We loooove Chick-fil-a for many reasons but one of them is- the FREE FOOD perks! Once a year on "Cow Appreciation Day" (whatever that is...?) Chick-fil-a gives away free meals to anyone who dresses like a cow. So dressed like cows we went to Chick-fil-a.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
"IT'S SIGNING TIME WITH ALEX AND LEA! COME AND PLAAAAAAY!"
If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that song I could buy every kid I know every Signing Time DVD ever made.
But really, these shows are great! I recommend them for any kid! I first found out about Signing Time through Netflix. I started showing Lucia some of the shows and she LOVED them! She asks to watch them all the time and sings along with all the songs she knows- especially the intro. I then found out about Baby Signing Time (which is more her age level) from a friend who let me borrow her DVD. She loves both and I hope to invest in more DVDs soon so she can watch more than the same 10 episodes on Netflix over and over and over again.
Signing- although she just moves her hands around
saying "plaaaaay" and the end of the signing time song
This was from the morning of the 4th of July.
Roasted Veggie & Black Bean Burritos
(Recipe slightly adapted from Tasty Kitchen)
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed small
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1 red pepper, diced small
1 red onion, diced small
2 t olive oil
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 t fresh lime juice
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 package whole wheat tortillas (6-10)
1. In a bowl, toss the raw veggies in olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Spread out on a large roasting pan and roast at 425° for about 20 minutes tossing at least once (around halfway).
2. Once the veggies have cooled a bit add them to a bowl with the black beans, cilantro and lime juice. Toss gently to combine. This will be your burrito filling.
3. In a skillet on the stove top heat a tortilla on medium. Once you have flipped it a few times to ensured both sides are warm, add shredded cheese to one open faced side of the tortilla.
4. Once the cheese starts to melt add the burrito filling to one side. Fold over the other have of the tortilla and serve it like a taco. Enjoy!
Note: I usually use smaller tortillas and therefore am only able to fold it in half and serve these like tacos. I would rather have more filling than more tortilla anyway. If you are using burrito sized tortillas than fold it like a burrito.
Also, since these can only be made a few at a time you can store some in a warm oven while you are making the rest and then serve all warm at the same time!
Monday, July 21, 2014
I love holidays (who doesn't?) and now that I am a mom I love being able to make things festive and fun for Fernando and the girls. One of the things I learned from my mom is sugar cookie baking and decorating. Last 4th of July I made a bunch of fancy sugar cookies for a party we went to at a friend's house. Pictures of those cookies at the beginning of this post.
This year we kept things a lot more simple. We stayed home and had a simple yet delicious & festive breakfast of yogurt, granola strawberries & blueberries. In the afternoon we had Nonno and Laura over for a BBQ and to watch the Brazil vs Columbia World Cup game. We had burgers on brioche buns and homemade potato salad. We all wore red, white & blue. God Bless America!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
(Slow cooker portion taken from Skip to my Lou)
For the chicken:
2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 bottle Wing sauce- divided (I love this one)
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt & pepper
For the pizza:
1 pizza crust
3 T Ranch salad dressing
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1-2 stalks of celery finely chopped
1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken, buffalo wing sauce (I didn't use all of it and saved some for the pizza sauce), and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 to 5 hours or until chicken is cooked and easily shreds apart.
2. Meanwhile make (or use store-bought) your pizza dough. Roll out your dough once it is ready.
3. Mix 3T of Ranch and 3T of the wing sauce. Spread sauce mixture on the pizza evenly.
4. Add the majority of the cheese covering the sauce (saving a bit for the top).
5. Add shredded buffalo chicken.
6. Top off with the remaining cheese and chopped celery.
7. Cook the pizza according to your crust recipe.
8. Once the pizza is cooked add chopped cilantro while it is cooling. Then slice and enjoy!
At the very end of June Fernando had his last day of Residency! He is officially DONE!! It still doesn't feel real even though he has already started Fellowship. I had to take a picture of him on his last day! It felt very "last day of school" that morning seeing him off with his lunch in hand.
