Monday, March 24, 2008

Dancing through the daffodils

This weekend we visited LBL with Joe's folks and brother. We really get a kick out of this 60s style scene.

I made a prettier version of Salade Nicoise than my usual. This is a hybrid composed, mixed salad.

Breakfast at Beau's

Saturday morning Joe, Matt, Tasha and I walked over to Beau's apartment for a country ham breakfast. Beau, you might remember, is the one who treated us to venison sausage for breakfast in a previous post.

Country ham is anything but health food, but our nutrition conscious host squeezed as much of the fat out of it as he could. It was very tasty with biscuits and eggs.
Incidentally, Beau is also a rap artist who came up with the extremely catchy rhyme "Turn off the Tube, Get up and Move."

Pre-pad thai jam session

Two weekends ago we had some familiar faces in town for the Ignite conference at our church. Joe and I like to tell people that we have instruments at our house so that when other people come over they can play them. Matt, Tasha, Greg and Shane put on an impromptu concert while they were waiting for lunch... pad thai with chicken,shrimp and tofu. Sorry... I didn't photograph it. But we ate it all in one sitting, so that should tell you something.

Well, I survived the sight of shrimp and raw chicken and the aroma of fish sauce and garlic. So morning sickness must officially be over. YAY!

Friday, March 14, 2008

New restaurant, new car, new news

Last weekend Joe and I drove up to Effingham, IL, to meet my parents for lunch at Firefly restaurants. I had the massaman curry noodle bowl, which was big enough to provide two meals of leftovers. We also gobbled up a "hummus snack" appetizer... the pita was warm and tender, the veggies fresh, the hummus thick and homemade, and the tiziki and swedish mustard were really nice touches. We all really liked the Swedish mustard with the hummus. Sorry, no photos of that, we ate it too fast.

The reason we met up with my folks was to get our new car... a 30th birthday present from my very generous parents. Having a second car has already been a great blessing because even though we work at the same place, it always seems we need to go in two different directions.

One of the places we took the car to was the doctor to get my first ultrasound. So ...the first Parrino baby is a boy!
Here's some interesting grainy photos. A little scary, but I like the open mouth picture (already waiting for his first real taste of something) and his little foot.

Oh, and of course we brought back lots of goodies from the chicago burbs. This is a cinnamon loaf from Jarosh's bakery.