4 Months and Having a Ball!

February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

3 Months-chillin with my frog

These past two months have been an absolute whirlwind! Mom and Dad have been going non-stop and I’ve been taken along for the ride. Here are just a few things we’ve done lately: I spent Thanksgiving in Yakima, had three Christmas’, spent New Years with some really fun people and watched them play an extremely silly game, traveled to Texas for Uncle Dustin and Auntie Christina’s wedding and just recently spent time with family friends and met my future sweetheart (perfect timing for Valentine’s Day).  All in all I would say Mom and Dad keep me extremely busy and sleeping through the night is never a problem.

4 Months, getting so big!

Here are some pics documenting my good times. There is never a dull moment at our house.

Xoxo, Cash

Thanksgiving at Papa & Gigi's house

Christmas morning, getting ready to open presents!

My awesome Christmas Jammies

Having a blast at Uncle Dustin and Auntie Christina's wedding.

Dinner at Chandler's Crabhouse!

 

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2 Months and Growing!

December 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s official, I’m 2 months old!  Time has gone by so quickly and every day is a new adventure. I’ve gotten to experience so many cool new things this past month. Both of my parents celebrated birthdays, Halloween happened, I finally got to meet my uncles Jarod and Dustin and I got to spend Thanksgiving with my Papa and Gigi.  I must say Thanksgiving was a blast and it helped me put on some LBs (here I am from last month). I’ve decided that life is extra wonderful when I sleep a little longer for mommy and smile at her and daddy. It’s the little things I do that make them so happy; they’re pretty easy to please. I have to be extra good these next couple of weeks because Santa is coming (I went and saw him the other day, I’ll show you my pic when mommy picks it up). One of my favorite things to do right now is lounge in my vibrating chair by the fireplace and enjoy the lights on the Christmas tree. Well mommy says I need to get off the computer and go take a bath. When daddy comes home, he’ll let me back on so stay posted and I’ll keep you updated on all my happenings.  Bye for now.

Cash-$

My uncles (Jarod and Dustin) were so fun. I can’t wait to see them again. I hear I get to go to Texas in January and see my Uncle Dustin get married to a real hottie (Christina Taylor).

Gigi made us take so many pictures and I just couldn’t stay awake for them all.  I must say, even though I’m asleep I still make the picture  look good.

My daddy is so silly!

 

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

November 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Before I start, please forgive me for tempting you with this naughty, yet tasty treat. My entire family was able to make it to my parents house for Thanksgiving and my younger brother, Jarod, decided to make these pancakes for us one morning. I usually don’t like to start my day with something this sweet and sugary but I figured it would be ok just this once. This recipe comes from Recipe Girl and she has many different versions of this pancake. I suggest you make this the next time you want to impress someone or have a special occasion. These pancakes taste exactly like cinnamon rolls and take an eighth of the time to prepare. I know that the holiday season is upon us and there are a million treats out there tempting us daily but this on really takes the “cake”, or should I say “roll”. Enjoy!

cinnamon roll pancakes

Yield: 4 servings (4 pancakes)

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 10 min

An absolutely decadent morning treat…

Ingredients:

PANCAKES:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten

CINNAMON FILLING:
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Prepare pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and egg, just until batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).

2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside. You don’t want this to remain super-liquidy. It’s best if it becomes a consistency similar to toothpaste.

3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl- heat butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside.

4. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your baggie of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.

5. When ready to serve, spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.

Tips:

*Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don’t flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!
*It’s best if you pour the batter onto your skillet, wait a minute or so and then swirl the cinnamon onto the batter. That’ll give it a chance to set a little before you add the swirl.
*If your baggie of filling begins to get too thick, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up again. On that same note, it shouldn’t be too runny. The consistency of soft toothpaste is perfect. If it’s melty and runny, it will tend to run all over your pancakes. Once you micro it, let it sit on the counter at room temp for a while until it thickens slightly.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

Gluten-Free: We used a Gluten Free pancake mix for those of us with special dietary restrictions. Make sure to cook the pancakes on low heat and add the cinnamon roll filing right away since gf pancakes don’t bubble the same.

Image Source: recipegirl.com

Creative Coffee

November 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

Adding individual pieces to my home that give it a little bit of character is important to me. I like my home to represent ME and not just big box stores. Since my style is more eclectic, I am always looking for inexpensive ways to change things up. I came up with the most simple craft that is quick, easy and inexpensive. Visiting my local Goodwill, I picked up a few white coffee cups for only $.25 each (what a steal). With some paint and creativity, I added a simple design to the cups. Voila, I turned plain into pretty in under a minute. These items will also make amazing hostess gifts for all the Holiday parties coming up. It will be fun to put a personalized touch on the cups that I give away. There is nothing better than giving a gift that has your own added special flare.

I couldn't resist showing off my little man.

Have a fantastic weekend and don’t forget to treat yourself to something special.

Rustic Cheddar Apple Pie

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Memeorial Day isn’t just an added day to our weekend; it’s a time to remember our fallen heros and spend time with those we love. Since the weather hasn’t been all that great and a BBQ wasn’t in the works this year I decided to stick close to traditions and make an Apple Pie. What’s more traditional (or American) than an Apple Pie? With a little extra time this weekend I went above and beyond and combined two recipes to make the perfect Rustic Cheddar Apple Pie. I started with a Gluten Free Pie crust (recipe here) and combined it with Anne Thornton’s Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie (recipe here). I first tried Anne’s recipe last Thanksgiving and it looked so delicious and received such rave reviews from my family that I decided to take it to the next level and make it gf so I could enjoy it as well. To make things a little easier I made the crust freeform (more like a tart). Using the two recipes turned out Ah-Ma-Zing, if I do say so myself. Sometimes a little extra work and love are totally worth it.

Enjoy the day off work with your friends and family and don’t forget to take a moment to thank those who have and currently do serve our country.

Home for the Holidays

December 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

My mom's beautiful tree

There is nothing quite like being home for the holidays. I rushed around town getting all my last minute presents purchased and wrapped and made sure everything important was taken care of before we left town and traveled over to  Eastern Washington. We were blessed that the snow held off while we traveled over the pass (since I am a VERY nervous passenger). We arrived yesterday to a Winter Wonderland. All this snow has definitely increased my Christmas Spirit.

Being with my husband, parents and brothers always makes me feel nostalgic and reminds me why I love Christmas so much. My mom always has the house decorated from top to bottom. Her fondness for snowmen is easily recognizable. The house always smells of treats and the fridge is overflowing with goodies. The animals run around like small children hopped up on sugar and time always passes too quickly. The best thing in life is being with the ones you love and creating new memories. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may your day be as special as mine.

Christmas Crunch....yum yum!

Just a few of the Snowmen on display at my parents home.

Coco is amused by the simple things in life.

Cookies we made to give to friends.

Martini is ready to join Santa's team.

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