Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I checked many other apple orchards in the area and they're all closed early. I'm so sad! I had hoped to pick 3 bushels this year. I'm hoping I can find some at the Farmer's Market but I know I'll pay a lot more for them.
Right about now I really wish I had a few acres and my own orchard.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I was so excited to bake cake #3 with my sister, Katie, since she and her husband were in town this past weekend. I have love being around my little sister. She's hilarious. I wish we lived closer. I miss her already.
I bought two 9" cake pans and made sure they were 2" deep. I'm remaking this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Fingers crossed that the pans make this cake the winner.
This made one seriously tall cake. I'll stick wooden sticks in it next time to keep the layers from sliding. This cake slice ended up losing it's top half as it fell backward under it's own weight. I made white buttercream with my go-to recipe.
The Verdict: Drumroll please.......
We Have A Winner!!!!! It was fantastic! The cake was light and moist. It even got better the day after it was baked. On day 3 it was still moist! Everyone in my family thought it was a great cake. The cake itself had great flavor and I would have been happy eating it alone, unfrosted. My husband still wants a huge bowl of just the frosting...
So, looks like I'll be making this cake again this Friday for Charlotte's birthday party Saturday. I'll show you pictures of how I decorate it.
My mom and sister had a great idea to turn this cake recipe into a lemon cake with a lemon glaze... stay tuned.
Monday, September 28, 2009
So, back to the weekly menu....
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie (I made an extra last Friday)
Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff on egg noodles
Wednesday: Baked chicken, Perloe (Cajun rice dish), veggie
Thursday: Mac & Cheese & Veggies
Saturday: Dinner out with family in from out of town for C's b-day
Sunday: Homemade Pizza
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
So, last night, we were dancing after bathtime. Charlotte was busy making Jon's sandwiches for the next morning by herself. (seriously, she was... I'll blog about that soon) Jon had turned up the tunes to help distract himself from unloading the dishwasher and I was trying to teach Evan how to shake his bootie. (Is that bad?) I looked at the clock and realized with 5 minutes until bedtime, we needed to slow this party down or he'd never get to sleep.
So, Jon found us a slow song and I told Evan I wanted to hold him and dance. He loved it and I loved the time to snuggle with him.... all 33 pounds of him.
I asked Jon to get the camera since this doesn't happen often. As I was looking at the pictures this morning it struck me how big Evan's gotten. He looks like a little boy now instead of a baby. I'm one of those weird moms who welcome their kids getting a bit older. I love how much fun they become as they approach preschool age... and how much EASIER they are as they get older.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So, here's the plan... Each Sunday, I'll plan out my weekly menu here. The meals will meet the following criteria...
*Healthy (very little processed foods)
*Use what's on sale that week/in the pantry-freezer/fresh from the garden
*Be pretty easy to prepare on a week night or to be made ahead on the weekend and frozen.
This Weeks Menu:
Sunday: Beef Stroganoff (make 2 lasagnas for Saturday to freeze until then)
Tuesday: English muffins pizzas
Wednesday: Roasted whole chicken, brown rice, veggies
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, eggs, fruit)
Friday: Chicken pot pie using leftover chicken from Wednesday
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Almost every church and some civic groups hold sales in the spring and then again in the fall. The sellers get to keep a portion of the profit and the church keeps the rest as a fundraiser.
This morning there were three 1/2 price sales within a few minutes of each other. I went to one at 7, 8, and 9 am. It's nice going to the 1/2 price days because people aren't pushing and shoving to grab the best things like they've been known to do on the first day of the sale.
Here's what I bought today.
For Charlotte I found:
3 pajama sets/nightgown
1 leotardI hoped to find a coat to match the bold colors of the hat I'm knitting for Charlotte. I found this one for $1.50!! It's not as shiny as it looks in the picture.
I found this leotard for Charlotte for $1.50! She was so excited! She wore it to gymnastics today.
Below is what I found for Evan:
11 Pairs of jammies (really nice footie jammies from Carter and Children's place for $1 to $2!!)
I was thrilled to find some much for Evan in good condition. Little boys tend to wear out their clothes faster so finding clothes in good shape for boys can be a challenge. Not today! :)
Evan's winter coat (probably for next year since it's huge) $3!!!
A Baby Gap cotton cardigan lined with sweatshirt material for $1 !!!! It's so soft!
I also found some non-clothing items I thought would be great to add to the playroom.
A wooden block/farm set for $3.50
Thursday, September 17, 2009
As much as I've appreciated the rain, I decided to go cut a few flowers to brighten up the kitchen on such a dreary day.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The cake part of these cupcakes are Ina Garten's Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes. It calls for a can of Hershey's Syrup but I could only find the big bottle. Since a 16oz can of syrup is actually measured by weight, use 1 1/2 cups of syrup if it's from a bottle.
The recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes but I didn't fill mine up all the way so it made 17. Since there's not leavening in the recipe, I could have filled them pretty darn close to the top.
Now, to the frosting...
I tried Pioneer Woman's Sticky Chocolate Icing. I loved that it set up firm enough to make transporting the cupcakes pretty easy. It firms up to a soft fudge consistency. Simple enough... chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter... it firms up as soon as it cools so spread fast!
Add sprinkles and there you go.... ready to take to the cookout!
Monday, September 14, 2009
I came across this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I thought the addition of buttermilk would give it the moistness I wanted.
The batter was really fluffy and smooth. I thought to myself, "hmm... this bowl sure is full of batter... wonder if it'll fit in my pans."
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here's my zucchini plant with the first little baby zucc on it. It's only been a month and 3 days since I planted the seeds. Not too shabby.
This little guy is a parsnip seedling that is the same age as the above plants. Big difference since this little guy is only about 2 inches tall. It's really late to be planting parsnips so I'm not sure they'll be big enough to harvest before winter but we'll see. I had really poor germination but surprisingly, I counted 15 seedlings today! That's a lot more then I thought were out there.