Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Chloe is part of the club

Yesterday Chloe and I went to the Optometrist and guess who needs glasses? Chloe is now part of the "sophisticates" club. Although she is in need of the glasses she also looks quite dapper in them. I told Ryan she looks like a mini lawyer.

At first, Chloe resisted, but once she saw them on her face, she commented on how pretty they made her look. Any suggestions from those of you that had to wear them as children to her would be great. You can email me, and I'll pass along her email address. For those of you coming to the party you'll see them on her.

As for me, I still have my reading prescription, so I was able to get a back up pair thanks to the insurance company. I'll take lots of pictures of her and I and post them on my "my space" page when we pick them up in a couple of weeks (just search for Katia Clark or the Visalian).

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Chloe is the Top Dog

Chloe is the "Top Dog" in her class this week. This honor involved us making a poster that symbolized who she is as a person. We included pictures and wrote down all of her likes and dislikes. She's adorable!

The crowning glory of this honor is having lunch with her teacher at McDonalds this Thursday. Chloe is very excited. I'll let you know what happens with that.

Friday, January 5, 2007

2006 Recap

Our 2006 year was hectic to say the least. Our family got into a house and our Chloe bear started first grade. Chloe is growing so fast, we wish we could stop it a bit so that we can revel in all that is Chloe.

We are beyond happy with our home and what we've done with it. 1516 has had a great history in the "BOSSOM", and we're glad that we are now part of that too. We, meaning I, put a lot of elbow grease into the house. I painted, and pulled, planted, and remodeled a bit, and have created a haven for us. I love our Art Decco / Mid Century Modern home. It's new and old, and we all LOVE IT.

Our Baby Bear is still in a Private School and is thriving. She is one of the top readers in her class, and is doing well in all of her subjects. Big surprise, she talks too much and this keeps her from focusing sometimes. She's bright and funny, and larger than life. We don't know what our life would be without her.

Ryan is still working in the Bay Area during the week, and for those of you who know us know, he is frustrated with his job. It's been hard for him to work away from home. We'll just have to see what happens.

Katia is still working as a Massage Therapist. She loves the people that she works with. She has moved offices and although it's been great personally, it still hasn't panned out professionally. Cross your fingers.

2007 will most certainly be a better year we hope. We are very bad about keeping in touch so we really hope that this blog will allow our loved ones to participate in our lives more. All our love The Clark Clan.

Royal Jacks - Recipe / Food Network

Ryan and I made these for New Years Eve 07' and they are fabulous. Will always be served on New Years Eve and at Chloe's party.

This is enough for two drinks

2 oz Apple Jack (we use Lairds Bonded)
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz lemon syrup (recipe follows)
1 to 3 TBS homemade grenadin (recipe follows)
Brut Champagne
Sliced or diced apples for granish

Lemon Syrup
2 lemons juiced and zest removed
1 c sugar (I use Splenda)
1 c water
Put lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins..
Cool before using. Can be stored in Fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Homemade Grenadine
2 c unsweetened Pomegranate juice
3/4 c sugar (I use Splenda)
Put juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and continue to cook until reduced in half.
Stir in the sugar to dissolve thoroughly and simmer to thicken slightly.
Cool before using. Can be stored in container in the Fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Back to the drink......

Fill shaker with ice and add Apple Jack, Lemon syrup, Lemon juice, and grenadine.
Cover and shake.
Strain equally into 2 Champagne flutes and top with the Champagne.
Garnish with apple.