midweek links…2 days late

It has been an EXHAUSTING week. Kicking back tonight and starting the new season of OITNB. My friend works for the show so we’re enjoying their special “hooch” while we watch.

A great app. Such an easy way to help someone out during a spare moment in your day.

The Tonys are this weekend! I can’t wait! And love this essay written from Nora’s perspective.

How to raise a feminist son

My daughter was born Hard of Hearing. The bias we encountered against using ASL   was crazy surprising and something we ultimately rejected.

The public pianos are back! There’s one a few blocks away from our apartment that makes dog walks with the kids way more fun.

I always wonder if I should speak up when I see parents doing this at the playground. So far, my non-confrontational self hasn’t said anything.

made me laugh

SHASTYE Art Camp- 100 Days of Summer, Day 10

This morning, Huxley and I attended our first day of art camp at SHASTYE Art Gallery and Playspace. We’ll be going most weekdays in June and I’m so excited. SHASTYE is a space for drop-in open art play- brilliant when you want your kids to enjoy some art time, but don’t want to deal with the setup and clean-up. They also host classes, special events, and parties.

I used to go quite a bit to SHASTYE with Beatrice when they first opened a year and a half ago, but then Hux got mobile and proved to be a bit of a wild child so I haven’t been in several months. At almost 2.5, he’s now the perfect age to enjoy the activities there (with frequent reminders to stop eating the damn paint). The “art camp” this month consists of an hour of open art play followed by a walk to Astoria Park for a French, yoga/dance, music, or art masters class plus snacktime and some time playing with giant bubbles. On Mondays, everyone stays at SHASTYE for an Allergic to Salad cooking class.

Hux was exhausted (in a good way) after such a busy morning and couldn’t wait to show off his Basquiat-inspired collage from the art play and the “Elmer l’elephant” he made in French class to Pete and Beatrice later. It’s going to be such a fun month!


delicious things we had last week

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe

Blue Apron baked bbq chicken and potato salad– I love Blue Apron, but we can’t afford to use them regularly. But I do try out their recipes pretty often to provide a little inspiration to my regular menu.

Fish tacos (and breakfast tacos with the leftover components)- when I’m short on time, the frozen breaded fish from Trader Joe’s work just great in these tacos.

Pancakes– these were suggested on a favorite pancakes thread in my neighborhood moms fb group and have become my go-to quick pancakes.  I usually substitute thinned Greek yogurt for the buttermilk since we rarely have buttermilk on hand.

The Bomb (every meat, cheese, peppers, condiment they have) from Sal, Kris, and Charlie’s Deli was the perfect beach lunch.

Otsu– the best way to serve tofu

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Beer is back at the Astoria Beer Garden and at a bodega near you. My favorite summer beer. It’s 50% wheat beer and 50% juice so it has an alcohol content of just 2.5%, making it perfect for day drinking, nursing mothers,  and, ahem, those who still need to be responsible for getting their kids through bath and bedtime after a few hours at the beer garden.