Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Cut to this morning.
We wake up to no new snow on the ground. Sure, some is falling from the sky, but it isn't sticking. But, according to all reports, the worst is yet to come, and the afternoon - when my flight is still scheduled to go, is when things will turn ugly. I spent the morning calling the airline and checking the website, trying to figure out when the flight will be canceled. Around 11 am, when the ground is still only wet and the snow is thinning, I realize that I had better pack a bag for Little Girl and myself - this flight was not getting canceled... at least not before we got to the airport...
Cut to 3:35 pm - scheduled take-off.
I am in shock. We are on the plane and it is pulling away from the gate... Sure, we were a few minutes delayed, as there was the precautionary de-icing process, but we were off! Despite an exhausted baby girl who refused to sleep, the flight was easy - just as all flights should be! So she and I are in Florida, where, while it isn't as warm as we would like, there is no snow - not even in the forecast!
But there is snow at home now, where Hubby is still waiting to see if he will be able to leave for his trip. Good luck, Hubby! I hope that I see you in Florida before I see you back in H-Town!!
As for me, I am here for the week. I will still be crafting, baking and playing as much as I can, so hopefully there will be tales to tell from my temporary locale.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
So for a completely unscheduled day, today was pretty full and lots of fun! I am so glad that I got to play with Mr. J! I can't wait to have a play-date with his big brother next! I loved having the kids play together. And they had such a good time, I think they wore each other out!
Miss L - we can do this again any time!!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The end results were some very tasty cupcakes! Thy rose nicely, took the filling well, and were so delicious it was hard to stop at just one!!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The bars came out of the oven at a beautiful golden brown color and cooled for five minutes until it was time to cut them. As I mentioned yesterday, I seem to be totally incapable of cutting in a straight line or making uniform, even pieces. Which is why I wanted to use cookie cutters. Which I don't have. So I had to use my pizza cutter, and have shortbread bars in a variety of shapes and sizes. They still taste good though, and luckily no one is judging my uniformity. (Please, don't judge my uniformity!!)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I made a treat today, about which I will post tomorrow. Part of this treat, though, involved cutting into even pieces. This is not something which I do well. I seem to be incapable of cutting straight lines, let alone even pieces! I have tried rulers, I have tried guidelines, nothing helps. So I thought cookie cutters would be in order. Best way to make even pieces, right? Then came my realization... I do not have cookie cutters!! I have a single cutter - in the shape of my favorite team's logo. Love it as I do, it is a little big for what I wanted.
So that was my baking eye-opener for the day. It has taken me this long to realize that I must not make that many cookies, as I can't make them in fun shapes. This is something that absolutely must be fixed before too long... Little Girl will need to be able to make cookies - or at least cut out clay shapes...! Hopefully this "problem" will be solved soon... Until then, improvisation is key, along with tolerance for uneven cookies!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
And, of course, I made one for Little Girl, also... Mustn't let her feel left out!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I have never made Milk Bread before. To be honest, I had never heard of milk bread before... But it looked fairly simple and fairly tasty, so I thought it was worth a shot. And it would add an international flair to dinner, right? Of course, for me it was soy-milk bread, but who's keeping track...
Once the foamy goodness was ready, I added it to the salt, oil and sugar, then mixed in the flour. I don't know why, but I was expecting the dough to be a lot thinner than it was. I shouldn't have, since the ratio of flour to liquid was 2:1, but I just did... Never-the-less, I got my batter mixed and into the loaf pan.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Letting the marshmallows set is usually the hard part for me... I am not very patient, and one of the reasons that cooking and baking are good crafts for me is the end product is usually ready pretty efficiently. But these need to set for a couple of hours... Turns out, I let them set for a day - snow days with Hubby and Little Girl are a good distraction!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Now, I should have started this meal in the slow cooker a lot earlier than I did. I didn't get creative until after lunch, so I had to make sure this would be ready for dinner. That is why the potatoes and onions are cut quite so small. That being said, I think I like the small chunks, so it all worked out! After adding salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and basil, I set things going on high for three hours.