Ringo reminded us of this lesson recently when we gave him an old cardboard box to play with, and it quickly became his most prized possession. It is adorable how much he loves his box – he likes us to take it with us into every room that we are going to be hanging out in so he can nap, play, and scratch it. So cute!
I have a bunch of younger cousins, and while we were at the BFR they were excited to help my cousin Emily and I to bake some yummy desserts. The recipe I chose (which I first shared here) didn’t have any baking involved, but it was a lot of fun to make. Each kid had their own jobs, and they all did them eagerly and wonderfully. I was a little nervous about letting them help hollow out the strawberries, but in the end it worked out great. We had tons of fun making them, and as an added bonus they were delicious!
Cleaning the strawberries
Everyone helping out!
Emily made delicious lemon cheesecake bars – I didn’t get a picture, but they were yummy!
The tricky part of this recipe was cutting the centers out of the strawberries – the kids did great!
A few of the kids with their finished strawberries!
This has nothing to do with cooking, but I loved this picture too much not to share!
Every year my mom’s side of the family does something pretty cool. We all pack our bags, venture off to some huge, rented house in New England (the place varies each year) and spend a long weekend at what we call the BFR. The BFR stands for the Bolton Family Reunion, and is something we take very seriously. There is a lot of food, drinks, activities, and laughs. Saturday is the official reunion day, and that is when we don our shirts (we get new ones every year with “BFR” and the date embroidered onto it), take a big family picture, and then have a delicious lobster/ steak dinner. The BFR is a highlight of our year, and this was the 29th BFR (yup – this tradition is older than me!). As I am sure you guessed, this past weekend was the BFR weekend. We spent it up in Maine at a beautiful house overlooking mountains. As usual it was a lot of fun, and I took lots of pictures. Here are a few of my favorite!
My immediate family
This chalk board is OLD!
The lobsters and steamers cooking!
Playing around with hair ribbons before the big family picture
Special wine bottles
Boys in black
The fiancé and I
Sometimes I just crave breakfast foods at night. Last night I gave into my omelet cravings and cooked up a breakfast feast for our dinner. Luckily the fiancé didn’t seam to mind that I had my meal times mixed up. Although, we did have beer with dinner so I guess it wasn’t a completely breakfast meal (otherwise we would have had mimosas!)
For this omelet I simply chopped and sautéed some red onions, green peppers, and bacon. Once they were sizzling, I added in the egg and scrambled everything together. Then came the cheese – some Monterey Jack cheese and some horseradish cheese. The combination of everything was delicious!
Last week (or was it two weeks ago at this point? I can’t remember) the fiancé and I finally got around to having our engagement photos taken. Todd Wilson of Wilson Images is our photographer, and we had fun walking around my grandparent’s barn and the surrounding land taking pictures. Here are some of our favorites!
All photographs in this post were taken by Todd Wilson