Friday, January 29, 2010

A Visit from Jack Frost

Welcome to a Beautiful
Sunny Winter Day
in Idaho!

Jack Frost definitely
came to visit us.

The frost makes a beautiful landscape.

The ice on the trees is stunning
against the blue sky.

We love you Jack Frost.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mr. Adorable

Meet Mr. Dimpled Chin Adorable

Mr. Adorable likes to spit up.

Mr. Adorable likes to Smile
for the Camera!

My favorite of Mr. Adorable
being Adorable.

Mr. Adorable taking a relaxing pose.
Mr. Adorable acting nonchalant.

Mr. Adorable stretching
out his arms for a hug.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Max & Doctor Grandpa!

Here's Lil Max weighing in at 13 lbs 11 oz.
He was 65% in Height & 20% in Weight.

Mom plays with her Lil Max while
waiting for Doctor Grandpa to arrive!

Max is all decked out in his
diaper attire for the occasion!

Doctor Grandpa says Max's heart is beating just fine!

Max stands up and says 'YES'!

I'm so handsome!

Gigi & G-pa love their little Maxwell!
He did get his shots after
this picture and ended
up not too pleased.

Alexis even attended Max's appt.
She slept through it all &
woke up at the very end!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mini French Bread

Today I made mini french loaves.
I made a double recipe.

I bagged them & tied them with pink ribbon.
Barry helped me...Thank You!
Tomorrow I'm teaching the girls who
hold callings in Music at the
Relief Society Stake Leadership Meeting
The idea is that Hymns Nourish our Souls
just as bread nourishes our physical bodies.

Below is the French Bread Recipe!
It's very try it!

Yummy French Bread!

French Bread

2 1/2 c. very warm water
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
6 cups flour,
2 Tablespoons dry yeast

Into a large mixing bowl, pour warm water, then stir in sugar, salt, oil, half the flour, and yeast. Beat vigorously 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until all dry ingredients are completely mixed in, leaving spoon right in heavy batter. (I use a wooden spoon)

Allow dough to rest 10 minutes, then stir down. Allow dough to rest another 10 minutes, then stir down. Repeat this process until dough has been stirred down five times. (50 minutes)

Turn dough onto floured board, knead only enough to coat dough with flour so it can be handled. Divide into two parts. Roll each part of dough into rectangle about 9 inches x 12 inches and roll up like a jelly roll rolling from long side. Pinch edge of loaf to seal the dough. If desired arrange corn meal allowing room for both loaves. (I usually just spray a pan) Cover lightly and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

With very sharp knife, cut three gashes at an angle on top then brush entire surface with slightly beaten whole egg. ( I never do the egg or seeds) If desired, sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.

Bake immediately at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until brown. Remove from baking sheets immediately & cool on racks. Makes two loaves. I always put spray butter on top.

Years ago I bought a book from the LDS Church Distribution Center called 'Creative Homemaking For Happy Living'. It was published in 1984. I found this recipe and truly it is the only thing I have ever used out of the whole book. But I am glad I have this recipe because it is so delicious!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Angels to the Rescue!

This is the fateful corner where it all happened!
I was driving maybe a little to fast (haha!) and
all of a sudden another car came
around the corner...

and I plowed right into this big mass of snow!
I tried but couldn't get out!
Then I saw a young man coming out of his
house to help me! It was Robert Hafen.
He said he'd been pondering on his
missionary farewell talk, looking out
the window and saw me crash.
So he came out to help me!

After a while his brother
& 2 friends came home
from school and they started
digging me out also!

These are the angels that came
to my rescue that day!
They're all in a somber mood for the picture.

Jonathan & Kendall Hatch, Robert & Joe Hafen
I am very thankful to the Lord for
sending me these snow angels!

This is the mess that I was trapped in.
Most of the snow has been shoveled out.
I feel so thankful for the help I received!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Spielin' mit Max!

Gigi hatte grosses Gluck, spiel mit Max heute!
(Gigi was very lucky to play with Max today!)

Max invited Gigi to play with him
while his Mother attended her
orchestra class at BYU-I.

So Mommy tickled Max goodbye.

First we played 'Taste the Falanges"

Then we played the staring game.
Max won!

Back to the Falange game!

Max always likes to play the
'Exercise the Mobility of your Tongue' game!

Gigi told him how cute he was.

Max told Gigi that he STILL
wanted to play the tongue game
no matter how cute he was!

Gigi bounced Max and
his handsome dimpled chin.

Max smiled because Gigi was very funny!

But he STILL wanted to show off that tongue!

Max bursted out singing
at the top of his lungs!

Gigi made all sorts of funny faces & sounds.
Max decided he liked playing with Gigi.

All of a sudden Max became fatigued from
playing so many games with Gigi.

He talked & giggled some more.

And then he was out for a long winter's nap.
Actually it turned out to be only 30 minutes.
It can be very tiring playing
lots of games with Gigi!

Mom came home from her class
and they were happy to reunite!

Thanks Max for the Great Play Date!
Es War Sehr Lustig!
(It was very fun)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Toe Jam & Other Goodies

Cecily was in the kitchen.
I yelled, "Cecily!"

"Beckett is putting his toe.......

in his mouth!"

She was too late to see,
but of course he did do it again!

Beckett likes his rice cereal......
mixed with prune juice. Yummy!
The food here is Great!

Thanks Beckett for entertaining Gigi!