Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer 2011 in Pictures, part 2

My birthday celebration

Cake ball truffles!

The yellowjacket that hung out on the back deck most of the summer


We do fires at Grmmy and Papa's as much as we can

Kaydin gave Grammy a makeover

Daddy teaching Kaydin to play soccer

Daddy's birthday

dance recital

First time to the market

Spinach and cheese pupusa, yum!! and homemade ice cream

Her first pedicure!

Dinner at Hickory Park

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Few New Foods

Today I tried a few new easy recipes! First was roasted green beans.  I used some green beans from this big bag that Mom brought me last weekend from Josh's garden.  I rinsed and washed them then layed them out on a baking sheet.  I drizzled wm with olive oil and sprinkled on sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  I'm not sure how long I had them in the 425 degree oven, maybe 25 minutes or so.

While the green beans were roasting I proceeded with an easy gazpacho recipe that I found on one the blogs I sometimes read.  The recipe can be found here. I followed it pretty close (but I halved it). The tomatoes I used were also from Josh's garden. 

After my lunch I was having a craving for chocolate cake. I remembered one of the recent pins I made on Pinterest.  An easy recipe that used a coffee mug and the mircowave.  Perfect, quick solution for my craving.  And another bonus is that I had half a cake mix in the pantry leftover from some cupcakes Kaydin and I made earlier this summer.

 I used the cake recipe as a guide and added an egg, maybe 2 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of coconut oil.  I then cooked it for 1 1/2 minutes.  The verdict: one minute would have been plenty since I like the gooey, batter-y cake mix.  I think I just didn't add enough liquids and it dried out by cooking it all the way. I forgot to take a picture of the finished cake but I forsee many variations in the future :)

After taking the dogs for a run I had this waiting for me!
Very good movie! I highly recommend for a time when the boyfriend or husband is busy and you can watch alone or with girlfriends!