Monday, April 28, 2014

red bean brioche

Seems simple enough
  • for the brioche dough:
  • 3 tbsp lukewarm milk (or water)
  • scant 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten, plus 1 more for egg wash
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup minus 1 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • for the filling:
  • 1/3 cup red bean paste (using this recipe)
  • Read on...

mini citrus cake

mini citrus cake

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Daddy's Girls

These 4 are a bunch of characters, full of personality. Beautiful smiles. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

my weekend in pics

It's a later than usual post, and I promise to share more pics like I used to, but I lost my photo-mojo somewhere along the way or i lost my blogging mojo. I love taking pics, its so personal, it's time in a bottle. These pics are pure personality and change in my life. Jayla is her own person, her own voice, her own style. She looks remarkable so much like me, but nothing like myself at that age. I hope she continues to be bold, open, vulnerable and unique. She loves spending time with me, i hope that doesn't change. Isabella is so fun, she's like a little magnet to Jayla and I. Moving in with my sister has been so rewarding, i love spending time with everyone. I'm embarking on a few new changes on the horizon, wedding planning, potential new job, still unpacking boxes at the Tucson house and managing a forever changing schedule with kids both blood and bond. It's a temporary adventure before us but we're embracing it. Lets see what the Lord has planned for our lives. We're ready and willing just say when!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Jayla is TEN! Happy Birthday Birdie!

Top 10 Things I love Most about you!  

1. You have a heart for God. I love when you pray at night, this insight you show in faith is remarkable. I will have a small hand at raising you to make a difference in this hurting world and that gives me hope and faith that you will do great incredible things! 
You have a heart for others, that is truly unmatched at your age.  
 2. You are so funny! Your sense of humor is eons above your age, 
you get things with a look or a tone and we just know what each other is thinking all the time.

 3. I love that you're not easily embarrassed. From the fart stories in class to wearing funny hats and  dancing in the grocery store.
4.  You give the best hugs, the sweetest kisses and have the best laugh.

 5. Physically you're so tough, i love the stories about tether ball battles to the face and busting your hand open at the expense of not letting a 5th grade boy beat you!
 6. Your heart is so pure. You are moved by other's circumstances, you stand up for what's right, you wont even try lying, you don't let your friends influence your choice to be friends with someone they don't like. You don't compromise who you are.
 7. There is nothing or no one that can influence your personal style, i love that you have a voice and you express it outwardly. You are confident, free thinking and creative and that is only scratching the surface!
8. You're so cool and you don't even try!
9. You tell the best stories. There is something about you that everyone loves, it's something you can't explain or bottle up with one word or phrase. You are truly unique!

10. I can't imagine my life without you! The joy and laughter that comes with being your mother is beyond anything that could ever fill my heart and soul. I will spend the rest of my days soaking up everything about you and enjoy every minute of it! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Peach Upside Down Cake

I promised to share this recipe yesterday.  Let me warn you it's not my most successful recipe, but it is a very good one and of course i learned some things. i have some tips on how to make a peach cake and how not to make a peach cake. You wont see this on any Pinterest Fail posts but if you've never been to that site definitely check it out, it makes my attempt a total win in my book! Don't be discouraged, it isn't a 100% fail and in my experience not many blog posts share where their recipes went wrong or how many times they made said recipe until they perfected it.  However you will save some time and effort when you execute this at home. It's also the best excuse to use those fresh peaches before they go out of season. 
The original recipe i followed used 4 fresh peaches, i only needed 3 to fill my pan. 
Start your caramel sauce on the stove for this you need 3 tablespoons of butter & 3/4 c brown sugar to the pan and let melt. Let the brown sugar to get all bubbly caramel goodness in a 9 inch cast iron pan. 
DO NOT STIR the goodness!
meanwhile you can peel the peaches with a vegetable peeler.
  Remember when I told you not to stir the caramel? ... yeah no matter how many time I've seen this mistake on my favorite show Chopped i absentmindedly stirred it! i cannot tell you how many chefs I've seen go home for this mistake alone a ten thousand dollar mistake! .. back to reality. Ok calm down self this is just a hobby but i seriously felt the pressure to deliver a beautiful cake!  this is what happens ... crystallized mess ... please don't stir it.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Banana Yogurt Pops

So easy and absolutely delicious!

1. Dip into your favorite yogurt
2.  Coat with your favorite toppings
(I use sliced almonds and mini semi sweet chips.)
3. Freeze on a sheet pan.

The kids love them, i love em and best of all no guilt! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dutch Baby

I love breakfast foods, anything carb related really I don't discriminate from any pastry, donuts, cinnamon rolls, croissant, bagel, danish you name it i love it! I even scoured the internet for the most perfect pancake recipe and I've never looked at another recipe since. So it's logical that I would attempt at making a Dutch Pancake.  The minute I heard it of course I looked it up on Pinterest. Why on earth am I just hearing about this now i thought... so that was my weekend challenge. My only complaint from working an early shift is not having enough time to cook a decent breakfast. Luckily for Jayla I've mastered the morning routine to leave this in the oven for her in the mornings. This makes an easy morning for my mom who usually has a brood of kids in the morning and I feel better about dashing off to the office. Now it's super easy to make... but it takes 25 mins to bake. But trust me it's worth it! 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
3 eggs at room temperature
3/4 c. milk at room temperature
3/4 c all purpose flour
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract 
a pinch of salt 

Place the butter in a 12" oven-proof, non-stick skillet. 
place the skillet into the oven while it heats to 350 degrees.

 Combine the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

you can top this with anything really, but i choose blueberries or you can used mixed berries, 
maple syrup, powder sugar, fresh peaches & whipped cream the sky is the limit! 

 Remove the skillet from the oven and swirl the melted butter around so it evenly coats the pan. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and return the skillet to the oven
 be patient for 25 minutes, or until the Dutch Baby is puffed and golden brown.
Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar or maple syrup and top with fresh berries, if desired. Now I'd be lying if I really considered this a healthy breakfast food, but my argument is... it only has 2tsp of sugar plus the fresh fruit makes it a good option to consider add some yogurt and you have a nice breakfast. It's prefect for a light morning with a cup of coffee or even a perfect ending to a big meal as a dessert option. Maybe someone can try making it healthier by using wheat flour ... but why?
Some foods should just be called dessert and i wouldn't necessarily put this exact recipe on that list, but this was a funny read about how all those carbs i mentioned earlier are just that.