Friday, July 23, 2010

The Rootinist Tootinist Cowgirl

We saw Toy Story 3 not too long ago. Since then, Emma has been on a Toy Story kick. Jesse (the cowgirl) is, of course, her favorite character. I'm Giffy, so of course I had to get her a talking Jesse doll just like the one in the movies! Oh, and a matching shirt. Hee hee. She already had the hat!
Is she not the rootinst tootinist cowgirl?

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Princess and The Pedicure

Brittany went for a pedicure the other day. When she got home, Emma asked if she could have a pedicure. So Brittany gave her one! Emma chose "Bubble Gum" nail polish. If you look closely, you'll notice that her shirt has a bubble gum machine on it! Is she not the cutest lil' thing?!!
Ta da! Now to sit still long enough to let them dry...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Alexa's Scrapbook

As you may remember, I made a baby scrapbook with Spanish titles for my sweet friend, Paloma, and her daughter, Alexa. I decide to give it to them as a gift for Alexa's baptism, which was on Sunday. So I had to quickly whip up a layout for the baptism photos. (Sorry for the poor color quality of these photos. I didn't realize that the photos weren't very good until after I had given the scrapbook to them!)
I made this card to go with it. I don't have any sentiments in Spanish, but I thought this one was appropriate. The card matches the first and last layouts of the scrapbook (which you can see here), as well as the decor in Alexa's bedroom. (BTW, I totally copied this card from Christy, from whom I also copied pretty much all of the scrapbook layouts!)

Brittany, Emma, and I attended the baptism and reception on Sunday. It was quite the party! Emma loved dancing to the mariachi band! And I do mean loved~she danced for hours!

Congratulations, Alexa!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scone and Cookie Recipes

I had several requests for the scone and cookie recipes we used for Brennan's birthday treats, so I thought I'd post them here. And I am pretty sure that these are fat and calorie free! Enjoy!

Classic Cream Scones

* I finally caved and bought the NordicWare Scone Pan, which you can get at WalMart, on Amazon, and many other places. Click here to see it. I love this pan because it's so much easier for me with my hand and the scones all come out evenly baked. This recipe is for this pan. If you prefer to shape them by hand, they may need less baking time depending on how big you make them.

* I use a food processor with the dough blade to make these. If you don't have one, use a pasty blender or two knives in scissor fashion to cut in the butter.

2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar + a small amount for sprinkling
2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 c. unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 c. heavy (whipping) cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 425. Lightly butter the scone pan or baking sheet.
2. Combine the dry ingredients in the food processor.
3. Cut the butter into 1/2" cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. In a small bowl, stir together the cream, egg, and vanilla.
5. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture until well combined.
6. With lightly floured hands, pat the dough into the scone pan. If using a baking sheet, pat the dough into 1/2" thickness on a lightly floured cutting board. Use a 2 1/2" floured biscuit cutter or glass to cut out rounds from the dough and place them on the baking sheet.
7. Sprinkle sugar on top of the scones.
8. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
9. Let stand in scone pan or on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from the scone pan or baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack.
10. Enjoy with some lemon curd or some pure fruit jam and a cup of tea!

Makes 8 larger scones in the scone pan or 14 round scones.

1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. light brown sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbs. milk
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats (NOT quick cook)
2 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. Beat butter and both sugars until creamy.
4. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla.
5. Slowly beat in flour mixture and mix thoroughly.
6. Add oats, white chocolate chips, and cranberries. Mix well.
7. Drop in tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
8. Bake 9-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 12-13 minutes for crispy cookies.
9. Cool on baking sheet then transfer to wire cooling rack.
10. ENJOY!
Makes @ 4 dozen cookies.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Brennan!

