We found out on Tuesday that our baby is not just a baby… it is a baby BOY! Now I come from a family of all girls, so I have no idea what challenges are ahead of me, but we are both excited to know and plan for our little one. It does not seem like it has been long enough, but I am half way through my pregnancy. It has really flown by. Now we are on to picking paint colors for the nursery and registering – you know, the fun stuff.
Speaking of baby, I have 2 current projects going on right now. The first is for a baby shower. I am making a tiered creation with cake and cupcakes. The details are still a little fuzzy, but I will figure it out come Saturday when it is time to decorate! I am going to put a small decorated pound cake on the top tier and have decorated cupcakes on the lower tiers with these adorable cupcake wrappers that I found on Etsy. Baby Will is due in December and will be my newest cousin.
The second is a quilt for a baby girl who is due soon. I wish I remembered who makes the fabric I bought so I could show it to you, but you will just have to wait and see the finished product. It is a “quilt for little people” – that is the name of the pattern. I have made a few different variations of this quilt and they are super simple and quick. It is a pieced top and then it is backed with flannel and stitched in place with a few simple rows of contrasting thread. The finished quilt measures 36 inches square.
My sister and I are taking my mom to see White Christmas at the Fox tomorrow night. We grew up watching White Christmas and decorating the house for the holidays to the music from the movie. We are all excited to get in the Christmas mood early this year. My husband is not really looking forward to that. He does not get in the Christmas mood until 1 week before Christmas day. Even then, it is a stretch! We are going to eat at Tamarind Seed, a delicious Thai restaurant in midtown. I am looking forward to the food almost as much as I am looking forward to the show. Between this special outing on Friday night, the Strong Legs walk on Saturday morning, cake decorating and then a baby shower on Sunday, I have a full weekend… very full!
It has been a month of Fridays since I last updated this blog. Again, shame on me. Not that anyone is waiting for me to write and say anything…. : ) It is okay that I do not have a big following. I am thankful for those of you who do read my posts.
A new recipe to share: These cupcakes were amazing – chocolate and pumpkin. I used a maple butter cream icing instead of the one in the recipe because my husband does not care of meringue or marshmallow, and it seemed the one listed was a cross between the two. I am making these again for a Halloween dinner party we are throwing.
More exciting news. We are the proud new owners of a Rainbow! For those who do not know what I am talking about – a Rainbow is an air purification and vacuum system. They are a little pricy, but we are part of a demonstration program that allows us to get ours for free! If you are interested in hosting a demonstration in your home, please let me know by commenting to this post. Thanks for your help.
No recent cakes, but I do have an upcoming project that I am excited about. It is for a baby shower. I am doing a cupcake tower, but it will have a small decorated cake on top instead of cupcakes. I hope you are able to visualize the genius! I ordered these fabulous cupcake wrappers for the special occasion and cannot wait to get them.
If you have not already checked out the new PORTFOLIO page on this blog, please do so. You can see pictures cakes I have made. You can comment to any post if you have a cake or cupcake order. A few good websites to look at for cake ideas are Pink Cake Box and Cake Central. Please feel free to contact me for any cake/cupcake orders. I would like to pick up the cake pace a little and start getting more orders… hint, hint!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Do you know how long it has been since I posted? 1 MONTH! A whole entire month. Shame on me. I promise, dear blog readers, to disclipine myself to make regular posts.
We went to St. Simons Island last weekend with my husband’s parents and his little brother with girlfriend in tow. I am not much of a beach person and I refuse to get in the ocean, but it was not as terrible as I thought it could be. We had some wonderful food and I even went to the beach 3 days in a row to sit and nap in a chair under an umbrella. Although, I did not enjoy the maternity bathing suit. Had there been another option, I would have taken it!
Everything is going fine with the baby. We had our first ultrasound a few weeks ago and heard the heartbeat. We go back in a few weeks for another appointment. It will be the end of October before we know if we are having a boy or girl. I cannot wait to find out!
I am back on cake duty this week. A co-worker asked me yesterday to make a birthday cake for her daughter. I am going to start baking the layers tonight and then I will decorate later in the week. It is a Wizards of Waverly Place themed cake. I have no idea what WOWP is about, but I hear it is Disney and I assume it is about wizards… I am using the same cake recipe that I posted back in July when I make my neice’s first birthday cake. I will post again this weekend with the finished product.
I have neglected this post for the past 2 weeks and I apologize. I should have taken 10 or 15 minutes last week to update you on all the eating I have been doing. You see, Nick and I are pregnant and due in March (I think most of you who read this already know that bit of information)! We have been to one doctor’s appointment already and we go back in 3 more weeks to have an ultrasound. I am so excited and waiting these few weeks between doctor appointments is killer. Not only are we expecting, but our friends/family B&A are due in March as well. Our kids will be cousins-in-law… they will be cousins! We call each other family even though it is a stretch – 2 marriages of separation. Regardless, we are having babies together and I am equally as excited for them and I am for us.
Last week I had a birthday and you will never guess what fabulous gift I received. I will give you a few hints: it is red and chrome all over, it is powerful, and it has been on my splurge list for years but I never have splurged to buy it. A KITCHENAID MIXER!
I am trying to decide what I should make first. I have so many cravings on a daily basis. But I always always always can eat dessert, especially something with peanut butter! And these cookies are always a hit at my house. They are called Monster Cookies and there are several different variations, but these are my version.
1 stick butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 oz. creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M candies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick mats. First, cream the butter and sugars. Add the vanilla, eggs and peanut butter and mix until well combined. Add the remaining ingredients. Drop cookies onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in air tight container. This recipe makes a lot of cookies, and I mean a lot. It is enough to share with your neighbors.
We are going to dinner at Atlanta Fish Market this Saturday with none other than HTT and KT. I have been craving crab legs and I cannot wait to eat!
