Date Night @ Petite Maison!

Earlier this month, Max and I left Parker with a babysitter for the very first time! We've left him with family before, but this was the first time someone other than family has watched him. The evening went smoothly at home and we loved coming home to cute stories about Parker, who was fast asleep. But what we were really excited about, of course, was a fancy dinner out. A dinner where we weren't wielding baby spoons and bibs, a dinner where we weren't scooping sippy cups off the floor, a dinner where we didn't have to inhale our food while attending to our pint sized man. Not that we don't love our meals with Parker; we love our meals with our one-year-old. But having just one dinner where we could leisurely enjoy each course, stare at each other, talk about whatever we wanted, and actually taste and enjoy our food - amazing! 

We went to Petite Maison, my favorite Scottsdale choice for a delicious meal out (sadly this might have been our last time there before we move to Alabama!). We drove in Sandy with the top down to dinner - so odd to think that just one year ago, driving on a date night in Max's salvaged Carrera was just a pipe dream! 

We dined on the patio and started with:

escargots, wagyu bone marrow, white anchovy, mint chimmi churri

 I ordered:
sea scallops, english peas, corn pudding, popcorn shoots, tatsoi

Max had: 
lobster gnocchi, poached lobster, english peas, asparagus, crème fraiche

My handsome date:

You might notice that the lobster gnocchi is missing from Max's plate of Lobster Gnocchi, ha! When the kitchen realized their mistake, they sent out the gnocchi for his plate, plus sent us a complimentary bonus course: 

 hudson valley foie gras, peach confit, almonds, golden raisins, brioche 

I don't think we've ever gone to Petite Maison without ordering the soufflé. It's always changing and always a must. 

caramelized milk soufflé, chocolate and peanut butter anglaise 

Though we went at the end of spring, most of the items we ordered are from their current summer menu. If you ever find yourself in Scottsdale, definitely make the trip to Old Town for a yummy meal at Petite Maison! 

PCK 14/15 Months

Our sweet Parker Campbell Klein is fifteen months old! His Omi was in town for his fifteen month check-up last week, where we learned little man is now 31.5 inches tall and just shy of 21 pounds! Here's what's been happening the past couple months...

Hair: What a mop head! Lots of crazy curls in the back now, we think it’s finally time for little man’s first haircut!


Happy Father's Day

This little man loves his Dada. LOVES his Dada. 

 And of course he does. From day one, his Dada has loved him.

He has carried him around,

Read him books,

Chatted with him,

Taken him swimming,

Shared his interests,

Showed him cool things,

Roughhoused the way daddies do,

Showered him with kisses, 

Shared his food,

Instilled an early interest in home improvement,

Spent time snuggling,

 Lounging in pajamas,

And traveling around with his mini-me.

Happy second Father's Day to this amazing dada!

Watching them together is the best thing in the world!


National Donut Day

Last Friday was National Donut Day. I actually had not ever even heard of the day until I woke up that morning and read about it online (apparently it falls on the first Friday in June every year). Mid-morning after I put Parker down from his nap, I decided I wanted to celebrate in the festivities! I had a mini-donut pan I purchased years ago that had yet to be used, so I set out on Pinterest to look for a recipe.

I soon realized that I had no buttermilk, or vinegar to make buttermilk from regular milk. I then realized I was just completely out of regular cow's milk as Parker had had the last of it at breakfast. Finally, I came across a recipe for baked mini donuts that used almond milk, which we actually had. Score!

I followed the step-by-step instructions found here on the Granny Girls blog. You can make these donuts completely vegan using almond milk and a butter substitute, but I just used the real butter we had in the fridge. The Granny Girls somehow yielded 30+ mini donuts from their recipe. I think they were using Barbie-sized pans because I only got eleven, I couldn't even fill the twelfth spot to finish my pan! (Pictured are nine because, um, I had to sample two.) I was actually really surprised at how perfect they came out!

After they cooled, it was time to decorate! I followed the website and made a glaze of almond milk and powdered sugar, and made rainbow sprinkle donuts. Then I added cocoa powder to the glaze to make a chocolate frosting and added chocolate sprinkles. Finally, I did a cinnamon sugar donut by dipping in melted butter and rolling in cinnamon and sugar. Parker woke up just as I was finishing.

 Later that day, Parker got to try his very first donut! So appropriate, on National Donut Day!

He really liked looking at the rainbow sprinkles.

Little man finished the entire cinnamon sugar donut!

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the donut baking was, and how beautiful they turned out! I'll definitely be making them again!

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