Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hate doing Laundry? Not any-more!

{image via desire to inspire}
Yesterday I did 4 loads of Laundry from wash to fold and put away. Today I have already completed 2 more loads. Our laundry is upstairs and is quite convenient, it is in the hall between the 3 bedrooms. I would love an actual laundry room, with shelves, baskets and ironing space, so I found myself dreaming... These laundry rooms are both functional and beautiful. I must share them with you...So you can dream too! And don't you think doing laundry would be so much easier in a space like these 5?

The colors in this room make me happy, {via desire to inspire}

{via HGTV}

{house to home}

{picture courtesy of flicker}

{original post simply grove}

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

White and White and

More White, I never get sick of it! Do you like these kitchens as much as I do? Most likely I like them because they all come from beach houses.... Utah has zero beach houses.... I think I might live in the wrong state perhaps.
{the windows on the top cabinets are the best part}
images from coastal living
{I found these at the steel magnolia house}

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thinking Positive....

One thing I do like about potty training is.....hmmm....let me think.....oh yeah.......they look REALLY cute in their underpants! And the rest I can do without....
future Calvin model?
And it's fun to dance in your underwear. Come on, I know you do it too!

A Nap could be nice

If I had this bed to fall into? I just got back from the gym and have a burst of energy, If only I could focus it towards scrubbing the bathtub or doing a load of laundry. Instead I found myself searching for something pretty, or beautiful, and I came across this bedding oh and lets not forget the bed, love that too!
{found at Style Court interiors blog}

Friday, March 20, 2009

Meyer Lemon Curd Cheesecake

With blueberry sauce....
This recipe is divine, you just must make it sometime! I made it for my family dinner last Sunday! There was not a crumb left! And the blueberries are a perfect addition!

{looks pretty too!}
Myer Lemon Curd Cheesecake adapted {from epicurious}
recipe for blueberry sauce follows

Ingredients For lemon curd
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh Meyer lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

* you can substitute with regular lemons but you must add one cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup, after make sure to put it in the fridge, it swirls better when cold.

Ingredients For crust
1 1/3 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (5 oz)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Ingredients For filling
3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Special equipment: a 9- to 91/2-inch (24-cm) spring form pan
Accompaniment: blueberries
Make lemon curd:Whisk together zest, juice, sugar, and eggs in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Add butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubbles appear on surface, about 6 minutes.
Force lemon curd through a fine-mesh sieve into a wide shallow dish, scraping bottom of sieve, then cover surface with wax paper. Cool completely, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. { I do not put my lemon curd through the sieve, my zester zests really fine, I like having the added lemon flavor and color}
Make and bake crust:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Invert bottom of spring form pan (to make it easier to slide cake off bottom), then lock on side. 3Stir together crust ingredients in a bowl, then press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of spring form pan. Place spring form pan in a shallow baking pan and bake 10 minutes, then cool crust completely in spring form pan on a rack.
Make filling and bake cheesecake:

Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
Beat together cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add eggs 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in sour cream and vanilla until combined.
Pour two thirds of cream cheese filling into crust, then spoon half of lemon curd over filling and swirl curd into filling with a small knife. (Avoid touching crust with knife to prevent crumbs getting into filling.) Repeat with remaining filling and curd.
Bake cheesecake until set 1 1/2 inches from edge but center trembles when pan is gently shaken, about 45 min to 1 hour (Center of cake will appear very loose but will continue to set as it cools.)I turned off my oven and let cool for 20 minutes, then I took it out and ran a knife around the top of the cake to loosen. Then I put it back in my oven and let it sit for 2 1/2 hours. After chill in refrigerator, uncovered, at least 4 hours.{I let it chill overnight and covered it in the morning} Remove side of spring form pan before serving.
Cooks' Notes:

·Lemon curd can be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.·Crust (without filling) can be made 1 day ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.·Cheesecake can be chilled, loosely covered, up to 2 days. Cheesecake must be completely chilled before covering to prevent condensation on its surface.

{served with blueberry sauce}
Blueberry Sauce
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries: I used frozen, add 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon grated Meyer lemon zest, 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon juice and 2 teaspoons corn starch. Bring to a boil , and simmer until thick.

