Saturdays are usually quite daunting for us. While most people enjoy a day of rest we see it as 12 empty hours to fill…and how on earth do we keep Maya entertained without going crazy ourselves? Well I am thrilled to report that we were successful and the day flew by.
Maya and I started the day at the usual 6 o’clock starting time. Ali decided to stay at his dad’s last night so it was just Maya and I this morning. So we decided to do a little baking for friends who were coming over for lunch. Maya was in charge of stirring the brownie batter.
She did more of this though:
I promise I didn’t let her put the spoon back into the batter.
It was a bit of a stressful morning getting everything ready but our hard work paid off and things came together quite well.
In addition to the brownies we had smoked salmon (with capers, onions, and tomatoes), orange cranberry pound cake, mini blueberry muffins, bagels and cream cheese, fruit, chicken kabobs (from an Indian restaurant and Ali’s contribution to the meal), and my personal favorite, a spinach frittata with avocado that I pulled together at the last-minute. The frittata was a hit and it was SO easy. I highly recommend trying this.
Scramble 4 eggs and 3 egg whites, add fresh spinach, onions, a dash of turmeric, and chili powder. Coat the bottom of a deep non-stick pan with a tiny bit of olive oil and cook it on a low heat until the bottom was brown. Pop the whole thing under the broiler for about 5 minutes and then add the avocado. If you have cheese on hand throw some on before putting it under the broiler.
Seriously, easy but very impressive looking!
After everyone left Maya had a friend visit which was great because they played together for at least a solid hour. Which meant we could actually form a thought or two without being interrupted.
After our second set of guests left we were all starving and had cabin fever from being home most of the day. So we headed out to Akbar, an Indian restaurant in Santa Monica. Isn’t it weird how you can go to a place and everything is fantastic and then go back and wonder what on earth you liked about it the first time? Well thats what happened to us today. Even the naan wasn’t good and that is usually the easiest thing for and Indian restaurant to get right! Is there no good Indian food in L.A.?
Tomorrow we are in for another busy day. Maya, my mom and I are going to watch out The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Pantages. I am actually impressed with myself that I managed to plan so many things for Maya to do this weekend.
I’m going to pat myself on the back now.