Our Baby Turned 1!

And just like that our Maggie is ONE (on March 4th)! You’re a happy, funny, snuggly little bundle of love and our dream come true! We’re excited for all the memories we have yet to make, all the birthdays, holidays and milestones yet to be celebrated and all the adventures to be had! What a blessing it is to be your Mom and Dad – to watch you grow everyday and to share with you all the people, places and things we love. This past year has been a blast! Happiest of birthdays to you Margaret June.

In lieu of gifts or a big party for Maggie’s 1st birthday we decided to have a small celebration at home with her Grandparents and Uncle. We created a time capsule filled with letters from family and friends. We will keep the letters sealed away so she can open them on her 18th birthday.

* I thought I should share the idea here so you could make one for your own kiddos too.*

Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie & A Triple Birthday at the Cabin

Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie
Ahhh yes, it’s that time of the year again…Growers Direct had a huge mountain of Rhubarb last week so I “stalked up” get it? 😉 We spent the weekend at the cabin for a triple Birthday party (Dan, Bryce and my Broski), playing can-jam Frisbee, swinging in the hammock, creating cocktails and hiking to the secret rock. It was really nice.
My babe is a sucker for the strawberry rhubarb combo, so I wanted to make him extra happy for his birthday. I ended up not having enough filling to fill the pie, so I added two skinned/sliced apples on top. I mean that’s what I was planning on doing the whole time…

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, cubed and very cold
1/2 cup cold water, plus more as needed

-Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
-Add the cold butter to the flour mixture, shave off thin flakes of cold butter with a knife. Use a pastry cutter to work the butter into the dough until it resembles fine crumbs.
-Add water 1 tbsp at a time. Give the dough a few kneads with your hands so that it forms a rough ball.
-Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour in the refrigerator.
-Divide the dough in half and roll out a round sheet for the bottom of the pie. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
-Save the rest of the dough for decorating the top of the pie.


2 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups strawberries, cut in half (no stems)
2 small apples, skinned and sliced
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp minute tapioca
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)

-Throw all ingredients into a medium sized pot (except for the apples) and simmer until the rhubarb begins to breakdown and the sauce thickens. Add more tapioca if needed to thicken filling.
-Once the bottom crust has been baked, pour the the filling into the crust until level with the pie dish.
-Arrange apple slices on top of strawberry rhubarb filling.
-Place crust on top of apples. Decorate as desired.
-Bake in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes of until the top crust is golden.

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^^^Tahquitz Peak
^^^Trail blazer Ev, leading the way…with beer in hand of course.
^^^Playing games and poker around the table.

^^^A little clip from our weekend away.

Birthday Fun

This past month or so we have had birthdays galore…including a surprise birthday party that Danny and my friends gave me. Here are some pics from my April birthday and the backyard BBQ we had for our friends Dany and Alex. And my wonderful husbands B-day is on June 1th! Yay! So many birthdays! P.S. I feel like I am confusing you with all the Dan’s in my life. Danny/Daniel (I call him both)=Husband, Dany (with one n)= our way cool friend. Here are some pictures from our recent festivities.
 {Make a wish and blow out your candles! Dany and Alexander}
{Happy birthday to me!}
Birthday Fun
{Our backyard bbq birthday party}
{My surprise birthday party!}


{Jelly bean champagne…why not?}

Dreaming of Summer Parties

I can’t wait for summer to come! We recently had a really hot week here in California and it brought back memories of summer. Here are some pictures of a June party we threw for Danny’s birthday a few years ago. We had it on the empty lot we bought (which is any day now being approve for construction yay). I just love getting together with friends, grilling burgers, eating cupcakes and drinking some cold lemonade. I can’t wait to have one of these parties in our new backyard at the La Perle house — a nice BBQ under our cafe lights and bare feet on our new grass! Dear summer please get here soon.

summer parties