Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Isn't she just the cutest little witch that you have ever seen??
This is our little goul a year ago.  
Have a Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Sergio!!

This year Sergio only asked for 2 things for his Birthday.
A cake and Lasagna.
Last year I tried to do the same thing and it was quite the disaster.
You can read all about that here.
I had tried to make a yummy mil hoja (thousand layer) cake and I had used the wrong dough...It was literally inedible. desperate attempt to not be defeated...again...I bought everything to try it one more time.
This time I wanted to try it out before I served it to my whole family.  So I just made small "alfajore" size cakes.
I bought the right kind of dough this time:
It was SO much easier this year than last year...and SOO much more yummy!!
You unfold the sheets, cut them in the shape you want, and cook them for 15 minutes.
While they cook they "puff" up.
I split each circle in half and layered the puff pastry and dulce de leche.  Dulce de leche is a carmel made out of slowly cooked sweet and condensed milk, but you can usually find it in the spanish isle at the grocery store.
These each had 3 layers of dough and 2 layers of dulce de leche.
When it's cut in half it looks something like this:

Everything is better with chocolate so we topped it off with a nice layer of milk chocolate, pecans and a white chocolate drizzle.
Oh my goodness they were yummy.
They even passed Sergio's taste test.
Since he had to work today I told him that he should take them with him to share.
Afterwards I was pretty sure that he had already had his share of alfajores. I decided not to make a full cake out of the same thing...
(Plus I don't think I could get my family to try it twice.)

Instead I wanted to make him an Argentine style birthday cake.
I got the basic idea and recipe from here.
Instead of trying to make my own biscochuelo (spanish sponge cake) I took the easy route.
I made two 8" round yellow cakes:
While the cakes were cooling I made my very own whipped cream using Gossner's Whipping cream.
I am especially excited about this steps since I have never made whipped cream and it actually turn out.
I added 1 3/4 cups of cream
1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar
and 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla.
I whipped it until it was starting to spike a little bit while it was whipping. 
I also thinly sliced some of our homemade canned peaches from last year.
Don't those look delicious?

When the cakes were cool I covered the 1st layer in the syrup from the peaches.
I then covered the cakes in a layer of dulce de leche, pushing the carmel clear to the edges. I then evenly spaced peaches over the whole cake.
My final layer was a thick slab of the whipped cream.
I then put the 2nd cake on top which, as a result, made the whipped cream from the bottom layer go everywhere.
(If I were to do this cake again I would put the syrup and dulce de leche and peaches on both layers before I actually stacked them.)
I repeated the syrup, dulce de leche and peaches and topped the whole cake off with whipped cream.
It looked something like this:
It might not be "Perfect"
But neither am I, so it was good enough for me.
It tasted amazing too.

As far as the Sergio part of Sergio's birthday goes...
He got home later than usual so only had a couple of hours to celebrate.
We ate a yummy lasagna dinner with my family.
It was a lot of fun.
Sergio got his first set of English scriptures, which he was pretty excited about.
We also got a date night to Pizza Hut.
Hazel got him this cute outfit and fun shoes,
but they didn't fit so she will just have to wear them. :)

Then it was cake time:
I love how the Gringanada is helping him out...
I looks like the blew the whole cake over.
Even though we didn't get to spend the day with Sergio we sure did think about him a lot today.
I am sure grateful for everything that he does for us and for working on his special day so that he can provide for our little family.
He's so awesome.

Happy Birthday Mi Amor!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sick Baby...Again?

Didn't I just do this blog?
It turns out that Hazel has had one ear infection right after another since August.
One before we went to Argentina.
It was still there when we got back.
Then last week I took her in for a cough that wouldn't go away and it turns out that her infection had actually got worst.
She is such a good baby, I would never have guessed that she was hurting.
It does, however, explain why she hasn't been sleeping very well.
After 4 rounds of antibiotics it was time to get her into an ear, nose and throat specialist.
At our appointment on Tuesday he strongly suggested that Hazel get tubes.
Ear infections are when there is fluid build up behind the eardrum and the fluid doesn't have a way to drain.
During the operation they make a small incision and insert a tube so that the infection can drain.
They didn't waste any time and had her scheduled for surgery that same Thursday.

Today was her appointment.
The hardest part was that I wasn't allowed to let her eat from 3am until after the procedure.
She woke up at 4:30 and STARVED!
I just tried to hold her, give her toys, turn on music...
Until we got to the doctors and she was out like a light.
When she did wake up she was in a pretty good mood.
A few minutes later they came and took my sweet baby from my arms.
She was so interested with the nurses cool hairnet that I don't even think she knew I was gone.
I was honestly very relaxed during the whole time she was gone.
I knew this was something that was going to help her feel better and I knew it was going to be worth it.
About 5 minutes later the doctor came in and told me that everything went wonderful. There had been a bunch of thick fluids from behind her eardrum that they had to suction out and that she should be able to hear better now. 
It was a relief.
A few minutes later they brought her back to me, still asleep.
It took her a while to wake back up.
I don't think it was the anesthesia at all...she was just tired from not sleeping all night long.  : )
When she woke up she never cried.
Although you could tell she was a little zonked.
She couldn't figure out what the blinking light was on her foot.
Once she woke up they checked her heart rate and oxygen levels one more time and sent us on our way.
 I am so proud of our little girl.
I just love every bit of her.
And if she has been this sick lately, I can't wait to see what she is like when she feels well! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Little Getaway.

Since Sergio and I have been married we haven't really had a getaway.
Lately he has been working a lot and our Gringanada constantly has me going.
I really felt like it was time.
I kept trying to plan things but something always came up...
Mostly work and no baby sitter.
My mom watches my niece on most weekdays and I knew it would be extreamly hard for her to watch 2 busy babies especially where she hasn't been feeling very well.
Arrangements were made so that we could finally have some alone time.
I called a hotel and got last minute reservations.
The hotel, staff and rooms were amazing.

The next day we headed to Idaho Falls to do a temple session.
It had been almost a year since we have had the opportunity to go.
It was a great way to commemorate our anniversery.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints a temple is a sacred place where members of the church go to learn and make special promises called covenants.
Sergio and I entered into a covenant when we were married in the Buenos Aires temple in Argentina.
We were sealed together for time and all eternity.  That means that even though this life might end we will be together in the eternities with our families.  That has an extra meaning to Sergio and me since we are always seperated from one side of our family or the other. 
Every temple has a special peace and it really feels like you are closer to heaven when you visit.
If you haven't been baptized into the Latter Day Saint church you can still visit the temple grounds and a lot of temples even have special visitors centers that you can go into and learn more about temples.  You can feel that same spirit of peace even when you walk on the grounds of the temple.
If you would like to learn more about temples now you can also visit this web page:
or you can watch this video:

Overall it was a much needed getaway
and a nice break from the real world,
I really missed this little girl a whole bunch!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy 2 Years!

I can't believe how fast this last 2 years have went by.
At the same time I feel like I have been married to Sergio my whole life.
I couldn't imagine my life without him.
A few things have changed as time has past. 
We have a beautiful daughter now.
We live in a new country.
Every day I love Sergio more. 
As I look back, I can't believe everything that has happened in such a short time.  
I am really excited to see what is in store for us in the future.
Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband.