Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bap-i-tized

My daughter takes after her parents. I teach grammar (obviously I am not perfect and really should use spell check) and my husband will correct people under his breath. My daughter will stand over my shoulder and correct my typing errors or tell me I used the wrong word. I swear the child may be an editor even though she insists she is going to be a veterinarian/My Gym teacher/WalMart greeter.

With the way she corrects my grammar it makes me smile when she says bap-i-tized. We say the word correctly and she still says bap-i-tized. She got to see one of her best buddies get bap-i-tized today and was thrilled to be there to support her. One of these days she will get it but I want to hold onto the one word she insists on mispronouncing even when correcting me. ;)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I am such a DORK!

The other day I bought the kids a Miley Cyrus CD that has Party in the USA. The kids tend to bust this song out in earshot of their daddy as it becomes and earworm and he hears it all day long.
This morning that song came on and I burst into tears....ok, I didn't burst but I did start tearing up on the lyric "my tummies turning and I'm feeling kinda homesick". It comes after the line about seeing the Hollywood sign and then goes on to talk about how the favorite song comes on and everything is ok. Knowing L.A. and the feeling of homesickness I had after we left and how I felt when I moved there when I was 18 just all comes back. Also, I know that certain songs have such an impact every time I hear them.
Anyway, that is why I am feeling like a dork today...because I burst into tear over a Miley Cyrus song. Are there songs you hear that impact you like that?

Friday, June 25, 2010

I Love Baking....Really

You know the scene in the commercials where the incompetent dad or the inexperienced baker forgets to put the lid on the blender and it explodes all over the kitchen....yeah...that just happened. Only in my case it was my food processor and I foolishly put milk and butter in before any dry ingredients. In case you were wondering, paper towels do not keep the liquids from spewing out even when one thinks that might help.

I do not have a mixer with a paddle hook or a dough hook. I have a hand mixer with 2 beaters which has served me quite will over the last couple of years that I have been part of my baking group. However, it does not work quite as well for bread. I am not afraid of yeast. I have been making cornmeal crescent rolls for years using just a wooden spoon. I suppose I could have done that with the raisin swirl bread I am making but I saw on someones blog they had used a food processor.Which of course I thought was brilliant.

I may have released the magic blue smoke from mine....  :( I have not destroyed an appliance like that since I first started baking with TWD. I guess I will check it in a bit and see if it just slightly overheated.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vay-Cay

So it has been about 2 weeks since I posted anything. But it is because we were on vacation! This is the first time in years that my hubby has had vacation time and we had a little extra money to take a trip. Let me tell you though flying 4 people to the left coast ain't cheap!

For the first leg of our journey we went to Oregon to visit hubsters fam. It was a wonderful time. His brothers, sister in law, niece and nephews, mom and dad were all there. We spent a couple of days on the coast, got to see a couple of friends (Hi Rachel and George, Geoff and Kacey, Chris and Sarah) (one of whom took the man vs. food challenge at Salvador Molly's) checked out the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Air Museum, toured the Tillamook Cheese Factory, ate at Mazatlan, Chang's and Round Table. I sliced my finger making a cake, the kids played together all week, I got to see my niece play flute while grandma played piano and my nephew play saxophone and then headed for California.

In California we saw my folkie polkies, 2 of my sisters, 1 of their boyfriends and my parents 2 crazy dogs. We went to the free family day at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco, ate at the Sea Lion Cafe where the kids (and me) could watch the sea lions, went to the Jelly Belly factory and Old Town Sacramento (which has a free scavenger hunt for families starting at the Mechanics Exchange). We had a super soaker fight (well Bobby, the kids and my sisters did while I took pictures), made squished pennies and played Quelf. We got to eat at In-n-Out, and another trip to Round Table. We had a small get together with a couple of friends (Hi Amy and Matt) Plus, my mom made TriTip...Why isn't that cut of meat readily available in Tennessee? I also got to go to See's candy! Yum!

Now it is back to real life in Tennessee. The land of brown recluse spider checks before bed, humidity and our own beds. The kids are still asleep, I think they are enjoying their own beds.

