Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kaity...Raspberry Scones

I wanted to get this on the blog before I got to October...September is a happy month for many reasons...but chief among them is it's the month Kaity was born!

In honor of Kaity reaching her quarter century birthday and actually eating two raspberries I thought we might make Raspberry Scones...
Raspberry (or Cranberry) Scones
1 3/4 C flour
1/4 C cornstarch
2/3 C sugar
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
4 T butter
1 C frozen raspberries
(or chopped cranberries)
2 t orange rind
3/4 C plain or vanilla yogurt
sugar for top
glaze
Cut butter into dry ingredients with pastry cutter or twoknives. Add orange rind and yogurt. Stir until a sticky ball forms. Add berries and gently fold in. Pat onto buttered cookie sheet in a large circle. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake about 20 minutes. Drizzle with glaze (1/2 C powdered sugar thinned with a little milk).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

R2D2 - Pretty spiffy!!!

Last year Karl, Christian and Alec's project was painting Karl's old Toyota truck...they did an amazing job...

....so this year they painted R2D2 (my old 95 Honda Accord)....looking good, guys!!!!
(Does the Toyota truck have a Star Wars name???)
































Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lovely Low Fat Pumpkin Cupcakes






1 yellow or white cake mix
1 C Libby's pumpkin
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 C water


Mix for two minutes; fill lined cupcake pans; bake about 18 minutes at 350. These are great even unfrosted! Or add a little cream cheese frosting for super deliciousness...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pizza Monkey Bread


The original recipe had you make your own bread dough....I made it way easier by using frozen Parkerhouse roll dough!

1 pkg frozen Parkerhouse Rolls (24 in pkg)
1/2 C melted butter (you could probably use less in the interest of good health!)
1 C parmesan or asiago cheese, finely grated
1/2 C pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces
1 t dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Serve with pizza or marinara sauce.

Preheat oven to 400.
Cut semi thawed rolls into quarters. (They are too sticky if you let them totally thaw out)
Spray a bundt pan with Pam
Melt butter; then combine with cheese, pepperoni, oregano and garlic. Roll a few of the dough pieces at a time into this mixture, generously coating; place in bundt pan. Let rise to top of pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Serve with pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Classy kids...


Amber had the kids dress up for their annual photo this year....don't they look great!
Christian and Alec had tuxes for Jazz Band and Sadie dresses up for the orchestra she's in....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cool Cars in Clayton...

Labor day festivities in Clayton included a "soap box" derby (I didn't see any cars made of of soap boxes!) and a car show...very fun!




I'm really bad at taking pictures on my phone! Or at least getting everyone's attention before pushing the button!




Lots of cool cars....new and old.




Kids could register to race cars provided by local businesses...next year Brady and Carson!(I think you have to be seven)




Such a fun experience...old time music and cars, perfect weather!











A happy ending to the adventure...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tropical Banana Bread

Banana bread is a totally awesome way to use up overripe bananas...but add some crushed pineapple, coconut and spice and a tiny bit of orange glaze and you're in Paradise!

Tropical Banana Bread
3 C flour*
2 C sugar*
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
3 eggs
1 C oil*
2 t vanilla
1 15 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
3-4 smashed ripe bananas
3/4 C coconut
Mix oil and sugar; add eggs; stir in pineapple, bananas and vanilla; add dry ingredients and coconut. This makes two small loaves (4 1/2 x 8) or 5 mini loaf pans (3 x 5)
For extra deliciousness glaze with a little powdered sugar/orange juice glaze.
***You can substitute 1 C wheat flour for part of the white; you could also replace half the oil with applesause and reduce the sugar by half...but I just gave up on being healthy and went for yummy! It's so good no one will get more that one or two pieces...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rolo Cookies....



Everyone can have homemade cookies with this yummy recipe from Six Sisters Stuff....a great recipe for kids to cook too...only four ingredients....but you might have to monitor the unwrapping of the Rolo candy!


The cookie 'staches are hiding the smiles as they bite into the gooey caramel centers!

Rolo Cookies
1 pkg(12 oz) Rolo candies, unwrapped
1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 C oil


Mix the cake mix, eggs and oil. Pinch off a small ball and wrap around a Rolo. (Just use enough to envelope the Rolo)

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 360 about 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired....Makes about 3 dozen...depending on how many Rolos get eaten while being unwrapped!