take a road trip to Ann Arbor, MI where they have fairy doors hidden all over the city:

  7. I have about 40 rainbow magic books in my house. My eldest daughter started reading them & now my youngest who's 7 (end of this month) loves them. I buy some but we got most from older girl friends who had outgrown them & second hand stores & jumble sales. They were thrilled to see their names on books - Olivia the Orchid Fairy & Zoe the Skating Fairy!

  8. I'm reading Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson and A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron, so so good!!

  9. I got a cabbage in my CSA box this week and I've been looking for a new recipe to try - the Indian stir fry cabbage sounds yummy! I will have to give it a try!!

  10. I just ordered How to Love your Neighbor w/o Being Weird (thanks GraceTable!) for my vaca flight tomorrow. Sorry that you guys are coming home to such a cool cloudy day.

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