Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's true, Nina likes lettuce. And celery and cucumbers. But she loves it all so much more when she's in this old bunny suit (which I wore for Halloween as a kid, haha!). She pretends she is my pet, and I have to call her "Casey the Bunny" in a high pitched voice, and feed her lettuce and carrots.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
1 Tbsp. oil
1 large can pineapple chunks with juice, undrained
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. flour or 1 T. cornstarch
1/4 c. water
1/4 bag of frozen meatballs (from Costco-about 30 or 35)
2 green peppers, diced
In a large saucepan, mix oil and pineapple juice (from the canned pineapple). Cook over low heat for a few minutes. Add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. In small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth, then add to the pan. Cook over low heat until mixture is thick and smooth. Add meatballs, canned pineapple, and green peppers, and simmer until heated through. Serve hot over rice.
(This freezes really well!)
Thanks Carrie for this recipe!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Every summer and Christmas I am so excited to see my hilarious and amazingly talented friend Emily. We've been friends for 15 years (since the first year of college, where we survived the art program together!). She lives far away now, so we really try to pack in the fun when she's in town. I think this year's highlight was probably Lagoon, running around like a couple of 9th graders, eating churros and squealing on the "Musik Express"! Doesn't get any funnier than that!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The little cutie is all over the place! Crawling, destroying stuff, pulling herself up to standing, and getting goose eggs and fat lips. All in a days work for this 9 month old. Oh yeah, and a little tooth on the bottom and one more about to break through any second. Still hates riding in the car (but getting a little better) and super wiggly when she's tired. Loves to feed herself and tries to hold the cup for drinks. Loves baths...kicks her legs and gets really hyper when I turn on the bath water! We love you Olivia!
Monday, August 10, 2009
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
6 T. butter, softened
1 T. grated lemon rind
3 T. thawed lemonade concentrate
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
2 cups flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1 c. fat-free buttermilk
(or you can substitute with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice mixed with enough milk to
measure up to 1 cup, and let it sit for 5 minutes)
2 T. butter, softened
2 tsp. Grated lemon rind
2 tsp. Thawed lemonade concentrate
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350.
- To prepare cake, place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with mixer at
medium speed until well blended, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda with a whisk.
- Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat well after each addition.
- Pour batter into 2 (9 inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray. Tap pans once on counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pans. Cool cakes completely on wire rack. (If baking the cake as cupcakes, bake them for about 20 minutes.)
- To prepare frosting, place 2 T. butter and the next 4 ingredients (through cream cheese) in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, and beat at low speed just until blended. Chill 1 hour.
- Place 1 cake layer on a plate, spread with 1/2 c. frosting. You can add berry jam on top of this layer if you want, or lemon curd (it’s next to the jam in the grocery store). Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator (a large bowl works well, that way you won’t smudge the frosting). You can sprinkle the top of the cake with fresh berries before serving and it looks so pretty!
Serves 8-12, or 24 cupcakes.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Clayton is always telling Nina that she is his little princess. And she believes it. She says that I am the queen, Dad is the king, she and Hannah and Olivia are the princesses, and Ben is the prince. I'm just wondering where our castle is?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Have a peek at some favorites from a recent shoot with the A. family. These kids were so much fun, can't you tell? And that baby's eyes? Sheesh! So cute. Plus, their mom nailed it on the clothes, they looked so great and colorful.