Friday, February 18, 2011

Baby monitor pictures

I wish our baby monitor had a way to take pictures, there have been so many great ones over the last few years.

I put Cason in his bed with his croc shoes on. They are a little big and he likes to play with them usually. I checked the monitor a few hours later and he fell asleep wearing them. Wish the picture was better!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good sandwich

I like this stuff.

It's relatively new and very yummy.  It's like a rotisserie chicken carved into a box.  It's in the lunchmeat section and it's probably a little more expensive than your typical lunchmeat but since it's new there have been coupons in the paper and it's been on sale.  It's probably less processed than regular lunchmeat too... since it looks the same as if you carved the chicken yourself. 

Random Story: I woke up this morning and both of my pillows were on the floor with the pillowcases removed.  I'm not a restless sleeper and my pillowcases could not have slipped off.  Something in my dreams made me remove the pillowcases and dump the pillows.  I remember none of this.  I am super tired today.  Weird. 

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentines Cookies

I made Valentines cookies this week for Casons class that turned out really cute and since they were pretty easy, I thought I would share.

First, make a cookie dough.  I made a shortbread cookie instead of a sugar cookie because my smart friend Connie said that it held it's shape better when you are making cutout cookies and tastes even better (if you like that sort of thing).  Shortbread cookies only have butter, sugar, flour and almond extract (or vanilla).  Very Easy. 

Next grab the rolling pin and a floured surface and roll it out to about 1/4" thick.  I cut them into squares by eyeballing it since I sent mike to the store the night before a blizzard and he was unable to locate a heart cookie cutter- even with the help. (Can you believe I don't own any cookie cutters?)  I'm guessing that's because everyone else had the smart idea to make heart shaped cookies for valentines day during the blizzard.

Layout your squares.  They can be close together because they don't spread.

I used a knife and carved a heart into the dough only going about 1/2 way through.  This is the part where I needed the heart cookie cutter but it was actually really easy to just draw it in with the knife.

When they were done baking and had cooled I made a quick icing with powdered sugar and red food coloring and milk and a little more almond extract.  Using a spoon I spread it on the heart surface.  It was actually pretty easy.  I kept the icing pretty thick so it didn't run all over the cookie.... and having cooled cookies is key. 

Unfortunately I overcooked the cookies or overmixed (or both) and they were a little hard.  I'll try harder next time! 

I'm sure that the 2 year-olds really enjoyed these cookies.  When I got to his class they had licked off the pink icing and hadn't really touched the rest.  Oh well, at least they looked good!

Check out the Valentines Decorations I made HERE.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Legacy Cakes

This is my new favorite and if you are close to Grapevine you need to get over here!  I was introduced to these amazing cakes by my sister who is friends with the owner.  Megan appeared on Americas Next Great Baker on TLC and came in second. If you watched the show- she is just as nice in person as she was on TV. 

Legacy Cakes is on Main Street in Grapevine.  It's no secret that I'm a Sprinkles fan when it comes to cupcakes but I'm telling you, her cupcakes are just as good.  On top of that- she is usually in the store and such fun to talk to. 

There are often different flavors but I love the new cookie dough one I just tried today. 

She is an incredibly talented decorator as well.  Her wedding and special event cakes are beautiful.  
So go.  Try it.  And let me know what you think. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Slap In the Face

More like 5 slaps.  2 has taken over and I'm getting eaten alive.  Cason got to this stage so quickly I don't feel at all prepared.  Today in addition to getting slapped 5 times, headbutted, a favorite dish got broken and I lost my religion with the dog.  That has nothing to do with Cason being 2 but it might not have happened if I hadn't had such a rough day.

I feel terrible saying this but I can't handle being stuck inside anymore.  It's 0 degrees outside and everything is covered with ice and school has been cancelled the last two days and it's cancelled tomorrow too.  I liked my routine.  Tuesday while Cason was in school I cleaned the house.  So, the house is messy.  Wednesday mornings we went to BSF and I really enjoy that that time... but that didn't happen.  Thursdays while Cason is in school I write my lessons for Thursday and Friday.  Not going to happen.  I'm out of activities to keep us busy and my house is somewhat of a disaster.  I should be thankful we have heat and each other but I'm just ready to get the routine back.  I hope I'm not alone.

Oh, and can one of my 3 readers please tell me how to stop Cason from throwing things when he gets frustrated?  If you hate commenting on blogs please email me or something.... It's an emergency.  Also, tell me if you are supposed to spank and do time out or just spank.

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