So Adam is coming home tomorrow, assuming his flight gets in, and I'm still standing! Barely. Man, the weekends are the hardest, and with Family Day yesterday, this was a long weekend. Honestly, I'm never a big fan of Family Day: an extra day with the kids in the dead of winter with half the city closed down and any open attractions and venues crowded with families trying to entertain their own rugrats. Yeah, thanks, not really a holiday. With Adam away this year, I was especially underwhelmed. Fortunately, his cousin offered to take the girls for the day. Oh halleluhah!
The weekend was really up-and-down. Saturday morning, Little A had one of her major screaming fits before 8am. My crime? I dared give Big A the mug she wanted. Once she calmed down, 45 minutes later, she became sweet, happy Little A, and the girls surprised me by playing together nicely for about 90 minutes while I had a quiet breakfast with the newspaper. I was so proud of them, I told them I'd take them to the mall for lunch after we did our errands. Unfortunately, as soon as we left the house, the good behaviour ended and I was subjected to non-stop fighting and whining. The fighting really gets to me. These two fight over the most ridiculous things. At the grocery store they fought over who got to hold every new item I put in the cart. After screaming ensued over cheese, they were both forbidden from touching ANYTHING.
My in-laws, who are angels, took them for a sleepover Saturday night, which game me a bit of time to recover. Unfortunately, Little A woke up screaming about her ear, and sure enough, she's got another ear infection. Yes, please, someone put me out of my misery now!
But it's all good. The end is in sight. Daddy will be home soon and life can go back to normal. As if it's EVER normal around here!
I haven't had much time to cook since he's been gone and have been surviving on a lot of sandwiches, wraps and pancakes for dinner. But I'm trying hard to continue to nourish myself properly so I did pull this together last week. And it was fantastic! Along with some roasted sweet potatoes and steamed asparagus, it was a wonderful, comforting meal.
This used to be one of my favorite recipes and I made it all the time. In fact, I made it for the last New Year's party we ever hosted, which was BK (before kids), and it got rave reviews. It's actually from the Moosewood Lowfat Cookbook, although I've altered it a bit.
I know white fish can seem boring, but I promise you this is anything but. Not only is it so yummy, it is really fast and easy too. Also, you can use whatever white fish you want.
Horseradish Dijon Baked Fish
1.5-2 lbs white fish fillets (Basa, tilapia, halibut, sole, etc)
1/4 cup dijon
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tbls horseradish
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp dried dill
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Place your fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet or dish and pour sauce over top. Bake in the oven at 425F until fish is cooked and flakes easily (time will depend on your oven and on thickness of fillets). Serves 4.