May 29, 2013
Mar 23, 2009
I found James and Amber in the hallway one day and James was sporting a new hairstyle, thanks to his big sister. She sprayed his hair with water, brushed it, and put one of her sparkly headbands on him. When James is a much older teenager I thought he'd get a kick out of this, so I took this as a photo opportunity.
Dec 17, 2008
There's a recipe at the end of the book that we could have used, but I chose to follow the recipe for chocolate chip cookies found in my America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. The results were absolutely delicious!
Here's the recipe:
Big and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
from America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
16 tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cups backed light brown sugar
1/2 granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Beat the butter and sugars in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla until combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl and beaters as needed.
3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Mix in the chocolate chips until incorporated.
4. working with 1/4 cup of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and lay on two parchment-lines baking sheets, spaced about 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are golden but the centers are still soft and puffy, 17 to 20 minutes, rotating and switching the baking sheets halfway through baking.
5. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
[caption id="attachment_323" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Amber's going for it"][/caption]
Nov 28, 2008
"And now...we're all thick in the fog of babyland over here - those post-baby moments that vascilate between: ouchy engorgement to milky bliss; the sibling meltdowns and squabbles that come with change to sibling love and adoration that melts a heart; sore, um, everything to endorphines and strength unlike any other; but mostly and most importantly, a whole lot of falling in love. It's just where I want to be."
What a wonderful description of something I've experienced now three times over. It's one of the most precious times in a family's life and Amanda beautifully captured it in words (and photographs...her baby's little foot in that picture is so new!).
Sep 26, 2008
[caption id="attachment_253" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Amber on a pony ride"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_254" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="U-pick Raspberries"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_255" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Me and my children standing in the shade"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The raspberries we picked. That was harder work than I had anticipated!"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_260" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Then we picked a bag full of crisp apples"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_261" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Matt and Caleb walking to the apple orchard"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="I was having a moment of awe at how beautiful the view was from where I stood."][/caption]
To end our day we went to a little shop to enjoy fresh apple cider and warm apple cider mini-donuts. Delicious!