Monday, January 31, 2011

No Shoes No Shirt No Service

Weston hanging out checking everything out.

Weston has become so alert and watching everything. Every day there is something new with him. Lately he is up a little more during the day and wants to check everything out. He loves when you hold him up in a standing position. He has started to coo and respond to you. It is just so amazing to watch he grow and see how fast he is changing.


Hunter has loves to check everything out, well I guess I should say touch everything. He is loving helping me with things but he really loves to say help me. Hunter has been putting little sentences together maybe not correctly but he is trying.

Things Hunter has been saying; Help me please, I don't know, I am trouble, drive safe, happy day, hey Peanut, Lily and Chuck and anymore.

Hunter showing Weston his cow.

Alright boys say cheese.

Weston sitting in his Bumbo seat.
Sunday, January 30, 2011

Go Go Go

Yesterday Taylor and Hunter were out in the backyard playing. Taylor helped Hunter make his sand box that I am currently working on into a little pool. They had the buckets and more in there playing with the water. Chuck also joined in on the fun. Hunter is always so excited to have Taylor to play with and Taylor does so well with him to.

Don't let his cute face full you!

Taylor and Hunter filling up the bucket and Chuck attempting to drink all the water.

Taylor and I trying to get Hunter to pause to pose for a picture. Nice try huh!



After playing in the water we cleaned up and headed to Farrell's for a birthday party. Hunter had a lot of fun running around with the kids. I tied a balloon to Hunter and then when he would run he would try to watch it and catch it. Too Funny.

Hurry take the picture quick.

Hunter resting on the floor.

Hunter caught the balloon that was tied to him.



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Home Skillet Frittata


This recipe says to use a frittata pan but I don’t I just use a regular pan. So I changed the recipe up to work with one regular pan.


Ingredients:

  • 20 bacon slices, about 9 oz. total
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 3/8-inch dice and simmered until just fork-tender
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz. mild cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and light green portions
  • 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika


Directions:

Preheat an oven to 375ºF.

Overlap 2 bacon slices to create one 12-inch strip. Lay the bacon on a grill pan or on a rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bacon, weaving the strips to create a lattice formation that is 12 inches square. Transfer to the oven and bake until the top of the bacon is crisp and browned but the underside is still somewhat soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool.
In the deep pan over high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the oil. Add half of the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 2 Tbs. of the oil and the remaining potatoes. Let cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and cream. Stir in the cheese, green onions, thyme, parsley, paprika and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper.

Add the egg mixture on top of the potatoes in pan and cook, using a rubber spatula to lift the cooked edges and allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath, about 5 minutes. Cook until the frittata is almost completely set.

Gently lay the bacon lattice, with the crispier side down, on top of the eggs. Put pan in oven at 375 for about 12 minutes to finish cooking. Remove from the heat.

Gently shake the pan to loosen the frittata and slide it onto a serving plate. Serves 8 to 10.
Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cinnamon-Bun Filled Pancakes



Ingredients:


For the cinnamon filling:

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
4 Tbs. Butter room temperature

For the cream cheese frosting:
3 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 Tbs. Butter room temperature

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 to 4 Tbs. milk


For the pancakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
4 eggs, separated2 cups milk
4 Tbs. butter, melted, plus more for cooking





To make the cinnamon filling, in a bowl, still together the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and, using the back of a spoon, mash the butter into the flour mixture until all of it is absorbed into the butter, forming a paste. Set the cinnamon filling aside.



To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the confectioners' sugar, reduce the speed to low and beat until combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add 3 Tbs. of the milk and beat until combined, about 1 minute. The frosting should be thick but still pourable; add more milk if needed to thin it. Transfer the frosting to a small bowl; set aside.

Hunter was my little helper, he had a lot of fun.

To make the pancakes, in a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. In another bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the milk and the 4 Tbs. melted butter. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture until well combined; the batter will be lumpy.


To make the cinnamon filling, in a bowl, still together the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and, using the back of a spoon, mash the butter into the flour mixture until all of it is absorbed into the butter, forming a paste. Set the cinnamon filling aside.

To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar, reduce the speed to low and beat until combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add 3 Tbs. of the milk and beat until combined, about 1 minute. The frosting should be thick but still pourable; add more milk if needed to thin it. Transfer the frosting to a small bowl; set aside.



Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter in two additions.



Along with my helper came an extra mess to clean up.

Put 1/8 tsp. melted butter in each well of a filled-pancake pan. Set over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to bubble.

Pour 1 Tbs. batter into each well. Spoon 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon filling into the center of each pancake and top with 1 Tbs. batter.

Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes. Using 2 skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter and filling.

Drizzle the pancakes with the frosting and serve immediately. Makes 35 to 40.


Hunter was pooped out so much he passed out before I finished cooking them all.

Recipe from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Play Time at Frogg’s


Wednesday, Weston stay home with Maggie to man the house while I took Hunter to Frogg's to play. Hunter and Weston also got to wear matching shirts I got from Crazy 8 that say Mom's Dig Me. I thought they were cute.

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I was watching a friends son Dustin who is a month older then Hunter. Hunter and Dustin get along great. I was hosting a play date at Frogg's so off we went. This was the first time Hunter went through the big bouncers, he had so much fun. He even climbed the big slides by himself and went down too. This outing wore these little guys out. After we left we went home had lunch and naps.































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