Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Birthday pt. 2

She requested a strawberry cake...I love how it turned out!

Happy Birthday, Silly Girl!

My silly Lucy is 4 today!
Happy Birthday, Baby!

I get this response a lot to my saying, "smile!"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Words to live by

I made Brisket for the first time...I followed PW's instructions.  It was one of the most delicious things I've ever made and you know I've made a lot of yummy things.

Speaking of yummy things...I heard this quote on The Big Bang Theory the other night. 

"The real way to get a man is with melted cheese and cream of mushroom soup...
he'll die at 50 but his love will be true."

Have a good day!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

9 days...seriously?

9 days since my last post?  I guess that's my phase of life right now.  Sorry....

Apple Orchard...

It was cold and wet.  The apple I picked off the tree was the best apple I've ever eaten...I know it was just because it was so fresh, because I've had Gala apples before from the store they're, meh.  This Gala was super yum.

coming soon...Cider Mill...and Noah's baby blessing is tomorrow, I can't wait for you to see his gown.  It is so beautiful.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eastern Market Photos

Love the old Vernors boxes, did you know they were originally a Michigan company?

SweeTango as modeled by mi madre

chocolate croissants

No Grumpy People

For Dad

I didn't know Coxcomb got that big.

My niece went to Homecoming that night...isn't she gorgeous?

Monday, October 10, 2011


It's apple season!  

I stumbled upon a post about the MI Apple Trail and I knew I had to see it...I've been wanting to go to the Eastern Market for years, pretty much since we moved here, and the apples got me there.  
They were pretty neat.  The Market was amazing, I'll post more about that later.  I did try a SweeTango while we were there, I liked it, but not as well as Honey Crisp.

For Lizzie's Oktober Fest Birthday Celebration I made Apple Strudel.  I started out using Paula Deen's recipe, and made her filling with just a few tweaks.  I used almonds instead of pecans, Nilla wafers instead of shortbread cookies, and added 2 tlbs of flour.  Then I realized I had purchased Puff Pastry instead of Phyllo dough.  So...I looked up a recipe on the Pepperidge Farm site which instructed me to roll out the pastry and then I filled, sealed and baked.  After it had cooled I added the glaze.
Yummy yum.  I think I'll make this again for Thanksgiving.

I love apple season...and we haven't even been to the Cider Mill yet.

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Brownie mix cookies are a new favorite of mine. Super simple and richly delicious.
Take a box of brownie mix, add 2/3 C of flour, 2 eggs, 3 T of water, 3 T of oil and beat until smooth.
Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes. They end up smooth and soft on the inside and just a smidge crispy on the outside, like a good corner brownie.

You could stop there...

Or not.

You could sandwich two cookies with chocolate nougat. Mmm...I suggest it.
Make sure you have milk on hand.

Chocolate Nougat:
Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips
Beat with a hand mixer for a few minutes and then add a tub of cool whip, beat it for a minute.
That's it.

Last week I had a dessert fail.
Have you seen those homemade 3 Musketeers bites on Pinterest?
I tried to make them. They looked yummy and simple, and I must admit I'm really loving simple lately. I made up the chocolate nougat and froze it for double the amount of time suggested in the recipe. When I took it out and started cutting it up to start dipping, it seemed a bit gooey still. I stuck it back in the freezer for a while, and it was still gooey so I thought maybe that's just how it was supposed to be. I started dipping and the nougat chunks started falling into the melted chocolate. It turned the melted chocolate hard and undippable...but into a really yummy truffle filling consistency. So, I had all the nougat and wasn't sure what to do with it. Until now.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I'm loving General Conference, more on that I'm catching up on Preschool Olympics.

I was in charge this year, which was quite nutty with brother in tow but it was worth all my anxiety.  I had planned to have it in the church gym, but it turned out they were refinishing the floor that day-so we opted for the multi-purpose room...then, about halfway through they were going to start applying some noxious chemicals so we finished up outside.  It was a beautiful day so it was a lucky change.  We combined with the younger group and had some siblings and friends join us, I think everyone had a great time.  I love Mom School, and I'm glad Lucy does too, she looks forward to it each week.