A family of six and their fearless journey through life, love and the pursuit of all things yummy

Quick Italian Bread…via the big kids! May 10, 2012

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Love this recipe from Emeril Lagasse. I cut down on the salt a tidge. It’s quick, tasty and hearty. Caius and Vi did an amazing job and they were so proud of themselves. Yummm…

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Italian Quick Bread

Dissolve your yeast in the warm water and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Put your flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Put a well in the middle and add your yeast mix and the olive oil. Start pull the flour into the liquid in the middle with a sturdy plastic spoon. Once the liquid is absorbed, flour your counter and put the dough onto the flour and let it sit for about 3 minutes to allow the flour to absorb any remaining liquid.

Begin kneading your dough on a surface dusted with flour. Add flour if your dough begins to stick to your hands. Knead for about 10-15 minutes. Put your dough into a greased bowl, cover with a towel and let rise for about an hour and a half or until doubled in size.

Deflate your dough. Throw down some flour and shape your dough into a long loaf with rounded ends. Place it on a greased cookie sheet or baking stone dusted with cornmeal. Cover with towel and let rise for about 45 minutes. Heat your oven to 425 degrees.

Once your dough has risen, take a serrated knife and put cuts about a 1/2 inch deep going down the length of the bread. Make the cuts at an angle and use QUICK strokes and let the knife do the work. Beat an egg white in a bowl and brush the white onto your bread. Place bread in the oven and bake until it’s a deep golden brown. Yummmmm! Now look at you go!


Violet’s First Art Show April 30, 2012

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It’s hard to not bust some buttons as a parent, especially when you’re kid’s art is selected for the school district’s art show. Violet said that the project was to take an image of their choice and design a layout similar to Australian Aboriginal art. I thought it turned out amazing. Now Violet is telling me she wants to learn how to use a welder so she can work with metal for sculpture. Of course.

“To bring out my inner self, feelings. My art always represents stuff. That’s why I do art.” – Violet, age 9….too groovy.



The Good Stuff of Life April 21, 2012

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Can life get any better? Homemade bread, homemade wine and a sweet girl named Violet!


How Do You Say, “You’re So Cool” En Francais? April 17, 2012

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I was attacked by another wild hair and came up with the brainiac idea to have us learn French. My husband and I have this love affair with France and decided to be preemptive and learn the native tongue. We found an amazing program online and only $10. What a deal and it works into everyone’s crazy schedule. There are no textbooks (thank God!) and you just listen and repeat. We’ve started “French Fridays” where the evening meal’s conversation focus is our French lesson. The kids are jazzed and I’m over the moon. Check out the Pimsleur Program.

Of course, the kids pick it up the best. My oldest daughter, Violet, was sitting in the afternoon sun today, repeating the lessons out loud. There’s nothing more amazing than hearing your child speaking French and with an accent that might even fool the most particular of Parisians.


Seeing her so focused and serious about the task at hand, reminded me of when she was three. She would use my digital camera and take snap shots of her feet. Just a myriad of toes. I printed them off and put them into a frame with multiple spots, all full of those sweet feet. She’s so amazing. Or as the French say, “Tu es etonnante.”

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