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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The post title says it all really.  I've made this recipe recently and really liked it.  It's nothing original or terribly amazing, but it's a great weekday meal (see post title for reasons why: ).  

What makes it is the cashew topping (it says unsalted, but salted cashews were what I had and it turned out great) - I also doubled (at least:) the amount of soy sauce just cause I like soy sauce - do what your palate prefers.

More Bday Pics

Monday, January 19, 2009

You didn't think I was just going to post 1 picture of her bday "party," did you?

Our little 2

This is our good Little w/some of her bday presents.

At this point, you can see that she has enjoyed some frosting from her frosted gf bday brownies, and she's playing w/one of her favorite gifts - some of the red wrapping paper.

More smiles from the happy 2 w/her presents...

A Little 2

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Here's one of our favorite pictures of the little 2 w/all of the presents she received. She says thank you to everyone for all of your kindness and birthday wishes.

We have a 2 year old!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just wanted you guys to know that it's Little C's 2nd bday today and, so far, she's having a great one.  She had a long morning nap, followed by lots of attention from Mommy and Daddy.

Look for pics of the bday girl and her little "party" later tonight or tomorrow...

Pictures from Christmas Eve

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My brother took most of these wonderful pics w/my Uncle's camera- thanks, J!

The smiley bean.

More smiles

UJ and Little #1

She sees the wonder of Christmas.

UJ and Little #2

I'm just happy to be there

This picture is so funny to me - she is definitely her daddy's girl.

Christmas dinner with the family

I made these for the fam

Last Sunday

Little fell asleep in this funny position and slept soundly for a long time...she had cute/pitiful little tube marks on her forehead when she woke up.

Also, Bryce didn't really shave while we were on Christmas vacation, and he ended up keeping his "beard" around for an extra week or so just for fun. I think it looked vcute on him - very GQ... 

Happy Anniversary to us!

This week, we celebrated our 4th anniversary! Bryce took me out to Craftsteak for dinner on Friday night, and it one of the best meals I've ever had.  Please indulge me while I record for posterity the fabulousness that was our dinner...

Some of the highlights included (and please know that this is a once-a-year meal for us - a special indulgence for us "foodies"):

Lobster Bisque (excellent - a wonderfully fragrant and creamy soup w/fresh lobster pieces throughout - after asking the waiter, I found out that it was flavored with fennel pollen [it tasted like a more-savory cinnamon or nutmeg] - wow!)

Persian Cucumber Salad (lightly dressed w/lemon and olive oil, this crisp cucumber and watercress salad brightened up our heavy meal)

Yellowfin Tuna Crudo (for sushi fans, this starter is truly not to be missed)

Beef Shortribs (braised for 18 hours, this was served inside a shiny copper pot with a little mirepoix (carrots, onions, celery) and jus on top - perfect)

Kobe Wagyu 8oz. Steak (the best steak I've tasted. period.)

and for dessert....

Cinnamon Monkey Bread w/Caramel Ice Cream (Made of a light brioche and topped w/homemade dark caramel, it didn't take a lot of persuading to get Bryce to cheat on his GF diet - and he says it was so worth it  [Don't criticize - he was perfect over Thanksgiving and Christmas!])

Yes, we went crazy, but it was just so good and a lot of fun.  Because it was our anniversary, they sat us in a great private booth which was also special... and they didn't rush us - we hung out for like 2 1/2 hours.  

Modern yet comfortable atmosphere - it was upscale w/o being pretentious.  If you're looking for an exceptional dining experience or a special night out, Craftsteak is your place.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Don't have time to give a full update on our holidays yet, but, until then, here are a couple cute pics:

The cutest tummy-time girl

The adorable pair (Caro w/GGma C)

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