Thursday, December 1, 2011

Meet Miss Lilly

 I can't believe that she's almost 2 months old already. I'm pretty sure that with Sophia the first two months took much longer.
Lilly's a happy baby with lots of smiles and coos.
We're all enjoying her so much.
Children are a gift from the Lord, and I see that everyday.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Terrible Blogger

So looking at this blog. I've come to the conclusion that I'm an awful blogger.
That being all figured out I should be good at something.
My garden...nope all tomatoes are dead, and the weeds outnumber the corn stalks.
My house....yep it's a mess.
My nails...chipped.
My cooking...I'd like to think I do better at this, but it's been pretty boring lately too.
My sense of smell...excellent!
There we go. Now I'm filled with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Homemade Fondant

Last week I was looking for a recipe on allrecipes.com that used marshmallows.
I came across this Marshmallow Fondant recipe. It looked like a fun recipe to try out and I had never made fondant before. Yesterday seemed like the perfect day to try it out. I read at least a hundred of the comments before attempting it. I'm not too sure of myself when it comes to fiddly things like this. The comments on the recipe were mostly reassuring so I went ahead.
I made a plain white cake, soaked it in rum flavoured simple syrup and filled it with a whipped chocolate ganache.
Then came the messy part. I rolled and I squished. It was a very satisfying squish too. Like paying with playdough but yummier.
This is the end result. I had the cake part in the fridge before I covered it and now it's a little bit condensed on. Did I make a mistake? Ahhh! It's too late now anyways. Have you tried to cover a cake in fondant? Did it turn out like you were hoping?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Desperate or Passionate Housewives?

I came across this quote from Martin Luther in a book called Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald.

"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and the work, but on account of the word of faith from which the obedience and the work flow. "
--Martin Luther

Doesn't that make you think? Wouldn't you be excited at the chance to wash dishes in Heaven?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bucket List

 I think the idea of a Bucket List is a nice idea. A set of goals and aspirations, big dreams and little ones.
Not that it would make me any less of a person if I didn't complete the things on the list. That's one of the good things about being God's. Bucket list *thhhbt*
  These are not in order of importance.
1. I would like to have a small, neat flower bed with tulips in it.
2. In the same vein. I would like my watermelons to actually grow this year or next...
3. I would like to own a pair of fabulous designer shoes. Jimmy Choo's please.
4. A tattoo (This one will probably never happen because I am a wimp.)
5. The ability to make perfectly flaky croissants.
6. Brown eyes.
7. Sometime I want to make a 4 or more layer fondant cake. And it must look amazing.
8. Perfect meatballs.
9. A cute, little, pastel coloured dress, high heels, pearls and a hoover vacuum.
Maybe secretly I just want to be Martha Stewart. Do you think? Nah. She doesn't have brown eyes either.
10. Make Jeremy blush in public.
11. A Volkswagon Beetle.
12. To be part of a flash mob.
13... 13's bad luck. It probably will backfire on me if I write it on here.

Ok that's enough for now.
How about you? Do you have any great aspirations or dreams that are bucket list material?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lulu's Super Sale

Lulu's is having a supersale.
Everything in the sale is only $15.
Like this cute dress. I love how bright it is, and the button details.


This dress is really cute too. I would wear it. Just maybe with a shirt underneath, and a sweater overtop, and some jeans, maybe some leggings, and an extra skirt underneath.

They even have a few pairs of shoes in the mix.



Hot German Potato Salad

Time for a recipe.
We all liked these potatoes so much that I made them twice in a weeks time.  Sophia had ketchup on hers though so maybe her opinion doesn't count.

 Hot German Potato Salad
Prep: 25 min; cook: 20 min
Makes 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each

4 medium potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)
3 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
Dash of pepper
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar

1. Prepare and cook potatoes, cool slightly, cut into 1/4 inch slices.
2. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and reserve. Cook onion in bacon fat over medium heat until tender.
Stir in flour, sugar, celery seeds, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly.
3. Stir in water and vinegar. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute; remove from heat.
4. Stir in potatoes and bacon.
5. Serve warm.

I didn't take any pictures of this as it looks like mushy potatoes with bits of bacon in it. It's not a beautiful potluck dish, but it is delicious.

I failed... God doesn't, Amen

 The assignment for our Mom's group was to prepare for Sunday. To prepare our hearts and minds, and lives.
I was doing pretty well at the beginning of the week.
And then the middle of the week came, and I got busy, had to work and just plain ran out of time.
 Sunday morning I got up early to find Sophia's shoes and get everything ready for church. (Should have done this on Saturday.)
Jeremy and Sophia were still sleeping and I had time so while I was waiting I listened to a sermon
Because God is a merciful God. He sometimes pokes our consciences. It was the last sermon in the series. The pastor started out saying the whole point of all of these sermons was to make us a praying people. And prayer was to make us realize we must rely on God all the time, and if we don't rely on him all the time. Then essentially we're saying that we trust in other things, ourselves, money, skills... 
And that's what I had been doing.  Trusting in things, not God. 
What a waste of time!
 Mom's group is only happening next week so I have a whole nother week to prepare :).

