Roasted Veggie Galette

This was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. You could make it harder on yourself and make your own pastry dough, but really, no need to.

Now that I did a test run I am excited to make it again with some of the vegetables that came in my Farm Fresh box.

All you do is roast a bunch of veggies, drizzled with olive oil and showered lightly with salt and pepper in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. I used red and yellow peppers, zucchini and onion. You could use eggplant, mushrooms, leeks, yellow squash, anything really.

Prepare a baking sheet with your pie dough, spread a generous layer of cream cheese and then follow up with a generous dollop of Boursin garlic and herb cheese. Top with the veggies and then pull up the edges of the pie dough around the vegetables to make a rustic little pie. Brush the pie dough with milk and sprinkle with parmesan. Pop back in the 400 degree oven for another 20 minutes and prepare to wow the socks off of your guests, or just eat it all by yourself. No need to share something so good!




Trick, Treat and Tennis

Averi had a hard time waiting around for the sun to go down, she was one un happy camper.


Kaili was just eager. We were going to Trick or Treat with her little neighbor friend, I think that was the most exciting part.

IMG_0114By the time we were ready to head out, everyone was in a better mood.

IMG_6429Averi went up to a few houses and then happily sat in the stroller taking it all in. Kaili went for about 2 hours, we finally had to drag her home to get the baby to bed.

The next morning they were both up early, as always, and thanks to DLS time ending, sleep has been shit ever since.


We spent the following weekend in Orange county watching the two final matches of the Tennis Doubles Masters. Even though the kids were in the beginning stages of colds, they did pretty good. I was thankful to have family support at the final  to help wrangle the kids so I could enjoy the match, because it was a good one.

Nick and Wags, Champions once again.

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I was dreading the drive home, traffic looked bad and both kids were on their last leg but they were fine. Both slept part of the way and I think they were so done, they didn’t even have the energy to cry about it.


Halloween Eve

Friday, we took Kaili out of school so we could make our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm. Going the day before Halloween was a big WIN! There was hardly anyone there, meaning no lines for pony rides, plenty of room in the petting zoo and you could actually browse the store without being shoved by the person behind you.

IMG_6386 IMG_6393The kids enjoyed themselves, you goat to believe it.

After the pumpkin patch we went to a restaurant on our to-do list and I was honestly miserable the entire time. Kaili was so good and so easy to take out to restaurants. But Averi, well she isn’t. There is whining, so much whining and she isn’t happy unless she is eating or walking around. It wasn’t a very “kid inviting” restaurant and I just felt horrible for her screeching while others tried to enjoy their lunch. Meanwhile, Kaili fell off her chair hitting the ground head first, causing gasps from everyone around us…she was fine. My blood pressure was not.



After lunch we hit a few new wineries nearby because after that lunch, we all needed a drink. The first winery, Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum was like walking into the past. Everything in the “museum” had a layer of dust on it. The wine bar was something out of the 70’s as was the decor. The wine though, the wine was atrocious. The whole experience was strange. Yes, Averi is eating off of old dirty carpet.

IMG_6406After that experience we hopped into another winery but I think we were all done and ready to head home. After baths, finally able to relax we enjoyed dinner outside while  the men watched baseball and the girls played until dark.


Thumbs Up

Last week Kaili had her 6 month dental check up. To say I was proud of her is an understatement. I had been reminding her of her appointment a few days ahead of time, to make sure she wasn’t blind sided. When the day came, she didn’t even question it. They took x-rays and cleaned her teeth, the dentist gave us a thumbs up and that was it. She hopped out of the chair like no big deal. I love her.


Her school had a field trip to Oma’s pumpkin patch in Lakeside. I took both the girls and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This place was a kids sanctuary, they had everything. Playgrounds, soccer field, corn maze, hayrides, a toddler play area, animals, should I go on? But I think her favorite part was being able to pal around with her BFF’s!


IMG_6250 IMG_6245The kids got a kick out of the hayride that went through the farms property and stopped inside the rather smelly cow stalls. The nice driver got out of the tractor and attempted to tell us a little about the newly born calf but he was drowned out by all the kids yelling “ew, poop” repeatedly.

IMG_6254 IMG_6256They finished the trip with a group lunch and by this time, almost 1:00, Averi was beat, she was asleep halfway home. First time for everything. Kaili on the other hand, wanted me to take her to the park, the girl is an energizer bunny.


Butternut Squash Bisque

I am back on the Farm Fresh to You bandwagon. This time I am taking the time to personalize each delivery and try to meal plan around it. It’s really nice to know what will be delivered to your doorstep and that it will all taste so good, much better than the store bought produce. Last week I got some butternut squash and hemmed an hawed all week on what to make, none of the recipes looked good. I decided since the weather dropped a good 10 degrees that I would make a soup. 80 is totally soup weather in San Diego.

