Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cinqo de Tango

Well...the day has come...
We adopted a dog.
Sometimes, I still can't believe it.
He is a rescue and the perfect pet for our family.
He's a little older so he's very chill, he's only barked once in the week we've had him.
We've discovered that he loves water, Tony, and socks.

Meet Tango:

Thursday, May 07, 2015


A good idea, these Salted Maple Pecan Bars
(because salted caramel is so yesterday) 

Turns into a great one, ATK vanilla ice cream

When I look at this picture, this is all I see:

Happy Salted Maple Pecan Ice Cream
Thank goodness for great ideas.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Noah's Trip to the Farm

One of my very favorite field trips!  
It was fa fa fa-reezing that day but worth it to see Noah have so much fun.

The Hayride

 Silly Selfies

Cousin fun

 When it was over I asked him, "What was your favorite part?"
His reply, "the playground."

Friendly barn kitties

Not sure this goat loves his fate as a preschool field trip destination

Noah loved holding animals, especially the kittens.

This cow kept trying to nurse on my coat.
That really helped my self esteem.

She loves the kittens, too.

Playing on the hay bales.


 Feeding a lamb

Hand-feeding the sheep

Milking Bossie

Riding a horse, B.W.

Friday, May 01, 2015

May Day

I took Noah to the Greenhouse to pick out some flowers for our neighbors.
They have a neat fountain with Koi and Goldfish, we picked out some Primrose and got to delivering.  He's good at humoring me.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


How can I possibly be 32!?
I am very enthusiastic about birthdays and I'm extremely grateful for my indulgent family and friends.  I have been really pampered.

I got this awesome new oven.
I love it.  I know it's an inanimate object.
I love it so much.

Lunch at Bread Basket

A birthday rainbow!

Tony and I made Swedish meatballs for dinner from Damn Delicious' recipe.  Super good.

 On Saturday, Mom and I went downtown to the 
Eastern Market and crossed a lot of places off my "I want to eat at..." list.
 I loved looking through the photographs and postcards at an antiques shop.  It always makes me sad that they're not with their descendants but, then again, I wouldn't be able to look at them then...so, never mind.

Eating tour of Detroit stop #1 was Supino's where Mom and I split a slice of pepperoni.
I lives up to the hype.  Go and eat.

After watching a lot of Rehab Addict and Salvage Dogs we were itching to go to a salvage yard.  
This place was pretty cool.

Eating tour stop #2 was Slow's BBQ.
Their Mac and Cheese is amazing.  Amazing.

Eating tour stop #3 was the newly opened Sister Pie.  Chocolate coconut.  Nom, nom, nom.

On Saturday, Jen made dinner and we celebrated with the Vos.
I loved my birthday signs...I forgot to take a picture though.  And the dessert...my favorite, rhubarb raspberry crunch...mmm...

32, so far it tastes pretty good. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Easy Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

I love pie.
I love dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate pie seems like a natural progression.

This pie IS foolproof.

1 ready made Graham cracker crust, or make your own, but I was really going for easy.
1, 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 C dark chocolate chips.  Not semi-sweet. Dark.
1/3 C cream
1, 8 oz tub of whipped topping

1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on high, 30 seconds at a time until they are mostly melted.  Should only take two runs.  Do not overcook your chocolate. Swirl it around to make sure it's all melty and lump free.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar using a hand mixer, on low.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
3. Mix in the melted chocolate until combined, consistency will be thick.
4. Mix in cream.  It will look a little lumpy at first, keep going until is light brown and smooth.
5. Mix in the whipped topping.  It will get a bit harder to mix and your arm will get tired, but keep going until it's all mixed and lovely.  You'll want to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and then mix some more to make sure there aren't any pockets of chocolate or cream cheese.
6. Spread into the crust, make it nice and smooth and pretty...I'm still working on that...and refrigerate for an hour before serving.

It tastes rich, dark and dreamy and would be amazing with some raspberries.


Thursday, April 16, 2015


I pin a lot.  I pin a lot of recipes.  Before I go grocery shopping I plan my menu and make a list.  I always check my "Recipes to try" board during this process to see if there is any lovely thing I want to make that week.  I have had the ingredients to make this Kung Pao Spaghetti for a few weeks and finally made it Tuesday night.  I love these flavors.  It's like a mildly spicy lo mein.

Super yummy, try it.