Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kissen' Cohen

A little early don't you think?

Carlee was the one chasing him around the house

They do have a lot in common...

they both like to cook

and go to

Carlee with things on her head...



Prissy on the potty?

The Belly Bump

Time Square @ 29 weeks or something like that

Side shot getting yummy pretzel dogs at Aunntie Ann's

Monday, August 9, 2010

Requested Recipe

Ham and Cheese Braids
(pictured on the previous post)

2 3/4 cups flour
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 pkg yeast
3/4 cup warm water
4 T. butter, melted
1 egg
Diced ham
Shredded Cheese

You can use rapid rise or just active dry yeast. Combine water, yeast and sugar and let it stand for a few mintues. Then add the salt, butter and egg and mix. Add one cup of the flour and stir it up good. Then add the rest of the flour while you stir/knead. It will make a very workable and moderatly stiff dough (not sticky). I knead it until I like the feel of the dough (10 minutes or so?). Then roll out the dough on a floured surface into a rectangle (not too thin, not too thick), cut the rectangle into three equal strips, fill the strips with much ham and cheese clear to the ends and pinch each one shut being careful to leave no holes where all the good stuff will leak out. Then gently braid the three pieces and tuck the ends tight. Brush it with melted butter or egg white wash and sprinkle it with whatever you want. Let it raise in a warm spot until larger and fluffy looking (time varies). Bake at 375 for approx 30 minutes. You want it to be pretty brown on the outside so as to ensure the inside will not be doughy. Let it cool a bit before cutting into it. Enjoy! It is yummy dipped in ranch.

For home made ranch just mix some sour cream and mayo along with garlic salt, Mrs. Dash seasoning, dill and lemon pepper. Delish!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

This is What Happens When...

I try to do something above and beyond my normal day to day, like make a nice meal...

for another family besides my own and try to get it delivered before 6:00 p.m. with a toddler.
This is baking soda, luckily. I just took pictures of it while she played in it instead of cleaning it up right away. What could a little baking soda hurt?

And this is the house...

These are cotton balls

In the end the meal turned out and was delivered a little after 6:00.

Ham and cheese braids, veggies and home made ranch dip (pretty simple, I know)

It was also Matt and I's 4th anniversary. We went to the Brown Stone diner for breakfast and then Matt was gone for just under 12 hours to school. Did he come home to a clean house, a beautiful and capable wife, a clean toddler, and candle lit meal? No. He came home to the mess pictured above, a tired dirty toddler, and a haggered pregnant wife. The norm. Happy Anniversary Babe!

Love ya!