Tuesday, November 29, 2011

First Advent

We take a break in the schedule programing of Thanksgiving vacation to bring you a quick peek into First Advent. Sunday marked the beginning of Advent.  We celebrated by decorating our house then decorating the gingerbread house.  By the looks of the house, it looks like more made it into the mouths of my little ones.  Once everyone was tucked into bed, I took advantage of all the great deals on-line and finished my shopping.  Yahoo!  Do you still have shopping left to do?  Have you found any great deals? 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Magic Kingdom

The first thing Roman told me when I told him that we were going to Disney was that he wanted to go straight for the Buzz Lightyear ride. I am surprised that he remembered the ride since he was 2 the last time we went. Maybe he saw it on Tv? Anyway, we did just that. I only took Winston and Roman since Harris is getting a little old for Disney. He just wants to ride the big roller coasters, and well Addy is too little. Frank did a fantastic job of watching her while we were at the park. Amazingly, the crowds were not too bad.  The boys had a great time.  Roman rocked the roller coasters.  We are so happy that his cardiologist gave him the OK to go on them.  Yahoo! We ended the day with the electrical parade.  I love it!  While I wouldn't go so far as to say that Disney is the happiest place on earth, it comes pretty darn close.   

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving in Florida part One

Hi! I am back. I hope you had a great week. Since the boys started school, we have never had the whole week of Thanksgiving off, so we took this as an opportunity to get away. Florida it was and it didn't disappoint with it's fantastic weather. We drove down on Sunday and arrived at our condo at the Westgate. A perfect location to all of the parks. Just 5 miles from Magic Kingdom and 3 miles from Universal. On Monday, Frank took the boys to Gatorland while I stayed back at the condo with Addy. Gatorland is a tradition when we go to Orlando. It is an Alligator park. The boys never get sick of seeing the alligator wrestling. A new addition to the park is a zipline course. The boys were beyond excited for the opportunity to try the zipline course. They loved it! Have you ever tried ziplining? I haven't. It seems a little scary, but at the same time I think I might like to try it some time.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Insta-Friday Gobble Gobble Mr. Turkey!

Sunday Morning by the fire
Thanksgiving Pagent Preschool

new haircut
Grateful Tree
Some of the things the boys listed were
family, church, scriptures, friends, food, crepes, superheros
XBOX, TV, traveling, our home.

We are off to Florida for Thanksgiving Week!
We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh MY!

Oh My!  These Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes are just way to Divine.  I warn you if you make these make sure you have others to share them with because you just might find yourself eating more than your fair share.  No joke!  I ate 4 yesterday justifying it by the fact that I hadn't eaten breakfast.   
Well, I am off to see my sons Thanksgiving program and to eat some most likely dry turkey.  Hope you are having a great day.  The week is half way over. Do you have any plans for the weekend?  Do tell me!  We are leaving for Florida. 

browned butter pumpkin cake
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3/4 cups butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cups packed brown sugar

preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until it is golden brown and has a nutty aroma (about 4 minutes). remove butter from heat and let cool. in a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. in a separate, larger, bowl mix together pumpkin puree, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and buttermilk until well combined. stir the dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture until just combined. then stir in the browned butter. bake cupcakes/cake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

cream cheese frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
about 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
about 1/4 cup whole milk

mix all ingredients together until smooth. add powdered sugar or milk to get desired consistency.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Fragments

Mommy's Idea

Addy waiting patiently at the attorney's office while we refinance our home.
                      Libby pumpkin roll-so devine. 
I know what I am making for Thanksgiving.

Early morning scriptures study.
Aren't I cute?
Happy Veterans Day!
Turkey, cream cheese, apricot jam, and slivered almonds
on whole wheat bread. 
What I was doing at 11:11 on 11/11/11
Quess who is going to have carmel apples today?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

At this moment-keeping it honest.

