I have been pushed into a situation, I don't really want to be in. One of my friends, who is 23 and still trying to find her path in life, has been using me as an excuse. This has happened once before, where she accidently sent me a text message ment for her mom. I asked that if she uses me as an excuse again that she let me know. Well that didn't happen... Friday I got this from her mom sent to my myspace:
I know you don't know me, but I am Jennifer's Mom. I ask that you not let her know I have contacted you, please. She claims she is getting together with you tonight and going to Mark's softball game and then you are going out to dinner. Just want to check her story out. She has gotten involved with a young man, that so far no one has cared for -- or I should say -- feels comfortable around. He is married, but supposedly getting a divorce. I just am worried about her. She sometimes doesn't use the greatest of judgement.
So please just let me know because we had made plans with a bunch of friends to have a game night at our house and she is using you as the excuse now for not coming.
Again, I ask you please keep my confidence."
I was in shock...I called my two closest friends, Cindy and Lucia, and my older brother. What do you do?
Right now my resolve is to ignore this and say nothing to either one... this is something the two of them need to work out on their own! Yes I did use friends as excuses when I was in my teenage years and really early 20's (I'm 28 now), but never without checking to make sure it was ok, or to let them know I had used them. If her mom persists, I will have to sit them both down at the same time, and then tell them to sort it out on their own with each other. Keep me outta this! I have enough going on in my own world, I don't need extra help from the drama llama!!
After telling Mark about the situation, we headed off to the Cheesecake Factory. This would be my first time eating there, and I have a new love...food wise.
While waiting at the bar for a table to open up, we ordered an appetizer. I was starving and frankly, I had already drank half of my Sangria and was feeling good...but hungry. So we ordered Avocado Egg Rolls. OMG! It was so good! So good I hunted down a copy cat recipe to share with you!
Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, & diced
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1/2 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 pinch salt
3 egg roll wraps
1 egg, beaten
Gently stir together avocado, tomatoes, onion, 1/2 teaspoon cilantro, and salt. Distribute filling evenly onto center of each egg roll wrapper.
Position a wrapper so that a corner is pointing toward you; fold the bottom corner up, 1/4 of the way over the filling. Brush remaining corners and edges of the wrapper with egg, roll up from side to side, fold top corner over all and press to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
Continue by deep-frying the egg rolls in 375 degree oil for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags.
Slice egg rolls diagonally across middle and serve with the Tamarind Cashew Dipping Sauce.
- 3-4 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon tamarind pulp
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 pinch powdered saffron
- 1/2 cup chopped cashews
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 green onions
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup olive oil