Saturday, May 31, 2008

Running 'Behind'

::Update- I've decided to send this video in to AFV and having it on dropshots made me paranoid that they wouldn't accept the video, so I removed it. If I don't hear back from AFV I'll put it back on there. If you'd like to see the video, let me know and I'll email it to you. ::

Ok, this darn site won't let me upload videos, so you'll have to go here to see it.


Friday, May 30, 2008

Made With Love...

Well, here it is. I've been baking all day. Can you tell?
Don't know what I was thinking but it wasn't about dinner. HAHA! I still don't know what we're having and it's 5:11 p.m. Oops!!
Banana Bread
Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Make the Apple Filling first so it has time to cool.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

5 to 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 envelopes Rapid Rise yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 large eggs
Apple Filling (recipe follows)
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping (recipe follows)

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water, milk and butter until very warm (120 to 130 degrees). Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll each portion into 12x8 inch rectangle. Spread Apple Filling evenly over dough. Beginning at long end of each, roll up tightly jelly-roll style. Pinch seams to seal. Cut each roll into 12 equal pieces. Place, cut sides up, in greased 9 inch round pans. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping.

Bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; serve warm.

Makes 24 rolls.

Apple Filling: Combine 2 large cooking apples, chopped, 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup butter or margarine in medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low ; cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly until thick. Stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Cool completely.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping: Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Stir until well-blended.
Blueberry Muffins (by Kyndal)

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Portuguese Sweet Bread

Portuguese Sweet Bread

2 packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 cup lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
5 1/2 to 6 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon sugar

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in milk, 3/4 cup sugar, the salt, 3 eggs, the margarine and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.)

Punch down dough; divide into halves. Shape each half into a round, slightly flat loaf. Place each loaf in greased round layer pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches. Cover; let rise until double, about 1 hour. Heat oven to 350. Beat 1 egg slightly; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake until loaves are golden brown, 25-45 minutes.

2 loaves

Snail loaves: After dividing dough into halves, roll each half into a rope about 25 x 1 1/2 inches. Coil each to form a snail shape in greased round layer pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches. Continue as directed.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bake

Think that's enough?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

One of those days...

I'm just not in the mood for my normal activities today. I'm about to go stock up on cigarettes and have a couple of beers. Blah.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Today we went to the lake to ride the jet skis. It's the first time for us to go this summer. It was kind of windy out and the wind felt cool to me, so I didn't go out in the water. Maybe next time.
Karly was ready!
Can you tell he doesn't want his picture taken?

I always get a picture of her hair going crazy. Well, this is it from today. hehe
Jarrett had to get the jet ski ready. It hasn't been used in a long time and needed some work. The other jet ski didn't work at all. That was a bummer. Kyndal likes the broken one better than Jarrett's. So she didn't even ride today.

First time out this year, and having a blast!!!
Karly doesn't care what she does, as long as she gets to do something!
Today was also Libby's first time at the lake. I think it was too cool outside for her too. Once she got wet, she shivered until she was dry. Poor pup!

When Connor and Jarrett came back, Jarrett sat Karly on the jet ski and pushed her out away from him. He probably thought she'd freak like our other kids did at her age, but she didn't. She turned around and asked for the keys. HAHAHA!!
Looks like she's riding by herself, NO she's not. Silly!
Wave to Mama...

Connor drug Caleb out to the deep part. Caleb fighting the whole way. Come to find out, Caleb did a pretty good job swimming back. (AND he could reach the bottom in the part they thought was 'so' deep.)
Kalry got her birthday presents from Peepaw and Jamie. I can't even name everything that was in that bag. Some cute stuff though.
Peepaw is holding her cross necklace. She loves it!

We left the lake after a few hours, then rode around in the country to get home. Checking out new places and stopping on every crickety bridge to freak Mama out. @@
Then when we got home, Karly wanted to play with the sprinkler ball and Jarrett cooked us some yummy burgers on the grill.
That's a cool ball/sprinkler!!

She learned how to aim it.

Everyone was in bed tonight by 8:15. Except for me. I'm determined to keep you all informed on what's going on around here and share my pictures with you. Am I sweet or what? hehe

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ft Worth Zoo

We got up bright and early to get ready for the zoo. We headed out pretty early and picked up some breakfast. On the way there, we saw a four wheeler in a field and it was flipped on it's side. So we had to turn around and go back to make sure someone hadn't wrecked out there and been hurt. It looked like it had just fallen off someone's trailer. You could see where it bounced down the hill and into the field. Whew!!
Our gift to Karly was to take her to the zoo. She hasn't been since we were in San Antonio. Long time ago. Anyway, we went. It was packed. I couldn't get any good pictures cause there were people everywhere and they all like walking in front of camera's. Karly wasn't as thrilled about it as I thought she'd be, either. She acted like she sees these animals every day. HAHA

She did not like the little statue animals. They freaked her out. So of course, Connor had to pick her up and carry her to every one we saw.
The only picture I got of her with 'Happy Feet'.
See that thing in the water? Jarrett told her to kiss it and this is the look she gave him.
The zoo had a new part that wasnt' there the last time we were there. It was Texas themed.
How I love these types of settings. I'd like my own 'old west town' in my yard. HAHA!

The zoo did have some fun hands on stuff for the kids. Here they are reaching into the box to try and guess what's in there.

Karly's wingspan...
In the bat cave...

The best part of her day... the train... here she is, waiting patiently.
Here it comes!!!

The poor monkeys looked miserable. :*(
We came home after the zoo and let Karly take a nap. Then we decided to go to the drive in movie and watch Indiana Jones.

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