Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Hunt of the Eggs

Here we are getting ready for our Hunt at the Park. Getting our plastic eggs and goodies at our local Safeway! Alistair especially enjoyed smelling the chocolate bunnies
Alistair, Draven and I joined the Moms Club of Deer Valley in an Easter Egg Hunt at the park , this was Alistair's first year to participate and he loved every second of it. So we packed a little lunch and went off to the park for some Easter fun !
Having a little pinic before Easter Egg Hunting time
Love love love this expression he gives when he learns something new
I found something in the bush mommy!

"oh so this is what we do with those things"
Eggs Eggs everywhere
Here's out total bounty today ! Eight colorful eggs to open later

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Mad Hatter Junior

Alistair discover how cool his cowboy hat was today ! and figured that his Horse friend Klippty Klop has something to do with it too.

He is my constant entertainment until his father gets home of course !

Monday, March 15, 2010

Irish Soda Bread

All my ingredients to make Irish Soda Bread ! I'm excited because this will be the first year in all my married years that I've been able to sit down and make it for my family. Since St. Patricks Day is also our wedding anniversary its been tough to plan a Irish meal for that day. So I decided to start our traditional Bread making on the 15th instead!

Preheat your oven to 375
Yes I used Craisins instead of currants...what do you expect...this is Arizona not Ireland
Mix all your 5 dry ingredients together
Melt your stick of butter about 25 second in the microwave
Whisk your wet ingredients
Mix dry and wet ingredients together
Take off your rings and wash your hands cause its Kneading time
Separate into two loaves and place into pans

Cooling on Racks right out the oven
Smelling the finished product ....oh yum

2 cups all Purpose flour
2 cups Whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup currants
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
1 stick of butter
1 egg

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 8 inch cake pans. Stir first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Stir in currants. Whisk buttermilk, butter and egg in small bowl. Add to dry indregiants. Take off your rings and wash your hands to KNEAD mixture briefly in bowl until dough comes together . Divide dough into 2 pieces. Shape into round loaves. Transfer to prepared pans using sharp knife, cut an Cross on the surface of each loaf, about 1/2 inch deep. Bake about 50 min. Turn loaves onto racks to cool.

This classic Irish QUICK BREAD uses baking soda (as the name implies) as its LEAVENER. It's usually made with buttermilk and is speckled with currants and caraway seed. Before baking, a cross is slashed in the top of the loaf. The purpose of the cross, legend says, is to scare away the devil.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Trader Alistair Meets Trader Joes

Yeah for Trader Joes ! We love this somewhat organic grocery store and always find what we are looking for at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately Florida does not have this amazing store , so I am sad for those people there. I'm a huge fan of the $2 buck Chuck and also their licorice . I needed to get just a couple of things here and Alistair wanted to be apart of this shopping experience , So check out how well he did .....
Alistair discovered that in Trader Joes there are shopping wagons just his size and he was very excited about shopping at this point ! Surprisely he handled the cart very well and walked beside me up and down the aisles get the things we needed to get :)

Just a couple of things left to get , then we are finished shopping for the day
Going home with our organic Baby spinach, Whole wheat bread crumbs and Italian Flat leaf Parsley. Mommy's gonna make a turkey meatloaf recipe I received from Mariner. Its from the website . Very excited about trying it out.
I'm glad my little man is able to shop side by side with me now, makes things alot more interesting

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

No more Unibrow !

Oh My poor Husband ! Why oh why did I just happen to have my video camera with me for this moment in our lives :)
Such a brave man to have this done , now getting his Wisdom Teeth taken out on Monday will be a breeze