As a stay at home parent to young children, most of my day is filled with child related interactions. Did you go pee-pee? Did you get an ouchie? Don’t put that in your mouth, Yes, we must always wear pants, and put your shirt back on are pretty much the gist of the conversations I start. I know everything going on with Dora the Explorer and know all about Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins. Sometimes, the only adult interaction I get is with our Behavioral Therapists, who along with daily updates on how S did at school, get a dose of how I feel about the latest current event. I do this slyly though. “S has had trouble focusing at school recently, we should make her more pecs……speaking of focus……have you watched Master of None on Netflix?” However, after working with us for over 3 years, I think at this point our Behavioral Therapist has caught on. Which brings me to the whole point of this blog post……it is important to get regular doses of adult interaction so that you maintain your confidence in social situations and maintain your sanity. I have found that a great way to do this is through a dinner party. My husband and I invite two groups of friends who have kids the same age, that way the kids entertain each other, we don’t have to worry about getting a babysitter and the adults can all hang out.
I love to cook and try out new recipes so a dinner party allows me to get creative and try out new recipes that I may not make on a regular basis. For my latest dinner party, I wanted to try something new. I decided to try my hand at Mexican food, which I do not make often. Luckily I have a great TANGIBLE friend who knows how to make a mean enchilada (“cough” Jessika “cough). I took Jessika’s recipe for awesome chicken enchiladas and put my own spin on it. Combined with some chips and basic Pico De Gallo and we had the makings for a fabulous dinner party AND it was kid friendly. Winner! Winner! Enchilada dinner!