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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Spring has sprung!!

It's been very busy in our household lately, so I had to put some things on the back burner until I had more time.  See you soon!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Vegan Ville

When I was younger, my best friend and I would stay up and watch what was then called Saturday Night Live.  Now its called SNL because we're too lazy to say all the words.  Anyway, after all the big name originals left, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, etc., (yes, I'm dating myself) after awhile it lost its pizzaz.  I haven't watched it in a long time but when I was up at the family's house this weekend, we popped it on the tube to see who was on and this skit came on.  It's the best and funniest thing I've seen in a long time!

After this skit, one of their make believe commercials came on- Nuva Bling.  I wish I could find a copy to share but alas they haven't released this yet.  Sheila, we never thought of this type of commercial when we were younger.....  :)

Have a great rest of the weekend!
Don't forget to put your clocks forward :(


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Craving Alert! Craving Alert!!!

Yes! I have a craving!  Whoopie!!  The other day when I went to the grocery store to buy bread, I happened to stop by the Bread and Cie stand.  For those of you who do not know, this is a local bread bakery and cafe that makes fantastic artisan breads.  Usually I don't stop at the little stands located in most grocery stores out here because they've run out of everything and only have the walnut bread left.  But on this day, there was one loaf of ....

Lemon Pugliese

A classic Italian bread in the “low-salt” tradition of the bread of Puglia, Italy. It is a unique creation by the bakers of Bread & Cie Bakery, designed to go with the classic “lite” Southern California food favorites like chicken, fish, etc. A fresh and clean taste.

Lemon bread??!  Know one ever told me they make this type of bread.  So of course, I bought it.  I immediately cut into the bread, hearing the knife crunch through the crust and glide along the light fluffy inside.  Blueberries popped into my head.  How am I going to keep them on the bread?  Wait, I have vegan cream cheese.  So I spread a thin layer of cream cheese and then squish blueberries into the bread.  Ohhhh! It was sooooo good.  Like eating a lemon meringue pie, good.  Ok, maybe not but it was tasty.   I cut another thick slice and this time spread it with some vegan butter and apricot jam.  Again, a success!  

The next day, went to work... and all I kept thinking about was making this deliciousness again. Came home and had another slice with the blueberries.  Today, again came home made this concoction.  I'm happy..... the baby's happy.  May not be the healthiest snack but it sure it good!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Roooo-bard Pie!

The other night, Nigel made a rhubarb pie.  They say that husband's can sometimes take on sympathic pregnancy cravings and he had been wanting to make this for about a month.  I had bought some frozen rhubarb from Whole Foods that sat and sat until he finally found a recipe that he liked.  My only suggestion was to have a crumb topping.  Here is the recipe he used.

Rhubarb Crumble Recipe


  • 2 lbs rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Crumble Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick or 4 ounces), cut into cubes


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the rhubarb, white sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, the vanilla extract, and the ground cardamom. Spoon into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
2 In a food processor, pulse together 1 cup of flour, the salt, and the brown sugar. Add the butter and pulse until the pieces of butter are pea-sized. (Alternatively, mix the dry ingredients together and cut the butter in with two knives or a pastry cutter.) Spread topping mixture over rhubarb mixture.
3 Place in oven and cook for 35-45 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned. Let cool for at least a half an hour before serving.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Now just like me, he made some changes. He used a delicious shortbread crust that he bought at the store. He blind baked the crust according to the package directions.  Once he filled and baked the pie, like any good Brit, he made a custard which he poured on top of the pie.  It was so good!  I've only had rhubarb once. But I can't wait until he makes this again!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Singing the Blues

Ok, I knew being pregnant would have it's ups and downs, well I knew most of what was to be expected. But no one said anything about it being near impossible to design a baby's room! When we found out that we were going to have a baby, we knew right away which room would be the baby's.  The problem is trying to figure out how to decorate it.  I've picked out the bed, a red crib from Newport Cottages and the bedding.

Isn't it absolutely perfect!!  Ok, so maybe I'm not having the problems that I first led you to believe.  The problem I'm having is picking out the color for the walls.  I could go cream but, I can't stand cream walls!  I thought of painting the room a shade of grey but thought it would look too drab. So now I'm leaning towards a typical color for boys- blue.

(In the bottom picture to the right is the ottoman that will be in the baby's room)
The paint sample was actually suggested to me by my Mum who is using it to paint the wood floors at her house. I'm leaning more towards a greyish-blue (the sunlight in the photo above is not helping you see the colors).  Basically, the decor is going to be British Invasion.  I would love to paint a mural on  ones of the walls of buildings found in London such as Parliment, Big Ben, The London Eye, The Gherkin Building, The London Tower, maybe some housing, a double decker bus, etc.  Similar to these...

I'd love for the mural to be this tall! 

Or maybe even something similar to this.  A full size wall map, wouldn't that be great!!

Though this would be cute too.

 What?  How big is the room?  10x10, why?  Well, I can't wait until it's done so I can show pictures.  I have a feeling that the mural will have to wait until after the baby is here...


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