Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Faux leg warmers

I love the look of really cozy wool socks with boots. While browsing Pinterest I saw some {faux}knitted leg warmers so I made some for myself. I love them... They have already been road tested... They worked out great!

Go here to see all my crafty projects, here to see my knitting projects or visit my Pinterest craft board for more DIY projects.

PS. Like my boots? I treasure them! They are the most comfortable pair I own. They were a gift from my friend Maria... Thank you friend!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The breakfast project

Arepa with refried black beans and queso fresco
I have talked about arepas a lot in this blog of mine (see proof here, here and here). Perhaps the quintessential Venezuelan food, it is a hit in our house. They could not be easier to make. All it takes is corn meal, water and a pinch of salt to make the most delicious Arepas. The possibilities are endless as to how to eat them...

The filling of the arepa picture above could not be easier: Seasoned black beans (I usually reserve a little from when I make a pot, but, you can use canned black beans and season it to your taste) and crumbled queso fresco. The one pictured above is commonly known as Domino (because of the color combination)
Now, how is that for cute?

Monday, February 25, 2013

8/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Yesterday's weather was nothing less than extraordinary... We got a glimpse into Spring and I am already looking forward to it! The kids in the neighborhood spent the whole afternoon running, screaming, laughing. They had a blast. The forecast for the rest of the week.... Cold and rain...  I'm so glad they got to enjoy their Sunday.

Happy Monday everybody!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Menu for the week

Tomato braised butter beans over polenta - Recipe from here
Kale and slivered brussels sprouts soba noodles - Recipe from here
Manicotti stuffed with Ricotta, spinach and mushrooms/Salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $20
Costco $8
Super H $9
Kroger $23

This weekend my friend Tracy is having a party in her house. According to her, the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Lantern (Yuan Xiao) Festival, marks the last official day to the Chinese New Year celebrations. Sound like an excuse to party... Happy to oblige. Who can say no to hot pot, sake and karaoke... Not me!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Swedish Semla

Growing up in Venezuela we celebrated Carnival. Carnival is one last hurrah before the period of lent starts (in which you abstain from eating meat for the next 40 days before Easter). Different countries celebrate it differently. In Sweden, for example, they celebrate Fat Tuesday by eating a pastry called Semla (read more about other culture's celebrations here). I have to say... Semlor (plural for Semla) look amazing... I am not Swedish but heck... I can celebrate by eating pastry like the best of them, right?... So I found myself a recipe and gave it a try...

Celebrating Fat Tuesday Swedish style is good friends, really good.

Semla recipe slightly adapted from here

Ingredients:

50 g butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 packet of dried yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg plus one for egg wash
3-3,5 cups flour

Filling:

Cold whipping cream
Marzipan - I substituted this with a couple of tablespoons of ground almonds
Powder sugar

Instructions:

Mix the milk, melted butter and egg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix yeast, sugar, salt and flour. Add the dry mix to the liquid mix a little bit at a time, while stirring with your hand. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a floured table, the dough should be a little bit sticky but you should be able to knead it and make a smooth "ball". If it's too sticky, add a little more flour.

Allow the dough to rise to about double size, to make the buns really fluffy. Place the dough back in the bowl and leave it covered with a tea towel for about 30 mins. Allow it to rest in the warmest part of your kitchen (in my house, the warmest place is the bathroom... So I leave it there)
When your dough is big and beautiful cut it into smaller parts and make round buns (about 8 buns). Leave them under the tea towel again for a further 20 mins.

Whisk an egg and brush the buns. Bake them in the oven on 430°F until they are golden brown (around 15 mins).

When the buns have cooled down, cut the top of each of the them. Scrape some of the center out with a fork (allow enough room for the filling).

Whip the cream with a little icing sugar (to your taste) and the ground almonds and a little bit of the inside of the buns if desired. Pipe the whipped cream/almond mixture with a pastry bag and star tip if feeling fancy, place the lid on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
For the recipe and beautiful pictures go to "A Piece of Lisa" blog.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pictures from the weekend

Random bits from our weekend:

Flight of the Butterflies at the Fernbank Museum... $52 for IMAX tickets for a family of 4!!!! Regardless, it was money well spent.
Little Five Points.
A little gift to myself
Miss V experimenting with my camera... She good that little one.
Little free neighborhood library - Candler Park.
Don't Stop Art

Monday, February 18, 2013

7/52


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Bits and pieces of our week:

She: A picture for a new passport...  Trying to not smile in the passport picture is so difficult... Her third passport! Where has time gone?
He: Wearing daddy's hat... He wants to be just like him.

Linking up to Jodi's beautiful blog for The Project 52 Weeks...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Menu for the week

Stuffed cabbage rolls/Salad
Seafood Pajeon (Korean seafood pancake)/Soy dipping sauce/Rice
Turkey enchiladas/Salad
Vegetarian chilli/Salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $30
Costco $15
Super H $7
Kroger $24

This weekend I envision all sorts of fun things:

Go on a mother-daughter playdate (Moms will scrapbook while girls will play. Killing two birds with one stone - Done and done)
Watch an IMAX movie at the Fernbank Museam
Grab some lunch somewhere in town
Do some baking, Ok I might be pushing it here... We'll see how that goes...

