I had some alone time with Ainsleigh and Annabelle yesterday. We made what we’ve been making for years: homemade crayons. The hardest part is peeling all of the broken crayons but your efforts are rewarded when you mix the colors in the molds. I decided to try something different. “How about unique crayons made from cookie cutters?”, I thought.
I didn’t know quite how it would work in cookie cutters, but we had high hopes. Plus my mind was on making my first real dinner for my family in months. So, I was a little distracted.
Can you believe it? It turned into one huge crayon!
It was quite beautiful. Once the big girls returned with Daddy, Caroline saved the crayons that were made in the cookie cutters – they are just 1/8 inch thick. We now have crayon shards. We might keep them. We might re-melt them. Either way, the twins thought the activity was very exciting.
I actually made dinner last night. Because I had to. (Remember the part about Bobby not being around?) I turned to our quick dinner that everyone loves and we only make if bacon is on hand. It is very yummy.
The whole idea of Spaghetti Carbonara is that the hot pasta cooks the egg/milk/parmesan mixture. Then you add bacon. It is simple and creamy.
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 8 ounces (8 slices) bacon, cut 1 inch thick crosswise
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- Set a large pot of water to boil (for pasta). In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 12 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
- Salt boiling water generously; add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package instructions.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Parmesan, and half-and-half. Set aside.
- Drain pasta, leaving some water clinging to it. Working quickly, add hot pasta to egg mixture. Add bacon; season with salt and pepper, and toss all to combine (heat from pasta will cook eggs). Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional Parmesan cheese.
Two things happened. Both made me feel like a good Mommy, despite the runny wax.
On a side note, I have a little tutorial I’m working on for you that I’ll be sharing next week. Happy weekend!
the sleepy time gal