Friday, June 24, 2011
David LOVES fruit! He lives for Summer so he can eat fruit nonstop! I had bought him a bag of apples from the grocery store a few days ago. I was worried that they might be getting a little old. I had four apples left in the bag & didn't want to have to throw them away. Since I was making banana bread, I was inspired to make bread out of the apples. I found a recipe online that sounded good & I had all the ingredients in the house. The apple bread turned out very yummy. The recipe made two loaves of apple bread so we put one in the freezer & the other we decided we needed to try. I'm very happy to have another bread recipe!
**I found this recipe online at allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Bred/Detail.aspx. I left he walnuts out.**
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups apples - peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
1 cup broken walnuts
1. In bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
2. In large mixing bowl, place oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and apples.
3. Stir apple mixture into flour mixture.
4. Add walnuts and mix.
5. Divided mixture between two greased 8-in. x 4-in. bred pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until bread test done.
6. Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack before removing from pan.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The kids were very silly this morning. I was able to get some cute pictures of them playing.
The morning started a little lazy.
Playing ball in the hall way!
Cooking up a storm!
My Mom left today. :( We had lunch at Schlotzskys with Justin. Mom then left for Montgomery, I left for Joann's Fabrics & Justin took the kids to Mcwane Science Center.
After the Mcwane Center, Daddy took the kids to the Birmingham Zoo's splash pad.
Running for the Merry Go Round!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
**I found this recipe on the container of Polly-O Ricotta Cheese. I like this recipe not only because it tastes so good but the ingredients are all things I usually have in my house at all times!**
1 jar (26oz) spaghetti sauce
1 container (15oz) Ricotta Cheese
1 pkg (16oz) ziti pasta, cooked, drained
1 pkg (8oz) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix sauce and ricotta cheese in large bowl. Add ziti and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese; mix lightly.
2. Place in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese. Cover.
3. Bake 30 minutes; uncover. Bake and additional 15 minutes or until heated through.
**Makes 8 servings**
Monday, June 20, 2011
When Nanny got here, David was telling her how he wanted Santa Claus to bring him a slinky dog (like the one from Toy Story). Both Nanny & I thought this was a tough request. Neither or us had seen a slinky dog before.
We went out for lunch at Chick-Fil-A & then made a run to Publix for some goodies for the week ahead. We rounded the corner of one of the aisles & what did we see?! A BUNCH of slinky dogs! It seems Publix has the market on slinky dogs! There were little dogs, big dogs, dogs that blew bubbles, etc. Nanny got both the kids their own slinky dogs!
For dinner, I made a baked chicken with mashed potatoes & gravy. It, of course, was so yummy & I look forward to chicken sandwiches for the rest of the week! I will cook down the chicken carcass later & hopefully get some good chicken stock from it!
We told David Grandpa was in Mexico
David got stuck behind the couch!
Guardian of the Wagner Castle!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Adding the cinnamon & sugar!
Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls
**This recipe came from the Taste of Home Cake Mix Creations cookbook. The cinnamon rolls turned out really good!**
4-5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 pkg (9oz) white cake mix
2 pkgs (1/4 oz each) quick-rise yeast
1 tsp salt
2 cups warm water
2 T butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, cake mix, yeast, salt and warm water; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, abut 6-8 minutes. Roll dough into a 9-in. x 18-in. rectangle. Spread with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Roll dough jelly-roll style, starting with the long end. Slice the roll into 1-in. circles; place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 15 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Frost, if desired.
Yield: 18 rolls
My two favorite guys
We took the Daddy bowling. David has never been bowling before so it was a lot of fun for him!
The scores for the first game. Daddy=164 Mommy=122 David=37
Even though Grace is too young to bowl, she had a good time watching. She was our cheerleader!
Cute Bowling Shoes!
Sometimes it takes a while for the ball to get to the pins so it's best to sit & relax! haha
For dinner, we grilled hamburgers & hotdogs. After dinner, we made smores. The kids had never had smores before. David was more excited about being outside to play. He took one bite of his smore & spent the rest of the time in the sandbox. Grace loved the smore. She took forever to eat it but she enjoyed every bite! She only ate one & made a huge mess!!
Butch says thank you, he likes smores also!
Grace asking for a kiss!