Monday, July 23, 2012

Summertime Fun

Oh, summer.  I love you but you really get in the way of blogging.  Somehow diy projects don't seem so important to the kids.  This is what is really important to them.

Since school ended there has been a steady stream of kids in our house.  They eat a lot, they need rides to a whole lot of different places and they definitely force me to put work and blogging on the back burner. Imagine my surprise when my 11-year-old and her friend told me they were making dinner for me and all I had to do was drive them to buy the ingredients.  Hell yeah!

They even created a menu...

 Think you know the answer to the riddle?  My husband was the winner and did indeed get a bowl of Cheetos

The appetizer - Black bean dip with corn chips

The most delicious salad EVER - Arugula, apple & grape salad

The main - Farfalle with salmon, peas & mint.  We went to a local farm to buy the peas and they had literally been picked 5 minutes before we arrived!

 Raisin Rounds - These turned out to be scones or biscuits depending on where you live.  The girls were a bit disappointed they weren't sweeter so they added jam.

Many thanks to my junior chefs.  What a way to spoil a lady!

I'm working on Livy's bedroom (yes, still:).  I promise to report back very soon with a chandelier transformation, a diy bedskirt, duvet cover and pillows.


  1. Ok, now I wish I lived in the OK! Lucky lady. I feel like I have been feeding an army of kids and driving everywhere too! And my kids have made me meals but not like yours! YUM!

    Can't wait to see the room!

  2. Aw, how sweet of them to make the menu - that's too cute! Enjoy your Summer!

  3. This is adorable! I can't believe they cooked that for you at age 11- awesome menu, too. I know how summer rearranges things, but you're doing what's more important, being with family. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that and step away from the computer! hahaha. Have a great day.

  4. This is impressive! I think all I made at 11 was boxed mac&cheese and brownies. And I didn't make either well!!

  5. I'm impressed by how sophisticated their palette is at 11 and their ability to pull of such a menu ... egg salad and cobbler made with canned pie filling sprinkled with a box of dry cake mix + melted butter were my specialities at that age. And their idea to prepare dinner was an incredibly sweet and caring way of showing gratitude for all you do for them. I'm waiting for the answer to the riddle.

    Robin @

  6. That is the sweetest thing ever! Love the printed menu and the prize of Cheetos. Now, I need there recipes. What was the dressing on the salad. Really, will you post the recipes when you get a minute--no hurry. You are busy!!

  7. a testament to the true gastronomes that you and Philippe are - what a lovely dinner, and yum yum yum a big bowl of cheetos coming your way - hilarious!

  8. Wow! I had no idea with what some of that food was when I was a kid. So what's the answer to the riddle?

  9. Oh my gosh, what absolute cutie pies! And what sophisticated palates they have (and all ingredients spelled perfectly!) you've trained them well (Healthy - plus you get the cheetos at the end)

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  11. A yummy menu for a very deserving mom! Who needs restaurants when you have talent in the kitchen like these two ladies at home? And this, peeps, is what living life is all about... The blog will wait!

  12. That is amazing! I'm 33 and I don't eat that well when I cook for myself! What talented girls. The menu was a great touch.


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