The kids are crying. Right now.
Big brothers and big sisters can be so mean to little brothers and little sisters. I blame this all on Nintendo. It has nothing to do with the fact that the mother of our household is editing gorgeous photos of Fig and Bleu Cheese Pizza. With candied pecans. And arugula. And can’t for the life of her figure out whether the big brother and big sister were really being mean, or whether the little brother and little sister have simply mastered the art of overdramatic crying.
When you’re thinking about candied pecans, you are apparently incapacitated from making rational judgments about Mario Kart. And anyway, are there rational judgments about Mario Kart?
Apparently there are, because the children have come to a peace treaty in the last three minutes. The big brother and big sister got nice. The little brother and little sister stopped crying. Peace has entered our home once again.
Peace and pecans. Life is good.
Any end of summer woes happening at your house? We’ve had a wonderful season, but can definitely feel the before-school jitters settling in. The Little Sister woke up today and leaned herself against my leg until her belly was resting on my hip.
“I remember the first day of second grade, when I had to meet everyone and get all my notebooks organized.”
I asked her how she felt on the first day of second grade, while they were doing all those things.
“Kind of nervous,” she replied. “But the day went fast.”
I grabbed her and held her. Whispered into her hair that I loved her. Told her the first day of third grade would be the same, but different, because she’s older and wiser now. Held her until she made me let her go. Because the days do go fast. Breathlessly, wildly, unbelievably fast.
Unless Mario Kart is involved. But that’s all behind us now.
The kids have moved onto Mario Party. And the Little Sister is already in tears.
I need a candied pecan.
Figgy Pecan Bleu Pizza
4-8 rounds of Quick & Easy Pizza Crust or Naan Bread
1 bottle fig spread or fresh peach jam
1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
1/2 cup pecan halves
drizzle olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh, coarsely ground pepper
2 cups baby rocket (arugula)
If making the Quick and Easy Pizza Crust, bake the pizza into 3-8 inch pizza rounds. Allow to cool completely.
In a small saucepan, combine the pecan halves, a teensy drizzle of olive oil, brown sugar, garlic salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the brown sugar mixture has caramelized on top of the pecans. Transfer to a sheet of parchment and allow to cool completely.
Spread a thin layer of fig jam (or peach preserves) atop your pizza rounds or naan bread. Sprinkle a handful of bleu cheese on top. Add your candied pecans. Top with a ton of arugula. Add more arugula. Serve and enjoy!