Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Skylar was gone when all of the packing went down. She came home and went into her room and saw all of the boxes for the first time and said "Oh nooooo!" She opened every single dresser drawer and said "Where???" Then she went to her closet and saw that her toys were gone and said again "OHHHH NOOOOO!" I tried to explain that everything had to go bye-bye for awhile and she started crying. She's going to have a tough time in NY when she wants to go visit Nana, Papa and Coco and she can't.
We had a free day between the packers and movers, so we just avoided the apartment as much as possible. After Micah came home from work we spent the evening at the pool, trying to take advantage of it while we can. (Thanks Amy for the cute bathing suit! Skylar still says "Addie" every time she puts it on.)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I just wanted to thank you again for those markers you sent for my birthday. That giant pad of paper and plastic table cloth that came with them was really fun, but then the novelty wore off and since then I've been coloring on lots of other things. The world is my canvas. Mom says I can't use them responsibly and she won't let me play by myself anymore.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
And she's a hot mess.
And I like taking pictures with my camera.
I want to remember this little face when she's 18 and leaving for college.
But it doesn't hurt to have a 1000 pictures anyway.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I remember my mom making Whoopie pies when I was child. I loved them. And somewhere along the way they disappeared from my life. I decided a couple of weeks ago to bring them back.If you don't know what a Whoopie Pie is than you just haven't lived, it's as simple as that.
And please whatever you do, don't confuse it with a Moon Pie, they aren't even in the same class. In fact, if you like Moon Pies (especially the banana ones) you should probably stop reading my blog and never come back because you and I have absolutely nothing in common and can never be friends (unless of course we already are friends and you've been hiding your dirty little Moon Pie secret all this time, in which case I grant amnesty). I know that sounds harsh, but sometimes I just have to speak out against the injustices of the world--namely Cheese Whizz, any meat in a tube and Moon Pies.
I cover Skylar's eyes and walk extra fast to get away from Moon Pies when I see them in a store, and believe me they are all over the place down here. They even have their own special displays in prominent locations. I've probably burned a few extra calories by going the long way to avoid a Moon Pie display. Calories that could be better spent on a Whoopie Pie. A Moon Pie is not a dessert.
But this is dessert......
When I started searching for a recipe, I couldn't find a single one that didn't use Crisco in both the cake and filling--an ingredient that I refuse to use. In the end, I went with this version from Martha Stewart that still called for Crisco in the cake, and just tweaked it. I know I shouldn't mess with Martha, and I'm sure her original version is even more delicious. So for the original go here. My slightly healthier version is below:
For the Cookies:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch-process
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Filling:
1 1/4 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
To make cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl; set aside.
Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
To make filling: Put peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add confectioners' sugar; mix until combined. Raise speed to high, and mix until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes.
Assemble cookies: Spread 1 scant tablespoon filling on the bottom of 1 cookie. Sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Cookies can be refrigerated in single layers in airtight containers up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
One bite and you'll know why their called Whoopie Pies.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
A sweet moment with Papa.....
Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there! Hope you felt the love today!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
First up, this handy hamper from IKEA. The best $10 I ever spent. I like that it's 1) dirt cheap 2) inconspicuous 3) holds a ton of laundry.......
and 4) you can divide your lights and darks as you go. It's like two hampers in one. I am the queen of overflowing hampers, and I have yet to completely fill this thing. It holds 3-4 loads of laundry. Amazing.
I was also excited to discover baby pitas! How did I not know about these? They're perfect for making mini pizzas or little sandwiches for kids, or dunking in hummus. They are a little harder to find, but I know Publix has them. A great invention.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
So he did. After all, we aren't going to be in the south much longer with fried chicken on every corner. It's now or never.And he got to keep the hat too.