Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Adam!

Today is Adam's, my brother-in-law's, birthday. Adam is the second born of the four boys and he is known for being the hip and stylin' one of the bunch:) Adam is a hard-worker and is making his way up the ladder in the music industry and we can always count on him to keep us up to date on all the latest, coolest music. Adam is hilarious and is a kind, tender-hearted soul; we love you Adam and are so thankful for you. Have a happy, happy birthday dear brother!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Tara!

Today is my sister-in-law's birthday! I absolutely love this girl; Tara is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet, she has such a servant's heart, she loves board games (especially Scrabble - woo hoo!), she loves to bake and especially loves cupcakes, and she is a good sharer and listener. She is a blessing of a wife to Markie, and most importantly, she loves the Lord and desires to be pleasing to Him. Tara, I am so thankful to have the privilege of calling you "Sis" and can't wait till you and Mark are back here so that we can partake in endless adventures together! Matt, Jet, and I love you and hope you have a great day celebrating your birthday!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Surprise Bday Dinner

This weekend, my brother-in-law Mark, and his wife, Tara, flew back to Toronto all the way from sunny So Cal for a brief weekend visit. Once Mark graduates this Spring, he and Tara will be moving back here for Mark to be the worship pastor at Harvest Durham which we are so excited about. And since Tara's birthday is next week, we decided to surprise her with an early celebration by making an Italian dinner (to honor her heritage) and to make her desserts out of one of her favorite items: lemon. We love you Mark and Tara and can't wait to see you back here with Daniel next month!


Jet getting his par-tay on


With the birthday girl, Aunt T!


Chowing


Spaghetti and turkey meatballs


Goat cheese-pesto tart


Tara loves all things lemon and I love lemon curd - nothing else beats it when it's homemade. The taste is so wonderfully lemony and fresh and lemon curd is a great base for a lot of different kinds of desserts. Here is my three way take on it: the first was incorporating it into this lemon cupcake.


Second was making these lemon curd butter cookie sandwiches


And last but not least, mini lemon meringue tarts - so good!


And for your enjoyment, here are some of the latest pics of the Monkey:

He's starting to look like such a boy and not a baby anymore!


Check out those pearly whites!


This has been a very common sight lately, he somehow manages to kick himself out of his pajamas.


I look over one day to see the Monkey just like this, hanging upside down, as happy as can be. *sigh* - always making us smile!