The other day, I had a friend over for a “family play date” so that we could catch up on the past few months that both kept us busy with life. We usually like to get together for breakfast while the kids are in school, but since it had been so long since we last saw each other, I thought it would be great to try and get the kids together as well.
I wanted the kids to have activities to keep them busy, but not so busy that we wouldn’t see them. The boys can sometimes get into it and even get a little rough in the process, so I wanted to guide their activities but not have to walk them through anything, because it had been a long time since I last saw Jo.
We started with a simple lunch of grilled veggies, salad, fried chicken wings, and anchovy pasta. Jo remembered my love for Indian mangoes with bagoong, so we had a big plate of that to nosh on as well. My bbq grill was acting up, so lunch took a little while longer than I expected to get on the table, but the boys occupied themselves with their hand held electronics.
After we were done eating, the kids asked if they could swim, and for the most part everyone got along stellar. While they swam, Jo and I had a cup of coffee and dessert in the lanai, all the while, still staying within earshot if the boys had a disagreement.
We all know that as soon as the kids get out of the pool they are STARVING. (Yes-even though we just had lunch, they were still starving.) I knew this would be the case, so I had the pizza stone all prepped and ready in the oven for when they were ready to “make their own pizzas.” The girls took charge of this activity, leaving the Mommas to chit chat away while they baked and snacked.
Even Gelli loved the pizza that the big girls made for everyone! She gives it two thumbs up…sort of….
After snacking on some crispy thin pizza with all that extra cheese, the kids asked if they could decorate the sugar cookies that Gia prepared for them. Because Easter was just around the corner, I figured that the kids would love decorating Gia’s sugar cookies as the last activity we would do together. Of course, they loved it.
All of the kids had a great time. Mommas got to catch up with each other, bellies were all full, and toys were all cleaned up before we sent them off to rest after a long day. When I finally made it upstairs to sit down with Nino for a little while, I looked at my watch and realized that I needed to prepare dinner for the kiddos. (and for us too of course) I still had some leftovers from lunch and some soup for Gelli for dinner but I was at a loss as to what to serve Nino for dinner, especially, since he spent the entire day resting. I wanted to give him something I knew that would be satisfying but not too heavy.
So-my perfect dinner to serve him was a tossed salad and the Bocaditos I had in the fridge. A few days before, Em Sulit had contacted me asking me if she could send me some to try. I had seen many of the SoMoms post about her famous Bocaditos before, so I was curious to see what they were like. They looked like mini pot pies in the pictures I saw on Instagram and Facebook. The moment I began heating these tiny little treats up in the toaster oven I could already smell the butter wafting through the kitchen.
I had no idea that these little treats packed a heck of a punch in taste. The flaky crust was buttery, and warm, enveloping the savory fillings. I ate slowly and mindfully, because they were so rich and tasty I wanted to savor every bite.
Truth: I was too lazy to even set the table downstairs for a proper dinner. Nino and I ate our toasted treats and salad in front of the t.v. with the continuation of our favorite series on DVD. While I was toasting our Bocaditos, I asked one of the helpers to make a salad so that we could just relax and kick off our Holy Week staycation.
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