Today was my last Tuesday-after-school-theatre class. The kids did an 8-minute medley of totally random Broadway tunes. The kids did VERY well. They all sang and danced the whole time and each one had a line to say. Poor Clara was the only one who totally flubbed her line ... by saying someone else's. I'm sure nobody noticed but me. We had a little reception afterward and the parents and grandparents who came were exceedingly gracious and sweet. It is HILARIOUS to meet little kids' parents and discover *exactly* where they get their smiles, their laughs, their myopia, and/or their eclectic sense of style.
Before the performance I held an abbreviated class with the kids and asked them to say something they liked and something they didn't like about the class. Now, I take this with a huge grain of salt, because they are kids (and sensitive theatrey kids at that) but not one could bring themselves to say anything they didn't like about class! That made me feel happy but also like maybe I was some creepy Stepford teacher who'd inadvertently threatened to pull out their toenails if they dared criticize my methods, or something.
Anyway, the class (and performance!) were lovely, and I am also glad it's over. Onward.
Misheard around my house this evening:
Joel (reading Ed's horoscope): "... make the most of an opportunity. Tonight: A plate."
Me (staring at Joel as though he were the author of this bizarre and cryptic chinaware prediction): "A PLATE?!?!?"
Joel (clarifying): "UP LATE."
Lucy (watching American Idol with me): "Mommy what's his name?"
Me: "David Archuleta."
Lucy (incredulous): "David ENCHILADA!?!?"
I made my mom's spaghetti sauce "recipe" (I use that term lightly) the other night and it was wonderful, as usual.Mom's Homemade Spaghetti SauceBrown 1 lb. Italian sausage in a pan, along with:Diced onionsDiced green pepper (if available)Drain or blot grease, or whatever.Add one 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes, or I used a can of whole tomatoes and had Lucy hand-crush them for me. Funnest thing ever, as long as you have reddish countertops.Add one 14-oz can diced tomatoes (I just used more wholes).One small can tomato paste.Garlic, oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley, bay leaf -- all to taste. (Mom hates rosemary; I hate parsley; and I think bay leaves are a scam but I still use them.)I also added a teaspoon of sugar (ostensibly to cut the tomatoes' acid).Add some water if the sauce looks like it's too thick for your personal tastes (Joel and I like super-thick sauce). I actually also tossed in maybe a cup of bell-pepper puree that I had in the freezer.I serve with whole-wheat noodles because I think the Ronzoni ones are REALLY good, and I'm on a crazy whole-grain kick.I also made garlic-cheese bread (butter, minced garlic, and colby-jack plus parmesan, all on sourdough) in the broiler, and I managed not to burn it. Yesss!Tonight was leftobers (according to Lucy). I had the leftober Archuletas. Mmmm!