Friday, April 1, 2011

And so life moves on.

 I stumbled across this post about childlike faith and thought that everyone should read it.

 I know that I've been terrible about blogging lately. I have no problem talking. So why can't my fingers talk as much?

I started a new job recently. I'm one of those sample ladies that you try to run from in large grocery stores.
I had forgotten how tiring it is to stand all afternoon. I don't work that many hours. Only two afternoons a week, but my feet hurt. I used to do it all the time, must be getting old. Or maybe, just maybe it's a good reason to get new shoes.

How about these? They're black and closed toe. They follow all the regulations. And they're cute.
They recommend that we try the product before sampling so we know what we're talking about. This afternoon it's a Chicken Alfredo Skillet Dinner. What does that sound like?... GARLIC! Yes, it is a bad word. That's why I wrote it in tiny letters.
That means six and a half hours of garlic smelling.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pumpernickel Bread

Imitation Pumpernickel Bread
Makes four 1-pound loaves.

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, or instant coffee. (Or substitute brewed coffee for 2 cups of the water, keeping the total volume at 3 cups.)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caramel colour. (I skipped this.)
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • Cornmeal for the baking stone/tray
  • Whole caraway seeds for sprinkling on top.
Mixing and storing the dough:
  1. Mix the yeast, salt, cocoa, espresso powder, and caramel colour with the molasses and water in a 5 quart bowl.
  2. Mix in flours without kneading, using a spoon, or a dough hook on a mixer.
  3. Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses or flattens on top, approximately 2 hours.
  4. The dough can be used immediately after the initial rise, though it is easier to handle when cold. Refrigerate in a covered container (not airtight) and use over the next 8 days.
    On Baking Day:
  5. Cut off a one pound (grapefruit size) piece of dough. Using wet hands, quickly shape the dough into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter turn as you go. Then form an oval shaped loaf. Allow to rise on a cornmeal covered pizza stone for 40+ minutes. 
  6. 20 minuted before baking time, preheat the oven to 400*F, with a baking stone placed on the middle rack. Place an empty broiler tray on any other shelf that won't interfere with the rising bread.
  7. Using a pastry brush. paint the top crust with egg/milk wash and sprinkle with caraway seeds. Slash the loaf with deep parallel cuts using a serrated bread knife.
  8. Slide the bread into the oven. Pour 1 cup of hot tap water onto the boiler tray, and quickly close the oven door. Bake for 35-40 minutes until firm. Adjust baking times for smaller or larger loaves.
  9. Allow to cool before slicing and eating.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

7 Small Gifts

 I'm sure you've all read the lists of nice things you can do to surprise your husband. Most relationship books have ideas on how to show your love in small ways.
A lot of them start with ideas like, "Fill up his car with gas. So he doesn't have to." Those are the kind of things I'm talking about. I'd love to fill up my husbands truck for him, but it's a standard and I can barely drive an automatic. That's one of the great shameful secrets of my life. I can't drive.
Anyway the point of all this is that I'm going to do something special, something extra for my husband for 7 days. And I'm going to tell you how it goes.

#1, Tuesday. It's cold here, still winter, snowing outside. We keep our house cool.
Our room is freezing. For the extra special thing I warmed up his spot in bed so he wouldn't have freezing cold blankets. He saw me and thought it was sabotage. He was sure I did something to it. Maybe thumb tacks under the sheets? Or some thing slimy like cold spaghetti? I don't know what he was thinking. I'm his wife after all. Plus I do the laundry.

#2, Wednesday. I wore contact lenses instead of glasses. And did my hair and makeup.  He noticed and said I looked pretty. :):):):):):)

 Do you have any good ideas for small surprises? I'd love to hear them, maybe get some new ideas.
 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Potlucks Hit or Miss?

 It was ethnic food potluck day at church. I admit *sorry ladies* that I was sceptical of the whole idea. We're a bunch of Caucasian Canadians that live in a rural area where the most ethnic food around is the box of beef Taquitos in the freezer section of our local grocery store.
 I was wrong, so wrong. The food was simply amazing. Someone made a Curried Chicken dish, Spaetzle, Curried Eggs, Pumpernickel Bread, a Mexican pie that was all cheesy and delicious, scalloped potatoes with sauerkraut in them. There were these little beef rolls with asparagus in them. I forget what they were called.
And then there were the desserts! A huge German Chocolate Cake, Kolaches, a delicious German Chocolate Pie. Baklava, I even got to take some home! And my very favorite a delicious flan.

