Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snuggle Bug

Jet is a sweet boy but is not much of a snuggler, Roxy on the other hand likes to be held and loves her cuddles. So thankful that at least one child will let me hug them for more than 5 seconds:) Loving my kids and their unique personalities.








Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Aftermath

The result of Jet's first time eating chocolate-covered strawberries:



















I think he liked it

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Listening To...

I first heard of James Morrison when we were in Italy a couple years ago; a British, Chris Martin of Coldplay look-a-like, this singer-songwriter is a great listen on a nice rainy day like today, or any day at that. Check him out on Grooveshark:



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

It took me awhile to find an oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe I really liked and when I finally discovered it, should I have been surprised that it would come from my girl Ina? It's so good, I leave out the pecans and sometimes sub out the raisins for cranberries - either way, it is delicious!

Here's the recipe:


Some tips:

- I typically put less sugar than what it calls for since I don't like my sweets to be too sweet. Rather than have the sugar be level with the cup, I'll have it be a little lower.

- You'll want to pull the cookies out when they look just about done. They'll continue to bake a little out of the oven so if it looks already done before you take them out, you've probably overbaked them.



So good!!!

And here's an oldie but a goodie; I went to one of Ina's book signings with my good friend Stacy years ago at Sur La Table in Santa Monica. I was such a nerd who was so excited to meet her that everything I wanted to say to her, how I loved her cookbooks so much, how I loved her style of cooking, how she inspired me to try new things, all came out in a measly, "It's so nice to meet you." Definitely a Ralphie meeting Santa from "A Christmas Story" kind of moment. If you have no idea what I'm referring to then do yourself a favor and watch this movie! Anyway, Stacy and I had fun meeting one of our foodie heroes - Ina rocks!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Whittamore's Farm

There are quite a few lovely family farms around the Durham region and I have been wanting to visit this one since last year and was finally able to make it happen today with the fam. It was a gorgeous and very warm day and the place was packed! It was like Disneyland, pumpkin-version. We had a great afternoon as a family and I am hoping this becomes a yearly fun family tradition.


Inside this building is a great store that sells local produce, baked goods, preserves, and other goodies. 


Checking out the cow


When the cow finally came up to Jet, he freaked and ran away.










Woke up to get into the pumpkin action




















Just ignore where that bag is from:) But come on, don't french fries make everyone happy?


This video is only 1 second long but I had to post it because Jet's joy is too cute not to share


Gang-star Jet

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Baba!


Wasn't my dad such a cute little boy? 

Today is my Dad's birthday! Although my Dad had a difficult childhood and upbringing, he has grown up to be a very disciplined, hard-working, successful, and fun-loving man. I am so thankful for all the ways he has sacrificed and taken care of me and he has given me an amazing example of how I want to strive for those qualities for my children as well. We love you so much Baba, have a wonderful, fun birthday!!!