Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Going Dutch!

If you've never had a dutch baby you HAVE GOT TO EAT ONE RIGHT NOW! okay..I swear I'm not a cannibal and I don't endorse eating dutch infants (ick) but these holland-esque pancakes will make you swoon.
It is very rich and indulgent (do i EVER post healthy, no i do not)so I don't make this very often, BUT! I saw the recipe over HERE and oh golly its good!
The recipe calls for a cast iron skillet, but after reviewing the comments I used a glass pie dish and it was beautiful. Just put the butter in a 10" pie plate and let it melt in the oven, wait till it starts to brown then take it out and slowly pour the batter into the butter. Since this is heated glass make the batter asap and let it warm to room temp while the butter melts so it doesn't shatter your pie plate. That said...ENJOY and load up with powdered sugar and fresh squeezed lemon juice! (you can add melted butter if you want, i find that the butter it cooks in provides enough flavor, I do use salted butter because i like the contrast of flavors, also, let it bake the whole 20-25min, it may seem ready sooner but you really want those eggs to set in the middle or its a bit too uncooked in the center.

For the pancakes:
4 Tbs salted butter
4 large eggs
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup half-and-half

For the topping:
4 oz clarified butter (or, if you’re not into clarifying, simple melted butter will do)
Juice of 1 lemon
Powdered sugar

In a blender, whir together the eggs, flour, and half-and-half.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the butter in the pie plate and immediately put it in the preheating oven to melt. Remove once the butter begins to brown

Pour the batter into the pie plate over the melted butter. Slide the plate back into the oven, and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove the puffed pancakes from the oven, transfer them to a plate or shallow bowl, and pour on melted butter, sprinkle on lemon juice, and dust with (lots of) powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Serves two.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Picture version of the video post....

In case the cell phone quality video just doesn't do it for ya...

Whoo hoo! Check out ReaRea and the Monkey Bunch

look at Rea get up on her knees then FLOP towards her little stuffed bear and then Mai And Em eating ice cream cones for the first time (at least with me ha) is that nuts or WHAT?!?! FIRST TIME! Mailey is four Emry is 2 1/2!!! Good grief! the things these kids are missing out on...its horrible i know. ENJOY! (For some reason, the sound won't work. phooey)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

There is no recovery.

Last night we had an young man over for dinner, he came to church on sunday morning and his testimony will blow your mind. But I'll save that for another post. This one is strictly for the highly humiliating but incredibly hilarious bloopers that have happened in the last four months.

lets start with last night:
Nate, our guest had just finished dinner. I was cleaning up and trying to ignore the children all trying to talk at the same time at the very top of their i'm rinsing dishes and cleaning up counters I hear Mailey's excited little voice in the back of head, shout "Look what my mom got my daddy!!" of course I should've stopped everything right then to see exactly WHAT she was showing our unsuspecting guest, but I didn't. .until I hear this awkward "uhhh...." and as I glanced over I saw...
okay was pretty uh, innuendo filled, hmm...I'm not sure there is even a way to delicately describe it. Let's just leave it at, a spoon and a fork cuddling while expressing their affection for each other.
can you say awkward?! Nate was just looking at it, then me, then John like, I don't think I should be reading this, OF COURSE YOU SHOULDN'T! sheesh. So I snatched it out of his poor hands, then like, died did John. I mean really...what else is there to do?!

