Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hang In There

I know I've been MIA, but I promise to return oh so soon. Life has been so busy with kids school, sports, parent meetings, and setting up Ben's birthday party which is TODAY! And, don't forget housework too.  I've been photographing everything though so I'll weed through some pictures and hopefully get a good post set up tomorrow. Miss you all.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lemon Puddle Pudding

Ok, so I've been meaning to post this for a while now.  On my search for a quick and easy lemon bar recipe I came across this and decided to give it a try.  Boy am I glad I did.  I got it from the book 200 Delicious Desserts by Sara Lewis.

Lemon Puddle Pudding

1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temp
2/3 cup sugar
zest and juice of 2 lemons
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 1/3 cup milk
confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 5 cup pie dish lightly and then set in a roasting pan. Put the butter, sugar, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl.  Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until they are softly peaking.
Beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy, then mix in the flour and egg yolks.
Mix in the milk and lemon juice gradually until only just mixed.  Fold in the egg whites, then pour the mix into the greased dish.  Pour hot water from the tap into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the dish.
Cook for 25 minutes or until slightly risen and golden brown.  Insert a knife into the center-the top two-thirds should be souffle-like and the bottom third a saucy, custard-like layer.  If it's very soft in the center, cook for an extra 5 minutes.
Dust the top with a little sifted confectioners' sugar, if desired, then serve immediately into shallow bowls.  Don't leave the dessert to stand or the topping will absorb the sauce.

My Babies Are All Growing Up

Everyday, I look at my babies and realize that they are growing so fast.  Every blink, I swear they grow an inch.  

Before I get into all the craziness that has been going on here this week, I've done some digging through pictures to compare all the kids at each age.

Ben is in First grade!!!   Can you believe it?  First grade.  He plays soccer and baseball, and is about to start marathon club.  He's really good at math but his favorite subject in school is science, especially stuff about space.  He loves video games, superheroes, and legos. 

Here's Ben, when he was about the same age as Scotland is:

Here's Ben, when he was about the same age as Rylie is:

Here's Ben, when he was about the same age as Sydney is:

Here's Ben now:

Sydney just started her 2nd and final year of preschool.  She plays soccer, baseball, and dances.  She loves anything girly, hair, jewelry, makeup, nail painting, etc. She's very into the movies Frozen and The Pirate Fairy.  She loves playing Barbies with her sister.

Here's Sydney, when she was about the same age as Scotland is:

Here's Sydney, when she was about the same age as Rylie is:

Here's Sydney now:

Rylie is 2 1/2 and full of spunk.  She's definitely my free spirit.  She enjoys running off and anything Frozen.  She loves playing with Barbies, especially the Anna and Elsa ones that go everywhere with us lately.

Here's Rylie when she was Scotland's age:

Here's Rylie now:

Scotland is 4 1/2 months old.  She loves her exersaucer and her squeaky giraffe.  She rolls over and scoots in circles and backwards all over the place.  She loves watching and playing with her big brother and sisters.

See what I mean though?  They are all growing up so fast!  It's amazing how quickly time seems to fly by.  Right now, my kids are 4 months, 2 years, 4 years, and 6 years, but before I know it, in blink, a breath, or a heart beat, I'm afraid I'll be sending them off to college.

Sydney started her second year of preschool on Tuesday.  She has the same teachers as last year, which is good since she doesn't do change so well.  Next year, she goes to Kindergarten. Kindergarten is a big change, because it's full day everyday.  For now, we are embracing preschool full on.

Rylie has wanted her ears pierced for months.  We've been trying but just couldn't make it happen. Finally, Tuesday afternoon we were able to make it out to Claire's to get it done.  She was so brave, and didn't cry, whimper, or whine.  She barely even made a face.  

I've been working hard on stuff for Ben's birthday party that is a week from Saturday.  It is Lego themed and I'm having troubles finding decorations so I'm making my own.  I'm working on them in the living room while the kids play in the play room and I get caught up on Sons of Anarchy.  Torren loaned me his blu-ray of the latest season to get caught up since the new season starts soon.  

While we wait for Ben to get out of school, sometimes the girls take dolls and toys to entertain themselves.  Today was no exception.  Anna and Elsa went with us and the girls found a nice spot in the shade next to a giant rose bush for some fun play.

Now, as I sit here typing this, Ben is doing his homework for school, at the table next to me. 

We're getting ready to go out to dinner and to swim at my in-laws house.  It is 97 degrees today and will be cooling off drastically.  The next couple of days are supposed to be 50s-70s.  I'm actually kind of excited.  Sshhhhh don't tell anyone.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

I know it's getting late, but we've had a some what busy day, being lazy.

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
We went out for brunch today, to The Roost, the kids enjoyed pancakes and french toast, Shawn had chorizo and eggs, I had an egg sandwich, and Shawn and I shared grits and enjoyed delicious coffees.  Great breakfast.

