Lovely girlie picnic

Valentines day has often revolved around getting lovey-dovey with my hubby. It still is, but this year our little one has added a twist of fun to a more serious grown up celebration.  Like a lovely girlie picnic.  Filled with pink hearts, colorful garlands, stuffed giraffes and cherry cheesecake bites.  Love is in the air and these two little ones (Ellie and Grace) remind us of how love grows in our heart and all around us.  Have a wonderful Valentines day filled with picnics, colorful hearts, and lots of cheesecake!

family lifestyle blog

family lifestyle blog

family lifestyle blog

family lifestyle blog

family lifestyle blog

family lifestyle blog

family lifestyle blog

{Thanks to Sammy for the cheesecake bites and for spending some time with us!!}

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{happy weekend} and some links…

what to do in florida

We are enjoying the weather in sunny south Florida (don’t mind the funny face) but our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in the northeast won’t be seeing sunshine this weekend :0(

Here are a few links that I can’t get enough of…

  • When I got pregnant I vowed to work on these moves for post pregnancy. Haven’t gotten around to it just yet…
  • I’ve been hoarding a bag of dried figs in my fridge for some time now trying to find the perfect recipe for them.  I think this local milk recipe might be the winner
  • My dad is the ultimate gardener and I’m hoping to start working on a new DIY project inspired by his green thumb and these herbs
  • It might be time to splurge on a few essentials seeing that 30 is right around the corner.
  • Taking every tip I can get on blogging-how-to
  • Ready for some new eye wear like these Michael Kors

Have an amazing weekend I’ll be studying for a pharm test on Monday!

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{on our plate} weekends are for breakfast.

easy recipes

Weekends are for breakfast at our home. Not just coffee. Not on the run.  But a good “sit-down lets talk” kind of breakfast.  This past weekend we stuffed french toast with ricotta cheese and topped them with strawberries and Vermont maple syrup.  Delectable. Hurry-free. Breakfast.

easy french toast recipe

Till next weekend…

{multi-heart dinner plate by target}

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{on our plate} sam’s Zaa..

My sister-in-law Sam is pretty awesome.  We all think that my brother Jorge hit the jack pot with her and if we had to chose… lets just say it’s not looking good for my brother :0)

She is a jack of all trades one of which is her love for cooking healthy recipes for her family. A few weeks ago she let us play around with a few toppings to go along with her home made pizza dough…. delish!!!! Here’s her recipe for a strawberry shortcake she shared with me last spring.

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Sam’s pizza dough recipe 

Ingredients

  •  2 ¼ teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 1 cup of luke warm water (105°-115°)
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 2-3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs of cornmeal

Directions

  1. Mix the yeast and warm water together until the yeast dissolves. Add the oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. If using a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, attach the dough hook and mix for about one minute, (if using a hand mixer, use the dough hook attachment).
  2. Gradually add the remaining flour (a ¼ cup at a time), until the dough begins to form into a ball and sticks to the dough hook. (It normally takes about 2 minutes).
  3. Grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough in there. Turn the dough so all sides become greased.
  4. Cover the dough completely, letting no drafts get in. Let the dough sit for an hour.
  5. After about an hour you will notice the dough has risen. Gently punch down the dough and roll out on a floured surface, (it helps if you flour the roller and dough also). Preheat the oven now! :0)
  6. Start rolling until all the bubbles are out and place it on a 13” pan that has been coated with cooking spray and about 1 tbs of cornmeal. Then top with what ever you would like. We typically like Hawaiian style with a garlic salt crust. 🙂
  7. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Then take the pizza off the pan and bake for 5 more minutes. (I put the pan on the rack under the pizza just incase any spills).
  8. Enjoy!

Thanks Sam for the recipe!

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