Caro's New Quilt

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Caro's Great-Grandparents designed and made her a beautiful quilt. She loves to play on it every evening. Here she is posing with her quilt.

Caro is lucky to have such loving Great-Grandparents!

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

To the Grandpa's, Great-Grandpa's and Uncles out there, here are some pics of Caroline at her graduation from pre-pre-school!

Caroline was recognized for being a shining star because she does so well with what she learns from her homebound teachers.

Caro with her teacher for a graduation photo!

Her teacher comes to our house twice a week and works with her on various skills like tracking and grabbing objects, cause and effect, choices, and following along with stories that are read to her.

Caro also won a gift certificate from a raffle!

She was very excited about it!

Here's a great weekday recipe...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Honeyed Mango and Chicken Saute with Toasted Cashews - This recipe is yummy and a great way to use the beautiful mangos that are available right now. When I first made this, I added some pomegranate seeds for color (see below) - the next time I made it, I diced up a green bell pepper and threw that in (it does need extra veggies). Enjoy!

(PS - To make it more healthful, I slightly reduce the amount of oil used, and because I'm a soy sauce fan, I drizzle a little extra soy sauce in each bowl. That makes it even better.)

Gluten Free Peach Cobbler

Sunday, May 15, 2011

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I made this for a group a few weeks ago, and it was so delicious! Even people who CAN eat gluten loved it (including me).

10 whole Peaches, Peeled And Sliced - (I used 3 jars of Trader Joe's peaches instead)
½ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Pamela's Bread Mix and Flour blend (or any GF flour mix that doesn't contain garbanzo bean flour - that stuff tastes like sunscreen)
1 cup Pamela's Bread Mix and Flour blend
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Xanthan Gum
¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ cups unsalted Butter, Cut Into Small Cubes
½ cups Buttermilk
½ teaspoons Vanilla
2 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, Melted
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1. Combine sliced peaches with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon flour mix in a bowl. Pour peach mixture into a buttered 8″ x 8″ baking dish.
2. For the cobbler, in a small bowl, whisk together flour mix, sugar, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter pieces until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
4. Combine buttermilk and vanilla together then pour into the flour mixture and gently stir until just combined.
5. Spoon batter over peaches in the pan, leaving some areas exposed. Drizzle melted butter over exposed areas and sprinkle the entire top with the brown sugar.
6. Set pan aside for 20-30 minutes while you preheat oven to 375 degrees.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is browned and peaches are bubbly. Cool until just warm and serve topped with vanilla ice cream.

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

To make the day for my mom, mother-in-law, grandmothers and grandmother-in-law, I wanted to post some fresh off the presses, never before seen pictures and video of Caroline "at school" (Caroline's teachers are with her in our home because she isn't quite ready to be around other kids).

Caroline got an Easter basket from school...

She liked the basket grass...

And she LOVED it when her teacher shook the eggs!

Caroline using BOTH hands in a coordinated manner to pull apart putty (great eye contact with putty!).

Caroline activating a switch during a story activity (on her own!)...

Caroline working on targeting movement to her right and left side on command!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Besides a few one night trips, we haven't had a vacation with just us since our honeymoon, but we left our darling girl in the safe hands of my mom and Aunt Mel and got to spend an amazing 4 days, 3 nights in Miami Beach, FL!
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We had to drive over a causeway to get to the island. The view was beautiful - we passed over blue, sunny water and saw small islands filled with gorgeous homes and yachts.

We were lucky enough to stay at my Uncle's gorgeous condo located in one of the best locations on South Beach - within walking distance of Lincoln Road (like 3rd Street promenade in Santa Monica, only bigger and better : ) - great restaurants, shopping and people watching. It's also only about a 4 minute walk from the white sands of Miami Beach itself. The condo itself is surrounded by beautiful scenery and even has a large balcony.

Miami Beach is such a great city. It's so eclectic and interesting; you almost feel like you're in another country. I was surprised how international the city is - everyone we passed spoke a different language - French, Spanish, German, etc. It's the sort of place you walk around in beach casual w/flip flops, soak up the air, and enjoy the energy. And that's exactly what we did the first afternoon there - went to the beach, walked around town, especially on Lincoln Road, and ate delicious food (see below).

On our first full day in Miami, it quickly turned from blue skys and sunny weather to stormy and overcast. So we changed our plans to hang out on the beach and drove back into Miami's Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. (
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In front of my future yard

In front of the back of the house.

If you wanted to arrive by boat, you would come through here.

We didn't take any pictures of our interior tour, but it was just as amazing as the exterior gardens.

It was pretty cool - I'd go back again.

The next day we left the island again to visit the everglades. (
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Here we are on an air boat. I got to sit on the side of the boat, just a foot from water filled with - you guessed it - alligators. I laugh in the face of danger.

At one point, the boat's driver sped us through the water - we were going fast, so I was trying to block the wind.

Our boat captain was pretty intense.

What would a trip to the everglades be like without some gator wrestling?

That evening, back on Miami Beach, we jogged from my Uncle's condo to the southern most tip of the island and watched the sun set on
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Speaking of the beach - we made sure to get plenty of time there as well!

Of course, we ate very well in Miami. Here are some of our favorites:

Lunch in Miami at a nice Haitian restaurant called Tap Tap. B had the goat stew, which was surprisingly flavorful; I had the yellowtail snapper, poached in a refreshing lime sauce - my first whole fish and I loved it!

Sugarcane in Miami - A-MA-ZING. Seriously. Please go there when you're in town. Get the brussel sprouts (yes, the brussel sprouts), the crudo, the sushi - best yellowtail sushi I've ever had.

Their delicious salmon crudo w/fennel pollen and orange.

A La Folie on Espanola in Miami Beach - our first meal in Miami. Delicious crepes of all kinds in a simple bistro background. I got a savory crepe w/Brie, carmelized pears, and walnuts, and Bryce got to order a Buckwheat crepe (GF!). We like it so much, we went back a separate time for dessert crepes.

Meat Market - two minutes from the condo. We ate here for our last night in Miami - Friday night - w/a 9:15pm reservation - we felt very cool. The place was packed with very chic people and the food was excellent (Below is a pic from their site - we forgot to take pictures the night of : ( ). So much more than a steakhouse, although the steaks were delicious (they were accompanied by house-made butters and steak sauces) - our favorites included: the cedar-scented hamachi, buffalo mozzarella salad, and the gouda tator tots - not to mention the pistachio creme brulee for dessert. Yes, we enjoyed it all : ).

It was a great trip. Thank you, Uncle Jeff!! Can't wait to go back soon!!!

Caroline's Surgery

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Caro had to have another surgery on her heart on Friday. She had a Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA) that needed to be fixed. Thankfully, her cardiologist was able to perform the surgery using a catheter-based procedure on an out-patient basis. Still, it was a long day for us as she had to be observed in the recovery room for nearly seven hours before we were allowed to take her home.

This is us just 90 minutes before we were allowed to go home. As you can see, despite having to be poked and prodded all day, Caro was still in good spirits.

We feel very blessed that the surgery was successful and that Caro was able to come home with us the same day as her surgery. She's slept more than usual over the past couple of days, but other than that, has made a complete and full recovery!

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