Spring has Sprung

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The weather is warmer, the days longer, and our yard is in bloom. The 70 degree afternoons invite us outside to work in the garden and play with the stones. Ahhh, the feeling of being barefooted in February!

playing in the rock garden

Ode to a Bubble

iridescent bubble
floating without a care
fingers gently grasping
then pop
and a burst of air

Bubble, or "buhbuh", is EJ's new favorite word. She not only says it with much emotion, but also follows the word with a purse of her lips and a little blow. How can I not get my fingers sticky and blow bubble after bubble for her?

This recital by Grover brings a smile to our faces and a big "bravo"!

Bath Time

EJ loves bath time. She splashes, dunks and twirls whenever she is in the water. Now that the weather is warming up and her skin is not drying up, bath time is becoming more frequent again. Tonight she was excited to play with her Alaskan animals!

Taste of Philly... Down South

Every once in a while we get a craving for a taste of home. Being exactly 1,125 miles away makes it hard to satisfy those cravings without a flight or long drive. This recipe for soft pretzels gives us all the yeasty chewiness we love.

Bahn Mi

BBQ Pork Bahn Mi

Ever since watching Nom Nom sweep the competition with their bahn mi sandwiches in the Great American Food Truck Race, my foodie friend and I knew this was a sandwich we wanted to try.

The closest restaurant we could find selling them was in New Orleans so we decided to visit our local Vietnamese market, Bien Bong Oriental Market, to pick up the ingredients and make them ourselves. After giving the clerk the long list of ingredients needed to make this nomalicious sandwich he looked at us like we were crazy and pointed to a hand written sign above the deli. Bahn mi sandwiches!

I love cooking at home but sometimes it is just cheaper and tastier to buy from someone who really knows what they are doing. This is one of those dishes! For $3.00 a sandwich we have made this a weekly weekend lunch.

Valentine Delivery

There's nothing better than a receiving a special delivery in the mail. We thought we'd spread some valentine love to our family by sending little red boxes filled with peanut butter and jam heart cookies. The hardest part of the recipe was being sure there were enough cookies left over to send.

Peanut-Butter-and-Jam Heart Cookies
(Martha Stewart)
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam, stirred to loosen
Directions
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspo on salt. Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, then egg. Reduce speed to low, and beat in flour mixture until dough forms. If dough is sticky, refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons each).

    Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 1 /2 inches apart. Press into 1 3/4-inch rounds.
  3. Press hearts into centers using your fingertips. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and reshape hearts using your fingertips or the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill indentation of each with a generous 1/2 teaspoon jam to form a heart. Bake until cookies are firm, 6 to 7 minutes more.

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