Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One of My Favorite Pictures Ever (phone pic)


(age 2 1/2)
Inventory:  ballet slippers, mismatched socks, pants, dress, snow white outfit, 3 beaded necklaces, 4 bracelets, a sock on the hand, play phone, sunglasses, and Hollywood agent expression.




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Monday, August 30, 2010

Phone Upload!

Jamie found my microSD adapter, so I was able to upload all of the photos and videos from my phone.  The pictures range from Gisèle as an infant to present, and there are some wonderful ones in there.  They may not be the best quality-wise, but there's some great memories.  I'll post some periodically, but wanted to start you off with a short video of Miles having fun at the dinner table (with Gisèle making noises at him in the background): 

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Baby Girl Is Three Today

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gisèle's Creation



"Gisèle, what is it?"

Gisèle: "An elephant toothbrush."

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Overhead

I haven't been writing much because I've been stuck for topics.  A lot of times, it seems that every day is the same, even though I know that's not true.  To help me start to write again - not just post pictures - every now and then, I'll be visiting the site oneword.com.  Oneword.com gives you a single word, and then times you for 60 seconds while you type; after the 60 seconds is up, you're done.  I figure I can do anything for 60 seconds, and so I'll post my 60 second paragraph, and then expand on it a bit.  Maybe this will get me back in the habit of writing!

Overhead?  What a strange word to have to write on.  The first thing I think of, of course, is the overhead compartment on an airplane, and how much I hate using it.  I don't like trying to get a heavy bag up to it and then back down, and I really don't like not being able to get anything out of my bag during the flight if it's up there! (60 seconds is up!)

Overhead also makes me think of "in over my head," which is a thought that comes up sometimes in regards to parenting.  It seems like things are great until Jamie is out of reach - out of town, or outside doing yard work - and then everything breaks down.  Gisèle has to have help wiping up after going poo-poo while Miles is crying because he wants his bottle, and then I hit my head on the doorjamb as he spits up and she says - "Mama, more poo-poo!"

Good thing there's so many good parenting moments to make up for the trying times! 



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Sunday, August 22, 2010

James Tissot - Young Lady in a Boat


This is another piece that I did - one that hangs in Mom & Dad's living room, which makes me so proud.  Each big piece that I do takes a long time - a very long time - but I love doing it.  I love putting each stitch in, watching the piece come together as a whole.  I may take a short break after the one I'm working on now, and do some free-hand embroidery or less complicated cross-stitch pieces, but I have a collection of beautiful, involved patterns waiting for me after that!



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stitching

Here's a few glimpses into the piece I've been working on.  A month or so to go before I'm finished!



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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Squash & Ricotta Galette


This is delicious.  The original recipe used zucchini and slightly less cheese, but I used what I had on hand - squash - and it was wonderful.  I'm excited to try it with other toppings, too!  We might do one this week with red pepper.  Yum!  One tip to make this an easier meal for a weeknight - make the dough a day ahead and refrigerate until about 30 minutes before you want to roll it out.  You could also go ahead and mix the cheeses together the day before to save time.

Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette
adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Pastry:
1 1/2 cups flour, chilled in the freezer for about 30 minutes
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick cold butter, diced
1/4 cup sour cream (light works fine, but I wouldn't try fat-free)
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup ice water


Filling:

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
2/3 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
2 small yellow squashes, thinly sliced, sprinkled with salt, and laid on a paper towel for 30 min.
2 Tbsp slivered basil

Glaze:
1 egg yolk beaten w/ 1 tsp water

Day ahead (or at least an hour ahead): Make dough:
-Whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl.  Sprinkle the butter on top and use a pastry blender to cut it in until it's the size of peas.
-In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice, and water, and then add it to the flour mixture.  Mix until large lumps form.
-Pat the lumps into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour - 1 day.

Day ahead or day of:  Make cheese mixture:
-In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and garlic.  Set aside.
-In a separate bowl, mix together the 3 cheeses, and 1 tsp of the garlicky olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.

Day of: Assemble galette:
-Preheat the oven to 400.
-On a piece of floured parchment paper, roll the dough out to a 12-inch round.  Transfer the dough (on the paper) to a baking sheet.
-Spread the cheese mixture over the dough, leaving a 2-inch border.  Shingle the squash (already prepped - salted & dried) on top of the cheese mixture.
-Drizzle the remaining 1 Tbsp garlicky oil on top of the squash, and then fold the dough border over the filling, pleating the edge to make it fit.
-Brush the edges with the egg yolk glaze.
-Bake 30-40 minutes, until the cheese is puffed and the pastry is golden brown.
-Sprinkle with basil and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

This is good at any temperature!





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Friday, August 13, 2010

Oh, How True!


“What dreadful hot weather we have! 

It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance”

 Jane Austen


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Last of Them!





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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nana and Papa With the Grandkids




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Sunday, August 8, 2010

More Family Reunion Pics!




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