Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fresh Garden Pebre

Hey this is Eric chiming in again, I know it has been a really long time. Today I am sharing the secret recipe to a garnish, sauce, marvel, whatever you want to call it, but it has been the hit of many meals and bbq's this summer.

I served my mission in Chile and there is something in Chile called Pebre. It is a green, fresh, somewhat spicy amazing sauce meant to smother beef! Chileans will kill me but the best way I can explain it is that it is Chile's version of chimichurri. Truth is you will love Pebre much more than any chimichurri you ever come in contact with and I will bet you on that!

Well you do not have to make this with home grown veggies (like I did this time) but NEVER EVER make it without fresh ingredients or you will ruin it. I also suggest NOT using a blender or food processor yet instead use a slap chop or something similar but that is your call. You just do not want a watery consistency.

Step 1. 1 cup olive oil (do not use VIRGIN or EXTRA VIRGIN, it will ruin it, just use standard olive oil.

step 2. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar

step 3. 1 cup finely chopped/minced yellow onion

step 4. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (yes a full 1/2 cup)

step 5. 1/2 cup chopped parsley

step 6. 4 large cloves of garlic finely chopped

step 7. 4 habanero chiles. Now this is where you can control the heat by using jalapeno or cayenne etc. Use a fresh pepper and use one with a orange or red color. If you do not it will not look right! I have used 2 habaneros and 2 jalapenos most of the time. Keep the seeds and all.

step 8. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9. wisk all ingredients together

It will taste amazing immediately, however let it sit at room temp for 1 hour then it is much better! This will keep for about a week in the fridge. You will be buzzing over this trust me.

Best eaten on- grilled skin on chicken, any meaty steak, and believe it or not as a bruschetta topping on a nice grilled piece of country bread with some fresh goat or mozzarella cheeses!

Friday, August 27, 2010

six years

{my wedding reception bouquet}

Happy 6 years Eric! It feels like just yesterday I was so nervous I thought I was going to be sick waiting in the waiting room to get married. Somehow that day you were the calm one. But at the same time I feel like I have been with you for far longer. We have done so much with our 6 years and looking back through pictures this morning has me happily remembering some of the best times we had.
- Swimming with the sharks on our honeymoon in Bora Bora.
- Our tiny bumpy plane ride from Tahiti to Moorea where you thought you were gonna die
- finding out after 2 months of marriage we were expecting Adyson
- all those morning sick days that should have been our "honeymoon phase" of life
-starting your own new mortgage branch
- painting Ady's nursery with you
-babymoon in the riviera Maya
-can i just say "yellow cardboard signs" and you'll know what I mean? Autoship?
- holding your hand when our first baby was born and how over the top happy you were
- learning how to parent together "dont let the bugs get you"
-celebrating our anniversary with our new babe
-Ady's first Christmas in Ohio
- finding out we were pregnant with our 2nd when Ady had just turned 1
- "it's a boy"
-Max's birth and the teams were even.
- when we thought we were so busy with our 2 kids under 2 years old
- moving to our new home
-quick jaunts to Vegas for sushi, steak, and Cirque shows
- all our trips to Disneyland/world
- hosting family and friends for Holidays
- visitng Ohio/ and july 4th trips
- BBQ's with the Kandells and best ribs ever
-Easters in St George
-one a week budget nights
- you teaching me how to cook, and me teaching you how to stand (or I try)
- Greece, Oia, Santorini, my panic attack, baked feta, Lucky's
- fondue parties, sushi parties
-cabin trips with my family
-waiting for baby #3 and your sweet supportiveness
-SVU sunday marathons while you nap in the theatre
-your cheese plates
-Monday nights at Harmons
-trying to keep you awake to watch "The Soup" on Friday nights
- adventures and travels with the kids Maui, Cabo, Costa Rica, Bahamas etc.
- finding out we were finally pregnant again
-#3 is a girl (sorry Max)
-more morning sickness and all that crying
- lots of family swim nights and Saturdays
- Weekend breakfasts and cartoons with the kids
- Lucy's birth and all 3 of us sleeping in my hospital bed
-"sure do babe, sure do"

We've done well for 6 years Babe. Can't wait for 50 more. {if you live that long :)}
I love you and our kids more than anything in the world.
Happy Anniversary.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Natalie!

{my brother Brady and his wife the birthday girl Natalie}

Last weekend we went up to my mom's to celebrate my sister in law's birthday with her and her family and our family. We had a little BBQ in her honor and had a lot of fun.
After the busy summer we have had its nice to not be hosting, just attending a little get together.

Lucy was such a happy baby and got her fill of attention from everyone.

I love these photos of my kids with Lu. Lucy has her eye on my like, are you watching them? Am I safe?

I especially love when they start to poke her face, Lucy's eyes are begging me to rescue her. {and I did} My kids just might love her a little too much sometimes. But why why why do they always want to put their fingers in her mouth?

My kids with my littlest sister Breanna. They love to play with her, and she is the best babysitter I cant wait til she is a little older and can travel with us.

the dinner was great, the evening was fun, the weather was perfect.

{Lucy napping on my mom}

And Natalie's mom made her favorite peach pie for dessert, it was awesome.

Aunt Breanna and Lucy.

And the kids all got to play some catch and baseball with my dad. I loved doing that when I was a kid. Its so fun to see my kids doing the same.

Happy birthday Nat! We love you and are so glad you are in our family.