Dallas has all of these fun things to do that I’m rediscovering now that Jack is old enough to enjoy them. Today we met a few of his friends at the Dallas World Aquarium downtown. This is SUCH a cool place… a little pricey ($21 for adults, kids under 3 are free) but definitely worth it. It’s like a big rainforest- most of the animals aren’t caged. We looked up at one point and saw a sloth hanging out 2 feet above our heads. They have monkeys, otters, an huge alligator, bats, fish, a crab that was bigger than Jack, tropical birds, sharks, penguins.
My favorite were the manatees:
Unfortunately we got really close to being banned for life, I’m pretty sure. You walk in on the 3rd level and peer down at the aquarium from this bamboo-ish bridge. We’re standing on the bridge and all of a sudden Jack throws his sippy cup. It rolls across the floor, over the edge of the bridge… and down 3 stories right into the stingray tank.
It was like a slow motion, “Oh CRAAAAAAAAAP!”
And the worst part was that THIS cup had a label with our name AND PHONE NUMBER. I was pretty sure that we were going to get arrested. Or fed to the sharks.
Luckily some brave soul retrieved the cup, so by the time we made it down the 3 floors to the stingrays, the sippy was propped up next to the tank. We’re going to sanitize the heck out of that baby.
Speaking of babies:
SO CUTE. Jack, Alejandro, Caroline and Luna. They had a blast.
Tonight I pulled out an old favorite for dinner: Moroccan Chickpeas & Eggs.
The easiest and cheapest meal in history. I calculated it at under $2 per person, and that’s with organic, cage free eggs. I’ve posted the recipe before, but basically you just heat olive oil in an ovenproof skillet. Toss in a can of drained, rinsed chickpeas and sprinkle generously with cumin. I always add a little garam masala and smoked paprika, too. Saute for a few minutes, then pour in a jar of marinara sauce and heat through. Crack 6 eggs on top and bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.
Target was out of whole wheat naan, so we had it on top of wheat angel hair with a side of roasted broccoli with lemon and parmesan.
Jack went to TOWN on this. He loves his chickpeas. For some reason he wanted me to feed him, and I literally couldn’t shovel the beans in fast enough. If you’re making it for a toddler, I would go a little easier on the spices.
I’m off to edit pics. Hope everyone is having a good week!