Friday, April 11, 2008

Food, food and more food!

Will and I have really been getting into cooking in the past year or two... We figure no matter what, we have to eat, so why not enjoy cooking together and make it the best we can? Now that Bendy is getting a little older, I hope to be able to expose her to a lot of new tastes and types of cuisine, and teach her a love of all foods yummy! She's getting to the point now where she is really curious about our foods and always wants bites, so I'm excited to see her getting ready to be eating our dinners too like a big girl!

Many of you have probably heard of this site, but if you haven't and you like to cook (or even if you don't, because it has handy tips and easy recipes and reviews from other users to help you out) DEFINITELY check out ALLRECIPES. They are so user-friendly and free too! You can save your favorite recipes, add your own for review and placement on the site, and search by nearly anything you'd like: ingredient, dish type (appetizer, entree, etc), or name, just to name a few. On top of that, they always have cute ideas for holidays- not just food ideas, but decorating and crafty things too. I found the BEST recipe for pizza dough, and now I never buy those pre-mixed dough packs in the store- they just don't taste as fresh and they don't rise up as well-and I always rag on Will now when he wants to order... With making it at home being so easy, who wants to waste the twenty bucks?

Another food comment of note: Buy a crockpot/ slow cooker. They ROCK! Most stay-at-home Moms already know this trick... You can throw 5 ingredients in there in the morning, and come home to a nice, hot, delicious meal with a bonus- everyone can eat when they feel like it, and it will still be just as good for the last person (if not better! longer time=yummier with the crock!) as for the first. I bought one for my cousin who had just gotten his first apartment last Christmas, and I've had many thanks from him and his girlfriend already. You would really be amazed at HOW MANY things you can make in a slow cooker- not just the go-to beef stews, chilis, and pulled pork. You can make delicious desserts, scrumptious sauces, delectable dips, and appealing appetizers too. One of my favorite recipe sites for slow cooker stuff is Southern Food on About. But there are plenty of other sites out there, too! If you know of any good ones, feel free to post 'em, I'd love to check them out!

All this talk of food has made me hungry... Time for lunch I guess! Happy eating!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Easter 2008

We drove down to Sandown, NH to see my second cousin's (? not sure if this is exactly the right relation... we've always called her Aunt Sue) new house. She used to live in California, but has recently moved back to this area and built her new pad, which is GORGEOUS! My brothers spent most of the day playing Wii, and Will and I chatted and hung out and chased around Bendy (as usual!) who had chapped cheeks from this looonnnggg winter, but otherwise looked adorable in her new little fashion diva dress! Mom and I both took pictures, but I have to admit she got me this time- hers came out much better. Here are some of the best:

The best picture of us that was taken (I think!)

Me and the Bend, looking up the skylight. "What's up there, Momma?"

Ilyana, *reflecting* on life...

Just me hanging out with some chick I met :oP

Ilyana can run run run!!!

Illy with the Grumps!

Ilyana munches the chick. Don't worry, she only munches the people she likes.

Cey-cey and Aunt T get some lovin'...

Okay, okay, I got in on the Wii for a couple games. Notice my face. Mitchell is definitely kicking my ass hardcore here.
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