Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Living in the little moments

Our pastor has been encouraging us to not live life going from big moment to big moment, thereby missing out on so many special times during the small moments of life.  Maybe Ben and I are just plain weird (okay, so yes, we are...), but we both love living in all of the small moments...with occasional big moments interrupting our easy going, laid back (albeit busy) schedule.  Deciding to hit the coast on a Friday evening, spending 2 1/2 hours on a nice warm Saturday afternoon laying in the backyard with giant pillows and books, cooking together, taking classes together, and just being a family are some of our favorite times.  This post has both big and the small moments from our lives...all of which were very fun and full of good memories...

 Of course, big and small moments are only complete with good food!!!  Thomas and Lindsey introduced us to an amazing Italian place in Sac.  Since they've been to Italy, we trust them when they say that this is authentic Italian!  Now, I'm really not a huge pizza fan...too greasy, not enough variation, etc...BUT this place knows how to make pizza!!  Behold, a thin, but gooey-chewy crust, prosciutto ham, spinach, baby bellas and a light dusting of fresh mozzarella...*mouth waters* Great...now I want some more pizza...

 Aunt Lindsey enjoying her food.  Salad + Pizza + Good company = FUN.

 Uncle Thomas trying to figure out how many Italians actually play on the Italian soccer team.

 Ahh!!!  Dessert...  The same dough as you get on the pizza, but this is filled with mascarpone cheese, chocolate and hazelnuts...then rolled and baked until it's just done...hot, gooey, chocolatey goodness...  *whispers* We ate two of them...next time we'll order three...

 After dinner, we met up with the rest of the family (they went to their favorite Sushi place in Sac) and we headed off to see Pirates of Penzance! 

 The show was AMAZING!!!  It was so fun, the characters were very well played (actually, the girl in purple second from the left was Broadway worthy...she was incredible!), orchestra fantastic, and we had goooood seats!  Even Lilyana made it mostly through the first act!  She LOVED the music and danced along. :)  Grandad took her out to get some sleep after that.

 Ben wanted to make my birthday extra special, so he took me to my all-time-very-favorite bakery in town. It's a small local place, and very popular.  We love to sit and watch the ladies work miracles with frosting.  Their cherry turnovers are soooooo melt-in-your-mouth good...I get the same thing every time we go there.  This time was extra special, though, because we weren't in a hurry, so we actually sat down to enjoy breakfast and coffee.

Even baby had fun sitting in her seat gumming her apple.  One day she will enjoy pastries with us.

 Her second tooth finally cut through, so her mood has greatly improved!  However, she seems to be extra tired these days, which keeps her from spending much time on the floor.  

 Red ball goodness.  She gets excited when she see this toy and exclaims "Ba! Ba!"  So, I'm not sure if she's trying to say "ball" or not...

 My very thoughtful baby.  I can't wait until she can talk so that I can figure out what goes on in that cute little head of hers.

 Sweet smiles.


 While we were out on the coast, we discovered a mushroom farm!  Ben was tickled pink...he loves mushrooms.  We stopped in and bought a few pounds of mushrooms so that Ben could fulfill his dream and make cream of mushroom soup.  So, for my birthday dinner, he served Smoked Salmon and Cherve cheese with toasted french bread and Pinot Noir, followed by a salad and soup...it was very good...and he did the cream decor himself! 

*cough* He still owes me a cake....

 Lilyana loves to be in the kitchen when I'm cooking.  Aren't her eyes just sooo blue!  They are almost as blue as the Tardis behind her!

 Every good recipe beings with butter...lots of butter.

 As you can see by the slobbery kiss she is planing on the baby's cheek, Lilyana also loves her baby.  
She gets excited whenever she sees her baby...baby naps with her, plays with her and now she sits in the kitchen, too!  

 No, she isn't pushing her baby off of the table...she's trying to hug her baby but hasn't quite figured out how to be gentle. :)

 "Smile for the camera, baby...come on...say cheese!"

 Okay, one more...she's just so cute that I have to share pictures of her!

 Butter and lemon zest...must be a very good recipe...

 The finished product...Lemon Cream Cupcakes.

 Ben and Lilyana were starring in a new upcoming version of The Wizard of Oz, so we spent a day at Schreds.  Having Maggie and Erin up from L.A. was a treat, too!
After most of the shooting was done, Eva and Maggie played a card game...

 ...Rachie, the salad girl, spun some lettuce...

 ...Lilyana, the adorable Lilykin (from the land of Lilykins in the movie), was as adorable as ever...

...and Momma Schroeder and Erin made lasagna noodles.

 Wine tasting and dinner with Schreds is always oodles of fun!

On Friday, Ben only worked half of the day, so we went "downtown" to go to the bank, the post office and to take a nice stroll.  I took Ben by my favorite "old world" feeling coffee shop so he could see it, and they were advertising that they were now serving dinner!  We looked over the menu while we went for our stroll and then came back for a bite.  Oh, and they have really good water...

 BLT, again.
I love their patio area...next time we go, I'll get a better picture of it.  

Mmmm...Mahi Tacos...

La Mo...and I have no idea what that means.


Jessica McDonald said...

Way to make my mouth water!!! That desert from the Italian place looks amaaaaazing...and if it LOOKS that good from a PHOTO, it must taste ten times as good. *stomach rumble* Or should I say *salivates*? *grin*

I can't wait to see y'all soon and kiss that adorable little niece of mine...

Love y'all!

Anonymous said...

Ok. I need to know the name of the Italian place. Must. Eat. There.
Also, I LOVE Pirates of Penzance!!! :D

Arianne said...

Quick question. what does BLT stand for?

Simply Tiffany said...


Yeah...I know! Now I am seriously hungry! And the dessert was incredible! I'm going to try to re-create it. :P If it works out, maybe we can find the ingredients to make it in Spain!

I gave her kisses from "her favorite aunt!" *grin*

Love you!


Hot Italian in Sac. It. Is. Good. :P Me too..Pirates of Penzance is hilarious!


BLT stands for Ben, Lilyana and Tiffany...we thought it was funny because she's always between us. :) Cheesy, I know... *grin*

Arianne said...

Aww, ok sweet!

Yvonne said...

Okay, I need to know the pizza place in Sac! The food looks amazing! We had fun looking at all the photos of Lilyana, she is just so expressive!

Lauren said...

I want to see Pirates of Penzance sometime! That's adorable that Ben, Lilyana and you make a BLT--my sister and I would always make a "sandwich" with our good friend in photos! (-;

Matthew D. said...

Happy birthday Tiffany! Love the cute pictures of Lilyana!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tiffany!

I have been wanting to get on here for the longest time and say "hi". I finally did today. Thanks for the card you sent and the pic of your family. What a beautiful family! And Lilyana- could she be any cuter? It's no surprise though, seeing she has the parents that she does. Well, just wanted to say "hi". My regards to your family.


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