I’ve become a little obsessed with making a healthy copy cat version of Rice a Roni. When I was a kid, nothing made me happier than having it for dinner. I adored the blend of rice with little bits of spaghetti. Now a days I don’t want to eat 310 calories just in a side dish. So I make my own. With a few simple swaps and a little reduction in oil, I can have a scrumptious side dish without all the calories. This is another one of my recipes using the “incidental pesto”. You can read all about how this pesto came to be in my recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Pesto. Throwing some pesto in the freezer was the best decision I ever made. It has paid me serious dividends. Plus I still have to share the recipe for Halibut with Pesto. Someday you will actually get a basil pesto recipe, too. I promise!
Even though I can remember favorite foods from my childhood, I always forget how old I am. If someone asks me, I have to calculate it. Ohhhhh, it was quite a shock recently when someone asked and I realized I was a year older than I thought I was. When did that happen? Do you forget how old you are, or is it just me? I do not really mind getting older. It sure beats the alternative. We are “older” parents, but that definitely brings some big advantages and a few disadvantages. When I hear one of my daughter’s friend’s Moms complain about turning thirty, it blows my mind. My thirties were fantastic and are long gone. In case you are wondering, I am 45 years old. Yes, I just calculated it to be sure! Turning 40 bothered me a little, but that soon passed. Since I can never remember how old I am, it is hard to get too upset about it. Ha, is that because of age?
Life seems to get better with age. I would not relive my teen years or my twenties for anything. It sort of goes with my attitude about my daughter growing up. I don’t miss the baby years, because each day just gets better. I cannot wait to see how she grows and changes every day. Why would I miss the past when the present just gets better and better. Life isn’t perfect, but I am pretty happy with where I am and who I am. I could use some improvement, less sarcastic, less prostration, less emotional. I am sure my husband would be happy to add to that list. Who knew thinking about Rice a Roni would have me waxing philosophical about age?
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