Pie with blueberries and peaches


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of flour;
1 tsp. baking powder;
1/2 tsp. soda;
50 g of butter or margarine;
1 cup of sugar;
2 eggs;
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract;
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream;
1 cup of blueberry;
2 peaches;

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and soda.
  2. In a separate bowl cream butter , sugar, eggs until light and fluffy.Then add yogurt, vanilla extract and mix for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture at a low speed until  is homogeneous.
  4. Prepare the form. Grease it with oil, lay out the parchment paper on the bottom and oil the parchment. You can use oil-spray.
  5. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared form pan, then a piece of blueberry, slices of the peach, the remaining blueberry, sprinkle sugar on top and bake for 40-60 minutes at 180 ° C (350 ° F).
  6. In the middle of the baking process, you can put more peaches on top of the pie.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

Dragon Fruit, Shrimp, and Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

  • 200 gm shrimps (cooked and peeled)
  • 1/2 dragon fruit
  • 1 avocado
  • 150 gm lettuce (butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce, or other greens)
  • 1 table spoon of olive oil
  • 1 table spoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 lime or lemon (or their juice)
  • salt to taste

Dragon Fruit, Shrimp, Avocado Salad Combine olive oil, lime juice and minced garlic in a bowl. Rinse lettuce and drain. Arrange leaves of lettuce at the bottom of a large serving bowl or platter. Cut dragon fruit in half, use a knife to cut cubes, and then spoon out the cubes. Cut avocado into dices and spoon out. Mix and toss the rest of ingredients.

Happy Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father DayDad, you love me even when I am not doing right things. I feel safe when you are with me. I like when we do things together. You are a hero, guide and friend. Dad, I love you and want to grow up to be like you. Thanks for being a great Dad to me!






Hello. The biggest news is that our family is growing. Now I have my younger brother. His name is Logan. He is very small. He sleeps and eats very often. He cannot play with me yet so I might need to wait until he becomes older. I help to take care of him every day. I bring diapers, throw used ones in garbage, and help Mom to clean Logan. Also I drive stroller with Logan in it when Mom and I are going for a walk.

Fixing doorRecently Dad and I fixed the cabinet door in our kitchen. What a difficult job! You can see me on the photo with a screwdriver. What else? I made many new friends at a playground where I go with Mom almost every day and sometimes with Dad.

By the way, I invented two more new words. The first is word for cheese, “sys”. Mom says “syr” in Russian, Dad says “cheese”, I thought “sys” would be a good one. Also now I call my Dad “gaga” that is mix of “papa” and “dada”

Since I still could not get how to post my stories on the Internet, I asked again Grandpa to do it for me. Bye.

 — Liam

Happy Mother’s Day

LiamI know I am not the easiest kid growing up, but you never give up on me. I love you. Thank you Mom, you’re the Best!

About me. My name is Liam. I am almost two years old. My mom is Natasha, dad is Chris. I live in Canada. I will be a Doctor or Scientist but I do not know for sure yet. I like watching The Weather Channel and “Sid The Science Kid.” I enjoy dancing and people say that I am a good dancer. Also I like dogs.

I cannot speak clearly yet. However, I understand almost everything. My mom speaks mostly Russian, dad speaks English. I try to invent a new language. For example, I use a word “so” that means “sock” or “nosok” in Russian.

I can say that kid’s life of my age is not easy. You know, I need to learn many things and follow some rules although I do not complain because I understand this is life. I will have my younger brother soon that means more responsibilities for me. Firstly, I will need to provide him with some new-born orientation. Secondly, I am going to help mom to care of him. 

I like all types of electronics. I like pressing buttons, all of them. I can operate computer keyboard and mouse. I am not allowed to use computers but I found that Windows system is not reliable (oh, I would be a hacker). I did not have enough time to figure out how to use the Internet. Also I cannot write or type yet so that I asked grandpa to post this story. See you. Bye 

Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Triple-fruit Scones

SconesTriple-Fruit Scones

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup  granulted sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup  dried cranberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg beaten

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the dried fruits in a bowl. Cover the fruit with hot water. Let the fruit soak and soften  30 minutes, and then drain well.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Gently  mix in milk and fruit until a loose dough forms, and then turn on to a floured surface.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times with floured surface.

Cut dough into a 1 1/2 inch thick disc. With a floured knife, cut the disc into 10 to 12 equal sized wedges and place them on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar or brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg; bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.