Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ahhhh!!! These egg monsters scared the heck out of me when I opened the fridge the next morning. They made some amazing egg salad, though...

We had a great Easter egg hunt at Oompapa and Grandma Terri's place!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Liquid Nitrogen Instant Ice Cream

"Look! A wizard!" Lillie was the first to spot the newest roadside sign spinner in town. Sporting a purple robe and a giant wizard head, this guy had all the moves down and his sign said the magic words: ICE CREAM!

We didn't realize that the Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory was not your average marble slab ice cream shop until we walked inside. The giant nitrogen canisters were the first clue and then we noticed that there was not one ice cream tub behind the counter. All the ice cream is made to order - frozen right before your eyes! What?!

We carefully selected Nutella, cherries and honey from the list of 36 mixers and then watched her swirl them into the custard cream base. She brought the bowl over to the nitrogen tanks and gave it a loud 10 second blast!

The smoking bowl was returned to the counter and she aggressively whipped the contents together until the frozen cream and all the ingredients combined in perfect harmony.

The girls loved the theatrics and the ice cream was truly delicious. Nutella's savory hazelnut and chocolate blended perfectly with the bright and tart cherries. Can't wait to go back!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Great American Pie Festival

Welcome to the Great American Pie Festival! It was a hot spring day here in Central Florida but that didn't keep us from stopping by with Nana and Papa. We slurped on some fresh lemonade and wandered around downtown Celebration.

We met the Pie Twins and picked up a rhubarb/strawberry pie and a cherry pie too.

When we finally got home we decided to have pie for dinner! Strawberry/Rhubarb is a new favorite!

Now its time to dream up our own pie flavor!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Meatloaf Baby!

Thanks to Tascha Foy for a photo of this amazing (and disturbing) meatloaf sculpture. The bacon diaper is perfect!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nana Helping in the Garden

Thanks to Nana for helping us trellis up the snow peas and pull out some weeds! We'll save you some golden beets!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cincinnati Chili

One of our favorite family comfort foods is Cincinnati chili. The flavors are similar to traditional chili but it tends to be a little sweeter and is served over spaghetti. We add toasted cinnamon and a little dark chocolate.

This batch was served 5-ways: angel hair pasta, chili, beans, shredded cheddar and minced red onion with a dollop of sour cream on top for good measure. Lille said it was better than her favorite meal of all time, spaghetti and homemade meatballs. That is saying a lot!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lillie and the Golden Beets

Lillie's new favorite veggie is the golden beet. I used to boil them but now we rub them with extra virgin oil and crack on some sea salt and pepper...then wrap them in foil and roast in the oven on 350 for 40 minutes. 

We have a few golden beet recipes listed on P&C including this one from the image below - Lillie trying golden beets for the first time.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Lola

Our best buddy Lola turned one!

She was quoted as saying, "the chicken peanut butter cupcake was delicious!"

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Asparagus is Alive!

We added asparagus to the garden this year! Here is our first spear ever!

Friday, April 1, 2011

First Sprouts

The micro mesclun greens are the first to arrive in our spring garden...

followed right behind by the mammoth sunflowers. Spring has sprung!