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…of Pancakes

February 6, 2011

Peach and Blackberry Cobbler Pancakes

Use whatever your favorite pancake recipe is and mix accordingly

Add one peeled and sliced peach

Cook as directed

Cover with blackberry syrup, whipped cream and granola.


International House….

February 2, 2011

It’s no wonder that my child sets the table with her pretend food and plates and places her various dolls and stuffed animals around the table with the amount that we entertain.  We had a delicious international meal covering Morocco, Ethiopia, Turkey, Israel and India.  Oh and Brazil, Potugal, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands and Saba if you count the guests.  Oh there was some Texas and Idaho in there too!

Warm Butternut Squash, Eggplant and Spinach salad from Morocco

2 cups fresh spinach

1 butternut squash, cubed and roasted till tender, around 45 minutes depending on size

1 eggplant, peeled and cubed and roasted till soft around 30 minutes

3 tablespoons olive oil

1- 3″ piece of ginger, peeled and grated.

2 dried red chillies, minced (may substitute red pepper flakes)

1 shallot minced

2 garlic cloves minced

juice and zest of two limes

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup water

1.   Roast vegetables as above in preheated  350 degree oven.  I usually roast my veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper.

2.  In median sized frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and remaining four ingredients till soft and fragrant

3.  Add honey and water and cook 5 minutes until thin syrup forms

4.  In separate bowl, add roasted vegetables and spinach, syrup and lime juice. toss and serve warm or room temperature.

Jasmine Rice with pomegranate seeds and pistachios and spiced butter from Ethiopia

2 cups basmati or jasmine rice

1 tsp cardamom pods

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp cumin

1 stick of cinnamon

1 stick of butter

1 shallot

seeds of one pomegranate


4 tbsp olive oil

3 cups chicken stock

1. Clarify butter.  Let me clarify, this means you need to melt it a low temperature and skim foam from the top. Like  this:

2. Saute shallots in 1/2 of olive oil. Add spices, except for cinnamon and saute briefly.  Add to clarified butter and cook on low temperature for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

3.  In small saucepan, saute 1/2 cup rice in other half of olive oil until toasted for 1/2 hour.

4.  Cook remaining rice as per directions on package with chicken stock and cinnamon stick and 2 tbsp spiced butter.

5.  Combine rices.  Add pistachios and pomegranate seeds.

Supplement your meal with Falafel, home-made pita and Finish your meal with some Turkish delight, AKA lokum and try not to get addicted like Edmund

(Made by my Texan/Brazilian friends)

Random Ramble

February 1, 2011

It is a shame that when I am absent periodically from writing in my blog that I have to reset my password.  Every time.  Shame Shame.

I have so much to talk about.


And I am post call ( doctor language for just got off overnight 14 hour shift).  But I am not going to let that stop me!

This will be the Post ‘O Random things.

1.  Like daughter like Mother, I am deliriously hyper prior to sleep and ramble away.  I recently learned that my daughter gets incredibly ADHD prior to naptime/bedtime and will run laps around the apartment, flapping her arms saying “I’m a bat!  Look at me!”

Or she while on a walk, she will mutter incoherently  “I am walking.  Mommy, we are walking!  Look a balloon!  It is  a yellow balloon (while taking off leaving the dust behind her and then stopping suddenly) to exclaim, “Ooooh! A rock”.  Look Mommy a puddle ” (While jumping in said puddle).  Then dropping to her knees to lick puddle water.

Silent Prayer: Please dear God, don’t let me lick puddle water while I write this.

2.  I love Kidd Kraddick in the morning.  I listen to it in the car driving home after work.  It keeps me laughing at the wheel as opposed to asleep at the wheel.  I even listen to it at home via Live Streaming.  And for the first time in my life, I called the show today.  To correct them on a Bachelor mistake they made of course!  Didn’t talk to them, but still.  The Bachelor is obviously an obsession of mine too.  If you are going to talk to the masses, you need to give them accurate information.

3.  Dora trumps chocolate ANY DAY!

Anabelle should win an Academy Award for the drama that unfolds when she wants to watch that short brown chick go on ‘an adventure’ with ‘the map’ and the Monkey named Boots.  I mean, seriously!  What is the fascination?  And who names their monkey Boots?  What about Christian Louboutin?  That’s a much better name.

Which begs the question, if Dora wore heels, would they look like this:

Or maybe this:

4.  The Bachelor trumps the sick and invalid.  ANY DAY!

I may not understand the Dora obsession but, I would hole up in a room watching the Bachelor while people are dying around me.  Code Blue.  Schmode Blue.  There is a rose ceremony going on, people!  I am not saying that I spent the beginning of my night last night at work watching the Bachelor and his dwindling list of women while my intern was freaking out about our dwindling list of patients.  That’s right people.  I did not say that.  We had all night after all

Disclaimer:  No patients died during the Bachelor.  One intern did have a nervous breakdown though.

