Friday, December 21, 2007

Mmmm, again :)

These, my friends, are little bites of Armenian... Cookie... Heaven...

I guess, technically, they are Middle-Eastern cookies, but the first one I ever had came from an Armenian bakery in Burbank, CA... So I call them Armenian :) I kinda made this recipe up. I have The Complete Armenian Cookbook by Alice Bezjian, which is an awesome book (I found my old, tattered copy on Amazon) with tons of recipes that my husband and his family are fond of, plus others from around the world, from Lasagna to Chile Relenos. I used her recipe along with some others I found on the internet and mixed 'em all up to make my version.

Anyways, these are called ma'amouls. It's a shortbread like dough which you stuff with usually a pistachio, walnut or date filling. The ones I had in Burbank had dates and pistachios, but when I was trying to figure out the fruit in the filling I thought it was figs, so that's what I made these with. Next time, because there will be plenty of next times, I will try the dates and tell you which one tastes better.

So, you make your shortbread. I used the basic 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar & 2 cups flour, but then instead of vanilla, use orange flower water. I know it sounds weird, but that's what makes these taste Armenian! Then while you are chilling the dough, boil about 1 cup figs (or dates) with 1/2 water and 1/2 sugar + a splash of orange flower water. Simmer it until almost all the water is out, squishing the figs with your spoon. After that, blend the fig stuff with 1 cup of shelled pistachios in a food processor until it looks like this...

Interesting, huh? I promise, it tastes very yummy. Get your dough out of the fridge and roll walnut size pieces into a ball, poke a hole almost all the way through with your finger, and fill with a small amount of the filling. Pinch the dough back up and then shape into little flattened logs. Once you have a pan ready, PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE while you get the other pan ready. They need to firm up before baking or else they'll melt in the oven. After chilled for about 10 minutes (the time it takes to make the other pan) bake in a 350 degree oven for 13-17 minutes, just until the bottoms are golden brown. The tops won't get much color, so check the bottoms.

Cool on a cookie rack and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quick Post!

So sorry I've been MIA lately! It's been soooo busy around here, so I have just a quick post about hubby and my trip to Vegas! WooHoo! We had a great time, the city is like an adult Disneyland... Here's a quick collage of some of my favorite pics...

From top left: outside The Bellagio with the amazing water show; our big, cooshy bed; replica of the Statue of Liberty outside of New York, New York; the lobby in our hotel (the Venetian); outside on one of the balconies outside our hotel at night; the entrance to The Luxor; Hubby sitting at Mario Batali's restaurant INSIDE of The Venetian (bet you thought we were on some patio in Venice, huh?); also INSIDE The Venetian... you can take gondola rides, it looks like you're in Italy!; and then an outside pic of our hotel, it was much bigger than I could capture on my camera, but I think this is a cool image.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another Meme...

The other day Kat from Snapdragons tagged me for a meme, this one's fun! The rules:

1. Put your iTunes/ music player on Shuffle (use a stereo or a list of your favorite songs if you don’t have an iPod)
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT(this is in capital letters, so it is very serious. No hiding your showtunes, folks!)

After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do the meme themselves!

The Difference Between A Woman And A Man - Josh Turner

Spanish Caravan - The Doors

Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying - Fall Out Boy

Stormy Weather - Ella Fitzgerald

Give a Little Bit - Supertramp

Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Nobody Said That It Would Be Easy - Alan Jackson

Outrageous - Britney Spears

Naughty Eye - Timbaland

WHAT IS 2+2?
Cinema Paridiso - Josh Groban

Gone - Kelly Clarkson (how crazy is that? She's like 250+ miles away! :( )

Secret - Maroon 5

Lady Marmalade - Moulin Rouge Soundtrack

Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Fix You - Coldplay

Can't Help Falling In Love - Michael Buble

Crash - Dave Matthews Band

Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon

Sin Wagon - Dixie Chicks

The Game of Love - Santana ft. Michelle Branch

Let It Roll - Train

Hurts So Good - John Cougar Mellencamp

Wasn't that fun? Now, a fun pic... Momma and I have been baking again. We used my Williams Sonoma Cookie press. Momma brought hers too, but when we compared hers to mine, we decided to pack hers back up. Didn't they turn out cute??? Christmas Trees and Poinsettias and Snowflakes and Candy Canes and Ornaments, oh my!

I forgot the tagging part of my meme. If you wanna play, play!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The party...

Well, the 26 person mini catering event (as hubby called it) is done. And what a blast! I think my momma said that it was her best birthday yet... that makes me happy :) Here's a cute pic with me and momma and two of her long time friends.

I was so busy, tho. I forgot to take pictures of all the food I made... 2 pans of home-made lasagna, spinach ravioli, bacon and almond green beans, garlic bread, and 2 cakes. I managed to snap one of the half eaten, from-scratch carrot cake, but didn't get one of the 2 layer chocolate. Sorry guys!

