Tuesday, April 15, 2014

These are a Few of His Favorite Things...

His cousins. Hands down one of his most favorite things ever. Yiyee, Syler, Eva, Iwis, Buce, Tunas, and Tinsleeee (yes his dog/cat cousins are just as big of a deal as the human ones.)
Cream cones. He's obsessed. He'll live and die for em.
Let's just say his cars are his "babies". He's very territorial and likes to have all of them with him at one time. He can drive his cars on multiple surface types for hours!
Whatever my feet are doing here... Well it ain't pretty. I knew I was pigeon toed, but golllll. I think I need a pedicure too. Sigh.
His grandparents. All four of em. It's love. I have to say, I really think he struck gold on his grandparents. Between Cha Cha, Hoo Hoo, Slick, and GRAND-paaaa, he's got ALL his bases covered.
RACING! And especially down slides... "On yo mawk, get set... GO!"
Swimming at the rec center. He's always a little nervous at first, but warms right up. Oh, and his tough guy suit, as Dad calls it. You know, the suit he'd wear to go beat guys up.
Did I mention cream cones???
Anything Daddy. He's obsessed with Wren.
Our evening walks. This kid is going to be fast like his Dad!
Tractors, excavators, dump trucks, police cars, buses, trains, fire trucks, ambulances, semi trucks, cement trucks, tanker cars, flat beds. He seriously knows the difference between every single one and it's all we do as we drive. Name off vehicles. Whoever would of thought it from unsuspecting me???
Playing outside. Nature boy. We are loving our yard an extra lot these days. He'll go in the backyard and play for long periods of time all by himself as I can see him from the kitchen window as I cook. Kind of like heaven!
His newborn sunglasses. He's just now starting his love affair. We could die happy! His personality literally changes when he puts these babies on. He gets all cool and serious like nothing matters. It's so funny.
Is that a big foot???
Helping Daddy with anything! Massaging Mommy? OKAY!
Did I already say, he loves Wren? He does.
I don't know why I added this picture other than it's hilarious.
His wittle friends.
Eating by "self".
Walking in our shoes! Literally and metaphorically speaking...
Trains rides!
His aunties. He loves them all!
And of course Mommy.... ;)
He's so smart and handsome and sweet, I just can't stop kissing him! Love you Radcliff! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

I Love Rug

I have been really into rugs lately. With our 1960's original, and creaky, hardwood floors, there's nothing that compliments them better than a big, cozy rug. Above, are some of my favorites at the moment! All can be found here. What rugs are you loving lately? 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gluten-Free Ebelskivers

I have been mourning the loss of ebelskivers since going gluten-free almost a year ago. Growing up, my Dad would make them for us on Sundays sometimes and they were always a favorite! Especially for Wren. Making regular ebelskivers always scared me, add in the gluten-free factor, and I really never even considered it. Until... Wren went back country skiing at 5:00 AM a couple days ago and as I laid in bed I thought, "I'm going to have glorious ebelskivers waiting for him when he walk through the door, but by darn I'm going to be able to eat them too!" All gifts have to benefit the giver too right? ;) So I started researching GF ebelskivers and I think I really found the perfect recipe. They tasted exactly like the real thing. AND... I ate them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and breakfast again the next morning. Wow. So really? They're good. I found the recipe here.

Note: I did two things different than the recipe called for. I used Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix for the gluten-free flour, and then added 1/3 cup sugar, who doesn't want it sweet? Also, I turned my stove to level 4, which is a couple notches lower than medium heat. Mine were burning on medium heat and after burning one too many batches, I finally found the perfect temperature. The easiest way to flip these babies in the ebelskiver pan is to use a regular spoon (I oiled my spoon each time so it didn't stick) and you just get under the bottom of each one and flip it real quick. At first I thought, oh no, this isn't working, they are too doughy. But just flip them a couple times each and they end up cooking all the way through! I topped with my Dad's syrup recipe (1  cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon mapeline extract, stir real good (will be very thick!) microwave for two minutes. You won't taste better syrup!), strawberries and powdered sugar. The perfect combo! Without further ado:

2 cups gluten-free flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus more for cooking
Fillings, such as jam, peanut butter, chocolate ganache, chocolate chips or fruit
Syrup or whipped cream
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the milk and the 4 tablespoons melted butter. Whisk the yolk mixture into the flour mixture until well combined; the batter will be lumpy.
In another bowl, using the electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 – 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir the whites into the batter.
Put 1/4 teaspoon butter in each well of the Filled Pancake Pan. Set over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to bubble. Pour 1 tablespoon batter into each well. Put 1 teaspoon of the filling of your choice in the center of each pancake and top with 1 tablespoon batter.  Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, 3 -5 minutes. Using 2 wooden skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter and filling. Serve immediately with syrup or whipped cream. Makes about 40.
Just call me master chef...
P.S. How cute is my apron? My mom just made it and it makes me feel like the coolest bakestress ever!
Rad agrees.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Anjolee Review

Anjolee contacted me a couple months back to see if I would be interested in reviewing an engagement ring. With some of the closest people to me having gotten/getting married on March 8th, April 8th, and May 8th (crazy I know), I thought it was perfect timing! Anjolee has beautiful engagement rings and wedding rings, as well as tennis bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Their site is easy to navigate and their prices very affordable! If you're looking for a special item for that special someone, look no further than Anjolee!

