Just because I’m not writing about them everyday doesn’t mean I’m not sticking to my plan of 365 new experiences this year. All are good things, but not all make good reading. However, I’m going to zoom through my last few days of new experiences so I can move on to today’s new experience that makes for some delicious sharing.
Day 40 – I started using Rodan and Fields’ Soothe regiment. My sweet, sweet friend gave it to me for my birthday knowing how badly my skin bothers me….and by bothers I mean more like physically can burn and hurt and sting as opposed to being self-conscious alone about it. Day 41 – I left conditioner in my hair. I don’t know what the hell happened at age 42 that suddenly left the ends of my hair feeling dry and somedays looking like straw. However, that hasn’t changed the fact that my roots are still oily. Grrrr…..as if combination skin isn’t enough, my hair has decided to display multiple personalities. So I read that leaving in a bit of conditioner to the ends can really help. I’ve done it twice now and I’m left wondering why I haven’t tried this earlier. Day 42 – Don’t laugh. I went to bed with all my laundry put away, my dining table somewhat cleaned off, my bathroom clean, my dishes put away, and my kitchen clean. Normally, I am lucky to accomplish any one of these things, but all of them???? That’s the stuff of unicorns and fairies. And I’m pretty sure it’s a first of my adult life. Mind you, by day 44 of all this had disappeared like a rabbit in a magician’s hat, but I will celebrate victories where I can get them.
Day 43 – I helped my oldest son open a checking account. This should be interesting. Day 44 – Again, I hate to be superficial, but…..I got an amazing knit moto jacket in a heather navy and wore it for the first time on this day. I recently got a shipment from Stitch Fix, and this was in it. Knit. Moto. Jacket. Navy. It’s like a cross between badass and café au lait-drinking super mom. I can’t.
And now day 45. I could write all about it, but a picture really is worth a 1000 words.
Chocolate strawberry valentine pie. The easiest thing ever. I had a heart shaped tart dish I used for this. It is Valentine’s Day, after all. I got a box with two refrigerated pie doughs. I rolled one to make it thin. I laid one on the bottom of the dish, smashed it against the edge, and cut off much of the excess. I then sprinkled a mix of dark chocolate chips on the bottom crust. I only use Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips because of my son’s milk allergies. It’s the only one I know he can eat with no reaction. However, milk chocolate would be yummy, too. In a separate bowl, I quartered fresh strawberries (2 lbs of them!) then added half a cup of sugar, a tbsp. of corn starch and the squeeze of a fresh lime half and mixed gently. After I spooned the strawberries over the chocolate chips. Finally, I took the second crust, rolled thin again, and cut out Xs and Os for Valentines. Then I placed this top crust over the strawberry mixture and sealed the seams. I brushed the top with a little milk….in our house, that’s soy or almond milk. Baked at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I baked for 30 minutes, but it could have used a tiny bit longer. Here’s the finished product: