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A rare warm sunny Easter and I wish I were a calmer hostess.

Dinner today was a feast – antipasto from Venda Ravioli , my roast turkey roulade (a little dry, truth be told), ham, spinach pie (my grandmother’s recipe), salad, broccoli and cheese casserole, pastea (another recipe from my grandmother), baked rice (recipe from Progressive dinner and orginally from my friend’s mom, Batia Gittelman) and a green salad. I forgot to put out the bread – sorry, family! Too bad, I had an interesting cranberry bread and Iggy’s rolls. We also had gorgeous cupcakes, a chocolate panetone, carmel apples, and lots of chocolate in many different shapes (bunny, egg, kisses).

I think I need to prepare more and stress less.  I ironed while watching Easter Parade but probably should have done that two days ago. Too many things were oven-dependent and luckily the timing worked but I should have split the stove top and oven prep stuff.  I need to breathe more and drink less caffeine (this is true in general, not just when we entertain).  Luckily my family is lovely and we all ended up on the patio soaking up the sun, while all the children played in the yard. Happy Holidays.

Olympics vs. American Idol

In our house there are two tvs – the big tv is the one in demand – and the faceoff between the Olympics and American Idol resulted in channel switching that made me dizzy.  We all are interested in the Olympics and some of us are interested in Idol. Let the games begin!

It is often a challenge finding appropriate movies that we all want to watch. Thankfully we are past the Disney princess movie stage  but the Disney Channel still looms large on (some of) our program choices. I can take a little of the snappy repartee but after any substantial amount of time or after a certain hour of the day, I am tweaked when I hear even the theme music.  I do happen to like Phineas and Ferb (it is clever) and small doses of Spongebob Squarepants. 

I would love to say that I allow no weekday tv but I do allow a bit after homework  is finished and musical instruments are practiced.  Sometimes I even get the table set or napkins and dish towels folded. Usually not. 

Here is a site that helps check out appropriate movies:   http://www.kids-in-mind.com/help/praise.htm

Nothing like sitting through an inappropriate movie with your child to make you want to check this site. Think of the movie Valentine’s Day ( Valentine\’s Day) with your teen. Painful.

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