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Friday, February 26, 2010

Wild and crazy few weekends. This was Alli and her adorable coach at her last basketball game. We have loved basketball this year! We are a little sad to see it go. We are not going to miss all the freezing cold runs to practice, but we have loved watching all the girls grow and have a lot of fun this year! AND to top it off they won their last game Way to go girls! This was the night that Zach got his first class in scouts. they dressed up as raisens kinda cute huh! My little raisen is the little one on the far right I got a kick out of them dancing around. And even though they would never admit it, they had a great time!

Ahhh if this were only true.... These little monkeys were pretending to sleep to try to fake me out. Good thing I am smarter than they are and I grabbed the camera, as soon as they saw the flash they all started giggling. what a bunch of goobers.

And here is part of the Lava Heat swim team. we had a way fun sledding party today. and after we had lunch and awards. Here are all the awards that Joey got from the first 2 swim meets that he raced at, I think thats a pretty good start!!!
And I think that he is pretty proud!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

So is that a ray of sunshine I see??? Well it could be! Almost 2 months after I took joey to the rheumatologist, he finally called me to say there may be an answer to Joeys joint pain. Glad I wasn't holding my breath! There were some dark spots that showed up on the x-rays around his knees, and hips. He is sending us in for more x-rays. Hopefully we can get that done, and hear back from him before summer.(sorry that must have been a little sarcasm slipping in) But all in all I am allowing myself to get slightly excited that there may be an answer. He said that if it is what the thinks it is ( being very vague) that it is not a huge deal, and it is something Joey will outgrow. It will be a painful process, and he won't even start outgrowing it till he is like 15 or 16, but he will outgrow it and be normal, whatever normal is. I am still a little hesitant, just because it doesn't answer all the other questions, but if there are spots on the x-rays that are making the dr.s question.... then at least we are on the right track right???? One baby step at a time. In the mean time, I have to say, he did great at his swim meet!!!! I will find out his official times on Friday and post them for you all! I am one proud mamma!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Well, Joey is off at another swim meet this weekend. I was unable to go with him this time since I just can't figure out how to rip me in 5 different ways!!! But he was totally ok with that since I sent him with some friends, his D.S, and some cash. He is having so much fun. I have received a few scriptic text messages from him:
havin fun
doin gd
restrnt (yes they went to olive garden lucky kid)
2d butt (found out later this means 2nd place in butterfly)
4!sds free (41 seconds in freestyle)
so after figuring out all my text messages I am pretty proud of all the hard work my Joe man has put into his swimming! Way to go Joe!!!!!
But yes I miss him like crazy. one more day, he will be home tomorrow!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ok these are the Vanilla cheesecake ones(recipe to come later) and the cookies and cream chocolate peanut butter and the colorful

Brownies with ganache

Raspberry over in the corner smores in the middle (also recipe coming later) and key lime pie.

root beer float

Holy recipes!!!

Ok many of you have been asking for the recipes I used for the cupcakes at my dads birthday party. So if you are interested here they are if not well we will blog together another day!~

First here is my basic frosting recipe which I used for the following cupcakes: multicolor, raspberry, key lime pie, and root beer float. I just added the different flavor extracts, for each cupcake.

1 cube of margarine

1lb. powdered sugar.

1 tb. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

mix well.



1 box white cake mix

3 eggs

1 c. half and half

6 T. key lime juice

1 c. sweetened condensed milk

mix together cake mix, eggs, half and half and 3 tb. key lime juice. pour 1-2 TB batter into each paper liner. In seperate bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and the rest of the lime juice. Evenly divide lime milk into batter filled cups. top with remaining batter and fill 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 15-18 min. or till cake springs back when lightly touched.

(again frosting I used the go to frosting, and added a little lime juice)



1stick butter

3/4 c. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4. tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 tsp raspberry extract

1/2 c milk

1 1/3 c. flour

mix. wet, then add dry, mix till just blended. bake at 350 15-18 min.