I have already swept up so much hair from two weeks away I think I might have an extra dog, have unpacked the suitcases and now it is on to the exciting world of laundry and grocery shopping. :) I hope your day is as happy and fun as mine! :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

{TWD} Vacation

Ok, so I have been on vacation for the last two weeks. I made the cover cake in Oregon and I made the Cocoa Buttermilk cake for Fathers day. I did not make the raisin swirl bread but I am planning on it. My fam wants it. As soon as I am back in my kitchen with my cooking stuff I will make it.

In the meantime check out my pictures on my 365 blog. and if you would like you can follow along. :)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday

to my sweet sweet little man! I cannot believe 6 years have already passed with you in our lives! You have changed so much just in the last year and your personality is really starting to blossom! You have gone through an entire year of Kindergarten as a five year old and will get to do it again as a 6 year old. You were on your best behavior for the entire school year but having Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum makes fine motor skills, speech, and some school work quite difficult. Hopefully, having gone through Kindergarten this year will give you a solid foundation to start with next year.

This years birthday party was a Minute to Win it theme. We had 4 different games and had the kids in groups rotating through each station. We had a treat at each table that went into the kids treat bag after they played the game. His favorite friends were here to help him celebrate and we even had the added treat of seeing a snapping turtle in our neighborhood.

As a six year old you are learning to ride a bike with training wheels, drawing people as a head with arms and legs coming out of the head, practicing your speech and saying much bigger words. You love your big sister but you are starting to let her know what you want instead of just going with whatever she says. You love milk and peanut butter and anything sweet. You can navigate my phone and daddy's phone almost as well as we can to play games on them. You love to play the Wii and read your little blue Bible. You bring it to us and tell us where to start reading and sit and listen until we are done.

My prayer for you this year is that you will want to know Jesus more that you do right now. You tell us that He is in your heart and we know He is. I pray for you to do the best you can in all things you attempt. You are a sweet little boy and I love you more every single day! Happy birthday sweet boy!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

{TWD} White Chocolate Brownies

It is Tuesday and another week with Tuesdays with Dorie. When I say there are bakers from all over the world I am not kidding! Today's recipe was chosen by Marthe from the Netherlands. If you would like the recipe make sure to visit Marthe at Culinary Delights or even better, visit her blog and pick up a copy of Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. You will not be sorry...well, your taste buds won't be but your waistline might.. :)

I know CB at I <3 Food for Thought was thrilled because she has been trying to get someone to choose this recipe for months! :) With good reason of course..it was delicious!

For some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to make Macrons for end of the year teacher gifts. They are elegant, light and crispy. I had lots of egg whites sitting in my freezer begging to be turned into Macrons (no I am not leaving out the extra o..they are french!) I spent 46 minutes beating the dang egg whites before they would peak. I sent out a message on Facebook asking if people thought it was my lack of a whisk attachment for my little hand mixer or if it was the humidity here in the south. The responses I got make me think it was both, but I also think now that my bowl was too big.

This weeks recipe required only 3 egg whites so I chose a much smaller bowl to whip them in. The meringue came together in 3 minutes flat. I could not believe it! My butter and white chocolate separated but I poured it in anyway which make some white chocolate chunks in the finished product.

After reading the P's and Q's I knew I needed to bake them extra time. Almost everyone said they were underbaked in the middle. I gave mine an extra 10 minutes and then an extra 5 to be sure they were done. The very edges were a bit chewy but they we done all the way through. They were very moist but not undercooked.

One of my very best friends is moving away and her neighbors had a going away ice cream party for her family yesterday. They asked if I could bring brownies so I made these and a batch of my sisters mother in laws chocolate brownies (delish by the way). There were many choices so not too many of these got eaten but every plate had plenty left. I did have to warn a couple of people about the almonds as I did not want to be the one cause anaphalactic shock.

My husband does not like cooked fruit but thought these tasted pretty good. My son like them until he got to a raspberry and my daughter liked them fine. I could eat every bite of the lovely crumbly meringue on top!
They were lots of work but worth it! :)