Here we were at dinner-making hour and all the kids claimed supreme boredom and couldn’t seem to entertain themselves. I reluctantly suggested a fort. Out came all the blankets in the house, pillows and dining chairs. Along with the craft project for Mimi’s birthday, my house was left in shambles and the fun lasted a whopping 5 minutes. I hardly completed a single thought before they were calling my name again. Mike wanted to grill steaks, so I just made a simple pasta salad. I included some chopped organic zucchini and chopped yellow squash from Elmer at the farmer’s market. Sweet old Elmer. http://www.foodnetwork.com/grilling/grilling-central-course-sides/articles/mix-and-match-pasta-salad You can add a little torn basil as a garnish. I didn’t use fresh parmesan from the block last night, but if you ever feel like splurging, head over to Whole Foods or Fresh Market and buy a chunk from the deli section. I promise, the flavor will exceed your expectations. When you buy the “real” stuff, it lasts forever. To store, wrap in a new piece of plastic wrap after each use. If you see any mildly bits, simply slice them off. When you’ve used all but the rind, throw the rind into a soup to add flavor. For the steak, Mike used this recipe: http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/five-minute-marinated-skirt-steak.com It was delicious! (if links won’t work, copy and paste in your browser to view) If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad., Let’s Crunch Numbers!, Help Me To Help You!