Friday, August 30, 2013

Menu for the week

Guinness beef stew/ Roasted potatoes
Burgers/Mexican roasted corn/Oven roasted garden veggies
Vegetarian chilli/Salad
Cheese Pizza/Salad

Aldi $28
Costco $40
Super H $6
Publix $10

This past week can be described as the week from hell. So we are looking forward to the holiday weekend. For starters, the husband and I are going on a date night... Looking forward to dinner at Pricci... and the Improv club after that. Saturday will be all about the little man's birthday. We are hitting the car early in the morning to go to North Carolina for whitewater rafting... It's going to be fun. Sunday we'll hang out with our neighbors... And Monday... I am hoping to stay in bed late and do absolutely nothing...

I hope your weekend is good for you too

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rugelach, again

I have given you Almond Rugelach, and I have also given you Chocolate Rugelach... What if now I give you Pistachio Rugelach? Sound good right? Inspired by our trip to Turkey... Where every dessert seems to have pistachios on it... My favorite nut.

You know the drill... Here is the links to the recipe, replace the grounded almonds for grounded pistachios... Made even better with Turkish tea... Now we're talking...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Canadian Red

As documented via Instagram

I couldn't help but being reminded of my post about Scottish blue (remember? See it here). As the matter of fact, the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia reminded me of East Neuk, Scotland... They are both charming

Monday, August 26, 2013


Shopping for back to school outfits/Our hostas in full bloom

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

She said: "Mami, I like to speak Spanish with you". "Why", I ask? "Because it makes me feel like a secret agent"
He said: "I really miss Hafilax" (as opposed to Halifax)

Happy Monday everybody

Miss V skirt from here

Friday, August 23, 2013

Menu for the week

Shepherd's pie/Steamed broccoli
Vegetable spring rolls/pan roasted veggies/Basil rice
Ground beef tacos/Rice/Beans
Spaghetti and meatballs/Salad


Aldi $22
Costco $24
Kroger $25

No much to report on this weekend... A little bit of shopping and much deserved relaxation at home. I hope yours is a good one too.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Key lime milkshake

Because we had it on our trip to Florida... And I was awesome

Key lime milkshake:

I carton (1.75 pint of vanilla ice cream)
1/2 cup of freshly squeeze key lime juice

In a blender (mine came with a milkshake attatchment so additional liquid was not necessary) mix the 2 ingredients until completely blended... Enjoy it right away for a different yet delicious milkshake.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's in the bag?

A kid's bag... I thought I give you a little peek of what Miss V keeps in her day bag when we go on a hike... A 9-years old survival kit:
A sweater/scarf for chilly mornings
Sketch book/Colors and sketching pens
I let her borrow my point a shoot... We can never have too many pictures...

Monday, August 19, 2013


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

She: Celebrated her birthday with a pottery painting party... This has been the easiest party yet.
He: Ever since he mastered the bicycle without training wheels there have been more accidents than I like... We are buying band-aids by the bulk...

Happy Monday everybody

Friday, August 16, 2013

Menu for the week

Eggplant Parmesan/Salad
Tomato and herbs white beans soup/Salad
Spaghetti aliolio/Salad
Vegetable stir fry/Brown rice


Aldi $30
Costco $9
Kroger $25

Birthday number two is going down this weekend... Followed by a sleep over... I had purchased some wine... I think I'm going to need it with 4 excessively girly and noisy girls...

Have a good weekend everybody!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Some scenes from the Everglades

From our trip to Florida

Want to see more pictures of US National Parks and monuments?

Check out:

Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon (here and here)
Grand Canyon (here, here and here)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Through their eyes - Canada Part II

Back for more favorite activities from our trip to Canada, today: New Brunswick:

Being mesmerized by the tides in the Bay of Fundy, I mean... Look at this... You could be hiking on a beach and a few hours later it is completely cover in water

At Hopewell Rocks
And in Alma

Boat tour on Grand Manan Island with these awesome guys - We saw whales, bald eagles, went fishing and pulled lobster traps among other things... It was a lovely afternoon

A personal tour of a lighthouse - Grand Manan Island

Enjoying really delicious picnics in beautiful surroundings (that's not news) but this one takes the cake for us landlocked/lobster deprived people: We got a lobster, some sides, the best sticky buns and voila... The best picnic ever. Nothing beats it when your child squeals with joy and he says... Look mom, lobster guts... Yum!
Looking for beautiful rocks at Cape Enrage - Friends, it's the little things... I must tell you... All these little treasures made it all the way home... Their backpacks were at least 5 pounds heavier
Hiking Fundy National Park - Our favorite hike being Shiphaven... Simply stunning

I hope you like my little compilation of favorite activities with the kiddos when we visited Canada. We loved it there. I can't wait to go back for more.

For Nova Scotia's through their eyes post go here and for all the "Through Their Eyes" posts go here

Monday, August 12, 2013


Summer is over... Mixed feelings going around the house. Excitement to see friends but dreading to go back to homework...

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

Friday, August 9, 2013

Menu for the week

Pork tenderloin/Broccoli/Mashed potatoes
Potato soup/Salad
Korean fusion pork burritos/Rice/Beans
Herb Ravioli with broccoli/Salad


Aldi $26
Kroger $21
Costco $12

We have a busy weekend ahead... To celebrate the husband's birthday we are going on a double date to see the Gypsy Kings at Chastain Park (my favorite venue in the city). Back to school shopping and a gathering at the neighbors to continue the birthday celebrations. Sunday I hope we can rest and get organized for Monday... School starts, what the hell? How did August sneak up on us?...

I hope you have a good weekend

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Through their eyes - Canada Part I

Ok, let get right to it... Here are some of the kids favorite activities while visiting Nova Scotia, Canada:

Hiking and kayaking in Kejimkujic Adjunt

And Kejimkujic National Park

Visiting the world's most photographe lighthouse - Peggy's Cove

Visiting (utterly beautiful) Lunenburg... So so gorgeous

Going on a boat trip around the harbor and playing captain of the boat... Our awesome guide Jeff was, well awesome! Lunenburg

Visiting Tatamagoche for some beach bumming and lavendar fields running

Spending a day in Halifax, walking the waterfront, visiting the farmers market and having an awesome (very international) lunch overlooking the harbor

Oh yeah... Tim Hortons... Like everyday... Oh, come on... You know we gotta!

Come back next week for a look "Through the Kids Eyes" post from New Brunswick, Canada.

See all "Through their Eyes" posts here