Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We are officially moving in!

Well, after living in our home for three years, we are finally able to move into our new master bedroom. Can I get a whoop whoop! The inspector came by and gave us the okay to move our furniture into the three rooms we have remodeled, but our two bathrooms are still under construction so those will be put off to another time.





















Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thursday, November 29

 
 
So, this afternoon, my husband pointed out where our son had cut a nice long line into our new painted drywall.  What the hect?  That little stinker is not even home at the moment so I can get after him - he is at his Nini's house while we get ready to go on a date for the evening.  You really cannot keep anything nice with toddlers around!
 

The remodeling in general is going great with the exception of the new cut in our walls.  Our carpet was scheduled for shipment today, the walls are painted, the trim is mostly caulked as are the windows - mostly I need to trim everything in white and do a few (ahem) touchups, and we are finally move-in ready.
 
Meanwhile, I decided to post a few pictures of our trip to the zoo and gardens.
 
 







Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas tree

We had to down size our Christmas tree this year due to remodeling. It's still a very pretty tree, and my favorite ornaments are definitely the handmade ones.





Gingerbread house

Last year our family made a gingerbread house, and I wanted to do that again with the kids to keep up the tradition. Well, here's a picture four days later, and the state of the house is pretty sad. The kids decided to snack on the house like Hansel and Gretel! Oh well, lol, it's still a fun memory.



Monday, December 3, 2012

Cinderella squash recipes

Recently I processed a Cinderella squash, which is basically like a pumpkin, and made some bread and a cheesecake for Thanksgiving. I thought it all turned out great!



Pumpkin Bread

4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups fresh pumpkin purée
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Dash cloves, nutmeg, vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

I'm not big on all the crazy directions with cakes. Basically, combine the ingredients well until most lumps are gone. Pour into a cake pan, and bake at 350 degrees until done (45 minutes approximately).





Pumpkin Cheesecake

Crust:
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick melted salted butter

Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups fresh pumpkin purée
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:

In medium bowl, combine crumbs and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch pan. Set aside.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined. Add eggs and egg yolk. Blend but don't overly beat the eggs.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

iPad update

I ordered a couple things for my iPad online and just check out the back cover I had for the past year compared to the new. The kids are pretty rough on it to say the least. I also got some new screen protectors which our tablet would not survive without at the hands of our children!



A beautiful day at the park

Today the kids and I visited a local park, and the weather was gorgeous! I really got a kick watching them laugh and run from the car and towards the playground like calves out of the stall. What a relief to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and the setting we visited is always so pretty.