Monday, June 29, 2009

Homemade Pasta

Monday, June 29, 2009 0
Earlier this month Brian received a pasta maker for his birthday, yesterday he decided to try it out.

Rolling the dough that was made by hand

The finished pasta, he used the fettuccine cutting blade for the first attempt

Cooked pasta

The final product, homemade pasta served with homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade meatballs.

Very yummy! Tasted just as good and maybe even a little better than store bought.

Monday, June 22, 2009


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We'd like to wish everyone a Happy Fathers Day!

Fathers Day was a lot more low key than our Mothers Day celebration. We stayed home all day and enjoyed time with one another, although Brian's mom stopped by which is always nice.

Here are a few pictures from our day:

Cheese and Spinach (from our CSA) omelet with homemade bread

Beatrix playing in a dog crate

Brian wearing the shirt Beatrix gave him for Fathers Day

Thursday, June 18, 2009

CSA Update

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This week was the first week of our fruit share from our Promised Land CSA. The only fruit that came this week was strawberries.
Strawberries from our CSA
On the vegetable front, we got spinach,
bok choy,
Bok Choy
mustard greens,
Mustard Greens
and radishes.

We've been eating much healthier these past two weeks. Spinach really isn't that bad...who knew? We've been trying new recipes and liking them. We are excited to be able to start giving Beatrix organic fruit this week as well...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lynus Laying Down

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Here is a picture of Lynus being all Cute Overload. We've also been trying to take a cute picture of Hankaroo, but he has been busy barking at the dog three houses down.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Beatrix Does Tricks (Like A Doggy)

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Watch as Beatrix goes up and down on cue. Next week we plan on teaching her to roll over and beg for a doggy treat.

Allentown Art Festival Loot

We visited the Allentown Art Festival this past Saturday. The biggest lesson we learned on this outing was that baby-strollers and large crowds do not mix. Next time we go anywhere with a large crowd, I will be towing Beatrix around in a baby-carrier.

We purchased two pieces of art. The first thing we bought was a Diane Dengel print (signed by the artist). We already own one Diane Dengel print which hangs in our dining-room. We plan on having this framed and hung in Beatrix's room.

Diane Dengal - Girl

The second piece we bought really isn't too "artsy" - it really is more the type of thing one buys in a mall rather than an Art Festival. It is sweet, however, and will go nicely in our Country Kitchen.

Kitchen Pic

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hanging Out In The Front Yard

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This was picture is too cute not to share. This was taken in our front yard this morning by Brian while Cathryn was out running errands.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


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Sepia Crawling
Originally uploaded by brianchristopherbray
This is just a cute picture we took today.
We also started a flickr profile and we are testing out their "Blog This" feature. You can look us up under the user-name brianchristopherbray.

Loot From An Estate Sale

One of the benefits of living where we do is we are in eye-sight of Buffalo Wholesale Antiques. When an Estate Sale is held there, we usually make a point to walk down. There was one today, and we bought some stuff when we walked down.

This is a picture we bought for five dollars. It will eventually be hung above the computer desk.

This is an antique Royal Daulton Bunnykins plate we bought for three dollars. As you can see here, the seller under-priced the item. Bunnykins, for our American readers, is much more popular in England and Canada. This will eventually be displayed with our other Bunnykin items that Cathryn kept from her childhood.

This is a stuffed elephant we bought for one dollar. This will eventually be eaten by the dogs when we forget to shut the baby-gate to the playroom.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Brian!!!

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Breakfast and Lunch

Since Brian is going to be at work on his birthday, I tried to do a few little things to help make his day special. I started yesterday by making english muffins for his breakfast and bread for his sandwich (from scratch without the bread-maker). Brian loves that kind of stuff home-made (instead of store-bought), so I knew it was something he'd enjoy.

The english muffins were good, I'll probably tweak the recipe the next time I try them, and the bread was delicious (even Bebe thought so).


I decided to make Brian his favorite meal for his birthday dinner: Black and Blue burgers and french fries. To make that little bit more special, I made the hamburger buns myself and the french fries were made from scratch and cooked in our home frier.


The orginal plan for these particular cupcakes was to tell Brian that I had ruined dinner but, thankfully, I had bought these really neat T.V. dinners to try, (I know T.V. dinners for your birthday = sad birthday boy). But when he came down stairs after getting changed he'd have this in front of him:

Haha funny, fooled you! My plan was spoiled by the early arrival of the birthday boy who decided to leave work early. Here are some more cupcake photos.

Bonus Pictures

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Brian's Birthday (Event #1)

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On Sunday, we celebrated my (Brian's) birthday (which is June 11, if you are keeping track) by going to my Mom's house. Here are some pictures:

This is my Grandma and Grandpa with Bebe.

This is my nephew Liam, my brother Eric with my daughter Beatrix and me.

This is the gift I received from Eric, a Riley Martin mug and a copy of The Coming of Tan.

I ate too much cheese and crackers. They used trick candles on my cake. Birthday's haven't really changed that much since I was a kid.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Old Aud

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Like everyone else in Buffalo, we took pictures of the Memorial Auditorium being demolished. Here are some of the pictures we took while on our waterfront outing.

Beatrix Goes To The Waterfront

We took Beatrix to the Erie Basin Marina and the Erie Canal Harbor on Saturday for the first time. Here are some pictures of the outing.

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Backyard

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Brian worked on the front yard last weekend and today I worked on the backyard.

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