Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloween!

happy halloween from our sweet sock monkey to you!





here are a few of my other favorite costumes this year...

bret bowers and campbell's bff, elly as a rear-view mirror and air freshner...

and my uncle randy as a chef...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

campbell's dedication

campbell was dedicated this last weekend at church and it was so fun! ron and jackie were able to fly out and be a part of it which is always nice...i'm glad they got to be here for it.

she looked super cute :) and i think she really loved her dress





i wanted to post this on sunday, the day of her dedication...and if i had done that, i would have also said 'happy anniversary to kate and matthew!'

Friday, October 22, 2010

a year ago yesterday

we found out we were pregnant...isn't that strange?!?! and to now have a 5 month old! weird!

once again, you can find me in the kitchen making whoopie :) HA

i thought i would make breast cancer whoopie pies, while its still october




its a vanilla whoopie pie with pink filling with pink and white sprinkles on the outside. i like the cookie part, but i really don't care for the consistency of the filling...so i don't recommend this recipe...

happy friday

Saturday, October 16, 2010

before and after

any wheel of fortune fans in the house?! well, aaron and i watch it all the time! we even have a spin id...is that lame? anyway...i made these a few weeks ago and it got me saying "let's make whoopie pies" all the time. get it? let's make whoopie is the before part and whoopie pies is the after part. moving on...

those got me on a whoopie pie kick. next i made these:




Ingredients

* 3/4 cupunsweetened cocoa powder
* 1-2/3 cupsall-purpose flour
* 1-1/2 tspbaking soda
* 1/2 tspsalt
* 1/4 cupunsalted butter, softened
* 1/4 cupvegetable shortening
* 1/2 cupgranulated sugar
* 1/2 cuppacked light brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tspvanilla extract
* 1 cupmilk
* Meringue Buttercream (recipe below)
* 1/3 cupeach orange and yellow sprinkles

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line three baking sheets with parchment. Dip a 1-1/2-inch cookie cutter in extra cocoa and tap onto parchment to create a cookie outline; repeat to make outlines 1 inch apart on all baking sheets; set aside. Whisk together cocoa, flour, baking soda and sal;; set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl beat together the butter, shortening and sugars until smooth, about 2 min. Add egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy, 2 min. Stir in half the flour mixture, then the milk, and beat to combine. Add remaining flour mixture and beat together, scraping down sides of bowl.

3. Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a coupler or a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe onto parchment, filling the outlines with mounds about 1/2 inch high. Bake, one sheet at a time, until cookies spring back to the touch, 10 to 12 min. Cool on baking sheets 10 min, then transfer to a wire rack with a metal spatula and let cool completely.

4. Spread about 1 tbsp buttercream on flat sides of half the cookies and sandwich with remaining cookies. Cover edges with sprinkles. Can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored chilled. bring to room temperature before serving. Makes about 32.

5. Meringue Buttercream: Whisk together 5 large egg whites and 1-1/4 cups sugar in heatproof bowl of an electric mixer over a pan of simmering water until sugar has dissolved, about 5 min. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers-you shouldn't feel any sugar crystals. Transfer bow to the mixer stand with the whisk attachment and beat on high until mixture cools and stiff peaks form, 10 to 12 min. Reduce speed to medium high and add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 4 sticks unsalted, softened butter a little at a time. (Buttercream may curdle but will become smooth as you continue to beat it.) Use within a few hours or refrigerate up to a week. before using, bring to room temperature and beat on low until smooth. Makes about 5 cups.

the icing is WONDERFUL! so bad for you, but so so good

so today, i made these:



* FOR THE CAKES:
* 1-⅔ cup Flour
* 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
* 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
* ¾ teaspoons Salt
* 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
* 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
* ½ sticks Unsalted Butter, melted
* ¾ cups Packed Light Brown Sugar
* 2 whole Large Eggs, Room Temperature, Lightly Beaten
* 1 cup Canned Pure Pumpkin Puree
* 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
* _____
* FOR THE FROSTING:
* 1 stick Butter, Softened
* 8 ounces, weight Softened Cream Cheese
* 2 cups Confectioner's Sugar
* ¾ teaspoons Salt
* 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. With mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, pumpkin puree,and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour mixture.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop 12 large mounds of batter onto each baking sheet. Make sure to space evenly. With floured fingers, gently press down on each scoop to flatten the shape a little. Bake about 10 minutes. They will be springy to touch. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Frosting:
Beat the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Beat for about 2 minutes on medium high speed until nice and fluffy.

Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.

These were also wonderful! ...perfect for fall

next on the agenda - red velvet whoopie pies

Thursday, October 14, 2010

4 years

we dated...

we got engaged...

we got hitched...

we honeymooned...

we moved...

we got pets...

and we reproduced...


we've done a lot in the last 4 years...happy anniversary, aaron! i love you!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

4 months - part 2

so...this babe...



had her 4 month check-up today (2 weeks late) and she weighed in at a whopping 14 lb, 2 oz and she measured 24.5 inches long! she had to get her second round of immunizations today, which wasn't fun in the moment, but she's been a happy camper ever since! :) she's the best!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

another first

LOOK! :)



campbell got her first pedicure! :) well, not really a real pedicure...just a polish. she went with my mom and i today when we got our nails done. ...but she loved every minute of it! we are looking forward to our next one!