Monday, March 31, 2014

Ins & Outs

I really can't believe March is gone and done! Even harder to believe is my baby turned six months old! INSANE. It's been a really busy and all around great month. We've been starting up lots of projects around the house, and trying to finish other long standing ones too. 

First, we painted the house! We've got some touch ups to do around the backside, but the fronts done! We also scored a free garage door! We'll need to install a motor for it but for now, its much easier to roll up than the old wooden crazy spring loaded door we had before. Win-win. When we upgraded the front door, we also lost our mailbox. Thankfully, I have a stash of things I know will come in handy at some point. And so, a freshly painted home and a mailbox I love. Still itching to paint the front door too!

Cody raced a hare scrambles at Hollister Hills OHV Park. My dad raced as well. Cody's sister and boyfriend also came out to watch, really fun day. Although I can't wait til we can bring Luke along! Emily stepped in excitedly to babysit for us. She even made chocolate chip banana bread for us to enjoy when we got home. Talk about a sweet deal! 

Luke was spoiled once again with the cutest gear for his first Saint Patrick's Day too. Gigi (Great-Grandma) surprised us with a onesie boasting our last name and a shamrock. Brooke gave us the shamrock bib at the baby shower last summer. Perfect combo!

Cody's grandmother just flew in last week to visit with us too! Well, mainly Luke if we're being honest...! Since she was just in time for Luke's six 'monthday' and the ripening of our avocados we smooshed the two events together for an open house over the weekend. It rained pretty hard most of the day so only a handful of brave souls did the avocado picking. We figure around 15 bags were picked, and there's still more to be done when the sunny days return!

Luke with both of Cody's Grandmas!

I went for a little bit of cheesy fun factor for Luke's half birthday. Cody's sister, Sarah, lovingly frosted the cake to my imagination! Thankfully, a few family members echoed the fun and brought gifts & modified "1/2" birthday cards so I wasn't a lonely cheesehead. After the party, we zipped over to Paradise Park for a couple of nights (same place we got married!) and continued the family fun! 

And these are some more pictures of Luke (because I, for one, can never have enough). I took these earlier in the month and IAMSOINLOVE.

I'm pretty sure he's wised up to the camera now too. I feel like common sense would say its too early, but I'm telling you, he knows. In between it all, I'm still working on my quilt! Stitched remnants and broke down a fitted sheet for the backing and then hand tied the sandwich together. I just need to get mentally prepared for the binding now!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Avocado Cilantro Hummus

Its almost avocado season for us again! We were given this great recipe book for what to do with our over flowing abundance of avocados and I made this recipe with frozen avocado from last year. Truthfully, we have become avocado snobs, so anytime I use frozen avocado it has to be enhanced pretty heavily for our now snobbish taste. I feel like this happens anytime you have the real deal, like how home made pasta trumps all? 

1 Avocado, chopped
1-15oz can garbanzo beans, drained
4 tsp.Tahini
1/2 cup Olive oil
1/3 bunch of Cilantro
1 Jalapeno, seeded
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Tapatio, to taste
Salt, to taste

Puree ingredients in food processor. I used a blender since my food processor is baby food sized, I may need to change that. My blender struggled a bit and I ended up adding more oil and tahini to help my blender out. And so my hummus wasn't a true smooth and creamy hummus. It was more of a thick dip. But I still loved and totally recommend it!