Fernando had a moonlighting shift later that night and forgot his computer charger so we had to bring it to him.
Driving to campus/the hospital that day brought back many memories of driving there over the past three years. Many of the trips there were to bring Fernando something for work that he had forgotten, to bring him his lunch and/or dinner, or just to visit him. However there were two trips to that hospital that I remember most vividly and those were the trips when I was 9 months pregnant and in labor with both girls. (The first time Fernando drove me and Lucia was born roughly 4 hours later and the second time my mom drove me and we met Fernando there since he was working and Regina was born ONE hour later!)
One of Fernando's co-residents was nice enough to take a picture to remember this moment- Fernando's very LAST DAY as a RESIDENT!!!
Our parish always has a beautiful procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi. This year it fell on Thursday, June 19th but was celebrated as a parish on Sunday, June 22nd with a procession after Mass. There are three different altars on the parish grounds and the procession stopped at each of them to pray and sing songs of worship. It was slightly overcast and throated rain which was a nice break from the heat.
This was one of Monsignor Williams' last Sundays at our Parish. We love him and miss him already!
Last month we went to the children's museum in Raleigh called Marbles Kids Museum, or just Marbles if you're a cool local. ;)
It was our first time at a kid's museum so we didn't quite know what to expect. We thought it was awesome and Lucia had a great time, however it was really big and a bit overwhelming. I'm glad we waited until she was two years old since some of the play areas and activities were still a bit over her head.
Driving an ambulence
Fake corn and everything
Lucia obviously did not play with the saws and wood station but I wanted to take a picture because it looked so cool! They had actual saws, hammers, nails, screws, etc.
This cage was a story up and was a little scary to stand in (for me) but Lucia didn't seem to have a problem!
The bubbles at the end were by far her favorite part!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|Mass at our parish on Father's Day and of course we had to get a picture of Fernando with his girls in front of the St. Joseph statue.|
Watching World Cup games all day- best Father's Day ever ;)
Lunch on Father's day that was too delicious and pretty not to photograph: Rustic French Bread with avocado, brie, turkey, bacon, spinach and tomato.
For dinner we had homemade Indian food- Chicken Tikka Masala with basmati rice and garlic naan. Equally as delicious just not equally as photogenic.
My mom sent this picture to me on Father's Day of my dad with my nephews. I LOVE this picture. It is one of my all time favorites of my dad. and I just love those boys!!
In June Fernando had his last End of the Year Banquet as a Resident. These banquets have been fun to attend over the years, however this year was by far my favorite!
It is crazy to think how far we have come over Fernando's residency. After his first year as an intern in CA, Fernando came to NC and spent four years as a Radiology Resident.
1. His first year of Radiology Residency we were long distance dating/engaged. We were married at the very end of that academic year. We actually missed his end of the year banquet that year since we were on our honeymoon!
2. The next year (2012) we went to the banquet with two month old Lucia. (picture in this post).
3. Last year (this month) we went sans Lucia (she stayed with Nonno and Nonna) and I was pregnant with Regina but we didn't take any pictures that night.
4. Which brings us to 2014's banquet...
|In 4 years of Residency we were dating, engaged, married, and had two babies! I'd say it was a busy 4 years for us.|
We tried to reenact the pictures from this year (mid-post) but this is as far as we got before the babysitter showed up.
|at the banquet- Laura came!|
|she was a trooper even though it was past her bedtime|
|Fernando's really good buddy from residency- Feraz. They are REALLY going to miss each other next year!|
|Feraz's stunning wife- Asra|
Fernando getting a gift from Dr. Mauro and a plaque from Dr. Dixon.
|and of course his certificate of completion!|
|The plaque reads-|
Fernando J Boschini, MD
Associate Chief Resident
October 2012- June 2014
Thank you for your commitment to our program
during your extended term of leadership.
UNC Department of Radiology
Diagnostic Radiology Residency
I know I speak for all of his close family members and friends by saying- We are so proud of him!