And In The Words Of Neil

Hello, my friend(s), hello…

Doing a little preemptive blogging NOW so that I can crash after book club. I’m feeling a little shamed seeing as I haven’t actually finished the book (My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler), but I’m guessing that there were no major plot twists or breakthroughs between where I left off and the end of the book. Ahem.

Jack did a little better today- glory glory hallelujah- though there was a 30 minute screaming jag this morning which resulted in tears on both of our parts and Baby Orajel on his. He’s normally such a happy kid that it genuinely freaks me out when he’s anything but smiley. Luckily my mom reminded me that he is, in fact, a baby. And babies cry.

Breakfast was quick and dirty: Peanut butter and apricot jam on whole wheat, along with watermelon and cantaloupe.

I have a giant jar of almond butter in the pantry that I’ve been too lazy to break out and stir. Should probably get on that soon, huh?

This afternoon my mom and I headed out to find outfits for Jack to wear to Zach’s rehearsal dinner & wedding… which are NEXT WEEKEND. Crazy. Despite the fact that most stores have 90% girly stuff to 10% boy (and half of the boy stuff just sucks in general), we did manage to find a couple of pretty awesome ensembles for The Senator. And don’t you worry- there will be pics.

We grabbed lunch in the Northpark food court. I feel like I eat there almost as much as I do at home. Today’s lunch was my standby, Snappy Salads. Smoked salmon on red leaf with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mandarin oranges, cornichons (and 2 other toppings that I can’t recall) topped with mustard-honey dressing.

I was planning on bringing fruit to book club, but then we were watching Good Eats the other night and Alton whipped up a batch of banana pudding complete with HOMEMADE Nilla Wafers.

I’m not that ambitious, but it definitely made me obsessive about banana pudding for the next several days. Luckily my girl Paula came through yet again with her Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding recipe.

It’s INSANE, as most things Paula Deen are. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies topped with 8 sliced bananas, topped with a mixture of cream cheese, vanilla pudding, milk, sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream. Topped with more cookies.

Holy moly. Even Jack was a fan.

Okay, I’m back. Book club was great! The coming home and crashing idea didn’t exactly pan out, seeing as Mr. New Chompers was grinning at me as I walked in the door at TEN THIRTY.

But now he’s down (knock on wood).

Jill’s house was so stinking cute and cozy. It was raining outside and I wanted to curl up on her couch and take a nap. The food was delicious, too! Homemade chicken salad (with grapes- my fave) on croissants with fruit kebabs and cherries.

Good times, good times.

Allison even helped me use the manual setting on my camera. Heck yeah. Speaking of, check out her photography blog here.

Alright, NOW I go to bed.



Any summer vacations planned?

I’m itching to go to the beach. Probably not going to happen, but maybe I can live vicariously through your vacations?

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0 Responses to And In The Words Of Neil

  1. Patty Barteau says:

    Just booked it this week. We’re heading to NYC!!!

  2. Julie says:

    Oh…thank you for posting book club pictures! It was almost like I could mentally put myself in the room. Sigh. One month!!!

    We leave for the beach tomorrow! EEK… I need to do Laundry!

  3. Lauren says:

    Vieques, PR in June…Seguin twice in July…NYC in August :)

  4. Tiffany says:

    Is the paula deen banana pudding good? I too have been on a banana pudding kick lately and have wanted to try to make one – should I start with the paula deen one or do you have a better recommendation. (I have been reading your blog for a while now – I found it through run eat repeat – but this is my first time commenting. I live in Austin – and love reading your blog since you are a Texas girl also. Your son is precious by the way)

    • heatherwlu says:

      Tiffany- Welcome to the blog, fellow TX gal :) The Paula Deen pudding is DELICIOUS, but it’s kind of a bastardized version of traditional banana pudding. If you’re looking for the Nilla Wafer/meringue version, I’d try a different recipe. This one is super easy to throw together, though- and I was a big fan of the cream cheese & sweetened condensed milk. Definitely worth a try!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    wow..I honestly have never had banana pudding (unless it’s in the form of banana cream pie)… But that sounds/looks really good! Paula deen is bad ass…I don’t care how many slabs of butter she uses in her recipes..they always taste good ;)

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