Saturday, January 15, 2011

Foodie Friday - #4 (a day late)

For Evan's 4th birthday party, I kept the menu pretty simple. We ordered fried chicken, ribs, and cole slaw from a local barbecue place, Nick's Ribs, and I made baked beans in the crock pot as an additional side dish. Instead of a cake, I ordered a Toy Story cupcake stand from and made red velvet cupcakes.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans
I've made these several times and they're always a big hit!

Red Velvet Cupcakes
These were REALLY good. The cupcake part was moist, and the frosting was not too sweet. I kept the extras in the fridge so we were able to enjoy the rest of them for several days after the party.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Last weekend we had Evan's 4th birthday party, and of course it was a Toy Story theme. Since it wasn't a huge milestone age, we kept it small, only inviting my parents and Rick's parents and siblings. This was the first birthday that Evan truly understood the concept of presents, especially since his birthday is so close to Christmas. This was a good and bad thing, since he expected to receive everything on his wish list and was pouting because he didn't get "a trailer to go behind the big car". He had a blast, though, and it was a really fun evening!

Wearing his birthday crown from school

Hiding in his new tent from grandma and papa

Posing with Aunt Lisa and Uncle Mike

Friday, January 7, 2011

Foodie Friday - #3

Avgolemono is a Greek egg lemon soup that has always been one of my favorite meals. I was a very picky eater when I was young, and that's something even I would inhale! It's a meal I make frequently in our house as it is easy and quick to make and definitely a comfort food on a cold day. I'm posting the recipe today since it is already on my menu for dinner next week.

4 C chicken broth
3 eggs
1/2 C rice
Juice of 1 lemon

Cook rice in broth until tender. Separate eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add egg yolks. Add lemon juice, beating constantly. Slowly add 1/2 C hot broth to egg mixture beating constantly to prevent curdling. Add egg mixture to hot broth. Stir constantly over low flame until almost ready to boil. Remove from flame and serve.

Source: Our Kouzina Revisited
St. Nicholas Ladies' Philoptochos Cookbook

My notes on the recipe: To give the soup more substance I often add chopped/shredded cooked chicken. The easiest way is to cook 1-2 chicken breasts in the crockpot in a small amount of chicken broth with some salt and pepper. The recipe only calls for 1 lemon, but I ALWAYS add more than that, and fresh lemon is much better than bottled lemon juice. I usually also add sliced carrots to get in a serving of veggies for the day.

A picture from September 2008 when Evan did not like Avgolemono,
but now he loves it!

New Milestones

I'm always amazed how infants change almost on a daily basis. It's so exciting when Luke does something new, and I always have the camera on hand just in case we need to capture a special moment. In the past few weeks, Luke rolled over from his tummy to his back and has started with deep belly laughs. He is reaching for the toys on his play gym and is beginning to use his tummy muscles to pull himself up to a sitting position. I also don't want to jinx it, but he is sleeping through the night most nights (although we still have some very fussy evenings and definitely earn those solid hours of sleep!).

1st time rolling over

Watching his bear closely

Hanging with his big bro

Happy 4th Birthday!

Evan celebrated his 4th birthday on Wednesday. It was my last day of winter break, so I was happy to spend the day at home with him. He was very excited about his special day. However, the fact that his party isn't until tomorrow really confused him. Although I had only planned to make cupcakes for his party, he insisted he needed a cake on his birthday. Luckily I had a yellow cake mix in the back of the cabinet and then whipped up some homemade chocolate frosting. He also kept asking to open his presents. Again, that wasn't in the plan until his party and I could not give in to that. (Note to self: next year buy a small gift for his actual birthday.) Yesterday was his first time celebrating his birthday at school. I wasn't sure how he would react, but he was SO happy when I picked him up. He had a birthday crown, blue toy car from the treasure chest and a cute paper cupcake he decorated. I asked him if he wore the crown while his friends sang to him, and he said he did, which is great if you know how shy Evan can get! His teachers also said he told them he was having a Toy Story party. I am so extremely happy with how far he has come since starting school in September! Anyways, happy birthday to my (not-so) baby boy!

And, a look back at previous birthdays...