Thursday, December 30, 2010
As 2010 draws to an end, I find myself wondering where the year went? It flew by so fast. I haven't even made any resolutions yet...and I haven't even fully processed this past year. I do know, however, that this upcoming year I want to slow down. Enjoy the little things around me.
My hubs and I bought ourselves a joint Christmas gift - a sweet grown-up camera. He went and played with it yesterday and I found some of the images he captured to be rather lovely.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I was going through some of my pictures on my camera and came across these little beauties. Tommy and I made an apple pie this past fall with apples we plucked from the local orchards. Neither of us had ever made a pie before, and we couldn't BELIEVE how easy it was. It literally took us 10 minutes to put it all together. And. It. Was. Yum.
I should have made one for the holidays...but I didn't. Maybe next year.
Mom's Easy Apple Pie (from cooks.com)
7-8 baking apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Mix in bowl the cinnamon, flour and nutmeg. Place crust in pan, add apples and sugar mixture. Dot with butter. Cover with top pie crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
|I'm embarrassed...I couldn't even contain myself and took a bite BEFORE I snapped the picture. I'm ridiculous. Oh, and you are suppose to eat this in a civilized manor...with a knife and fork and such...not like piece of pizza like I did.|
When the weather would turn a little chilly, my mom would start making oven baked German pancakes at our house. They always made the start to a Sunday a little more special. Now, I associate these yummy dessert-like breakfasts with winter, with the holidays, and with my family.
I had never made them before, but was excited to try out my special German pancake pan (my baby sister gave it to me for a bridal shower gift!) Trying new recipes intimidates me a little bit - I've suffered many a "fail" - so I tend to hesitate a tad more than is necessary.
Needless to say...my German pancakes rocked. Well, the edges might have been a little tooooo brown...perhaps charred in places...but I just ate around that *smile*
1/2 c. sifted flour
3 slightly beaten eggs
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
Gradually add flour to eggs while beating. Stir in milk, melted butter and salt. Throughly grease a 9 or 10 inche oven proof skillet. Pour batter into cold skillet; bake in a very hot oven (450 degrees) for about 20 minutes. Loosen pancake from skilled with a wide spatula; cut into wedges with a sharp knife. As it bakes, the pancake rises into golden bubbles. Makes 3-4 servings.
Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar, lemon wedges or syrup.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Little Bug Lounge - $530 - a lil wild for us...but super fun for baby, right?!
We've been browsing baby gear a LOT lately. Mostly to see what's out there - and to see what would work in our world....ummm....and what we can afford. We want to be minimal in baby stuff - we live in such a small space that baby gear has the ability to take over...we want to avoid that. Or try.
So...I found a few fab high chairs...who knew there was such a thing as a fab looking high chair? Well there are. We have a pub size kitchen table...where counter height stools are appropriate height...but typical high chairs aren't quite high enough. Regardless, here are some fun designs I found at CSN.com.... that mega-shopping experience of over 200 specialty shops online.
(This is probably the one we will get - even though it's not so "stylish" - it's super functional and affordable..so it's a win win)
bloom - $499
Oxo - $249
Joovy Nook - $109
Valco - $159
Monday, December 13, 2010
I had a soft yellow baby blanket that I affectionately called, "blanky" - I took it everywhere, and HAD to sleep with it. Did I mention it was so super soft? Did you have one too?
If I had any extra time...umm...or energy for that matter...I'd love to make my little girl a pretty baby blanket. They are so many fantastic (and simple!) designs out there! Maybe I will...someday.
or squiggles!! free knitting directions for this blanket at Pickles