Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gluten for punishment.

We just joined a gym. I didn't come to work out. I just came with everyone to watch the raquetball. And I leave with a one year commitment.

Here is Jason and his brother getting after it!


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hanging Out.

Almost ready for bed, Ainsley is hanging out with Jason watching t.v. We love when Ainsley comes over for a sleepover....she is such a good baby!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Aaron and Ainsley have become buddies....Ainsley is just fascinated with him.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sweet Kisses

Ainsley is handing out the kisses today! She was sitting with Alyssa and kept giving them out...then she sat with me and kissed me too.....what a sweet baby!

Taking a stand

Ainsley pulls up on anything and everything she will not be long till she lets go and walks...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sister Call's Birthday Cake

Growing up, I went to seminary (an early morning bible study class for high school students, typically held at the church meeting house, or in rural areas someones livingroom...)
Sister Call would bake us a cake if it was our birthday week...she would always make the same cake...the chocolate one. I loved getting a ride home from her because she would let me take an extra piece home.....oh how I loved that cake.
I never got the recipe from her, and she has sadly passed away. BUT....her daughter Katri had the recipe. I gave her a brief and very vague description of the cake, and she magically knew what I was talking about!!! Oh how sweet life is.....
And here it is for you to enjoy as well....I will rename it to :

Ann Call's Birthday Cake
Cake ingred.:
2 sticks butter or margarine
1 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Heat butter, water and cocoa over low heat until butter is melted. Let cool. Add to flour and sugar and mix well. Add remaining ingredients, mixing after each addition. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting:
1 stick butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups powdered sugar

Heat butter, cocoa, and buttermilk over low heat until butter is melted. (It looks like a mess!) Add to the powdered sugar and beat well. while cake is still warm, spread with frosting.

Yield: 16 servings (I added powder sugar for the picture, because it sort of looks like my brownie from a previous post)

Bed Hog

Here Ainsley is taking over my bed....gotta love sleepovers.

Monkey Brains

I made this for breakfast the other morning, it was very delicious...I thought. I had been wanting to try it for a while now, and just got around to do it.
It is called Monkey Brains....or for the tender tummies, you can call it pull-a-parts.

Melt butter in one bowl
In another bowl, put equal amounts of brown and reg sugar, throw a dash or two of cinnamon in it.
get a can of biscuits cut each biscuit into pieces.
Dip the pieces in the butter, roll it around in the sugar, then place randomly in a greased bunt pan.
If you want to make a huge pan of it, you can fill the pan till about 2/3 full. I used one can, and it was plenty for my family.
Bake the brains at 350 for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Let it cool for a few minutes then turn it upside down on a plate....
Eat them up!

I am a child

Seriously it took me an hour to convince myself to take this liquid medicine.
I hate liquid meds. It makes me cry to think about taking it.
I don't drink alcohol. It isn't because of religious belief or hereditary addiction.... It is because the taste. It all tastes like medicine. Sad huh?
Bedtime now. I thought I would tell on myself. Sigh.

Monday, April 13, 2009

She saw the light...

How does one child be so dang cute? I mean really...

I was looking for something under the couch, and so instead of picking up the couch, I got a flashlight and looked under it...well Ainsley found the flashlight, and was very interested.... When the light flashed in her eyes she would growl at it....or what noise means she is dissatisfied, that sort of sounds like a disgruntled throat clearing....growl.... but she played with it for a few was picture worthy.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

One minute at a time....

As Ainsley is getting more mobile (and by mobile I mean fast and furious...and inquisitive.....)
I thought I would by a pack and play to let her roam and play in...also Jason's brother is having a baby (well his girlfriend Stephanie is having his so I am sure I will need to use the pack and play for him/her too.....
Alixis says that Ainsley does not use the pack and play at their house, and I didn't think it would be a big deal for Ainsley...however, if she is not preoccupied quickly with toys, she will cry and let you know that you are being the meanest person in the world to her by making her play in it.....but we take it one minute at a time, trying to acclimate her to the "space" she can call her own....maybe even one day take a nap in it....maybe.

My Evening Adventure

I had a coupon adventure this evening.......and this is what I bought, spent and saved...... I want to pat myself on my back.....

  • hotdog buns*
  • hotdogs*
  • chilli*
  • Steamfresh mixed veggies***
  • French's Spicey Mustard**
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix***
  • 3 Cans of Pilsbury Flakey Buiscits**

Spent a total of: $5.47

  • Kellogs Applejack Cereal**
  • Kellogs Raisin Bran Cereal**
  • Kellogs Fruitloop Cereal**
  • Kellogs CornPops Cereal**
  • Pringles Pizza Sticks**
  • Pringles Pizza Sticks**
  • Betty Crocker Icing**
  • Old Spice Hair and Body Wash**

Spent total of $9.29


(Already had a $4.00 Extra Care Buck coupon)
3 packs of Mentos Gum (reg: $1.69 each)*
Colgate Sensetive toothpaste (reg: $4.39)**

Spent total of $2.66
Received $4.99 of Extra Care Bucks to use on another purchase

Total Spent for the day : $18.42
Total Saved for the day: $28.21
Total Earned for the day: $4.99

Technically Spent (minus $4.99 ECB earned) $13.43

* item on sale OR there was a coupon
**item on sale AND there was a coupon
***item on sale AND a coupon this item ended up FREE

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Can you believe it?

Layla has a room with an actual floor. Stop the press this is a headline like no others! It is a rare occassion to see such a clean room, in fact it has to be when I am out of town before this could happen! Props to Jason and Aaron for getting it done to surprise me!