Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dutch Baby w/ Apples

Giant Dutch Baby with Sauteed Serves 3 to 5 (see above)
6 + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 eggs
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons nutmeg
3 teaspoons sugar
pinch salt
2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 16 pieces each
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Combine the eggs, milk, flour, nutmeg, sugar, and salt in a blender at high speed for 1 minute.
Put the 6 tablespoons of butter into a well-seasoned 12" cast-iron skillet or other large, oven-safe container. Put the skillet in the oven.
When the butter is sizzling, carefully pull the skillet out and swirl it or use a brush to be sure the whole thing is coated. Pour in the batter and return it to the oven. Cook about 18 minutes until puffed and golden brown.
Meanwhile, in a saute pan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Add the apples and saute for 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt, and saute until tender and glazed.
When the Dutch Baby is done, carefully remove it from the oven. Pad off any excess butter on top with a paper towel. Top with the apples and a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar. Since you have it in a really hot skillet, you might want to serve it directly on to plates rather than bring that to the table.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Another hike!

Well we went hiking again this morning, it was nice quite as cool and cloudy as the last one but we still had a good time. Brock wasn't as energetic and ended up getting a piggy back ride much of the time from me. One thing that dawned on me today is that hiking was always something that I enjoyed doing with my dad and I wish that my kids would have that experience with him also. For those of you who don't know we have been estranged for almost two years. God has his hand in this situation, I love my dad and wish it were different but unless some things change we have little to no contact. I am thankful that we live in an area with decent hiking that isn't too far from home. I am thankful for the love of the outdoors my dad passed down to me and hope to pass it on to my own kids. I totally didn't start out this post planning on talking about my dad but am glad it's out of my head! I grew up wanting to be a writer and if this is as far as it goes (having my own blog) then I might as well make the most of it!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

McDowell Creek

Today the kids and I went on a little hike to a state park near us. We had a great time. It was Brocks first hike without a stroller so we picked an easier one. It was perfect weather, 50 degrees and cloudy. I know I'm totally out of shape but this put me in the mood to get out in the woods and work some of this weight off! I was so inspired we went out for another walk to the fabric store this afternoon, too. I think in totally we walked between 4 and 5 miles today. Bear with me there are quite a few pictures but I loved them all.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Today was our last official day of school. Morgan is now a 4th grader and Cale is a 3rd grader! Our plan for the summer is to do a little review of math, etc. every couple weeks and we saved all our history and science to do over the next couple months. We can focus more and take our time on projects, etc. This homeschool thing turned out to be much easier in some ways and more difficult in others than I ever imagined. It has been so rewarding for all of us. Can't wait to take some time off and looking forward to a new start this fall!

A fun little outing

We had daycare kids arrive at 6:30 this morning and by 10:30 we were all dragging so instead of falling asleep we all walked the 1/2 mile or so to the park near our house and played for an hour. We were all energized and I had the ulterior motive of good naps this afternoon if everyone was completely worn out! It's 1:30 and three are sleeping and the rest are resting on the couch with a movie!

Morgan taking her turn counting during hide and seek.

Silly Hayden.

Brock, Cale, and Ty on the teeter totter

Isn't Morgan a great example for the little kids? NOT!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yes sir that's my baby

I was in the midst of making biscuits for breakfast this morning and caught Brock in his usual spot this time however I caught him eating flour. Usually he waits til I'm done rolling out the dough and eats whatever remnants are left but he couldn't wait this morning. I am a bit embarrassed to admit this myself but I also enjoyed eating flour as a kid.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hilarious dog of ours

We discovered last summer that Ben loves the sprinkler. We turned it on yesterday and they got so mad at the dog for not sharing the water. He played for almost two hours straight and man they all slept so well last night.

Evergreen Aviation Museum

I took so many pictures at the museum I figured it was time for a slide show. There is one in there showing the back of one of the first commercial airlines, I am not going to complain about the size of seats, or legroom ever again, not like I will ever fly again though.

Fun at the park

Angie this one is for you, I thought you would appreciate it!

Aint she sweet?

Fun with the Wii

The whole family went up to Portland/Hillsboro for an overnight on Friday night. Our friends have a Wii which we all enjoyed playing! I wish we had one but I'm sure no one would want to play outside or anything else if we did. It was fun to see them all playing nicely together.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Great encouraging post for Mom's

I read this somewhere and had to share it with you!

Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade... It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...

The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Silly girl

Morgan is a big fingernail polish girl. She loves to have things written or patterns. Today she asked for all the math symbols on one hand and said I could do whatever I wanted on the other. I love that she is girlie but a tomboy at the same time.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our Garden

We spent this weekend planting our garden. We had to rent a rototiller and buy some dirt to replenish what previous years have done. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, peas, and tomatillo's. We are debating expanding the garden and planting potatoes, carrots, and beats, possibly corn. I can't decide if the extra expense is worth what it will produce. We will have to rototill more space, bring in more dirt, buy seeds, etc. Don bought me two clematis and some trellis to make our shed look less shedly haha in our yard. We also got two dahlia's for the front yard along with some pansies and marigolds. We planted some marigolds in the garden also, it seems to deter bugs.

Violets in the front and hiding a bit are two dahlias.

Marigolds around a tree in our front yard.

Cucumbers, more tomatoes and tomatillos.

On the left are our pepper plants.

Behind the tree are some of the tomatoes.

My clematis