Last night I made the best cheesecake I have ever made. Ever. Well, it is the only cheesecake I've ever made, but it was really good. Really, really good. I read a blog called Whatever every single day and marvel at Meg's craftiness, the quality time she spends with her kids and her general awesomeness. Plus she wears the cutest clothes, I wish I could shop in her closet. Anyway, she is always talking about Pam's super delicious cheesecake. Then I started seeing other people mention it on other blogs...all of whom read Whatever, I suppose. Small world. If all these people like it, it must be good, right? I happen to love cheesecake, but since we almost never go out to dinner and when we do, we NEVER order dessert...let's just say it's been a LONG time since I've had any cheesecake. And as I mentioned before, I have never attempted to make cheesecake before and was slightly afraid that it would involve far more skill in the kitchen than I am capable of. But it was actually really easy. Moo helped me dump everything into the Kitchen Aid. I did discover that I need a new springform pan though. Stupid one from Ikea leaked. $4.00 pan from Ikea leaked, shocker I know. Anyway, I over cooked it just a bit but it wasn't burnt or anything, just a tiny bit more brown than one you would get at a bakery. But it was SO good. This will be a recipe I make for company, surely. Super easy, plus you are supposed to refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight before you serve it. Perfect for company! One less thing to make the day of! Love that. The only down side is that Toots and Daddy can't have dairy, so Moo and I are the only ones who can eat it...and she said she liked it, but I can't see her asking for it for dessert every night for the next week. So this morning I took one for the team and had a slice for breakfast. You know, so it won't go bad. Sometimes it's hard work testing new recipes. Really hard, tasty work. Here is the link to the recipe:
Pam's Cheesecake featured at Whatever. Go check it out and while you're there, check out Meg's blog. She's great, and you might find a new must read for your mornings. You're welcome.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Now to get thinking about what to enter next year...
Friday, August 31, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Of course before this one was even done, Moo was asking for another one and Toots was begging for a number 2 too. So now after a short break to let my hand muscles heal up (SO not used to that much hand sewing!!!) I will be making a number 2 for Toots. Then I think I will make Moo a boy mermaid for Christmas and one for Toots...a boy maybe? These are kind of quick little projects. Three days max, if you spread it out a lot. One day to cut pieces, one day to sew the parts and one day to sew it all together. That's how I have to do it with the girls constantly needing me, anyway. If I were alone for a day, I could probably make two in one day. So cute and so fun for the girls!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
There has been a lot going on around here lately. None of it too great, although I try to see the good every day. It has been hard to see lately. Family issues, money issues, kids acting up, little sleep because kids are now "learning" to share a room, summertime which means Moo is home 24/7 and is old enough to know that there is cool stuff to do out there but we are not doing it! Ugh. The Hubby's job keeps him busy - always busy, which means that I do a lot of this stuff - all stuff - alone. Recently, probably because of all the things mentioned above, it has been really hard for me to do it alone. Some days I just want to crawl into a hole and let the dishes go unwashed, the laundry go undone and let the kids have a death match over the remote or doll or book or whatever it is they are fighting about right now. But I don't. I do what I'm supposed to do and remember that this too shall pass. Soon enough Moo will be back in school and I will miss having her right next to me ALL DAY. Toots will get used to sleeping in the new "girls room" and not cry out for me every two hours through the night. Bills will get paid, things will get done. It is not the end of the world even though it feels like it some days. And I am not a martyr. I take care of the house and the kids and the yard and the bills and the family stuff and everything else, but I am not the only one doing these things. Even though it feels like that too sometimes. And in just a little while, I'll be bringing home Gnomeo and Juliet (our new rabbits) and beginning a new adventure. If you want to learn more about it, check out my other blog Cold Hands Farm where I post about all things rabbit. So I do have that to look forward to. This funk will go away. It too shall pass.
Friday, June 15, 2012
So I was just browsing the Internet, looking for a new blog to get attached to and I saw a post titled "What are you doing today?" where the blogger posted about what she was doing, then asked her readers to post in the comments about what they were doing or what a typical day was like for them. I thought it was interesting to read about how others spend their day. So I thought I'd post something similar, so here goes! Tomorrow is Saturday, so it's Farmer's Market Day! So as usual, Toots will probably wake up between 6 and 7 am. Then she and I will go out and I'll give her a bottle and watch some cartoons while we wait for Moo to wake up. Then it's breakfast time, get dressed time and figure out what's for dinner and do any necessary dinner prep time. Then we'll head out to the Farmer's Market for an hour. Then we'll head to the Sprout's nearby to stock up on organic baby food and maybe some soy ice cream for lactose intolerant Toots. Then we'll come home for lunch. After lunch, Toots will nap and Moo will work on her First Grade prep book and then watch a little t.v. I will do some chores in the afternoon, laundry, dishes, cleaning up, etc. Until it's time to make dinner. After dinner will be a little more play time, then getting everyone ready for bed, a story and a bottle for Toots. Then bedtime for the girls (who will shortly be sharing a room) and Mommy will finally get a little quite time. I usually have dreams of knitting or reading, but I'm usually so tired at that point that I just end up watching a DVR recording of Joyce Meyers or So You Think You Can Dance. And I usually fall asleep watching it on the couch. At some point I'll wake up because a child is calling, I'll deal with that, then tuck myself in and get ready to do it all again the next day! Well, that's my day, what does your day look like?