Sunday, January 15, 2017

This weekend was filled with much love, laughter, and art! ♥

Friday, January 13, 2017

Today I needed a break, so I went to the kitchen to make some guacamole. So good... I really should start playing in the kitchen again. ♥

guacamole; avocados, tomatoes, onions, lemons, cilantro, salt, pepper.

I have yet to find better avocados than the ones from my uncle's tree. Despite the ugly exterior, these avocados are always perfect inside. Every. Single. Time.

I sliced and scooped the avocados in a bowl and made sure to leave a few pits to keep it from browning.

After that, I mashed it with a large spoon.

Then I chopped up the other ingredients-- never underestimate the power of sharp knives!

Most of the time I just eyeball it, but here's an idea of what I used: 8 avocados, 4 tomatoes, ½ large onion, ¾ bunch of cilantro, 2 lemons, salt and pepper to taste.

Usually I'd use lime, but since I had none on hand, I opted for lemons.

It was so good! I ate it by itself, and then later for dinner slathered on my spam musubi.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year! And what a joy it is to kick-off the new year with a trip to see the Rose Parade floats-- like last time, only better!

Friday, December 23, 2016

The lights on Christmas Tree Lane are so pretty. I could probably look at them for hours. ♥

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Praise the Lord for the opportunity to work where I work, especially with a section that sticks together! The division celebrated the Christmas season with lunch at Maggiano's. It was nice to spend the afternoon out of the office, laughing and playing games together! Plus, I also won two prizes-- hooray!

calamari fritté, spinach & artichoke al forno, freshly baked bread, stuffed mushrooms;

four-cheese ravioli, pesto alfredo;

braised beef pappardelle;

stuffed mushrooms;

double chocolate brownie;


Monday, December 19, 2016

Over the weekend, it was off to Marché Moderne-- a modern French bistro. The appetizers were the stars of the night, overshadowing the entrees.

ROASTED WILD SPANISH OCTOPUS; Chorizo Emulsion, Celery, Potatoes, Chorizo, Lemon, Huile D’olive.
CHARCUTERIE; La Quercia Prosciutto, Calabrian Style Nduja, Saucisson Sec, Palacio Chorizo, Coppa Cornichon Mustard Cream Baguette.

STEAK TARTARE (A La Francaise); Angus Filet 4 oz., Farm Egg, Pommes Frites, Mustard Cream, All Condiments, Baguette.
fromage d'artisan - cheese; RLM FOURME AUX MOELLEUX, Rodolphe Le Meunier Selection (Auvergne France) – blue cheese, cow’s milk; bent river, Alemar Cheese Company (Mankato, MN) – The best Camembert style cheese in the US, released at five weeks; CAMEMBERT JOUVENCE FERMIER, (France) - produces excellent soft-ripened cheeses. Pasteurized cow’s milk, 160 cows, milky and mushroomy with a bit of grassy notes; ETIVAZ AOP, (Etivaz, Switzerland) - herbal, fruity with a distinctive nutty smokiness.

6 oz. of roasted venison; Truffle Red Wine Sauce Perigoudine, Smoked Sea Salt, Dried Apricot & Almond Mostarda / Sunchoke Roti.

lamb shank;

EVERYTHING COQ AU VIN with prime boneless short ribs; Potato La Ratte En Purée Facon Robuchon, Champignon De Paris En Persillade.

Friday, December 16, 2016

For the past four years, we've been introducing friends to the Renegade Craft Fair. ♥ This time around we stayed for less than an hour, but picked up some artsy things along the way. It was a good excuse to walk around and enjoy the city before it gets too cold to play outside.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

So far I've filled up over 2TB of photos, so it was time to buy another external hard drive. So now the count is up to 5TB-- that should last me a while longer. It's crazy to think that I have thousands and thousands of pictures spanning more than a decade. So many memories. ♥

Saturday, December 10, 2016

So excited for the new parents-to-be and their bundle of joy! ♥