Archive for April, 2011

This looks safe.

I don’t normally find myself to be an overprotective parent, but after seeing this photo, I may either take out the swing set or require a biking helmet while it’s in use.

“Wow, you shouldn’t have…”

Ava Fix

Lemon Meringue Pie

Two notes about this particular concoction: First, lemon is quickly becoming my go-to ingredient to tie an entire menu together. It is seemingly at home in every dish this time of year. Second, there is something undeniably magical about the way egg whites transform when introduced to a bit of air. It never ceases to amaze me.

You should have seen the carbon footprint on that thing!

We walked in Saturday’s Earth Day parade with Ava and Olivia’s school. The girls wore wings, pinned butterflies in their hair, and carried mini globes. The parents wished it was much, much warmer than 37 degrees.

Ava’s on the right edge of the sign.

At one point, Ava said, “Hey look, Mom, I’m holding the Earth in my hands!”

Thankfully, she didn’t chide us for driving to the parade in an SUV while drinking coffee out of disposal cups…

A new twist on a springtime favorite

I have been looking forward to trying this new, raw asparagus recipe–shaved asparagus with Parmesan vinaigrette.

I used a vegetable peeler to shred the stalks into long ribbons, then topped them with lemon juice, olive oil and and Parmesan. I’m not typically a fan of raw asparagus, but the thin slices were mild and almost sweet.

I love cooking this time of year—it seems all you need is a splash of olive oil and sprinkle of salt. We served this with cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken—quick, easy and light.

Overheard…er, MISheard

Bec: “Ava, tell Dad there’s a white throated sparrow out here.”

Ava: “What?”

Bec: “A white throated sparrow!”


Olivia Fix

Who is this…this…KID? And what did you do with my toddler?

Ava Fix

Sometimes it seems as though the world is her runway.

More from Iowa City

Someone asked me when we were last in Iowa City, and I said, “Oh, it must have been a year ago!” In reality, we’ve been there about four times in the last 18 months. Clearly, this isn’t enough in my mind, and it’s no wonder—Josh and Laura are truly gracious hosts. Their city is charming, their home is beautiful, and I simply can’t get enough of their sweet little daughters. I think the only question is, “When can we go back?”