TWO!

Lucy is TWO. As in 24 months old. As in terrible twos. Oh my, I’m not sure how this happened so quickly! As you can see from the previous post, we had a lovely little shindig to celebrate the momentous event. Complete with cupcakes, and a grandmother in town from all the way across the country. Lucy was TOTALLY in her element. She loves birthdays and parties (which she seems to be an expert on, given all the birthday party invitations on her calendar!) and knew just what to do.

She observed the event in style, by donning a brand new dress made by Mima. And a gorgeous piece of work it is! She continues to love clothes, layers, accessories (headbands, sunglasses, scarves). I don’t know WHERE she gets this from, as G and I generally don’t give a moment’s thought to our clothes.

In any case, she is an utter delight these days (except when she’s a pain in the butt, which fortunately isn’t too often). She’s VERY vocal and excellent at communicating her wishes (perhaps too much?). She’s just started a new dance class which she loves and will soon be starting a gymnastics lesson as well. The kid loves to move (now THAT I might be able to take credit for).

We haven’t been to the doctor for her official stats yet, but she’s right around 25 pounds and continues to trend towards long and lean. G and I celebrated her birthday by jetting off to Maui for a few days. Auntie Laila came to town to hang with the girl and by her own words, they had a “marvelous time”! It’s good to be home, and yes, I did miss my girl. She is still the light of my life, in spite of all the challenges. Happy birthday, angel!

Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Oh my. I have been horribly remiss in keeping this blog up to date. I am so sorry. There are loads of things to tell you about, like all of Lucy’s crazy shenanigans and our upcoming Maui trip. There’s a few good recipes to share and lots of muddy trail running to fill you in on. My mom and sister are coming to town this weekend to celebrate the girl turning TWO. TWO!? Can you believe that? In any case, I’m busy. Really busy. Work, running, Lucy time, Gordon time, etc. And there’s just not enough time to blog.

However! There are some really yummy things that have crossed my dinner table of late. I am a HUGE fan of winter greens- kale, collards, chard, spinach. You name it. When I came across this recipe on 101cookbooks, I figured it was worth a shot, despite G’s grumblings about KALE in mashed potatoes. But it’s good. I think the key is to slice it fairly thin- in ribbons. You don’t need a big old chunk of chewy kale messing up your pillow-y mashed potatoes. But if you slice it failt small it’s more like flecks of kale. And THAT is quite alright with me. I suspect that my use of heavy cream in place of milk (I had some to use up) also contributed to the final product.

Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potato Recipe
Adapted from: 101cookbooks

3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
sea salt
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch kale, large stems stripped and discarded, leaves chopped
1/2+ cup warm milk or cream
freshly ground black pepper
5 scallions, white and tender green parts, chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish

Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil and continue boiling for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, chopped kale, a big pinch of salt, and saute just until tender – about a minute. Set aside.

Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or fork. Slowly stir in the milk a few big splashes at a time. You are after a thick, creamy texture, so if your potatoes are on the dry side keep adding milk until the texture is right. Season with salt and pepper.

Dump the kale on top of the potatoes and give a quick stir. Transfer to a serving bowl, make a well in the center of the potatoes and pour the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with the scallions and Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6.