For more information about The Bachelor, read: (The funniest Mormon Manhattanite/Broadway star who I would love to meet or see her in a show).  She blogs live Bachelor commentary.  And she has fantastic taste in shoes.

Or you could just watch the show.  These girls are CRAZY-cakes!

courtesy of


Or Exclusively for YOU!  Texts between my husband and I during show.  He was home.  I was at work.

Me: “Yeh he is totally gay.  He took her shopping and said it was fun.  I want that for a date.  With Roberto (my gay boyfriend) !”

Me:  ” Sweet!  Can you take me on a NASCAR date?”

Dave:  “Nope unless I get way fatter and way hairier and give up bathing altogether”

Me:  “Haha.  I love you”

Me: “So many women are playing the crying card on the show.  I don’t feel special.  WAHHHH!!!  Don’t they know it doesn’t work.  After all, I tried it myself last night on you”

Dave:  “And it worked so well.  Man do I love you”

Me: “You think so?  You just whined about your own feelings”

Dave: ” You are so funny.  And your daughter is cute.  Ok love you”

Me:  “I Know. Love you bye”

Me:  (not letting him go that easy) “Dude Brad is a HUGE Cirque de Soleil fan.  Totally gay.”

Dave:  “I told you he likes his weekends camping with the guys ala Brokeback Mountain”

More haha and I love you and night night kiss kiss.  I know we are sickeningly sappy and lovey dovey.  But can you blame us, we saw each other for one minute yesterday?!

Yeh, I know.  I should just get Twitter and Facebook.   But I wouldn;t get to ramble as much as I do with a blog.

Oil and Vinegar

January 18, 2011

How can two things that really don’t get along, taste so good?

Want to make your basic weekday dinner fancy?

Make your own oil and vinegar at home.

No I am  not asking you to grow and crush olives.

Buy some good balsamic vinegar and concentrate it by pouring it all out in a big pot and boiling it down to about half.

You might want to go do some yard work (if you have a yard) while you do this.  The stuff can be deadly!

And by no means should you do this:

Hmmmm. How about…..?

January 17, 2011

These were the words my two year old muttered to her Daddy one day while I was at work.  She doesn’t pull this stuff with me.  (Maybe because she knows I would give in).  After all, I try to work chocolate in as a food group!

Chocolate Fondue:  strawberries and angel food cake

The conversation went a little like this:

Dave:  ” Anabelle, what do you want for lunch?”

Anabelle:  “How bout chocolate!”

Dave:  “Hmmmm.  No!  How about mac-n-cheese?”

Anabelle:  “Hmmmmm.   No!  How about chocolate?”   (She’s relentless, I tell you)

Dave:  “Hmmmm.  How about grilled cheese?”

Anabelle (pausing, to think I guess or for delivery):  “How about grilled chocolate?”

How about that!

Said to me during the throes of a temper tantrum  “Mommy,  I need chocolate to make it better!”  (I have never promised her that, FOR THE RECORD)

Cheesy Family Picture

January 13, 2011

As promised.  This was taken at a family wedding.

I am so bad at getting family pictures.

We had professional family pictures taken by our friend Emily Lesher who was kind enough to take our first official family pictures AND wave her studio fee for us, and I still haven’t ordered them.

That was 5 months ago.

Anabelle has added 500 words to her vocabulary since then.  I have had two blog posts since then.  Clearly, we know who the talker in the family is.

2010 in review

January 3, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 100 posts. There were 83 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 114mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 25th with 55 views. The most popular post that day was Julie and Julia.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for julie and julia, julie & julia, meryl streep julie and julia, julia childs, and julia child.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Julie and Julia August 2009


Farewell Holiday Season! December 2009


Where I have been…. March 2010


Meatloaf January 2010


Inspiration May 2010

It made me miss my hot air.  I hope you missed it too because I’m back.

Today was the day I reviewed my last year and reluctantly put away my Christmas decorations. 

I read my last post of ‘my year in review’ and I learned I am bad at resolutions.

I didn’t do exactly all I said I would.

We were more charitable and  the Saviour was central to the season.

But, there was no cheesy family picture.

But we did have a lot of presents.  There were new traditions started. 

We now have gingerbread pancakes on Christmas morning. 

And there was lots of cooking and baking till the wee morning hours.

I made homemade turtles and Speculaas (Dutch Ginger cookies)

We had prime-rib, pork roast, stuffed turkey breast. 

We had a hybrid Christmas tree. Oh and we bought a hybrid car.

And although we were away from our family, we have a great time with new friends and hope to be with family next year.

Would I change anything about the last year?

No. I don’t think I would. 

I made many new friends.  I let my family know that I love them.  I helped a lot of people that were sick and I am a better doctor today than I was yesterday.  I am a better daughter of God. I am a better wife and mother.

I think we should end our year thinking about how much we have accomplished and less about the things we need to change.  Those things happen with time. 

See you next year and we’ll talk some more.

Just kidding!  I promise I am going to blog again soon.

Happy 2011!