Fun Family! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2009 20:24

Last week I dragged my neighbors downtown so I could use them for some much needed photography practice. I had never even attempted taking pictures of a family before, so I was very grateful for their patience. I changed my mind and moved them around so many times, its a wonder they made it out alive! Oh, and might I add that the kids were SUPERB! I am super glad I got to practice on them. I have a lot to learn about taking family pictures and they made it easy for me to learn as I was going. :)

Without further adieu, here are a few pictures from our outing!

Here is the oldest of the children, "C". He is a very good big brother. Watching him interact with his sisters made me remember all of the fun/crazy times my brother and sister and I had together growing up!

This is "M", the oldest girl and middle child. She is a super talented goofball. Seriously. This kid cracks me up!

And here is the youngest of the bunch, "E". She is just the sweetest, cutest thing in all the land. I love her cute little attitude!

This just melts me...

And last but not least, my favorite image of "E". I just thought this was hilariously adorable!

Hope you enjoyed! I cant wait to show you my next practice session! :)

2 Year Old Pics PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2009 15:18

So I am in major Halloween Costume Crisis Mode. Due to the fact that Zachariah is deathly afraid of his pirate costume, we will be going a different route for Halloween this year. And due to the fact that there are hardly any costumes left this close to Halloween, my child may be going as a cranky toddler. But I do have a few other options I am going to try, so we will see if one of those happens to work out. I will keep you posted on my progress/stress level. :)

In hopes of getting my mind off of the Halloween Crisis, I am going to show you a few of Zachariah's 2 year old pictures! (Click here to see the blooper reel)

I think one of these two are my favorite. I can't decide which one...

Anyway! More of the pictures will be up on facebook sometime soon. And by soon I mean whenever I make a dent in my To Do List.
Happy Monday! :)

Blooper Reel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2009 15:21

This weekend I forced Daniel and Zachariah go down to the Veranda so I could take Z's two year old pictures. Well, I didn't force them. They actually went quite willingly!

Apparently two is an age that is just about impossible to photograph. Especially if you don't go into the whole thing with a lot of patience. Now I know why people hire professionals to do this. I have no clue how my photog friends get the amazing shots of toddlers that they do. I find it just about impossible!

Just for fun, here are a few "bloopers" from the shoot. I will post some of my favorite shots later this week. :)

This last one made me laugh. My kid is such a goofball!

Oh, and on a side note... I did so much squatting and bending down during this that my thighs are KILLING ME. If that is not a sign that I need to work out, I don't know what is.

Peanut Butter Fudge PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:02

I made my first ever batch of fudge this weekend. Peanut butter fudge to be exact. It was/is heavenly!! It was super easy and oh so yummy, so I thought I would share the recipe with you guys. It is Bakerella's recipe, so you know its going to be good! :)

Peanut Butter Fudge

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
6 oz package semi sweet chocolate pieces
7 oz. jar Marshmallow Creme (I like Kraft)
1/2 cup peanut butter

1. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, 6 tablespoons margarine and 1/3 cup evaporated milk in a medium pot.
2. Bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly.
3. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for 4 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
4. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate pieces until melted.
5. Add 1 cup (1/2 jar) marshmallow creme and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until well blended.
6. Pour into greased 13 X 9 pan.

Repeat with remaining ingredients substituting peanut butter for the chocolate. Spread the peanut butter mixture over the chocolate.

Cool at room temperature and cut into squares.

Just in case you needed a visual... here is my chocolate layer of the fudge. It looks very runny, and that had me worried. But it turned out just fine. Just try to avoid having to many craters in there.

And here is the peanut butter layer on top of the chocolate layer!

Whatever you do, do NOT put them in the fridge until you have already cut them into bars. It is ridiculously difficult to cut these suckers after they have been refrigerated. I needed a pick axe or something. Sheesh.

And here they are! Next time I may use a different baking dish to try and get some thicker pieces, but I am going to have to play around with that. Overall I was very pleased with my fudge making experience. If you give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out! :)

Broccoli Casserole PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2009 22:16

I do not like broccoli. I do not like it, Sam you see.

That being said, my mother in law makes a superb broccoli casserole. So superb, in fact, that I got the recipe from her a couple years ago and I make it about once a week at our house. It is one of the only veggies Zachariah will eat on a regular basis. He will get seconds and thirds of this stuff. Its fabulous. Seeing as how my family loves it so much, I thought I would share the super simple recipe with you. You know, just in case you wanted to try it. :)

First, the ingredients. You will need some broccoli, mayo, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheddar cheese (sharp), eggs and Ritz crackers.

First, cook the broccoli according to the packaged directions. Drain really well, then set it aside. We will use this in just a little bit. (You need a 16 ounce bag of broccoli. Winn Dixie carries the PERFECT size bag for this. Other stores may have a 16 ounce bag as well, but I have yet to find it.)

In a decent sized bowl, combine two eggs, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a cup of mayo.

If you have a cute and eager helper nipping at your heels, you can have him stir it for you.

Don't forget to shout, "Keep the spatula over the bowl. OVER the bowl!" a few times. When that doesn't work, just try and will the spatula not to drip all over the counter.

After you accept the fact that your "little helper" is going to make a complete mess of your kitchen, take your cooked broccoli and throw it into the bowl.

Then have your cute little helper pour in one and a half cups of shredded cheese.

We do it in half cup doses. That way he gets to do it three times and feels like he is being more helpful. But you may feel free to measure it all out at once. And then let me live vicariously through you.

Now stir in the broccoli and cheese into your mixture.

Now is where the phrase "Keep the spatula over the bowl!" comes in handy again.

Whew. That was a close one.

Once you have successfully mixed all of your ingredients, pour it into a 9x13 casserole dish (or something similar).

Remember the Ritz crackers? Well now you need to pull out one sleeve from the box and crush them up. (I recommend the Honey Ritz. It adds a touch of sweetness to the casserole. It's delish. But you can always go the plain Ritz cracker route. There is no shame in that.)

You can do this one of two ways. 1) Put a few in your hand at a time and crush them up, sprinkling them across the casserole as you go, or 2) put them in a bag and smash them.

Since I had a willing helper, we went with option number two.

My "willing helper" got a little bored and decided to try a new technique. Rolling the crackers with his stomach, or the steam roller effect. I don't recommend it.

That's better... back to the hitting. Geeze. It sure is hard to find good help around here.

Ok! After you have crumbled all the crackers, sprinkle them all over the top of the casserole. Note: these may look like they are already golden brown from being in the oven, but do not be deceived. I used whole wheat Ritz crackers, and they are just naturally a darker color.

While we are on the subject of whole wheat Ritz crackers, let me give you a piece of advice. If your spouse does not like things made with whole wheat, do not, I repeat, do NOT try to trick them into eating them. They will not be fooled! But I don't speak from experience or anything. This might have happened to a friend of mine.


After it cooks for about 25 min. you may dig in! You know, after it cools off a bit. Try to resist. Often times I cant help myself and eat a chunk soon after its out of the oven. But its quite painful, so I recommend waiting a short while.

And that's it folks! Below are the ingredients and directions without all the blabber. Go try it. You will not be disappointed. Scouts honor.

Mother in Law's Broccoli Casserole

16 oz package of chopped broccoli
2 eggs
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of mayo
1 1/2 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers

Preheat oven to 350 Cook broccoli, drain well Combine all ingredients together (except Ritz) and pour into 9x13 casserole dish. Crumble crackers on top Bake for 25 min. or until crackers are golden brown

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