I haven't been around much lately.  Actually, I have been around, but not on my computer.  Boy, has having another child rocked my world.  I can't say I have transitioned very gracefully.  I look like a mess most of the time.  It is like I am a teenager again because my face has broken out.  What's with that!  I am freaken 40 years old and never really had a problem with acne.  Yuck!  Sweats are my friend.  The biggest change more than the baby is our new school district.  The schools my son is now attending is really tough.  He has one teacher who has forgotten that these are middle school children.  I am sure he will learn a ton from having her, but the poor kid isn't getting to bed some nights until midnight.  I am in a pickle because I don't know if I should say something to her because I don't know if she realizes how much homework she is giving.  Any how, I was cleaning out my 12 year old sons backpack and found a booklet that they had given in health on drug awareness.  One the first page they had them fill out goals for the future.  Here are his answers.
I want to...play drums or guitar
try out for...basketball
excel in...science
join...robotics club, science club and math club
participate in basketball and lacrosse
other... I want to start earning money by walking dogs and shovel snow.
By the time I leave high school, I'd like to
learn to..drive and play lacrosse
visit.... Paris, France, and Rome, Italy.
get a part-time job.... working at Game stop.
buy a... flat screen TV
have a good relationship with friends and family.
other...get a scholarship for M.I.T.
It was so fun reading his answers.  Some of the answers are funny, but what makes me really happy is that he has the confidence to believe that all of these goals are achievable.

Menu #4

Sunday: Pasta with sweet sausage, tomatoes, peas in a cream sauce
Monday: Meat loaf with mash potatoes and broccoli
Tuesday: Lasagna
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday:Out to lunch with my husband and his colleague at my favorite restaurant Barronda.
Friday: Sweat and Sour Chicken
Saturday: Hot Dogs because the husband is out of town.

Pumpkin Curry Soup
1 diced onion
1 cubed butternut squash
1 can of pumpkin puree 15ounce
1 diced apple
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of curry powder
2-3 cups of chicken broth
1/2 cup half and half
In a soup pot saute onion in olive oil until translucent.  Then add apple, squash, pumpkin, curry powder, salt, pepper, and broth cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until squash is soft.  Add half and half.  Then puree in blender or food processor.  I like mine a little chunky so I don't puree for very long. Serve with cinnamon croutons. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dreams "cornerview" and Menu #3 what to do with that Halloween Candy

When I think of the word Dreams the final words of the movie Pretty Woman pops into my head. "Hollywood, What's your dreams? Everyone has to have Dream." Funny how certain words trigger certain memories. Not having many dreams in the sense of dreaming these days, baby girl longest stretch of sleep is 4 hours. If  anyone has any suggestions how I can get her to sleep long I would appreciate it. The problem is she eats abot 40% of her calories at night. Well, the good thing is I know this phase of life will not last forever and for that I am grateful. If I were to die today, I think I would be Ok with that because so many of my dreams have come true. I am truely blessed. It wasn't always that way, but at the moment I can say I have everything I ever wanted. What's your dream? To see more dreams around the globe you can visit Corner View.
So, don't know what to do with all that Halloween Candy? Around here, some of the local dentist will buy it off the children. Our PTA collected candy for the troops and I would say that about 50% of our candy went to support the troops, but we were still left with a ton of candy. Did you know you can freeze some candy like Snickerbars, Peanut Butter Cups, and so forth. Another idea is use it in your baking. One idea is to replace the chocolate chips in cookies with chopped up Snicker bars.  I just made brownies for a collegue of my husbands who is flying in today from Italy. I just chopped up some Peanut Butter Cups and threw them in the batter. What were amazing brownies are now over the top brownies. I hope she like them.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
1 and 1/2 sticks of melted butter or 3/4 cups.
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of coco powder
6 chopped peanut butter cups.
Mix all wet ingredients then combine with dry ingredients. Then stir in peanut butter cups. Place in a buttered baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until done in the center. Let cool and cut! Enjoy!

Sunday: Cafe Rio copy cat dinner.  What is that?  A pork roast put in a crock pot with garlic salt, 2 cups of salsa, and a cup of brown sugar.  Cook for 4-5 hours and then shred.  Serve on tortillas with lettuce, corn chip strips, cilantro rice, tomatoes, and black beans. 
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Spaghetti Carbonara
Wednesday: Wilted Spinach Salad
Thursday:Curry Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Croutons
Friday: Mummy dogs and applesauce
Saturday: Church Halloween Party pulled pork with potato salad