Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mahoney State Park

We just got back from an amazing vacation at E.T. Mahoney State Park in Nebraska!

J & K setting up the camp site.

 I. goofing around.

 View of the Platte River from the observation tower. 

 View of the observation tower.

 I. spent a good deal of time digging, even made a golf course for the bocce balls.

Playing cards.

 Craft time


Goofing off at the campsite. 


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Wichita Weekend

We had a great weekend down south: spent some time with the parents, got some amazing donuts at the Donut Whole, cheered Kirk on in the Prairie Fire Half Marathon, ate an eggcelent brunch at Egg Cetera, and had good times at Exploration Place

Unfortunately, I got into a bit of trouble towards the end, but the boys were able to get me cleared so we could go home. :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Done! (pretty much, anyway)

Mud Room

We're not completely done, but we're getting there bit by bit. All we have left is putting up art, closet curtains, move the washer into the mudroom, and install cabinets & shelves above washer/dryer. It's nothing fancy but it's a very cozy and practical space & we're really enjoying it.

Our room.

Finally an organized closet!

The boys' room.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chocolate & Black Bean Muffins

Recipes are merely guidelines - whether mine or someone else's.  Today's victim was this recipe for Long-Run Cake from Runner's World.  I rarely purchase a new ingredient for a recipe unless I decide that I'll be using it on a regular basis.  Instead, I look for substitutes or will just alter the recipe to ingredients I already have.

In this case it was a switch-out for the agave syrup (molasses, honey, milk, sugar) and half whole-wheat and half white flour for the oat flour.  I also don't have 12 mini-loaf pans and so made them as muffins/cup cakes.

It is rich and chocolatey - in spite of my initial hesitation that the molasses might be too overpowering.  Turns out it mellowed a bit after baking.  I might still alter the amount of molasses next time, but here's today's version.  However, before I alter the sweetness I'll adjust all the ingredients to make only 12 muffins.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Makes 15 muffins in greased pan (no liners)

1 c. applesauce
1 15-oz. can black beans

3/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. white flour
1 c. cocoa
1/4 c. white sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt

1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. molasses
3/8 c. milk
2 eggs

1/4 c. coffee
1 t. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 and grease pan for 15 muffins.
Puree, then set aside, the applesauce and black beans.
Mix together the dry ingredients.
In another mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to blend the honey, molasses, milk, and eggs until foamy.  Then add the coffee and vanilla.
To this, add the pureed ingredients.
Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix slowly, then increase the speed to medium and mix 30 seconds.
Fill muffin cups to a little more the 3/4 full.
Bake 20 minutes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

We gave Joe a cookbook for his birthday and this is the fourth recipe we've made. We ate 1/8 size pieces and found them quite filling so we'll likely serve smaller pieces if we eat some with ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
adapted from this cookbook
9" pan, 350 degrees (metal pan), 50 minutes
Serves 8-12

1 9" pie crust, unbaked
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 c. flour
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the butter and sugar then add eggs and mix until light and fluffy.
Stir in the flour then stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Place pie crust in pan then pour and spread filling.
Bake 50 minutes and cover lightly with foil if pie becomes too brown.
Cool pie for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Vacation Pics

New Castle Beach Lighthouse

Sarah and Daniel not eating sand.

Sandcastle construction

Libby telling us how it should be done.

Kirk of the high seas!

Captain Bob teaching us about lobster.

Captain Katie teaching us about patience.


Isaac examining dinner.

In Maryland, on our way home.