Italy Part 2: Food, Beach, and more food

When we went looking for groceries to cook we discovered this cute little delicatesson. It had a coffee shop, bar, and bakery (patisserie) in it.

About every other morning one of us would walk their with the kids and let the other sleep in. I’m not sure which option was best cause well they both were awesome. Getting up early with kids, you say? Of course if you get  fresh-baked chocolate croissant with your authentic cappuccino and eat it outside on the terrace while the kids happily much away at there fresh-baked treats. Lovely. Then when we would head back we would make “2nd breakfast”.

J and I had the SAME. EXACT.THING. every morning. It was that good! We would put grilled prosciutto with fresh farmers market tomatoes, sliced pecorino cheese, and a fried egg (oe) all inside a freshly baked croissant. MMMMM! still miss those…. OH! with fresh basil, did I forget basil!?! The kids would get plain yogurt with farmers market nectarines in it, along with cereal. No, were not mean, that’s what they wanted and hey, it was vacation.

You heard right. The day we arrived there was a the weekly farmers market. As soon as we settled in I took a little jaunt over there and bought us some yummy fruits and veggies. One lesson learned, that I do recall learning last time too, was not to bother with the peaches, get loads of nectarines. Our first batch disappeared in 2 days and then we had to wait a whole week to get them again. And we did. ustrio Our last sunset by the beach, so sad. WE could have stayed here another week or two…sunset Desktop2

Cooked pins

So some of you know that a friend introduced to Pinterest a few months. Yikes! But she did warn me that she only tries to pin things she knows she will actually do . I try to keep that in the back of my mind as I am collecting all the brilliance off the internet all on my very own little boards. Really Pinterest is list sort of persons nightmare. You know the kind? The one sthat take joy in writing lists and marking items off. Who love to organize and organize and organize some more?

Anyways, I HAVE actually made recipes from my boards a lot. And I want t share them with you:

Mine didn’t look quite as pretty as these did cause moist bread is really hard to come by. But they tasted just as good. Just ask Kristin.

I made this last week as an extra special treat for our friend’s anniversary when we gathered together to worship with friends in our community. I didn’t have cool whip and couldn’t make it from scratch cause our store didn’t have cream that day. And I had just used up all my cream cheese bought from Delhi. So after the Oreo layer I packed vanilla ice cream and then put the chocolate pudding on top with some Andes mint chips sprinkled over it all. WoW! It was rich and chocolately! I still want to do the original recipe some day.

I made these for Arwyn’s 7th birthday this year when she asked me to surprise her with a new kind of cupcake. They were a hit! A definite redo!

Our friend Kristin (not our nanny) had a birthday a few weeks ago and I brought these to share! I LOVED them! And they were so easy cause they are NO BAKES!

We have done this now on many occasions. Sometimes in the evening I throw 7-8 bananas in the freezer in chunks and the next day when the power is on toss them in the blender for a special treat at lunch! Who knew a healthy bowl of ice cream, SO good!

Back in May when some friends had there parent’s visiting I brought this over for desert. Although I had to make them ahead of time and carry them on a rickshaw. They were decent. I would just say make sure you mix it very well at the bottom and eat it right away. But still a great quick single serving of chocolate cake!

Recently we had our first EVER girls night (well, afternoon) here with some friends and I thought what better way to kick it off than bring cookie dough to eat.?Can’t get more girly food than that! And it was eggless, which in this part of the world is a MUST cause our eggs come fresh from the hen with the poo, feathers and all still on them! Course I forgot that I usually only consume 2 or 3 spoons of cookie dough normally when I am making cookies, so three batches was a lot of extra, but my kids didn’t mind!

These were awesome! So good and easy to fix. Nice when its hot and somewhat healthy.

And lastly I just made this tonight. I whipped it up while the kids were eating dinner. I was planning on having it with some eggs for breakfast tomorrow but it smells so awesome  I don’t know if it will last…. I can’t get the pre-made can of dough rolls and  Ididn’t want to be in the kitchen all night making dough from scratch. So I found a recipe to use bisquick for the dough, then since I was fresh out of eggs I substituted a banana per egg (that site has some unique ideas). It was really eays to throw together.

If you are Pinterest you can see all these recipes on my “sweets” board or my “breaky” (named after my Aussie friend Alanda) board. But if your not, then you can click on the pictures and they will go straight to the recipes. Enjoy!

p.s. Tell me if you make one and what you think!

My top 5 recipes these last 3 weeks

So if you don’t live here in Lancaster you may not know that I am back on “the abs diet for women” from menshealth magazine.Yes almost ALL of Lancaster knows, just kidding, but all my friends here do. CUZ I have been complaining…

But not anymore!

