Snapshots from Father’s Day

On Sunday, RJ and I celebrated our very first Father’s Day. Even though our daughter, Penelope, has about four more weeks (!!!) before she comes into the world, we still consider ourselves parents. Or at least, parents-to-be. Well, parents enough to make a nice dinner!

While RJ was at work, I made him something a little special that he’d been asking for for a while now: shrimp cocktails. They turned out well enough for him to devour them (he ate mine, too, since I wasn’t a big fan) but I have to say I never, ever want to make them again. I hadn’t cooked shrimp from raw before, so it was a learning experience, but a messy and kind of smelly one. I definitely prefer my shrimp hot and in a pasta, or breaded. But he loved it, so that’s all that matters.

Sorry for the less-than-high quality photos; it was getting dark by the time I finished cooking!

In addition to the shrimp cocktails, I also made pasta and vegetables with garlic butter sauce. I used penne, and called my creation “Vegetable Penny.” Hehe. I suspect Penny will like the dinner named after her once she’s old enough to understand it!

What sort of special things did you do for Father’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

– Amber

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Bagels Bagels Bagels!

The past few days I have made massive amount of bagels. They’re probably one of my favorite, and most successful, breads I’ve ever baked. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like bagels.

The great thing about homemade bagels is that there’s very few ingredients, and making them yourself means you know exactly what’s in them, if you’re the kind of person worried about ingredients and preservatives.

I got my bagel recipe here from Emma at A Beautiful Mess. I adapted the recipe slightly for the cinnamon raisin bagels, and added 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup raisins, and 3 tablespoons cinnamon before adding the yeast mixture.

My favorite are by far the cheese bagels, but the cinnamon raisin bagels are a close second! I added a bit of salt to the sesame bagels, but they ended up tasting more like pretzels than a bagel. Still, super delicious.

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t make all of these bagels for myself. We’re sending some to friends and family tomorrow (that is, if they last through the night).

The most satisfying part of the bagel process.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

– Amber

DIY Recipe Book

I’ve been meaning to put together a recipe book for a long time now. Since I get most of my recipes from online, it’s a pain to organized all the printed-out sheets. They end up getting crumpled or spilled on, and they’re never collected all in one place. I wanted a way to put together all of my favorite recipes that would be a little bit classier than a three-ring binder, and without spending tons of money on a cute recipe book.

Here’s what I came up with: a composition notebook covered with cut up file folders and some washi tape. It’s great, because I can hand-write recipes my grandma dictates to me over the phone, or tape in printed-out versions of ones I find online. Plus, it allows me to customize how it looks and make it more personal. I want to be able to pass it down to my daughter someday. I’m excited for all the yummy cooking and baking our small family will be doing together!