It has seemed so oddly quiet today, with Boy 2 at school after his bout of pink eye, Boy 1 at school of course, and Miss W gone on her camping trip at Diamond Tail Ranch. After Boy 2 was on his school bus I threw myself into finishing up my third Christmas story, which has taken me such a long time to finish due to all the complications taking place in the second part of August. I think it’s suffered for this and I’m not sure it will sell. Most of today was devoted to writing actually, after I submitted the Christmas story I began another story (New Years) and took a peek at my novel, which I think I need to continue with for therapeutic reasons because writing confessions is slowly driving me up the wall.
Boy 1 had sadly asked me to cook him lasagne this morning before he went off to school, he asked me why I had never tried the easy recipe I taped to the pantry door several weeks ago. So off I went today to get the ingredients; cream of mushroom soup (blaargh) Prego chunky mushroom Italian sauce, (that was what recipe called for but I bought Ragu as it was cheaper) noodles (I already had lean ground beef), mozzarella cheese. I started cooking at about 3.30 after I had finished up writing.
I thought I would just give this to the boys as I have such an aversion to cream of mushroom soup, it looks so incredibly unappetizingly. Listened to NPR while I boiled the noodles (next time I will get the kind you don’t have to boil), blended the soup and milk and cooked the meat, then added the sauce. It was actually quite enjoyable without all the children in the background, just me and Cloudy and the radio, and to my astonishment, it turned out really well. I had a serving, Boy 2 had second helpings, Boy 1 has had about 5 helpings now. So I think I will be doing this lasagne again in the future. I am absolutely flushed with sucess.
Unfortunately Miss W loathes mushrooms, I wonder if I could get another variety of Italian sauce . . .
Boy 2 in wonderful mood this afternoon, how I love the 2 women who bring him home (what a pity they don’t work in the school). The para is very jolly and chatty, the driver is a very tall, skinny, suntanned woman with her hair in braids who loves animals and is really affectionate with Boy 2. They have toys in the bus, including a huge teddy bear strapped into one of the seats.