Monday, September 26, 2011

Summer days

It was a great weekend with plenty of baby time. We went to the beach, we went shopping, we played, we napped and most importantly, we did A LOT OF LAUNDRY. I know, it seems to be a highlight of every weekend. I understand that we have a baby now, but how did we go from 3 loads per week to 7??? Please don't answer this question... just enjoy this view - it's priceless!

Hollywood Beach, FL

Daddy's Girl!!!! She is happiest in her daddy's arms :)

Kiki is not a fan of sun and heat, as a matter of fact, she seemed to be scared of it - my little Casper!

Meatless Mondays - Not This Monday

I am back, I planned a weekly menu, the chef cooked, but I completely forgot about the Meatless Monday. Oh well, we will have a meatless Wednesday, since tomorrow we are having pork chops. Oh the irony from pork chops to vegetarian, that's what I call a balance!

So tonight, the chef made a simple and quick meal - baked chicken, rice and peas. If you take each part of this meal, they are chefs' favorite foods. Not sure he liked tonight's meal - his words exactly "The rice kind of tastes fake".  I agreed with him... Other than the rice, I loved the chicken and the peas - delic! The peas are becoming my favorite :)



While grocery shopping yesterday, the Uncle Ben's quick rice - the microwavable kind, was on sale, so we picked up for packets. On top of the sale, I had some coupons, so the 4 packets were total of $2.50!!! Price wise, this was a great score, taste wise - well, you get what you pay for.

This afternoon was one of the best afternoons I have had in a very long time. I came home and my little munchkin smiled at me as soon as she saw me. She started laughing, babbling, kicking her feet and I loved every moment of it.


We practiced tummy time, rolling over and reaching. These moments with my baby girl our absolutely priceless. The best of all are her giggles and babbling - absolutely hysterical. Oh, and my little one has a new nickname - KIKI.  The chef kept calling her peanut and since I exclusively speak to her in Croatian, I said to her one day kiki-riki, which means peanut, and she laughed so hard when I said it, so since than KIKI it is. I think she loves it. She has the best grin on her face when we call her Kiki.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday

there is nothing sweeter than waking up to this face, coming home to her smile, witnessing the milestones of my little girl... I am thankful for every moment we have together and watching her discover the world...and it's a big world!




and I am back...

If you have been wondering where I have been, I'll let you know in a second. If you haven't, well I will let you know anyway. I might have not been blogging, but I have certainly eaten. Both the chef and I have been traveling, so I never planned our weekly menu. While the chef was galavanting around the world, I reverted back to my college days of petit buerres and milk, hummus and cheese, freshly baked cookies and ice-cream cones. Well, there were some fruits and veggies here and there, one of two smoothies, a few oatmeals, but all in all nothing worth blogging.

But the following week, well, I think pictures tell it all...









Just so you know, each night I ordered bread pudding - the best dessert ever. I must learn how to make it, pronto!

 The travel was great, but coming home is priceless....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What I Want NOW: Let's pretend it's fall in Miami

Let's pretend the fall is coming... If it was, I would be rushing out and buying this jacket.  I might rush out and buy it anyway. If you would like to join me in this shopping spree, go here.

It's totally "b.a.n.a.n.a.s"!!!! Or even better "I die"....[Rachel Zoe]

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Real Simple Obsessed II

I am completely addicted to everything with the name "Real Simple" - its magazine, website, home organizing books, cookbooks, office decorating/organizing storage, calendars, etc... When it comes to their recipes, the 20 minute recipes are my favorite - quick, healthy, simple and delicious.

There was a slight change in tonight's programming, as always;) The menu quickly got changed after the chef read off all the ingredients, and we realized we did not have 1/3 of the ingredients needed - so, "Real Simple" website recipes to the rescue - the 20 minute recipes of course.

As I was looking through all the delicious recipes, I was hoping to find something that would utilize the ingredients we had on-hand and voila - Chicken Cutlets with Chickpeas Pesto. The only ingredients that were different from the original recipe - cucumber and celery - hurray!!! Now this is what I call luck!!!!


So while I was playing with Mili-Mali, the chef put together this yummy meal in less than 20 minutes! To quote the chef "Ah, this was easy-peasy and I like it". The recipe didn't call for the tomatoes, but once I saw the colors through my lens, I knew this dish needed a pop of color and some more veggies.


I love chickpeas. They are mushy, starchy, bland and take on wonderully the taste of other ingredients and that's why I believe pesto goes so well with it.


We were done with dinner and getting Mili-Mali to bed so early tonight [read: for once we ate before 9pm] that I decided to bake some tofu and cookies. The tofu came out wonderful. I can't wait to have it for lunch tomorrow - crunchy, with toasted sesame seeds and paprika - yum! 

The cookies on the other hand, not so much wonderful. I am not sure even what to call the things that I made last night. I saved a recipe from IGE's blog for Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for the emergency nights when I need a dessert without baking and tonight seemed like a perfect night. I followed the recipe to a T, but what I made did not resemble in any way shape or form the cookie IGE made. So where did it go wrong? I have no idea!!!!!

I tasted some this morning, and they weren't bad, but they won't come out of the muffin pan without totally scraping it with a fork. Will I be making them again - I hope so, because I really love peanut butter, chocolate and no baking part. 

The recipe says no baking, just melting the chocolate in the oven, but somehow I managed to get a huge burn on my arm - only me, only me!!!! I should have stopped at tofu!!!!

Ingredients

  • 8 small chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs or crushed crackers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 small radishes, cut into wedges
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup store-bought pesto
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Season the cutlets with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Coat the cutlets in the bread crumbs, pressing gently to help them adhere.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add half the cutlets and cook until golden and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and cook the remaining cutlets, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the radishes, chickpeas, pesto, lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve with the chicken.