Saturday, April 30, 2011

jicama salad

I tried this recipe a few weeks ago when I had bought a jicama and wasn't sure what to do with it.
It tasted better the next day and it will definitely be an addition to my summer salad line up!

1 large jicama, julienned

2 large carrots, julienne

1 cup red onion, finely sliced (I didn't have any)

1/2 red pepper, julienned

1/2 yellow pepper, julienned

1 tomato, julienned

1/2 english cucumber, chopped

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

Pinch of cayenne

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Combine jicama, carrots, red onion, both peppers, tomato in a medium bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, honey, olive oil and cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cilantro and let sit for 30 minutes

Thursday, April 28, 2011

this little dude...

turns one tomorrow! I can't believe how you started out in this family but we are so happy and grateful that you were born. Love, love, love you baby Linden!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

easter 2011

Easter week end flew by and I only snapped a few pics. We went to church with the kids decked in their Easter finest (didn't take a picture) and then Amelia wiped out and ruined her new dress ( not so smart Mom bought a silk dress for a four year old - live and learn). We headed to Canada and had a short and sweet visit with my Grandpa and then onto my sister's for dinner.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

boys will be boys...

We had 15 yards of dirt delivered to our front yard yesterday. Aiden wasting no time helping us compact it!

Monday, April 18, 2011

annual egg hunt

Yesterday we had our annual egg hunt with fun friends. The weather co operated for the first time ever and there were a ton of eggs for the hunting! As always the food was yummy afterwards and it was great to see everyone!

Monday, April 11, 2011

berry cream cheese coffe cake

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tsp cornstarch
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon peel
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, in a sauce pan bring berries and juice to a boil, lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally about 3 minutes. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and 2 tsp water. Add to berry mixture and stir until thickened about 1 minute. Let cool to room temp
In a bowl or food processor, mix or whirl flour and 3/4 cup sugar. Add butter to flour mixture. Pulse until resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1/2 cup flour mixture, pour remaining into large bowl and stir in baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon peel.
In a bowl mix yogurt, vanilla, and 1 egg until blended, stir into flour mixture until incorporated. Spread batter in a 9 inch buttered spring form pan.
In a bowl or food processor mix on high speed to whirl cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining egg and lemon juice until smooth. Spread over batter in pan, leaving 1/2 inch border bare. Gently spread berry mixture over cream cheese mixture, stir almonds with reserved flour mixture and sprinkle over cake.
Bake until center of cake barely jiggles and top of cake golden approx 30-40 minutes. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes and remove ring of pan.

disney misc.

I think that's all!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

amelia and the princesses

We spent a whole morning doing the princess thing at Disneyland. Amelia loves Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and we had surprised her with a dress and tiara to wear at the park. The princesses do such a great job of meeting the kids and making them feel truly special. Amelia was in heaven!


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