Monthly Archives: August 2013

Train Birthday Party

Train Birthday Party

Here are some pictures from my son’s 3rd birthday. Yes, I made the cake and the paper bags are the goodie bags. I tried to keep the snacks as healthy as possible because the cake had enough candy and sugar to please any kid or “big kid” (as my son likes to call adults). I hope these pictures can serve as inspiration. They are definitely not done by a professional baker, but somehow I’ve been appointed as the family cook, and pastry chef by process of elimination 😉 Enjoy and feel free to leave me comments and questions!

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What the Tick?!

What the Tick?!

With summer coming to an end and people trying to make the most out of their last few weeks in the sun, it’s a good time to educate ourselves about Lyme Disease.

Ten Facts You Should Know About Lyme Disease

  1. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that is only transmitted to humans when they are bitten by an infected tick.
  2. To infect its host, a tick typically must be attached to the skin for at least 36 hours.
  3. Most cases of Lyme disease occur in late spring and early summer. Continue reading “What the Tick?!” »

Sholeh Zard (Persian Saffron Rice Pudding)

Sholeh Zard (Persian Saffron Rice Pudding)

Sholeh Zard (Persian saffron rice pudding) has to be my all time favorite Persian dessert! I am constantly looking for excuses to make it. So you graduated from preschool? Let me make you some sholeh zard. Your relative passed? Let me make you some sholeh zard. We’re going to a party. I better make some sholeh zard.

If you know anything about Persians and their hospitality, you know that it’s taboo to return a borrowed bowl or plate empty. So, of course I am filling the bowl my friend had brought food for us in with Sholeh Zard and taking another to a dinner party tonight to share with friends. Desserts taste better when shared 🙂

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