Cool and serve over cheesecake, waffles or Ice cream!

Motherhood and New Lip Gloss


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just Beachy

It is no secret that I LOVE the beach. I am looking forward to a low key beach trip over Easter next month, just me and Ryan and some of my family. I am still trying to convince Jamie to join me... But he is convinced it is the worst possible time to miss work. So I will most likely be on my own. I cant wait to smell the ocean and introduce my little one to sand and waves. I also think an easter egg hunt on the beach would be perfect! Don't you? This Picture I found On Pink Wallpaper this morning. Isn't it lovely?

{Picture from Coastal Living}
I especially love the walls, they look so cozy..Old but New

Monday, March 16, 2009

So Pretty

I love pretty things, like these beautiful easter eggs! I want to make them so they look just like these, but I tried a few years ago and this technique does not work from MSL. Does anyone know how to make these marbled easter eggs?

{picture from MSL}

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mixed Berry Pavlova with Raspberry Sauce

I made this for a dinner Party a few weeks ago. I was excited to try something new, and it turned out perfect eventually... My first try to make these delicate cakes failed miserably! They flattened out like pancakes. As you see in the finished picture, they are not supposed to look flat but nice and puffy,on my second and third try, I felt confident that I had pavolva making down! I promise if you follow these instructions, you should have no problem making the perfect pavlova! This Recipe is adapted from Ina Garten's Recipe and the Joy of Baking.

4 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch kosher salt
1 cup super fine sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Sweetened Whipped Cream, recipe follows
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
Triple Raspberry Sauce, recipe follows

{my finished product!}

Mixed Berry Pavlova

Pavlova is a meringue, and it is important when making any meringue that the egg whites reach maximum volume, so make sure your mixing bowl and whisk are clean and free of grease. Since we need just the whites of the eggs, the eggs will need to be separated. It is easier to do this while the eggs are still cold; Once separated, cover the egg whites and let them come to room temperature before using (about 30 minutes). Baking times will vary quite a bit depending on the size of the cakes, making it hard to get the "perfect" texture, which essentially means firm and light on the outside, soft and marshmallowy on the inside! Adapted from Joy of Baking's Pavlova recipe

Preheat oven to 250°F (130°C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a 7 inch (18 cm) circle on the paper. (I just used an ice cream bowl to mark the rounds and I drew two circles centered on each side of one cookie sheet)

Pour the vanilla and vinegar into a small cup.
Stir the cornstarch into the sugar in a small bowl.
In a large bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, fitted with whisk attachment, whip egg whites and salt, starting on low, increasing incrementally to medium speed until soft peaks start to become visible, and the egg white bubbles are very small and uniform, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high, slowly and gradually sprinkling in the sugar-cornstarch mixture. A few minutes after these dry ingredients are added, slowly pour in the vanilla and vinegar. Increase speed a bit and whip until meringue is glossy, and stiff peaks form when the whisk is lifted, 4 to 5 minutes.Gently spread the meringue inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper, smoothing the edges, making sure the edges of the meringue are slightly higher than the center. (You want a slight well in the center of the meringue to place the whipped cream and fruit.)Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the outside is dry and takes on a very pale cream color. For my two smaller cakes I baked them for a little under an hour and left them in the oven. Check on meringues at least once during the baking time. If they appear to be taking on color or cracking, reduce temperature 25 degrees, and turn pan around. Turn the oven off, leave the door slightly ajar, and let the meringue cool completely in the oven. (The outside of the meringue will feel firm to the touch, if gently pressed, but as it cools you will get a little cracking and you will see that the inside is soft and marshmallowy.)

Sweetened Whipped Cream:
1 cup cold heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer). When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until firm. Don't overbeat! Sweeten to taste..
Yield: 1 cup

Triple Raspberry Sauce:
1 half-pint fresh raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup seedless raspberry jam (12-ounce jar)
1 tablespoon framboise liqueur ( I opted not to use this and was still delish!)
Place the raspberries, sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 4 minutes. Pour the cooked raspberries, the jam, and framboise into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth. Chill.
Yield: 2 cups

Assembling the Pavlova: Just before serving, gently place the meringue-cakes onto a serving plate. Whip the cream in your until soft peaks form. Sweeten with the sugar and vanilla and then mound the softly whipped cream into the center of the meringue. Arrange the thawed mixed berries on the top, then drizzle some raspberry sauce over it. Serve immediately as this dessert does not hold for more than a few hours.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kids Swim Wear

With Spring and summer approaching and our trip to California, looming in the back of my mind.... I have been looking for swimwear for all of us. The hardest part is the little boy swimwear selection is so small and leaves much to be desired... My little guy has grown so much this year! We spend so much time in the water, and on the boat in the summer, he needs a couple pairs of sturdy shorts, they have to be cute too right?. I love this years selection from crew cuts{I love their line} if you are willing to spend over $50.00 for a toddler swimsuit. I'm not! Usually my go to is the GAP but I have not found anything I like yet. I bought one last year from Target and it fell apart after two weeks of wear, and the designs are cheesy. I like simple and classic, ! I think I should design my own line of kids swim wear! Crew Cuts: could you please have a sale?}

{crew cuts : $44.50 on sale}

{This entire ensemble above is adorable}
{$45.00 a possibility}
{I just found these at the GAP for $24.50 , and I just ordered them! Usually I like them longer but a three year old james bond look is cute too!}

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I love green. Bold paint colors with white accents, always catch my attention. I think this picture came from Domino Mag. What a fun bright kitchen. And I hear having a Green kitchen makes you less hungry... I wonder if it's true?
{I cant remember where I found this sorry}
Isn't it perfect for the month of MARCH? I need to go and buy some chocolate coins, just for luck!

Monday, March 9, 2009

I belive

C-Jane, posted an Interview that answers a lot of questions that many of you may have about Mormonism. I think Mormons and Non-Mormons alike will find this Harvard interview FASCINATING! And I must say I am impressed with this girl, she did a great job! Or go here and click play!

If you have more questions about Mormonism feel free to go here!
Happy Watching!

Friday, March 6, 2009

I made over 75 White Chocolate and Strawberry Butter Cream Cupcakes on Monday for a church activity. Many of you have asked for the recipe so as soon as I adapt the recipe that I changed a bit from the original, I will post it.

{i love a pretty cupcake}

A moment

I caught these sweeet shots of my little Ryan

Right after his bath

He is beautiful, and full of energy

an jumps on everything.....
these moments define me, and make clear that this is what is most important... taking time to enjoy the little things...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Im feeling a little Pink

I think this Pink bedroom, is gorgeous! Very well planned out, and In my opinion the perfect shades of Pink! I rarely find a pink bedroom,that isn't the wrong shade of pink. This Designer {Phoebe Howard} made this room Beautiful and Interesting.

{ peonies are my favorite flowers}
STUCK LABELS: They are fantastic don't you think? I love labeling, I might even consider myself obsessed with customizing everything! Stuck Labels is a company that designs and sells labels, that you can customize on your own home computer. Check it out!

Pictures from Jordan at : Oh Happy Day

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spring Fever

{pretty flowers from James, yeah he da man}

I am making... White Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Butter Cream. Its for a church activity tomorrow. This weekend I made a Berry Pavlova. It was sooo good. I will have pictures of both soon, don't worry. I just have been busy about the kitchen and needed something to post about.

{Picture from Raspberry Eggplant}

This weekend we went to a dinner party. It was FUN with capitol letters... On Saturday the weather was so beautiful I sat on the grass and let the sun beat on my back. There is something so wonderful about that. I think I have Spring FEVER... Just not a spring wardrobe, hmmm need that too!

Ryan has turned into our little athlete. He can play T-ball and of course Jaime has had him outside swinging golf clubs since he could walk. He has a great swing, I look forward to cheering from the sidelines! I think I will be a good cheering kind of Mom, I have the loud high pitched thing down.

I have the opportunity to perform in a musical that I helped put together last year, we will be performing next week. The group of girls I worked with have agreed to do it again, bless their hearts! I am excited because I love working with them.

It is almost time to work on my 2009 Re -vamp the house project... I need some change, color and spice in my life.. I just need to make it a priority I guess, and make the time right?

Besides sometimes I do waste it, {time that is} with I can't even remember what, and that's the problem!