  Now what I made.
Pride goes before a flop. Yes, it does. I thought we couldn't do it. They could. I couldn't. I will be quiet from now on...Well for the next two minutes.
I decided to make a Black Forest Cake. I love making cakes and never have an excuse to make them.  I tried to make it as authentic as possible, using simple syrup and authentic thin cake layers.
I made the cake, bought the cream and cherries. I was going to assemble it early Sunday morning so the cherries wouldn't discolour the cream.
 I made the simple syrup, and got everything out to whip the cream. I poured three quarters of the cream into a chilled bowl and started whipping.  My cream simply wouldn't whip. It would NOT whip. I tried and tried. I switched the beaters on the mixer. I tried again with the remaining cream. No luck. What was I going to do? All this cake and no cream. I checked to see if I had any eggs. I had one, single, solitary egg and lots of milk. I made a little custard and cooled it right away. Then I mixed the custard with, dare I say it Dream Whip. I layered the cake with the mixture and the cherries.  
And for the top, the beautiful top, supposed to be covered in whipped cream rosettes. I glopped the rest of the cherries on it. 
The End!


 Have you ever had any really disappointing food flops? 
 An occasion where you had to eat your words? (Couldn't resist)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sanctification

 We've all been sick lately. An evil flu came and stayed for far too long. My house is a huge mess. And I know that there are piles of laundry upstairs just waiting to get me.
I was having such a hard time just being cheerful when I was sick. It is so easy for me just to be be a grumpy sick person. Just laying on the couch thinking, "I want to feel better. I want to feel better. Leave me alone!"
Do you do this? There are people out there who are sick and content. Maybe they only get there after years of sanctification.  Maybe I need more practice.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I need a baked beans recipe.

Does anyone have a good baked beans recipe that uses dried beans? I'm surfing allrecipes right now, but haven't found one that looks amazing so far.
If anyone has a recipe, or even some tips to share I would appreciate it very much.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Small Renovations

Woohoo!
  We're getting an office. Well sort of. When we moved into this house. There was a small room off the kitchen with a shower in it. Yes, a shower. There also was a tiny, freezing cold closet under the stairs with a toilet in it and no sink, but that's another story. We used it as a bedroom for the first few months while the upstairs was being drywalled and painted. I admit it was nice to have a shower right in our room, but it wasn't very practical. The room was just too small.
Since we moved upstairs, the room and the shower have been used for storage.
Today that all changed. Jeremy decided that he needed an office. So he moved everything from the storage room into the living room.

 The moral of this story is, never complain about laptops and printers being on the kitchen table. Because the solution might just create a need for 5 new closets, or at the very least an unused shower to stuff things in.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentines Decorations

 I'm looking for Valentines Day Ideas.
Something special to do on Valentines day that isn't super traditional, but nice enough to be special.
One of my sisters said that she was going to make heart shaped pizza for her valentine. I might do something like that, maybe some heart shaped lasagna. What do you think? Weird, or sweet?

 In my quest for Valentines Day art. I made these and hung them all in a row on the beam in my kitchen.

I used a tutorial I found online. You can find it here

Do you have any easy Valentines Day DIY decorating ideas?
Or any cheesy, heart shaped food ideas? (No pun intended)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Homemade Flour Torillas Recipe

 I love tacos and fajitas, but I don't love the smell when you open a package of tortilla shells. A few months ago I found a recipe and decided to try my own.
The first batch was decidedly misshapen, some ovals, some moon shaped, a few of them were folded.
Tortilla making was not my skill. The Mexican blood in me was definitely not translating to my food.
Some parts of me are Dutch though and Dutch people are stubborn so I persevered.
*coff* Ok, I admit it. I'm all Dutch. That would explain why the Mexican ancestry didn't help me out.
 Have you made homemade tortillas before?
 And has anyone else noticed the funny smell when you open a package of them?
 If you do make them. Do you have any tips for me, or ideas for yummy additives to make them more exciting?





Homemade Flour Tortillas  

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water

Directions

  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Mix in the lard with your fingers until the flour resembles cornmeal. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. 
As you can see mine aren't perfectly round.
  
2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla. 


Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side.

 Continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough. 
  
  •  These freeze really well.
  •  You can add Basil or Sundried Tomatoes for a different finish.

 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

One less cookie in my life.

 I started a post last week on a double chocolate chunk cookie recipe.
I took pictures of all the steps, creaming butter and sugar, a chopping board full of chocolate chunks, the cut cookies ready to go in the oven. The finished product.
There was only one problem. This was a new recipe. It wasn't one I had tried before. They turned out puffy, dry and just plain boring.
 All that work for nothing.
 Because the glass is half full, or in this case even a sad cookie is better than no cookie at all.
I'm thankful that I only made a half recipe.
The chocolate chunks in them were still good.
I get to write in my cookbook. I like to rate my recipes. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
My baby girl loved them. She loves anything that she can get into her mouth, but I'm taking what I can get here.


 The moral of this story is. Just make Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Everyone will appreciate it more.
 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Shoes

 I had a wedding to go to today. It was the perfect opportunity to wear my fabulous new shoes. I know the word fabulous is slightly overused, but my dear. These shoes simply are fabulous. I'm trying to convince my husband of that.
  On the way I went into McD's to get a cappuccino and a little girl told me how much she liked my shoes. 
I got back to the truck and told my DH what she had said. Trying to prove my point that these shoes are cool and people do like them.
He said it's because she's a little girl, and these are little girl shoes.
*raspberry*

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Blog

It's that time again. Time for a new blog.
Who knows how much will be posted on here?