I like to hang out in my kitchen during the day when I only have one child, it’s my favorite PDA. (primary daytime activity) I planned on having the bisque done by lunch so Shane could have a hot meal waiting for him when he walked in the door. Awww, aren’t I the best?


I meshed a couple recipes together and came up with this.


2 butternut squash

1 apple, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 TBS olive oil

2 TBS red curry paste

1 TBS coriander

1 tsp cayenne pepper

4 cups chicken broth

3/4 cup full fat coconut milk

2 tsp honey


Pre-heat oven to 375

Cut the squash in half, de seed and put on baking sheet face down.

Roast for 1 hour or until super tender. Let cool and then spoon into a bowl.

Heat the oil in a dutch oven over med high heat and then add the onion and apple. Sauté for 5 min or until tender. Add the curry paste, coriander, cayenne (You can omit the cayenne if you don’t like it spicy) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let cook for 2 minutes and then add the chicken stock and squash. Let that come to a boil and then bring it down to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes.

Transfer soup to a blender or food processor and working in batches puree the soup until smooth. Put the soup back in the dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Add the coconut milk and honey and more salt and pepper to taste.

You can top your bisque with cilantro and sour cream or leave it as is. It’s delicious!

Before the Sun

Oh, it’s only been a month since I blogged last…sigh.

Shane and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary. We went downtown for dinner, without the kids, went to an underground Speakeasy and played pool. It was just what I needed, in fact it’s something I could get used to, say once a month?


Averi is now 15 months and things are pretty much the same, most days are routine and a tad mundane. Her sleep schedule is 6:30 to 6:30 give or take. We just got over the girls having colds, Averi was waking up multiple times a night but knock on wood, that is over.IMG_6129 IMG_6154

Her vocabulary is coming along, saying mom, dad, all done, bye and a lot of whining. She is waving and blowing kisses bye bye unless it’s to me, then it’s a full meltdown. She is very attached and although she is fine when I am gone, it’s the going and returning part that causes the tears.


Kaili was going through some 4 year old challenging behaviors. Not listening, trying to get rid of her sister and her sleeping regressed. Can I say how DONE I am with not sleeping? We are hoping that the girls will share a room sometime but the way it’s going, I  am not sure how that will ever work. Sometimes they piggy back each other in the wake ups and if one of them actually sleeps in, I can promise you the other one was awake at 5.

I decided to try a behavior chart with her, made it myself to fit our needs. I have to say it really worked well for the first few months but her sleeping is back to shit. Okay, that is a strong word. She goes to sleep by 7 and is, for the most part (4 out the 7 days a week) is quiet once in bed. She has been waking up in the middle of the night due to nightmares or scary sounds and sometimes it’s a battle to get her back to sleep. But really the problem lies in her waking up for the day. She is usually up before 6:00 and comes into my room. The rule is, she is to stay in her room (aside from bathroom runs) until 6:30 when the green light on her clock comes on, but that is out the window. I could let her in my room or go into hers but I don’t want to create a habit but, I also don’t want to spend that time getting up and down in a fight with her. Ugh, does this make sense?

IMG_6051Anyhow, the chart hasn’t really been working for me in that department. I don’t know what else to do except make a mandatory rest time after school if she doesn’t follow the wake up rule.


Marching On

The Avester is getting pretty good at walking. She enjoys putting on her shoes and heading out. She’s got to work on getting up and down steps but soon she should be able to wander around without much help.

California has been in the oven the past month and we have been held up in our nice air conditioned house. I think Aves gets stir crazy sometimes but then I think of the book The Room and I’m like, girl, you’re good. In all seriousness,  it’s been too hot to be outside for long, plain miserable. If we were outside, water was involved.


She is now 14 months. I have started her on some sign language, just a few basic signs. She is catching on fast but I’m not so sure she quite understands what she is saying, but she will. We don’t have much language, she can say dada and growls for “doggy” but that’s about it. She does babble and laughs a lot, she melts my heart. Not everything is getting put in her mouth anymore, she is good about stopping if I tell her “Averi, not in your mouth.” I was doing  a bunch of art activities with Kaili at her age because K never had any sort of oral fixation. I am still hesitant to do much with A, hopefully soon. I know she will love it.

IMG_6013We stopped bottles completely, no problem. I tried everything I could to get her to drink milk but she doesn’t want it. Without the milk, her constipation stopped. She get’s her dairy through yogurt and cheese and that doesn’t seem to bother her…luckily.


I have to admit, I am looking forward to the holidays with the girls, fun times ahead.