Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lazy Sunday

It’s a rare weekend day when we’re not totally booked with birthday parties, activities and errands.  And frankly, it’s really easy to burn out when you never get a break from running around.  That’s why today was so amazing.  Darren dropped the girls and I off at a nearby cafĂ© for lunch, and then we had a leisurely walk home.  Gracie took a nap, which tones down the chaos in our household by at least 90%.  Sophie did a little painting, and then she and I planted some herbs, strawberries and tomatoes that we bought last week.  We got a lot of fresh air and sunlight and had nowhere in particular to be.  Perfection.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Preschool Picnic

The kids’ preschool had its annual picnic today.  The weather was cold and drizzly—in other words: yuck.  But it was nice seeing the other preschool families and their teachers.  Afterwards, we tried to go walk around the mall, but everyone just wanted to go home and pass out.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rigatoni with Sausage, Peas, and Mushrooms

I tried this recipe from Country Living tonight...Darren said it was really good.  But that's because it contains a trifecta of no-fail ingredients: garlic, heavy cream and white wine.  Definitely not for dieters, but so yummy!  I probably wouldn't recommend this for weeknights, because it did take nearly an hour to make.  But I'd definitely make this again--maybe with chicken breasts next time!

Rigatoni with Sausage, Peas, and Mushrooms


  • 1 1/4 pounds sweet italian sausage 
  •  salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces rigatoni
  • 12 large white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 
  • 1 whole garlic clove
  • 1 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Directions
    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, simmer sausage and 1¼ cups water, turning sausage occasionally, for 10 minutes. Transfer sausage to a cutting board and slice into 1/4-inch-thick coins. Discard water. In same skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage, 3 to 4 minutes per side; transfer to a plate. Set aside sausage and skillet with fat.
    2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook rigatoni following package instructions. Drain, reserving ⅓ cup pasta water. Set both aside.
    3. In same skillet with reserved fat, cook mushrooms over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add wine, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add garlic, thyme sprig, and reserved sausage to pan and stir. Add reserved pasta water and peas; simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and simmer until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove thyme sprig and garlic. Stir in butter and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
    4. Add reserved rigatoni to skillet. Stir to coat with cream sauce and heat through, 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with thyme leaves.
    image and recipe via Country Living

    Gracie’s first day of daycare

    Tuesday was Grace’s first day at Sophie’s school.  Overall, she did better than expected.  She did cry when I dropped her off, but only for a few minutes.  And the teachers said that she was easily calmed down by distractions…thank goodness!  I think tomorrow morning will be much rougher, since she knows what’s coming!

    Sunday, April 15, 2012



    Playground fun with Sophie

    Much thanks to Sophie’s uncles Daniel, Nicholas, Charles and her aunt Lyndsey for taking her to the playground so I could lounge at home and read my e-book!


    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Gracie’s fine day

    Friday was pretty uneventful, but Grace did visit her daycare for the first time.  She met her new teacher and did pretty well for the few minutes she was there.  She cried for about one minute after I left her, then was fine!  Afterwards, Grace accompanied me to an appointment and we spent the rest of the day hanging out at home, waiting for her cousins to come over to play.

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Easter Party

    My cousin Quynh hosted her annual Easter party and it was spectacular!  The weather was absolutely perfect and the kids enjoyed egg dyeing, egg races, and the ultimate egg hunt!  Everyone had a great time eating yummy food and just relaxing at her beautiful home.  We’re already looking forward to next year’s eggstravaganza!

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012


    This pose is so Mily.