Tuesday, April 22, 2014

happy happy easter.

 another beautiful year. each year better than the last. mikey was in heaven with all the candy and treats (his most favorite thing). it is always a joy to be together on this blessed day as a family, counting each and every blessing. hope you had a marvelous easter weekend! 











Friday, April 11, 2014

strawberry rhubarb pie.

visiting the farmers market last week, and i happened upon some gorgeous rhubarb. so of course this called for a pie. a nice sunday evening kind of treat. i resolved to write up a recipe for you all since i have been asked to in the past. i do love making a delicious pie. so here goes it. 


strawberry rhubarb pie. oatmeal streusal topping.

1 pie crust (i love barefoot contessa's recipe as it has both butter and shortening, and makes two crust per recipe)

filling: 
about 1 lb. rhubarb, cut into 1/2 in. slivers
about 1 lb. strawberries, cut into quarters
juice of 1 small lemon
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla extract
zest of 1 small orange
1 t. salt
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 c. cornstarch

Par bake pie crust at 400 for about 10 minutes until golden. 
Prepare your filling. Add all above ingredients, excluding the cornstarch to your pan. Bring to a simmer over medium to low heat. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add cornstarch and stir to combine, leaving no chunks. 

streusal topping: 
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. oats
1/4 t. cinnamon
handful of slivered almonds

combine all dry ingredients, and then add melted butter. smash with fork or whisk until mixture resembles balls of streusal topping. 

Fill pie with filling and top with streusal. Cook at 375 for about an hour until filling is bubbling and looks jammy. let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream. enjoy!






Thursday, April 10, 2014

ollie vaughn's.







if you happen to be in the area, do try out this little gem, ollie vaughn's, for breakfast or lunch...or maybe just pie. its yum yum and super darling. 
find the info on the website
www.ollievaughns.com 

Friday, April 4, 2014

sweet california air.

feeling blessed to have spent a weekend away in the soothing california air. a fun day in la...visiting new shops and eating the best of croissants and pies; i look forward to heading back this summer! have a lovely weekend:)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

afternoon crowns.






the other day after school we enjoyed some lovely spring weather in the shade out back. with a blanket, books, pipe cleaners and flowers we had a bit of fun playing around making bunny ears and flower crowns. the spring indeed is a perfect mix of dreamy weather and a welcome change of seasons...it always feels full of hope and good things to come. happy spring!

"it is spring again, the earth is like a child that knows poems by heart" 
                                            -rainer maria rilke

Friday, March 21, 2014

6 years old.



so we officially have a big six year old in the house! make this growing up thing stop already!!!

the morning of her birthday she actually had school so free dress was in order. fortunately i had this dress to offer or she was set on wearing the 'shaky dress' (red flapper dress) that her coolest godparents ever got her in the shiny gold purse full of dress-ups! not that i mind, but i didnt want to be the one to put a ban on birthday free dress up if for some chance it was not approved:)

so it was a pretty perfect birthday with uncle al and aunt mary in town (two of her favorite people); we had a nice requested dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, and brownies for dessert...which they had a bit of fun mixing and tasting. 

she wanted to go on a picnic for the actual birthday day so after school we headed to tempe town lake for a change of scenery and she flew her bday kite. the weather was rather perfect. we'll have to head back soon for a boat ride...perhaps without kids? 

ps. can i mention how hilarious mikey is;  in so many pictures he is found looking over at ruby. he sure loves his siblings! 


so happy happy birthday to you Ruby girl! 
we love you too much!!












Friday, February 21, 2014

cake and cousins.






we were recently blessed with a visit from our chicago cousins. this so happens to include declan's bff so i am always glad to see those two reunited. they can hang all day, never stop finding adventures, playing army guys, guns, digging in the dirt and arguing like old men over who is right. it is hilarious to sit back and watch.

among the many get togethers we enjoyed we were able to do a little valentines/birthday party at my parents. all the cousins exchanged valentines and we celebrated three family birthdays. i took the opportunity to make some fancy cakes i've been wanting to try. fun and messy. still pondering how the sprinkles get all over the sides without all over your house. i will definitely post some recipes later but for now its back to work on laundry and yes, another cake...for the school carnival tomorrow! have a beautiful weekend.