: "Frozen mousse and sheet cakes were the first few days, quickly followed by sauces, caramel, and plating designs. As we began week two, we started to learn about custards, sugar pulling, how to make out plates balanced and beautiful. By the end of week three, we were plating beautiful desserts, and making some pretty involved cakes."
- Go check out this post just for the pictures. Maybe our little girl should
specialize in baking?
Labels: Family, food, Life
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." - Luke 2:9-12
Labels: Family, Friends, Life
: "This has been a very interesting class to say the least! We have fabricated (broken down) chickens, lamb, fish, veal, beef, pork, game birds, and seafood. It has been very informational, and I'm not going to lie, very gross!"
- Go visit Haileigh's weblog, you'll get to see the finished product, meaning fully cooked and plated, mmmmmm... Dang, that looks good, especially the filet.
Sorry, no apologies to PETA. I'm definitely a carnivore; I eat meat, and love it.
Labels: Family, food
: "Our oldest daughter came home this weekend and prepared a WONDERFUL dinner for the family!! I was so excited to see how passionate she was as she created it."
- Needless to say we're proud parents. Haileigh is working very hard at Culinary School and it's really paying off. Dinner was fantastic!
Here's what she prepared, my lovely wife didn't say, but she posted great pictures.
- Chicken Roulade stuffed with Mushroom Duxelle(white wine, shallots, mushrooms, and butter), Asparagus, and Roasted Red Bell Pepper.
- Lemon Ver Blanc Sauce
- Cheesy Risotto
- Fresh Baby Spinach salad with Mozarella, Yellow Bell Peppers, and Mushrooms
- Banana's Foster for Dessert
Labels: Family, food, Fun
: "One of my favorite smells is new rain on the ground. Right now, I should be getting ready to go to yoga, but I just want to cuddle up on the couch, light a fall scented candle, and cover up with a soft blanket. Lol.. luckly, guilt will win out and I will go. Hopefully the storm will last through the night so I can listen to the rain as I fall asleep."
Labels: Family, Life
We're at Avila Beach for the rest of the week, posting may be very light. I thought I'd leave ya'll with a nice shot of the beach from our room. Enjoy, I know I will.
Labels: Family, Fun, Vacation
Last night Kim and I caught Third Day
, with Brandon Heath
, and Revive
, at The Warnors Theatre
, in Fresno. It was a awesome show! I cannot even begin to tell you what a fantastic live band Third Day is. They're everything you'd expect in a great live band. They even take requests, on the spot; they even did a bit of Free Bird.
If you've listened to Christian Music over the past ten, or so, years you know Third Day and you probably know Brandon Heath, but the big surprise of the night was Revive. They're originally from Australia but packed up and moved to the States a couple of years ago. Great story, fantastic band! CD is locked and loaded into iTunes!
Labels: Family, Fun, Music
: "(CNN) -- When Michele Maro became captivated by 'The Lord of the Rings' movies, she never imagined she would one day be walking around in the Shire, touring Hobbiton and peeking into hobbit holes."
- A friend
visited New Zealand a couple of years back and visited one of the sites. New Zealand is a beautiful place. I'd like to spend about a month, or so, there if I could.
Labels: Family, Movies, Vacation
I was sitting here talking to our oldest daughter, Haileigh, about vacations and we both realized it was a little over a year ago
we had our cruise to Mexico. It's hard to believe it's been a year. Mexico was amazing, especially Cabo San Lucas
, which was the shortest day of the entire trip.
We hope to go back some day, for at least a week.
Labels: Family, Fun, Vacation
Enjoy time with your family and friends! Eat too much turkey, have some pie, and watch some football! Ahhhh, I love Thanksgiving!
Labels: Family, Friends, Fun
Our daughter plays Volleyball for the Exeter Union High School Monarchs
. They've recently been crowned the Division III Volleyball Central Section Champions! Congratulations girls! That happened last Thursday, in dramatic fashion. The crushed their opponent in straight sets, 25-4, 25-15, 25-16. The entire time they were on the run through the playoffs, and subsequent title game Bug, our daughter, would send us a simple text message, "Starbucks!
Huh? Yes, that was the entire content of the message but we knew what it meant. When the run began she happened to visit Starbucks with Mom a couple of hours before the game. Since then she's been doing the same thing before each game, sending me her "Starbucks!" message and the team has continued to win.
Tonight the girls begin their march to a state title, so a few minutes I received the familiar "Starbucks!" message, let's hope the streak continues. Four more victories and they'll be California Division III State Champions.
Wow, that has a nice ring to it!
Good luck Bug, and good luck Lady Monarchs!
Tonight 7PM, EUHS gym, Exeter vs. Campbell Hall
Here are some links to local papers covering their Central Section Title Game.Visalia Times DeltaPorterville RecorderFresno BeeBakersfield Californian
Labels: Family, Fun, Sports, Volleyball
Visalia Times Delta
: "Exeter's Taylor Fahrni makes a return against Central Valley Christian's Brelle de Groot during a Central Sequoia League volleyball match. Exeter won in five sets."
- For a while I thought the girls were going to drop their first game of the year. In fact, they lost their first set in league during this match. Tough game. I'm used to the girls winning in three, but not the final three. Great game girls!
Bug, you look like you're trying to bite your opponent.
Labels: Family, Fun, Volleyball
If you're in the Exeter area drop by this weekend for Fall Festival
. The parade starts at 9AM, I believe, and there's food and fun in the city park all day. It really is a great day for family and friends, and when it's all said and done for the day you can visit the Vossler Farms Corn Maze, in Visalia, for a night cap.
Labels: Family, Fun
I love this time of year! When October hits it time for the family to take a trip to Vossler Farms Corn Maze
. We go every year and since the girls were old enough to wander off on their own we have a Parents vs. Kids competition to see who can get all twelve checkpoints and get out of the maze first. It's so darned fun.
Kim will be taking her teen girls bible study group to the maze next week, that should be super fun.
Labels: Family, Fun, Halloween
Today is our 21st anniversary, I can't believe my wife continues to put up with me.Happy anniversary honey!
Labels: Family, Life
: "The first day I arrived, in true Portugese style, we had a feast. About 20 people showed up. After the meal the living room turned into a music studio with instruments galore. We played all kinds of crazy stuff, bossa novas, sambas, american rock? Later in the night my cousin Terza took me out for drinks."
- In general the rest of the world really knows how to live. Here in America we're consumed with our jobs and don't really take time to enjoy life.
Labels: Family, Friends, Fun, Life
Kim and I have been talking about taking a trip on Route 66, so I thought I'd link to a site dedicated to it.Historic 66
Maybe someday we'll be able to give it a go.
Labels: Family, Fun, Life, Vacation