Thursday, March 28, 2013

Adventures in tie dyeing





Miss V got a tie dye kit for Christmas... She has been wanting to do it and finally we got to work on it... I was hesitant at the beginning (the mess factor... Are you with me?) but I had to say... We had a great time doing it.

See my own adventures in tie dyeing here and here

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Imitation

Besties together on a visit to the museum...


With sketch book in hand, these two went to town recreating art! They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?.
"Flower Festival" by Diego Rivera from the exhibition "Friday y Diego" at the High Museum of Art... Go see it, it's awesome!

More Frida here

Monday, March 25, 2013

12/52


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

A rainy and cold weekend meant 2 kiddos had to stay cooped up at home. Among all the indoor activities, there was lots of basketball watching (for the boys), sewing (for the girls), eating yummy food and Tiramisu, ah I made Tiramisu and it was so good!

Our batteries have been recharged... Ready to start a new week.

This week I'm linking up to Tiny Dais... A precious little girl having fun at the playground. Just lovely!

Happy Monday everybody

Friday, March 22, 2013

Menu for the week

Bean and ham soup/Salad
Black bean tostadas
Pasta with mushroom sauce/Salad
Chicken Shepherd's pie/Salad

Breakdown:

Super H $27
Costco $9
Kroger $17

I am very much looking forward to this weekend. Our neighbours invited us over for paella on Saturday night! Great, yes?. Other than that, our weekend will be pretty much dedicated to household maintenance. The backyard overhaul had been put on hold due to rain so, sewing project... I am ready for you!!! I am looking forward to tackling my new obsession: Colored pants (I am so ready for Spring!!!) while the husband and the littlest get a dose of man-time watching basketball... Go at it boys...

I am also looking forward to next week... Monday we are invited to Passover dinner at our friend's house. So honored to be included. I was asked to make a passover dish... I have never done it before??? Maybe Apple-Matzoh Kugel? Or Carrot Kugel? Spinach and Matzo Pie sound good!!! Maybe I'll try that. Share any recipes if you have any... I am nervous about reading a part of the service... In Hebrew!!! Lord have mercy!

We are also looking forward to Easter dinner the following week (You have another religious celebration? heck let us know, we're there!!!) ... I hope the weather cooperates so we can have some fun in the backyard.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cuban Sandwiches

With leftover pernil I made some Cuban Sandwiches. Gather your ingredients. This sandwich is so good.

Ingredients:

1 loaf of Cuban Bread
Black forest ham thinly sliced
Pernil thinly sliced - Alternatively, Publix sells roasted pork on the deli section, it is also delicious
Swiss cheese, sliced
Dill pickles (sliced)
Yellow mustard or Mayonnaise, just a smidge

Preparation:

1. Preheat a griddle or frying pan on medium heat (I use my pannini grill).

2. Cut the loaf of bread into quarters and slice each quarter in half lengthwise for the sandwiches.

3. Spread the mustard and/or mayonnaise on the bread. Then make each sandwich by layering the pickles, roasted pork (pernil), ham, and cheese.

4. Lightly coat the cooking surface of the griddle or frying pan with butter. Place one sandwich onto the hot surface.

5. Put a clean, heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to flatten it. Press the bread down to about 1/3 of its original size.

6. Leave the skillet on top of the sandwich and grill for one or two minutes. Lift the heavy skillet, turn the sandwich over and repeat this step for the other side of the sandwich - Of course, if you have a pannini grill you can skip steps 5 and 6.

7. The cheese should be melted and the bread golden brown. Slice each sandwich in half diagonally and serve.
Want another delicious sandwich recipe?... Go here for a delicious Banh Mi

Go here to see another way to eat leftover pernil - Arepa with pernil and tomatoes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A word: Pernil

Nothing, and I mean nothing, says Christmas like a beautiful, fragrant, juicy Pernil (slow roasted pork shoulder). The smell in the house as it's cooking in the oven reminds me of the Christmas holidays growing up... Of course, you don't have to eat it during Christmas time... It can be eaten anytime!!! And I'm I going to show you how to make it, the way my mom makes it!!!

Pernil

Ingredients:

Pork shoulder - Picnic cut (with a little bit of the fat)
9 garlic cloves (3 whole and the rest minced)
1 1/2 cups of red wine
Juice of a couple of oranges
3 TBS of adobo (or a combination of 1/2 TBS black pepper, 1/2 TBS crushed oregano and 2 TBS of salt)

Marinate the roast 3 days before you plan to cook it: Make several slits about 2 inches apart and 1½ inches long through the skin of the roast and into the meat. Make the slits about half way through the roast (unless you hit a bone) Wiggle a finger in the slits to make them easier to fill. Fill each slit with the adobo, coaxing as much as you can into each with the help of an espresso spoon or small teaspoon. Turn the roast over and do the same to all sides. If you have adobo left over, rub it all over the outside of the roast - I do the same with 3 cloves of garlic... It gives it a great flavor. Make a marinade with the orange juice, wine and 3 minced garlic cloves. Cover the pork with the marinade and refrigerate, covered, at least 1 day or up to 3 days... Turn everyday to get the flavor worked in really good.

Preheat the oven to 450° F.

Set the roast skin side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast 1 hour, turn the heat down to 400° F and roast until the skin is deep golden brown and crackly and there is no trace of pink near the bone, about 2 hours. An instant reading thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast should register 150° F. To be sure, check the roast in a few spots. Let the roast rest at least 15 minutes before carving.

It turns out juicy and delicious... Just the way my mom makes it! You want to know what is the best part(s)? You'll have lots of leftovers, the pork cut is very economical and you can even use the bone to make a bean soup... You must try this, It is so fantastic. 

