Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Ingredients

  • 120ml (1/2 cup) butter
  • 2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 220g (8 oz.) fettuccine or angel hair pasta (cooked and drained)
  • 360ml (1 1/2 cups) broccoli floweretts (cooked tender-crisp)
  • 3 Tbsp. walnuts (chopped )
  • fresh, grated Parmesan cheese

Procedure

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet.
  2. Add the basil, lemon juice, garlic powder and seasoned salt, blending well.
  3. Add the fettuccine, broccoli, walnuts.
  4. Blend well and toss to coat the fettuccine.
  5. After tossing, add fresh grated Parmesan cheese to top off the dish.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Garlic Parmesan Pasta“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 4 avocados
  • 2 tablespoons of pico de gallo
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 chopped Jalapeño OR 2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper OR 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 minced jalapeño OR 2 minced serrano chiles OR 2 tablespoon minced of any chile pepper like (adjust for spiciness)

Procedure

  1. Pit the avocados.
  2. Score avocado without cutting through the skin.
  3. Scoop out one avocado with a large spoon and place in mixing bowl.
  4. Add the lime juice and stir to evenly coat the avocados.
  5. Stir in the Pico de Gallo, garlic, oil, jalapeño, salt, red pepper, and black pepper, mashing and tossing the avocado pieces until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Then scoop out the other avocados and gently mix and toss in the larger pieces.
  7. The guacamole is the right consistency when more large pieces than mashed parts remain.
  8. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Guacamole“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 14-oz cans of nonfat and low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • 1 15-oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Procedure

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion for 3-4 minutes then add flour, curry, cumin and nutmeg and saute for 1 minute.
  2. Add sweet potato, salt, chicken broth and pumpkin and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for about 20-25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked through and softened. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Place half of the pumpkin mixture in a blender and process until smooth. Using a strainer, pour soup back into pan. Repeat with rest of soup.
  4. Raise heat to medium then stir in milk and cook for 5 minutes or until soup is heated through.
  5. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Spiced Pumpkin Soup“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Back to school is fast approaching! Here are some fun activities to do with your littles!

It’s almost time for San Diego students to get back to school. Are you happy that the kids will be back to their routine or do you wish you had a few more weeks of summer?

I found this cute back to school DIY ideas. Check it out!

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To all new moms: you are doing the greatest job!

I am a new mom to a very happy and handsome little guy (proud mama here!). As a new mom I see my time being consumed in a way that I cannot quite understand or explain. My routine is not having a routine; is seeing my daily plans being put aside without me realizing it, and just accomplishing what is possible. I came to accept that accomplishments (in the way I used to define them), don’t quite mean the same thing. Nowadays, I accomplish getting showered, dressed, and very rarely getting my make up done. My house does not look the same. The time I get to work is fragmented in order to fulfill the needs of my baby (which always comes first). Way too many times I was unsure on how to answer the question: what did you do today? Felt like nothing and a lot at the same time.
That is when I came across this blog post from Motherly. I then realized that I am accomplishing something invaluable. I am raising my baby to be healthy and happy. The work I am doing, might not be as obvious as the other work I’ve done in my life, but it’s for sure the best and most important one I have ever done!
I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did!

Newborn Sessions – What to expect?

A lot of people get confused on how a newborn photo session goes.  So, as a first post, I want to take the time to explain it step by step. I shoot my newborn sessions at my home studio in University City, San Diego. My space is cozy (not to say tiny), but I have everything I need to document this very special moment. I love when mom and dad contact me during the second trimester, so I can make sure I will have a spot on my calendar. Although this is the most ideal situation, I sure know you have a million things going on in preparation for the little one’s arrival.  So, don’t be discouraged to contact me even if baby is already here!

When you first contact me, we will schedule a tentative date based on the due date. More often than not, this will not be the actual session date as the baby arrival date may differ from the tentative due date. Because of this I keep my calendar very flexible. I really like to photograph babies between 5-14 days new. During this period, baby is mostly asleep and makes posing easy and safe. Prior to the session date, you will receive a questionnaire from me. The purpose of the questionnaire is help me to style your session to meet your vision. You will tell me your preferred colors or any outfit or prop that caught your attention from other photos within my portfolio.  Be aware that I am constantly adding new items to my prop/outfit closet! Also, before the session you will receive an email outlining tips on how to prepare for the sessions, including items such as what to wear.

Once you arrive, the session will start with siblings and family pictures. I always get the older brothers and/or sisters pictures first, so they can go home when done because it is no fun for a toddler to hang out in a hot, small room for 3 hours! At this point, we will start baby’s pictures. I have a process that I like to follow that begins with props, such as baskets, followed by beanbag poses. Baby will  run the show.  We will do what he/she allows us.  Since this is a long session, we will have plenty of feeding breaks.  And, don’t worry, I will have a lot of snacks for mom and dad too.

I hope this paints a clearer picture of what to expect!

Can’t wait to meet your little one!

Renata