Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My Little Graduate

Today was a big day in our house...Kiki graduated VPK! and it was awesome! This is sort of crazy, I must admit, but only a beginning for us, and many more graduation ceremonies to come. Kiki has been excited for this day for a few weeks now and she said it was her favorite day...she was all smiles and giggles!


This graduation was a serious thing...the kids wore caps and gowns, the whole nine yards. I always thought that was kind of silly but after seeing them all dressed up, there's really nothing cuter then 5 year olds in caps and gowns.

It's hard for me to believe this sweet little thing was 1.5 years old baby when she started school and is now off to Kindergarten! She amazes me daily with the things she says and the way she rationalizes things, seriously just a fountain of random knowledge. She seems so young but at the same time she is such a little adult.


This year has been the best one yet...I have no complaints except that it simply went by too fast. Next year we are headed to a new and much bigger school.  I am looking forward to the next chapter in our adventure! She is super ready and excited for the "Big School".

Doesn't she look very scholarly??

Monday, May 23, 2016

I Dream of Gnocchi

A few nights ago I had a dream...about pasta, more specifically about gnocchi! I have always been fascinated by's almost like a love affair...soft, delicate, pillowy, flavorful little Italian dumplings made from flour and/or potato. 

They seem so simple, and yet so intimidating. I know I don't feel comfortable making them from scratch and I like shortcuts in the kitchen, but my dad...well he is an expert at homemade gnocchi, especially the potato ones. His plump potato dumplings are the perfect comfort food!

While I had a dream about his gnocchi and him thumb pressing into the dough and shaping the little clouds, I opted to buy some pre-made ones and just dump them into the water, wait for them to swim up to the surface and follow this recipe. oh and the recipe, it was divine. As usual in the fauxfoodiegirl tradition, it was simple, delicious, Kiki-approved and fast. Definitely put it on your weekly dinner fewer than 25 minutes list kind of a recipe!

Did you notice I didn't say healthy...well, it uses a lot of butter, and I am not the one to cook with butter, but butter is the essence of this recipe. Oh that brown butter...or shall I call it, my practice in patience! The goal with brown butter is not to let it burn, or really not to let it out of your's like a two year old, the moment you look away, they get into some kind of trouble. So my advice with making the perfect brown butter is to never look away and just keep whisking! The butter should get all bubbly and you will start seeing little brown bits and you should probably start smelling it soon as that happens take the butter off the heat but continue whisking...hey, I told you not to stop whisking, for at least another 30-40 seconds.... and voila, the most perfect dressing you can add to your gnocchi.

And since it is meatless Monday, I loaded this meal with corn and spring onions, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese.... Needless to say, Kiki gave it two thumbs up and I promised to bring it back to our weekly menu.

Did you know that cooking on fire in a dream means attaining one's goal or achieving one's purpose. If one sees himself preparing food on fire, and if his food is well cooked in the dream, it means that he will attain success and become famous.

And to see pasta in your dream may represent that you will have funny activities, which make you happy with your friends.  ~ ha very true, because my best friend is coming to town this week and I have some really fun things planned for us!!! Including Kiki's late birthday party!

What foods come to you in your dreams?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Let's chat...It's been awhile...

Oh, hello, Friday! Hello Weekend! Darn, today totally snuck up on me! 
This week was a complete blur for me. It was my first full week home in a very long time, so I came home and hit the ground running. Even though I wasn't thrilled to be back from what seemed like a dream vacation...I was happy to be back to my every day routine (if something like that exists). Coming home to Kiki, the sous-chef, being in my home, the smell of my favorite candle...ah, it makes my heart dance a little dance of warmth and content. I think I am still a bit shocked I am not traveling for awhile. I may find cobwebs around my suitcase...

And so here we are...with a weekend in site, what do you have planned? Me...NOTHING....
Due to some travel/work/weekend changes and balanced custody schedules, I will be home this weekend, alone with no plans...I don't even know what that feels like. I think it will include some lazy reading by the pool, yoga, early morning runs, and a date with my DVR. 

