Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cooking Club: Athens Restaurant Inspiration

Nancy hosted this month's cooking club, and the theme was took cook something inspired by one of your favorite dishes at an Athens restaurant! Nancy paid homage to the infamous Late Night Pizza artichoke pie.

IT WAS SO GOOD. We ate it piping hot and it really hit the spot.


Basil NEVER comes out during cooking club! He is always hiding on or under Nancy's bed! So it was a real treat to see him. He hung out with us all night!

Summer made dolmas inspired by Habibi's Restaurant. They were the best dolmas I've ever had! The spices, rice and raisins inside were warm and delicious, and the grape leaves were tender.

Yumi made a spinoff of palak paneer from Star of India!

I made the Purple Chopstix tom yum soup. SPICY. Emily recreated the Zoe chopped salad!

These three items went fantastically together! YUM!

For dessert, Valerie made the Casa Nueva brownie smackdown. It was her first time making ice cream and it was so good!! The brownies were amazing. I LOVE this dessert. I was too full to finish my last two bites and now that I'm less full I want to go back in time and get to eat them.

Basil enjoyed a couple of spoonfuls of melted ice cream.

What a fun cooking club theme, and what a delicious night!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kate!

Today was Kate's SEVENTH birthday!! Look at those amazing hand-me-down boots she just got.


Spencer and Marilyn were in town, so they were able to join our family for the celebration. It was great to see them!

Mom made a delicious salad with walnuts, pears, apples and blue cheese.

And Mer made spaghetti and meatballs!

As soon as we were done eating, it was PRESENT TIME. Yes!

SO EXCITED to receive Ivy, her doll Julie's best friend.

More presents!

A travel bunk bed for Julie and Ivy! Kate put it together immediately.

Grandpa makes the best cards.

From some of her Little People friends. Mmm, cake!

Speaking of cake, Kate requested a very specific birthday cake! She wanted: a three-layer strawberry cake with vanilla icing, covered with white snowflake sprinkles. Sitting atop that should be two plastic bunnies surrounded by "poofs of frosting snow." I'd say Mer nailed it!

Happy birthday to Kate!

Make a wish!

Mmm, candles.


Happy birthday, Kate!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick or Treat!

Ben and I handed out candy on Briarwood tonight. Finally there are a good amount of kids on the block! I used to go Trick-or-Treating on Briarwood when I was little, so it makes me happy to see another generation going for it. Megan, Bob and Noah came by to visit during Trick or Treat. LOOK AT LITTLE NOAH THE LION!

He was so cute that I didn't take any other pictures during Trick-or-Treat. I would've taken a picture of Kate (cowgirl!) but she was moving so fast it was futile!

Noah and Bob.


Lion King!

Cutest lion ever. Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Block Party

We were hemming and hawing about whether to check out Uptown Halloween this year. We found out Kayla and Derrick were in the same boat, so we decided to have them over for dinner and all go check it out together! Kayla was a beautiful vision of Nature!

I made sweet potato black bean burritos and cilantro lime rice for dinner.

Spock, enjoying a burrito.

I made cookies, too!

Spock also enjoyed the cookies.

We stopped by Kayla and Derrick's house before heading up. I was going to wear my bunny costume, but the warm weather and Kayla's flowers inspired me to pull out the satyr instead!

Ben went as Green Man!

We had fun all night watching the Green Man creep around.

This way, guys!


Hahah. Halloween!

There was a person in there!!! So tall and creepy!

Look at that sad, lonely little sailor out front of Chipotle!


Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force!

We stopped into The Union to say hi to Moss.

Moss was a mime!

Then Ben and I headed home. Mermaids and sailors!

More Green Man antics.

When we got to our street, Yang and Nandini just happened to be driving by!! Happy Halloween!