Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Photo Op

Just a few photos from our Easter festivities

Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

Ingredients

1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
7 cups confectioners' sugar

Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
For the frosting:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

The Bossy Baker's Notes:
1. I couldn't find strawberry extract, so I simply omitted it. The cake didn't seem to taste any less strawberryish.
 2. I didn't read all of the directions and missed that I was only supposed to put 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree in the frosting. 
3. The cake was great and very moist. I highly recommend using this for any special occasion. You'll get lots of compliments. 

  
Picture from Food Network
I am not including any pictures of my cake simply because it wasn't very pretty. Like I mentioned in the baker's notes, I put too much of the puree in the icing and couldn't seem to add enough confectioners sugar to help the runny factor.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Winner Is....

Anton's Birthday Dessert will be...
Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake
Pictures and Recipe to follow!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Power of M&M's


The past few days we have gotten to experience pink eye. Oh What Fun! It actually hasn't been all that bad; just trying to keep everything wiped down and sanitized so that little girl doesn't share with mommy or daddy. Biscuit and Blanky have had a couple of 'baths' in the washing machine and we've used quite a bit of hand sanitizer. Although all of that seems to be a lot of work, the thing that has been most challenging is the...dun dun dun...EYE DROPS! Oh, the drama that can come out of such a little body. This is when M&M's come into play. With the little phrase "I'll give you an 2 M&M's if you are still and let mommy do this" gets the job done. And with that, Karrington is getting at least 8 M&M's a day. I am hoping that this will get us set for potty training. Bribe or Reward? I really don't care as long as it gets a result.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Anton's Birthday

This week is Anton's birthday week! He is not really one for celebrating, but I sure am. I love celebrating birthdays, especially the birthdays of the ones that I love. I've even already ordered his birthday gift and it should get here tomorrow or Tuesday.

One of my favorite things about birthdays is preparing the culinary delights. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, if it's got sugar in it, then I love to make it! I'm still trying to decide what to make this year, so I'm putting it up for a vote. Let me know what you think. I'll follow up with pictures and recipes for the winning dessert.

Happy Birthday Anton!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Red Mango Deliciousness

Meet my new addiction: Red Mango Fro Yo. I heart it! Like REALLY, Really heart it! A Red Mango store just opened up in Lubbock and I have almost filled up my frequent buyers card. Anyway, if you have one near you I highly recommend stopping in and giving it a try. My favorite is White Peach. Coming in at a close 2nd is Coconut/Pineapple swirl, just like Pina Colada.
And this is my favorite part...it's all natural.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

She Said

I'm blogging on Prize31 today. Stop by and see what "Newlywed" answers I answered about Anton.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

He Said

Anton is braving the waters of Women's Ministry today. He has partnered with me to do a He Said/She Said post for our women's ministry blog Prize31. Go on over and check out what he has to say.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Won!

Last week I entered a giveaway over at That Mama Gretchen and I WON! AND I am so excited.

I placed my order at My 2 Lil Pixies Boutique and will get it in the next few days.

Stay tuned for pictures and details of what I got. In the mean time, go check out My 2 Lil Pixies Boutique

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Mothering Style

I am one of those people who likes to know everything. If I am diagnosed with something, I go home and do research so that I am aware of all of the symptoms and possible treatments. This doesn't just go with sickness, but with Love Language, Personality, Giftings. You name it, I want to know where I fit. When I saw a post on Mothering type over at That Mama Gretchen, I had to check into it. I took the test and these were my results.

The 'Executive' Mother

ENTJ (Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

Competent and confident in a management role, the ENTJ mother organizes the needs and schedules of family members into a workable family system. Within the system, she provides her children with care-taking, direction, and limits, but she also gives them space to develop their own self-sufficiency and judgment.

Analytical and adept at problem-solving, the ENTJ mother listens to her children's concerns empathetically and then strategizes with them how to improve the situation—either by intervening on their behalf or backing off to let them solve problems on their own. She particularly enjoys watching them take responsibility and accomplish something they find important on their own.

Intense and insightful, the ENTJ mother is cued in to her children's intellectual and emotional development. She uses her quickness and communication skills to talk things through and help her children connect with people and better understand life.


Strengths
Commitment to a family system
Energetic and hard working
Fostering independence
Problem-solvingIn-depth conversations
 Struggles
Busyness (there's always something needing to be done)
Self-criticism (YEP!)
Letting feelings "be." (I'm totally a fixer, it's hard to let others learn the 'hard' way)

I find this pretty spot on!

Here you can take a quiz to find out your mothering personality

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

No salsa for me

As Karrington gets bigger, we are allowing her to try more and more foods. Some foods are a hit and some are a miss. Most recent hit, PEANUT BUTTER. She LOVES it! by the spoonful. She's been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a while now, but recently I noticed that she would pull apart the bread and lick off the peanut butter. Though making a PB&J sandwich isn't that difficult, I decided to try giving her a spoon of peanut butter. It was a total success as polished off the spoon and asked for more.

Our most recent, NO WAY food is salsa. We were out to lunch after church on Sunday and while waiting on our order we were snacking on some chips and salsa. Karrington was munching on chips and noticed that I kept dipping my chips in salsa before I ate them. As a normal almost 2 year old, she felt like she needed to be doing exactly what I was doing. So, I put a little bit of salsa on a chip and gave it to her. She licked it off and was obviously not a fan (it was a little spicier than her liking). She started to wipe off her tongue, but that didn't seem to work, so she started to lick the table. It was hilarious! In tears,Anton and I were on either side of her trying to help, but she didn't seem interested in the help we were offering. I really wish that I had a video or at least a picture of this moment.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Round and Round we go

On Saturday, we ventured out to Cagel's Steaks (which is one of our favorite places to get a delicious piece o beef). We particularly like the restaurant because not only is it delicious, but it is fairly casual and we don't have to get a babysitter. It's perfectly acceptable for little Miss Karrington to tag along. The place is set up like a little town and has a great area to explore outside. There is a little playhouse and a wagon and a Merry Go Round. A little mini one that you used to see outside of Walmart or Kmart with three little horses (or any animal at that). You know what I'm talking about.
I love, love, love this picture!
I happened to have a couple of quarters on me, which really is a miracle seeing as I never seem to have cash, so Karrington climbed up and took a ride. This was priceless. She was so excited and had little girl giggles and all. I was able to snap a couple of great photos and definitely intend on blowing them up and framing them for our walls. What's better than a great big picture of your sweet baby?
She kept pulling her shoulders up. You know how you do when you're so excited!

I love my sweet family!