Perhaps this is dating me, but when I was a kid ABC (the television station) had T.G.I.F. programming on Friday night starting at 8:00. My sister and I always watched. There were 3 or 4 different programs that came on. Shows like “Full House”, “Perfect Strangers” and “Just the Ten of Us”.Remember Larry and Balki? Yeah, it has been a while!
Speaking of been a while, I am not great at mid-week updates here and I am sorry if I leave all of you in anticipation for an entire week waiting on a new post : ) I will try to pick up the pace a little and post more often.
Part of the reason I am happy that it is Friday is dinner tonight. My sister, her husband, me and our friends HTT and KT are grilling out steaks. This little tip is going to make you gasp, I am sure, but the trick to grilling a good steak is butter! When you put your steak on the grill, put some butter on top. It will melt down in the meat as it starts to cook. When you flip the steak, repeat with butter on the other side. The more butter the better. Also, make sure the grill is nice and hot so you get a good seer on the outside. Along with our butter steaks, we are having garlic mashed potatoes, a TBD veggie and whatever KT brings for dessert. Also, I am going to make these faux-popovers. They absolutely melt in your mouth, but require only 3 ingredients and no kneading.
Faux Popovers (a new take on the dinner roll)
1 cup self rising flour
1 stick melted butter
1 cup sour cream
Mix together all ingredients. (For a healthier option, you can use less butter and substitute some milk. You do need at least 1/2 stick of butter though). Drop into a well-greased muffin tin and cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until puffed and golden brown. You can add cheese, or use herbed butter for a little extra pop.
Happy weekend to you all! Oh, I added some new food blogs to the Blogroll, and I also added a few new website links for your viewing pleasure. One more thing – Congratulations to Christi and Dustin on their wedding this Saturday. Finally, all of your planning is going to be put into action. So happy I can be there to celebrate with you. A lifetime of love and happiness to you both.
We are having some company up to the lake this weekend and the meal I was “assigned” is breakfast Sunday morning. What to cook? I was considering eggs benedict, but not everyone is an egg lover. Then I thought of some sort of french toast, but I am not sure I want something that sweet or syrup-y. So, I have decided to make homemade cheese biscuits with sausage sawmill gravy. Here are the recipes:
Cheese Biscuits (adapted from Paula Deen)
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar
1 cup buttermilk
salt, to taste
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in shortening using a fork. Add cheese. Stir in buttermilk until blended. Do not over work the dough. Drop desired size onto well-greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden.
* You can add chives to the biscuits for an added kick.
Sausage Sawmill Gravy
1 lb. bulk pork sausage
1/4 plain flour
2 cups milk
salt and black pepper, to taste
Crumble and brown sausage in large skillet (cast iron works best) until cooked and drain on paper towel. Remove all but 2 tbsp. drippings from pan. Add flour and cook on low for 3-4 minutes until brown. Add milk, whisking until smooth. Add sausage, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until desired consistency.
I feel like summer is coming to an end. School will start back soon. It is still 100 degrees here in Georgia, but I am sure that will change soon enough. Before summer ends and peaches are impossible to find, I am going to bake this desert, recipe courtesy of my friend KT. (By the way, this is not part of my breakfast! I just realized how out of place this recipe is.)
Peaches and Cream
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. melted butter
2 small packages of cook & serve vanilla pudding (I use Jello brand)
1 cup milk
29 oz. sliced peaches
A side note about the peaches. You can use jarred, fresh frozen that have been defrosted, or fresh. You will need about 3 cups. (Save the peach juice for later.)
Combine dry ingredients (including pudding mix), eggs, butter and milk in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking pan. Evenly arrange peaches over the batter.
12 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
5 tbsp. reserved peach juice
Combine cream cheese, sugar and peach juice and spoon in dollops over the peaches. It is difficult to spread because the peaches are slick. (Optional, top with cinnamon sugar.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Eat it hot!
I must say that this dessert is a real crowd pleaser. Thanks KT for letting me share it here! Well, that does it for me today. Happy weekend to you all.
This was an incredible week! I wish I could share all of the details with everyone, but not quite yet. I am gong to make you wait for it! So, keep checking back for the happy news.
I read a book a few years ago called “The Memory Keepers Daughter”. It was about twins who were separated at birth. One was born perfectly normal and went to live with his parents. The other was born with down syndrome and was sent away to live at a facility. Only, the mother was told the second child had died, and the nurse (Caroline) responsible for taking the baby girl to the facility did not have the heart to leave her there. So she took her to raise as her own. This is an excerpt from the book that I keep hanging at my desk at work:
Caroline drove fast, feeling reckless, her heart filling with an excitement as bright as the day. Because, really, what could ill omens matter now? After all, the child who rode beside her was, in the eyes of the world, already dead. And she, Caroline Gill, was vanishing from the face of the earth, a process that left her feeling light, then lighter, as if the car itself had begun to float high over the quaint fields of southern Ohio. All that sunny afternoon, traveling north and east, Caroline believed absolutely in the future. And why not? For if the worst had already happened in the eyes of the world, then surely, surely, it was the worst that they left behind them now.
That last sentence motivates me! I believe it is applicable to anyone who has any sort of pain in their past. I think that it is easy to hold onto them and be very woe is me about yesterday and let it hinder your tomorrows. Well, let me just say that there is always another… better… happier day. And if something bothers you enough to not let you forget about it, then it should bother you enough to change it. Take matters into you own hands and feel the freedom of leaving the worst behind you.
I will be at the lake this weekend and I am looking forward to a nice relaxing float in the sun and to working on a few projects. The first is a quilt made from this line of Moda fabrics. The second is TBD, but it will be sweet and baked! I will be sure to document both and update you soon on the progress of my weekend.