Thursday, October 27, 2011


So sweet. I love watching my kids play together!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I will be posting some videos from the past month. This was taken two weeks ago when Grammy and Papa were in town:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bran Muffins

Here is my tried and true bran muffin recipe. I usually double it and make 6 jumbo muffins and 12 regular sized ones.

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice ( or soymilk, to make them dairy-free)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil ( can replace most with applesauce to make them lower fat- needs at least 1T of oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey or combo of honey and molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Combine wheat bran and milk/lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside
2. Combine oil/applesauce, honey, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
3. Add in soaked bran mixture and stir until combined.
4. Add flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir until combined.
5. Bake at 350 for 10-15 min for regular sized 15-20 minutes for large. Makes one dozen regular.

*Note- these are supposed to be moist. If you over bake them, they will be dry and not very good. I usually just smell and check them to see if they are done (not sure how to say that more precisely in a recipe)

**Since the advent fast is coming, I'll mention that you can substitute an egg replacer or 1T ground flax seed mixed with 1T water for the egg.

Hope you all enjoy!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hoppy Ball

For Luke's birthday, some of my family sent him some birthday money. I was looking for something to wear him out inside the house when the weather was bad. Here is what I found:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Baptismal Sewing Projects

Rebekah's baptism is this Saturday at 10am and I have been working on her dress for a while now. Finally, today, the last item was finished. (It feels so good to be sewing again!) Meanwhile, Grammy made a bonnet and Godmother Melissa gave us beautiful shoes to complete the outfit. Here are some pictures:

1. The dress front:
2. The dress back:

The buttons and double fold bias tape were improvisations due to the fact that Rebekah has grown so fast since I started sewing it.

3. The Bonnet:
4. The baby in full baptismal attire:
Isn't she cute?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pictures that make me happy

Luke smiling after eating a big bowl of oatmeal:Baby Rebekah smiling in her bouncy seat. Could there be a happier baby? Honestly, I think not. :) (Thanks to our friends, the Neacsu's for letting us borrow the seat!)A flower cake. Do you see the big yellow center and the pink petals around? This week was my dear friend Miss Clare's birthday. She turned 83 and we had to celebrate! Sorry the picture is sideways?

Finally a video. Do you see how active this little one is? She kicked around for an hour last night and another hour this morning :)