Sunday, April 20

West Coast Easter

Hope everyone had a nice Easter Sabbath.  Mark played his violin perfectly with the choir number this morning at church and I loved singing the Easter hymns. 
Like you, Becca, I didn't get photos of everyone there or the meal.  Once Peter's family came I was too busy serving up dinner to take photos.  But it was wonderful to have them all here.  After heavy rain the past couple of days we were blessed with a dry, mild day.  Aaron's family came early to do their family egg hunt in our back yard.  It made if feel like Easter for us to have little ones trying to find eggs in the bushes!

Before the hunt, Eleanor shows off her new hair cut with her mommy/hairdresser.  Truman gives Misha a thorough greeting!  
 Lincoln's eggs were orange.
 Eleanor's were pink.
 I set up an art project that I had done with my kindergarten class, making bubble prints.
 Kids blew bubbles into paint/dish soap mixture with a straw, and then captured the bubble prints on a paper outline of an egg.  Messy but fun!  
 Butterfly and flower sugar cookies on my mother-in-laws old Franciscan Wear, Desert Rose. 
 Two things I love about Easter:  fresh tulips and the Franciscan-Wear dishes.
 Dessert bar:  Chocolate covered strawberries,  Chocolate Bunt Cake, Sugar Cookies, Candy

Easter Sunday

No pictures of food or all of the company we had together.  No family pictures, all in our Sunday best.  But, here are some snapshots of our little Easter Egg hunt, which topped off our happy Sunday following an uplifting church service with an Easter hymn by our choir (which I lead) and delicious lunch.  Just the best way to celebrate such a hopeful holiday.
Hope yours was good, too!
Tessa slept through the fun.  But, Charlotte was game.

Ready.  Set.  GO!

Helps to have a tall friend.

Time out for glamour shots by the leaves as I coveted Holly's cute Easter outfit.

Why I don't have any close ups of Bram or Harper, I don't know!  

Saturday, April 19

Necessity is the Mother of Invention!

Twas the night before Easter. . . . and I was ready to dip my strawberries in chocolate when I discovered NO STYROFOAM in the house!!!   Not sure what others do to dry their chocolate covered strawberries, but in desperation I sliced raw potatoes in half and it worked!   
Like little islands with chocolate strawberry trees!

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

20 large-medium sized strawberries with stem/leaves
1 cup chocolate chips
1 T shortening

Make sure strawberries are clean and thoroughly dry.
Melt shortening in a small glass bowl.
Pour chocolate chips into melted shortening and stir.
Microwave 30 seconds and stir until all is melted.
Stick toothpicks into top of strawberry and dip in chocolate.
Stick other end of toothpick into styrofoam (or raw potatoes cut in half!) until dry.

Sunday, March 23

Dallas Buyers Club (the G Rated Version)

These girls know how to plan a last minute trip to Dallas like no one's business.
Thanks to some encouragement from the husbands, we packed up and headed south for the weekend to do a little damage at Ikea and rejuvenate our enthusiasm for being professional mothers.
Someone was excited to go.
(It was me.)

Breakfast at Starbucks.

A quick stop by City Craft's new location.
It was kind of sparse and more industrial.  Kind of missed their quaint little shop on Lover's Lane.

Pre-five hour wandering delirium through the maze of Swedish inspiration.

Found this little reminder of our missing quarter.

Holly can do some serious shopping when she puts her mind to it.  Two overflowing carts and one completely full pallet trolley later...

...and there was still some daylight making its way through the tops of the car windows.  Can't believe we fit everything and still had room to bring Teriney home.

After such a mammoth shopping spree, we needed to re-energize with some red meat.  T-Bone's waitressing experience and consumer know-how scored us some free dessert. 

Then, she put this on, so I knew it was time to get home.

Saturday, March 1

Little Details for the Littles' Birthday

Here's a little break down of the food I served at the twins' party and links to the recipes.
This cake turned out really good.  It was a little time consuming and I left off the coconut syrup.  But, the recipe was really educational-- lots of good bakery-esque tips.  The frosting is Swiss buttercream, which I'd never made before, but it was delicious and possibly my new go-to frosting.

I tasted these right out of the oven and was disappointed with the cake, but letting them sit over night in the fridge worked wonders because they ended up being a hit.  I used almond emulsion instead of almond extract (you can get it at hobby and craft stores) in the cake batter and the frosting, which really develops a yummy almond flavor that compliments the cherry well.  
Wish there were some leftovers for tomorrow's breakfast.

These cookies are so soft and fluffy they are almost biscuit like.  The recipe calls for sour cream, but I didn't have enough so I did about half sour cream and half full-fat plain yogurt.  I think they still turned out pretty good.

Chocolate covered strawberries.

We also had lunch food, not just desserts. :)
Smoked beef brisket, which Billy dutifully got up with every two hours during the night to check on
Parmesan Ranch Mushrooms (I used Gruyere and Parmesan)

Party favors were small cups of Cadbury Mini Eggs and butter mints.  And for the kids, take-out cartons full of gumballs, suckers and a toy.  Twin cherry suckers and a little thank you tag were hanging on the outside of each box.

Initials, so I could remember who was who in the pictures.

Confetti filled balloons