Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here she is just after stealing a cracker from the diaper bag. She loves loves crackers so much she's saying the word already. It comes out, "Cra Cra" but with all the pointing and grunting you know what she means. We put her in her cheerleader outfit for the first day of football season.
She still gets excited about picking tomatoes. She does a great job picking them but it's a challenge to get her to put them in the bowl rather than her mouth.
Just a cutie
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We continued our journey northward to the city of Edmonds to take the ferry across the sound to Kingston. We were destined to go to one of my favorite cities in the northwest, Pulsbo. Here, we went to the Dancing Brush to make a gift for Grandma Barney that she'll receive in a few weeks. Lily was hungry so we stopped at one of my most favorite unknown gems, "that's a some Italian Ristorante". It's believed that JFK Jr. made a pop-in at one time. From here, we decided to head home because it was approaching Lily's bedtime.
We hopped on the ferry once again from Bainbridge Island back to Seattle. On the ferry, I quickly learned my daughter is obsessed with flying birds. I, and many others on board, were in stitches as Lily was screaming at the sea gulls as they flew through the air. She became more obsessed as I would shove her up in the air to become closer to the birds. She really felt like she could grab one! By now, it was now 9 PM and she couldn't take it anymore. I hope she had fun. I spent a lot of the down time during the day reflecting on all of the gifts that God has given me and my family. It's quite remarkable to imagine it all. I'm not sure what Lily thought as the day progressed. As for me, I'm already planning for my next "best day ever..."
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Fortunately for me, Lily is an amazing eater and puts up with my culinary disasters on a regular basis. For example, I can put a bowl of noodles tossed with grapes and shredded turkey in a bowl and she'll actually eat it. Thank God! Making dinner or any meal for that matter has never been easy for me but now I have the added pressure of trying to throw something together that John will like, I will eat and is appropriate for Lily. Honestly, there are not too many dishes that fit that list of requirements. While Lily clearly has her favorites, she will eat pretty much anything. She LOVES the Sungold tomatoes John planted for us. I can barely get back into the house to wash them before she is reaching and grunting her desire for me to hand one over. Once she does have one she makes quick work of shoving the entire tomato in her mouth, puncturing the skin with her only two teeth, sucking out the juice and handing the skin back to me so I'll give her another. Noodles, as you can see are another favorite and I also think rotisserie chicken, broccoli with cheesy sauce, fresh peaches and yogurt with Julie's homemade raspberry jam would make her top ten list. I seriously don't know what we're going to do when fall comes and all of her current farm stand favorites go away for another year.John arrives home just about the time I'm taking Lily out of her bath so while I'm sorry to say that he is still consistently eating cereal for dinner we are getting better at organizing ourselves... albeit a little at a time and only as quickly as we have to. From the outside looking in it might appear tough and it is but I look forward to our nightly routine all day. Watching Lily delight in a bowl of noodles and seeing her sharing one with daddy makes it all worthwhile.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
1/2c heavy cream 1/2c milk 2t vanilla 2T sugar
Ensure the bag is sealed tightly and place into a gallon size ziploc freezer bag. Fill the freezer bag half full with ice and 1/2c rock salt. Seal and shake vigorously for 5 minutes.
Notes: You can use half & half instead of the cream and milk mixture I did and I've heard that just milk works too. The mixture will be a consistency of soft serve after five minutes. I wrapped a dish towel around the gallon bag to keep my fingers from freezing while shaking. Also, if you want to make more than one serving you could probably put two sandwich bag portions in one gallon bag of ice so you don't have to shake more than one bag; I'd just add a little more ice and increase the salt accordingly.
Super Easy Sangria
1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or other white wine 3 cans Fresca Fresh berries & sliced peaches
Yep, that's it. I received a lot of complements on this drink. I used the Barefoot brand wine because they're super cheap. I figured I didn't need to drop a lot of money into wine that I was going to mix with Fresca and my bet paid off. An added bonus is that they come in 1 liter bottles if you have a large crowd to serve.
This looks beautiful in a large clear glass container. I used two 1 liter bottles of Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc to start and had to add another liter bottle of Barefoot White Zinfandel to the mixture when the punch bowl began to get low. I was worried at first that it would taste funky with two different kinds of wine in there but I had guests to keep hydrated and white zin was all I had left in my arsenal. It still tasted great! Next time I make this I will freeze the berries and peaches ahead of time to keep the mixture cooler longer.
Besides it's simplicity, what I like most about the recipe is that, unlike most sangria recipes, it doesn't require a trip to the liquor store or anything to be done ahead of time for it to taste great. As the guests were arriving I was dumping all of the ingredients in my container and it looked great. One note of caution however is that this is one of those drinks that sneaks up on you if you know what I mean. :)
Henry and Hamilton are Julie's boys and they adore Lily. Since they were first to arrive they got to check out Lily's pool and the slip and slide first.Henry looking super cool in his action shot!
This is Jana. She is undeniably the sweetest young woman I know. I can't wait till we can call her up to babysit!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
My mom went way beyond the call of duty to make this party special by staying with us for the week prior to help us prepare. The party I could have planned without her help would have been boring in comparison to the one we planned together. We work well together and even though it was crazy hot all week, I think we did a pretty good job. THANKS MOM!!!
John had to leave for a business trip today before we could upload all the pictures from the party to my computer. These are a few to give you an idea of the fun we had. I’ll share more pictures of the people that attended on my next post along with the ice cream recipe the kids liked and the sangria recipe the adults appreciated.