Now, for the fun! The winner of my give-away is... *drumrollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll* Jenn and Jacqui from The Browerbirds Nest! Since this is a blog, I decided to pick the winner in a different way. I went here, and they randomly mixed up the names I put in their list to give me a first place winner. How cool is that?
Now for what my friends Jenn and Jacqui won. How cute are these??? Sorry I didn't get a better pic of them before I gave them away, but I'm sure momma will take a cuter pic and post it on her blog. Email me ladies ( and give me your address and I'll send you your very own hand crocheted cupcake! My little cousin thought they were pretty cool!

Thursday, December 6, 2007


I forgot to mention yesterday that Momma was coming over. She coerced me (which didn't take much) into helping her with another holiday boutique. We baked and baked yesterday! Wanna see?

We made macaroons, chocolate crinkle cookies, lemon white chocolate chip cookies, the best ginger cookies (soft!) and fudge... The easiest fudge in the world. It only takes 2 ingredients... Ready? One bag of chocolate chips and one tub of chocolate frosting! Really, I swear! It's so easy, all you do is melt them in a saucepan until it just starts to boil and then pour it in an 8x8 cake pan, or little chicken pot-pie pans like we did. The only fudge we've ever been successful with :)

Know the best part about baking with your mom? You bake, she does the dishes :) Hehe! Can you tell I don't like dishes???

Anyways, keep commenting on the post below to try to win a fun surprise!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Oh Bother!

I cannot believe I passed up my 50th post without even realizing it!!! Well, good news for you... There's a give-away in order :) I'm working on some stuff for Momma's birthday (which is why I haven't shown you any crafty stuff, cause it's mostly for her) and one thing in particular is soooo cute! I'll give one away to the person I randomly draw at her party this Saturday. Sorry you can't know what it is, it'd give the surprise away, but I promise it's adorable! Leave me a comment before Saturday morning and you're in! I'll share the winner, the goodies and highlights from the party when I get up on Sunday. Fun!

And for some pics, here's some more Christmas at my house. The handpainted reindeer, Frosty and houses were all made by Momma herself, and were always out and about at Christmas when I was growing up. Lucky for me, she decided to part with some and they're now hangin' out at my house :)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Hubby and I finally figured out how to decorate the outside of the house. I was picturing lots of pretty lights hanging from the roof on both levels, but when hubby pointed out that there isn't gutters or wood on every spot around, we had to improvise. I decided that as long as the front looked festive, we didn't actually have to HANG anything, so look what Momma and I found on sale at K-Mart for $15 each!

They're 7 feet tall and I think they fit like they were meant to be. Just festive enough and hubby was happy that there were no ladders involved :) Along with my home-made wreath, I think my front yard looks pretty nice! Except for the ugly bushes that I'm currently trying to get our association to fix. If they can't find pretty plants, I'm going to pull them out and plant my own, and I won't hear one word from them!

Now, when I see a big bag of lemons, many yummy, yummy things come to mind. Lemon bread, lemon merengue pie, lemon cooler cookies... my favorite, tho, is lemon bars, so when I found a recipe for one you make in a pie pan and serve in triangles, I had to try it...

I'll post a pic of the yummy dessert later and if the recipe's good, I'll share it!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

New Friends!

I've replaced my gobbler friends with Christmas friends. Aren't they cute?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Back From The Woods...

Hubby and I were lucky enough to spend the last 2 days in the woods with his family. The in-laws rented a cabin up at Bass Lake to spend Thanksgiving weekend together. After work on Friday we packed up our stuff and headed on up!

The cabin was very quaint and comfy. And the view! Look…

Plus, what’s more fun then spending time with your two favorite, absolutely adorable, cutie-pie twin nephews? Sorry, I just have to brag!

Awww! I miss them so much already!!! They’re so very sweet. They sing and giggle and drool… Miss them, miss them, miss them…

Don’t we make a handsome family? From left to right, hubby, me, dad, mom, Mihran, Vahan, Shake and Paul. So very fun, can’t wait to make it a family tradition!

To top off the great weekend, I came home to find that I’d gotten another blog award! Yeah! Sweeties Jen and Jacqui over here, and Momma over here, gave me the You Make Me Smile award. Thanks guys, you make me smile too! And since I read so many blogs that make me smile, if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobble, Gobble

Well… Gobble, Gobble Day is almost over, and who doesn’t love a hubby (and a mommy and step-daddy that remains pictureless) who does the dishes?

I had such a great day. It’s always been a dream of mine to have a house that’s big enough to have my family over for the holidays. I think our home is a bit small, but we make it work!

Like a dork, I didn’t get a pic of the whole bird, all pretty and brown, but I did snap one of hubby doing his first ever carving (great job babe!)…

I tell you what. That brine must’ve done the trick, cause step-daddy declared it was the best he’d ever tasted. That made me feel better about the chocolate-pecan pie that I made for him that he wasn’t too keen on (I don’t think)… The chocolate was just too chocolaty. Later when everyone went home, I warmed up a piece in the micro for 30 seconds, and all melty it was much better.

I also managed to snap a shot of the berry pie and the mashed tators (which were unbelievable, definitely the best EVER, I think my little-little bro could have eaten the whole tureen of them himself! For the recipe, go here).

