Caramel Sauce

(from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)

1/2 cup water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup heavy cream
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1- Pour the water into a medium saucepan. Add the sugar to the center of the pan, taking care not to let the granules adhere to the sides of the pan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
2- Once boiling, uncover and continue to boil until the syrup is straw colored (about 7 minutes). Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the syrup is a deep amber color (1 to 2 minutes).
3- Meanwhile, bring the cream and salt to a simmer in a small saucepan. (If the cream simmers before the syrup reaches a dark amber color, remove from heat and cover to keep warm)
4- Remove the sugar syrup from heat. Very carefully, pour about ¼ of the hot cream into the syrup and let the bubbling subside (I don’t wait until all the bubbles are gone, just until they’ve calmed down otherwise the syrup gets too cold). Add the remaining cream, vanilla, and lemon juice and let the bubbling subside. (same thing here, let the bubbling calm down not stop completely). Whisk the sauce gently until smooth.

Refrigerate leftovers. I like to keep mine in a glass syrup dispenser. To reheat, microwave for 20 seconds at a time. Stir. Repeat if necessary. You can also place the container in very hot water, wait & stir.

Chocolate Sauce

(makes 1 cup)

- 2/3 cup of heavy cream
- 5 oz (3/4 cup) bittersweet chocolate chips –
(you might prefer milk chocolate if you’re not a fan of dark chocolate)

1- Bring cream to a boil (I don’t wait for big bubbles, I prefer to check the temperature with my pinky. If it almost burns me, it’s ready!)
2- Remove from heat & add chocolate chips. Stir until melted. It’s ready to drizzle over your sundae!

Refrigerate leftovers. I like to keep mine in a glass syrup dispenser. To reheat, microwave for 20 seconds at a time. Stir. Repeat if necessary. You can also place the container in very hot water, wait & stir.

Celebrating Claire

Our precious little girl just turned 6! She is such a joy for our family. She is happy, kind and generous. She’s constantly making drawings, notes and gifts for each of us. And she showers everyone with compliments and words of appreciation. I love her “You’re the bestest mom!” and “This is the yummiest dinner ever!”. I’ve really enjoyed having another girl in the house. We plan outfits and accessories together. Claire particularly likes choosing mine before I go on a date with Cam :) She is full of the magic and excitement of childhood and entertains us with funny anecdotes, embelished and interpreted by her fruitful imagination :)

** Notre précieuse fille vient d’avoir 6 ans! Elle apporte tant de joie à notre famille. Elle est joyeuse, douce et généreuse. Elle fait sans arrêt une quantité de dessins, petits mots et cadeaux pour chacun d’entre nous. Elle baigne ceux qui l’entourent de compliments. Comme j’aime ses “Tu es la meilleure des mamans” ou “C’est le plus délicieux des dîners”. J’aime avoir une autre fille dans la maison. On aime planifier les habits et accessoires ensemble. Claire aime particulièrement m’aider à choisir mes tenues pour sortir avec son Papa. Elle est remplie de la magie et l’enthousiasme de l’enfance et nous ravit par ses anecdotes, embellies et interprétées par son imagination pétillante.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

For this recipe choose very ripe tomatoes. Slicing tomatoes are nice because they stand up in the pan. Don’t get scared by the length of this recipe. It’s actually very simple.

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
4 lbs tomatoes
2 ½ cups chicken broth
Sour creme and fresh minced basil for garnish

1- Heat oven to 400°F. In small bowl, stir together oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Remove core from tomatoes; brush whole tomato with oil mixture. Place in shallow baking pan. (If you’re short on time, you can sprinkle the individual ingredients without measuring them over the tomatoes. You can also use powdered garlic and dry thyme).
2- Bake 35 to 45 min or until skins have split and tomatoes have slightly collapsed. Let cool until tomatoes can be handled. Brush seasoning off tomatoes; reserve. Remove and discard skins.
3- Put tomatoes, accumulated juices and seasoning mixture in large saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high. Boil 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly thickened, using spoon to crush tomatoes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Puree slightly in blender or, if desired, pass through food mill to remove seeds.
4- Pour into soup bowls. Top each serving with sour cream and sprinkle with basil.

