Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Date - November 8, 2008
Time - 2:00 pm
Location - Leystra's Venture Restaurant (click here for a map)
If you would like to volunteer to bring a dish to pass, please let me know via email or leave a comment and I will keep a running list below of who is bringing what so everyone can see what is already covered and what is not!
- Sandwiches, Soda, Pie - Leystra's Venture
- Birthday Cake, balloons, plates, cups, etc. - Evan and Sarah
- Pasta salad - Serena
- Party Mix - Sandy
- Fruit pizza - Grandma Joyce
- Veggie/Cheese/Sausage Platter - Dorothy
Again, just let me know if you would like to add your name to the list above.
Here is a list with a wide variety for you, but I want to stress this - DO NOT FEEL OBLIGATED TO BRING A GIFT!!!!! I am just a list-making, plan ahead freak, so I make lists like this so when people ask me, I have something concrete to show them. Please come and celebrate with us, gift or no gift. Click here for the gift list!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The 4th of July
9 Months (Sweet Pea)
Want to join the class with me? There's still room!!
Just kidding around. This was pretty darn cute. I'm so glad to hear that he was in a good mood and put on a show for the folks at Judah and Mariana's wedding!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I can't help but give myself a pat on the back for this one. I got a new cookbook for my birthday about how to sneak vegetables into "normal" foods and I tried my very first recipe from it tonight - Choc-ful Cupcakes. They were DELICIOUS!!! Hard to believe that they had, get this, blueberries, wheat germ, and SPINACH in them! Evan liked them too, so I'd call that a success! Any chance I can get to put more veggies and whole grains into our diets is a good thing.
Recipe - from The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine
- 3 cups raw baby spinach leaves
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no syrup or sugar added)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3-4 tablespoons water
Bring spinach to a boil in a medium pot. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. If using frozen blueberries, quickly rinse them under cold water to thaw a little, and then drain. Fill the blow of your food processor with the blueberries and cooled spinach, along with the lemon jice and 2 tablespoons of water and puree on high until as smooth as possible.
Choc-ful Cupcakes: (Nutrition highlights - whole grains, fruit and vegetables, rich in vitamins A, C, E and K....potassium, manganese, folate, iron, fiber, antioxidants)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Purple Puree
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup Flour Blend (equal parts unbleached white flour, whole wheat flour, and wheat germ)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Incredibly Improved Icing (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a double boiler or a metal bowl over simmering water (or in the microwave, checking every 15 seconds). Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool a bit. Meanwhile, in another bowl, stir together the egg, vanilla, Purple Puree, and sugar. Combine this purple egg mixture with the cooled chocolate mixture. In a mixing bowl, stir together the Flour Blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add this to the chocolate mixture and blend thoroughly. Pour into donut molds or fill lined muffin tins almost to the top. Bake 23 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick insterted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting with Incredibly Improved Icing...and add the sprinkles for some extra flair!
Incredibly Improved Icing:
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix dry milk and powdered sugar in a bowl, then add the boiling water and vanilla. Mix very well. Allow to cool before applying to cupcakes.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Here's my first challenge - from Got Sketch #68
Here is my page based on this sketch: