BIG Moment!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

On Monday,
my daughter finally
 learned how to walk.
I was filled with joy and excitement
seeing my little cutie pie walking.
I'm so proud of her and for her
BIG moment!

(She loves to see what's in the cupboards)

Now, she goes everywhere
around the house exploring
and making sure to touch
everything within her reach.
She looks so cute walking,
she keeps her little hands up for balance.

♥ ♥ ♥

Sauteed Collard Greens

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I love eating collard greens! 
To me, the best way to make it
is to just simply saute,
it's really quick and easy to make.

- 1 bunch of collard greens, about 1 pound
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 2 strips of smoked bacon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- salt and pepper

Cut the stalks from the collard greens and wash really well to remove the dirt. Dry the leaves well, stack up the leaves and roll up lengthwise in bundle, cut into 1/4 inch ribbons. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat. Add the garlic and bacon and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Add the collard greens and sauté for another 2 or 3 minutes or until greens wilts a little. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy.

Couples Dinner

Monday, September 19, 2011

This past Saturday,
our church had a couples dinner party.
It was great!

It's not always that
the hubby and I have time just to ourselves, 
we appreciated very much the couple of hours
we had with each other and the other
couples as well.

We had a fantastic time,
filled with funny conversations, 
fabulous and delicious four course food service,
plus the decoration was beautiful.

I ♥ my Hubby!

Little roses centerpiece.

The food presentation was beautiful and everything tasted delicious.
( I just forgot to take pictures of the entree.)

This was a non-alcoholic strawberry mixed drink.
Very, very delicious!
I think I drank four of them. =]

It was a night of pure joy and fun.

♥ ♥ ♥

Chocolate Bonbons (Brigadeiro)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brigadeiro is a Brazilian chocolate bonbon created in 1940s,
it's very common to find them at many parties.
This was served at Sophia's birthday party,
I thought it would be nice
to share the recipe.
So, here it is:

- 1 can of condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted margarine
- 7 tablespoons of Nesquik chocolate powder
- chocolate sprinkles to decorate

Over medium heat, place a medium pot and add the condensed milk, margarine and chocolate powder.
Cook over medium heat and stir continuously with a wooden spoon.
Cook until the bonbon batter starts to lift from the bottom of the pot.
Remove from the heat and let it cool completely.
Grease your hands with butter, start making and rolling the batter into little balls.
Roll them in the chocolate sprinkles.

One Fine Day

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It was one fine day!
It was my sister's birthday
and we had a "girls only" kind of day.

We did a little gift shopping,
grabbed some lunch,
relax a little,
walked around in the Mall and took some pictures.

The pictures were taken at a ramp behind
the Mall that leads to the Trolley Museum.
All the pictures were taken by my sister, Carine.
Take a look:

My cutie pie!
My sister & I

Sophia loves her Auntie.

I love squeezing her.


Trying to walk with Mommy.

♥ ♥ ♥

Life is Good!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Life is good!
 Yes, it is!

Life is too short,
so enjoy every moment
and live to its fullest but with purpose.

I always say this and I mean it,
take your time and
enjoy the little things in life.

Laugh until you cry.
Say yes to chocolate 'cause it's really good.
Remember to create and pass on joy.
Always pay it forward with a smile.
Be kind.

Learn forgiveness.
Be grateful,
be graceful,
be thankful
all of the days of your life.

Trust God above all else.
Count your blessings.
YOU are blessed!
You've the privileged
to be alive.

Celebrate your life,
celebrate your family,
celebrate your friends,

My Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

 Labor Day around where we live was
 cold, cloudy and very rainy.
It didn't stop us from enjoying the holiday and the outdoors.
We had a BBQ with family and friends at the Promised Land State Park.

In between breaks from rain showers,
we were able to take a few strolls around the park.
Here are few photos:

(I look so tiny in this picture)

The pavillon where we stayed.


♥ ♥ ♥

Hubby feeding the ducks.

They were so friendly.

Storm was coming,
 it was time to pack our things.

A Ladybug Birthday Party!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Here's a look at Sophia's 1st birthday party.
It was a ladybug themed party,
the photos were taken by my sister, Carine.
Take a look:

I ordered the cake at our local supermarket,
 it was a vanilla cake with pineapple filling and butter cream icing.

It fitted perfectly with the rest of the decorations.

The painted mural and the balloon arch were done by two friends of mine.
The balloons can be found at Balloons Fast.

The personalized lollipops were from Oriental Trading,
as well the red paper treat bags.

Ladybug decorated cupcakes.
The paper cupcake stand I found at Jo-Ann's for $10, it's from the Martha Stewart Crafts.

♥ Sweets & Sweets ♥

Little party favors, I made it myself just using baby food jars, red spray paint, some ladybug stickers and ribbons. They were filled with gumballs.

The centerpieces and table settings
were alternated with red and white.

The plates, cups, napkins and plastic cutlery set were bought at the Dollar Tree.
It was really inexpensive.

This banner I ordered from Birthday In a Box,
as well the little personalized stickers for the treat bags.

I had a great luck in finding this adorable ladybug dress for Sophia.

Afterall, it was a great party and she had tons of fun!

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