Happy Father’s Day

I am the luckiest girl in the world. I have two great men in my life, my husband Alex and my father Dean.

My husband and father to my children…

Alex gets up before the sun is even shining to get ready for work and comes home in the evening. He works so hard for our family, that I am able to stay home with our daughters; for this I am eternally greatful. He is truly my best friend and I enjoy spending every minute with him. He has such a great sense of humor, and keeps me laughing. Our daughters adore him. As soon as we hear the garage door open Sasha is running around saying “Daddy home!” When he walks through that door both girls have giant smiles on their faces, they are so excited to see him. Alex is such an awesome father, and I am glad we are on this parenting adventure together. Not only is Alex such a great father, but he is such a kind, caring, unselfish, loving husband. He treats me like a queen and makes me feel so beautiful and loved everyday. I love you so much Alex, and wish you the Happiest Father’s Day!

Here is when Alex became a father for the first time, with Sasha.

A proud father smiling with his second daughter, Penelope.

Alex is usually the guy behind the lens, so this photo is a little old. Look how Sasha is so happy to be in his arms!

My dad…

My dad seems to be the guy everyone likes. He is so easy to talk to. My dad also got up early and worked hard so my mom could stay home with us kids. My dad is funny, I think he laughs the hardest at his jokes. There are so many times I can remember when I was a kid that we (my mom, dad, brother and sister) got to laughing so hard we were wiping tears from our eyes. My dad is such a loving man, who has instilled great morals and values in me. I am a better person (wife and mother) because of him. Happy Father’s Day Dad, I love you!

My Dad and Me in 2005 before walking down the aisle

My dad is truly a DIY warrior! Here is is tackling his latest remodeling project. (If I were a 2×4 I would be scared!)

Cooking Camaraderie

My friend Jessie of Little Calorie send me a link to a Wall Street Journal article about “cook-through” blogs. This article talks about the new trend in food blogs; these are the blogs that cook and blog about every recipe in a particular cookbook. I haven’t cooked through an entire cookbook myself; but the idea does strike me as very interesting.

I have joined the group The Daring Bakers. Now The Daring Bakers aren’t a “cook-through” blog; but we are a community of bakers that prepare the same recipe each month. I have been a member of this cooking club for three months now and have enjoyed sharing the same recipe each month with hundreds of other bakers world wide. We have a private forum where we can discuss any problems we are having with the recipe. Having so many people working on the same recipe provides a wealth of information, regarding how to fix problems you may have encountered during your preparation. You post a question on the forum and several people will give you an answer what worked best for them.

If I were choosing recipes by myself, I may not be so daring. I joined Daring Bakers to learn new technique I may not have learned on my own. Many of my favorite bloggers are part of Tuesdays with Dorie. These brave people are baking their way through one of Dorie Greenspan’s cookbooks, posting their recipes every Tuesday.

Are you part of a cooking club, or cooking your way through a cookbook? Why have you joined a particular group? Please tell me about it.

Happy Eating!

Idiot Margaritas

I don’t know if they are called Idiot Margaritas because they are so easy to make, or because if you drink enough of them that is what you will become. These are good! Amy from the Motherload posted about these margaritas in her weekly notebook. Amy found the recipe on Jane’s Apron, and she tried them herself.

The other night Alex and I enjoyed a couple of these refreshing cocktails relaxing on our deck. A great way to cool down on a warm evening.

1 can limeade concentrate

Empty 1 can limeade into blender, fill can with tequila and add to blender, fill can with beer and add to blender. Mix briefly to get the beer fizzy. Pour into salt rimmed glasses and ENJOY!

If you don’t want to use that much tequila, fill your can with desired amount of tequila, then top off with club soda.

Remember: 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, FLOOR. Drink Responsibly.