Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Meet my parents...otherwise known as Mimi & G-Pa.
I think they did AWESOME!! These are just a sample of the pictures I got of them today...do you know how long its been since they've had pictures taken together?? Me neither! That's a long time.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
So here is my little model...if you read this blog you know how hard it is to get her to smile, she did pretty good :) Some serious shots and some smiley ones! I kind of wish she was in a cuter outfit, but she picked out her "soccer" shirt (which I'm sure all of my family is so proud right now!) and it definitely is "her" :)
Monday, October 19, 2009
- You chose your own Halloween costume, because it was so soft. You have worn it every day since the big day you picked it out with Mimi.
- You run your hands (wildly) through your hair and ask me, "Am I gorgeous Mommy? Am I?"
- You go from playing babies to playing lions and blocks in seconds.
- You like to "sneak" medicine (vitamin C drops)
- You love to pick out your own movie, clothes, spoons, shoes...heck EVERYTHING!
- You call your sister by an even shorter version of her shortened name...lol! and you sound so cool and "old" when you do it.
- You reason with me: "Just one more (holding up a tiny little one). Please Mommy, just one more?" "Five minutes. I'll be ready for bed in 5 more minutes."
- When you count in the 30s, 40s or 50s....sounds so cute!
- Your dancing skills (ha! you take after your daddy, sorry sweety...lol), and singing, "I like to move it. I like to move it!"
- Your love for tomatoes! Any kind, any time of day.
You fill all of our lives with so much happiness. Your sister loves you, and we love you too. Thank you for the hugs and kisses and the funny little moments you give each of us everyday. Happy Belated 3rd Birthday bug!! XOXO
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Recipe is here or below for you to make delicious donuts as well :)
2 red apples, such as Cortland or McIntosh
2 1/2 cups apple cider
3 1/2 cups all-pourpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Vegetable oil, for frying
Core and coarsely chop the apples (do not peel). Combine with 1 1/2 cups cider in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cover and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the apples are tender and the cider is almost completely reduced, about 5 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor until smooth. Measure the sauce; you should have 1 cup. (Boil to reduce further, if necessary.) Let cool slightly.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
Beat 2/3 cup granulated sugar and the shortening in another bowl with a mixer on medium speed until sandy. Beat in the egg and yolk, then gradually mix in the applesauce, scraping the bowl. Beat in half of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk and vanilla, and then the remaining flour mixture. Mix to make a sticky dough; do not overmix.
Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper and pat into a 7-by-11-inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Meanwhile, make the glaze: Simmer the remaining 1 cup cider in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 1/4 cup. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar until smooth and glossy, then set aside. Mix the remaining 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a shallow bowl; set aside for the topping.
Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Cut the chilled dough into 12 rounds, using a floured 2 1/2- or 3-inch biscuit cutter, then cut out the middles with a 1-inch cutter (or use a doughnut cutter). Slip 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as needed. Transfer to the paper towels to drain.
Dip one side of each doughnut in the cider glaze, letting the excess drip off; dip just the glazed side in the cinnamon-sugar or roll all over in cinnamon-sugar, if desired. Serve warm
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I was able to catch Big wee one looking through her first birthday album, and thought it was so sweet. I used Brandy's kit to create a LO to document why I scrap :)
Brandy also came out with the most adorable dance kit called Twinkle Toes. If you have a little ballerina, then you must snag this kit!
Go check out these kits if you are in the mood for something new and while you are at it, check out Sunflower Designs...I used this kit:
to create my new blog header!
On another note, my photography is taking off a bit. :) Which makes me very happy!! Check out this handsome stud...so sweet!
If anyone knows anyway I can retrieve my deleted files...I'd love you forever~!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I created this LO of Big wee one and fell in love with the all of the elements...can you tell? LOL!
Due to some unfortunate corrupted files on my external hard-drive and working a little extra hard on some other projects this week, I was unable to complete a LO with this kit (but I will...don't you worry!). When I do get the external HD straightened out, I'll post some of my other LOs as well :)
Have a fabulous day and go snag these awesome kits!