Friday, July 30, 2010

29/52 Nonna and Baby

29/52 nonna and baby

This is the photo for last week - taken on Sunday. Eric's mother is staying with us for the week to take care of Lexi while her babysitter is on vacation.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Alexis - 11 months



And an outtake because she is too funny.


She was saying in her own baby way, "Kitty! There's a kitty! Kittykittykitty!!!"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

After the rain

after the rain

The blog needed a face-lift. What do you think?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

27/52 Resting

This is last week's shot take the day Lexi cut her eyebrow. You can barely see the cut now!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Eric's mother came into town for a couple of days I got got a really good portrait of her and Lexi together.

nonna and lexi

As I was just about finished making the sorbet in the below post, my kitchen helper (and by helper I mean "little person that throws my dish towel on the floor and tries to get in all of the cabinets") decided she was tired of cooking and wanted to nap on the couch with her puppy.

time for nap

So she did.


After her nap she was as pleasant as could be.


And spent the rest of the afternoon playing with her puppy.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Strawberry Basil Sorbet with Almond Sugar Cookies

Battle Frozen Dessert is this week over at Foodie Fights and below is my entry.

I am not much of an ice cream kind of girl, but I do love sorbet!

sorbet and cookies

Strawberry Basil Sorbet

1 Cup Water
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine

The first thing to do is make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar into the water over low heat. After the sugar dissolves, bring to a gentle boil and don't stir it for 5 minutes. After it's done, set the syrup aside to cool.

While your syrup is boiling, go ahead and wash and cap the strawberries.


Put the berries in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.


Add your basil, orange juice and cooled syrup to the pureed berries and pour into a couple of plastic freezer bags.


Put the bags in the freezer for a couple of hours and every once in a while go and smush the bags around as the sorbet freezes.

strawberry basil sorbet

Voila! Strawberry Basil Sorbet!

And to accompany the sorbet - a simple cookie.

almond sugar cookies

Almond Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, very softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the almond extract and the egg to the butter and sugar.

Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Try not to get flour everywhere like I did.


Roll he dough into small balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. I used a 1/2 TBL as a size guide for my cookies.

ready for the oven

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.

Both of these were very simple to make and deeelicious to eat!!

strawberry basil sorbet

almond sugar cookies

Thursday, July 8, 2010


band-aids make it better

Lexi fell yesterday and cut her eyebrow open. The doctor tried to seal the gash closed with medical tape, but it wouldn't hold because of its location. So stitches it was. Three to be exact.

daddy love

The poor baby got tons of cuddles that will continue to be administered until I forget this ever happened. (i.e. never)

26/52 Cornhole

Playing cornhole with BJ on July 4th.

26/52 cornhole

This is last week's photo. Stay tuned for this week's photo!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 4, 2010

Some Independence Day love from an All American Sweetheart.


all american sweetheart

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people.

little girls are the nicest things that happen to people.

She will be 1 in less than two months. I can't believe it.


Quote by Alan Beck