T’was a Good Day. Easter 2013 – in photos

Had a great Easter Sunday! It was a perfect day spent with my family.  With the sun shining. The kids behaving during mass; and a great family dinner with fun conversation. Hope those of you that celebrated had a great day too! Photos:

Weighing in!- First Loss To Report

Super excited to weigh in this morning! This week was the first week in a while where I gave more than 100% of my attention to trying to lose weight. I mean, I have been hitting the gym 3-4 times a week, and doing real well there, I can see changes. But, the scale had…

Don’t Girls Have Cooties!?!?

Thought to journal a bit since I have some free time. I have been pretty busy with the family and work lately.  We are six days into Spring, and still have a lot of snow surrounding the house..though it’s melting. I think. Came home from the gym last night to my daughter, WHO IS 7!, telling…

Our Easter Egg Hunt 2013

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt went off yesterday without a hitch! The snow outside made it a touch of an obstacle.  We had to set the hunt inside the house…using the living room as the hunting grounds. But with 250 filled plastic eggs, and 8 children, it was more like an egg wonderland than a…

Basil Pesto Without Nuts

Basil Pesto– without nuts 1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed, completely dried and base stems removed. 1 large clove garlic, cut in half 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese In a food processor, add in basil, garlic and s&p. Pulse until coarsely…

Food Allergies- Have the Conversation.

In 2007, our lives changed forever. Our oldest daughter was diagnosed with anaphylaxis, related to food allergies, just as she just turned 2 years old. A food allergy is when the body’s immune system mistakenly thinks a food protein is a harmful agent, and attacks it. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction. The immune…

Ground Pork Tacos

This is a super quick dish to make after work, one of my favorites; and there is no way to screw it up! Also, it is a great way to enjoy tacos without using the packet of sodium that comes in a taco meal kit. Those packets bother me so much; have you ever read…

Flower Cupcakes

As my oldest daughter turned two, in 2007, I was fresh out of the hospital after having her baby sister. With the help, and gracious offer from my parents to host her birthday at their house, my husband and I were able to throw her a great party; and we were able to make the…

Polenta Fries

This is a fun dish to make when you have polenta left over. Polenta Fries 1 serving of instant polenta* 1/4 cup of grated Parmigiano Cheese (then an extra tablespoon or so to sprinkle on cooked fries) Salt to taste 1 tspn dried rosemary Prepare the polenta according to instructions on the package. *Usually the…

My Bucket List

 In no particular order. Someday I will: Write out my bucket list.  OK. I can cross this off now. Go zip lining. Ride an Asian elephant in Thailand. Travel to Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis. Jet around a race track in a Formula One Ferrari. Visit Niagara Falls, getting as close to the falls as…

Braised Lamb Osso Buco

Osso Buco 5 pieces lamb shank- we were lucky to find them from Australia! 1 cup flour 1 yellow onion- chopped 2 celery stalks- washed and chopped 4 carrots- washed, peeled and chopped 1 zest of lemon- using a vegetable peeler for large strips 4 cloves garlic- chopped 2 bay leaves 2 leeks- washed and…

Catching up.

I haven’t ‘journaled’ in a while. Not sure why! But, I think I should get back to doing so more often. Keep all of you in the loop of my nonsense. PLUS. It gives my idle hands, and brain, something to do. It’s been a good start to 2013. I, thankfully, don’t have much to…

A Cake Boss Themed Birthday

My daughters have been obsessed with the TLC network’s show, Cake Boss, for the past three years. Everything about it. So much so, that the girls, in 2011, wanted a Cake Boss themed birthday. There was no budging, these girls were adamant. So we took on the challenge! *Photo above is from last year. On our way…