Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TWD: Cran-Apple Crisp

It is my very first Tuesdays with Dorie post. TWD is a baking club following the cookbook Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Every Tuesday futures a new recipe from the book and each member blogs about their experience. I am IN LOVE with this cookbook. And my first Tuesday did not dissapoint. If everything goes smoothly this recipe is a snap. Things did not however go smoothly. I do not have a food processor for the crumb topping, but my little old pastry blender did the trick. As I was peeling the apples, my peeler broke. And as I was cutting the apples my correr broke.

My all time favorite deserts are crisps, apples, cherry, blueberry...I have never had the apple cranberry combo before and it did not dissapoint. The tart and sweet balance was yummy. I can see my self making this again. The only change I would make is too lower the sugar in the filling. It was a little sweet. Thanks to Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef for choosing this weeks recipie.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Beautiful Summer!

This has been the best summer! Here are just a few of the highlights! Enjoy! (we did)

Silver Beach St Joseph Michigan 8/6/09

Mama Mia! with my girls!

Blueberry Picking July 09

Garage Sale with my Moms Group! Sean sold lemonaid, note the tie! He is so cute!!

Johnson Beach Alabama

Beach in Milwaukee while visiting my sister

Decorating cakes (cupcakes went on the top)

Organizing my local moms Meetup group, with a great group of friends!

Grown up Playdates with great friends.

**I am going to try and be a better blogger!!**

Monday, April 20, 2009

Kat's Birthday

My beautiful girl is no longer a baby! She is walking, talking, smiling, stubborn, and throws tantrums just like a 2 year old. And I love every day of it! Her favorite word is MINE, her favorite toy is whatever big brother has, she loves to sign and dance. She looks like her Mommy but has Daddies personality. My beautiful princess!

The Birthday Girl!
This dress is hand smocked and made by Gran! My babies are so lucky to have such a talented Gran!

This rainbow cake has been making its way around the blogs lately and as soon as I saw it (in January) I knew I was going to make it for Kat's birthday. It was super easy and so cool! She loved it and so did big brother. The hardest part was waiting 3 months to make it!

Here it is pre cooked. For full instructions please see Omnomicon for the original post.
Credit where credit is due!

Here it is decorated. The mini My Little Ponies were a gift from Aunt Gina for Christmas! Thanks!

And here is the inside, honestly that as great of a picture. I thought I had a picture of just a single slice, but I guess I don't.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


It has been over 2 years since I last had a paying job. And I have LOVED my time at home. If you know me at all then you should know that I have always wanted a family and a large one. Staying home seemed like a natural choice. Sunday Justin had his second auction and I worked as his cashier. And I love doing this. I love seeing Justin as an auctioneer and I enjoy being a part of the business. I feel like I am contributing. It was a long hard day and I was exhausted but refreshed. It was good to get out of the house for a day.

Monday I subbed at Sean's school for the full day. I was feeling guilty for spending 2 full days away from the kids. In the morning I was regretting agreeing to sub. But I dragged myself to Starbucks and then headed to the school. I have to say my day was surprisingly peaceful. That may be surprising to some but in reminded me all the things I love about Montessori. Sitting on the floor doing a Europe map puzzle with Sean, almost brought tears to my eyes. Watching a five year old doing the forty five layout, and doing sounds at the sound table really made me realize how much I miss teaching. During my lunch break I spent a little time walking around the class and appreciating the order of the Montessori method. Everything has a place right down to the strips of paper used for cutting in the tray built just for this. The soft classical music playing in the background. The oil painting on the wall. Montessori is truely a different world than a traditional preschool.

I have thought about this a lot and talked to Justin about it many times, but yesterday I really decided that someday I would like to open my own Montessori School. Just a small one classroom school. Either in our basement, or in my true dream I would have a small guest house on our property devoted solely to the school. (yeah, I know, I'm dreaming!)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mexican Lasagna

I have been experimenting some with my cooking, trying new recipes and adjusting some to our taste/budget. And when I make a good one Sean will say "Put this in the recipe box Mommy" So here is one that we love.

Mexican Lasagna:

This is an combination of a few recipes and just what was in the pantry that sounded good. We LOVED this one. It makes a lot, so I froze 1/2 of the mixture for a quick meal later in the week.

