The BaBy ShOwEr

My friend threw me a shower this weekend. It was the most beautiful shower I have ever been to! She did such a great job!



Our family of 3... Soon to be family of 4


It was a safari theme.. the cutest thing I have ever seen
The "mamma" throne


Yep.. Its going to be a boy!!


The Daiper Cake made by one of my friends

The baby book and a well wishes/advice book


She actually had a banner made for me! Isn’t it just precious?

The dessert table… I didn’t know what to start with first
The Cake!! The most cutest cake I have ever seen!! Made by Jen at Simply Sweets.

The cupcakes where Yummy! But that is expected from Larson’s Bakery. They have the best butter cream frosting. We just bought the cupcake liners and picks to match the theme from Michael’s.
Chocolate covered strawberries and grapes

Cutting the cake. It was so sad to cut since it was so beautiful. But it was mighty good! The top tier was chocolate cake with coffee filing and the bottom tier was white cake with raspberry filling.





Opening the presents..


My little Emily was so proud to show everyone the gifts..


A big thank you to my friend Inna for hosting such a beautiful shower to celebrate our little boy!

Enjoying The Last Few Days of Warm Weather

These were taken last week, it was still 70 outside. Emily at her favorite “play park” as she likes to call it.










Thank You God

Sent straight from heaven up above
Came an angel for me to love
To hold and rock and kiss good night
To wrap my arms around real tight
To cuddle & nurture and watch her play
To kiss her boo-boo's all away
To laugh at her jokes, to clap as she sings
To tell her all the joy in my life that she brings
To guide and teach her all that I know
To see her through good times & help her through bad
To share in her happiness and cry when she's sad
To hold her close and be by her side
To watch her through life as my heart fills with pride
To help her with decisions, the best that I can
To know that someday she'll be a fine young woman.









Fall 2010

We took some FALL pictures last weekend, I am planning on taking some more, when the leaves have changed colors and are falling.



My hubby and my precious little angel at the pumpkin patch


Emily and daddy visiting the farm animals. The little calves were so cute!


Me and Emily on the haystack



Hi everyone!!

We had a great time, Emily enjoyed the farm and so did we. We went thru a corn maze, visited the farm animals, and played on the large haystack. I think that was Emily’s favorite thing to do. Daddy helped her climb to the very top and she didn’t want to come down.












7 layer bars



These are called 7 layer bars because you just layer the 7 ingredients needed. Very simple and so delicious, they just fly of the plate.

Click HERE to print the recipe

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup butterscotch chips
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Place butter in 13 x 9 inch pan and melt in oven. Swirl to coat bottom and sides with butter.

Spread graham cracker crumbs evenly over bottom of pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts. Sprinkle coconut over condensed milk.

Bake until edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let completely cool and then cut into even squares.

Our trip to visit family

We just came back from our trip to visit family in MO.

My daughter did very well on the flight, I was really surprised, she started being a little antsy towards the last hour, but she handled herself very well. I think her favorite part was the little bathroom on the airplane. She loved that she could actually reach the sink and wash her hands all by herself. LOL.

I also did very well on the flight; I actually didn't feel any different flying pregnant then I did when I wasn't pregnant. Off course other then using the bathroom more often.



This is me, my hubby and Emily in Branson

Anyways, we had a great time, We actually got to experience some great summer weather: 85-95 everyday.

Here is my little girl watering grandmas flowers

Blue Berry Muffins


I picked and froze a lot of blueberries this year. I absolutely love baking with them and just eating them frozen. Now I have tried a lot of blue berry muffin recipes, but I never found the “perfect” one.
I finally perfected one and is amazing!! They are moist and delicious. I promise you, if you try these, you will not be disappointed.

Click HERE to print the recipe 

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 1 egg
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 cup fresh blueberries
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup butter, cubed
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• Chopped walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.

Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder.

Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Add 1 tsp of vanilla. Fold in blueberries.

Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and the crumb topping mixture.

To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.

Bake for 20-23 or until a toothpick comes out clean.



Russian "Okroshka" (Cold Summer Soup)


This Soup is perfect for those hot summer days, serve with a baguette to soak up all the goodness.

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-2 medium potatoes cooked, cooled and cubed
-6 hard boiled eggs, cooked, cooled and chopped
-2 cups of chopped Radishes
-2 cups of chopped English cucumber
-1cup of chopped green onions
-1/4 cup chopped Dill
-1 quart reduced fat butter milk
-1 cup cold water
-3/4 cup of sour cream
-salt and pepper to taste


Basically, you just throw all of the listed above into a large mixing bowl and mix it, add the salt and pepper to your taste.

And serve Viola!

Super Easy with no cooking on a hot summer day.