First, I am ECSTATIC to share with you the fact that with your help, this little blog has “broken” the 500,000 mark in the Alexa Ratings.
On the one hand, I am THRILLED! On the other hand, I’m a bit terrified. So I am currently consoling myself with the fact that my children amaze and shock me daily. Hubby and I are against granting them internet access yet (beyond PBSkids.org and the like), so I should be able to continue to exploit their trials and tribulations without dealing with their therapy bills or attempts at childish retribution. Sounds like a recipe for momentum to me.
As for my children, here are a couple of today’s highlights:
- My Girl Scout co-leader and I took the majority of our troop to an Archery activity this morning. It was more fun than I expected, especially considering it was pouring rain for most of the class. The girls did pretty well, considering the rain significantly limited a few key things (like how close they could stand to the target while shooting), and I think everyone had a fairly good time. My conclusion though? Given the overall inability to hit a stationary target, we’d starve within a month if we had to hunt and shoot our own food. PTL for Pick ‘n Save and the occasional fast food meal.
- Kate, home this morning with Amy and Daddy, seemed to be going through an intense bout of separation anxiety. She called me four times in less than 75 minutes. She finally asked me, oh-so-sweetly, the password for my computer. Oh yeah, she was really missing me.
- All three girls were just now heading up the stairs toward bed. Out of the blue, Amy turns to Claire and yells, “It’s all your fault!!!” and stomps up to her room. None of the rest of us have any idea what she was referring to. In fact, I’d say there’s a good chance SHE didn’t know what she was referring to. Ahhhh, the privileges of being four.
- Conversely, Amy demonstrated very good behavior and decent judgement this afternoon – such a welcome surprise. All three girls went to a paint-your-own-pottery shop for a birthday party of one of their neighborhood friends. I left them there – after, of course, my extremely strict and concise review of expected behavior at such a social event with 28 other children, which was thankfully well-supervised by adults – and Ms. Amy was quite the big girl. She painted her rocket bank (cannot WAIT to see that one), ate cake, refused ice cream (she hates ice cream, can you imagine such a thing?? At this point, I’m coaching Kate and Claire not to try to get her to like it. I have to explain time and again the virtues of the “more for me/us” maxim, though…), loved her gift bag, and, to the best of my knowledge, neither screamed at, smacked, nor belittled anyone present. Perhaps I’m making progress with her after all.
Grilled Ahi Tuna Steaks
On another note, I made Ahi tuna steaks tonight. They actually turned out quite good, unlike my last experiment with tuna steaks, which I fully documented and intended to post here on the blog, until I tasted the dried out, straw-textured, over-grilled crap that I turned the steaks into. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to erase that memory. Shudder.
But enough about my kitchen failures. Let’s highlight a success, instead!
Grilled Orange-Ginger Tuna Steaks
1 tbsp. orange marmalade
1 c. fresh orange juice
1 tsp. powdered or minced ginger
2 tbsp. peanut oil
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. powdered garlic
1 lb. tuna steaks
In a bowl, combine orange juice, ginger, oil, salt, pepper and powdered garlic.
In oven-proof glass baking dish, place tuna in single layer and pour juice mixture over it. Let marinade for about 45 minutes.
Pour out all but small amount of marinade. Grill and cook tuna 4 to 5 minutes on each side, basting with the small amount of marinade after each turn.
Heat remaining marinade until it bubbles. Pour over tuna just before serving.
As much as I’d like to, I cannot take credit for this yummy recipe. I found it here, and I altered it only slightly. And it was excellent with baked sweet potatoes and a side of peas. Even the kids ate every bite!
Although, I bribed them with a Barbie movie, so maybe that doesn’t really count, eh?