Yesterday was Brennan's 22nd birthday! It was kind of quiet. He had to work all day, Rick is in Germany, and Keaton is in CA. I started the day for him with a batch of fresh cream scones, which are his favorite breakfast food.
Then Brittany, Emma, and I took him to The Texas Roadhouse for dinner. He was a good sport and let them celebrate his birthday. Emma thought this was extremely entertaining!
Brennan's not much of a cake eater, so he requested his favorite cookies: Brittany's oatmeal, white chocolate chip, and cranberry cookies to be exact. Oh my, are they delicious! Emma totally does not understand why Brennan didn't want cake because, as she told him, "But Uncle Brennan, birthdays always have cake or cupcakes!" But she did enjoy the cookies and told Brittany, "Mommy, you make the best cookies in the whole wide world!" That, she does, Emma!
Here are Brittany and Emma with Brennan.
Mom, here's a little stroll down memory lane for you with a few of my favorite photos of Brennan. Here, he was one day old.
This was Christmas 1988. This is one of my all-time favorite photos! (Brittany was 4. Doesn't Emma look just like her?) Brennan could watch the train for hours. My dad always got such a kick out of watching Brennan play with the train. And how stinkin' cute are those little overalls?
This was taken at Christmas in 1990. Brittany was 6, Brennan was 2, and Keaton was 9 months old.
Flash forward to Christmas 1996. Brittany was 12, Brennan was 8, and Keaton was 6.
This was Brennan's 10th birthday in 1998. He's with my dad.
These are Rick's parents with Brennan at his middle school graduation in 2002. Brennan was 13.
This is Brennan's senior portrait, followed by his 2006 high school graduation photo.
Brennan celebrated his 21st birthday by going skydiving!
Here are Rick and our boys, Keaton and Brennan, last October.
Here are a few shots from Brennan's college graduation in May.
Here I am with Brennan yesterday, his 22nd birthday.
In early August, Brennan will moving to CA. He was offered and accepted a full PhD fellowship (Electrical Engineering) to Stanford. I am so happy for and proud of him! But I would be lying if I said I am not going to be terribly sad when he moves. Brennan and Keaton will be living 45 minutes apart, which will be such fun for both of them. I guess I'll be making lots of trips to CA to see my wonderful sons.

Happy 22nd birthday, Brennan! I love you!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame...

Jon Lester pitched for the Sox. This was the first pitch of the game. He pitched a great game, which we won!
Swing batter, batter, swing! Go Big Papi!
This is Wally, our Mascot. I have no idea who the two men are, but I needed a photo of Wally for Emma. Emma loves Wally!
Did I mention that the Red Sox rule?

Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Snow Day

These photos are from January 2009. I am trying to catch up on my scrapbooking this summer. However, we are repainting the interior of our house, so I don't know how much scrapbooking I will actually accomplish. But I am pretty good with a roller!

For this layout, I used CTMH's Aspen. I love this paper~it reminds me of living in CO.
Brittany's BFF, Brenda (from CO), was visiting. She's in the bottom right photo with Brittany and Emma. And I am happy to say that I have lost a ton of weight since the sledding photo of me was taken. Yay!
Emma loved having a snowball fight with Keaton and sledding with Rick. My favorite photo is the one of Emma making a snowangel. It just doesn't get much cuter than that!
We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Tomorrow, Rick and I are going to a Red Sox game at Fenway~YIPPEE!!! Love those Sox!!! I hope the Sox will do their annual fireworks show after the game since Sunday's game is in the afternoon. Then we will spend Sunday and Monday painting the entry hall (2 stories), two bathrooms, and the laundry room a rich, creamy yellow.

Wishing you a happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

She Tickles My Funny Bone

These photos are from January 2009, so I am not too far behind! I used CTMH's Emporium paper pack. Just a quick layout, nothing too fancy. I have decided that I need to make simpler, faster layouts in order to catch up on my scrapbooking.
Here, Emma is playing dress-up (and just FYI, you are never too old to play dress-up, LOL) and hanging with Keaton and his girlfriend, Tina.
We celebrated Indy's birthday. Yes, I am one of those dog women~the kind that celebrates her dogs' birthdays! Emma chose Elmo party hats and a few toys for Indy. She insisted we have cupcakes (the kind for people, ha ha) because what is a birthday without cupcakes? We even had to sing!
Hope these tickled your funny bone!