I'm looking forward to all of it... I hope you have a good one too!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pictures from {my birthday} weekend

This weekend was all about me... And I loved it... Here is my weekend in pictures:

Woke up to a decorated house...












Venture out for breakfast at Buttermilk Kitchen... A new favorite





Tea with yummy Japanese treats

Naughty, naughty birthday cake...

Date night with the husband (a movie and wine/tapas combo...) Awesome, and the dorky pictures to prove it
My birthday loot... No guilt here... All items from the thrift store, score!
It was a lovely weekend! But the best part of all... Finally having the husband back home after a two week business trip!!! Family together, the best present a girl can ask for.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Around our house

Lately...

Satsuma oranges - I heart the pop of orange on my table

Our new fiddle-leaf fig tree. I love it
Our new bird feeder -  A gift from my niece... It has provided lots of window entertaiment...

Monday, February 11, 2013

6/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Valentine's day is next Thrusday. It is all about V day around these parts:

She: My muse, she goes along with anything I ask of her... I heart her!
He: Writing really small can be a challenge to my little boy... Mama can be demanding... He's getting so much better.

I've made it to week six and I'm loving it!!! Follow along here.

Happy Monday!






Friday, February 8, 2013

Menu for the week

Chicken lasagna/Salad
White bean soup/Crostini
Spaghetti squash casserole, Oh my oh my... I am really loving spaghetti squash/Salad
Orzo stuffed red peppers/Salad

For my work lunches, I will be whipping up a radish soup with the tons of radishes still left from the bag the husband brought home (Thanks Caroline for the idea!). For other radish recipes, go here and here.

Breakdown:

Aldi $39
Costco$8
Kroger$25

This weekend will be all about... Moi!!! Hooray for birthdays! I am envisioning starting my day with breakfast in a place I've been wanting to try, a relaxing afternoon at home and finish up the day with a movie (Silver Linings Playbook). I will also force the husband to take pictures of me... God!!! I started to realize how few pictures of me I have. This must be fixed... Pictures of this mama must be kept for posterity ;) Let us see how it goes...

Have a great weekend everybody

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The breakfast project

The husband came home with a bag full of radishes... What to do with them?... Enter radish tartines... I remember seeing this in the menu of a Belgian restaurant, but did not order it... Well, this was the time to try them:

Radish Tartines:

Ingredient:

1 French baguette, halved lengthwise and cut into thirds
6 tablespoons of {French}salted butter, softened - I cannot stress this enough... the French butter makes all the difference.
16 radishes, with some greens remaining, thinly sliced with a mandoline or sharp knife
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toast bread slices, cut side down, on a baking pan until lightly crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and cool for about 1 minute. Spread 1 tablespoon butter onto each slice. Top with a single layer of radishes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

See one more thing I am making with radishes on this week menu.



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pictures from the weekend

The kids and I got in the car and headed to Downtown Marietta for some exploring... Here are a few pictures:





It was cold and drizzly... We stopped for some hot drinks, well for me... Can you guess what the kids got? Ice cream. I guess it is never too cold for ice cream.

Picture below from Miss V, my little paparazzi...

Monday, February 4, 2013

5/52





"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Saturday walk in Downtown Marietta... Clearly, my obsession with murals continues... I can't help myself.

More pictures from our little adventure tomorrow...

Have a happy Monday!




Friday, February 1, 2013

Menu for the week

Spaghetti with Summer pesto - Go here for my pesto recipe/Salad
Cuban sandwiches - Made with leftover Pernil/Kale chips
Lettuce tacos with radishes and black beans - Recipe from here... It sounds so good to me!/Avocado dressing
Peruvian chupe/Chopped salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $11
Kroger $30
Super H $14

Before I dig in to our plans for the weekend I wanted to share with you what $14 can buy you in the grocery store:
All these fruits/veggies for $14!!! Unlike your regular chain supermarket, Super H Mart (a local Asian food store) does not shy from slashing produce when they are bruised... My gain!!!! Brown spots get removed and I get to make delicious fruit salads and juices... Score! All items packaged came from the discount table. My loot: 2 types of apples, oranges, pomegranates, red peppers, strawberries, blueberries and pears... I'll be juicing up a storm this weekend...

But enough of that, this weekend the kids and I have plans to go out and do some in-town exploring, just the three of us... Wish me luck with all that ;)

On Sunday, I am going to hunker down in the basement and work on getting our storage area cleaned up... Goodwill will be getting a big load of toys and unused items... This has to be done, friends... It's getting out of control down there. I will also try to tackle a mountain of ironing and mending... I will even try to squeeze in some baking... Maybe  this cake? It is an ambitious undertaking... We shall see...

Have a good one everybody!