Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Marshmallow Adventure

It all started like this...
I wanted to make this chocolate bark from a Barefoot Contessa cookbook my mother had given me. It had toasted cashews, crystallized ginger, and dried cherries. Click here for a video of her making it! We ended up making the bark with the toasted cashews, crystallized ginger, and dried cranberries. I used all semisweet chocolate.

Simple enough, right? It was just perfect because I had a ton of stuff to do! It seemed like just the amount of time I had scheduled in for that project. Because you know I have this whole day job thing going on...

We were going to take the bark and put little smore packs (that would be graham crackers and marshmallows...with the chocolate) together for some of our friends and neighbors.

Then we (when I say we...I really mean Jason) thought let's make the graham crackers. Note to all bakers: I'll link the recipe I used, but I had to modify it a little. The dough seemed really dry. I added more milk.

Then we thought let's make the marshmallows too...why the hell not?. At this point I was in knee-deep anyway.

Long story short (not really at this point, huh?)...Here is our adventure!

 The finished product.
Yep, it says, "Smore Great Memories"
I'm pretty sure having a kid has turned me into a really cheesy person...and maybe I like it! 

Oh the glorious sugar. I don't if you know this, but that is what marshmallow are made of...

Aren't they stinkn' cute!

Sigh! I used the last of my imported vanilla.
Looks like mama will be making a trip to Mexico...

So right...we ate a few too.
They toasted nicely!
(Sorry for the lack of a better picture. Eating smores with a toddler makes your hands a little busy.)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I think I'll begin with the snow...

While I have much to blog about, I'll begin with the snow...

Look at this happy face.
He was shaking excited to be in the SNOW!

Snow tracks
Mostly Lil' J's, some Lushie the dog's

I'm pretty sure they were working on a snowman...
that didn't last long.
At two you tend to move to something else quickly.

I would like to say this picture was after his snow angel, but it wasn't.
He fell and then rolled a little.

Yep, you are seeing this picture correctly!
This is my dear husband attacking our young son
with a snowball.

Then the innocent photographer got attacked too. Ruthless.

We headed to our local park.
Lil' J learned this month to go down the BIG slide all by himself.
He wanted to do it despite the snow on our lovely snow day.

I swear I didn't push him!
He sat down to go down the slide, and oops hit a patch of ice!
If you enlarge the photo, all you see is his feet...and me laughing my butt off.

The aftermath...

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Working Hard

I have to say the whole family has been hard at work. I have become a complete kitchen freak-cooking, baking, and such. I took a few days off work, and have been in the kitchen ever since. I'll post some of my creations later. In the kitchen, I'm somewhere in between Julia Child and Amelia Bedelia. Despite the process, the food is real good (this is why we have to exercise so much!).

Lil' J has also been hard at work.
Picture Notes:
In hand- real hammer
On head- vintage big bird hat (it was Uncle Keith's)
On face: big smile

Sadly, after this picture:
On face- knot on the head from the hammer

That didn't stop him...
Put the paci in, and kept hammerin'

After this man to man moment, Jason seemed really happy.

Then he had to come in the kitchen to do the dishes.
My husband is such a good man!

...and easy on the eyes!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Party like a Rock Star!

We had nearly 40 people at our tiny house for Lil' J's birthday party. The big 2!
I was such a great time. Lil' J was so happy to see all his very close friends and family.
Thanks for those that came to celebrate with our big guy!

Jason made this cake.
While his previous experience has mostly consisted of erotic, um, funny Bachelorette party cakes, he was the really proud of this was the birthday boy.
Btw, The other cakes are quite good, too. I'm willing to send photos by e-mail, but let's keep this blog clean.

Lil' J had no issues with one candle. The other one was a collaborative effort.

While Jason was working on the other cake, I made these babies.
We had a variety of candies to decorate cupcakes.
Jason, as most know, stayed close to the candy bowls.

We had a good time, and he had a ROCK STAR birthday party!