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Ramen Night

It’s been two weeks + since I’ve posted and so much has happened.

I had another baby

We moved to Canada

We started an exotic pet business

Dan started a band and made it big

We had ramen night.

 

4 lies and a truth.

 

But we have, actually, been busy. The kids are coming up on the last days of school. We pulled Charlotte from her preschool program so she’s been on summer break early. Liz had her baby (Lucia) and I’ve been making excuse after excuse to sneak some snuggles in. Maria had her Spring dance performance and got pointe shoes and had her school Spring concert. Jamie has been researching paradoxes and schooling us on as many as he can. Alice had a birthday party and scored big. Franci has perfected her “no” and “hello” and is basically the cutest baby ever. Ollie has defended her title as happiest human on Earth with zillions of out-of-the-blue giggles throughout the day.

And we had ramen night.

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Okay, so you (probably) know this about me: I love a good party. Themes make them so much better. Not stupid and over the top themes (although I dabble in that as well) but subtle themes. Ya know, like ramen. In San Diego, Danny and I ate at Underbelly, this amazing ramen house. The food there was so delicious and I love dishes that can be customized to an individual’s liking without re-creating the entire dish. With ramen, you have your standard base and you mix in what you love. We decided we’d try it out. Also something about the Prasils: when we decide to do something, we do it.

Amazon happened to have legit ramen ingredients and materials so we utilized our Prime account. Dan made a broth (homemade broth is everything), we skimmed it and skimmed it some more, we smoked some ribs and made a delicious sauce

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soft-boiled some eggs, and arranged it all for the perfect ramen experience.

 

 

Oh, and fried rice. We made fried rice.

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We had drinks and hung out with friends. Of the 7 couples we invited, only three were able to come. There were fundraisers attended, sick kids to take care of, sick adults not able to party, and out-of-town commitments. We were disappointed of course but had a great time with our pals who were there.

 

How do you make ramen? Here:

 

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Ramen party not required.

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Read Across America

Have I mentioned before how nervous I was to send my kids to a *gasp* public school?

Oh, does that sound super stupid? Yeah, because it is. But when I’m being stupid and ridiculous I’m okay admitting it.

I’m only admitting this part because honesty is probably one of my best traits and it’s dumb to have a blog and then only tell about the best things you say or do. So here’s my confession: I was afraid that the kids wouldn’t experience any of the fun ‘extras’ they did at CHMS. The polar express day was my favorite part of the year at CHMS. The staff went above and beyond in making it a fun day, doing things out of the ordinary and creating an experience. I have friends who teach at public schools and I know how much they love their jobs and how much effort is put into it — I must have thought I only knew the very best teachers. Don’t worry, I’m covering my face right now in shame. To be precise, I look like that monkey emoji. This one:

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I learned the very first week at Asotin that the teachers there absolutely love their jobs. They love the kids and they absolutely go above and beyond to give them experiences. The communication between staff and parents is incredible and the support staff has done more than I would have ever expected they would do to make our transition smooth and enjoyable. I’ve been living in this ridiculous bubble and while it’s completely dumb, in my defense, I’ve never had any experience with public elementary school. Like…at all. I went to All Saints and my kids went to Children’s House. This is our first time. So I’m hoping I’m a bit forgiven because of it.

This week was “Read Across America” week where Dr. Seuss is celebrated in a variety of ways. They made it somewhat of a spirit week with each day being something fun: hat day, crazy sock day, pajama day, etc. Parents have been invited to come eat donuts and read with their kids, there was a book swap, and tomorrow they’re serving cake for lunch and parents are invited to that as well. The teachers have put in so much effort to this week and so have other staff members. What better way to thank them than with cake pops?

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Obviously decorated like a Dr. Seuss character or something similar.

How thankful am I for Asotin Elementary and their staff? Cake-Pop making thankful. And that’s a lot.

How does one make the most delicious dessert on a stick? For really good instructions, head over to Bakerella. She’s the master. She teaches you how to make really adorable characters and shapes and she just rocks. Below is my very easy and not-as-cute way:

Bake a box cake as directed. Let it cool for an hour.

Crumble it up and mix (with your hands) with 3/4 a can of frosting.

Refrigerate the mixture for 1/2 hour or so then roll into balls (whatever size you want). Freeze for an hour.

Melt “candy melts” (you can find them at JoAnns or Walmart) in 30 second increments in a microwave safe mug.

Dip the end of a candy stick into the melted candy melts and stick it in the semi-frozen balls 3/4 of the way in and dip it completely into the mug of melted candy melts.

Tap it against the rim of the mug a few times to let the excess drip off and then stick in an empty mug until it hardens. (Before it hardens, of course, you can put sprinkles on it).

My brain hurt reading those horribly written directions, but it’s really very simple.

Enjoy!

 

Artichoke Frittata

What with Easter coming up and all (not to mention things like First Communion and graduations and probably birthdays and stuff), I wanted to give you a recipe for a dish that never fails. It can be a breakfast or brunch dish, but no one would think twice if it showed up for dinner. It’s perfect for taking to an event that you aren’t hosting because it can be served at room temperature. What is this magical dish, you ask?

 

Artichoke Frittata

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Anyone who has tried this recipe has loved it.

The recipe is from this lady’s family:

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I might not get this right, but I’m pretty sure her brother’s wife made it for her daughter’s bridesmaid’s luncheon. (Oh, and that lady is my grandma)

It made its way into my grandma’s recipe box which found its way to me via my Aunt Tracy. Now, I realize you don’t all care so much about how it got to me, who made it, etc., but that was the price you had to pay before being given this wonderful gift of the recipe:

Artichoke Frittata

1 lg can marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (I use 2 small jars)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I use minced garlic from a jar)
1 onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup Pepperidge Farm stuffing, finely ground (sometimes I just use seasoned bread crumbs)
4 eggs
2T fresh parsley
3 cups grated Jack cheese
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t salt
dash pepper

grated parmesan cheese

*drain the artichokes into a skillet and saute the onions until translucent (don’t cook the artichokes with it). add garlic and saute for 1-3 minutes–don’t burn the garlic! Drain the onions and garlic
*Beat the remaining ingredients, except for the parmesan. Add the onions and garlic. spread in greased 9 X 9 pan and sprinkle with parmesan
*refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight
*bake 30 minutes @ 350 degrees
*let rest 20 minutes and serve

Now let me tell you all what I did that I find to be an improvement — I split this recipe up into 2 equal portions and baked them in 8″ round bake pans. I think the texture was a lot better and the portions were perfect.

And with that, you’re welcome.

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