On today's to do list::::
Meal planning
Grocery shopping
Clean the car

Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

On the TV today::::

The weather outside is::::
The weather is insanely awesome!  Today was about 82 degrees.

On the menu this week::::

D:  Something light

D: Dinner in KC

D:  Overnight Blueberry French Toast and bacon

D:  Mustard Herb pork chops

D:  Cowboy casserole

D: Grilled steak and veggies


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Relax in front of the TV

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
I tried a delicious dessert this last week called Lemon Puddle Pudding.  I'll be posting the recipe in the next day or two hopefully.  

In the garden::::
My mint is growing crazy, but I need to do some weeding. 

Favorite photo from the camera::::

Looking Around the House::::
My house looks like a tornado has blown through, but I'm hoping to get it cleaned up tonight or tomorrow. 

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
I haven't been able to do much reading.

Praying for::::
For health and happiness for all of my friends and family.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 

Irish Fest

Ok, we are a family that likes to get out in our city and cities close to us, and do what activities there are when we get the chance.  My husband is Irish and German, and I'm Scottish and Danish.  When I heard on the radio that Irish Fest was coming, I decided it was something we should really do.  As I hope to do with the Highland games next Junish and Oktoberfest.  The kids need to experience some of their heritage.  Shawn's sister Kelly, her boyfriend Adam, and Shawn's parents, Andy and Julie went with us.

Who doesn't love a good festival?  I sure do!  Fun little shops, yummy food, and lots of music.  That's definitely what we got at Irish Fest.  Words out, they had a place for the kids, with rides and face painting, but we never even made it over there.  Also, we love a little good people watching for fun, and festivals bring out all kinds...

Our day started way to early...  Yes, the kids are asleep on my bedroom floor in this picture.  Truth is, when Shawn's out of town, this is where they sleep.  Shawn was out of town Wednesday night and didn't get back until after the kids had gone to bed on Thursday.  Friday we were out until late, so we didn't move all of their stuff back to their beds.  We just put them in their spots on the floor.  Did I mention how difficult it is to carry such big kids up the stairs and get them ready for bed in their sleep?

Soccer season for the kiddos has officially started.  from 8:45-11:00 every Saturday morning, this is where we will be for the next few weeks.

We came home from soccer and fed the kids a great lunch of sandwiches, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, and smart pop popcorn.  Yummy and healthy, double bonus.

After some resting, and a little house work, off we went for Irish Fest.

As soon as we got there we decided we were hungry and wanted to scope out the food situation.  Of course there was traditional carny food and giant turkey legs but there was also fish and chips, bangers and mash, cabbage and potatoes, etc. The kids ate burgers, since they aren't adventurous.  I got bangers and mash and Shawn got haggis and mash.

I've had haggis before at a highland festival years ago, and loved it, but Shawn never had so he ordered it and enjoyed it.  Sounds gross, but really is delicious.  We sat on the curb, ate our delicious food, and watched all of the people around us.

We were in the presence of the almighty green ranger.

Most of the alcohol there was Irish alcohol... you know Guinness, Jameson, Bailey's...

I enjoyed a few glasses of Bailey's, which left Shawn and I quoting Old Gregg for the rest of the evening.

If you've never heard of Old Gregg, you should look it up.  It's a skit from The Mighty Boosh.  I'll take the work out of it for you.  Here's a video of Old Gregg:

I must say my Bailey's was delicious, and "creamy."

It was so hot out there, we were all sweating like crazy.  That didn't stop us from having a good time though.

I don't know what Back to the Future has to do with Irish Fest, but it was pretty cool!

Just a fun little Kansas City information tidbit, Kansas City is known for it's fountains. It's actually called The City of Fountains Kansas City.  It has over 250 fountains and is rumored to have more fountains that Rome.  I actually am hoping to do a tour of the fountains in Kansas City soon to document some of them.  Fountains are one of my favorite things, I don't know why.

Did you know that fountains were originally put places to provide water for horses, birds, and dogs?

Back to where I was going with this.  Irish Fest was at Crown Center and there are several fountains in the square where the festival was held.  Some of them were dyed green, as there are on St. Patrick's Day.

Being home of the Kansas City Chiefs who have die hard fans, they dye some fountains around town red for Red Friday for the season opener.  Pretty neat if you ask me.

We did some shopping.  Shawn and I both got rings, I got a keychain with my maiden name Kerr on it, Shawn got a Dropkick Murphys t-shirt, and we got some CDs.

After shopping, we listened to some music, got ice cream, and danced.

We really enjoyed this band!  Their name was Flannigan's Right Hook.

I love the building behind the stage.  The Marriott is all lit up and the building my sister and I as kids called the Spooky Doghouse is all lit up on top.  I love it!

Before leaving we of course grabbed some kettle corn and walked the long walk back to the car.  So much fun!

What a hot, yet perfect day we had!!!