Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This is the work of Palmer and his safety scissors this past Sunday morning. Needless to say, the scissors are in time out for a long time. And Tuesday night he got a Bandaid stuck in his hair that we had to cut out. So he is currently not only sporting one old man balding spot, but two. Thankfully, Auntie Rie was already scheduled to give us all haircuts this coming Wednesday.
This one is the work of Brody and a piece of Pappy's leftover birthday cake just before naptime Monday afternoon. He has recently gone to only one nap a day, and every once in a while it, along with the help of a major sugar crash, catches up to him.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Chocolate Caramel Praline Torte
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 package devils food cake mix + ingredients listed on cake mix box
1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
cocoa powder (optional)
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and cream. Stir over low heat until butter is melted. Pour into two greased 9 inch round cake pans. Sprinkle with pecans; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Carefully pour batter over pecans. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-45 minute or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert onto wire racks to cool completely. For topping, beat cream in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff. Place one cake layer pecan side up on a serving plate. Spread with half of the topping. Top with second cake layer and remaining topping. Dust with cocoa powder is desired. Store in refrigerator.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Fugi Apple Poppy Seed Salad
1 packaged bag fresh baby spinach
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fugi apples
real bacon bits, to taste
slivered almonds, to taste
craisens, to taste
shredded parmesan cheese, to taste
poppy seed dressing
Toss all ingredients, except dressing, together in a large bowl. Serve with poppyseed dressing.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
...eat all your fruits and vegetables before even touching anything else on your plate.
...like to color with a white crayon.
...give four kisses before bed: one on each cheek, one on the lips and then finish with an Eskimo kiss.
...have to get within one inch of a person's face when having a conversation.
...when asked if you will be good, will honestly answer no when you know you will not.
...get so wound up and hyper that you literally bounce off walls.
...tell everyone you meet that your mom is afraid of spiders.
...can scale our kitchen counters.
...find comfort in sucking your thumb while twirling the hair atop your head.
...can make me want to laugh, cry, scream, and hug you all within a few minutes time.
...live and breathe Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Curious George.
...make friends everywhere you go.
...when told it's time to take a nap, respond with an enthusiastic, "I wake up!"
...sing "shake your boo bet" to the song "Shake Your Groove Thing."
...want a band aid put on your hair when you bump the top of your head.
...are creative, funny, and smart enough to have the following conversation:
Dad: Palmer, where do you get all your energy?
Palmer: From Christmas.
Dad: Oh, maybe I should ask Santa for energy this year.
Palmer: No, you get pants.
Monday, March 21, 2011
I won a facial from my friend Martha and babysitting from my friend Allison. Sweet! The service I donated to the auction was a year of homemade cakes, or one cake a month for twelve months. The theme of the activity was cake, so of course, I had to provide a service that revolved around that said theme. The bidding for my cakes was a madhouse; everyone was in a frenzy attempting to combine their points with others in order to win. I just love my ward and all my wonderful friends there. They always know how to make me feel special and appreciated. This month I am making caramel praline chocolate torte for the winning sisters. I will be sure to post a picture of the cake and the recipe. In fact, I'm quite certain this blog will be seeing several new cake recipes posted in this next year.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We did splurge on one outing with the money - Disney on Ice. Everytime it comes to Salt Lake we plan to go since Palmer is obsessed with Mickey Mouse, but we always seemed to have other plans or to be short on money at the time. We decided Disney on Ice would be a lot of fun for the kids and thanks to Freebies2Deals and a Kraft Singles wrapper I was able to score the tickets for half price.
Last weekend's Disney on Ice was about celebrations, and what kid doesn't love to party? Palmer was absolutely overjoyed. He watched the whole show with fascination, and laughed, booed and clapped when appropriate. Anytime Mickey was not on the ice, he was asking Greg and I, with true concern, where he was, and everytime Mickey came back on the ice, Palmer's face lit up with a huge smile. He was adorable! Brody on the otherhand was a pistol and refused to sit still on the Trax ride or during the show. The only way to keep him somewhat contained was to feed him, so feed him we did. During the first part of the performance he ate the Lunchable I packed and during intermission we purchased some kettle corn for him to munch on during the second half.
All in all, it was a pretty great outing. Hopefully, in a few years that tax refund can be used towards a Disney trip, but until then, Palmer got to see Mickey Mouse for $50 (totaled from three show tickets, two Trax tickets and a bag of popcorn), instead of $500+, and that is surely good by me.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Palmer: I play with Chloe
Mom: Did you have so much fun?
Mom: Is Chloe your best friend?
Mom: Is Kathryn your best friend?
Mom: Oh, I know, Davis must be your best friend.
Mom: Who is your best friend then?
As we pass by our church on a walk...
Mom: Palmer, what do you see over there?
Palmer (pointing to the building): Church!
Mom: Yep, that's our church.
Palmer: We go to church today?
Mom: Not today, but we will in a few days.
Mom: We go to church to learn about Jesus.
Palmer: Yeah, and to eat fruit snacks.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
No mustered smiles this time. I was actually scared by how lethargic he was being. He had no desire to eat, drink, move around or even complain about it. At this point I vehemently hunted down his doctor to call in a prescription steroid, and then I cried. This evening, after stronger medication, he is still looking about the same, but is acting more like himself.
covered in hives, or what Palmer described as "polka-dotted Brody." Poor little boy. I don't know if there has been more than one consecutive week this entire winter that he has been well. I took him to the doctor and he thinks it's an allergic reaction to the same antibiotic I have been cursing for the last week. Strange that he had been on the medication for an entire week, and a similar one two weeks before that tried and failed to treat the same ear infection, yet he didn't have a reaction until today. The doctor checked his ears and thankfully they are finally clear and back to normal. So good news that Brody no longer has a painful earache, and round the clock medication induced diarrhea, but bad new that he is now covered in feverish itchy bumps, and feels just absolutely miserable.
He sure is a sweetheart though. Anytime I held up my camera he immediately stopped crying to give me one of his stellar smiles.