Come back tomorrow, I will show you (one way) to use leftover Pernil!

Monday, March 18, 2013

11/52

A couple of snapshoots from our night time routine:
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Homework, dinner, bath, books and bed... All done by 7:30 PM. I love it! (That also means that on the weekends they are up by 6:30 AM... Thank God for cereal and cartoons!)

Routine is our friend, (a God send for us, working parents)... I wonder how long we are going to be able to pull this off...

This week and linking up to Tanja Myrbr├ąten... How fun to see pictures of kiddos in other countries. Those girlies are just so cute.

Have a great start of your week everybody!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Menu for the week

Soba noodles with toasted sesame seed sauce
Potato soup with pancetta/Salad
Spaghetti and meatball/Salad
Thai fried rice on lettuce cups

Breakdown:

Aldi $12
Costco $15
Kroger $16
This Saint Patrick's day weekend I am feeling nostalgic for Ireland. To make me feel better, I think I'll bake some Soda Bread... There, that should do it!

I am slowly working on my pictures from our trip to Ireland. I should have them ready soon. See a few more pictures here, here and here

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The indoor garden - How to not buy vegetables again

Ok, maybe the title is a little bit of a stretch... But this is cool friends, I'm so excited to share it with you...

We have been maintaining a compost pile for years now... Our vegetable scraps never go to waste, but I have decided that going forward we will plant some of the scraps instead of putting them in the compost pile... Celery, green onions and onions will be given a second opportunity at life... Follow the links below for more information

Green onions: Go here to see my post about re growing green onion... So easy.
Celery: Go here for instructions to re grow celery.
Onions: Go here to grow sprouted (yellow, red) onions.
Basil: Go here to see how you can have basil all summer long

Happy Spring planting... Hoping this year is a good one!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The breakfast project

Yogurt pancakes, mommy's breakfast for Valentine's weekend. I'm a lucky girl!

Ingredients...

1/2 cup oatmeal {quick cooking}
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp of ground flax seeds
3 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. of sugar {to your liking}
1 c. milk
1 egg
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp of vanilla

Add the wet ingredients to your dry mixture. Whisk until smooth. Lightly grease pan with spray oil. Cook on medium to medium-low in a skillet, until golden brown.

Recipe adapted from here - I heart this blog!

To see all the posts from the Breakfast Project series go here

Monday, March 11, 2013

10/52

Officially crazy weather here in the South... Two weeks ago we enjoyed a really fantastic Sunday afternoon... It was followed by two weeks of  freezing temperatures (I'm not exaggerating) and now, we are back to nice temperature again... I could not help but to get pictures of the kids playing with bubbles... Hoping this time the nice weather is finally here to stay.

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

Following Jodi's lead, I am linking up to a couple of favorite posts from the 52 weeks project: These pictures from electronette are just so stunning, so much fun. And these ones from to the sea... Oh my, what an interesting life. Little Evita is a darling...

Have a great start of your week everybody!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Menu for the week

Cuban sandwiches/Summer cucumbers
Linguine with roasted red pepper sauce/Chopped salad
Sausage and cabbage
Farro and split peas soup/Salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $22
Super H $7
Kroger $35

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. Two back-to-back weekends of parties have left us exhausted.

This weekend will be dedicated to running errands - all Spring related. We have been slammed with really cold temperatures so planning for our Spring garden sounds great. I am also thinking about Spring outfits non stop... I will be working on some Spring inspired sewing alterations, and this time it will be... Pants - See previous attempts here. I hope they turn out OK.

Have a great weekend everybody

P.S. Big changes are happening in my homeland! Excited but cautious about the possibilities. Hoping for a smooth transition and keeping them in my thoughts! Thank you for all the thoughtful emails and messages. I appreciate it immensely!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

More National Monuments

Visiting more National Monuments... This time George Washington Carver in Diamond MO.

Getting sworn in as Junior Park Rangers... Their fourth one... They are on a roll!









We learned a lot about George Washington Carver. His life story is inspiring and moving. We are so glad we got to go!

See pictures from Fort Scott here

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ruffling some feathers


Spotted right outside our window... Chipmunks, beware...

My little man is obsessed with birds. We recently got an app on the ipad and he has been using it a lot. It's a lot of fun!

Now for some links: See more birds from our backyard here and here, some birds from Iceland here and from Costa Rica here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

9/52


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

This week's portraits are all about their favorite books

He: Any book with bugs, eagles and sharks... What a boy!
She: American Girl's "The Care and Keeping of You". We are reading a few pages every night... This is mommy's job, daddy cringes at the thought of his little girl growing up, We'll be getting this one next.

Happy Monday everybody!

PS. In case you were wondering, the kid's quilts were made from their baby blankets by sis-in-law... I love them to pieces...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Menu for the week

Arepas with all the fixings (Slow rosted pork, beef, avocado, cheese... Oh the possibilities)
Pabellon (shredded beef, rice, plantains)
Bulgur wheat with spicy greens/Salad
Lentils and veggie soup/Salad

Breakdown:

Aldi $48
Publix $10
Costco $13
Kroger $20

This weekend we are having some friends over for an Arepa bar style party (stuff your arepa with your favorite toppings... Amazing, yes?) So looking forward to it. I will have pictures and a complete report soon. I'll also venture to town to see some of Frida's beautiful paintings... We love Frida Kahlo! We can't wait for that!

By the way, if you live in the ATL and have been wanting to try some arepas (I have talked about Arepas ad naseaum), you should try Arepa Mia. I have not try them yet but I can tell... They are the real deal.

I hope you have a great weekend... See you all next week.