I was looking for a simple way to include the baby's name on some cheesecakes for a baby shower recently. I didn't want to have to make fancy icing and get out all the tools for that so I tried something that worked pretty well. Using chocolate chips, wax paper, letter cookie cutters, and cooking spray I made chocolate initials of the little guy we were celebrating. One plus of using chocolate is that if you mess up, you can always melt it again and start over.
Melt about 1/2(?) cup chocolate chips in a bowl. Lay a piece of greased wax paper on a plate and spread the chocolate onto the wax paper, making sure it's thick enough for your letters. Place your letters in the chocolate and put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or so. (I didn't time this but kept checking it.) Remove from fridge when chocolate has hardened a little bit, enough so that you can remove the letters and stencils from the chocolate and remove from the wax paper. Let the letters, with the slightly hardened chocolate, cool even longer in the fridge still in the cookie cutters. When chocolate is nearly hard, gently remove the chocolate letters from the stencils. If one breaks, you can do it again or cover the break with a tiny bow like I did! :)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Our Cody is smiling ever so much, and we're finding that he's very social. He loves watching the action of those around him and can hardly keep from wriggling with smiles when someone talks to him.
He weighs 15 lbs. 8 oz. and wears 3-6 month clothing...but not much longer!
He likes taking baths, lying under his hanging toys, sleeping with mommy, waking up late in the morning, classical music in the van (at least he gets quiet when it's playing), laughing at DJ's antics, and taking long naps in the car seat.
He's loving his new bumbo seat. The other boys didn't have one, but when our bouncy seat broke, I decided to try this out. I'd heard so many good things about them, but they're very expensive. I found one at Once Upon A Child and so far, it has been wonderful! He watched the boys getting their baths the other night with not a single complaint. He watches me cook while sitting up on the counter (the warning on the seat says not to place on elevated surfaces so I am always nearby and will have to be cautious as he gets bigger and moves around more). It's portable and just what we needed!
I made granola this weekend and decided it'd be fun to share pictures. When I
first married, I bought granola and found that it was rather expensive. Often I was disappointed with the ingredients. Finally, I started making it, and usually we have some on hand. Kent really likes putting it on our oatmeal and ice cream. The boys like it with plain yogurt and some fruit. I like it with a few chocolate chips mixed in (but that's when no one's looking!)
I always put nuts in ours, usually chopped almonds or walnuts.
I like to use a mixture of oats, triticale, and barley that I order in large quantites from a co-op.
10 cups rolled oats or any other rolled grain
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups choppd nuts
1 cup dried fruit
Pour oats in a large bowl. Stir honey and and oil together. Add mixture to the oats and stir well. Chop nuts and add to oat mixture. Grease large glass pan and pour mixture into the pan. Bake in 325 degree oven for 35-40 minutes (the total time I'm uncertain about!). Check every 10-15 minutes and stir. Remove from oven when oats are lightly browned. Cool and add dried fruit.
You can vary the amount of oil, honey, nuts and fruit to your liking. I've found that it works out pretty well no matter what! Just don't forget about it. I've burnt a large pan of granola to a blackened mess. That's what I get for relying on my memory instead of a timer.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Some of the family, along with a neighbor boy, looking for the hidden cache.
Our line-up of bikes and trailers. Cody is fast asleep in the last trailer.
I quit a little early because I thought Cody would wake up and be ready to eat, so I biked home alone along paths through the woods. What a beautiful quiet time. I really enjoyed it and thought I was so far ahead of the rest of them. I barely made it in the house and I heard voices in the garage. I guess I wasn't as fast as I thought.
Geocaching is such a fun activity, especially when coupled with biking or hiking. Once you have a GPS, it's practically a free sport. The initial cost of a GPS is a lot, but I think they're getting cheaper and you don't have to have the most expensive one to do the job! Kent has found over 600 caches, most of them within a 7 mile radius of our house.
Geocaching has other benefits as well. Once it got me out of a speeding ticket that I deserved (although I wasn't meaning to speed)! The officer that stopped me told me that my husband's name was so familiar. He kept insisting that he knew my Kent's name. I assured him that my husband hadn't been in trouble lately. :) He laughed and after he checked things out, asked me if my husband geocached. He then told me to tell Kent that "bald eagle" said hello. I guess that was his geo name. He went on to tell about his outings with his son. I had to say a big "thank you" to him...and to Kent when I got home! :)
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
|Busy days of laundry, school work, and play|
|Reading books...even upside down|
|Smiling baby Cody|
|Silly brothers "sleeping" on the stairs|
|DJ holding Cody, showing him the "magic window" as DJ calls it|
|It almost seems magic. Cody loves this spot!|
|Sporting some old glasses and feeling quite grown-up!|
|Little frogs that go everywhere with Kade...from the doctor to the highchair, to church and up to camp|
|Bike rides with daddy|
|In the bike trailer getting ready to find a geo-cache|
|Levi's pinecone people we made recently|
|Our candlelight dinner tonight...all very spontaneous and instigated by my |