Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 1

Today was Day One of:
I began working out... and the best part is,
the boy is on track to do it with me!

I found this picture (forgive the cellphone quality):
& was highly motivated.

Let's hope I stick with it
[which is the main reason for me blogging about it... accountability].

I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Friday, June 24, 2011

On the Eighth Day...

God invented Kitchenaid.
And it made my heart happy.
I went to Macy's last week to return something.
Didn't leave the store without re-spending the money.
But I'm obsessed with my new beater with a scraper
& glass mixing bowl with a lid!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

First thing this morning, Jeremy & Jacob went fishing.
[Their favorite thing to do together lately.]

I took the time they were gone to make a
Father's Day Brunch.
To be completely honest,
I impressed myself!

I made stuffed french toast,
Jeremy's cousin Raffi made bacon
& we cut up fresh fruit.

Jeremy loved it, which matters most.

Friday, June 17, 2011


[This post is dedicated to my aunt, Jill]
I'm absolutely loving my new cookbook,
The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book.

Even though I've got my signature chocolate chip
cookie recipe, which can't be shared, the ones
in this book are fabulous as well.
[Just ask Jeremy or my coworkers]

The pancakes are to. die. for.

And recently, when my aunt was coming over
to see the condo for the first time, I decided to
bake her favorite kind of cookies for her...


I'm not going to lie... if there's a tough
snickerdoodle critic, it's Jill.

And guess what... SHE APPROVED!

Here's the recipe:

1-3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 large eggs

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 375-degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine 1/4 cup of the sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow dish for rolling. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt together.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and remaining 1-1/2 cups sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 6 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl and beaters as needed.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture until combinted, about 30 seconds. Give the dough a few final stirs with a rubber spatula to make sure it's combined.

4. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls with wet hands, then roll in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Lay the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spaced about 2-inches apart.

5. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until the edges are set and just beginning to brown but the centers are still soft and puffy, about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating each baking sheet halfway through baking. (The cookies will look raw between the cracks and seem underdone.)

6. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Memorial Day

Over Memorial Day Weekend (after Jeremy's youngest sister,
Olivia's, graduation), the boys and I headed to the lake.
We always have so much fun there & Jacob
has a new fascination (read: obsession) with fishing.

It's always a fabulous time.
[Big thanks to the Stout family for allowing us to crash
most of their holiday weekends]