Thursday, April 30, 2009

I have a request

I have a best friend who means a whole lot to me named Tara. She is the one who introduced me to the church and has been by my side since day one. Tara and her husband are such special people and deserve only the best. They love each other so much, and James and I are lucky to have them as friends.


Tara and Jason have been trying to conceive for 6 years now to no avail. They have done everything and gone through all the hoops and now they are ready to adopt! Tara is going to be the best mom ever, she just needs that child so she can share all her love. She is amazing with kids....sometimes I think my kids would rather hang out with "aunt Tara" than me :)



So what am I asking??

Well, I have no idea actually how many people read my blog or not, but I am hoping that maybe just one person will see this and keep it in the back of their heads in case they know of someone who is looking put their baby up for adoption to a loving family. Who knows, maybe in a few weeks or months, someone may come in contact or know someone who knows someone who is putting their baby up for adoption, and you will remember this post. If you could please just keep Tara and Jason in your prayers and keep them in your minds and tell anyone/everyone you know :) The LDS adoption agency said that peoples best bet sometimes was through "word of mouth" or in this case "word of blog" . Please check out their blog to read more and learn more about Tara and Jason. Here is their profile at LDS adoption services.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My little golfer

My dad got Gabe a set of golf clubs for Christmas this year. He was ready right away to go out but obviously he had to wait.
It is now his favorite thing to do.



Tiga Tiga woods yall!

wow, what a natural

hmmm....maybe not :) just needs a bit of practice and then look out!
Nolan taking his turn
I love my little golfers

peeps

I know easter was like soooo last week, but I have one question.

How many bites does it take to eat a marshmallow peep?.......
Should be one or maybe two, but for Gabe it is a whole lot.
I love this video, I have no idea why, but he was totally into eating his peep. And the way he ate it just makes me laugh. ** He has no idea he is being video taped**
fyi:this may NOT be as funny to anyone else as James and I think it is :)

video

I counted 16 bites :)

While we are on the whole easter subject. Here are our Easter pictures :)


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I promise I am here and the best cookie ever

I am so busy here. I swear. I want to blog. I have plenty to blog about....just no time.

Quick run down of the past 3 weeks

-James put up a jungle gym out back
-I broke a sprinkler pipe out back while digging up over grown herbs in the garden
-I am working on something secret....I would write about it but I can't mostly because I don't want to jinx myself....I will post it another time
-Nolan sprained his ankle
-Easter festivities with family (pictures later)
-James got a cyst on his adamsapple the size of a golf ball....he will have surgery to remove it next Tuesday or early May. Please keep him in your prayers. I think I am more worried than he is!! He is actually looking forward to have a cool scar, lol.
Here is a video of a "trick" he can do with his cyst. It pops from one side to the other....watch at your own risk! lol.

video

-de-grouting and re-grouting around counters
-Gabe is starting to read
-walking to lose some weight
-we were without a computer for a whole week (darn power cord!)
-finding family though family search
-spring cleaning the house
Things seem to be slowing down a bit. Somewhat
On another note. I made some of the best cookies on the earth:
When I am feeling stressed/crabby....I crave these babies:



Well I couldn't go to the store to buy them....plus, I hate buying them because they are so expensive for so little. So the cheap person I am, I set on a quest to find a good milano cookie recipe. The results?? :)

Ta da!! So easy to make, and taste very very much like the real deal!

So here is the recipe with a few changes of my own. I found the recipe on Foodnetwork.com by Gale Gand.

Cookies:

3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
6 egg whites (I used egg beaters egg whites) 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 cups flour

Cream butter, then add powdered sugar. Pour in egg whites slowly till combined. Pour in vanilla and lemon zest and beat till combined. Add flour and stir till incorporated. Pour in pastry bag or gallon ziplock bag and cut a whole in the corner about 1/4 inch. Pipe in 1 inch lines on parchment paper about 2-3 inches apart. They spread big time!! Bake at 300 degrees for 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to get golden brown. Let cool on sheet before removing.

Filling:

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Either melt over double boiler and pour a little chocolate on each cookie and find a close match for it. Or do what I did and put chocolate chips in a gallon ziplock bag and melt in microwave for 15 seconds a time until completely melted...altogether it was about a minute. Cut the corner tip and pipe onto a cookie and find a match and press together and put onto wax paper to cool.

They were crunchy, chewy, chocolaty, and wonderful.

**also, tomorrow will be 8 years since I joined the church...I think I am the only one who celebrates it like its a birthday!lol. Best decision I ever made, I am truly blessed **