Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I LOVE CHRISTMAS BAKING!
Even the mess isn't the end of the world, because the end results are worth it. And after how messy everything gets my kitchen feels super clean after the clean up is done.
I include a couple childhood favorites from when we were small. I have a recipe that my great-grandma always made. Terran's family always has these cherry cookies that are waiting for their chocolate sauce. They never last long.
Along with the old; one has to have something new.... White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies are one of this years newbies.
My lovable, huggable, kissable sugar cookie decorator; he does fabulous work
And when the end comes I'm so glad that this only happens once a year. I made 10 types of cookies this season and ended up with 42 dozen cookies that are guaranteed to cling to your hips and enlarge your .... um .... heart.
Thanks for all the comments about the butterfly photo. I hope to post more photo shop stuff in the future. We'll see what T. & I come up with. :)
PS. We give almost all the cookies away, I don't want you to think that we are little piggies.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Here's what has been tempting me all month. It's a devil's food cake with chocolate ganache filling and white chocolate peppermint cream in the center. The outer frosting is marshmallow peppermint. It sounds sooo yummy to me. I know it's a bit of a Christmas cake, but Christmas is already such a sweet holiday and I really wanted to enjoy this.
I have no idea what happened. The whole cake fell apart and frosting billowed out of it.
The first idea was to cover it with the marshmellow frosting and call it good. It would take a lot of frosting to fix this and even then....?
Finally out of desperation I just tore the whole thing apart and...
made a trifle. Lets hope it tastes good. :)
Picking up the pieces,
Monday, November 10, 2008
Made applesauce for the first time ever today. It came out tasting wonderful, but really smooth. It's like eating apple pudding creamy, silky, and truthfully a little odd. Next time....
Made our favorite Beef Stroganoff. The best thing about this recipe is the taste and then how easy it is. Gotta love easy.
Walked the dogs farther than a mile for the first time in two weeks. It's so nice to be feeling better.
Asked my cousin for her address, so that I can mail the baby gift I've had for her since May. I thought I should get it to her before she has grandchildren.
Ate left over Chinese food and loved it.
Started thinking about Christmas baking. It's never too early to think about cookies and cakes. yum
Washed four loads of laundry and will put away six. Don't ask where the other two loads came from.
Here's to hoping that this small jumbled summery of my day wasn't too boring.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
...there are times I wonder who would have to protect who.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Last Sunday was Color Sunday and we joined the masses reveling in the surrounding beauty. It an incredible day, we drove the Sprite enjoying the sun and wind to the fullest.
The sun and wind weren't the only thing that we enjoyed. The colors this year were beyond what we have seen in past years. I think that we sometimes miss the peak day, but hit it dead on this year.
We took loads of pictures
Cold coming with winds of gold
And frosts of yellow
Colors all aglow
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Trinity and the apple on a string.
You can do it!!!
It's harder than it looks. :)
It's hard to believe that we have been spending time with Trinity for two years. He has really created a spot for himself in our hearts.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
I went through our newspapers today and found this one tucked in the bunch. We were a little shocked and had a good chuckle.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I honestly was looking forward to the time shopping and have a chance to refocus on my own life. I had just spent the day with two kidos who were projecting the stress of their families move by fighting. It had been a day of shoving, hitting, toy grabbing, and book stealing. Did you know that there are two ways to move to Africa? I didn’t. Did you know that both ways need the same dump truck to move? I do now.
Anyway, I needed to unwind. I walked into the store grabbing a cart while relishing the air conditioner, spent a little time browsing the sales rack, (found a cute pink top that looked good) and headed to the dog food. I found it right away, because of the great sale it had been moved to the main aisle of the store. I smiled at the store stocker working an aisle away from me and grabbed the 40 lb bag of food.
R-r-r—i-p is what I heard as all of the small, crunchy bites my dogs love started pooling around my feet and I was holding an empty bag. 40 pounds is a lot of anything and it most certainly is lot of dog food. It was up over my ankles and spread out all around me. The store clerk just stared, people were poking their heads out of aisles to see what the noise was, some sweet lady walked by telling me how sorry she was, a man told me I needed a pack of dogs, and I had too decide whether I was going to be embarrassed or look at it as funny. The latter won. The difficult part was trying to extract myself and my cart from all the food while a cleanup crew was called. I did have a moments hesitation when I went to grab another bag for my cart, because a repeat performance would have been embarrassing.
Sunday, July 13, 2008