Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Welcome, Everett Alan Broadbent!

 A new member of the family! Welcome, Everett Alan Broadbent!....born a little early,on November 1, (see Kaity's blog for birth details...) I left California at 4:30 am on November 1, thinking that I'd be there by the time he arrived as the plan was for Kaity to be induced that morning. But much to my surprise I got a text just after I left Reno that they were done! Kaity didn't have to be induced....went into labor on her own and had Everett at 8:15 am...happy news!

 What a little sweetie...6 lbs. 14 oz., 19 inches...
 I drove all day (observing the speed limit across Nevada...sort of)...and this was my reward!

The many faces of Everett...

Big yawn!!!

Face palm....aren't you guys done with the photos???

Sunny when he was born, snowy a few days later....

And when I drove home...temperature in Nevada at 7 am....10 degrees...glad I had my seat warmer!

The Broadbent family....

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pasta with Veggies and Peanut Sauce

I put off making this for a while because it looked like a recipe with "too many ingredients"and these days I'm pretty lazy...but it is so delicious, I've overcome my phobia and forged ahead...I make a lot and eat leftovers for a couple of days. And if you cut up your veggies the night before and get them steamed, you can boil the pasta and make the sauce in about 10 minutes...really the most time consuming part is cutting up the veggies...

8 ounces cooked pasta (I used fresh linguini)
2 C broccoli, cut into florets
1 C "matchstick" carrots (use baby carrots sliced lengthwise or cut up a big carrot)
1-2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
2 t dark sesame oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 t ginger root, minced (I probably used more...I like it gingery)
2 T peanut butter (natural, plain or chunky...whatever you've got)
1/2-3/4 C hot water
1/4 C soy sauce ( I used lite...or to cut sodium, just use more water)
2 t cider vinegar
1/4 t cayenne pepper
2-4 sliced green onion
You can throw in some chicken breast (Costco has some good ones for fajitas that are easy) or tofu cubes to up the protein content...or serve as a side dish.

So, cut up the broccoli, carrots and put in a pan with a steamer basket, cover and cook 6-8 minutes while you cut the zucchini; add the zucchini and cook another 5 minutes until everything is "tender crisp"
Meanwhile, cook the pasta, drain and set aside.
And while all this is steaming and boiling, heat the sesame oil in a large pot. Add the garlic and ginger and cook a couple of minutes. Add peanut butter, stir, slowly add hot water, soy sauce, vinegar and cayenne. Stir until smooth, adding a little more water if it seems too thick...then add the cooked pasta, toss and add the veggies. Sprinkle with green onions if you are so inclined...(this is from FatFreeVegan)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Elder Christian Nieman enters mission home...

We are so proud of Christian...he entered the mission home on October 17...he will spend three weeks there and then head to Bogata, Columbia  for 8 more weeks (I think) in the mission home there.....

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall Favorites....Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
Such a simple recipe...but I still get out my old Betty Crocker Cookbook to look up the recipe. The book is falling apart so it will be good to "blog it"

Almost everything in this recipe is "approximate"...sometimes I use a 9x13 glass dish...the apple layer is a little thinner and I make  a little more topping so I still have a nice thick layer...you can double or triple the topping and put the extra in the freezer to make it easier the next time you want cobbler...
Use any greenish or green-red streaked"cooking" apple...golden delicious, granny smith, gravenstein, pippin...

4 C sliced, pared apples (about 4 large...I used 6 which made a pretty thick layer in this dish..it's about 11x9 inches)

3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C flour
1/2 C old fashioned rolled oats (Quaker)
1/3 C butter (or margarine)
3/4 t cinnamon
3/4 t nutmeg (I usually just use 1 t of each...can crisp be too spicy?)

Put apples in pan (hope you have a handy dandy apple slicer! I just got a new one..be sure to get one that clamps on your breadboard...the suction ones don't work very well)

Mix dry ingredients..."cut in" butter or margarine and mix (with your fingers) until crumbly...

..sprinkle over top of apples and bake at 350 about 40 minutes...or a little longer if your layer of apples is thicker....actually it's about 30 minutes at 375...but I'm always worried about too much browning so I bake at 350...so if you cook at the higher temp you may want to cover part way through with a piece of foil...also different types of apples cook in different amounts of time....test with a fork...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Baby Blankets

A couple of cute blankets I made for Everett...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Doll Clothes Short Cuts -- T Shirt

So I got this little shirt on sale at Kmart (70% off)...for $1.79...

I cut the shirt front keeping the neck ruffle.

Cut the shirt back...and put the sleeve pattern along the bottom edge using the existing hems.

Sewed sleeve seams, hemmed the neck and bottom edge, velcro fasteners,  and added a cute button

Friday, August 31, 2012

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Giant S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies
from this blog....is it possible to improve on wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookies????
Well, give these a try...

