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Off to See the Llamas

21 Nov

One of Miss H’s favorite books came to life today! Is Your Mama a Llama? gets lots of laughs and when she first saw them today- I think she was a little shocked at their height.

Homestead Gardens is not far from Mom’s house and besides being beautifully decorated for the holidays- they have a bunch of llamas too. There were 24 llamas out today and a bunch of fancy chickens. We visited the Christmas decorations (‘wow! wow’ was Miss H’s response), then saw the large display of trains (‘choo, choo, choo’) and then it was a ride in a sports car (‘go! go!’).

After all this excitement- we wandered over to the barns and first visited with the chickens. They liked the handful of feed we gave them.

Once we got into the barn- Miss H caught a glimpse of the llamas and went running. I think she even ‘moo-ed’ at a few of them.

The weather here has been unseasonably warm so it was nice to be out in the sunshine. Miss H turns 20 months tomorrow! I can’t believe we are getting so close to her second birthday. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Just Call Me the Queen of Classes

21 Nov

I took a paella cooking class on Saturday with my friend Gina. It was yummy! Gina found the class while dining at Las Tasca and since we are both fans of their paella- she signed us up. The class was taught by the Executive Chef (who is from Barcelona) and we learned how to make three different types of paella. Also, we both learned that it might just be easier to dine at La Tasca for yummy paella than making it in our own kitchens.

 (Excuse the picture but it was from my Blackberry).

We made the traditional Paella Valencia, then one with all seafood plus grilled scallops and asparagus on top and one with chicken, Spanish choriza and grilled peppers on top. They were all delicious.

The downside of paella is that the pan does not fit well on a standard stove top (they did have these handy burners that were fueled by propane but I am not up for cooking it outside on my deck) and the amount you make in the pan feeds 10 people. On the upside- we learned about a local Spanish food shop, where to by saffron, tips about cooking with tomatoes and paprika, got some great recipes (including two sangria recipes) and generally had a great time. They are going to have another round of classes this winter so if you are interested in Spanish cooking- let me know!