Situation 2: A couple weeks ago, once again; in fact, the week before conference. I was calling up a girl who's been coming, and I was using John's phone. Okay, I 'm pretty tech savvy, but I don't do bluetooth's, I mean come one...I'm sure someday I will be the crazy old lady jabbering to herself, I don't need to look like that now! But he has one, and his phone was linked to it without me realizing, so I had to quickly find it shove it in my ear so I could hear her end...I honestly have no clue how to work those crazy things...she wasn't there so I left a message saying hi etc..well...I thought, just take the bluetooth out of my head and it will hang up. right?! as i'm holding it in my hand I proceed to make a very inappropriate comment to my husband. Can a girl catch a break?! I mean really...I'm terrified to hit on my husband ever again! After I say this naughty thing, John sees the bluetooth and immediatly starts laughing and as I realize what's happened I seriously just wanted to race to her house grab her answering maching and chuck it out the gall darned window. I mean really...atleast everyone in our church knows how we keep our marriage working! :) ha.

situation 3: About a month ago, I was at the altar praying with this incredibly sweet lady who's been coming. After she prayed I went to stand up, and found I was standing on my skirt. My stretchy waisted skirt. which pulled down past my butt. Fan-flipping-tastic. Behind me? Four men all trying to sing an altar song as their pastor's wife moons them her granny panties. For reals.
SO! as the post says, there is no recovery. I just delicately yanked up my skirt, my completely oblivious husband just singing away while I slink back to my seat IN THE FRONT ROW...and as I try to carry on, I hear Jack trying (and failing) not to laugh behind me.
ah. the life of a pioneer. or maybe its just the life of a mother...either way, if I ever need a reality check, i'm coming back to this post!

hope you laughed, I sure did. :)

Monday, July 19, 2010


Last night at dinner, I asked Mailey if she would like to pray for the food. Of course she's the prayer she mustered up.

"Oh my Lord! Bless this food! Bless my PANTS!...amen"

hahahahahahahahahahahahhaha......WHO is raising this child?!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

unfaithful servant...

holy cow. Illy wrote a chilling poem about God's grace and those that abuse it HERE

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mailey and Emry...conference week.

So! Conference was last week, the forty year celebration. Forty years!!! Can you believe it?! And it was one of the most powerful, breathtaking, heart stirring, (add all sorts of marvelous adjectives here) events that have ever taken place in my lifetime. Maybe I'll write about it in another post. But this one is for Mailey and Emry. They spent those eight days with my family, and my, I don't know how soon I can let them go that long again. It was such a blessing for them to see their papa and nana, but my heart ached and ached for them. They got to spend one of the days with Heather and another one with The Gash Girls :) Rainey sent me some pictures they took and I thought I'd share, the really really stunning one of Em was taken by the notorious Joe Gash, its gorgeous so I thought I'd post. (Thanks Joe, you're the best red headed boy ever!) And THANK YOU Rainey and Des, you guys make little children's and harried mama's lives, so much better! we love you!!!


SUNDAY SCHOOL!!! These pictures made me so happy...Mailey misses her little friends so much, and holy moly! they've grown SOOOO much!!!

Taylor :) I miss that little girls darling raspy little voice...look how cute they are!!

Bob the turtle was quite the radical hit! My girls have been begging for a bob the tomato turtle since they got back! I love love love this picture, it totally captures the essence of little imaginations.

Okay, someone get that girl some mousse, or hairspray, or something!!

Ah Mailey, posing for pictures is one of her favorite past times, what a nerd that lovely child is. WHAT a nerd.

THIS is the picture Joe took. don't you just love it?! BEAUTIFUL!!! ( Emry, not Joe ahahaha)

Either this is a very small hat, or Emry's hair is taking over the world!!!!
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why I will NEVER have television :) :)

The other day, We were having pizza with my parents and some relatives I had never met. My 3rd cousin (?) Mike, was having this rather extensive, exclusive, chat with Mailey and then he asked her this:
Mike: "Who's your favorite Princess?"
Mailey: (blank stare)
Mike: "You must know Disney, Which ones your favorite princess?"
Mailey: (after some thoughtful consideration)"ME!"

ahem. let me just revel in this happy, proud, TAKE THAT all you anti, no-TV haters! moment.

okay. now imagine my enourmous grin, and know that I will never subject my children to television and these weird, massive boobed, flowing locked, perfect enough to gag me, princess'. Mailey is princess enough thank you very much. Ah, I loved that answer SO MUCH! thats my girl....thats MY girl.