I’ve been wanting to post. I tried while I was on vacation, but I was on vacation and really reveling in it.. Once Oliver and I got home Jonathan had to go out of town for a bit for work, Even though we did get some family time together in Houston and New Jersey we had not been together as a family for over two weeks after. So once everyone was together again we really just wanted to relax some more, do a bunch of family napping and family outings. Plus I’m starting school on Monday so I’ve been trying to soak in the last bit of free time that I do have and spend with my family. So that’s why the lack of posting has happened…since I know you all really wanted to know this information!! And a big warning this post will be filled with a ton of photos.
Our trip to Houston was great. We got to spend lots of time with family, and friends. We came into town to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. We did a lot of planning for the party, made food, but also had a ton of fun swimming, and taking Oliver to story times and what not. He really loved every minute of it. He especially loved being with his older cousin Cloé. Every time we went anywhere he had to make sure Cloé wasn’t far behind, or that she was riding in the same car as him. It was very sweet.
The party turned out really great. We all pitched in and made food, which was delicious!!! Jonathan and I made a 50 made out of cupcake holders, and Cloé and Leá made a banner that went through every year of their marriage. A time line, it was really cool to read all the memories, and to be a part of it. Jonathan did a beautiful slide show of photos. And we hired a photographer to document the day. It was a beautiful party and I think Gary and Gretchen were really glad that they decided to do it!! I was a great visit, and great way to send us off to our next part of our trip.
Our first leg in New Jersey was the beach. We spent a week in Ocean City. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. It was hot, but the beach was perfect. At night we would make dinners, have drinks, go to the board walk, ride rides with Oliver, and eat ice cream. I mean really what could be better then that. We had delicious seafood, yummy watermelon margaritas, and really really good pizza. I do love California pizza, but I’m sorry nobody makes a pizza pie like they do in New Jersey. It’s like BBQ in Texas, or cheese steaks in Philly. Its just not the same anywhere else. Oliver attached himself to Audrey like he did with Cloé in Houston. I love that he takes such an interest and really loves being with them. I think we are doing a beach trip again next year, but it may end up being somewhere else…….maybe here in Cali?????
After the beach Jonathan came back to California for work and Oliver and I had a bunch of family time with my family, and friends. We went blueberry, blackberry, and nectarine picking. Gosh the farms in New Jersey are breath taking. I just love it, Here we have farmers markets, and there you go to the farms and pick your produce, or just buy it from them. Everything is so fresh, it’s the real deal, farm to table. Everything is so green. Its so sad to come back to crazy brown trees, and a brown dirt ground from the drought, gosh it’s so sad. I’m truly hoping this winter will be what they’re saying it will be.
I love baking with Oliver. He has gotten to the point now even with cooking that when he see’s me in the kitchen chopping or mixing something he wants to be a part of it. He just pulls up his stool and gets to work with me. Since we had so many good berries and nectarines I decided to make a crisp with Oliver and Audrey. They really had a good time and were great helpers. I highly recommend cooking or baking with your kids or your niece or nephew or your friends children….it’s so much fun, and they really love it just as much as we do!!!
Ingredients for crisp:
2 lbs. any kind of berry and or stonefruit
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 stick salted butter or 1/2 cup
Directions for crisp:
Rinse your fruit, and cut it up if you are using stone fruit. Put fruit in the bottom of a 9×9 pan. Mix all the dry ingredients together and take the butter and mash it with the dry using your hands. The butter should be the size of peas. Bake for 375, for 40-50 minutes. Top with ice cream and or just eat it…..enjoy!!