Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I was so happy to see my family! My parents came from South Dakota, two of my sisters came from Idaho, and another sister came from Ohio. Molly, James, and Lexie came from Ohio and stayed with us for a couple of days before Christmas. We always love to see them!
Because of the stomach flu, we didn't take any pictures at Island Park. Luckily, my dad did. Here are a few that he took. He also took some breathtaking scenic pictures that are at his website: http://drbair.zenfolio.com/
Here is Sandy with her Aunt Kelsie.
Sandy with her Aunt Rosie.
Sandy with her Great-Grandpa Shupe.
And one of just Sandy.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here she is sharing a cup with her Grandma Buhler.
It got too warm for the santa suit, so she spent part of the party in just a diaper.
Everyone chipped in for a digital camera for Grandma. She started using it right away, I hope she likes it!
After the party, we drove to Christmas Street to look at the lights. Each house on the street is decorated. Large signs along the street have scriptures on them so you can read the Christmas story as you drive.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
That looks yummy!
First bite. We're not so sure about the cereal.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
She is wearing a Santa suit my mom got for her. Bill took some pictures of her in it and we are hoping to use one of them for Christmas cards.
Also, Sandy has a new cousin: Beatrix. We went to meet Beatrix and here are some pictures of the cousins (including Beatrix's older brother Enoch).
This picture is of the two girls. I am so excited that Sandy has a cousin her age on both sides of the family. Beatrix is only 6 months younger. On the other side of the family, Lexie is only 1 month younger.
Enoch really enjoyed dessert!
Friday, November 28, 2008
She loves her swing. Here's a short video of her in it.
The last couple of days, Bill and I have found her in her swing but with her head down on the ground. I have no idea how she manages that. Tonight we put her in her swing and tried to get it on film. Of course, she wouldn't do it when we were watching.
I did get a cute picture of Bill holding her, a rarity since he is usually the one behind the camera.
We went to Doug & Jaydene's for Thanksgiving dinner. I made two pies: a lemon meringue and a coconut cream. I was pleased with how the lemon meringue turned out. I wasn't as happy with the coconut cream. I liked the crust, but the filling reminded me of suntan lotion. Next time I make a coconut cream pie I'll try an instant coconut pudding for the filling. Pictures and recipes of both pies are below.
Here is Sandy sitting with her Aunt Heather and Uncle Jared. There were several shots that would have been adorable if they hadn't been blurry. This was the least blurry.
Here is a picture of Sandy playing with her cousin Christian.
Kelsie watched Sandy while Bill & I went to see the new James Bond. We enjoyed it. It was nice to go to a movie. We haven't been to the theatre since before Sandy was born (we saw Get Smart on her due date, June 20).
Lemon Meringue Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie
1-1/4 (6-1/4 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP vegetable shortening chilled
4 TBSP cold unsalted butter cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4-5 TBSP ice water
1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers
1 cup (7 oz sugar)
1/4 cup (1 oz cornstarch)
1/8 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups cold water
6 large egg yolks
1 TBSP grated zest and 1/2 cup juice from 2 or 3 lemons
2 TBSP unsalted butter
1 TBSP cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup (3-1/2 oz) sugar
4 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Process the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add the shortening and process until the mixture has the texture of coarse sand, about 10 seconds. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture; cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse crumbs, with butter bits no larger than small peas, about ten 1-second pulses. Turn the mixture into a medium bowl.
2. Sprinkle 4 TBSP of the ice water over the mixture. With a rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix. Press down on the dough with the broad side of the spatula until the dough sticks together, adding up to 1 TBSP more ice water if the dough will not come together. Flatten the dough into a 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days before rolling.
3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator (if refrigerated longer than 1 hour, let stand at room temperature until malleable). Sprinkle the work surface with 2 TBSP graham cracker crumbs and roll out to a 12-inch circle, sprinkling additional graham cracker crumbs underneath and on top of the dough as it is rolled. Fit the dough into a 9-inch pie plate, trim, and flute edges. Refrigerate the dough-lined pie plate until firm, about 40 minutes, then freeze until very cold, about 20 minutes.
4. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dough-lined pie plate from the freezer, press a doubled 12-inch piece of heavy-duty foil inside the pie shell, and fold the edges of the foil to shield the fluted edge; distribute 2 cups pie weights (or beans or pennies) over the foil. Bake, leaving the foil and weights in place until the dough looks dry and is light in color, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and weights and continue baking until deep golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before making pie filling.
Mix the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water in a large nonreactive saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally at the beginning of the process and more frequently as the mixture begins to thicken. When the mixture starts to simmer and turns translucent, whisk in the egg yolks, two at a time. Whisk in the zest, then the lemon juice, and finally the butter. Bring the mixture to a good simmer, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat; place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the filling to keep it hot and prevent a skin from forming.
Mix the cornstarch with the water in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally at the beginning and more frequently as the mixture thickens. When the mixture starts to simmer and turns translucent, remove from the heat.
Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix the cream of tartar and sugar together. Beat the egg whites and vanilla until frothy. Beat in the sugar mixture, 1 TBSP at a time, until the sugar is incorporated and mixture forms soft peaks. Add the cornstarch mixture, 1 TBSP at a time, until the sugar is incorporated and the mixture forms soft peaks. Add the cornstarch mixture, 1 TBSP at a time; continue to beat the meringue to stiff peaks. Remove the plastic from the lemon filling and return to very low heat during the last minute or so of beating the meringue (to ensure the filling is hot).
Pour the hot filling into the pie shell. Using a rubber spatula, immediately distribute the meringue evenly around the edge and then the center of the pie crust to keep it from sinking into the filling. Make sure the meringue attaches to the pie crust to prevent shrinking. Use the back of a spoon to create peaks all over the meringue. Bake the pie until the meringue is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Serve the same day.
Coconut Cream Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie
6 ounces animal crackers
2 TBSP shredded coconut
1 TBSP granulated sugar
4 TBSP unsalted butter, melted and cooled
I didn't care for the filling in the recipe, next time I think I'll try it with instant coconut pudding.
Whipped Cream and Garnish
1-1/2 cups heavy cream (cold)
2 TBSP granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBSP shredded coconut toasted in a small dry skillet until golden brown
For the crust, adjust oven rack to a lower-middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. In a food processor, pulse animal crackers, coconut, and sugar to fine crumbs, 18 to 20 1-second pulses. Then process until powdery, about 5 seconds. Transfer crumbs to medium bowl, add butter, and stir until crumbs are evenly moistened. Empty crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate and press into bottom and up sides. Bake until fragrant and medium brown, about 15 minutes, rotating pie shell halfway through baking time. Set on a wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
Prepare the filling. Once soft set, spoon into pie crust, press plastic wrap directly against the surface of the filling, and refrigerate until firm.
For the whipped cream, just before serving beat cream, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until soft peaks form, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Top pie with whipped cream then sprinkle with coconut. (If you want to add the cream before you are ready serve, heat 2 tsp unflavored gelatin and 2 tsp water in a small measuring cup over the stove, stirring constantly. When it thickens and turns translucent, remove from heat and very slowly add to the cream while whipping.)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
* Breach is based on a true story and is about a young FBI agent that helps convict one of the greatest spies in American history. It was an excellent movie and I highly recommend it. Rated PG-13.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Last night I showered, gave Sandy a bath, and had just gotten us both dried off and dressed when...
Sandy projectile vomited. It must have flown 3 feet. I fed her and she did it three more times. We were both drenched.
I called the pediatrician emergency line to see if I needed to do anything. The pediatrician on call asked a few questions: color of vomit (clear), does she appear dehydrated (no), and does she seem upset or in pain (no). He said to keep an eye on her hydration levels and that she would probably be just fine. It hasn't happened since and she has been eating, so I guess there is nothing to worry about...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Speaking of changing diapers...
We also went to Doug & Jaydene's house to celebrate Bill & Eric's birthdays. I made Bill's cake, it was German Chocolate. Yum!
Here is Eric blowing out his candles.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The main character in The Thorn Birds. My mom read the book when she was pregnant and liked the name.
The first time I saw Sandy because I was so happy, relieved, exhausted... Actually, probably I did cry a couple of times after that because of the post-baby hormones.
If I take my time, which I don’t often do.
One, Sandy is 4 months old
Of course. Does anyone say no to this?
Probably not, but I guess if the stakes were high enough ($20 million?) I might.
Depends on the day – cinnamon toast crunch and honey bunches of oats are high on my list.
Whether or not they look me in the eyes.
Wide feet, at least that’s what I’m willing to share at the moment.
My sister Molly. I liked when she lived in town. Now her husband’s in dental school and they live in Ohio. She has a daughter the same age as Sandy.
Post it on your blog, I’ll see it.
I’m wearing purple and pink striped pajama bottoms and no shoes.
Sandy cooing. She’s sitting in my lap while I type.
Laundry after it has dried in the sun. Of course, I always think of sheets my Great-Grandma Grant hung outside her mountain home. I’ve tried it in my home here in the city and don’t like the smell.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Gary from Vonage… sorting out phone issues.
Absolutely – it came from Lisa Holliday
I’m not much of a sports fan. I do like going to live games, no matter the sport, though.
Nope, I had corrective surgery a few years ago and love being able to see the alarm clock in the morning!
I like most things… I love mashed potatoes, pasta in white sauces, homemade macaroni and cheese, nicely grilled salmon and chicken…
I don’t remember… Big Fish, maybe.
still no idea!
Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn. It is the story of a black man born in New Orleans during the depression. It’s given me some new insights into racism and the civil rights movement. I highly recommend it.
Advertisment for CITRIX thin-client systems… It’s Bill’s.
didn't watch tv last night
Probably Alberta, Canada for my sister Rosie’s wedding
Nothing comes to mind…
10:23 and Sandy is asleep.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Rosie and SandyAfter the funeral, we went to Grandpa's house. We took a few pictures.
Grandpa, Mom, Kelsie, Rosie, Sandy, Me, Bill
Grandpa, Mom, Kelsie, Rosie, Sandy, Bill, Gayla
Kelsie, Rosie, Sandy