Back Again ?

I’m back attempting blogging again we will see if it sticks :)  Life experiences are making me re-evaluate priorities and computer time.  I have a new-found empathy for those who are in car accidents.  It really is a long recovery.  I am grateful each day that brings miniscule steps forward.

ANWAY here’s a small recap of the last couple of weeks.

We celebrated Spring Break up at Grandma’s house where we got do fun things like lunch with the cousin’s at their school, visit the aquarium where we gave high five’s to the sting rays

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Fed the Lorikeets

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and hung out at the sand dunes!

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Word to the wise:  When your sister say’s “want to ride together?”  as you are about to head down the dune -  be wary. ( Pretty sure this isn’t what he envisioned as she hopped on and shoved off) :)

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I have also been working on several projects for upcoming family events.   Here is a sneak peak at one I can share now.

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I have been working with my husband on a photo book to celebrate his Grandpa’s up coming 90th birthday.  I have LOVED seeing the old family photo’s.  It is amazing to see traits from 3 generations back showing up in my nieces and nephews now.  Here are two examples for the enjoyment of my in-laws.

My Mother- in-law and 2 of her siblings

My Mother-in-law and 2 of her siblings

 and

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If you made it to the end of this monster post HOORAY!

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The Grass is always greener on the other side

Over St. Patrick’s day we tested out a slick way to die food like rice and pasta bold bright colors!

 

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Our green turned out a bit bolder than I had intended but when Thumper does the honors all bets are off. :)  To create our beautiful green rice we simply added a few     several   many drops of food coloring to the water.  Then as the rice cooked it sucked in the water and lovely coloring.

I am thinking this summer we shall have a Wacky Wednesday party and have multicolored pasta.  Could be fun?  Anyone want to join us?

Our sneaky leprechaun also left us gold bars this year!  (too bad they turned out to be Rice Krispie treats) :)

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Birthday Cakes

Over a month ago I helped create 2 birthday cakes for my Sister in law.  Why 2 you ask?  Well the family crowd potential was big and we wanted to make sure everyone got a piece.

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My SIL really wanted to try out a ruffle cake like the one I made HERE and I wanted to try out a new technique I had seen on the web called a petal design.

With our designs settled she choose purple as her color and we got to work.  For the ruffle cake we stuck with one solid color.

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For the 2nd cake we decided to attempt a graduated purple design.  Starting with pure white icing in the center top and gradually adding color as we cascaded down the cake.

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The cake was super simple to pull off.  We simply colored all of our icing colors.  Then placed them into several piping bags containing only a coupler.

bday5From here we piped rows of dots following our color scheme.

bday6Then with an angled spatula you simply press and slide the frosting creating the little ridge.  Then repeat over and over!

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The end got a little tricky but with practice and a bit of care you can blend the rows together.

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In the end the Birthday Girl was happy with the finished product and had a fabulous birthday!

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Lucky us!

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It is March and time for another family tradition I LOVE.  Our Blessings door!  Each day from now until St. Patrick’s Day each family member gets to write or draw one blessing in their life.  We are hoping not to repeat any but we will see how that goes! :)  So far here is a small sample:

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My favorite – Tummy (how else could would eat all that yummy food right!)

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We even have a few extra shamrocks for any guests who stop by and want to add to our list.  I am excited to see how lucky we are because we are so blessed!

Hopefully this activity can help us with our grateful hearts

“A grateful heart . . . comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives”

President Thomas S. Monson – The Divine Gift of Gratitude
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HaPpY BiRtHDaY Dr. SeUss

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss day!  Originally I had decided to let this one slide this year.  We had a big family event on Sunday and this week and the next are a bit busy and I am still struggling to keep up with everything.

That being said I quickly realized this week that it was important to the munchkins.  All week I kept hearing them talk about Dr. Seuss day and what we may or may not do this year.

It was a toned back affair but we still celebrated and kept the tradition alive.  The menu this year featured Star Bellied Sneech biscuits, JELL-O jiggler cat in the hat parfait, and green eggs and ham (the easy style simply scrambled).   It was a great evening with everyone in the kitchen helping cook.

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We ended the evening as we always do reading a few Dr. Seuss books before bed.

Today I also happened upon a devotional given by Elder L. Tom Perry that drove the point home for me that some of these “silly” things I have started with my kids are important.  Here is a quote from that talk.

Be certain you are creating a rich environment in which your family
can look forward to special times of the year when traditions hold you together as a great eternal family unit.”

Just a little reminder to me that traditions don’t have to be big or drawn out or expensive but a celebration of time spent together.

If you want to read more about this talk you can find it HERE or HERE is another one by Elder Ballard.

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Olympic Treat

As I was going through my archive of projects to blog I discovered I never posted our Opening Ceremony treat for the Olympics! (Somehow it got lost in Valentines Day , Groundhogs day and life)

These were easy peasy and a HUGE hit with the munchkins.  I loved how they could each put their own twist on the flames to make them unique.

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To make we simply made up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats adding a few drops of red and yellow to the marshmallow mixture.  Allow to cool slightly and then stuff into an ice cream cone and shape as desired.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

We left over lemons a few weeks ago so we decided to try a new recipe.   Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod.  These were yummy but we warned they taste best in the first day or 2.

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups Gold Medal all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yougurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 TBSP poppy seeds

For the icing

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 TBSP fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place12 paper muffin cups into a regular sized muffin pan.

2.  Melt your butter and set aside to cool.

3.  In a large bowl rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips.

4.  Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

5.  In a small bowl whisk the sour cream or Greek yogurt, eggs vanilla , lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended.

6.  Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to blend.  Don’t over-mix!

7.  Stir in the poppy seeds.

8.  Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

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9.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into he center of the muffin comes out clean.

10.  Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin

11.  Cool muffins completely before icing them.

To Make the Icing:

Put the confectioners sugar in a small bowl and add 1 1/2 TBSP of lemon juice.  Stir with a spoon until sugar is mixed.  Add enough additional lemon juice a dribble at a time until the icing is thin enough to drizzle from the tip of a spoon.

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