Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Being in the Autumn mood, I decided to make some pumpkin muffins! I found this awesome recipe for some that are supposed to taste like Starbucks pumpkin muffins. They turned out REALLY yummy and it only took me a few minutes to make. They were in the oven before baby even woke from his short nap! The only thing I did different was I didn't have time to roll up, freeze, and cut the cream cheese so I cut it in chunks straight from the block in the fridge. It turned out perfectly fine doing it that way. Here's the recipe:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 pinch cardamom (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups pumpkin
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- chopped pumpkin seeds (optional) or walnuts (optional) or pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Put the entire brick of cream cheese on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and shape it into a long log.
- Put it in the freezer while you mix and fill the pans, up to an hour.
- Unwrap and cut with a sharp knife so each cream cheese disk equals 1-2 teaspoons. If the cream cheese disks are too big around, cut thick slices and then cut them in half. This lets you push it down into the batter easier.
- Mix all ingredients together (except cream cheese and nuts).
- Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full.
- Put cream cheese disc in the middle, pressing down.
- Sprinkle with 1 tsp chopped nuts.
- Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the muffin part (do not touch the cream cheese!).
- Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. Do not touch the cream cheese until it cools.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I've been wanting to get baby a vintage looking newsboy hat for a long time. I've seen a few in a couple kids clothes stores but all were way too large :( So, I went internet shopping! And found this awesome hand-made one that comes with a matching tie! Not only is it small enough to fit him but she even makes newborn sizes! So cute! To see her Etsy Shop click HERE.
Friday, November 5, 2010
First you lay out your seaweed wrap, rough side up. You can find seaweed wraps at almost any grocery store.
Then you put rice on it(warm rice works the best to help it stay together).
Then you put a bit of tuna
Roll it up while trying to keep the rice from falling out the ends. If it still doesn't seem to stay rolled up you can use tuna juice or water to seal the side up like an envelope.
These turned out really yummy! We ate them with a little Soy Sauce.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Today was a lazy sun bathing day with a short walk down town at the end :)
I've been putting baby in the sun a little almost every day since he was born, because he was borderline jaundice :( But now that we're past all that crud I figure if the sun helps clean baby's blood that well, a little can't do too much harm for us both...
Here's some more info on sun exposure:
The sun has been supporting life on planet Earth for years. It was even worshipped by many cultures throughout history because of its vast healing and therapeutic powers.
But nowadays, most people are actually afraid of being in the sun because it is said to cause skin cancer and premature aging. The so-called effects of sun exposure have been greatly exaggerated by doctors, beauty experts and the media who are in the business of selling you sunscreens, anti-aging lotions and the like. As a result, the sun, nature’s most powerful life-giving force, has been tagged as one of nature’s most harmful elements. And yet, statistics show that almost a million people die and contract serious illnesses each year due to the lack of exposure to sunlight!
Don’t get me wrong, I'm not saying that you can throw out caution and get all the sun that you want. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can cause harmful and dangerous damage to your skin. What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t be afraid to go out and get some sun because the benefits of sun exposure greatly outweigh the risks.