this one's easy. sometimes i feel insufficient, unattractive, unsophisticated, otherwise gross or downright dastardly, and i think my husband might not like me that much.
usually, all it takes is a picnic.
it's been face-meltingly hot lately too, so we had one inside in the air conditioning in the middle of the living room floor. usually i basically pile anything yummy together on a big tray and pour us each a giant glass of wine. then i put the baby in her high chair with some cheerios or a puzzle or something and we enjoy 5 minutes of quiet happy parent time.
i've been having a love affair with the local farmer's markets lately, especially the one in upstate new york we went to over the weekend. because i can't help but spend all of my money there like lickety-split, we ended up with some gorgeous cheeses and apples and some really nice breads that somehow i ended up losing on the ride home (which was heartbreaking but not serious enough to keep me up at night). so anyway, the other day i sliced up some bread and cheese along with some apples, popped open a jar or scrumptious fig preserves, sliced a cucumber and drizzled it in balsamic vinegar, and spread a blanket on the floor, and we had an awesome picnic. it was super-romantic and insanely easy and i suspect somewhat european, and i plan to do it at least once a week or so. try it when you are feeling lazy or wanted to make something else but ran out of an ingredient that's super vital (like spaghetti and meatballs, but i forgot to pick up the spaghetti and only have lasagna noodles in the cabinet).
if you have wood floors, put out a blanket and maybe some pillows. it's WAY more comfortable that way.
anyway, a picnic can include just about anything you've got laying around the house. some suggestions include:
- any yummy bread
- pita/pita chips
- cheese (which is a must for us...if there's no cheese, there's no picnic)
- fruit, like pears or apples or something else if you're feeling adventurous
- dips or spreads
- sliced veggies
- whatever else your little heart desires