I got one kid home from Costa Rica (not without incident I might add - a missed connection - but they did get on the last flight out of Miami...) then turned around the next day and headed back to the airport to drop the other one off for a flight to UCLA and two weeks of performing arts camp. It's been a busy household with the washing machine running non-stop.
Saturday night we had my best friend and her family over for dinner. I made tostada salads - it was simple but good. I served some jicama that was tossed with lime juice, salt and chili powder. The little ones visiting thought they were french fries - I think they were a tad bit disappointed but the rest of us loved this healthy, crunchy dish.
For dessert I made two different things - both extremely simple - but very well received. First I had a new vanilla rice cream - Good Karma Very Vanilla Rice Cream (I got it at Trader Joe's). I let it soften a bit and then spread it on Anna's Ginger Thin cookies. I topped it with another cookie and then popped them back into the freezer. This was popular with everyone but particularly the kids:
I also made individual deep dish blackberry pies. I was able to pick some blackberries on our street but not nearly enough so I got some frozen organic blackberries at Whole Foods. I cheated on the crust - I had a frozen pie crust (also from WFM) and used a cookie cutter to cut out circles that I placed on top of the berries. Then I used all the various scraps and placed them around the edges. I brushed it all with soymilk and sprinkled it with cinammon and sugar. I baked them at about 425 for 30 minutes.
These were so good. I've never been a big pie fan - I don't dislike it - it's just not one of my favorites. But the pie I do love is blackberry or boysenberry. And what I'm after is the fruit, not crust so I like this deep dish option.
We only have two weeks until school begins again - hopefully I'll be able to post more once the routine settles in. This weekend I'll be playing in San Francisco with the sistahs (my online young cancer survivors group). We know how to have FUN!