Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Banana Blueberry Crepes

My life has basically revolved around food photos and EMT class. Sadly, it seems I am getting worse at both instead of better. So, this weekend was just what the doctor ordered. We took the family to a hotel and we all swam and played to our hearts' content!

Here's a little clip of the kids in the jacuzzi...

We got a fabulous suite with a jacuzzi and king bed (the kids slept on the sofa bed in the living room). I found this great deal on the room for just $100 through hotels.com (including dinner and breakfast- which made life easier).

Ashley told me the Fabrizzio's were going to Logan also, so I texted Heather to see if she had found a place to stay. She called the hotel and our two families had a great weekend together. It was wonderful for the children to swim and watch movies with their friends. Plus, it's always nice having friends around!

On another note... last week my friend Emily had a Valentine's Day brunch. I love brunch! She made a quiche that was out-of-this-world! I made these lovelies...

Here's the recipe for the next time you are invited to brunch (or just want to have a tea party with your kids)...

Banana Filled Crepes

    1 1/2 cups flour 
    2 cups milk
    2 eggs
    1 Tbsp sugar
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tbs butter, melted
    1 tsp vanilla
      1/4 tsp almond extract

    Mix dry ingredients, then add wet. Beat together until they are smooth.

    Heat a medium sized skillet on medium-high. Pour 1/4 to1/3 cup batter in the center. Lift your skillet off the burner and whirl it around until you have a thin layer of batter covering the bottom of the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes. Flip over and cook another minute or two until it is lightly golden. Remove to a plate.

    Place sliced bananas on 1/2 of the crepe and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Fold two times (into quarters). Stack on plate. Cover with blueberries and whipped cream.

    Yum! I haven't had crepes in years. They remind me of my childhood in Guatemala. There was this place that made fabulous strawberry crepes with vanilla ice cream. I also remember their yummy spinach and cheese crepes (and the hot dog crepes that I never dared to taste!).

    I wonder how many of you recognize this sign? Does it bring back memories for you too?

    Or are you like my dad and husband? This is what they remember... Steak.

    The owner of Media Cancha
    I am so missing Guatemala right now. It is February and I should be there, but I chose to become an EMT and so that is what I am doing (or trying to do).

    Here's one last picture. This is where Jesse and I had our first date. It's an Argentine churrasco place and a story I will have to tell in full one of these days.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Family Cookbook

My parents are celebrating the 25th anniversary of having established the school. My mom is a fabulous cook and loves to share her recipes, as a result one of the great traditions of the school has been good lunches and home-baked treats at school activities. The PTA is making a cookbook of her favorite recipes and I am the lucky lady that gets to do all the food photography. It is turning out to be challenging in ways I didn't expect, but the parts I dreaded are easier than I thought they'd be. Wow! Now that is a confusing sentence.

Anyway, the reason I am here today is to share a little sneak peak at my first photos on this project...

Mom's Ice Cream Sandwiches...Ashley thought these were the most amazing movie night treats ever!

Dad's Pancakes...Jesse says he'd totally eat this...if he were only home for breakfast today.

Vanessa's Italian Squash Stew...Jesse just called smacking his lips to say it was just as fabulous leftover.

So there you have a little peek into the cookbook. I'm going to have to pick and choose which recipes to share because there are so many good ones.

***These are not the pics mom is going to use, just the ones I prefer. :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Goodbye January

January had some definite highlights. Starting with a visit from Vanessa and her family.
There was a lot of this....

Kim & Dallin
and this...

and this...

Jaden took this...my budding photographer

Ashley also had her first piano recital. (I need Jesse to edit the filming because I let Jaden do it, but then I'll post it.) However, Ashley and I went on a Mother Daughter Date and she got to ice skate for the first time. I recorded this with my new Bloggie camera Jesse gave me for Christmas (he really is the best gift-giver!).

Despite the great fun we had in January, it was with a happy heart that I turned the page on my calendar this weekend. I was quite ready to say goodbye to January as it was not only busy and fun but dark. The past few days I've been looking at the clock when it starts to get dark and can't help but give a little leap of joy! The longer the light stays each day the springier I feel. Yay!

As for how busy the month got, I was surprised when I found out how much EMT's need to know. Guess I was more than a little naive to think just some basic CPR and toss 'em in the ambulance and off we go! So the classes (and mostly the tests) are taking a lot out of me.

Sadly January held some all-time-lows for me. I seem to recall telling my son that he might not have a brain and the other one that he's a mean bully. I know, it is not pretty here when mom is freaking out! :o) Don't worry though. We made it through and I have readjusted my expectations.

On a good note... Jesse is one sexy mister mom!! When I get home late at night he's just relaxing in bed like the night is smooth sailing. And surprisingly, it is! Maybe I need to be calm about bedtime instead of barking out the command, run get ready for bed and a little faster please.

So now on to February...

Ashley reads a lot, so when I found out last week that she's behind on her AR points I was surprised. Turns out she had no idea she could test for all the books she's read in her spare time. I spent hours making a list of all the books she's read and wants to read along with their AR points and test numbers. The school looked over the list and I am happy to say every single one of them has a test. I quickly got on her kindle and bought a couple of the ones she wants to read. Imagine my disappointment when the lead teacher calls me this morning and tells me she can't have a kindle at school. I am embarrassed to say I cried. Yep! I am that overwhelmed.

I saw this on Pinterest and had to repin it....

Pinterest: Schooling

Things like this make me miss homeschooling. I miss reading books with the children, doing hands on math, visiting dad at work for lunch and most of all, watching my kids learn. I feel so excluded from my childrens' education right now. They leave early and come home late. The extent of my involvement is supervising homework and signing papers. My greatest comfort is that they have wonderful teachers. I am especially fond of Mrs. Judd because I know how hard Jaden can be to teach and she is doing it so well. Ashley was easy to homeschool and probably easier in the classroom since she has the social aspect of her pre-teen life fulfilled.

Well, Dallin is waiting to go to story time and he and Owen are fighting about "poo poo chest" vs "treasure chest" so it's time to be the mommy referee.