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First Time Auntie Chef Duties

16 Jul
On July 12, 2013 at 15:41 on a humid and stormy afternoon, Baby Chase Ronald came into the world. He’s my first blood nephew, my parent’s first grand child and it’s such an honor that they chose to give him our father’s first name as his middle. 
 
From the moment I held him, I was in love. Hopelessly and completely. Unfortunately the little buddy and his momma had a rough landing and he ended up being transported to the Children’s National Medical Center NICU later that night. 
 
Holding my baby nephew

Ok so not my first time holding him, but man this kid has good genes! Way to go Mom and Dad 😉

 
Fortunately he has been in the best of care and is doing extremely well. To keep spirits high and bellies full (and healthy- mostly), I hit the kitchen hard Sunday morning. It’s super important to keep Mom and Dad well fed and healthy so they can continue to be there and care for Chase.
 
Ingredients for zucchini carrot muffins and lasagna
 
On the delivery menu: Lasagna packed with spicy sausage and lots of veggies, and a side of cucumber (from our garden!) and tomato salad for Mom and Dad’s dinner. Of course I couldn’t resist treats and snacks, so I made a batch of these amazing Zucchini Carrot Muffins for breakfast or snacks, and Banana Pudding Cookies (with White Chocolate Chips) that are to die for.  Continue reading
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Suburban Family Fun

13 Jan

Since moving in to our new(to us) home we haven’t had a weekend that wasn’t scheduled with holiday activities or other obligations. Friday brought more settling – hanging or framing photos from our engagement shoot, vacations and treasured family memories – so things feel more like *home*. I bought Valentine’s Day sprinkles at the store and sent a pic to my nieces telling them that we’ll make cookies around the holiday but they had other ideas. Boredom strikes easily for preteens and elementary schooler’s – Friday night turned in to a slumber party at Aunty and Chu Ba’s. (Chu = uncle related to kids father, Ba = 3. The patriarch of the family is the first male – their Grandfather – the kids Dad is second male, so Thuan is the third eldest male relative on the father’s side. Hence, Chu3).

After a little Rock Band, we settled in to watch the Princess Bride. We’ve really enjoyed sharing classic flicks with the kids. Over the holidays we watched A Christmas Story, which they loved and still quote (You’ll put your eye out!). It’s funny because when the kids come over, they love American food that they don’t often get at home. We broke with their weekend breakfast routine and had scrambled eggs and sausage. Lunch was in the kids’ hands with personal pizza stations to top croissant crusts with veggies, meat and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Learn from my mistakes – take it easy on the sauce or it won’t cook well or evenly.

Personal croissant pizza bar

Personal croissant pizza bar

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