The berry pie looked very rustic, atleast that’s what I’m calling my messy woven crust… rustic!

Here’s a coupla pics of the table with all the china and crystal…

My momma bought me the butter dish awhile back and we hadn’t realized how perfectly it went with my china. Everything looked so pretty and girly and sparkly!

And now, I’m so sad, I have to take down my turkey friends… Say “bye!” ‘til next year J

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Turkey Countdown

Well, I'm having Turkey Day at my house for the first time. It should feel daunting, but I'm actually having a lot of fun getting ready. It's so nice to work at home cause I can throw something on the stove or in the oven while I'm getting paid for an 8 hour work day :) Anyways, first things first. Anniversary pics...

Me and my hubby, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, an eggnog latte, and home-made cheesecake (with home-made whipped cream and caramel sauce)... Mmmm, couldn't have been more perfect!

Now, for the Thanksgiving prep...

You are looking at (from top-left clockwise) supposedly the secret to perfectly moist turkey, a brine. As of right now, I have a big ol' 21 pound gobbler sitting in a bath of salt, brown sugar, tons of herbs and veggie broth. I'll let you know how it works. Then, the yummiest looking chocolate pecan pie I've ever seen, I used the recipe from William's Sonoma's baking book. Then chunks of yukon gold potatoes sitting in cold water getting ready to be boiled, mashed and smooshed together with all kinds of god-forsaken things :) And last, a loaf of french bread and 2 boxes of Jiffy corn bread cubed and drying out for real home-made stuffing. Mmmmm, I can hardly wait to eat it all!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! You guys have been so great and supportive! Can't wait to share the "after" pictures :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

1st Anniversary!

I can't believe I got married one year ago. How does time go soooo fast??? I know I'm going out of order, but since it's my actual anniversary on the 17th, I'm going to go to the actual wedding, and then the rest of the month I'll show you the showers, dress shopping, etc.

Anyways, here're some of my favorite pics from the wedding...

And a close up of one of my favorites :)

I don't know really what to say, except that I'm so incredibly happy, and so very proud of my marriage and my husband. I know that we will have the kind of life together that I always dreamed of. He takes care of me and treats me like every woman should be treated. It is an equal, loving, respectful relationship, and I am so very thankful for it. I can't wait to live the rest of my life with this man!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


We made it back after awful LA traffic. Hubby used to live down there so it doesn't faze him, but I HATE IT!!! Oh well... it was well worth it :) Here's some of my favorite pics...

And, here's what I worked on for the Holiday Boutique that's coming up... They're going to turn into lavender eye pillows that can either be kept in the freezer or warmed up in the micro... Cute, huh?
Now, for something wedding... Dresses! Actually just the bridesmaids and flower girls (you'll have to wait for mine :)
All the bridesmaids dresses were the apple color, we just had to try on the colors they had in the size the girls needed. If you can't tell, Biff's (the one in black) has beading on the top to make her special :)

The lil' girls dresses were all the brown color, but then they had red sashes around their waists. They turned out sooo pretty!

Stay tuned for more wedding stuff :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My New Toy

Here's my new toy...
Isn't she pretttttttty??? I'm so excited! She takes gorgeous pics, and she's PINK! Now, here's my new toy's hand-made case...

See where the arrow's pointing? It's showing you the little button-hole where I can slip the wrist strap through... I need a camera case, I drop things :)

And, since this month is about my wedding... here's a pic of the most gorgeous, 2 dozen long stem red roses I've ever seen... Hubby sent them to me the day I went back to work after he asked me to marry him. They were so big that in order to get them home, I had to open the sun roof in my car and stick some of them out the top!

Sunday, hubby and I, momma, step-daddy and 2 bros are off to Disneyland! Yeah! I'll take lots of pics for you guys :) And, I'll show you what I'm planning on making the entire trip down to sell at a local Christmas boutique that you can read about on my momma's blog here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Well, since Momma doted on my bro (Love you, little big bro!), I'll dote on Hubby. Hubby and Little Big Bro's birthdays are the 5th and 4th of November, man were we busy, especially since there was also a big Armenian wedding to be attended on the 3rd :)

I know I said I'd do a whole month of my wedding this month, and this is the start... Sneaky hubby, on 11-5-05 (his birthday) he asked me to marry him! I was totally not expecting it!!! I was so happy, I couldn't wait to share the news with everyone! The page above is the night of our engagement... Can you tell I'm happy? Hehe! Here's my favorite sparkly present ever!

He asked me with rose petals on the floor and a Caramel Macciato in his hand (for me... mmmm)... What more could I ask for???

Happy, happy brithday sweetheart! I love you!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Almost There!!!

Wow... I, and my wrists, feel like I've been working on this thing forever! It's ALMOST done :) One more round of sc around the edges and then figuing out how to sew it to the fleece. I'm soooo excited!!!
I decided to copy part of the square as the border. I think it turned out pretty... It's basically a round of shells, then a round of chains and then a round of dc on the chains in the next round... Sorry if that sounds complicated!

I am so in love with this blanket, how am I going to give it up??? Only to my bestest friend, cause I know she'll love it :)