Saturday, September 7, 2013

Italian Dinner al Fresco

What a great day.

We headed out to the zoo as soon as it opened.  It was near empty so we hit up a dino tour that was new and wandered around without the crowds.

I packed a lunch of sandwiches and we sat on benches and watched the giraffes.

By 1:00 it was starting to get packed, so we headed out.  Stopped at Whole Foods to pick up ingredients for tonight's dinner and a few other items for the week ahead.

We decided to make something we probably haven't made since the first year or so of marriage - 

Saltimboca is prosciutto-topped chicken cutlets in a brown mushroom gravy atop sliced hard boiled eggs and wilted fresh spinach.  It sounds odd, I know, but it was fantastic.  I also sauteed some green beans with oil, garlic and panko.  Everyone loved it.

I hate to waste food and had a box of organic nilla wafers that the kids didn't like.  I found a recipe called Bananarama Pudding that I tweaked to repurpose the wafers and move them out of my cabinet!

Layered wafers in a dish, topped with sliced bananas, layered on top again with wafers (to clean out the box!).  Then I poured Dr. Oetker's organic chocolate pudding over it.  Put in fridge to set.

The wafers have happily left the building.

All the children have been sleeping since 7:30 which is unheard of in this house.  I have my feet up sipping a caramel Bailey's on the rocks and my husband went to visit his parent's.  

Enjoying the quiet!

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