(also use the go-to frosting add raspberry extract, and a drop or two of pink food coloring)
1box yellow cake mix,make according to directions. (I also like to add 1 c. sour cream and a box of vanilla pudding mix to the cake mix to boost the flavor)
about 15 crushed oreos
line cupcake liners with mini oreos fill liners 3/4's full bake at 350 for about 15 min.
Frosting for the cookies and cream:
1/2 cup shortning
1 stick butter or margarine
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c milk
1/2 c. crushed oreos
Beat together the shortning and butter, add powdered sugar, add milk, and vanill, then cookie crumbs. then add another cookie to the top of each cupcake after you frost it YUM!!!
1 devils food cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. canola oil
8 oz. cour cream
1 small package chocolate pudding mix (4 serving size)
Mix together pour into liners 2/3 full.
Mix in a bowl: 1 c. creamy peanut butter and 3/4 powdered sugar
Roll into 1/2 inch balls. and press into the center of each cupcake.
bake for 20-30 min. or until a toothpick comes clean from center. let cool completely.
Beat 1 stick margarine or butter, and 1 cup peanut butter, and 1 1/2 c -2 c. powdered sugar.
and just for fun I like to get the mini reces peanut cups and cut them in half and stick them on top just for flair.
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 sticks butter or marg at room temp.
6 TB cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
cream sugar, butter till well blended. add the eggs, and vanilla and beat well. add dry ing. and mix just till blended. Place batter in ungreased in 9x13 pan. bake in 350 oven for 25-30 min. DONT overbake Cool on wire rack until cool. frost with yummy frosting.
for cupcakes bake for about 15 min. Don't overbake they will harden.
frosting for the 9x13-
1 stick butter or marg
4 1/2 c. powdered suger
1/2 c. cocoa
1/3 boiling water
1 tsp vanilla
mix and put on brownies
so yummy!!
ganache for cupcakes
1 c. heavy cream
8 oz. chocolate chips (your favorite kind)
1 TB corn syrup
dash salt
Heat cream to a full boil turn off heat add chocolate wisk then add the rest of ing. top brownies cupcakes and enjoy!
Ok so here are most of them. if you scroll further down you will find the rootbeer float recipe already posted on the blog. I have to run and get salt and pepper ready for preschool so I will post the last 3 recipes in the next couple days I don't want to overwhelm everyone all at once anyway!!! so for those of you who wanted to try the recipes good luck!! let me know how they go.
If you have any questions feel free to ask! Happy baking!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

happy valentines day!!!!

Happy Valentines day mommy!
This is how Jason wished me happy valentines day! I tell you I wll take it any day! What a cute and precious valentine~ melt my heart!~ These are the YUMMY brownies I made for my church girls for valentines. they turned out pretty cute too!
And our Valentines day breakfast. I made the kids pink heart shaped pancakes! I think they liked them! I didn't quite catch Abby, Alli and Zach before they started eating so their hearts are bitten into but thats ok, that just means they liked them right??

Happy valentines day everybody!

Friday, February 12, 2010

One big wild crazy fun weekend!!!!!

WOW What a weekend!!
We had so much fun this weekend!
We went to Salt Lake to celebrate my dads 60th birthday. Well actually we surprised him with a huge open house party. We had so much fun! This is a little family snapshot in my mom and dads backyard the morning we headed home!
my adorable mom and dad!

The moment we surprised my cute daddy!

My cupcake helpers. I made 300 cupcakes for this little shindig, and my cute aunt, grandma, and cousins actually volunteered, (and my sister, but she didn't get in the picture!) Thanks so much guys, they turned out so cute! I had so much fun hanging out with you all, and baking up a storm! we will have to do it again!!!!

And here is the yummy food table. With all the fab food we had set up! We had a blast! And I think we pulled off quite a fun party. Thanks to all who helped. And dad happy 60th I love you more than anything in the world!!!!