Tuesday, September 30, 2008

{TWD} Creme Brulee

This recipe was brought to you by Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe was to complete. I've wanted to make Creme Brulee for a long time and I had even gone so far as to get the Creme Brulee kit from Bed Bath and Beyond, but I was afraid to make it. I don't know why.

Dori's directions were so clear that it made it really simple. My family loved it. It was so creamy and the sugar crust was perfect. I used regular sugar on Mike's but I had some flavored sugar to use on the rest of them. I had a Praline flavored sugar and my daughter had Cappacino. It was delicious. This is really a five star recipe.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

{TWD} Dimply Plum Cake

This weeks recipe was chosen by Michelle of Bake-En.
This was a very easy recipe to make and bake. I'm not sure I really liked it. It had a mild flavor and compared to the Chocolate Chunkers of last week, it wasn't very sweet. The purple plums I used didn't seem to have a lot of flavor. But here are the pictures.

I think I'm more of a chocolate kind of girl.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

{TWD} Chocolate Chunkers

This is my first post and my first attempt at baking with the group. Chocolate Chunkers are brought to you by Claudia of "Fool for Food."

I decided to do this project today while I had a day off from work. I'm glad I did because it seemed like a time consuming recipe. First I assembled my ingredients.

I mixed my dry ingredients and chopped my unsweetened chocolate.

Then I started melting my bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter.

Next I mixed my eggs, sugar and vanilla.

Then I added the rest of my ingredients. I thought that we might not like the raisins so I used dried cherries. Yummy!

Voila! The finished cookie. They aren't very attractive but they are very tasty and addictive. I'm taking what's left to work tomorrow, cause I could easily gain a lot of weight baking every week.

I really had a lot of fun doing these cookies and I learned some things about baking that I didn't know.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Going to Tea

I have a close friend that I love to go to tea with. We try to do it as often as we can and we have a favorite tea house. It's called An Afternoon to Remember and it's in Newcastle. They have very good food there and the atmosphere is very relaxing. My friend, D and I went to tea yesterday. We hadn't seen each other in a couple of weeks because of my work schedule and we were just having a great time talking and catching up on each other's lives. The tea was lovely and just as good as any other time we've been there. After tea we decided to hit some of the antique and junk stores in the area. We went to one across from the tea house and when we got in the car, D said I think I just ripped my pants. Oh boy, did she! They didn't rip in the seam, instead she had a rip about 6 inches long right along the pocket of her pants. We laughed so hard. Do you think it stopped us from shopping? Nope. We hit the Hospice thrift store next and she wrapped a blanket around her waist that she had in her trunk and we went inside where she bought a long skirt. It matched her shirt perfectly.

We have so much fun together and we can get ourselves in trouble in those antique and junk stores. I restrained myself and only bought one tea cup and saucer, and a collector spoon rack that I've been searching for. The spoon rack was only $4.00, so I think I really got a bargain on that. I picked up a couple of other things but decided I didn't really need them. D is my partner in crime when it comes to shopping, sewing and just having fun.

Here are some pictures of our outing to The French Bakery in Lafayette, Ca.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I love my job!

This year I have a great route with wonderful children and parents. One of the best parts of my job is that I get to see the sunrise every morning. It's so beautiful and it helps me remember who is in control. I also get to pick up kids in the country. I love seeing the wildlife while I'm driving. This morning there was a doe and her fawn running down the hill towards the road. The doe jumped the fence that separated the field from the road but the fawn was too little and ran along the fence looking for a place to get out. Mama continued on to the next field not realizing that she'd left her little one behind. Just as the fawn found a place to get out, mama came running back. As soon as she saw the fawn was safely on her side of the road she took off with him flying behind her.

I picked up my kids and all of a sudden we saw 6 hot air balloons above us. Napa Balloons have been in the area all week. Today they were flying right along my route and just as I went to pick up my last student, one landed in a field right behind his house. The kids were so excited and I must admit I really wished that I had my camera. I drove a little slower so they could see the balloon being deflated and told them that the van that picks up the people from the balloon is called a balloon chaser. They also could see the flatbed truck that the basket and deflated balloon would be loaded on. They talked about it all the way to school and I'm sure they had a lot to tell their teacher. It was a great morning.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Our Anniversary Trip ...

Way back in March, we decided to take a little trip to the Redwoods in Northern California. We had been to Italy the year before so it was time to take a trip that was a little scaled back money wise.
We stayed at the RedCrest Resort which came highly recommended. It was in the price range we were looking for and it seemed like a good idea. We forgot to check on amenities close by. The ads all said a grocery store was across the street. What it didn't say was the store had been closed for two years. That's okay we found a store about 10 miles away and there was a microwave in our room.

We did have a great time though. Here's some pictures of the Chandelier Tree.

A picture of some wild turkeys we came across.

A map of Humbolt County:

The road less traveled:

The Loleta Cheese Factory:

The town of Loleta:

We also enjoyed the wild life.

It really doesn't matter if you spend a lot of money or not on your anniversary trip. It's the memories that you make with the one you love.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day

What does Labor Day mean to you? Is it to celebrate the working man and woman or a last trip to the beach before most schools start their fall session.

Samuel Gompers on Labor Day
Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.

Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor

Labor Day to me means a lot because it was really LABOR DAY for me almost 34 years ago. That's when my beautiful first daughter came into the world. It was a very momentous occasion. I had wanted a baby for so long and there she was. All 6lbs 2ozs of her. She was 18 1/2 inches long and the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I had toxemia and they wouldn't let me touch her before they whisked her away to the nursery. She was born on Saturday and I didn't get to see her until Wednesday, when they finally felt I was well enough for a trip to the nursery. She blew me away. I feel so lucky to have her in my life along with her other three sisters. I'm truly blessed. You always have your ups and downs when you are raising your children but I can truthfully say that I've never regretted having children. They have taught me along the way as I was teaching them. Now I have 4 wonderful grandchildren that I wish I could see more often, but I love to talk to them on the phone and see all their pictures. When we do get to visit them, it brings us great joy.
Hug your kids today and show them how much you love them on this sweet holiday.

I added pictures to my Aug 18th entry.

Hope you like these pictures. It was a lot of fun that day and I just wanted to show whoever reads this blog something of what we saw that day.