Friday, June 28, 2013

Menu for the week

Burgers/Corn on the cob/Tomato and cucumber salad
Vegetarian chilli
Fettucini with meat sauce

Breakdown:

Aldi $29
Costco $20
Kroger $6

So, confession time... I have been in a funk as of late... I can't pin point the reason for it but I need to get my act together (when I think of all the things we did last Summer... All I can think is: What's going on with me? Get it together girl!) So here is what I am planning on doing this weekend... Not guilt:

Double date with friends... We are going here, last time we were there we had an epic time... Will try to replicate it.
Maybe a brunch at South City Kitchen?... I have been dying to try this place.
While the husband and the littlest go do their thing and Miss V goes on an art making frenzy with her bestie I will go and get a pedicure, yep... No guilt, remember?
I might even summarize all of it with a "Pictures from the Weekend" post... Ok, don't hold your breath on that one.

And for a little perspective, I leave you with this... Take the time to watch it... It is lovely (more about her here)
Have a good weekend everybody!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Turkey textures... In instagram



Can I tell you the strength it took for me not to leave Turkey without a Kilim Rug? You all should be proud of me...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tiramisu

One of my favorite go-to desserts - Tiramisu

Ingredients

6 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
2 teaspoons dark rum
24 packaged ladyfingers
Cocoa powder for garnish

Directions:

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of espresso and mix until thoroughly combined.

In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum. Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds. Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart. Place the soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch baking dish, breaking them in half if necessary in order to fit the bottom.

Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture.

Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 8 hours.

Before serving, sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Recipe from here

Other go-to favorite desserts:

Panna Cotta - Go here for the recipe
Pot de creme - Go here for the recipe

Monday, June 24, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Menu for the week

Vegetable spring rolls/Basil rice/Steamed broccoli
Seared flank/Onion and mustard sauce/Caprese salad/Brussels sprouts
Beef asian tacos/Homemade salsa/Stir fried bean spouts
Black beans and quinoa salad/Corn

Breakdown:

Costco $9
Aldi $30
Kroger $22

The husband was gone for a whole week... We are looking forward to spending time with him at home... Miss V will go on her first sleep over so, it will be just the three of us watching movies, eating gelato and baking cookies.

I hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Treasures

From our trip to Turkey...
The blue cups were a gift from our friends in Turkey... Aren't they beautiful?
Pepper grinder... It is so cute!

I am in love our new bed cover.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Atlantic Beach Pie

I first heard about the Atlantic Beach Pie on NPR of all places... I tell you what... Talking about food can be very compelling... Who am I kidding, I must have been hungry when I heard it because it sounded so, so good. I had to make it. Being that last Sunday was Fathers Day I decided to make it for the husband to celebrate his day... It is so good and easy... Here is what you do:

For the crust:
1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers
1/3 to 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar

For the filling:
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice or a mix of the two

Fresh whipped cream and coarse sea salt for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crush the crackers finely, but not to dust. You can use a food processor or your hands. Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until the crumbs hold together like dough. Press into an 8 inch pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 18 minutes or until the crust colors a little.

While the crust is cooling (it doesn't need to be cold), beat the egg yolks into the milk, then beat in the citrus juice. It is important to completely combine these ingredients. Pour into the shell and bake for 16 minutes until the filling has set. The pie needs to be completely cold to be sliced. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Monday, June 17, 2013

24/52

Even thought it's Summer break, the kids still have to do homework... Given that this past Sunday was Father's Day, I wanted to give the husband some recognition... Since we are a bilingual home (me being the Spanish speaker and the husband being the English speaker), it is his jobs to help the kids with homework... He great at it! This mama has little patience...

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

As it turned out, these weekly posts have become an Iphone pictures dumping ground... I love taking pictures with my big camera but there are times when weeks go by and I have not touch it... My Iphone on the other hand, I use all the time... I read somewhere that the best camera is the one you use all the time... So here I am... Trying my hardest to post my weekly pictures, even if they are from my Iphone, it still counts, right?

And in case you wanted to know, I use the VSCO App to process my pictures.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Menu for the week

Korean Bulgogi/Brown rice/Shaved asparagus salad - Recipe from here
Pernil/Rice/Black beans
Fettuccini Alfredo with Broccoli and asparagus
Soba noodles with Brussels sprouts and kale - Recipe from here. I've made this before and we all loved it!

Breakdown:

Aldi $22
Costco $24
Kroger $10
Super H $17

We'll be working on the garden again this weekend... I'll have some pictures to share with you soon... We have not done a lot but we are making some progress, baby steps is our motto this year.

Sunday is Father's day. The kids and I are planning on spoiling the husband with his choice of breakfast and by baking him a pie... I hope he likes it.

