Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter Cupcakes

Yesterday Kim asked Savannah and I to come over after work and make Easter cupcakes. I brought my grass tip and we had fun coming up with different ideas. We did eggs in grass, a yellow chick and blue robin eggs in a nest. We also have a few more ideas that we want to try, but we need certain candies that we can't find in our small town :P so watch for more Easter cupcakes to come!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake Take 2

Kim and I each decorated one of the cakes. Kim did the one for Drew and I did the one for Charlee.

Kim and I have a friend with twin little girls that were turning 2 last Saturday so she asked us to make them each a Minnie Mouse birthday cake. The last time I made a Minnie Mouse birthday cake it was for my niece Mayci's birthday and I didn't have the Mickey Mouse Pan so my sister Heidi and I improvised and came up with our own. It was totally cute, but I have to say that I am so proud of these! I love having the opportunity to use the tools and techniques from all my cake decorating classes. Also getting to do these with Kim made them all the more fun. ;)

Before pictures! One was chocolate and one was confetti.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The last few years we've celebrated St. Patrick's Day with Brandon and Kim at their house, but unfortunately this year our schedules didn't match. So for St. Patrick's Day this year Andrew and I decided to throw a party at our house and try our hand at making corned beef and cabbage for the first time! I decided to go all out with the decorations and Andrew was so excited about the food!

The night before I made these party favors that I saw on one of the blogs I follow (Thanks, Jen!).

On the menu was corned beef that we cooked in our crock pot all day long and cabbage that Andrew sauteed right before dinner with butter, salt and pepper and then sort of steamed in my Le Creuset. We also had a mini baked potato bar, rolls, green jello with whipped cream and green lemonade. For dessert my mom brought her green pistachio pudding dessert that we served on the plates below. Yum!

My dad & mom and Josh & Savannah were there and we had such a fun time eating and listening to Irish music on the XM radio! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Our Blog Book 2010

Remember this post from last year? Well here's the second edition - Our Blog Book 2010.

We have really enjoyed making and having these books. They're fun to get out every once in a while and remember all the fun things we've said and done. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Kits

New St. Patrick's Day kits I put together this week from The Idea Closet.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March Book Club

Last night we got together again for book club. Tina chose this month's book, "Charly" by Jack Weyland.

Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life. As different as Salt Lake City and New York City, Sam and Charly are thrown together by circumstance and repelled by differences. He's scheduled and idealistic. She's spontaneous and cynical. He's guarded and practical. She's open and mischevious. He's a Mormon. She isn't. Differences spark interest, though, as Charly finds depth in Sam's idealism and Sam seeks the vibrance of Charly's joie de vivre. But all is not smooth in the Rockies, as their relationship accelerates - cultural differences, family issues, former loves and life-altering challenges threaten to shake things up.

Tina fed us Pizza Hut pizza last night for dinner, which was really fun and since this book has been made into a movie we decided to watch it as part of book club last night. Until next month!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mac and Cheese

Last night I was in the mood for comfort food. The Barefoot Contessa always refers to macaroni and cheese as comfort food so I got online, printed off her Mac and Cheese recipe, stopped at the grocery store for a few ingredients and headed home to make it!

  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups) (Gruyere is a type of Swiss cheese so I just used Swiss cheese.)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (4 small) (I'm not a tomato gal so I didn't add tomatoes to my Mac and Cheese.)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt (I thought this made the dish super salty so next time I'm just going to add 1 teaspoon of salt and people can add more salt to their own individual portion if they choose.), pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.