Friday, April 27, 2007

Last Night

Last night we finished up a great parenting series that we had been doing with some people at church. It was the video for Shepherding a Child's Heart. It is excellent. We have been very convicted & blessed by it.
And the dessert recipe from last night - Raspberry Almond Lattice Tart. We also highly recommend this.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Visiting the newest cousin

We went over to Elijah's house last night, brought some dinner to eat with his parents & let the kiddos play. Check out the photo. They were really having fun together.
The adults ate Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Sauce. Try it out. Pomegranate is the new power food!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Blueberry Yogurt - Yum!

Gillian is starting to eat solids. It is pretty funny!

Recent Recipes

We went to a Bbq yesterday, with some other folks from church. We brought our favorite potato salad - Warm Dijon Potato Salad with Green Beans by Dave Lieberman of the Food Network. Love his stuff!
And... we brought focaccia. I have been on a search for a great recipe & I recently found this one, searching on Epicurious. I am so pleased with this one. It has the buttery, crispy outside that I have been seeking. Focaccia with Sage
Tonight I am going to make a great recipe that we have for Eggplant Parmesan. Also off of Epicurious!

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Amazing Love Apple

If you live in driving distance of Ben Lomond, Ca, you need to get over to Love Apple Farms. We got little tomato plants there a few weeks ago, & they seem to be doing pretty well, even though we are not getting the summeriest of weather.
Cynthia has tons of different heirloom varieties. We chose 4 -
Green Giant
Sweet Horizon
Costoluto Genovese
Anana's Noir
Go by & check it out. The property is lovely. So, take a minute to walk around after you buy your tomato plants!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Eat Fresh, Eat Local

We have joined a CSA Farm co-op this year! It has been exciting. We are eating local, fresh, organic produce. Every week, we get a box of whatever the farm is harvesting at the time. It forces creativity. It's pretty fun. The farm we are signed up with is
This week we got a veggie I had never heard of. Have you heard of Cardoon before? We are going to eat it tonight. We'll see how it is! I am making this recipe from Two Small Farms website-

Martin’s cardoon potato gratin:

My friend Martin made this, it was delicious! Of course, anything with 1/2 & 1/2 and cheese could be delicious...

8-10 stalks Cardoon
2-3 medium potatoes
8 oz grated parmesan cheese
1 pint half and half or cream
S & P to taste

Blanch the cardoon stalks in water that has a splash of vinegar or lemon juice until medium tender. You can peel them if you like. We don't. Cut the cardoon stalks in 1/4 inch crescents, across the grain, like you would celery. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into batons, about like a french fry. Toss the cut, blanched cardoon stalks with the potatoes directly in a gratin dish. Reserve a handful of the cheese for the top and toss the rest of the cheese with the cardoon/potato mixture. Add the pint of half and half (or cream if using.) Season with salt and pepper.
Bake in a 425 oven 40 minutes or so: until golden brown and the potatoes are all the way through.

Gillian @ 6 months

Gillian had her 6 month check up today. She pretty average in all of her measurements & growing well.
She was a great trooper for her shots. She wasn't even crying afterward!
She has just started sitting up for several minutes, without any help. Wow!

Monday, April 16, 2007