Wednesday night I returned home late to a very excited voice mail from my friend Judy letting me know that she had been matched with a newborn boy. After calling her back and getting all the details it wasn’t long before we were both booked on a flight to Texas for first thing Friday morning. I quickly had to get all of Maisie’s things organized, labeled and laid out, do laundry, get her gym and school outfits together, pack her snacks and meals, do a bit of cooking for dinners for both her and Eammon, reschedule my carpool responsibilities (thanks Sophie), take Eammon and show him where Maisie’s school was located and how to do carpool, write out an hour-by-hour schedule for Eammon and Maisie to follow, cancel my at-least-six-months-in-waiting lunch date with my friend Ilene and most importantly, get my head around being away from my little girl…because other than when I was in the hospital, I have never spent a night away from her.
Early Friday morning Judy and I flew to Texas, checked into the hotel and were off to the agency. By dinner time I was a Godmother to one cutie little boy. This morning after one of his feedings Nathaniel happily spent a few hours sleeping on my chest. So many memories of my Maisie Miao Miao sleeping the very same way. Boy do I miss my girl.
Yesterday Maisie called me about six times to check in and find out how I was doing and to tell me she missed me. She asked again why I was in Texas and I told her that I was helping Judy with her new baby. Maisie’s comment “Why can’t Judy just find a husband to help her out.” She’s a funny girl. Not that she meant that Judy should have a husband but more so, that if she had a husband her Mama would not have had to leave her. Tuesday I’ll be back and pick my girl up from school and I can’t wait!
I know, me, me, me, me, me. Guess I should show who my little Nathaniel Seth actually gets to go home with, his Mama Judy. Big congrats Judy, you two make a beautiful family and thanks for taking me along to share in the experience and for honoring us with being Nathaniel Seth’s Godparents.
A few days before leaving for Texas my friend Colleen put the idea of salmon in my head as she was making my Coriander Roasted Salmon with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. Though I absolutely adore that recipe, I knew I had a new one I wanted to try, Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon with Sesame Ginger Honey Glaze and WOW was it a huge hit with all of us. Maisie ate huge portions and asked to have it again for dinner even after knowing that we had finished it the previous night. I will be making this salmon dish time and time again as it was totally delicious. Click on the link or the picture to be taken to Cook Lisa Cook and the recipe.
Other wonderfully delicious recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon Frosty, Mango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Baked Meatballs, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Cheddar Mini Quiche, Strawberry Soup, Chicken Tenders, Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie, Lacy Cheese Crackers, Dried Cherry Almond Tart, Thai Cucumber Salad, Grilled Thai Chicken, Chili Maple Mustard Ribs, Curried Grilled Thai Chicken Salad, Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken, Double Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cauli-Rice, Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Fritos Crusted Pollock, Chicken Satay Noodle Salad, Mini Cheesecake Bites, French Fries Hash Browns, Soup Day Soup and Thai Curry Shrimp with Shirataki Noodles.