Thursday, December 31, 2009

Seattle Aquarium

A cool patterned starfish:
Slideshow (click on it to show the photos bigger):
Face Painting - Andrew got a Seahorse and a Octopus:
Natalie got a penguin without actual eye pupils and an otter that looked more like an embryo - LoL
Andrew posing as a jellyfish - yes, it's blurry, but it's funny because I didn't notice the position of his hands until I looked at this photo for the 3rd time:
Natalie as a jellyfish:
Andrew as a cheesy jellyfish:
We went to Pike Place after the aquarium and ate fish and calamari for dinner! Andrew liked the fish & squid, Nat did not like the fish and didn't even try the calamari =)
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Christmas Spirit Movie

I put together a Christmas slideshow, but couldn't share it online, so I then had to revamp it into a movie =) I showed this to my Beehives on Sunday and they loved it!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Opened an early present

Brady says he already has 4 belts, so he's not happy with his gift. I said 'I only ever see you wearing 1 belt'. Brady says 'yeah, I only like white belts' - LoL Maybe we'll have to go and exchange his brown belt for a white one =) Teenagers and the rate they change their minds ;)
Oh, this white belt?
Someone's thinking they're pretty cool in their skinny jeans ;) Which he was only allowed to wear on one spirit day during spirit week. I think they look disgusting! LoL
Moral: Don't shop too early for Christmas presents because it won't be what they want in a month anyway!
Keaton's funny story:
'Ms. Samoni has a zebra print Snuggie at school but she won't wear it any more because Josh wore it to the bathroom one day.' Keaton was laughing very hard which made this story even funnier for the rest of us ;) I asked why she just didn't bring it home and wash it - Keaton said that the kids already suggested that but she hasn't done it.
I wonder if Keaton asked for a Snuggie on his Christmas list was because his teacher has one - we've never even talked about one nor known anyone to have one! Costco had one, so I didn't have to look very hard at all.
I see someone likes their Snuggie a lot already, wore it playing video games & at nap time ;)
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chocolate Souffle Recipe

Ummm, yumminess =) I altered a recipe and made it my own, the only original things are the butter and the eggs.
butter 6 ramekins and then dust with powdered sugar

Separate 5 egg yolks from their whites, keeping 2 yolks together and the 5 egg whites in another bowl, discard the 3 extra yolks.

In a saucepan, combine:
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup cake flour
Cook butter and flour together for about 3-5 minutes - until a frothy film appears.

In a separate pan cook:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
and bring it to a boil, then add it to the butter mixture. Cook until a smooth paste forms.
Cool slightly, then whisk in the 2 egg yolks.

Melt 5 ounces chocolate and add to the base.

Whip the 5 egg whites to a stiff peak and fold them into the mixture. Pour into ramekins and bake 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Dust tops with cocoa powder.

For fresh whipped cream - whip 1/2 cup cream, 1/2 tsp powdered vanilla and 1 tbsp powdered sugar for about 3-4 minutes - spoon on tops of souffles when ready to serve.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mexican Rice Recipe

My kids think my Mexican Rice is tastier than Azteca! What a compliment!
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 onion, diced
2 tsp cumin
4 cups jasmine rice
4 tomato bouillon
4 cups water
6 oz Cotija cheese
Heat oil with garlic, onion and cumin and saute for 5 minutes or so on med-high. Add rice and cook until rice turns transparent. Add bouillons and water. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Crumble cheese and add to rice. Serve! Yum . . . you can also half this recipe - we just like the leftovers and we never throw any of this stuff out because it doesn't stay in the refrigerator long enough to spoil ;)
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cookie & Cupcake Snowman

I made a treat for our last Beehive activity out of a sugar cookie, mini cupcake and regular sized cupcake:
Frosted them and sprinkled white chocolate that I grated with a vegetable peeler (I would have done clear or white sprinkles, but I didn't want to go to the store - hehe) - I was trying to make the frosting look like snow ;)
I was going to get some Reece's peanut butter cups for hats, but didn't have time. The girls could have cared less - hehe The eyes are mini M&M's and the carrot nose and coal mouth is dyed frosting, the buttons are those one butter mints - don't know the name!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Brady's Free Throw to tie the game

Can you say 'pressure's on'? Geesh! Brady was fouled with 1.4 seconds left in the game and his team was down by 1 point! He missed the first free throw . . .
But made the second:
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And his team went on to win!
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We did youth baptisms at 9 am, had Brady's game at noon, made a pie for the ward Christmas party, finished lessons Jonathan & Cheri both had to prepare for Sunday and then took the boy's & Nick G. out to Ixtapa after the party . . . it was a full day!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Greek Salad

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Visiting Teaching Handout Dec

Visiting Teaching message for December is Nurture through Compassionate Service. I made a handout:

right click to save image
OR
you can make an ornament out of it:

and find that google doc here.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Hummingbird in Dec

This hummingbird's feathers reflected in the sun makes for a beautiful green:
Ruffling feathers and grooming:

If I wasn't zoomed in so far when I snapped this photo, I would have gotten the full head shot! But it was really cute how it was bent over so much!
I have to change out the nectar 2 times a day - it freezes SOLID and is oh so sad! Once I had the feeders in my house when one came looking for them, so I hurried and held it outside my door and it flew over and fed from it while I held the feeder in my hand - super fun =)
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Video-grooming hummingbird

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Upside Down Christmas Tree

Yeah, there's a dark spot on the tree with no lights -LoL But it's too much work to revamp that one area ;)
And I'm all done Christmas Shopping, even all done wrapping (I even wrapped the stocking stuff!) Debating whether or not to send Christmas Cards - leaning towards NOT - hehe
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keaton's bedroom

Keaton's room is almost done now, got the bead board, chair rail and moulding up! =) Now the finish work. The walls are the same color as the ceiling even though the ceiling looks darker than the walls:
Keaton is going to paint directly on his wall . . . eventually wall(s) if it looks okay ;)
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