I was pondering what to make for dinner tonight–and it needed to be relatively quick and easy, because my daughter’s SEP (Parent/Teacher) Conference was at 6:15–and sudden, beautiful inspiration struck. Half a cup of whipping cream leftover from the ganache for last week’s Chocolate Coconut Bars–which were quite tasty, by the way, if a little messy to eat, and went over VERY well at my sister-in-law’s birthday party–was going to go bad in my fridge within the week. The last of a batch of Mel’s Oatmeal Pancake Mix (a household staple) had been sitting around in that same fridge for a while, and I had maybe a quarter of a cup of crushed pineapple left from Sunday night’s Hawaiian Haystacks. Bingo! I tossed the pineapple into a pint measuring cup and filled it up with frozen strawberries from Costco. I made the mixture into this AMAZING Strawberry Sauce, whipped up the cream (sweetening it, of course!) and a triple batch of pancakes (for which I had to make another batch of mix, but I do prefer to have some knocking around my fridge or freezer, and anyway, a double batch no longer reliably feeds all of us), and, well, that was dinner. Not the healthiest dinner ever, but such a delightful splurge! And after a truly horrendous night’s sleep, a splurge was in order. (My son has not been sleeping well. I can’t decide whether it’s just the teeth he’s trying to get or if antibiotics aren’t doing enough for his ear infections, but SOMETHING is up.)
AND speaking of splurges, I am going to go IGNORE the dishes in my dishwasher (clean) and sink (dirty) and go read some more of Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. I’m tired enough that I can’t start reading too late or I’ll just fall asleep, but I really, really want to read some more of it. Goodnight, world.