Birthday Happenings & Family

Hey guys, happy Tuesday!

I wanted to do a quick post showing you guys what I did on my actual birthday. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to spend the day with my whole family. My mom, dad, both my brothers, sister-in-law and both my niece and nephew; plus my dad’s side of the family. I started my day off with my brother David, who’s birthday is TOMORROW, coincidently! He will be 26, poor guy…he’s becoming an old man! Anyway, I told him all I wanted for my birthday was to hangout with him, which is hard being we are both very busy and he has his own family. So, he surprised me with one of the best gifts he could have ever gotten me (short of another niece or nephew)…We. Went. Go Cart Racing! We had the entire place to ourselves…well his co-workers were there…lol! I just wanted to have fun on my birthday and I DID! After racing, I came home to find DELICIOUS Gluten-free Belgium Waffles…WAFFLES! My dad ironically, makes the BEST GLUTEN FREE WAFFLES!!! Which baffles me concsidering the man needs to be coaxed into eating Gluten-free food. Then, me and my dad’s went for our standing “Sunday Morning Coffee”. Next, the fam went to my Nana’s house and we rounded out the evening at my eldest brother’s house. My day was busy and lovely and I couldn’t be more grateful for the blessings in my life, both my angels at my side and in the sky!
Here’s a look at my day…
Autobahn Indoor Speedway:
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I’ll be standing in 1st place on that podium!
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brother on the right…”working”
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my safety video…which I couldn’t believe he made me watch, but he was about business.
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Trying so hard and failing at not laughing.
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Geared-up and ready to go!
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Dynamic duo!
Coffee with Dad:
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My fave…Venti Iced coffee w/ Non-fat milk and they told me “Happy Birthday!”
Birthday Waffles:
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JUST DELECTABLE…THE BEST!!!
Corey’s House:
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We couldn’t find Dad and Dave was working.
Thank so much you guys, I hope you enjoyed sharing in my birthday with me.
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G

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My Weekend (Apr. 12 + 13) Fun, Friends, Family and FOOD!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I know I haven’t posted much in terms of “lifestyle” on this blog, as you can see my most avid passion in life is food, cooking and baking! But I want to take some time to refocus. I will try to post a lifestyle focused piece, each week. Like a lot of others out there, I have fought very hard in life to be where I am now. Not only emotionally and mentally, but physically and medically; I have fought very hard. I would not be where I am now without (the 3F’s) faith, family and my dearest friends.
Truth be told, my friends and family are some of my greatest sources of inspiration! They love and support me through all of my passion pursuits and dreams. I think it’s important to connect with and support them as much as possible.
My weekend may seem ordinary to some but for me, it was peaceful, beautiful, restoring, fun and most importantly shared with people I love!
So here is a look at my weekend…
Every month for about the last 7 or 8 years, my family get’s together with “The Chan Clan”…oh, I’m so cheeky! Anyway, we come together, cook delicious food and find out what been happening with everyone; since we last saw each other. This past Saturday was my family’s turn to host, as we go back and forth. I particularly enjoyed this past dinner, because my mom and I had a chance to do something we don’t often get to…BAKE together! I prepared dinner and she was my lovely baking assistant.
Saturday evening, our dinner:
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THAT is my mom’s homemade “Spiced Apple Cake”! She wrote the recipe for it just after she finished nursing school. It has been adapted to “Gluten-Free”, since her diagnosis in 2005. It’s always a hit…even if the people proclaim they hate, don’t like or don’t eat “Gluten-Free”.
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All done.
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On the menu:
Lemon Oil infused Linguine w/ Arugula + Shrimp (Both Regular + Gluten-Free pasta) ‘Giada DiLarentiis’
Kale Salad w/ Lemon Honey Vinaigrette topped w/ Feta + Slivered Almonds
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This is “Gluten-Free” pasta.
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Always feed the “little one” first.
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DIG IN!
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My plate…Bon Appétit!
Sunday: Part 1
I started the day by joining my dad for our usual coffee. Then, I decided to go watch his youth lacrosse team play, while I was there I got some great shots of my dad doing one of the things he loves most…LACROSSE!
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Capturing the beauty of our ride, as we passed trees with Cherry Blossoms.
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“It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride, no need to run, no need to hide, it’ll take you all round, sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, it’s just a ride, it’s just a ride, don’t be scared, now dry your eyes, it may feel surreal inside, but don’t forget enjoy the ride” JEM- Just A Ride
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Arrived.
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Dad, Steve and Nate.
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This tree had so much character…just incredible.
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Coaching.
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Dad doing what he does best…”coaching by example”
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They “WON”
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Me taking a photo of a photographer. He was nice enough to give me some “action/sport shooting photgraphy” advice.
Sunday: Part 2
After, coming home from the lacrosse game, I wanted to continue to savor the rest of the beautiful weather we were having. My sister-in-law and I decided to take my niece to the park and then for a little ice cream and snow cones!!!
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It’s so beautiful from the top!
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As you can see, we weren’t the only ones appreciating the weather!
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Vollyball sands were even open.
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Prettiest pigeons I have ever seen…just struting around.
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A little snack.
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Bye-bye park.
Now off to a local staple of Spring/Summer “Cindy’s”. You can’t go wrong and who dosen’t love a tasty cold treat on a warm day.
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Baby cone, for the “little one”!
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Us girls, sitting curbside and something sweet!
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I’ll end this blog with photos of blossoms.
Fun Fact: I have spent many a warm day, layed out underneath a tree, watching petals fall and feeling then dance across my face.
I hope you all enjoyed this “mass-post” and see you on Wednesday for “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s”!
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G