Archive for July, 2008

Baby in a Basket

July 31, 2008

Please forgive the poor picture quality, the iPhone tries hard.

And I’m at work…

July 30, 2008

I received another dispatch about the Wednesday fun-having from G this morning. He and J went to participate in a study (same one as mentioned here) and then have lunch with my sister.

Here is J waiting patiently in the waiting room for his test.

He is such a big boy, playing with toys on the floor!

Tuesdays with Dorie – Summer Fruit Galette

July 29, 2008

This week’s TWD recipe was chosen by Michelle of Michelle from Colorado Springs.  There were many options for the fruit to use, but after arriving at the grocery store and seeing that the plums were on sale, they became my fruit of the moment.

This was a fun recipe to make, but it didn’t quite go as planned…  Let me show you.

Here is the crust after I rolled it out.

I think that this is were the problems began…  Do you see the lighter pieces there?  Ya, that’s the butter…  The recipe said to not be afraid of the butter pieces, and so I decided not to be, even though the recipe for crust that I usually use does not result in polka dotted crust…  But I powered on.

Here is the galette with my plums.

I knew at this point that it was not going to be pretty, but I was okay with that.  It was going to be a little rustic anyway, so I decided not to bother trimming the edge of the crust after I rolled it out.  I didn’t want to waste the buttery goodness!

Well, 10 minutes into baking it, I realized that things weren’t going to be exactly as it should.

It was kind of, well, melting…  But I decided that ugly doesn’t mean non-yummy, so I continued on.

After adding the custard and finishing the baking, it was not the most beautiful baked good I have ever seen…

But, in my defense, it was still yummy.  Even with the custard spilling over the side of the crust and the whole thing being quite a mess…

You should go now to check out what this was supposed to look like from the rest of the group.

But tell me.  What do you think went wrong?  Was it the large butter dots in the crust?  Was it the fact that I skipped the optional 15 minutes in the freezer before I baked it?  Both?  Something else?

I would love for some input…  Teach me.  Share your wisdom.

J’s First Trip to the Beach

July 27, 2008

It is very important to dress appropriately for the beach.  Here is J showing G the outfit he chose.

Here are G and J standing at the beach for the first time!

We went to the beach for a company picnic for G’s work.  While G went to fetch us food, Jaxon and I hung out and he played with his tiny Converse!

After dinner, we went back down to the beach to enjoy the fabulous view.

We had a great time.  Can you tell that J loved the beach?

Have you ever wondered what Jaxon looks like while he’s pooping?

July 24, 2008

Well, wonder no more!

Okay, here is an after shot so you know he survived…  🙂

Aren’t you glad I shared?

Darth Vader Plays Golf

July 24, 2008

He he he.

Tuesdays with Dorie – Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

July 22, 2008

Hello, and welcome to my first post for the group I just joined, Tuesday’s with Dorie!

So, I admit, I didn’t make Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler. I couldn’t find any Rhubard! So, I copied the idea of fellow members who did not have access to rhubarb and made Cherry Apple Cobbler.

All my ingredients.

A note: never again will I bake with fresh cherries and not have a cherry pitter. That sucked.

My cobbler before baking. (The recipe specified 20 balls of dough, 4 x 5, in a square dish. Since I made mine in a round, I decided to go crazy and ignore that part of the recipe, and just make balls until I ran out of dough and then cover the fruit with them in any pattern I saw fit. It worked.)

About 40 minutes later, out came this!

Half went to my grandpa, the other half to dinner at my parent’s house. I have to say, I loved it. Especially the little bit of bite that the ginger gave it. Thanks to Amanda from Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake for choosing such a yummy recipe. What a great way to start with this group!

Great with vanilla ice cream!

Jaxon loves the Arts

July 20, 2008

Jaxon is a strong supporter of the arts.  First, he was a big part of the parade that starts our city’s local art fair this weekend.

He is the one on the left.

See, huge part of the parade.

He then was kind enough to actually attend the art fair the next day and enjoy some of the artsy goods.

Okay, so the goods weren’t that artsy, more sugary really, and he didn’t really enjoy it.  But he did watch G and I enjoy it!  That counts for something, doesn’t it?

After all of that activity this weekend, he requested we spend a day just relaxing at home.  So today, we did what he wanted to again.  (This boy just RULES our lives!)

We just chilled on the couch and Jaxon chewed on his snail chewy (by the way, Jaxon has his first tooth!) and the remote.

Good times.

Pesto – It’s What I Had For Dinner

July 11, 2008

Fresh basil pesto on farfalle with diced tomato. (Basil, tomato and recipe all from this week’s harvest box.)

Yum.

My Boys

July 10, 2008

On Wednesdays, my boys stay at home (G works four 10-hour days now and Wednesday is his extra day off) and play while I have to go to work (poo!).

I guess yesterday G wanted to point out to me how much fun they were having at home without me. He sent me this picture.

My happy boys:

Please ignore the uber mess in the background. Pay attention only to the fun-having boys. Also note one of my furry boys in the lower left corner, blurry from motion!

G must have been bored, he sent me this picture as well.

My evil, freaky boys:


It is so nice of G to remind me throughout the day how much fun they are having at home without me! 🙂