Friday, July 31, 2009

Fun of our favorite places

Boogie on over to

Needing somewhere to let the kids roam when it's 112 degrees outside and you've
played with every toy in the toy box 10 times already in one day?
Let me recommend heading on over to your local children's museum!

We had an incredible time playing, learning, and goofing off together, when we

visited ours a few weeks ago with Aunt Manda.

Two stories of non-stop, hands-on activities for your kiddos
seriously frigid air conditioning for the mommas!

Like I said something for everyone.


Thursday, July 30, 2009


This morning we pulled out of the driveway headed toward the train station.

Not for Cade to admire all the colorful engines, but for him to actually RIDE one...all the way to DALLAS no doubt. {with his Nani in tow}

He was soooooooo excited to be an actual passenger instead of an onlooker!

Enjoy this special day little man.

I'm praying for a super FaNtAsTiC {non-eventful} ride for you and Nonners!

Mommy can't wait to hear all about it tomorrow!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Menu Monday...A TWILIGHT Dinner Party

If you know me at all, you know my love of the Twilight book series! Initially two friends and I began reading the books together. V-E-R-Y quickly, one book turned into all 4. And by the end of two weeks, we'd completed the entire series and decided to start a book club! I hosted our first book club meeting at my home, since reading Twilight was my idea.

The three of us discussed the plot, characters, our favorite quotes and many other aspects of the novel over blood red pomegranate martinis, antipasti salad, and portabello mushroom ravioli with tomato cream sauce! {just like Bella feasted on on her first "unofficial" date with Edward} After dinner, we moved into the living room to watch the movie! For dessert, I served up ReD VeLvEt cupcakes with almond BuTTerCReaM icing.

It was such a fun night! I am excited to see where the book club road will lead us. We have decided to rotate choosing books each month & the person who chooses the book will also plan the activity or host a dinner party. I am looking forward to our next book, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Thanks for coming Amanda and Jennifer, you girlies rock!!!

Since it IS Monday, here are a few recipes from our dinner party:
Oprah's Pomegranate Martini
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka
1 ounce Cointreau liquor
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses

Italian Antipasti Salad
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into 1-inch squares
1/4 lb sliced pepperoni & salami
, chopped
1/3 cup WELL DRAINED sliced pimientos
(one 4-ounce jar)
1/3 cup chopped red onion
3 slices of provolone cheese, sliced into squares
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- chopped pepperoncini peppers (optional)

In a large salad bowl, combine salad ingredients and toss. Then add salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Toss again to serve.

Portabello Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce
1 package of frozen Portabello Mushroom Ravioli
1 pint Whipping Cream
2-3 scallions, diced
1 can of Italian style Diced tomatoes {you can even substitute jarred spaghetti sauce or even sun dried tomatoes depending on your taste}
1/2 of an onion, chopped
Fresh Parmesan Cheese
Vodka, a splash, maybe 2 Tbsp.
salt and pepper

Cook Ravioli according to package directions. Then chop half of an onion and saute it in some olive oil, allowing it to sweat & brown a bit. Add your cream, about a pint, maybe a little less and let it bubble and cook (medium high heat) until it reduces to half it's original amount and thickens. Sneak in a little freshly ground pepper, salt and then add your splash of vodka and let it work it's magic. After cooking a bit, add your can of diced tomatoes and a handful of Parmesan cheese, real stuff peeps...not the kind in the can! Stir and taste. You can add more seasoning or cheese if needed. Plate and top with diced scallions! Enjoy and dream of Edward :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Back to Life...

back to reality.

why is it so hard to get back into the swing of things after a vacation?

this past week has been a whirlwind. i have wanted to blog since our return, but there has been no time. between catching up on the piles of laundry, cleaning my house, restocking my fridge, and catching up on lost sleep i have been so crazy busy!

we arrived home two weeks ago, Sunday evening from a quick get-a-way trip to Puerta Vallarta. the kids had a little vacation of their own at Nani and Papa's house. when we walked through the door that night, i asked cade how his vacation went and he said, "great mommy!" guess a little get-a-way was just what the doctor order for all of us.

i had a wonderful time with steve, his brother phil, my s.i.l. cindy, and my in-laws inelda & orlando. we stayed right on the beach at the club regina resort.

here are a few of my favorite things that we did:

- zip line course in the mountains

- dinner at senor frogs

- sweeping up in pool volleyball against a crew from Michigan

- reading by the pool

- bargaining on the beach with the locals for stellar silver/red coral earrings

- sleeping in

- ordering a gourmet breakfast every day

- lounging

- eating fresh guacamole daily

it was the perfect balance of relaxation & activity...i savored every moment!!!
Dinner at Beer & Tacos
{so yeah, you know what we had}

Breakfast al fresco

Senor Frogs here we come! You order guacamole, you make it!!!

B.B.Q. bib for the youngB.B.Q. bib for the young at heart

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