Friday, October 23, 2009

Visit Me Here Now!

Hello blog readers, I am no longer going to be blogging here. But I am still going to be keeping this open for those of you who asked me to for the recipes. I haven't baked/cooked in a VERY long time....but you can visit me at this new blog:
Thank you again for being great blog readers!!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Already Middle Of September..??

Hello Blog Readers! I'm sorry...for such another long time with no posting. Thing is, I honestly haven't baked anything for months. Why, I don't know. But I have something up my sleeve for tomorrow. A Neopalitian Banana Cake....we will see how it turns out.

Right now I am currently taking this semester off school and working. And in-between doing photo sessions, frisbee games, hitting the mall, trips to the theater w/family or friends, multiple trips to get ice cream with friends, church activities, and then of course the usual...spending time with family and friends.

Annnd, last Friday was a whole new experience for me. I'm currently the 2nd baseman on our softball team and well. Last Friday, which was our last game for the season....I ended up spending most of the evening in the ER. During the game I went to catch a fly ball and the ball ended up landing on my face instead of the mit.
I fractured my nose and received 2 black eyes. It was also my first time ever in the ER....a tough night.
Buuut, God has healed me amazingly. My black eyes are almost completely gone and I got my stitches out yesterday. My family took amazing care of me and I found out during my week of recovery that God has truly given me the "best" family and friends in this world.

I also think I had enough injuries for the year. Lets see...a fat bruised lip from snowboarding, breaking my middle finger when the wind shut the door on my hand, and a fractured nose....hmmm. Yup. Hopefully that is all.

And Lord willing. Next softball season. I will be back out on that field.


My latest photo session was of my softball coach's family.
Ohhhh Adalyn. She is my very favorite 1 year little girl. Her pigtails are melting. Her little smile with 2 bottom teeth and 2 top teeth are equally melting. I think we have a future Miss America on our hands.

Have a wonderful Friday! We have had 20 days of sunshine and beautiful weather....I couldn't ask for anything better. See you with a recipe very soon!!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Savoring the last days of Summer.

I cannot believe it is already September. Seriously, this summer was the fastest summer ever. I have no doubt now that as you get older time goes by faster. Because that is how I have been feeling.

Frisbee. How we all love it.
Want to know something funny? Until this year we had never heard of Ultimate Frisbee. Sure we knew what a frisbee was...but playing a sport with a brothers and sisters and I were thinking how dumb does that sound. Ha. That was until we played. And um...simply. We are addicted now. Another sad thing about summer winding down. Frisbee winds down too. Until next spring.
My brothers sometimes forget we aren't playing Tackle Football and decide to take out players. I can say I survived being smashed by my 19 year old brother who is over 6 ft. My sisters and I have kinda learned to play rough in sports....with 3 brothers. I think it is a bit hard not too.

Steven (in the tan cargos)...why he is leaning up against the pole...I do not know.

I'm in the blue shorts on the far left and my sister Lisa is on the right in the blue shorts. We bring a LOT of players...ha. 6 of us.

Park Days with friends on a sunny day. Pretty sweet.

We are sane. I assure you.

Our Church Softball Team. My 3 brothers and I played. We have a couple more games and then sadly we have to wait until next summer.

I will be back in not too long with a food post. Thank you guys for sticking around while I was taking a break from blogging this summer!!
God gave me a amazing summer and one I will remember forever. He is good.


Friday, August 14, 2009

I love you Friday!


Can I say summer is flying by way too fast?! Popping in to say have a great weekend. Off to enjoy a full Friday!


Monday, August 3, 2009

Perfectly Rounded Choc. Chip Cookies.

Good Monday everyone! Whew. Crazy weekend. But a blast. I love Mondays because they are the only day all of us are home evenings.

Ever since getting this recipe from a friend, I haven't been able to stop making these! They are superb. I prefer these with Chocolate Chunks but I don't always have those on hand so sometimes I use Chips. Still delicious either way.
To get those perfectly rounded must use a cookie scoop. My Mom bought one at some Amish Country Store but I bet Wal-Mart or any other store with cook/baking ware would have one. My size is about medium. I started using it a couple months ago and haven't stopped. Can't use spoons anymore!

Perfectly Rounded Choc. Chip Cookies
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips (or 1 bag of chocolate chunks)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat sugars, butter, shortening, vanilla, and egg in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips/chunks. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Cool 1 to 2 minues; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.


