Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring has ARRIVED!!

Sidebed dead

You can't really tell by this picture, except that E and I were working on this sidebed. Let me just say, it's pain in the spring and late summer (when it starts to look shabby). But this was the first day we went out to work on it.


A little bit of work and we discovered these popping up. The hostas went from this...

hostas early

to looking like this in a little less than a week...


We call this the tulip tree, I'm not sure if that's the right name or not.

tulip tree

and a close up of the pretty flowers...

tulip tree2

The tree by my sidewalk will have beautiful purple leaves very soon, but in the meantime, I get to see these beautiful little flowers.

tree by front door

Mom, why do you call this a bleeding heart, does it need a bandaid?

bleeding heart

And you know Spring has arrived when you attend your first game of the year.

Catcher Michael

Michael was catcher in I think the 2nd inning.

Ethan baseball

Ethan insisted on playing in the rocks, sand and dirt.

Trevor's game ball

And Trevor, went home with his first game ball. He had his first two hit's from the pitcher without using the tee and enjoyed his first game. It is officially spring!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Easter Desserts

Okay, I'm a little late posting these photos. First off, my oh so handsome boys (and nephew) if I do say so myself.



A family photo, yes, I guess I will finally share my face.


It is not an easy task getting the boys to sit still for pictures. Can you tell??

Let's move onto some desserts. Easter was moved from our house due to an emergency gall bladder removal. We packed our entire meal (I had prepped everything beforehand) and drove over to my brother-in-laws house. On the menu was:

Fresh Ham

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

Marinated Fruit Salad

Refrigerator Yeast Rolls

Lamb Cake


Buttermilk Lemon Poundcake

Buttermilk Lemon Poundcake

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon  Ricotta Cheesecake 2

Next year I will be omitting the asparagus, I think I overcooked it. I normally cook in a gas stove and used an electric stove and well, I forgot about it. It wasn't really good, but I may try it again. The scalloped potatoes were by far the best that we have ever made. Definitely a keeper. The brussel sprouts, well, let's just say that I make the for Christmas and now for Easter and they are a hit. I make them the day before and let them sit overnight in the refrigerator and they absorb all of the wonderful flavors. All in all the meal turned out good, it could have been a disaster due to unexpected events.