Have a great weekend everybody! See you back here next week.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Breakfast Project

Leftover ricotta calls for ricotta pancakes... Next time, I will be making Ricotta Cheesecake, OMG, it sounds amazing... But for now, let's tackle the task at hand: Ricotta and lemon pancakes made even better with a yogurt topping:

Ingredients for the batter (Recipe from here)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Butter, for griddle

Ingredients for the topping (Recipe from here)

1 cup whole or lowfat yogurt
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. honey
Berries

Directions:

  1. Preheat a nonstick griddle.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Whisk together the cheese, eggs, milk, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  5. Brush the hot griddle with butter. For each pancake, pour approximately 1/4 cup measure of the batter on the griddle and cook on both sides until light golden brown.
  6. Repeat until no batter remains.
  7. Mix the yogurt with lemon juice and honey.
  8. Serve the warm pancakes with a lemon yogurt drizzle and fresh blueberries.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Through their eyes - Capadoccia

I am back with the last "Through their eyes" post from Turkey - See the first one here. This time from fairy tale Cappadocia. I hope you like the pictures and the info.

Derinkuyu underground city... Perfect for little humans
Hiking - If you like hiking... This place is like a little piece of heaven. Amazing valleys with pigeon houses, interesting natural structures, caves with beautiful frescoes... There is so much to see there... I am currently working on a post about hiking in Cappadocia so if you are planning a trip there... You definitely want to check it out!


Hiking breaks for apple tea/orange juice:
Turkish Night - I cannot say enough about this... So, so awesome:

Staying in a cave hotel - Goreme

Visiting breathtaking Open Air Museam in Goreme - The frescoes in these caves were just incredible.
Hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia - Need I say more?
Camel ride, say what? This was totally random yet so awesome!

If you are thinking about going to Turkey with your kids I would definitely recommend it! Turkey is one of the most kid friendly places we have ever been... My kids were treated with so much kindness by everybody. Additionally, all attractions for the kids were either free or significantly reduced... I think it has to do with their culture... They include their kids in every aspect of their lives... To use my friend's words while I expressed concerns about bringing our kids to the Turkish night, he said: "Nobody will care if you have your kids there, because we take our kids everywhere... They (the kids) don't have a choice"... I like the way they think!

See more "Through their Eyes" posts here

Monday, June 10, 2013

23/52


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

Miss V skirt from here.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Menu for the week

Roasted chicken/Mashed potatoes/Green beans
Orzo salad with leftover chicken and veggies from our garden/Roasted eggplant
Chicken lasagna/Salad
Chickpeas with spinach/Salad

Breakdown:

Kroger $46
Aldi $23
Costco $8
Super H $20

Turkish breakfast, Sunday brunch at Milton's, planting flowers in the garden... Those friends, are all our plans for this weekend...

I hope you have a good one too!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Through their eyes - Istanbul

Due to the amount of pictures and the ton of fun things we got to enjoy while visiting Turkey, I have decided to split this post into two: Istanbul and Cappadocia. So here they are, some of my kids favorite activities while visiting beautiful Istanbul:

Visiting the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar - An experience for all the senses

One word: Pomegranates! Whether it was in juice form (pomegranate/orange was a favorite), salads or vinagrettes... Delicious.
Visiting the mosques (something about wearing a head scarf made this little girl of mine very excited). The proud mama in me thinks is that she is respectful of other cultures and religions but honestly, I think, she just thought it was fun to wear a head scarf...
Ferry ride on the Bosphorous to the town of Anadulu Kavagi on the Asian side of Istanbul, the last town before entering the Black Sea. Once there, climbing all the way to the Yoros Castle to take in the view... Awesome!

Views of the city from the Galata Tower, made even more special by reaching the summit at sunset... Simply spectacular!

Taking in the the local scene at Istiklal Caddesi... Crowded yet fun for watching young, fun Istanbul (the little side streets are not to be missed).
All the food was pretty fantastic (this friends, is an understatement...) but the kids favorite, can you guess? Turkish ice cream (Dondurma), made better by the fun way it is served (see a video here). The kids love the show as much as they love the ice cream. An experience not to be missed.

And lastly, getting together with friends who took time from their busy schedules to show us a little slice of their town and to answer the million questions we had about Turkish culture... I will treasure the time we spent together!!!... They made our time in Istanbul much more memorable. I hope we get to see them again soon!
See more of my kid's favorite things to do when visiting a new town or country here

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

We are back

Hot air ballooning over Cappadocia... Wow, this should be in any to-do list when visiting Cappadocia! We all loved it! Ignore the child with the poopy face ;)
Turkey was an adventure that will not soon be forgotten. We loved every bit of it that we got to experience while there. Turkey showed us kindness, generosity, openness, mystery and lots of fun... We are keeping you in our thoughts these past few days... Happy that you are able to express your view in a democratic way... Hoping they do not get out of hand.

More Turkey coming soon.

Monday, June 3, 2013

22/52

Oh Turkey... We miss you so!




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