Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! We gathered at Mer, Pete, and Kate's house. We relaxed on the porch and enjoyed coconut mojitos. My only pic of Mom! Peeking out from behind her mojito.



Salad and grilled asparagus!



Chicken salad wraps.



And little chocolate tarts! Dad has been on a low-carb diet, and it's been an excellent challenge to come up with satisfying and delicious menus. This one was over the top! Happy Mother's Day, mom!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Happy birthday, Kayla and Derrick!

We celebrated Kayla and Derrick's birthdays with a pizza party at Stroud's Run! The weather was perfect, and we had a wonderful time relaxing by the lake. And of course, we got to enjoy one of Jon's famous chocolate cakes!



Ben and Suzie! One shoe on, one shoe off.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dennis!

It's Dennis's birthday! Moss and Kristin hosted a burrito feast at their house. I made the famous Smitten Kitchen chocolate peanut butter cake.



Chips and guac!



Kristin and Jasper!






Birthday boy!



Look who rolled in!



Get that man a margarita!



Kayla and Derrick!



Vana, Kayla and Derrick.



Me and Ben!



Beards!



Burrito bar!



Awwww yeah!



Look at that burrito rainbow! They were delicious.



Kristin and Moss were able to coax a bunch of smiles out of Jasper.



Awwww, sweet boy.



Derrick relaxing in the hammock by the fire.



Accordion tunes!



Ben and Dennis!



The police AND the firemen showed up! EEK! Someone called and complained about our fire. We had to put it out. Boo!



Birthday cake time! I forgot birthday candles, so Dennis had to blow out the citronella.






Make a wish!



Not a great photo, but this cake was AMAZING. It was so moist and chocolatey.



Jasper was being so cute on his way out that he gathered a crowd. He was cooing and cawing and generally making loud adorable baby sounds.



Little baby showoff!



Happy birthday, Dennis! We hope you have a great year!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Clean Cooking Club

Nancy hosted cooking club this month, and the chefs were Yumi, Emily and Nancy. The theme was clean -- a spring cleaning of our bodies in honor of Spring, featuring healthy and nutritious ingredients. Emily started us off with a cocktail! This gorgeous concoction had ginger-infused palm sugar syrup, vodka, lime juice, turmeric tincture and soda water. CHEERS!



Yumi made steamed artichokes with an herb aioli dip.



I love artichokes so much. These were divine!



Nancy made a chilled grapefruit and fennel soup that was simply grapefruit segments and juice, sauteed fennel, water, and fresh dill. So simple! It was so refreshing and delicious.



Yumi made a delicious kale and farro salad with lemon tahini dressing. With apples, onion, pistachios and avocado. This was like a carnival of flavors and textures! So yummy.



Bowl of soup! Nancy's sister Valaree made these napkins, so it was sort of like she was dining with us!



My nail polish was the exact color as the design!



Nancy also made roasted salmon...



...served with a warm grapefruit shallot sauce with honey and cayenne.



Mmm! Eating clean has never tasted so good!



Nancy made us each a little jar of sugar scrub with sugar, coconut oil, lemon juice and zest, honey, and lemon essential oil. They smell AMAZING. I can't wait to try mine!



For dessert, Emily made GORGEOUS smoothie bowls. Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, banana, almond milk and almond butter, topped with star fruit, berries, chia seeds, redbuds and violets.



They tasted as beautiful as they looked!



What a delicious evening. And we all feel so clean!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Happy Birthday, Ben! We had a pizza party at our house to celebrate. Here's a quick vid that captures the vibe of the evening.



Moss was the birthday train conductor.



TOOT TOOT! Birthday train!



Joe's twin Rob was in town for the night! TWINS!



Presents!



This was Jasper's very first party. A fun anniversary of Ben's birthday party last year at Gran Ranchero, where Vana and Joe announced that they were having a baby.



What could it be?



BIRTHDAY BEANS!



Presents!



I made a lemony lemon lemon cake! With lemon curd and lemon cream cheese frosting!



Oh, hi!



We enjoyed the cake with strawberry ice cake!



Vana's hair is dyed rainbow right now, and it is amazing.



Dream hair!



Baby Jasper!



Tiny finger, big finger! With Grandpa Dennis.



Jasper can be pretty serious.



Maybe he wants to smile? Maayyybe?



Thinking about it...



Awww! There it is!



Happy baby!!



What a great night! It was wonderful to celebrate Ben's birthday with family. I hope Jasper had a fabulous time at his very first party. What a milestone!