75% of you were right!

19 04 2010

Baby lpod is a boy! We went in today for an ultrasound. The tech barely had time to tell us her name before baby lpod displayed the goods. I was embarrassed, Scott was proud. I’m sure the first of many moments just like that for us. 🙂

So now we begin the naming process. This ought to be interesting with us. I was just going through a list, throwing out random names tonight. I said “Do you like Oliver? I really like the name Olivia, maybe I could like Oliver too.” To which, his response was “only if his middle name is clothesoff.”

And so it begins…





Soupe a L’oignon Gratinee

18 04 2010

Yum. Last night, Scott and I went to a little french place in an adjoining neighborhood. We’re trying to hit up all the less kid-friendly places now while we still have the chance. We  had a delicious meal. Mine started with a little gratined onion soup and Scott with some sautéed sardines over roasted tomatoes with a green, pesto like sauce on a toasted baguette. The sardines were the big winner of the night. SOOOO tasty. I have a can at home and am thinking of trying to recreate this deliciousness.

Their frites are delightful too. Of course, served with mayonnaise. The ONLY way to have frites (don’t argue with me, you will not win :)).

l'oignon lpod

Happy Sunday, we’re off to play at the Arboretum in this almost 70° day!!!





Strawberry Bread

14 04 2010

Do you ever get sucked into the sales at the grocery store? TWO containers of strawberries for $4? I mean, why would you by one at $2 when you can get two for $4? Bah. Every time. I have the best intentions of the smoothies I’ll make, fruit salad for lunch every day…. Without fail, one of them is left to rot before I get to it and I start feeling guilty for wasting food AND two bucks.

This evening, I was stewing on the couch about that container of strawberries in the back of the fridge. While stewing, I surf the web. I came across a recipe for strawberry bread. I think someone wanted to make sure those berries were eaten! I whipped up a couple loaves of the bread. It’s a winner! We each had a slice for dessert this evening and plan to have some for breakfast too. It’s really tasty.

lazy iphone picture - not the best quality

Strawberry Bread
source: allrecipes.com

2 cups fresh strawberries
3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil (i think i’m going for apple sauce next time)
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup chopped pecans (oops, forgot to add these even though i chopped them)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  2. Slice strawberries, and place in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, and set aside while preparing bread mixture. (i forgot to sprinkle with sugar, and the berries were plenty sweet – they didn’t need it)
  3. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; mix well. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in pecans. Divide batter into pans.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out on rack and let cool completely.

I enjoyed a slice warm with a little soft butter. It was perfect. I can’t wait for breakfast!





My Hero

12 04 2010

I have a reaaaaaaaaaaally long list of projects for the house. Little things here and there I’ve wanted to get done over the years, but never started for some excuse I can’t remember. Scott has been my champion of house projects in the last couple of months. This weekend, he got up on Saturday morning, put a coat of stain on our new mantel, made himself a lunch, and headed off to work. I was barely out of bed by the time he was out the door.

He worked all day, getting home just in time to get dressed to go to my company’s annual anniversary party. On Sunday, he finished staining and oiling the mantel before he cleaned out some old boxes in the basement. THEN he edged and mowed the yard. I needed him to go to Costco and the grocery store with me after all that, because no one should go to Costco alone on a Sunday. They might not return alive.

We got home, unloaded the car and I put the groceries away. While I did that, he swept the walkways, the back porch and the garage, and took all of the boxes out to recycling. He took a few conference calls in between all that mess of a Sunday and eventually went to a work dinner on Sunday night. I’m sure he was really well rested by the time he got to work this morning.

Check out my cool new mantel! Now we finally have someplace to hang little speck’s stocking at Christmas. Thanks, my sweet husband for taking on all of my crazy projects.

mantel ready for deocration

Now I get the joy of decorating the mantel. These pieces are all just for show and belong elsewhere in the house. Can’t wait to decorate my first mantel!





Guess Who?

8 04 2010

Update! Baby One = Joe! Baby Two = Obvious, it’s Katie, but can you believe just how much Grandpa and Grandaughter look alike? 

Who do you think is in Picture 1 and Picture 2? 

baby one

 

baby two

 





Easter Beignets

5 04 2010

One of my only really intense cravings has been for donuts. I think I’ve mentioned that. I obsess about them quite a bit. I let myself have one about once a week. Usually less, but sometimes I just can’t help it. I cratered and gave into a grocery store donut last week and regretted it. I hate donuts that leave a film in your mouth. Ew! So not worth the calories. There’s a place in a nearby neighborhood that does all vegetarian donuts. And some vegan ones. They sell them at Whole Foods too. They’re okay. Kind of dense, but far better than the grocery store donuts. Top Pot is always a favorite, but kind of hard to get to from our neighborhood. But, really? I just want a Shipley’s strawberry iced donut, darnit!!

I decided I wanted to make some beignets for Easter breakfast to sate this craving for fried dough sweetened with sugar, frosting, or cinnamon.

Scott had to come to my rescue. Apparently pregnancy has not been kind to my skills in the kitchen. The dough was sticky and I nearly gave up. Scott saved them.

They were really tasty!

beignets in the bright morning sun