October 2011

“Grown-Up” Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauce

Okay, so I may have lied a little.  In my About Me section, I said I took it upon myself to learn how to cook.  I guess it’s kind of true, but then again, it’s kind of not. Growing up, my dad was [almost] always the one to cook dinner.  My mom got home later than my dad from work, so he just usually did it.  Plus, he’s always liked cooking.  So, when I got engaged and realized that soon, a.) I would be living with Cesar (ah!), and b.) one of us would be responsible for putting a meal…

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Sophia’s shoe collection

I have to admit.  My 5 month old is way more fashionable than her momma.  It’s hard to resist, though.  I mean, there’s nothing that doesn’t look cute on her.  Nothing that makes her stomach stick out or her butt look big (except for that dang diaper!).  I am embarrassed to admit (or, at least that’s what I tell everyone) that Sophia takes up more closet space than Cesar and I do. As if baby clothes weren’t cute enough, usually I just happen to walk through the baby shoes section and, crap!, how’d those get in my cart!?  Oops.  I…

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Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Delights

For our honeymoon, Cesar and I wanted to do something different than your average week long, all-inclusive stay in the Caribbean, so we did a big road trip around the southeast United States.  We left the day after our wedding, and got back 16 days later on a Tuesday.  Here’s where we went: Savannah, GA Charleston, SC Myrtle Beach, SC Asheville, NC Gatlinburg, TN Nashville, TN Atlanta, GA Boy, let me tell you…for two people who just got married and had never lived together, a 2 1/2 week road trip was very…interesting.  Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot…

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Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

I love buffalo flavored anything. The hotter the better.  Cesar likes buffalo flavor too, but he can’t handle the heat like I can (haha!).  Sometimes he can eat a couple hot wings, but me…I order hot, with a side of hot sauce. I don’t personally know anyone who doesn’t like homemade macaroni and cheese, so this recipe is a definite winner.  It’s not hard to make, but it does dirty a lot of dishes.  So, only make this if you have some extra time to wash a lot of dishes (or a rule that if you make dinner, your spouse…

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Sophia 365

A few days after I had Sophia, my mom mentioned that it would be cool to take a picture of her every day for her first year of life on the same blanket.  And, well, what do you know?  I actually thought that was a great idea to document her growth day by day.  So, when she was 5 days old, we started this tradition, and I am excited to say…I haven’t missed a day since! It’s crazy looking at all these pictures.  Every day, it doesn’t seem like she is getting any bigger.  But looking back at the first…

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Travel Recap: Las Vegas, NV

Ok, so remember I said New Orleans was one of my favorite cities?  Well, I think Las Vegas is my other favorite.  I’ve been twice, Cesar has been once.  We both love Vegas and are constantly talking about going back.  It’s such a fun city…there is something there for everyone (for real). When We Went: Cesar and I went in August.  I have also been there in July.  Both very hot. Where We Stayed: I stayed at The Venetian when I went.  It was great!  I think every room there is a suite.  We had a great view of the…

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Sophia likes apples!

We’ve been giving Sophia “real” food for about two weeks now. Week 1 was rice cereal, week 2 was bananas, and week 3, as of yesterday, was apples. She has loved everything we’ve given her so far! Next week will probably be green peas (on the list of “safest” foods to give small babies). I love peas, so I crazily assume Sophia will automatically love them too. That’s the way my mind works. Plus, I can’t wait to take pictures with peas all over her. I know that might be weird, but she really makes a mess, and rice cereal,…

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Recipe: Pizza Pasta

I pretty much love pasta.  I will eat it plain, with homemade meat sauce, with a jar of Ragu, with alfredo sauce, in macaroni and cheese, in chicken piccata…you get the picture. But it’s true. I. Love. Pasta. Cesar, on the other hand, could certainly do without it. He’d much rather eat a big ol’ chicken breast or hunk of steak than a plate full of carbs. Since I am the one who usually cooks, though, sometimes he gets stuck with that carby goodness. Sometimes he complains and sometimes he doesn’t. The night I made pizza pasta just so happened…

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Top 10 places I want to visit

I have a very strong desire to travel the world. I like to say I want to see all seven continents, but really…who am I kidding? Who the heck wants to go to Antarctica? Not me, considering I think Florida “winters” are pretty darn cold. In no specific order, here are the top 10 places I can think of that I’d like to visit. 1. Cinque Terre, Italy Photo from Cinque Terre Tourism 2. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica Photo from Yahoo! Travel 3. Santorini, Greece Photo from Santorini.com 4. Tahiti Photo from Tahiti Tourism 5. Oahu, Hawaii Photo from Norema…

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Sophia getting her ears pierced

Since Sophia was born, Cesar has been ready to get her ears pierced. In Venezuela, they pierce baby girls’ ears before they even leave the hospital. When I told him that is not normal here, he was a little surprised. Sophia’s pediatrician will pierce ears, but they won’t do it until they are 6 months old. We really didn’t want to wait that long because by the time she’s that old, she’ll have a lot more control of her hands and will be able to mess with them. So a few weeks ago, off we ventured to the mall to…

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