Parboil sprouts for 5 minutes.
Saute chopped leeks, pancetta (Italian ham/bacon) and chopped onions in butter. I think a lot of butter, because you let it reduce down to where everything is carmelized. Add more butter and bring it back up to a sauce.
Pour the sauce over the sprouts and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. At 350? Probably... Sorry - those are the directions we got, so it will be experimental. But if they come out as good as at last week's dinner, they'll be fabulous. Let me know if any of you try this. I want to, (I really do) but I'm still having bad Brussels Sprouts flashbacks from when I was 8. Kind of like it was a fluke and I'll gag on them again. I'll try to take courage and make a stab at it.
Hey guess what? Katie and the girls are coming for the week! She and Zach are going to watch Zach's brother play in a basketball tournament in San Diego on Saturday night and I'm the babysitter. I don't mind saying I'm nervous. I've never had them overnight before and this will be in a house they're not used to. Yikes... It makes me wonder how I ever raised my own kids. You just don't know any better, that's how you do it.
Zach will go home and attend another rotation in Tucson for med school, and Katie/girls will stay on here. In my tiny tiny house. With the iffy heating/A/C ducting. What does that mean? It means that when you using heat or A/C, the master bedroom is hot or cold. The rest of the upstairs is either freezing in the winter or hot in the summer. We've tried everything, but the house is just wacky that way. I'm worried they'll be cold and crying in the night. OR - I'm worried I'll be hot and sweaty in the night. What to do...what to do...
I'm worried the baby will pull the tree over on herself. It's improbable - it's just one of those things that wake me up in the night. I'm worried I'll be late to work every single day because I can't stop myself from playing with little girls in the morning. (Will they understand that I can't play in the morning?? Will they think I don't love them? I hate work...)
Depending on how the week goes, maybe I can take an afternoon off on one day or another. I'm sure Katie has plenty of friends and places to go, however - I'm certainly not indispensible. I just want to be.
One activity that's a must: going to see "Tangled" with Mia. Not sure what day yet - I need time to talk L into babysitting Hayden while we go. She'll be in bed - shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him. But it will need to be finessed, although truthfully, he'll probably be glad for the peace and quiet. Crowds big and small stress him out. Me too, although it's hard to admit that. I like order and neatness, and when company comes I have to force myself to Stop. Just stop.
But just look at what I'll be enjoying. That makes all control issues and all messes totally worthwhile. It even makes bundling under 6 blankets in a cold house worth it - or sleeping in a tropical heat room. However it works out.