Monday, November 29, 2010

Pie Day Update

We had a busy weekend so I am just now getting around to posting some pictures and recipes from Pie Day. I won't post the Apple Pie recipe since most people have their recipes for that, it's pretty easy to make and almost always turns out good. The cake that I made is my Grandmother's recipe....Better Than Sex Cake, I have also seen it has Better Than Almost Anything Cake. Both the pie and cake turned out great.

Apple may look a little funny but it tasted great!

My cook book 

This is the Apple Pie recipe, I just love this cook book.

Better Than Sex Cake

1 box of german chocolate cake mix
14 oz. can Eagle sweetened condensed milk
14 oz. bag Kraft caramels (these are hard to find. This year I used an 11 oz. bag of melting caramels and they worked just fine. Anywhere between 10-14 oz of caramels should work fine)
3/4 cup butter
1 cup walnuts
12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350

Better Than Sex Cake

Make cake mix according to directions on box.
Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper. It doesn't have to be perfect. Usually one long piece will work, just makes it easier to remove when all done cooking.
Pour half cake batter into pan and bake at 350.
Melt caramel w/milk and butter.
After cake cools pour caramel mixture on top of cake then add the nuts and chocolate chips then pour remaining cake batter on top, bake for about 20 minutes.

Cut into small or large squares to serve.

The best part of Pie Day this year was I got my very own apron. Everyone who participates on Pie Day always gets an apron made by Miss Vicky. They are the best aprons. She does an amazing job. I was so excited, it made my day, heck it made my week!  Thank you so much Vicky....I love my apron!!!!!
Pie Day was so much fun. It's always great to visit with good friends around the holidays and see some friends that you don't get to see often**wink, wink Misty**
Thanks to Cynthia's BF Joe I was able to bake my pie and cake. Joe was on baby patrol most of the time so without him I probably would have only ended up baking a pie, so Thank you Joe:)

All the girls with their aprons
Dawn, Misty, Me (Jessica), Vicky, Rebecca, and Cynthia

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know we did. took me forever to write this post. I have a crazy toddler who does not share with his little brother.

Rebecca and Easton

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pie Day

Years ago my BFF's mom, Vicky, started a tradition......PIE DAY. What exactly is pie day? Pie day is the day before Thanksgiving and it's spent baking pies. Over the years its become more of a social event where a few of us get together and hang out. Vicky has been doing this as long as I can remember being friends with Cynthia.

I have been looking forward to pie day for awhile now. Since Cynthia doesn't live in town anymore we rarely get a chance to hang out and she is bringing her boyfriend, it will be good to see him since he doesn't make it up with her all the time. It will be a great day just hanging out and baking. This year will be my  first year actually baking something. In the years past I always had to work, then I was 9 months pregnant with Cameron and didn't feel like baking, the year after that I had to watch Cameron and make sure he didn't destroy anything, and last year I was  9 months pregnant with Easton. But this year I am going to do it. I figure there will be enough people there to watch my little devils to make sure they don't break anything plus after having the second baby you get really good at multi-tasking.  I will post recipes and pictures later tonight or tomorrow of my master pieces, lets hope they turn out:)

This week has been busy so far and it's not slowing down any. The kids and I had to do some grocery shopping on Monday, which is always an adventure. Then yesterday my mom took the kids and I to Jon's Incredible Pizza. Most people refer to that place as a Chuck-e-Cheese on crack. It was super busy because school is out plus it was wet and cold. Of course today is pie day and then we are going out to dinner with some friends later tonight, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we have to make the rounds, and then Friday is..... well black friday. Don't know if we are going out or not. I am sure we will. We have so much to buy we have to shop all the deals.

Well I have to get busy and dig up my recipes to make sure I have everything.

Happy Pie Day!

Friday, November 19, 2010

There's a Party in My City!

Well yesterday was the big show.....Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE!

We got the tickets months ago and finally the big day was here. I don't think Cameron really had clue what to expect. The line was crazy long to get in. I don't think they opened the doors until 2:30pm and the show started at 3pm. They had a bunch of old people scanning tickets and ushering people in, no wonder it took forever plus a bunch of kids that don't really move all that fast. Needless to say the show didn't start on time.

Waiting in line moving our way up........

Waiting for the show to start

Cool DJ Lance Dance glasses

Cameron sat in his seat for the first half with his hands over his ears but once they dropped some balloons and we got him this light up stick thingy he got over it. He kinda just sat there and didn't really move around much, not like he does at home when it's on TV. His favorite part is when they "go crazy". He wanted no part of that at the show . I think it was a lot for him to take in, after all this was his first live show. We could tell he enjoyed it and had fun. After the show he kept asking to go back in and watch it again.

There's a party in my tummy, so yummy so yummy

We had to bribe him to take a picture with Muno, the cardboard cut out.
For those of you who don't have kids and have no idea what Yo Gabba Gabba is click here to check them out.                                    

And can I just say they really need to make the floors in parking garages taller! When we first entered the parking garage they have the clearance thingy hanging down and we cleared it but it still looked like we were going to smash into the ceiling. As we made our way up each floor trying to find a parking space, all which were compact, Cameron kept saying "Out now". I think he was a little freaked out by the parking garage and how low the ceiling was. We had to go all the way to the very top, up 7 floors to find a damn parking spot. Then once we went down the elevator and started walking to the show he said, "My car is up there, I want my car down", it was really cute. It's funny how he always calls the truck "His car".

Cameron wanted to look over the top of parking garage

Then on the way home I started to feel kinda blah. My head started hurting and my body was aching. Once we picked up Easton from my Grandma's it got worst and I just thought I needed to eat since we hadn't had dinner yet. So we got something to eat and I just felt crappier and crappier, went to bed with a headache and freezing my butt off. I was so cold I fell asleep in sweatpants. I got up with Ryan at about 3:15am and felt a little better but still had a headache and then Cameron decides to wake up at 4 freaking 30 and all I want to do is go back to sleep. Once I got up and stated moving around the headache got a little better but I still feel icky, I just hope it doesn't turn into something more. I guess it's probably time to go get our flu shots, that should be fun.

Monday, November 15, 2010


The boys' birthday party invitations are finally all done....YAY!!!!!!!! They turned out super cute, thanks to Joe and his super photo shop skills:) Ryan tells me I go overboard with everything but I just want it all to be perfect. The custom Cars stamps has to match the return address labels. My kids deserve the BEST and I will always try my best to give them the best.
Now time to get organized and plan out all the other details for the party.... less than 3 weeks away!

I finished the invites mid-morning and was able to think about cooking a yummy dinner. I made Grandma Mink's chicken and rice. I am not sure if she made this up herself or got it from Campbell's or Lipton. It's really easy and a great meal for the fall/winter months.
Here's the recipe...give it a try.

1 1/2 cups of rice
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom
2 cans of water
1 package Lipton onion mix
Mix all together in a 9x13 pan
2 or 4 chicken breast on top-season with salt and pepper.
Bake 350 for about 2 hours.
Just a little tip....sometimes you will need to add more water as it cooks so you don't end up with hard crunchy rice. Sometimes I add broccoli and/or cauliflower.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Here we go......

Well this should be interesting......I am starting a blog. I am not the type of person to do this blogging thing but thought it would be good for the Etsy Shop Cynthia and I started and give me a place to ramble on about random things. I really have no idea what I am doing. I am learning as I go. 

Stay tuned.