Tuesday, December 30, 2008
NK: "That's mine, Bailey. Don't touch it, or else!"
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Now it looks like this!
Here's what I did:
First, I sauteed some onions and celery in olive oil. After they had softened I added in the sausage. I cooked it a bit longer and seasoned with salt and pepper. Then, I added in some flour and let it cook a few minutes. I added clam juice and about 6 cups of water (I don't remember). I stirred until all the flour dissolved. Next, I added in the potatoes, corn, and seafood (shrimp, clams, and mussels). I let this cook about 15 minutes to thicken slightly. To finish it off, I added about a quart of heavy cream. I know! Totally not a healthy recipe. I simmered for about 15 minutes more. These leftovers made so much chowder. I took a ton to my parents, froze two large bags and kept a small amount out to enjoy now. So, does it taste good? It's pretty good. I will however, leave the chowder up to the fine people at Boudin. I love their clam chowder!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
So, to send her off in style we had a little soiree in her honor. It was her birthday as well so it called for twice the celebration. As many of you know, parties in our family are no small affair. With such a large family we always go all out. We had the usual Texas Caviar, Bruschetta, and Hummus appetizers. For the meal Tracey had requested a clambake, Barefoot Contessa's Hampton style clambake. This was not to far off for the seafood boils Shane and I do in our huge outdoor pot (it's really a turkey fryer). A clambake is different than a boil in that the seafood is steamed. A new experience for me but I think it turned out well. We used shrimp, clams, and mussels. Had it been a smaller affair we would have had the lobster too. Add in some potatoes and sausage and it was the start of a heavenly feast. Just look at this spread:
Oh! P.S. Stay tuned for a seafood chowder recipe with all the leftovers!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
One for tonight. Yum!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
While these little sweets were a hit at the party, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a cute "kid" favor. Instead of making sweets for NK to take to daycare, I sent bubbles. One for each of the kids. Attached to each bubble was a tag that read "This little bundle of joy is now our bubbly little girl." I photo shopped a picture onto the tag and tied it off with a cute ribbon. These were so cute and a great alternative to sugary sweets. They were such a hit I don't have any left to show. Sorry:(
Thursday, August 28, 2008
A frog pool! I mean,come on! How could I pass up a frog pool. I thought it was a perfect gift for NK and it was a welcome addition to the party on such a hot day. From here the frog theme was born. We had frog invitations, a frog cake, frog shaped sugar cookies as favors, frog toys, frog everything.
For the food I had to keep it simple. We were feeding 45 people. Yikes! With the help of my mom and grandma we made pulled pork sandwiches, Italian sausages, coleslaw, baked beans, and watermelon. Amazingly, I was able to feed all these people for fewer than 200 dollars. We served iced tea, lemonade, and water. All were very refreshing on such a hot day. Dolores, an awesome woman my husband works with made NK a frog cake. For the guests I made cupcakes, 3 kinds of cupcakes, oh what was I thinking! Hubby and I baked cupcakes all day long the day before and then I frosted them the following morning. I was ready to say “Next year let’s order a cake!” but they were a HUGE hit.
So, to say my little NK made out is an understatement. There is definitely something to being the first daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, etc., etc. It was a beautiful day and we are extremely blessed.
There is just so much to highlight. Stay tuned for more exciting posts from froggyland:)