Thursday, April 5, 2012

oh my goodness right now..

both of these are from my phone, sorry about the quality.
just trying to post a funny video from today, adley found a fun activity with that annoying stuff you put in easter baskets.  :) 
and a picture of her after a nap.. she had taken the sheet off her bed. when i tried to start putting it back on, she said "oh no, oh no, baby got sick!" .. does that give you a clue to what has been going on in our lives the past couple weeks? :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2 things i learned

So I received a cookbook for Christmas, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. As I tried two of the recipes in the past two days, I have learned two little things... 

1. toothpicks can be put in the oven while cooking.. who woulda thunk?! That was definitely a new thought to me! I learned this from the Brown Sugar Bacon Bites. Yum appetizer recipe! 

2. a little pesto goes a long way! I also tried the Pesto Pasta Salad recipe. I tried to change it up a bit and adjust it to only make a couple servings.. It was.. ehh.. alright but I used too much pesto. I will try it again. 

by the way.. i know this is a lousy post after an over 6+ months hiatus, but you have to start somewhere.. and this seemed like a quick little post. 
Here is a quick pic of Adley helping me with some baking we did before Christmas :) It is from my phone so it is a bit blurry. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pumpkin Bars + Father's Day

I know it's not really the season for something pumpkin, but I made these as a fun treat for my hubby on Father's Day anyway. I thought he would like the surprise and he did! A friend of mine made these for our bible study dessert one week way back in the fall so I already knew the recipe was a winner. She got the recipe from Paula Deen. I did not make the icing. I wanted it to be more of a breakfast treat and thought the icing would make it a bit too sweet. It was delicious just like I remembered even without the icing and will definitely be used again come fall time.

Here is the recipe for Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars:

4 eggs
1 2/3 granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15 ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all purpose flour (I did not sift..)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
Spread the batter into a greased 13x10 in baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
Let cool completely before frosting.
Cut into bars.
To make the icing:
Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again.
Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

I did not cut it into bars. We just cut as we ate them. :) It was yum and moist. I actually forgot to take a picture of it, but I did snap a few pictures of my little one helping me make something sweet for her daddy! :)

And then of the two of them on father's day. :)


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Busted Lip

Before (Earlier this morning) :

After (after her bath, after I could get the ice away from her mouth) :

At first I did not realize she had busted her lip. She fell facing away from me. I thought maybe she hit her head a little, but it did not look like it hurt that bad. I thought, "oh tired girl, maybe a little shook up from the fall." I picked her up, calmed her down and then realized her lip was bleeding. Poor girl. She liked carrying around her ice. When she saw the blood on the wet paper towel, she called it "strawberries." Funny.

Naturally she also did a lot of this.. She is a snuggle girl. (phone picture)