Thursday, February 8, 2018

It’s cooking competition time!

Mom & Dad were so excited to go to our neighbor’s, Chef Dean’s, cooking competition! The first night, they went with their friends, Kari & Curry, and got to dine on an amazing meal with the secret ingredients of Chayote Squash, Duck & Blood Orange! Mr. Dean crushed the competition, and got to move onto the next 2 rounds! Mom & Dad got tickets to the final competition to see him win too, but unfortunately, Ben got the flu that day, so Dad got to go and celebrate with Abby instead. We texted Mom the whole night though so she could see what was happening! They had an amazing meal with Parsnips, Flounder & Passion Fruit. Can you believe that Mr. Dean won the whole thing?!?!?!?! Check out what he won!

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Night one:
Appetizer: Chayote Squash & Sweet Potato Soup (Black Bean Cake, Corn & Chayote Relish, Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Cilantro Pistou)
Entree: Duck Two Ways (Coriander and Orange Duck Breast, Confit Duck Leg, Blood Orange-Soy Drizzle, Braised Collard Greens, Ginger Carrot Grits, Chayote Salad, Toasted Sesame)
Dessert: Chayote Squash Cake (Dark Chocolate Mousse, Blood Orange- Strawberry Sorbet, Almond & Caramelized White Chocolate Crumble, Brandied Butterscotch)

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Final night:
Appetizer: Parsnip Ravioli (Smoked Pomodoro, Roasted Mushroom, Sweetened Parsnip Chip, Goat Cheese & Passion Fruit Pistou)
Entree: Southern Fried Flounder (“Dirty Chorizo Risotto, Passion Fruit & Parsnip Slaw, Passion Fruit Aioli, Pickled Mustard Seed)
Dessert: Parsnip Snickers Torte (Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mousse, Chopped Nuts & Parsnip Ice Cream)

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Congratulations Mr. Dean!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Happy birthday Abby!

I’ve been so excited for my luau-themed eleventh birthday party sleepover! I had a blast with friends having dinner, making summer flip flops, playing games, watching movies, and having lots of girl talk! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me!

-Abigail

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I started my morning with hot cinnamon rolls and some presents!

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Mom brought me Chick-Fil-A for lunch at school, and we handed out cupcakes to my friends!

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We had neighbors and friends over for a pizza luau party in February! We’re ready for summer here!

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We decorated some fun summer flip flops!

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We also pained nails and did fun emoji face masks!

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I got a super awesome cake from Cold Stone Creamery, and it was a hit! Thank you everyone for celebrating with me!

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