Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
This picture just OOZES Easter. Not sure if it is, but pink, pastel, pretty, dresses and bows. Might as well be the day the Bunny brings me too much candy and I beat the other Sunday school kids with my palm branch. Why can't I look like my mother did? Ugh. I want THOSE genes.
Also, my grandparents came over for dinner tonight (kind of a, "see you eventually" dinner) and I made the most pretty/delicious pumpkin spice cupcake tops with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Pictures shall ensue. Too drool worthy not to.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This people. Is why I hate the dentist. I had a chipped tooth. A month and a half later he got around to fixing it. One chipped tooth, somehow means three shots of novacaine, a black and blue cheek, and chipmunk effect. NOT HAPPY.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I havent posted in awhile. Been at Disney for a week. But I found this picture, and I can't even express how adorable they are. Super happy for them tonight. Having worked every home game the past three years, they deserved this.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This much dessert should never be consumed in a 24 hour period....let alone 6 consecutive 24 hour periods....
Lucas ORear dances should always be done. But sadly, it will be the last of the season tomorrow. Stupid 9 seed.
I like sling box. And gyms.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
After buying new hiking shoes at REI a few weekends ago in Chicago, Olivia decided she felt left out, and built herself a tent.
This picture has trouble written all over it...nothing good comes from the three of them being in such close proximity....
Unless there are chirpies and squirrelies outside. Then they can join forces to commit mass murder...
Friday, March 5, 2010
Cue the happy dance.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Does anyone else think my mother is the Angelina Jolie of the early 80s? Thank you for not naming me Zahara. Or Vivienne. Or Coco. Or Apple. However, Pilotinspektor would have been just fine! ;)
PS. I am going to totally skip on the Electra Complex with Brad Pitt.....
Monday, March 1, 2010
Pumpkin Yeast Bread aka Heaven in a Loaf! (Click for original recipe link)
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages (2 tablespoons) active dry yeast (I like to use three)
2/3 cup warm milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups puréed pumpkin, either fresh or canned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 1/2 cups (approximately) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
(I also add a good amount of cinnamon)
In a large bowl, stir yeast into water to soften. Add milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, 4 cups flour, brown sugar, salt, ginger and cardamom to yeast mixture. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.
Gradually add remaining flour, a little at a time, until you have a dough stiff enough to knead. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.
(At this point, I usually like to add raisins, and/or small spoonfuls of brown sugar in pockets of the dough) The brown sugar pockets, when melted are the BEST gooeyness.
Put dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Turn dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into loaves and place in well-greased 10 x 5-inch pans or, shape half into a loaf, and other half into 12 large dinner rolls. Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Loaves bake about 30 minutes, rolls about 20. Check the internal temperature of each with an instant-read thermometer; a reading of 190°F means bread or rolls are done.
Immediately remove bread or rolls from pans and cool on a wire rack to prevent crust from becoming soggy.