19 May 2008

Apron Swap

I'm participating in my first apron swap, and my apron came today!  It came from Val, complete with recipes, measuring spoons, a key chain, a postcard and Mardi Gras beads.  Wow! 

How cute is this apron?  Seriously.  Look at the ric rac!  I mean really, how often does a grown woman get to wear ric rac?  And the pockets....nice and roomy.  I'm loving it!  Thanks Val.

12 May 2008

Craftsman Dream



I mean, really.  Look how darling--so cozy and homey.


Wouldn't you love the side of your house to look this great?


I love that the Arts & Crafts movement was a response to the gaudiness of the Victorian style.  And, that the emphasis was on quality homes made by true craftsman (I thumb my nose at you, industrial revolution!).


I can't get enough of the wood tones, the built-ins, the multi-light windows.  The sturdiness of it all.


Someday, my friends.  Someday.



09 May 2008

Update on the kiddos


Lew suddenly seems to be so big!  He is toddling around everywhere,  getting into everything.  His vocabulary expands daily.  He got his first hair cut a couple of weeks ago.  


Super Dogger!  What a great kid!  Dogger likes to help with the cooking and the baking.  He's almost potty trained....I think one day he'll just decide to just do it.


Goosey just finished up her third year of dance (look at that arabesque!).  Her teacher says she's a true ballerina.  Goosey can sound out words.  She's an excellent big sister and help for me.

07 May 2008

Hootenanny

This is a perfect recipe for Mother's Day brunch.  
It's so easy, you can hand it off to your hubby and kids to make while you relax!

4 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cups flour, unsifted
1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt

Topping
2-3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
sour cream
brown sugar

4 twelve fluid ounce crocks*

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place 1 Tbsp of butter in each crock and put in oven until the butter melts and bubbles.  Be careful not to burn the butter.

While the butter is melting, mix the milk, flour, sugar, eggs and salt on medium speed in the blender until smooth.  Remove crocks from the oven and pour 2/3 cup of mixture into each crock and return to oven. 

Adjust the heat to 450 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.  Then, lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes. 

While the hootenanny bakes, prepare the strawberries.

When done, the hootenanny will be puffed and browned.  As it cools it will fall.  Top with strawberries, sprinkle with brown sugar and add a dollop of sour cream.  Yum!

* You can also make this in a 10 inch pie dish
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