Monday, January 28, 2013

DAY TWENTY-ONE - Day of "Rest"

 Alternate Title: Idle Hands are the Devil's Playthings

Day 21

It’s supposed to be my “day of rest” - Biblically and Sadielly speaking. But not much about today has been restful. I won’t bore you with the impressively long list of things I accomplished today, but I will tell you about one. And I’m not sure it even fits in the accomplishment category. Its probably really more in the disaster category.

I cut my 3-year old, Violet’s, bangs.

It started off innocently enough, I suppose, but don’t all things that end badly?  I sat my unsuspecting little girl up on the stool and assessed what needed to be done and how I was going to go about it.  I’d seen my dearest friend, Amy*, do it countless times, and besides, how hard can it really be to cut a straight line across a small wiggly person's forehead?  


My friends all know that I am a self-haircutter.  They also know that I’m a blamer, which I find to be terribly convenient. 

As Violet quizzically gazed in the mirror at her reflection I came clean saying that Auntie Amy did this to her by selfishly choosing to live in Seattle instead of LA.  She understood. 

Every cloud has a silver lining and in this case it's that Violet now looks like a celebrity. The downside, is which celebrity she looks like.


Oh well. She’s young. She’ll bounce back.

The one restful thing about today was that I was able to sleep in. When I got up, I had coffee for breakfast. For lunch I had poached eggs over spinach (fyi, I enjoyed Friday’s eggs with squash a lot more). 

For dinner I had grilled steak and roasted broccoli. If you have not had roasted broccoli, then you MUST.  Like, tonight. It’s going to become your new favorite thing. Even my kids request it several times a week.

Here’s what you need: 

-Broccoli Florets
- garlic (the more the merrier, however much you use, you’ll wish it was more)
- Ghee
- sea salt
- red pepper flakes

First, preheat the oven to 425
Slice the garlic into thin little slices. Then melt a tablespoon of Ghee in a big frying pan. Toss in the garlic and let it cook on medium high until it’s lightly golden.

Next scoop the garlic onto a little bowl or plate. Next add more Ghee to the pan and toss your broccoli in it. Adding your sea salt and red pepper flakes. When its all covered and starting to get a little brighter green, lay it out on a big cookie sheet with the “tree” sides up. Then sprinkle the toasted garlic pieces back on and roast in the oven for 20-25 min.

It may seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it’s totally worth it!

Are we ready for our last week?  EEEEEEEK!!!!!

*All if my new Oregonean friends and in fact any of you who live in the PNW should make a weekend of going to Seattle and have Amy cut your hair, because she is nothing short of a genius. She’s also super funny, which is always a bonus while you’re sitting in the chair.  Here’s her info: (Adele Salon)


  1. OMG, I had the best laugh as I scrolled down the screen, moving from one picture of cute Violet to... suspense... Hahahaahahahahahahahahahaha! You are hilarious! And you eat like a bird. Geesh! I would have dropped 20 pounds already if I ate so little! I'm sure those skinny jeans will be a no brainer.

    1. Well, to be honest, I definitely eat much bigger portions than 28 to Great prescribes. I probably ate a pound of that broccoli last night. And a good size steak.

  2. Ha! I look more like Jim Carrey than beautiful Vi! But, I am going to try your broccoli recipe. And, I'm doing the orange lentils tonight.

  3. I LOVE it!!! Don't worry Violet I'll be there soon to fix your bangs. I'd blame all this exercise and healthy eating for the lapse in your mothers bang cutting judgement, but we all know that has nothing to do with it. Ava and Vivi, please hide the scissors. Thanks for including me. Much love xxo.

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