Tonight’s the kind of night I wish I was married to a woman. No, I am not feeling saucy…I chopped my hair off today. And I want to analyze my thought process, replay the moment the locks fell, and chat about my new (fingers crossed) chic coif. Again, and again, and again. Is it sexy or Momesque? Cutting-edge or cringe-worthy? A ‘do or a don’t? You see why I wish I was cuddling up to a chick tonight?

My husband is better than most. I texted him from my hairdresser’s today, and gave him two options: something old, or something new. He encouraged me to cut (I like a man who’s up for a little adventure), and told me I was a smoking hot MILF when he came home from work.

And then he watched the news.

I took this selfie picture on a whim...right outside of Ashley's decorated room door. Miss you much today Ashley Rose!

What? I mean, does he not realize how big of a deal it is to adopt a ponytail that’s the size of a stubbed pinky toe? Sensing my disappointment over the lack of conversation completely centered around my haircut, he did throw me a “Who’s that new girl?” while I was making dinner (during a commercial). He tried, but he’s estrogen deficient.

Perhaps I wouldn’t feel the gravitational girl pull if Ashley was home. Tonight I really miss my teenager at camp! No doubt she would break out the flat iron, hold the mirror up so I could see the back (which is now shorter than the front!), and talk tresses for hours if that’s what I needed.

My new cut demanded a new Rachipe (Rachael Ray recipe). I caught her show during naptime the other day and simply had to try this dish. She transforms stale bread into a fresh meal…something old for something new. No scissors required.

Comfort food after a drastic cut!

Stale Bread Lasagna with Mushroom Sauce


EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling or softened butter

10 to 12 slices white bread 1-inch thick (stale is not only fine but preferred)

3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 1/2 pounds chopped crimini mushrooms (you can substitute meat if you wish)

1 onion, finely chopped

1 rib celery, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped

3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

1 bay leaf

1/4 cup tomato paste

A few grates of nutmeg

A pinch of cloves

2 cups vegetable stock (you can use chicken)

1 cup whole milk

1/2 pound Fontina Val D’Aosta cheese or other easy-melting Italian cheese

1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano


Grease a casserole dish with EVOO or butter and preheat oven to 400ºF. Arrange bread slices in a casserole dish in a tight-fitting layer.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons EVOO, a couple of turns of the pan, in a saucepot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and brown well. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic, and season with salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Cook to soften then add tomato paste, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir in stock and bring to a bubble. Add milk and simmer 30 minutes to thicken.

Spoon sauce over bread and top with cheese. Bake 30 minutes until cheese is melted and brown. Serve in shallow bowls with sauteed kale or dark greens salad alongside.

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24 Responses to Cut!

  1. Mel says:

    Smoking. Hot. MILF!! Your hair rocks– from the style of the cut to the amazing color- both completely compliment you in every way possible! Your making me second guess my hair right now!!! I love it! And it’s totally chic and in no way momesque!

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Oh thank you, Melis! I wish you were here to talk to me about it. : ( I did it on a whim. I didn’t go in there today thinking I was going to cut so much hair off…but it’s just hair and it’ll grow back so I figured, why not? And you know my motto…easier to change my hair than my a$$.

      Yay it’s not Momesque! Yay! I don’t want to morph into a total Mom. Uh-uh.

      Change it up, girl! (Though I think you’re smoking hot as is, of course).

  2. Mel says:

    Omg- correction *you’re not *your. My mom brain failed me there! Anyway, your motto rocks! I’m desperate for more pictures of your new look!!! And you know you rock any hairstyle– I’ve seen so many on you— and there’s not one that isn’t total rockstar! I’m loving that you went light again for a change!!

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Thanks so much! I am loving the lighter hair–now if only my body will follow suit LOL. : ) What are you going to do, my friend??

  3. Mel says:

    Just thought of something… Just like Rachel Ray with the recipes and Rachel Green (Friends) with the hair!!!

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Not quite Rachel Green (more Victoria Beckham in person…the hair, I mean!), and not quite Rachael Ray…but I am happy to be compared to both.

  4. Michele Goldman says:

    Love it!! Good move.. super sexy!! You go girl!!

  5. Steph says:

    LOVE it! You look great!

  6. Kelly says:

    So HOT! Love it and totally worth it! It will be quick, easy, and still very chic to run out the door with! Ashley will not notice you when she sees all that hotness! MEOW! XOXO

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Thanks, Kelly! Believe it or not, Ashley was an inspiration for my cut! She chopped all her hair off before camp. It just touches her shoulders, and looks pretty!

  7. AUDREY says:

    You look gorgeous – as you did before the cut. Nowhere near as drastic as you made it sound. You look amazing!

  8. Kim says:

    Love, Love, Love it! You look fabulous!

  9. Cheryl M. says:

    Love the locks! I go back and forth between short and long quite often…most often the problem is that the hair dresser is worried I’ll go into shock with a new short cut after having long hair and she doesn’t cut enough off! I’m at the awful in-between stage right now, gotta go get my bangs trimmed so I don’t look so ratty. 🙂

  10. Mommy Dish says:

    I hate the in-between stage! Completely relate! I usually change my color with the season (blonde to brown and everything in-between), but am not so adventurous with length (I do bangs/no bangs and that’s pretty much it). My hair hasn’t been this short since my TV news days…awhile back now! It’s nice to change things up…keeps everything fresh.

  11. motherof three says:

    I love it. Keep it short for the summer. Perfect.

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Thanks so much! I am still getting used to it. I took my first shower last night and felt like I had no hair! But it’s a refreshing change.

      I appreciate you reading my blog. Have a great weekend!



  12. love the cut! I think guys don’t really get the “hair” thing. What with, 1/2 off or 1/3 inch off choices for them…

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Haha…you’re right…no drastic cut for a guy unless they go bald.And they don’t want attention when that happens.

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