Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!

Some great friends from the ward invited us over to celebrate the beginning of Chinese New Years. We had a really great time getting to help cook and learn about a new culture.

Helping to prepare the dumplings---so good. Doesn't Rachel look great?

Lucy and "Kung-Fu" Kennedy-I love this picture.

What an amazing feast.

Emily receiving her Red Envelope.

Thank You Clawsons for including us in a special tradition. We loved it.
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I made this today.
I actually made two.
The first one was my prototype which Lucy destroyed.

This is where I got the idea:
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Plymouth Ice Spectacular 2009

See my cute little Eskimo muffin?
There was big bird and a dinosaur, and some mythical creatures, and some free hand warmers.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sugar Buzz

Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose)Image via Wikipedia
There seems to be a lot of hype over high fructose corn syrup and whether it's really bad and avoid it wherever possible or like the commercials say, "it's fine in moderation." The thing I don't like about those commercials is how they try to make people look stupid for being concerned about their health. As someone concerned about food additives, antioxidants and free radicals it's something I think about when I'm preparing my daughter's food at each meal.

High fructose corn syrup

Although they taste sweet, Dr. Oz says food products that contain high fructose corn syrup should be avoided. Dr. Oz says the body processes the sugar in high-fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters your body's natural ability to regulate appetite. "It blocks the ability of a chemical called leptin, which is the way your fat tells your brain it's there," says Dr. Oz. "It's not so much the 150 calories in the soda pop—it's the fact at that same meal you will normally consume an extra hundred calories of food than you would have."

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Does HFCS affect feelings of fullness?

No credible research has demonstrated that HFCS affects calorie control differently than sugar. A study by Pablo Monsivais, et al., at the University of Washington found that beverages sweetened with sugar and HFCS, as well as 1% milk, all have similar effects on feelings of fullness. (24)

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What do you think?
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

See anything wrong with this picture?

Trick question...there isn't!
I don't have to have another MRI for 6 whole months!
I love getting to see my MRI results...maybe I should be a radiologist.

Anyone catch this on 90210...Rap music and the LA temple?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I wish I were there...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 20:  WASHINGTON, D....Image by Getty Images via DaylifeI do wish I could have been among the two million people in Washington, D.C. Not because I wanted a glimpse of the President, but because I would have loved to feel the energy of the crowd, the excitement of the moment. I may not agree with everything the President has said or done, I don't agree with a lot of what the past President did. I do believe in supporting the current administration despite my feelings regarding their politics (which are minimal). What I appreciate about President Obama is the hope he has given this nation. I have never witnessed this much excitement over an inauguration before. I watched Bill Clinton being sworn in for his first term in second or third grade and we had to write a little paragraph about it. I remember writing that I thought these would be the worst four years in American history. As a 9 year old I don't think I had my own opinion. I didn't even watch either of Bush's inaugurations. Today however, I do have my own opinions about our nation, patriotism, the Constitution, and politics and as I stated before I appreciate the hope and the inspiration our President has already given the American public. So...whatever you believe is your choice and I respect it. I believe this most important function of the government is to uphold the Constitution at all cost. I wish I could have been there and shed my tears with strangers over my love of our country and the hope of a brilliant future.
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Must Read

I saw this on Danette's blog. Sorry for's just too good.

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Nico & Vali

Restaurant Review: Nico & Vali

It was great! Tony LOVES Italian food. I love it too, but not as much as say, Mexican and Chinese. We went on Saturday for lunch and it looks like a rather new place and that not too many people have discovered it yet-it wasn't very busy. Which was good because the dining area is small. The service was top-notch which is equally important to the food in my book. I wanted to try everything. We ordered the Caprese Salad (an Onofrio favorite) Roasted chicken and potatoes, veggie lasagna, some penne and marinara for Lu and a couple stuffed mushrooms. The stuffed mushrooms were okay---I have a high standard for these, Jen's are the best!

The chicken was really good. It was encrusted with Italian breadcrumbs. The potatoes were good but the lasagna was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was so creamy and vegetabley, superb, and I don't even like veggie lasagna.

I liked that it was a comfortable place, you order at the front and they bring to your table, then you bus your own. I can appreciate that. It was a fun way to start our Saturday errands. I can't wait to go back and try more. I really wanted to try everything.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

A Minute of Cute

She's rockin' the side pony.
Please ignore the Marjorie piles-I'll get to them some day.


Sunday, January 04, 2009

Clean Plate Club

Lucy doesn't get a lot of sugar and today I gave her a
of birthday cake cut into small pieces. She ate every single piece and then licked the plate clean.
Seeing her nose covered with frosting, going at this little birthday plate was a sight.

It may sound weird but whenever we have the Banquet Homestyle Bake-Chicken and Biscuits
I lick the plate, the gravy in it is so perfectly spiced.

Is there anything you can lick the plate on?

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Onnies

Tonight's 2008 Holiday Onnie Awards are hosted by yours truly, the keeper of this blog, Anna Onofrio. (pronounced Oprah style)

The nominees for best leading entree in a Holiday Meal:
Chili Mac-Ideal Hotdog Christmas Eve
Oyster Soup-Calhoun Street Christmas Day
Spaghetti and Meatballs-Calhoun Street Benjamin's Birthday
Muffuletta Sandwich-Calhoun Street Benjamin's Birthday

And the Onnie goes to....Muffuletta Sandwich!

Up for best appetizer in a supporting role:

Mushroom cups-Elmhurst/Honeycomb-Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve
Spinach Dip-Elmhurst/Honeycomb-Christmas Eve/New Year's Eve
Chili Puffs-Elmhurst-Christmas Eve
Taco Rollups-Elmhurst-Christmas Eve

The winner is....Spinach Dip!

Best reaction to a gift given:

Mom and Dad for the Flat Screen Monitor
Jennifer for the Reusable Grocery Tote
Shelly for the Homemade Apron
Christopher Vos for the Binoculars

And the Onnie goes to: Mom and Dad for the Flat Screen Monitor!

The next category being presented tonight is Best Use of Holiday Recreational Time.
The nominees in this category are:

Playing Wii Bowling-Starring Anna and Dad O
Making Desserts with the Onofrio Girls
Driving around Toledo-Featuring the Vos Family
Eating until I couldn't eat anymore-Starring my Entire Family
Watching Wii Boxing-Starring Tony and Dad Onofrio
Playing Scene It-Featuring the Onofrio Kids 2G

The Onnie goes to: Scene It-Featuring Onofrio Kids 2G!

Best reaction to a gift received:

Anna for Snacking Cookbook from Mom and Dad
Tony for Ginormous C-Clamp from Calvin Vos
Anna for Apple Pin from Emily Vos
Lucy for Shoes from Grammi and Grandpa
Anna for Pashmina from Shelly
Tony for Headlamp from Santa

The Onnie goes to Tony for Ginormous C-Clamp!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Onnies Holiday 2008. Here is a list of awards that due to limited amount of time in tonight's broadcast, were presented last night in a separate ceremony at the Canton Days Inn. These awards are in no way less important we just don't care what they say in their acceptance speeches.

Best Dessert that took 3 hours to make: Cranberry Velvet Pie
Best Stunt Coordination: The Mentos/Coke bottle explosion featuring the Onofrio Brothers
Best Art Direction: The Onofrio Family Photo
Most Trips to the Airport in a Single Week: Tony Onofrio
Best Immediate Use of Gift: Cameron Vos for Little Einstein's Bath Toy
Best Collaboration: Naming of SmokyLink the Webkin

I hope your holidays were as entertaining as ours.

Here is my favorite moment in awards show history: