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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Monkey jumping on the bed



What do you get when you have a house full of boys? A broken arm! No he wasn't jumping on the bed, but was ruff housing with his older brother. At first we just thought it was nothing, but after two days of complaining that it was sore I took him to the doctors. Sure enough he had a buckle fracture in his left arm. Now I feel bad that it took me two days before I took him to the doctor. The thing is he wasn't really complaining that much about it. Harris when he broke his arm cried like there was no tomorrow. Well, I guess he has made new fashion statement for tomorrows up coming wedding of William and Kate. Are you going to get up to watch it? I am! Congratulations William and Kate!   

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Corner View "What's for Lunch"

Lunch around here is an ambiguous thing. My husband was raised in Germany where he grew up eating the largest meal of the day at lunch time. I grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and as an adult that transformed into salads. Breakfast is a pretty constant around here of cereal, but depending on whether my husband is home or not depends on what we have for lunch. If he is not home for lunch, he usually takes our dinner leftovers to work the next day. Sometimes we eat a late breakfast and we call that brunch. Sometimes we eat a late lunch and call that linner (Lunch and dinner combined). Sometimes we eat breakfast for dinner and we call that crazy night. Easter morning we had a early lunch of scrambled eggs, bacon, and cinnamon rolls. Now cinnamon rolls is one way to my husbands heart. He loves them and has been known to gobble a whole pan by himself. The thing is up until now, I have never been good at making them. Some recipes I have tried the dough is too dry or too sticky and then they don't look like they are suppose too. Well, I think I have finally hit the jack pot with a recipe that works. I think the key to good cinnamon rolls is patience or in my case I just plain let them be. It started around 11p the night before Easter when I decided to make cinnamon rolls for the next day.
Here is the recipe: begin by dissolving a package and a 1/2 of yeast in 3 tablespoons of very warm water add a teaspoon of sugar so the yeast has something to eat- about 5 minutes time. In the mean time, spray a large mixing bowl with cooking spray or wipe with oil and set aside. In another mixing bowl melt 1/2 cup of butter along with 1 cup of milk. Then stir in 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla or if you like orange flavoring add 1 teaspoon of  orange juice and zest of 1/2 lemon or orange. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2 beaten eggs. Then add 5 cups of flour one at a time. Dough should be slightly sticky. Place dough in the oiled bowl, and leave the dough to sit overnight and should double in size. Then in another bowl make the filling: 4 tablespoons of butter melted combined with 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. If you like nuts, you can add them to the mixture. Once dough has doubled , dust your counter top with flour and roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness. Then spread filling on top and roll from the lengthwise side until it creates a roll. Should create12 rolls once you cut them. Place in an oiled baking pan- 9 x 13 and place in unheated oven.  Hear is the trick to making them super moist is in another pan place boiling water and place underneath your cinnamon rolls. About 30 minutes later your rolls should have doubled in size. Take water pan out of the oven and bake rolls at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
Once cooled,  frost with a simple powder sugar glaze or cream cheese frosting which is my personal favorite.   Who ever eats these will fall absolutely in love with you.  They were still moist three days later.  Super yummy!




Happy Birthday Oma!


Love, Harris, Winston, and Roman

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My week in photos

Earlier this week, I spent much of my time in the garden. I cannot tell you how happy I am that in this house I will finally have hydrangeas. They are my favorite flower. We also planted some strawberries and we will plant some pumpkins and zucchinis next week. It seems we have a pair of doves living in the trees around our house. I could here them cooing. I love that sound.   The smell of the warm earh was intoxicating too!
On Tuesday, we took the boys along with my mother to the open house of the Georgia Atlanta Temple. The inside is stunning. It was really special to be able to share something that is so special to us with our children.

On Friday, the two younger boys participated in the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! They had a blast looking for eggs, eating the loot, and getting to know some of our new neighbors. I love our new neighborhood. I can't say enough how friendly everyone is and boy are their lots of children.  Later that evening, I went to see Water for Elephants with some girlfriends. It was excellent! Just as good as the book!
 
It is Saturday now, the Easter bunny came early. He knows we wanted to spend Sunday remembering the Saviors mission. The boys spent their morning decorating Easter eggs. They actually look pretty good this year. No brown multicolored eggs! Later this afternoon we will have our family Easter egg hunt, but for now the boys are enjoying playing their new XBOX Sport Kinect game. By the sound of it they are having a ton of fun.
                            Happy Easter!
            He is not here; he is risen, just as he said. ~Matthew 28:6

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Yesterday was such a fantastic day. We had some good friends over for dinner. I made a ham, roasted potatoes with Herbs de Provence, and a spinach salad with strawberries and pecans. So yummy! Then for dessert, I made for the children Devil's food cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting topped with Peeps, and for the adults I made a Orange Cake which I served with strawberry puree and whip cream. Total hit! The cupcakes were super moist because they had sour cream in the batter. However, I think I would make a chocolate buttercream frosting next time. There just wasn't enough frosting in proportion to cake using the ganache. I can't help but be happy today. The sun is out and it is my favorite day of the week. Sunday! Really it is my favorite day of the week. I get to be uplifted each weekend at church, and then we come home and totally relax. We don't go anywhere, I don't do house chores, and I get to spend the day with both my husband and children. What could be better than that?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Candles with Roman

We had so much fun making the last craft that we decided to make another. This project was a collaborative effort as Harris didn't want to miss out on the action. They are pretty simple to make. You will need eggs, candle wax, and wicks. Start first by poking a hole in the large end of the egg then carefully enlarge the hole to a size that is large enough to place a wick inside and pour the wax. Then color the eggs. You could just use brown eggs or even use natural dyes such as red onion skins or beet juice. The decoration possibilities are endless. Once the eggs are dry melt wax. I purchased wicks with metal end to help weight the wicks down. Then dip the metal end in the wax and place inside the egg. Once they are dry which doesn't take but a minute. Pour wax inside each egg and cool. If you don't want the wax to pop and crack when you pour it into the egg make sure the wax is not at boiling point. I learned the hard way. These would also make for a cute gift. Place in paper egg carton and tie with a decorative bow. I am sure the receiver with be very happy. I know I would be!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Home "Corner View"


As Dorothy says in the Wizard of OZ, "There is no place like home." Gradually but slowly we are making our new house a home. I would love to show you all the amazing rooms, but most are not completed at the moment. Some rooms don't even have furniture. We were hoping our old house would sell and thus use the money from the sale to purchase a dining room table and a sofa for the living room, but it hasn't sold yet. Let's pray it sells soon. Also, we needed blinds and didn't realize how expensive they were going to be, so all of our extra cash went into that. Here is the things I love about my new home.  I love my double ovens which allow me to make more than one thing at a time.  Oh baby, Easter Feast get ready! I love all the light that comes in the really large windows in my kitchen and living room. I love that I can plan this garden and add the flowers that speak to my heart. I spent the morning gardening and added purple saliva, tiger lilies, poppies, and an Eastern Snowball. I can't wait to go purchase the hydrangeas. I love my new laundry room. It is nice not to have the laundry stacked on my sofa. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hatched!

It seems like the last 5 weeks or so we have been on the constant go with after school activities, moving, doctor appointments, and the list goes on. I haven't been really able to connect with my children. I called a time-out this afternoon. We just hung out at the house. Roman and I made a spring time craft. He loves making crafts. By far of the three boys he loves to draw, color, or paint the most. Aren't our little chicks cute? Happy spring!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Morning!

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Looking out my kitchen window I can't help but be amazed at the miracle of spring. Just a few days ago, the trees in my backyard were barren. Now they are laden with bright green leaves. The Dogwoods have bloomed their white flowers. In this simple gift it is a reminder of hope. With each season brings new experiences. Now I am off to enjoy cinnamon scones with homemade strawberry jam. Yummy! Reminds me of my first week in South Africa. I had never had scones before, and the family I lived with took me to a cafe where they treated me to my first taste of scones. I don't think I had ever tasted something so simple but yet so divine. Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Part Two/ Destin Florida

Thanks for the Memories Guys!
We had a blast!!!!

Destin, Florida


Yes, Paradise does exist on this earth and it is in Destin, Florida. Only a 7 hour drive from Atlanta it is a perfect family vacation spot. Turquoise Seas and powder white sand so soft to the touch. With that being said, Destin doesn't have to blow your budget. My girl friends and I were able to stay at the Village Inn Resorts for 60$ a night. Usually, I don't stay in these kind of hotels, but this one was very clean and was situated close to many of the local beaches and restaurants. This vacation was perfect. The children 14 in total were completely entertained with the beach and one another while us moms actually got a chance to relax which is some what of a novelty when you have more than one child. The first night we were there we ate at a restaurant called Funpuckers. The wait was a little long, but the children enjoyed looking and feeding the 100 baby alligators on sight. They also have a small playground and photo opps with alligators. The food was delicious. The children gobbled down a plate of fried alligator tail in minutes. The day we left we ate at a restaurant called the Back Porch located on the beach. The restaurant specializes in seafood. Also delicious! Don't forget to have a piece of Key Lime Pie or Sunshine cake. Oh, and don't forget to try the Shake Shack! The ice cream is amazing.