Mom Moment

Have you ever had one of those moments where you stop and think “Oh gosh, I am just like my mother.”  Well, that moment hit me this morning.  It was something simple, no big deal really but it sort of overwhelmed me.  Not in a bad way either, just a way that made me think.

You know those times when you were living at home and you looked all over the house for something?  You had searched high and low, under the bed, couch, sink and on top of the cabinets, behind the tv, you get the gist.  You may have even resorted to looking in the refrigerator because lets face it, at this point that thing you are looking for could be anywhere in the house.  Once you had exhausted all possible options you end up caving and yelling those all to familiar words “MOM!!!!!”  After a few moments you would hear “What?” from the kitchen as she was slaving away, making dinner, doing the dishes, laundry and usually all three at the same time.  “Where is my (insert random item)?”  Then you would hear the footsteps as she trodded up the stairs or down the hall, straight to your room.  Into the closet she would go and within a matter of seconds she was there handing you the item you just knew was nowhere to be found.  Lets be honest here, it may have even been hiding behind the stack of old backpacks still stuck in your closet, but she knew, she knew exactly where it was.  Magic I tell you, it’s simply magic.  You would ask her how she knew where it was and you always got the response “I just do.”

Truth is, I never had a single clue how she found anything.  It always seemed like a mystery to me.  My mother was like the Houdini of finding missing articles of clothing or missing pages of homework.  She had to have some sort of super mom radar or something.  That was the only way I knew how to explain it.

Well this morning, while getting ready for work my husband knocks on the bathroom door yelling, “honey do you know where my long johns are for work?”  Without any hesitation, I said “Yes, they are folded up and laying on the drier under the second pair of pants.”  WAIT A SECOND…How do I know this?  That is exactly what crossed my mind.  I immediately thought of all the times I had yelled, “MOM!!!  Where are my pants?” , “MOM!!!  Where is my light blue shirt with the black dots on the front?”  “MOM!!!  Where is the needle in the haystack?”  Seriously, that woman knows everything, I’m telling you she does.  I took a moment, standing in the bathroom putting on my make up and I thought.

The older I get the more I realize how much work goes in to keeping up a household.  It is hard, very hard.  It takes a lot of time and effort to do all of those things for which I always took for granted when I was living at home and watching someone else do it.  My mom, while maybe not having some sort of cool radar system in her brain knew where things were because she took care of everything.  She took care of me, she washed my clothes, she put things away, she fed me, she made my bed and the list goes on and on.  She knew where things were because she took the time to pay attention.  Knowing that there would come the all too familiar “MOM!!!” yell from the top of stairs.  I started to understand this morning that when you are taking care of your household you learn everything about it.  You learn the routines and the way it operates because you are the one in charge of making sure it runs smoothly.  It is no easy task.  More work goes into it than you realize, until you are the one doing it.

What I’m saying is that none of us should neglect to remember all the things that are done for us.  Lucky as I was to have “super mom” and “super dad” I never appreciated them and what they did for me on a daily basis as much as I should have.  They were always there to watch over me, protect me and take care of me.  I also know that having that moment when you say, “I sound just like my mother,” is probably the greatest compliment you could ever give to yourself.

Oat and Flax Crusted Mahi Mahi

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Can we just take a moment to stare in awe at that crust atop the mahi mahi?  I occasionally get a decent idea, not often, but occasionally.  When you are home alone, bored and hungry great things can happen.  This was in fact one of those times.  Truth be told, I have had the mahi mahi fillets in my freezer for a little while, only because I couldn’t decide how I wanted to fix them.  Which led me to not fixing them at all.  Last night, my husband was out shelling corn so I decided to do some kitchen experimenting.  I love crusted things, there is just something about a crumble topping that can send food over the top and beyond.  Mahi is normally paired with sweet things, like mango or coconut but I had none of that.  I decided to try out an oat and flax-seed crumble.  I also added some crushed up almonds too it, which added a nice sweet nutty flavor.  This recipe is super simple and requires only a few ingredients.

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees 

– Place mahi mahi on a baking sheet, sprayed with non stick spray

– Bake fillet for 7 minutes

– While fillet is baking prepare your crumble by mixing: 1 tbs butter with oats, flax seeds & crushed slivered almonds

– Remove fish and top it with the crumble & a little paprika, return to oven for another 6-7 minutes

That’s all it takes to have a delicious piece of fish ready to eat.  I had the couscous in the fridge leftover and so I decided to warm some of that up to along with it.  The couscous was cooked in POM juice which paired perfectly with this fish.  If you don’t have some already made then you can you can easily make it while the fish is cooking.  All you need to do is bring 1/3 c POM juice to a boil, remove from heat, stir in 1/3 c couscous and cover the pot with a lid and let it sit for about ten minutes.  Remove the lid from the pot and fluff the couscous with a fork, and it’s ready to eat.

Normally, I always want some sort of salad to go along with a fish meal.  So I chopped up some cucumbers and tomatoes, mixed them up and topped with feta cheese.  This was a perfect side dish to along with this fish.  This is a quick meal, one that you could make on a week day when you have little time but want a nice home cooked meal instead of opting for fast food or pizza.  I will also add that this is the length of time it took for my fillet to cook but you will want to check it and remove from oven when the fish flakes easily with a fork.  This may take more or less time for you depending on the size of your fish fillets.

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When Lunch Calls

What a week it has been already.  Being alone at the office has made for a busy and hectic week, and thank goodness it’s finally Friday.  Knowing that I have a noon lunch break to look forward too always makes it better.  Especially when I have my prepared meals that I know are a fun and healthy option.

 

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Sometimes I feel like I’m just a child trapped in an adult’s body.  I enjoy things that bring back past memories for me.  Maybe one day I will grow up but today is not that day.  Does anyone else remember taking lunchables to school?  There were days that I would get super excited because I just knew it was pizza lunchable day!  I looked forward to it all morning long, as it was one of my favorites.  If not my most favorite.  As an adult I still feel the need to have this sort of excitement so I decided to create my own “adult” version of the lunchables pizza.  I used one of my Ephraim’s whole wheat pita breads and topped it with corn salsa and crumbled goat cheese.  My child self would have cringed at goat cheese, but the adult me, with much better taste, broke into a big smile.  I couldn’t remember what else came with those lovely pizza meals (maybe a mini candy bar) but I chose to have some Lesser Evil brand red pepper pops with my pizza.  Great choice because the red pepper flavor kept with the pizza theme.

The other lunches of the week were a combination of some odd things.  Like a green apple and cream cheese sandwich.  Hey it’s fall and there are lots of apples going around…don’t judge.

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Another day was some chik’n salad made with Butler Soy Curls:

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Which may freak some people out but they are worth a try.  Especially if you are a vegetarian in search of some “meaty type” comforting food.  We don’t JUST eat salad people I promise!

Which on that note:

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Yes I know… I was just talking about the whole salad thing BUT I went to lunch with my Dad at Subway and I love their veggie salads.  Plus, that sriracha cream sauce is to die for.  I’m telling you though, have a glass of something to drink near by because that stuff will set you on fire!

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m so glad it’s finally Friday.  I have looked forward to it all week.  I think almost all working people do actually.  It’s just the day when you can feel the weekend creeping in.  I can already envision myself on the couch, in my sweats, under a blanket, catching up on some TV and having not a care in the world.  Home can be so glorious!