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Fourth of July and Natalie’s Birthday

Mon ,09/07/2012

I’m slightly ashamed at my lack of blogging, especially because I constantly justify my lack of a journal because I “blog”. I’m also really sad that I didn’t blog when things were happening, it is so much more exciting right after something happens. Oh well, I’ll just give the excuse that I’m playing with Natalie ;).

Speaking of Natalie. She turned 1 last week! Can you believe it! We have a toddler! I’m still in shock!

There are so many exciting things that a one year old can do! She can drink whole milk (YES!!!!), eat honey and peanut butter, and go on bike rides. We’re working on weaning right now, but I think it is going to be a long process. We bought a bike trailer and Natalie loves it. However, she HATES the helmet. She pulls up on the sides of the helmet and just screams, it is sad/cute/funny.

Jordan had an Elder’s Quorum activity they planned on the morning of the 4th. I worked on things for our party while he was gone. When Jordan got home we went swimming at Brother Derges’ house. He has a nice pool and was kind enough to let us go swimming. Natalie had never gone swimming in a real pool and she had a fun time. She stayed in until she got cold (yes it happens even when it is over 100 outside). She and Lilly had a fun time playing and eating snacks while Ryan and Jordan kept swimming.

We had a Fourth of July/Natalie’s Birthday Party on the 4th.  We had a great time. We made grilled pizzas, individual 7 layer dips, peanut butter cup cookies, cake, ice cream, etc and (as always) there was too much food. I made the pompoms and other decorations (they are kind of hard to see in the picture):

Natalie liked the Strawberry Lemonade Punch:

The ladybug cake I made (it was the first one I ever decorated! I even made the fondant).

Party Favors:

Natalie LOVES her Cabbage Patch Doll

We had a great Fourth of July and Natalie’s Birthday. I hope everyone else had a great day too!

Giant Egg

Thu ,31/03/2011

Our chickens are funny, one of the fatties has laid a double yolk egg almost once a week since the beginning of February. Here’s a picture of one of the big eggs next to a normal sized egg.

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Bagels

Wed ,30/03/2011

There was a huge snowstorm here at the beginning of February and both mine and Jordan’s works got cancelled, so we decided we would make the most of the day by making new recipes. We made some english muffins and bagels as well as some other foods. We didn’t take pictures of the english muffins, but we did take them of the second batch of bagels. The first batch looked better, I tried to make them bigger the second time, and it didn’t work as well.

This is from one of our bread books:

Ingredients

3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 tsp. molasses
1 1/8 c Lukewarm water
1 egg
2 Tbs. canola oil
1/3 c. dried blueberries
1/3 c. fresh/frozen blueberries pureed

Put the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, place half the water, molasses, and yeast, stir until dispersed. Pour the mixture into the large bowl with flour, add the egg, the rest of the water, and the oil. Mix together and knead until very smooth.

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Turn the dough out and place in a greased bowl and let rise for 1 1/2 hours. After the dough is risen, divide the dough into 12 equal parts (this is best done by dividing it in half, then half again (4 parts) then dividing that into thirds. Again, do not try and make them bigger, it makes the rest of the process more difficult.Roll these into balls and let rest for 5 minutes.

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Flatten the balls and using your pointer finger to make a hole in the center roll the flattened ball into a bagel shape. Make the hole big, because it shrinks when they rise and you cook them. Set these aside for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 T molasses, and gently drop each bagel in the boiling water 2-3 at a time for 30 seconds on each side.

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Drain well and place on baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

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Next recipe: Jordan’s homemade cream cheese!

Panini Grill

Wed ,09/03/2011

Jordan got me a panini grill for Christmas. It is seriously one of the coolest kitchen gadgets ever.

We use it all the time. We make breakfast sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, wraps, pretty much anything. We even made a peanut butter and jelly panini :). Also, I hate cooking bacon, and it works great, no grease splattering, and all the grease drains onto the tray. It is awesome!

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Jordan’s Christmas Work Party

Mon ,07/03/2011

On December 17, the R&D team at Dairiconcepts plus a few DFA people that we work with had a little Christmas party at Bruno’s in Springfield.  It’s a downtown little italian restaurant that is pretty good.  The food is good but man, it takes forever to get the food, the bill, anything.  We were there for a couple of hours.  Emily and I shared an entrée if I remember right.  It was a fun afternoon.

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Thanksgiving 2010

Thu ,03/03/2011

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun this year. We got to spend it with Jordan’s family in Idaho. Like always, Jordan planned a fantastic menu for the entire week, but I only took pictures of the food on Thanksgiving. Jordan was constantly saying around Christmas, how does anyone get all their dishes done at the same time when they only have one oven?

I picked Jordan up after work on the 19th and we drove to St Louis and stayed at a hotel that we could park our car at while we were gone. It was much cheaper than parking it in the airport parking. We got a shuttle to the airport through the hotel too. We left the next morning and showed up at the airport quite a while before our flight left and then we got on our flight.

There was free in flight WiF, so Jordan kept updating his Gmail status while we were flying. It was also nice that Jordan could talk to his parents and let them let us know what was going on with our flights. Jordan downloaded Angry Birds on the way to Salt Lake, but his ipod wouldn’t let him play, but he got it to work on the second flight and played it the entire week. We landed in Salt Lake and got our connecting flight to Spokane where Jordan’s mom picked us up.

