Free Day

*Warning: If you do not like pictures of babies, you will not like this post!*

Today was my day off this week, and I used it to cash in my birthday gift from my Aunt Dina–a free lunch! 🙂

After finding several places closed, we ended up at Nicolet Restaurant, a cafe in De Pere that I actually use to work at when I was in high school. Perusing the menu as a ‘humaneitarian’ was interesting–nearly everything had meat in it. No-meat options included a tuna salad sandwich, grilled cheese, or a Seaburger (as in, we have no idea what kind of fish or sea creature is in here). I opted for the Seaburger as the healthiest choice with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and onions.

Along with an unimpressive side salad.

I picked off most of the croutons and ate about 1/4 tsp of the bright pink ‘raspberry vinaigrette.’ If there was any actual vinegar in there, I’ll eat my hat. I really wish restaurants could get side salads right. They seem to make them for people who desire any vegetable they can choke down quickly to cancel out their impending calorie-laden dish. News flash: iceberg lettuce won’t do it. But to each his or her own. I just want a good side salad once in awhile.

Nicolet Restaurant does breakfast extremely well (delicious Belgian waffles!), but they have yet to master lunch and dinner. Nonetheless, my Seaburger was quite good, and beggars can’t be choosers. The company more than made up for it; it was fun to have lunch out for a change with Aunt Dina and my sister Moriah.

And….Baby A!

She is clearly into pickles. Good girl. I haven’t seen Aurelia in nearly a month, so I was so happy to see that she’s gotten even more adorable. Damn babies, being all cute and such.

Her interest in the world has increased tenfold as has her interest in grabbing everything near her: hair, earrings, crackers, iced tea, napkins, etc.

I also got to visit with my grandma today. She was clearly more interested in Aurelia, but  I can’t blame her. She thinks Aurelia is the cutest baby ever and doesn’t hesitate to let her grandchildren know.

The best part of my day was blowing raspberries on Aurelia’s stomach and listening to her laugh. My Uncle Howie took over afterwards.

Is there anything more adorable than the babbling-brook sound of a baby laughing?

Yes.

After my visit, I did some grocery shopping, then headed home to finally use the spring roll wrappers that I bought months and months ago.

Fillers included: romaine, cucumber, avocado, red cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and shrimp (not pictured because it was thawing and I forgot about it).

The spring roll wrappers were pretty easy to use. I filled a bowl with hot water (about dish water hot), then individually submerged each wrapper into the bowl for about thirty seconds.

The ‘cooked’ wrapper was a bit like saran wrap; it stuck to itself but with a little effort, wasn’t too difficult to straighten out.

Not bad for my first try! I had three of these dipped in my very favorite sauce, the one I use for my Thai Tofu Peanut Stir Fry.

The spring rolls were good. The spring rolls dipped in the peanut sauce were awesome.

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