Monday, May 31, 2010


So this isn't a cookout recipe, but it is one of my favorites. It's great for leftovers, bringing to friends, or entertaining.

The recipe can be found on Real Simple's website.

Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, May 24, 2010

what would you do

Girls' nights always provide riveting conversation. This last one proved no different. Topics of conversation ranged from "the ideal day" to "Arminianism vs. Calvinism." One of the many questions asked was, "If you could have any hobby--money and talent aside--what would it be?"

Em said she'd go to Italy for cooking classes and then somewhere for dancing lessons. Kris said she'd ballroom dance.

I answered, "cake and cupcake decorating." I just think it would be so much fun to be like Duff or the Cake Boss and create intricate and gorgeous cakes/cupcakes.
What hobby would you choose?

Thursday, May 20, 2010


My daughter's vocabulary has expanded greatly over the last few weeks. She now calls things by their rightful names and even responds to questions...usually appropriately. For instance:

Me at 11:00 at night: "Isabel, are you ready for night-night?"
Isabel: "NO! NO! NO!"
Me at 1:00 in the morning: "Isabel are you ready for night-night?"
Isabel: "NO! NO! NO!"

Good thing she sounds so cute when she says it.

Thursday, May 06, 2010


Despite the circumstances, it was amazing to spend time with my sister this past week. Surprise pickup at the airport, dinner at Dad's, playing with chalk, laughing with our cousins, girls' night out, shopping trip, heart-to-heart on Dad's bed.

I have missed my sister these last months. Once she's home in five weeks, I'm not letting her leave the States again. Ever. But I will let her get rid of those HIDEOUS glasses.