1 Cup uncooked rice (2 cups if you are making it all for one night)
2-3 Cups chicken broth (more if you are making it all for one night
1 can tomatoes (or 2-3 fresh whatever you have)
1 small onion (chopped really small so Justin doesn't know it is there!)
2 Can black beans
2 packet of taco seasoning
1 1/2 lb grnd turkey, or beef (I also use turkey it is cheaper and leaner than beef)
1 jar (16 oz) salsa.
4-6 small flour tortillas (double if you are making it all for one night)
Bag of shredded cheese, I prefer cheddar and a lot of it, but a Mexican blend would be good too
4-8 oz enchilada sauce
2 bags frozen corn (I prefer the white and yellow mixture)
Sour Cream for garnish

Cook the rice according to package directions replacing the water with chicken broth. In large skillet melt 1/2 T of butter. Add tomatoes, onion and garlic and saute until tender. Add in taco seasoning to taste I used about 1/2 a packet. Stir to combine. Add the beans and stir. Transfer 1/2 to a large bowl and 1/2 to a freezer safe container. Add rice to bowl and stir combine

In the same skillet brown the ground turkey. Mix taco seasoning and water according to packet instructions. Add 1/2 of the meat and one bag corn to your freezer container stir and set aside. Reserve remaining meat in pan.

To assemble lasagna pour 1/4 jar of salsa in the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Layer tortillas to cover. Spread 1/2 of rice mixture over tortilla. Sprinkle with a layer of cheese. Add another layer of flour tortillas. Pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce over tortillas. Spread taco meat over sauce. Layer 1 bag corn over beef. top with remaining rice mixture in an even layer. Spread remaining salsa over rice and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 375 for 25-35 minutes. Allow to sit 10 minutes.

I used the frozen mixture as a taco filling instead of lasagna. I was just as good.


Friday, February 20, 2009


I have had mixed results with recipes from Rachel Ray. It seems like the ones I like I LOVE, and then the rest I really do not like. Well her Gingerbread waffles are definitely blog worthy! Because I am such a rock star mom (in my head anyway) I have been sending special snacks to Sean's speech class on Fridays that relate to the "sound of the week." This week was "W" (Waffles) so I decided to give these a try. It was SO worth the trip to Meijers at 8:30 Thursday night for Molasses.

Friday morning Sean and I made the batter while Katherine was still sleeping. I cut them into waffle sticks so they could easily be eaten. I felt bad that they wouldn't have syrup so I bought some strawberries which Sean helped me cut up. His teacher said they were a huge hit! And Sean said "Lets always make these, no more regular kind." After I dropped him off I came home and Katherine and I each had one waffle topped with Strawberries. They didn't even need syrup. I think this will become a regular Monday morning breakfast for us. (Monday is our Sunday since hubby doesn't work) The leftovers also made a fantastic after school snack for the kids.

Here is the recipe hope you enjoy as much as we have:

Gingerbread Waffles

3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, plus some to butter the iron
Syrup, whipped cream or fresh fruits for topping, to pass at table

Preheat waffles iron. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar until fluffy, then beat in pumpkin, milk, molasses and melted butter. Stir the wet into dry until just moist. Do not overstir the waffle batter. Brush the iron with a little melted butter and cook 4 waffles, 4 sections each. Serve with toppings of choice.

Valentines Blog coming soon, I am having trouble uploading pictures.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

So VERY Thankful today

Today I am Thankful for many things
1. GOD
2. The angel who was sitting on my husbands shoulder today
3. My Mom who is always there when I need someone to settle me down and tell me it is going to be ok. THANK YOU!
4. My husband who knows what to do in emergencies
6. The two women who stopped to help
7. That the Rodeo had a sun roof that they could climb out of
5. That Justin and his Uncle David survived the crash.
6. Seat Belts!

Justin was on his way to Chicago today when he hit some black ice and sled off the road. His truck rolled 6 times and landed upside down. They were able to punch out the sun roof to climb out off. He said he did everything right, turning into the slide not breaking, but his back wheels hit a snow bank on the side of the road and he couldn't do anything else. He just started rolling. David went to the hospital for observations but was released soon after. Justin is fine just sore. Said he feels like he just played football.

I am going to spend the rest of the night holding my husband and thanking God for saving him today. The pictures are from my cell phone and don't really show how bad it was.