Friday, June 17, 2011

The art of Espresso

I love espresso.  White Chocolate Mocha.  YUM.  But, I think more than I love the taste of espresso, I love to MAKE an espresso drink.  There is just something creatively unique and satisfactory about the mundane process of grinding beans, the drip, the steaming, and the pouring that makes me feel joyful.  Anyone else?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wishing time would stop right in its tracks

Ah, youth.  Even though I am a mere 28 years old I feel like I am growing older by the day.  What do they say? Living to Die?

A bit depressing, but not my intention of this post.  I have 1 and 3 year old boys.  They are growing so fast!  I feel like the sand from our hourglass is slipping right through my hands as I madly try to grasp it.  I have loved every (well, ALMOST every) second spent with them since the moment they were placed in my arms.  Even though time has just gotten better I still wish I could feel the weight of a newborn, and smell my babys' breath again.

I love how animated and full of energy they are.  I love how they sing at the top of their lungs and dance in the kitchen with me.  I love the passion and energy they feel for something as mundane as helping me put the laundry into the washing machine.  I love how much fun they have going on a car ride and the joy the experience when they see a concrete mixer or dump truck.  I want to remember each and every moment.  I wish I could pause, rewind, and play back moments from my life whenever I wished.  Or maybe, just maybe, it is fleeting moments that make life so treasured.   


I HAD to share this recipe with you.... it was so delicious!

Black Bean Cocoa Quinoa Recipe

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On my husband's 'to-do' list:

are these beautiful projects:


Seriously?  How could you NOT love them?  Thank goodness my WONDERFUL husband likes to do my projects for me ;)


I am not a big drinker.  I like red wine, amber ale, and the occasional martini.  However this drink has rocked my WORLD ;)

Here is how to make yourself a LEMON MERINGUE PIE:

2 shots Lemoncello Liquor
1 shot Absolut Citron
2 shots freshly squeezed sweet and sour (recipe below)
1/2 shot of heavy cream

Shake w/ ice and serve.  Enjoy!

Freshly Squeezed Sweet and Sour:
Heat 1 cup of water on stove, stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved.  Remove from heat and add 1 cup squeezed lemon juice and 1 cup squeezed lime juice.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Friday, June 3, 2011


ah the simple joys of summer.  Sun kissed faces, the sound of a lawnmower, the ice cold feel of a sprinkler, and the smell of outdoors on my boys.  Oh summer, how I have missed you.