Garlic Chicken Wings

This recipe is very easy, flavorful and kids love it. They can be used as appetizers or as part of a meal.

Chicken wings (fresh or frozen)
Soy sauce
Powdered garlic
Cayenne pepper (optional)

1- Place the wings in a big ziplock bag.
2- Generously sprinkle soy sauce and then garlic and cayenne, if using, all over.
3- Let marinate in the fridge at least overnight, 2 days is even better.
4- Set an oven rack about 4” from the broiling coils. Set oven on broil (High).
5- Place the wings on a broiling pan (the kind that separates the drippings from the meat). Wait until oven is hot, then place pan in oven. Broil for 15 minutes, turning the wings over half way through.

9 months – **9 mois**

Claire & I set up the baby clothes yesterday. We had a great girly time and we’re both getting really excited!

**Claire et moi avons mis les vêtements de bébé dans l’armoire hier. Nous nous sommes bien amusées et nous débordons d’enthousiasme!**

10th Anniversary – **Dix ans de mariage**

Cam & I just celebrated our 10th Anniversary! We went to Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Salt Lake. We’ve been there several times. They pamper you when you’re celebrating a special occasion :) They have excellent steaks. And their chocolate custard is amazing!

Now allow me to utter a few mushy words on this husband of mine. I consider him a gift from God to me. He makes me feel understood and cherished. It’s a joy to give him my best because he is so appreciative. He’s funny and smart. He has a pure, generous heart and will never try to lift himself above another person. He’ll actually do the opposite to make people feel good. He’s an outstanding trampoline-jumping, video-gaming, fort-building, paper-folding father. He made me an even happier woman recently by embracing health. He changed his eating habits, discovered exercise, lost 60 lbs! It was extremely hard for him. I’m so very proud of him! I love being part of his team, at home and also at work. I could write a lot more but I know this much public praise is already making him uncomfortable ;) I’ll just finish by saying I am looking forward to an eternity of living and learning by his side.

**Cameron & moi venons de célébrer notre 10ième anniversaire de mariage ! J’aimerais dire quelques mots à propos de mon mari. Il est un cadeau des cieux. Avec lui, je me sens comprise et chérie. C’est une joie de le servir car il exprime toujours sa reconnaissance avec sincérité. Il est rempli d’humour et d’intelligence. Il a un cœur pur et généreux et n’essaie jamais de se faire paraître supérieur à quelqu’un d’autre. En fait, il fait le contraire pour mettre les gens à l’aise. C’est un super Papa qui passe beaucoup de temps avec nos enfants à sauter sur le trampoline, jouer aux jeux vidéos, construire des forts et plier des papiers. Il m’a rendu encore plus heureuse récemment en consacrant son temps à sa santé. Il a changé ses habitudes alimentaires, incorporé un programme rigoureux de sport et perdu près de 30kg ! C’était extrêmement difficile pour lui et je suis d’autant plus fière de lui. J’adore faire partie de son équipe au foyer, comme au travail. Je pourrai écrire des pages mais je sais que ces quelques mots en public le mettent déjà mal l’aise. Je finirai juste par dire que je suis remplie d’enthousiasme à l’idée de passer l’éternité à vivre et apprendre à ses côtés. **

Pioneers Day

We celebrated Pioneers Day with our friends the Browns and…the Browns, we call the second set the Jimdys to avoid confusion :) The kids always love playing together. “Can we do fireworks now?” is what we hear over and over until the eagerly awaited nightfall arrives.
**Nous avons célébrer la fête de l’état d’Utah “La fête des pionniers” avec des amis. Les enfant adorent jouer entre eux et attendent toujours impatiemment la nuit tombée pour pouvoir enfin faire des feux d’artifice!**

Also check out Cam’s Blog for a great post and cool trampoline action shots.