Friday, February 29, 2008
its almost 72 degrees and sunny!!
we have all the windows open and its absolutely wonderful!!
the hills are covered with green grass and wildflowers are starting to blossom, the birds are chirping, and the buckeye trees are blooming!!
gotta love February in California!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Uncle & Aunt-to-be(Dom & Naomi) measuring my belly...
I look surprised in this picture, but I'm really not (it was just a long day) ... this is the awesome crib quilt that mom sewed for the baby!! its very very soft and has a Noah's Ark theme - very very cute!!
the Uncle & Aunt-to-be with the Mom & Dad-to-be
Monday, February 25, 2008
my dear husband is sensitive to poison oak - we knew this too
when spending time outside burning brush/branches (we do this around here in the winter to prevent fires in the summer), sometimes you come in contact with poison oak - we knew this too
even when poison oak looks dormant for the winter, its still poison oak - we knew this also
well, the dear husband has poison oak - all over, and its itchy - at least we have some hydrocortizone cream... (we knew to have this around as well!)
Friday, February 22, 2008
"Women are called to bring to the family, to society, and to the Church, characteristics which are their own and which they alone can give. Their gentle warmth and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick wittedness, and intuition, their simple and deep piety, their constancy." ~ St. Josemaria Escriva
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
My dear husband and I are opening presents from Nonna (grandmother in Italian) (my dad's mom)...
she gave us a Rosary for the baby and all sorts of other neat stuff in that basket
GO DUCKS!! Aunt Bonnie (mom's sister) made sure that our kiddo will be well decked out in N*ke gear, including an outfit to cheer for U of O!
The lovely ladies who put on the shower - from left, my dad's cousin Eleanor, me, my dad's cousin Gina (her house), my dad's cousin Susie, and Eleanor's oldest daughter Bianca
This is the resort we were at ... i take that back - its the backyard of the house!!!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
i love him
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
with baby clothes/diapers/blankets/socks, etc to wash and put away; food to make; chores to do; scrapbooking to get done; thank you notes to write; etc... i have plenty of projects to work on... i LOVE being at home. not just for the reason that i am not sitting in a cubicle, but the fact that i feel like i am serving my dear husband (and our child) by making our house a home! its such a blessing to be able to send my husband off in the morning with a smile and greet him in the evening without the stress of having to come home and then having to worry about taking care of chores, cooking, etc... Greg appreciated being welcomed home to a nice-smelling, clean, and relaxing home last night and even said this morning that i was way more relaxed because i wasn't rushing off to work...
anyway, i know that things will all be turned upside-down in the very near future when our baby comes, but i am definitely getting ready for life as a stay-at-home wife and mother ... and i am so thankful for this truly blessed opportunity to serve my family!!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
- I have no idea where I originally got this recipe from, so I apologize in advance for not giving proper credit!!
9 cups flour
1/3 cup baking powder
1 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered milk
4 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening
sift all dry ingredients
cut shortening into dry mix until it resembles coarse cornmeal
store well covered in a cool, dry place (fridge works well)
for biscuits: mix 2 cups baking mix with 1/2 cup water. mix and cut or drop biscuits. bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes - until golden brown.
for muffins: mix 2 cups baking mix with 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 beaten egg, and 2/3 cup milk. mix and add in anything you desire (chocolate chips, blueberries, cranberries, or you could just sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top after you put the batter in your muffin tins). bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
for pancakes: mix 2 cups of baking mix with 1 beaten egg and 1 1/3 cups milk. cook as usual for pancakes.
for waffles: mix 2 cups of baking mix with 1 beaten egg and 2 tablespoons oil and 1 1/3 cups milk. cook as usual for waffles.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
well... Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the last day before Lent.
The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that it is traditionally a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the commencement of the fast. Pancakes are therefore an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself.
So, its pancakes for dinner tonight at our house - although my dear husband sees pancakes for dinner as more of a fast than a feast, so he gets his choice of other foods as well - which includes bacon, eggs, sausage, potatoes, etc... :)
Just fyi - I make my pancakes (as well as biscuits, waffles, some muffins, etc.) from a homemade baking mix that is like bis*quick sold in the stores - although my homemade mix is significantly cheaper. If you'd like my homemade baking mix recipe just leave me a comment on this post and I will send it your way :)
Obviously we had gorgeous weather! This is by ___ Lake (I am totally blanking on the name) - but it was beautiful!!
Straight from the shower in our Swiss Chalet at Big Bear Mountain... Check out that fireplace!!
This was one of the views from our room of the ski resort in the morning. (No I did not ski -