Gluten free

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I made a gluten free chocolate cake brownie for Becky. I got the mix and special chocolate chips. I forgot to take a finished product photo but it looked good. I topped it with fresh raspberries and a chocolate ganash frosting.

I had high hopes for this brownie. But when I took my first bite I wasn’t a fan. The texture was awful. When it hit your mouth it turned into a grainy mixture. Poor Becky. I think just sticking to things that are naturally gluten free rather than trying to substitute ingredients is best. Now we know.

We had my dad and brother over for dinner. I made crock pot chicken and rice with carrots. Kinda boring food tonight. I am burned out of being in the kitchen all of a sudden. I even did freezer rolls tonight.

After everyone left- Brian, Lisa and I opened some of the games we got for Christmas and played a few. Brian didn’t win them all tonight. I got at least one win in. We sure do love board and card games! One of my new favorites is Lost Cities for two people (even though I have yet to win a game). Brian and I have played that game for a few nights now. image

Busy Day

I signed up to make cupcakes for a funeral in our neighborhood/ward today. I think the lady was in her nineties who passed away. I decided to make them special. So I made my favorite- German Chocolate. German Chocolate is the best cake in my book and only a hit for adults. These little babies turned out wonderful with coconut, pecan and almond frosting surrounded by rich chocolate buttercream. image

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imageSarah and Samantha helped me do some things to get ready for Molly’s Birthday party. They were so sweet to help. I brought pizza and the The boys watched the movie Monty Python downstairs.

Christmas 2013 Highlights

Molly’s first christmas was a complete success. We had a blast. Here are some of the highlights. Molly came running out. She was so excited to see all the gifts.

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Molly’s big gift from Santa was this Minnie Mouse airplane. She LOVES it because it has all the bells and whistles . I really think it will help her walk soon, although she loves being pushed around in it.

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I made an egg soufflé type dish and monkey bread which turned out amazing. It tasted like maple bar doughnuts. We were wishing I made two bunts instead of one. Note my new christmas jammies. I love these ones this year.

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The breakfast I put on I was so excited for. I was more excited for breakfast then opening up gifts. It turned out better then I thought and it was so pretty.

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Another one of Molly’s favorite gift was this baby doll from her grandma. She wasn’t sure about opening and tearing paper, but her reactions to the toys when we handed them to her was PRICELESS especially this baby doll. She grabbed it and snuggled in with it and started patting its back while holding it close. SO CUTE. We all about died.

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Aunt Lisa’s gift was most thoughtful. This is a fishing tackle box, fisherman’s vest, pole, fish and net. At this point Molly was way past her bed time so her patience was short. Although, I’m sure she is going to get a lot of play out of this some day.

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We had a wonderful christmas this year. It was so fun to stay home and start our family traditions. Defiantly a day full of fun family memories.

Stocking

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I made these stocking for our little family this year. I’m sure I will attempt new stockings every few years. Can’t wait for Christmas tomorrow and they are full of gifts. 🙂

 

We had a lovely traditional dinner at Julie’s house. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, rolls, jello..ect. She did a wonderful job on dinner and hosting. After dinner we did the nativity play with the kids. Molly was baby Jesus and a fantastic one at that. She snuggled right into Mary (Sarah).

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Sunday Dinner

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We had Tom, Debbie, and Lisa over for Sunday dinner tonight. We had leftovers from our last two parties we went to this past weekend. Though they had no idea.

Dessert I made tapioca pudding with fruit toppings. The pudding was so good because it was hot.
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After dinner and dessert we braved the cold snowy night and went to our stakes Christmas devotional. The music was beautiful and worth trekking through the snowy parking lot in my church shoes and skirt. Plus there were refreshments after.

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As you can tell by our seats we were a bit late.

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Our stake does such a great job with food every time. Love it.

Cookie Making

 

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My sisters and mom came over and we had a cookie decorating party this morning. We made sugar and gingerbread cookies with buttercream frosting and ate pizza. We let Brian go to the movies while we had sister time (We missed and wished Katie was here!) After some serious cookie decorating we opened gifts that Aunt Shelley gave to Molly. She spoiled Molly with a giraffe rocking horse. Molly is getting better and better at rocking it herself. Isn’t it the cuties thing you have ever seen? So thoughtful and generous -Thank you Aunt Shelley!

Later in the evening we went to our neighbors house for dinner. It was fantastic. We grilled chicken, steak and shrimp right at the table on raclette grills they are a tradition from Switzerland (and something I will be asking for my birthday- they make dinner 

parties a breeze). Maggie had her homemade bread and below the grills there are trays that melt cheese in and then pour it on your bread or potatoes.  We all wore our ugly sweaters. Then had a white elephant exchange and ended with chocolate fondu. 

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Jerusalem Friends Reunion Party

Tonight we hosted a party for all Brian’s friends he went to Jerusalem with 20 something years ago. We had a fun night. It was a lot of work but I think everyone had fun. We had 15 people here and we fit everyone in our house for a sit down dinner and a white elephant gift exchange.

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Power Outage

 

It snowed all day today. I think we got about a foot of snow. The power went out tonight as Brian and I were getting the tables ready for our dinner party tomorrow night. It went out at about 8:30pm and was out for an hour. It was still so bright outside- beautiful. image

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Molly has out grown all her toys. She gets so bored in between nap times. Last night while Lisa was watching her, Lisa turned a box left over from Costco into a Winnebago motorhome for Molly to play with. If you notice the white pieces of paper taped up with an interior drawn on. So CUTE! Lisa loads Molly up in the box and pushes her across the carpet. Molly giggles the whole time. Lisa is so cute and creative with Molly. Who would have thought a Winnebago?  image

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Auntie Shelley

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We saw the musical Elf tonight. It was cute.

Molly has her Aunt Shelley in town this week. She came to Costco with us today and she pushed the cart while Molly road around waving at people.

Aunt Lisa and Shelley babysat Molly while we were at the musical tonight. They had a blast because Molly didn’t make it to bed until 10 pm.
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