I love my ring Anjolee, thank you!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mango Mint Chicken Salad

Regardless of the fact that it snowed here is Salt Lake yesterday (BOO!), spring has officially sprung. I've been excited to start making fresh fruity salads! I went to lunch the other day with a friend to Blue Lemon and ordered their Mango Mint Chicken Salad and I was blown away by the flavor and fresh taste of it. I knew I had to try and duplicate it at home. And BAM. I did, and am so terribly pleased because I plan on making it lots throughout spring and summer.
Here's how (add however much or little of each of the items below as you like! I add lots of all, but I'm cool like that):
- Your favorite lettuce
- Ripe mangoes (chopped)
- Fresh mint leaves (they sell at most grocery stores by the lettuce)
- Feta cheese
- Shredded chicken (I love rotisserie chickens from Whole Foods)
- Avocado
- Onions
Toss all ingredients together and top with this dressing:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup agave
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- Fresh lemon juice to taste
- Fresh pepper
Shake well in sealed container

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dresslily Bags!

Dresslily knocked my socks off (is that the saying?) when I received these bags. The first is a black tote that is of such great quality. I had been looking for a black leather bag for awhile and this one exceeds my expectations! I love the zipper pockets on both sides of it, as well as the many little compartments on the inside of the bag. Everywhere I go, people complement on it. 
The backpack is great when needing to have both hands to grab a sprinting Radcliff! I have other backpacks that I've tried but they are all super flimsy so just flop over when I set them down, making the black hole that is my bag, even blacker. This one holds its shape and  is so easy to navigate through. Like the black bag, it has a two zipper pockets on the outside of the bag, as well as plenty of storage on the inside "for all of the many things a woman on the go needs" (a direct quote from my mom). I just checked on Dresslily's website and both of these bags are sold out but they have so many other similar options to choose from so please go check them out today! And the best part of all? They are all insanely inexpensive. Good quality for the price. Amen, hallelujah. Go check em out.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Women- Embrace Going Crazy!

So the other day we were sitting at our dining room table eating and a 60's something lady in our neighborhood walked passed our house. Wren said, "Not meaning to be rude, but have you ever noticed that lady has the 'crazy lady eyes' going on? You know what I'm talking about, where they seem like they could snap at any second?" I started laughing and, sadly, had to agree with him. 

This got me thinking about women and what could cause one to get these so called 'crazy lady eyes' and then it occurred to me... Why the heck would a lady in their 60's not have 'crazy lady eyes'? 

Here's just a sliver of what I'm talkin about... (and keep in mind while I do all of these things I'm quickly trying to come up with things to keep a little man child occupied.)

1. The five million, two hundred and sixty two times we've washed our faces and put our makeup on. Freak, just putting on eyeliner and mascara alone (my two dreaded deeds), are enough to make a lady crazy. And then every night, just like clock work, it's time to wash it off again. And again. And again. Dramatic? No. It sucks.

2. The two billion, forty six million and twenty two times we cook a meal and then clean it up. Over and over and over again. And somehow every meal, even the ones you think will be quick and painless, seem to still make the biggest bombs ever. How is this possible? And then it's extra fun when your child refuses to eat what you just cooked so then you have to turn around to cook something else and then clean that up too. And high chair messes? In and allllll around it? Well that's enough to make any person, man or woman alike, go crazy.

3. Oh the millions of times we have had to wash and do our hair. I swear guys just do not understand. It always seems to be the times I've just washed and straightened the beast that Wren wants to go hot tubbing or swimming. I want to say, "Are you crazy?!" I can get at least two more days outta the ordeal that went down in the bathroom this morning. A big thing when you've just got what seems like zero time to do it. It's not getting wasted. The hair thing alone, especially us curly haired ladies? Well that's enough to make someone go crazy. Fast.

4. The quadrillion times (Not a word? I don't care, I'm slowly going crazy anyway) we have had to shave our legs, armpits, and bikini lines. It. Never. Stops. Growing. Making me crazy? Yes. Razor burn? Eat dirt.

5. The two billion, thirty seven million times we will have to put our children back together. Whether it be the 'beep' of the smoke alarm that Radcliff can just not seem to forget, or the sticky hands that he constantly has, to the billionth poopy or wet diaper that needs to be changed, to the semi-truck, monster truck, airplane, helicopter, race car, or bus, and of course, train, that I always need to have on hand to throw back to him in the car, to having to drink out of every "diffrunt cola" cup we have. Or just reading that millionth book for the millionth time, because it's just his favorite. And then he's hungry again, for the food that I didn't end up cooking (the coconut chocolate chip pancakes I made this morning from scratch...? Seriously dude?) As amazing as having kids is, it will still make you crazy. And I just have one!

6. And laundry? I swear I get it folded and put away and I just need to throw another freaking load in. Laundry alone, I swear, will make me crazy. I promise you.

So between the incessant multi-tasking women do throughout every second, to the million mundane, and almost pointless seeming tasks we do all day long (that are just slowly being undone as we do them), it truly would be a freaking Christmas miracle if we didn't have that crazy look in our eyes when we hit our 60's. A little Christmas miracle. Let's embrace the crazy! Because if you're anything like me. It's bound to happen.