April 22, 2011

Baby's First Year Album

Here's a look at a baby album I made for my sister-in-law to capture my nephew's first year.
This is an 8x8" album, the patterned paper is from My Minds Eye. Just thought I'd share some pics with you.
Happy Easter everyone!

A page for a belly pic.

Baby Shower
A place for the hospital ID bracelet and more birth photos.
The last page is for the 1st birthday pic.

Thanks for visiting our story!

April 15, 2011

Pancakes and the Sprayground

Our family loves pancakes,
(okay, so really it's just me and the hubs, the twins will only eat them sometimes) 
but we prefer to have them for dinner instead of breakfast.
As far as pancake batter goes, we have used a mix before but my favorite is homemade. 
They are light and fluffy, perfectly cooked. 
This is my "go to" recipe. Simple, quick and delicious!

Pancake Recipe

1 egg
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. buttermilk
2 T. vegetable oil

Whisk together until smooth. Cook on a griddle or in a non-stick pan on the stove. No oil necessary. Enjoy!

Hurray for Spring! We've been taking advantage of the warmer weather as much as possible. This includes walks after dinner, playing at the park, and we can't leave out the water activities.
Taking 2 very energetic three year old's to the park is an adventure in it's self. At some point during the visit they inevitably run in the opposite direction. One wants to play on the little kid play set, the other wants to play on the big kid play set. I'm thankful they are best buddies. It helps because they are usually obliging when I need them to go to one or the other area to stay together.
This morning we were at a park that also has a spray ground. Both the climbing/sliding area is just as much fun as the water park so I had my work cutout for me today.
 They love the water park but are usually cautious, today though they went right in
without any coaxing from mama.
Love how they are growing up. Love seeing them enjoy life. Love, love, love them.

April 5, 2011

I've made a lot of blueberry muffins in my day, lol, but this is the best recipe I've found so far. They're simply wonderful! Not too sweet but just enough and the texture screams cake. Who doesn't love cake, especially one you can eat in the morning? :o)

I thought they were so good, I wanted to share the recipe with you.

Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. sour cream
1/4 c. milk
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 half-pints fresh blueberries, picked through for stems

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners in muffin pan.

In a large bowl cream with an electric mixer the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in each egg one at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together (or whisking together works well too) the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat just until mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a spatula and be sure the batter is completely mixed.

Scoop batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup just over the top, and bake for 25- 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (My oven gets pretty hot so they only took about 22 minutes to bake.) Enjoy!

I love that Favre made it into these pictures. He stopped by for some more cheerios. lol

Scenes from a Sunday morning!