It all started when I purchased the book after christmas. I started it shortly after and was on it for two months. I was picking and choosing which recipes and snacks I wanted and I was working out 3 days a week. I took my measurements at the beginning and then each Friday. I was losing inches which was encouraging but not losing lbs. I know you might say “muscle weighs more than fat, so that’s prob what was happening”. But no, you don’t start gaining muscle weight till you have burned off most of your fat. Which I hadn’t. So I gave up!

I went on a trip and didn’t stick to my healthy choices and I quit. This time around Josiah offered to plan, shop, and cook my meals and prep my snacks for me. He knew that taking care of the kids and cooking for them I just end up eating what they eat and grabbing “quick” not healthy. And I don’t cook something healthy for myself. So I took him up on the offer and am in the middle of my third week. I have lost 5 pounds and lost 1 1/2 inches in my waist along with more in other places.

It’s actually exciting. My goal is to get back to my pre knee surgery weight before we move to India sometime in the fall. But the bigger goal is to be toned and in a habit of eating healthy and small meals. If the saying is true that it takes 21 days to make a habit then I am almost there in the eating small meals and healthy options.

These are my Favorite 5 dinner recipes so far, (not as fun without pictures, but you will just have to take my word for it):

1. Shrimp to nuts
2.Chicken little Italy
3. The orange and gold
4.easy cheesy
5. Italian Chowin

and my top 3 lunches:

1.guilt free BLT
2.Guac and roll
3. hot tuna

and my fav salads:

1.Crunch time
2. <a href=”http://http://recipes.menshealth.com/Recipes
/SearchResults.aspx?WithKeyword=pimp%20my%20shrimp”>pimp my shrimp
3. popeye and olive oil

Cooking Day 2: Enchiladas

Can you beleive that Kubra and Ekrom have never had enchiladas? Well, actually Marleen, on the far right has only had them once before now but her excuse is that she is Canadian!

We met at our house this time to pass on my mother’s famous recipe for enchiladas. It was because of these enchiladas that I was asked to open my own restaraunt! But I had a little hiccup. When I went to the store to get the Lawry’s seasoning packet to make the sauce with (the key ingredient), they didn’t have it. Not only did they not have it but they looked at me like I came from another planet when asked if they carried it or at least a can of enchilada sauce. One lady said ” try Taco Bell, ” when I asked if they even eat echiladas on the east coast! So I went home and made a sauce from scratch. But of course when I got home I doscovered I was missing all the necessary spices to make it. So I improvised with some taco seasoning and chili seasoning and a little of this and that. It ended up fine, but a little on the spicy side because I had to use a can of enchilada sauce that Mar brought over to mak ethe sauce go farther. It had a kick to it. Side note: it took M three whole meals to finish his enchiladas because he thought they were too spicy. By lunch the next day he was starving and eating everything in the kitchen once he finished his plate.

We went on to have allthe gents join us and celebrated Kubra’s husband
Mohamed, birthday mexican style. We had sugar cane and Sangria (soda), and Erin’s yummy mexican style soup!
Feliz Complianos Mohamed!

Posted by Picasa

Cooking day 1:Mantos



My freind’s Marleen, Erin, Kubra and Ekrom have decided to rotate going to eachother’s house and teach eachother new dishes. At Kubra’s house about two weeks ago she taught us how to make an afhgani dish called Manto’s. They were dangerously Yummy!

Make a meat mixture and place them in the center of a wonton dough square, fold them expertly and steam them!

Five Guys

We found our IN N OUT here in Lancaster. My first thought was “OH NO! When we asked a local friend if there were any and they said “Whats that?”. But we were intrigued by the name of this place and stopped in to try it and discovered that it was not only an equivalent but dare I say BETTER?

Near the register is a sign that tells you where todays potatoes came from, today was Idaho somewhere. The wall is stacked with bags of potatoes which they make there fries fresh with just like IN N OUT. But these fries are bigger. And the trend here is to eat them with Malt Vinegar on them. Which I had the courage today to try but promptly was reminded of Easter eggs, and to me that is just wrong while eating fries.

The burgers are also bigger and a normal size is actually a double stack. If you want just a single patty you have to order “the little burger”. There menu is limited just like IN N OUT but they have hot dogs too. And included in the cheap price of the burger are ANY toppings that you want from a list of 15. My special burger is the cheeseburger with: grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, ketchup, and mayo.

The kids always get hot dogs which they slice longways and grill.

While you are waiting for your order you can help yourself to a basket of unsalted shelled peanuts. The kids have gotten better each time at cracking them open.By a sign on the door, they ask that you do not bring the peanuts outside the restaurant because of peanut allergies.
 

Posted by Picasa