In a mean time, here are some interesting reads I've come across in the last few weeks while hanging out in the airports.

Commonalities of parents of successful kids

How successful women live healthy.

Would you have a decluttering party?

It feels like summer in Miami, so perfect wine and food pairings I will be testing out this weekend

15 chefs share their favorite knives 

Everyone is talking about it...everyone is doing it...

10 Healthy foods that should always be on your grocery list

I am still laughing...did you know that baby elephants throw tantrums and toss themselves into the mud when they're upset....

I've introduced these to my life...I never knew I needed something so much and reap instant benefits...have you tried? any favorites?

I've printed this list as a daily reminder.

I am changing my morning routine...cuddling is definitely my favorite!

Book obsession continues in our house, but book organization even more.

and with that, I am off to order a few of the books that have been on my list for awhile now...coming back with, two, three... have you read them?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Today you are FIVE

Dear Kiki!

Today you are five.

Five seems like a whole new world to you and me. Five seems like everything today. It’s officially the end of toddlerhood. Today you are the big 5!

Your vocabulary is incredibly impressive and you love using big words. You are confident and brave. I believe those things are going to work in your favor.

Today you know your alphabet and learning to read, but you want to take it slowly…and you love writing!

Today you are funny. Witty. Silly. A comedian at the kitchen table.

Today you are smart. And kind.

Today and every day you teach me so much about me, most of all patience and understanding.

You ask a lot of questions, a lot.... But your curiosity is infectious! I am constantly trying to remind myself how important it is to take time with you to help you understand the world around you.

I am trying to bottle up all my favorite things about you at this age, but they are all my favorite! I am loving your change from a toddler to a big kid, where one day you act all grown up and leave me thinking "where did she learn that?" and then the next, you are my stubborn, wild, silly little girl who is constantly testing me.

I love finding out the person you are becoming.

Today you are five, and today, that means everything to you!

It's been five wonderful years with you in my life and I am so honored to be your mama!

Happy birthday my dearest Kiki!!!

Love always, your mama!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Let's Chat

Hey, hey, hey!

 Friday – I made it! It was a long and big week, but I made it and feeling pretty good about it... Is anyone else looking at their calendar just absolutely amazed that we are well into November?!! How did this happen? Oh well, it's here...I have to say I wish I was raking the leaves, instead I am "enjoy" the sweltering heat of Florida!

I am absolutely ecstatic about this weekend. I am just happy to be home and have a chance to play catch-up before the holiday season commences. We will be busy with weekend activities, celebrating the sous-chef's 15th birthday, catching up friends, time at the playground, movie nights and Christmas cards, yikes...that was scary to say out loud! 

What are your plans this weekend? 
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

It's safe to say that this week's "Interesting" reads were dear and near to me...any interesting reads you'd like to share?

Wine NOT: If you are new to wine, check out this great article on 10 essential tips for learning to drink wine. Actually, even if you're not new to wine, it's a good read.

 Wine on a budget, why not?

I know, rosé  season is "over", but since I like to break the rules, rosé  s still "THE" wine in my summer obsession continues.. but is my rosé  habit ruining my teeth?? Say it ain't so!

Weird wine pairing? yes, please...bring it on! If not for you, they at least make a good conversation piece.

If you ever want to know if someone is telling you the truth, watch what their body is saying versus the words they are giving you...99% of the time, go with the body language...I was reminded of that lesson, yet again...

#whostheboss No one, if you work at Zappos. Would you or could you like and do your job better without a boss?

Though I have my very strong opinion of the ending of "The Intern", I love all Nancy Meyers' movies and this interview proves how cool she really is...

While on the topic of Nancy Meyers...she's known not only for her irresistible chick flicks but also (possibly even more so) for her idyllic sets. It's fascinating to see the real cost of the dreamy homes in "Something's Gotta Give", "It's Complicated" and her latest..."The Intern"