Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Silly Kids...in video

Maybe I should have signed Guy up for more speech therapy!  Well, I know what he's saying.


Green stuff is delicious.  My favorite being mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ser Nels Undertree

You know that awesome song at the end of the movie, Wall-E?  It makes for a perfect song to sing to your baby when you are tired of holding him. That is all I have to say today.


"We’re coming down to the ground; there’s no better place to go"
NelsUnderTree

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sweet Cuppin' Cakes!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are delicious.  They should be made in every household.  They will make you happy.  And I like to make promises I can't keep.

This is what they look like when you go to bake them...
CookingCupcakes

This is what they look like when you go to eat them (assuming you put frosting on them, and a tiny cookie, and cut them in half...)
CookieDoughCake

The copied recipe:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate
chips
 
1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
Directions:
1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add 1 egg and the vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls; place onto a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
3. Beat 3 eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer to break up. Add the cake mix, water, and canola oil; continue beating for 2 minutes on medium speed. Spoon into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion of the cupcake (not the cookie dough ball) comes clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Getting Crafty!

We found this kit at our favorite toy store for 70% off.  (Just so you know we have a heck of a lot of favorites...)  Anyway, amazing deal and store.  Guy was so excited and I can't get the kid to stop crafting!

Alligator

ClayFish

Weaving

He's only allowed to do one craft a day and he's gotten mad at me for setting limits.  Can't burn him out before preschool!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer is for Exploring

Some of our favorite places to explore...

Rancho San Rafael Park.  Double points for having an awesome volunteer-run learning center.  Nels learned that he could be adopted from the zoo after all. 
DaBears

And let's just say the park is gorgeous and maybe slightly scary.
Waterfall

DinoSlide

River School.  The envy of every homestead.
RiverWalking

Envy of every chicken enthusiast, too.  Pretty sure she's a Golden Polish but I've never seen one this pretty before.
Chicken