Friday, July 3, 2009

Soupy soup

Last night, I made Minestrone soup from the Easy Everyday Vegetarian cookbook. Here are all the ingredients:It was definitely healthy and delicious. I had one and a half servings and still had enough to save for tomorrow's lunch.

Once I ate/stored my half of the soup, I added meat chunks to the rest of the soup for my husband, the meat-eater.
And here is our yummy summer dessert - also prepared by yours truly:This cooking thing is kind of fun. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Welcome to this world, Paisley Skylark!

A and G had their new baby girl, Paisley. I left work early today so I could pay them a visit and meet the new baby.She was born on July 1st, around 5:30pm. She is around 8 lbs. She looks like her mommy, and nothing like her big sister B.
Sooo cute! I got to hold her. She was so precious.


After eating junk all week and spending money on mediocre restaurant food, I decided I am going to make a more conscious effort to cook every night. So last night, I made the first recipe from the book "Easy Everyday Vegetarian" - Easy Pizzettes (130 calories a serving). Delicious! I made the same thing for the husband, but put pepperoni on his. Then I craved something sweet, and realized that I have no dessert cookbooks. Since I got a 30% off coupon at Borders, I decided to meet up with my sisters and find a book on fruit desserts. My sister M is a natural when it comes to culinary things, so she helped me choose the right cookbook. The one that appealed to me was this Williams-Sonoma gem. Can't wait to try it out.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Family Summer Vacation 2009 - Longville, Minnesota

On Saturday morning we loaded the car, waved good-bye to the house and the puppy (who was watched by my friend S), and started our 8-hour drive to the most northern parts of Minnesota.
Longville - to be exact. "Camp o' My Dreams" to be even more specific. Below is the cabin that we shared with my mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, her husband and two kids.
The cabin and the lake were charming. The weather was gorgeous.
Here are a few landscape shots. As you can tell, I loved that dock. :)
I also loved the smell of the pine in the air, as well as the clear lake and water lilies.
Here are more views of the location.

Nephew caught a big fish...
I jogged to the nearby town (population 180)...
And I took bike rides and played with the niece...
Picture of myself and husband, who refuses to take normal pictures...
And here is my husband's "work of art", as he would describe his photography skills.
It was nice, and relaxing, and gorgeous. But it's also nice to be back home.