Together for a Reason

To say that Alexis and Mila go together like peanut butter and jelly is to vastly understate how well they compliment each other. They were meant to be together in a way that defies the English language. They don't just bring each other joy, they breathe life into one another.

Mila is the cheese to Alexis' macaroni.

One is the yin to the other's yang.

Mila is the devil to Alexis' angel.

Which, I just figured that one out. It was terribly obvious, but it took a little incident for me to see it for what it is.

Alexis, she who cannot break the rules without hyperventilating and generally losing her mind, was clearly born with an angel sitting on each of her shoulders. The angels punch her in the gut when she thinks about doing something bad. She's said as much more than a few times. "I was going to lie to you, but then my stomach hurt really bad so I didn't."

She can't help it. She's the good kid.

Mila, on the other hand. Welp. Mila has Alexis' devil on one shoulder and her own devil on the other. She's a challenge is what I'm saying. Mischief is her profession and business is good.

There are plenty of incidents that prove my point, but perhaps my favorite was captured on video a few days ago. Before I post it, though, I feel the need to explain one little thing -- my Mom Glare is top notch. It is so top notch that it not only sends Alexis into a fit of tears, it works on strangers' kids as well. I can Mom Glare my way through lots of situations, including those involving teens acting like jerks at the mall. I've guilted many kids into better behavior without ever saying a word.

So it stands to reason that when Mila wouldn't sit her butt down in a chair like she's supposed to, I pulled out the Mom Glare.

It went well, I think.

A video posted by Burgh Baby (@burghbaby) on




Like I said, she's a challenge. A super cute challenge.


Roasted Asparagus

There are lots of ways to disappoint my children. I found a new one today. Apparently, when I buy asparagus, it better be to make the Grilled Asparagus and Fontina Sandwiches. Poor Alexis was beyond sad when I refused to stand outside in the cold to grill. She might have tried to remind me that I've grilled when it was snowing outside, but that's not the point. The point was that I wanted Parmesan Risotto and I wanted asparagus and simmer down, child.


The good news is that while Alexis was busy sulking that there wasn't Grilled Asparagus and Fontina Sandwiches on her plate, the other kid was all ZOMG THIS IS SOOOO GOOD.


At least I know how to please half of my kids.

Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus (thinner is better)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 clove minced garlic
Juice from 1/2 lemon

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Clean the asparagus and cut the very bottom (the off of each stalk. Then cut the spears in half.

3. Throw the asparagus in a bowl. Toss in the olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan, and garlic.


4. Toss everything around until it's happy then spread the asparagus across a baking sheet.


5. Bake the asparagus at 425 degrees for 13-16 minutes. The thicker it is, the longer it will need to cook. It's done when it's soft but not mushy.

6. Sprinkle the lemon juice across all of the asparagus.

7. Watch your oldest child sulk as she devours every last bite because asparagus is good no matter how it's served.



Tall Enough