1 C butter, room temp
1 C brown sugar
3/4 C white sugar
2 large eggs
1 T pure vanilla
4 C flour
1 t salt
1 1/2 t baking soda
12 oz. milk chocolate chips (or semi sweet if you prefer)
3 regular size Hershey's Chocolate Bars
3 full (rectangles) graham crackers
6 marshmallows cut in fourths

Make cookies (cream butter; add sugars, vanilla, eggs, dry ingredients, chips)
Scoop heaping 1/4 C dough on cookie sheets (the recipe said use muffin top pans...but I didn't have any)...press down gently...then break two chocolate pieces in half and press into dough.

 Then break and press in a few pieces of graham cracker...

Next a couple chunks of marshmallow....I used two...could have used three pieces...

Bake at 350 about 10-11 minutes...let cool on sheet. This recipe makes about 18 large cookies.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doll Clothes Short Cuts - tights from Dollar Store Knee Highs...

Here's an easy way to make doll tights out of a pair of adult size knee highs...I got these at the dollar store for $1...I found these instructions here...

 Turn the socks inside out, measure the distance on the doll from waist to crotch and crotch to toes.
Mark and sew with a zigzag or serging stitch.

 Cut away and slit sock on inside fold line from waist to crotch.

Pin this center seam and sew from front to back..
 Turn right side out and you're done!...

Here is  our dolly in her new tights... 
 They look really cute with her jeans skirt.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Grandma Fun!

So I got this cute doll for Penny...and before mailing it off to her, thought I'd make a few clothes (most of the Corolle outfits start at about $25!!!)...first I made this nightgown...with some flannel I've had around ...plus I knit her some cute slippers...

Then I made this cute little dress (and bloomers)...
These were pretty labor intensive...so I started looking for a few shortcuts... I found a couple of good sites...one showed how to make doll leggings from knee hi socks from the Dollar Store...and another, again using Dollar Store underwear to make doll socks, panties, etc. 

    After making the cute leggings I decided to make a jeans skirt...so I got an old pair of jeans (thanks, Mark), cut off about 4" across the bottom of one leg,  cut another 2 1/2 inch strip to make a waistband with a velcro closing on the tab...and put together this cute little jeans skirt (I'll do a separate blog post on making these clothes).

Now Dolly needed a top to go with her skirt...I liked the idea of repurposing clothes rather than starting with fabric...so stopped at Kmart where they were having a 70% off clearance in the baby dept...  I got this little t shirt for $1.29...I cut out my doll blouse, keeping the ruffle collar, and placing the sleeve bottoms along the bottom edge utilizing the hem...and made the shirt she's wearing above...

 (Last night with different light the shirt looks pink)...

 On a roll now...again with a cheap (ummm, discounted) Kmart baby jacket that cost about $3.00...I cut this jacket, keeping the bow snap front and appliqués...

OK...one more bargain Kmart dress (for $2.75)... cut off the ruffle and used to make a skirt, then cut a top keeping the neck ribbing, back snap closing, and puffed sleeves...added a little appliqué...and made bike shorts(we'd hate to dress our doll immodestly!)...

Tired of doll clothes yet? I found some girls jeans leggings at Goodwill (for $1.00) and cut out these little jeans pants, keeping the bottom hems that were already stitched..sewed up the legs and added elastic at the waist...Easy peasy!  This was a lot of fun...coming your way, Penny!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lindi and her new Bunny Buddies...

Lindi's new friends... S'mores and Mopsy (now we just need Cottontail and Peter)...Very cute!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dave!

July 31, 1982....no one was happier to see Dave arrive than his mom! Dave was due on July 10....and didn't arrive until the 31st....he weighed 11 lbs!

What a cute kid!
Fun at Lake Tahoe

Four brothers....

I think this was at some Senior event...
About 6 months old...

With Santa(is that Mike Welch?)
He's always really loved his little sister, Kaity(although I'm sure a lot of teasing went on too!)
Christmas Legos
Happy with Dad
Oops! Forgot to take his clothes off...
At the Oakland Zoo
Dave, Mike and Mark...they loved their "bomber" jackets...
One of the few pictures where Dave isn't smiling!

1st Birthday (with Kendra, Mike, Karl and mom)

His first time on a motorcycle...this was at a family reunion in Utah

Mike (who's in Sister Mull's Christmas Play) and Dave

With "Ham"(Sam)

At Disneyland with Mark (and a pop gun)

Dave and his big hair....(this is his Bob Ross...happy little clouds look)

Dave and Kaity

                                                                     Sleeping at Church

with brother Mike and cousin Matt..just before leaving on mission

Graduation from Clayton Valley High School...with Sam Skidmore

Dave and Jessica

Dave the Dad!