We recently discovered Ultimate Frisbee earlier this summer. Wow. We had no clue what we were missing out on. All 6 of us kids play. And we love it. It is a bunch of friends that get together weekly.
We can get rough with each other....grabbing the frisbee from someone else or crashing and taking out other players. But with most of us under 25....I think that is pretty normal.
Mr. Joe...sporting his new haircut.

Yeah...that is me with those red shorts.

It is good to be back! Looking forward to another busy week...see you in not too long with another food post!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Final Check-In Post...Because I'm Back Now!

Hello blog readers. This is my final check-in summer post. I am excited to get back in the kitchen...and start cooking up some recipes! Thank you much guys for sticking with me thru my blogging break.

You can't really tell but we are all sweaty and gross here. A few of the many friends that we play frisbee with. Ignore my brothers shoe tan....he thanks you.
(my Mom on the far right)
1st day of VBS! It was pretty amazing to see God working thru the hearts of the children. The praise and worship time was the best.

Dancin' and singing with Miss Hailey. One of my favorite little people.

Oh Miss Maggie. My favorite 3 year old blonde little girl.
I will see you next with a post for the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe ever and I found out how to make your cookies perfectly round! Have a great rest of a week and see you soon!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer, Summer, Summer.

I'm still here. I've come to the conclusion that summer is going by way "too" fast. Way too fast. But I'm soaking it all up. We have been busy with softball practices, softball games, Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, being with friends, and now this whole week VBS. We were able to go to our county fair last was pretty hard to get one of everyone smiling. Thus resulting in the above picture.

Softball and more softball. Teaches you a lot.

My sisters and I with a friend....yeah I'm a total goof.
Have a great rest of a week and I will see you with another update in not too long!


Friday, July 3, 2009

Summer Days....Summer Fun.

Whew, good Friday everyone! Hope your summer has been going well. Mine has been very busy but beyond fun. We are heading into another packed 4th of July weekend....which will include lots of food. I will be back with some food posts next week and lots more pictures. Thank you again guys for hanging in here with me!
Ultimate Frisbee is amazing.

We had spent the day at a friends graduation party and then playing ultimate frisbee afterwards. Here we are just goofin off....a must for our famalies.

L to R: Steven, Me, Lisa, & Joe. Personally...I think we look nothing alike.

Happy 4th of July!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Break.

I'm still here. I'm sorry for the absence. I won't be around for much this summer (LOTS of new things happening) so if you could bear with me while a take a break, I would love that. For those of you who decide to stick around...thank you so much! Not blogging for the summer doesn't mean I won't be popping in occasionaly to update you guys.

This is the kind of face you get when playing Catch Phrase...nice Andrew.
Katherine I love your earrings. I love how they match your shirt. The tongue thing, yes I love that too.

Fish lips are the latest thing...that is what I heard friend Joss and me at Disneyland.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Lemon Poppy Seed & White Cupcakes.

Good Friday everyone! Whew, feels good to be back to creating recipes.
California was a total blast....we got to go to Disneyland for the first time. I love that place! We were planning on going to Raging Waters in San Dimas Friday but they weren't open yet during the week. So we hopped on over to Knotts Soak City instead. How I missed going to Raging Waters again. Saturday was my friends graduation - pretty emotional time. We celebrated afterwards at Pat & Oscars. I thought Olive Garden had the best breadsticks....Pat & Oscars beats them by a longshot! California is pretty amazing.

I love simple recipes. I was at Wallyworld the other day and thought about why not mix a white cake mix with a muffin mix? Mmm, the results are delicious. You can use whatever muffin mix, not just Lemon Poppy Seed. I'd try the Blueberry one for sure. I bet you can even change the cake mix to your liking!

Swirled Lemon Poppy Seed White Cupcakes
1 white cake mix, prepared according to box directions
2 (7.6 oz) Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mix, prepared according to package directions
Grease 2 muffin tins. Fill 2/3 full with white cake mix batter. Pour 1 tbsp. over white cake mix batter and swirl. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until ready. Cool.

We left for California early Wednesday morning. Thursday was my friend's graduation beach party. Early Thursday we packed up food, boogie boards, chairs, wood for a fire, and headed to Oceanside. It was 64 degrees there. But that didn't stop us crazy girls from going in the water. And since I only get to go to the beach once a year...I wasn't going to pass this up.
I did swallow too much salt water though and felt like puking...the waves were pretty big and kept going over my head.
We had a blast at the beach party....I still can't believe we are both done with High School Joss! So glad I was able to be there with you!
The mature graduate...right JR?

Tonight is my brothers and mine second softball game...can't wait for it! Off to enjoy some sunny weather and a run...have a great Friday and weekend everyone!