Wednesday, July 28, 2010
First, I lost the charger to my camera.. so all my pictures I had taken with that.. I can't blog with until I find one of my two chargers for my camera.. I know, I know.
Second, I somehow managed to drop my phone in a cup of water.. and lost all the pictures on there.. Again.. I know how ridiculous I am.
So, I am out of pictures to blog with..but I have a new phone.. so I will catch up soon.. maybe. :)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
If you are ever in need of a ride back from the airport, I would love to help! But, be sure to check with your friends, neighbors, local Target cashier.. and if all else fails, call me! And maybe for your own peace of mind.. don't check my driving record.. you will feel so much better if you don't! :)
Tuesday Naphtali and Aidan came home from the East coast!
Aidan was a very lively passenger!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I discovered Gilad last year when I was living at home for two weeks before I got married. Apparently, this is who my mom works out with every morning.. Dad did you know this? Anyways, I was hooked and bought this, and I am amazed at what a great workout it is! I always feel so motivated, which I think is due in part to all the winking and " Let's get rid of all this MUSH-MUSH on our thighs" and " You LOVE this exercise, you WANT this exercise"... etc. And all the winking. Eric is absolutely scandalized by Gilad. Nothing like a man in 80's spandex to motivate you. Ha!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
After Eric took the picture of me, he asked to "borrow" the gelato, and I never saw it again.. I have a rough life.
I bought a beautiful bunch of carrots, and have been waiting for my lovely mother to come visit, so I can make her favorite cake!
My Dad always says, "I like pictures of dogs", I happen to like pictures of beets. I also thought Naphtali would appreciate the beets.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with paper cups.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the brown sugar, oil, egg, vanilla and buttermilk with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix by hand just until blended. Stir in the rhubarb and walnuts. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling almost to the top. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, white sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of this mixture on top of each muffin.
Bake in the preheated oven until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for at least 10 minutes before removing. Makes 24 muffins.
On Sunday evening we were in the area and Eric and I decided to visit my all time favorite restaurant Himalayan with our wonderful friend Malaika. Like always, the food was delicious, the service was great, and we had Yak dumplings! The best. The restaurant, I think, aims to serve food from all the regions the Himalayans cover, but it seems to be predominately Indian food with a little flair. Please visit my favorite restaurant, you won't be disappointed, and I would love for it to stay in business for many years to come!
The lovely Malaika and her mango laasi.
The enormous naan!
My all time favorite spicy chicken tikka masala.
Please excuse my terrible photography skills, they aren't wonderful to begin with, and then I used my phone to take all these pictures.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This is an incredibly versatile recipe, the first time I made it, I made it with skirt steak, which is what the original recipe called for. This gets a little spendy for bigger groups, so lately I have been making it with chicken breasts, which is just about as good. It's also very spicy, the rub and the avocado sauce especially.
Spicy [ Insert Meat Here ] with Avocado Dipping Sauce
2 tsp Kosher salt
(Easy on the salt.. it gets intense. Also, you can use any type of salt if you need to)
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp chipotle chile powder (Or ALOT more!)
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
( I usually double or triple all these spices, I like it flavorful!)
1 English cuke
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh dill
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp minced jalapeno
1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2-1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
In a small bowl mix rub ingredients.
While we are on the subject, for the chipotle chile powder I found this. Normally I'm not much for bottles of premixed seasoning, but this stuff is really great. I use it on everything now.
Next, brush the meat you are using with olive oil and then season thoroughly with the rub. Let stand for at least 30 minutes. Next, cut about three inches from cucumber and coarsely chop, place in food processor with other sauce ingredients and puree until smooth. Garnish with dill and refrigerate until ready to use.
Enjoy your meat and maybe serve it with some wonderful summer berries.
Recipe adapted from a recipe in the June 2010 Better Homes and Gardens, which I receive thanks to my thoughtful Dad.