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We went with Jordan’s mom to Costco and got all the groceries we needed for all the food Jordan wanted to cook for the week. On a side note, vanilla beans were so cheap at Costco. We stopped at Walmart to get a couple of small things that we needed for the week. We couldn’t find one jar of pumpkin pie spice, it was pretty funny.

We spent most of the week hanging out with Jordan’s parents and Robin and Joel when the came down (Robin was due in a week, but she wanted to see us so she came for Thanksgiving!). We got to play games almost every night and had a great time. Jordan picked out a new TV and Blu Ray player. Their Blu Ray player was so cool because you could stream Netflix and Pandora through it on the TV, it was really cool.Robin and the boys made a Fruit Turkey, you can kind of see it here:

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Jordan made most of the food for Thanksgiving before the actual day, so it made things on Thanksgiving very laid back (except for the timing of everything :). Here are pictures of the food Jordan made:

The prettiest turkey ever

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Homemade Green Been Casserole (with homemade Crispy Onions)

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Cornbread Stuffing

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Sweet Potato Souffle- Jordan’s Mom Made this

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Spinach Artichoke Stuffing

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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The caramel apple cheese cake was delicious, but the coconut flan was so delicious that we made it twice. I don’t particularly like flan, but it was really great.

Here’s some funny pictures of quail that were hanging out at the hotel. They would walk around in the snow, then when a door was open they would jump to the roof of the hotel. Then, because there was so much snow, they slid off the roof, it was pretty funny.

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On a sad note, Lori couldn’t come for Thanksgiving dinner because it had snowed so much, but we were able to stop and see her on our way to the airport. There was a lot of snow, and it just kept snowing, but we got to the airport with plenty of time. There was a bird in the Spokane Airport, it was pretty funny.

Traveling back home was kind of a nightmare. Our first flight was delayed and only one runway was open for all the flights going out from Delta.  There was just one customer service person at the desk and the people on the phone had no idea what we were talking about when we called they said that the flight was still on time and they couldn’t do anything to help us. Remarkably our plane just showed up a couple of minutes late and we started boarding. The first flight didn’t land until after boarding for the second flight had started (the second flights terminal was on the other side of the Minneapolis airport). We literally ran through the airport and made it to the terminal just as they were loading the last group. I think we’ve decided that traveling during the summer to see our families is a better option than braving winter weather.

Indian Food

Wed ,02/03/2011

Jordan and I are always looking for new vegetarian recipes and Indian Food is usually vegetarian, so we tried it. We have a couple of Indian cookbooks, so Jordan picked out a recipe from the simple one.

Spicy Masala Potatoes from Indian Cooking Made Easy.

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Double Yolk

Fri ,25/02/2011

Our chickens…they are so funny. One of them laid a bigger egg and I put it with the rest of the eggs. So when we were making food for our Halloween Party (more on that later) I cracked an egg to put it in the puddings we were making, and it had two yolks in it! I’m so glad that we had to separate the yolks and whites. Still, pretty cool huh?

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Bluberry Pancakes

Thu ,24/02/2011

Oh, Martha…I wish I could be like you (minus the jail time, house arrest and alcohol). We had these for dinner last night:

They were really good, and I really like the cornmeal in them. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

Makes about 1 dozen 5- to 6-inch pancakes; Serves 4

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for griddle
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (1 pint) blueberries
  • Orange-Maple Butter, for serving
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, milk, butter, and egg. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined (mixture will be lumpy).
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Toss blueberries with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Brush griddle with melted butter. Spoon batter onto griddle 1/3 cup at a time. Sprinkle with sugared blueberries, about 2 tablespoons per pancake. Cook until edges are set, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter and blueberries, adding more butter to griddle and keeping prepared pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven. Serve with orange-maple butter and maple syrup.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Blueberry-Cornmeal Pancakes – Martha Stewart Recipes

I made the Orange Butter which totally complemented the pancakes. I liked powder sugar on the top but Jordan preferred syrup. Also, frozen blueberries work really well and they are cheapest at Sam’s Club.

Lots of Peppers

Sat ,01/01/2011

Jordan and I have been to some of the Farmer’s Markets here, and like all farmers markets, there are good deals, and there are bad deals. Usually the Amish people have their produce reasonably priced, but the other booths are not. We bought a bunch of green bell peppers and banana peppers from an Amish booth, as well as 20 lbs (the girl estimated instead of weighing it out, when we weighed it out it was closer to 25lbs) of butternut squash for 10 dollars. We were walking back to our car when we passed a booth that had a small bushel of red bell peppers that said 6 dollars. We thought, hmm, maybe he means you get some for 6, but surely not the entire container. Wrong, we got the whole container! So we took the peppers home, cut them up while we listened to Conference, and now we have bags of frozen diced peppers in our freezer. One other thing we’ve done is make soup base with the butternut squash. We make it like we normally would, but we don’t add any dairy to it. Then when we’re ready to eat it we thaw out the base, add the cream and we’re ready to eat. Both are incredibly handy and save a lot of time (and money).

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