Friday, April 24, 2009

Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

  • Not much has been going on lately so there hasn't been many interesting things to post about.
  • I've been babysitting a friend's little girl most of this week which meant a play mate for Bethany. She loved it!
  • My allergies are going CrAzY!
  • I have not started sewing my curtains for the back door but hope to next week.
  • We're going to Relay for Life tonight at which Adam will be the MC. My mom's going too for the first time.
  • Adam and I have been debating on taking a cruise for our 10th anniversary or going back to Mexico. On the one hand Mexico has some weird things going on right now...on the other, we always said we'd go back there on our 10th anniversary. I REALLY want to go back!!
  • Shelby's almost done with school. Her last day will be June 3rd. I've got to plan some fun stuff to keep her busy...
  • Still going to the gym and I've made some progress! Yay!
  • That's about all I can think of right now. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First Ever Sewing Project Complete!

Shelby's Dress

Never having sewn before, I was so nervous to start this. I've been wanting to learn to sew for several years but have never taken the time to start. Well, with the MUCH needed help from my mom, the above is my very first item to sew! My mom had to teach me everything from how to thread the machine (which is still confusing to me!) to laying out the pattern and cutting the pieces to putting in a zipper. I very much look forward to sewing more clothes for the girls but don't think I can venture out on my own just yet. I have so much to learn! I could have made the dress a size smaller but I guess Shelby can wear it next year too! My next project is going to be curtains for the back door. Those should be easier than the dress though!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Fun

My Mom knitted these cute little Easter Bunnies for the girls.

Bethany got the hang of looking for the eggs.

Shelby and Bethany looking for eggs in Grammy and Pap's backyard.

Jorja, Annabelle, Shelby and Bethany after an Easter Egg Hunt at the Rec. Center.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Egg Candy Recipes

This is a recipe that my Gran used. If you like SWEET sweets, then you'll love this one. It's super EASY!
Easter Eggs
Makes about 25
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/3 c. white corn syrup
1/3 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Sift powdered sugar. Mix together. If tacky, add extra powdered sugar. Add food colorings and roll into balls (or shape into eggs if you can.)
I found this next recipe online that sounds similar to the Cadbury Eggs. I have not tried it yet though.
CREAM-FILLED CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours
Makes about 20
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3 pounds powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
Yellow gel food coloring
2 pounds chocolate melts
In a large bowl, combine the butter, salt and vanilla. Use an electric mixer on medium to beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the condensed milk and beat, scraping the bowl as needed, until thoroughly mixed.
Reduce the mixer to low, then add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Continue mixing until it forms a stiff dough. Transfer the mixture to a counter dusted with powdered sugar. Knead until smooth, about 2 to 4 minutes.
Cut away a quarter of the mixture, then add a few drops of yellow gel food coloring to it and knead it in. Use a teaspoon to divide the mixture into about 20 small balls, rolling them between your hands until smooth. Set the balls on a cookie sheet and chill until firm.
Divide the white dough into about 20 larger pieces (you will need an equal number of white and yellow pieces), rolling each into roughly an egg shape. Press a thumb into the center of each and place one of the yellow balls into it.
Gently work the white filling around the yellow ball, covering it completely. Gently shape each piece into an oval. Set aside on a cookie sheet and chill again.
Place the chocolate melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20-second bursts, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. One at a time, use a fork to dunk each egg into the chocolate to coat it completely, the set on parchment or waxed paper to set.
Eggs should be stored in the refrigerator until served.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

No More Crib...

22 Months

Yet another sign my baby girl is growing up...she's sleeping in her big girl bed for the first time tonight! Sniff, sniff!