Friday, April 29, 2011

Foto Friday: Week 16

week 16: Portrait
With this week's theme I was going to do a shot of someone else... but Lucy is always my willing subject. But today she seemed to give me a run for my money. Not ONE single nice smile. Just a whole lot of other silly LUCY faces. :)
I love Heather's shot of her sweet girl!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Listography 16 & 17

List 16: Ten things I'd like my kids to know about me

1. I'm doing my best. I'm trying each day to be a good mom.
2. I had a full time job before you came along and I want to be at home with it. It's a choice. And I've made it.
3. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real and alive.
4. I try to show love to you with food.
5. I looooove to read.
6. I believe Art is part of life. Creativity is something that is inside of everyone and we all can use it.
7. I love your dad. A Lot.
8. I started taking pictures because of you kids. And you are still my favorite subjects.
9. I'm forgetful. So remind me.
10. I love you more than I express or show.

List 17: Jobs I'd be good at
hmmmm this one feels a little like boasting!

1. Photographer. (hahahahaha)

2. Caterer. I've always wanted to give my hand at it. But I probably never will.

3. Secretary. I've always thought I'd be a good secretary too. Answering phones, organizing papers (can't do my own at home - but in an office I'd be awesome! HA!)

4. Wedding Planner & Designer. I can't wait for Lucy to get married so we can make all kinds of cute things for it. HAHAHAHA It'll be a while!

5. Tour Guide. I used to do it for one summer and I loved it. :)

6. Reality TV Show Host

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

10 on Tuesday (on Wednesday!)

1. I've been a block slacker lately. No consistency at all. Annnnnd I'm trying to remind myself that it doesn't matter. If I want to hang out with my kids instead or go to sleep early that's fine. :)

2. I've made a lot of treats lately. And I am totally wanting to make this which I know isn't healthy at ALL but look at it. mmmmmm.

3. I'm kind of on a reading frenzy lately. When I am tired or not feeling well I laze around and read. It's better than hanging out on the internet. I can read books in my kids room while they play around me. Or climb on me, depending which kid we are talking about. Currently reading this book.
Next up on my list are The Ladies Auxiliary, the Book Thief and finishing What the Dog saw.

4. Even though I've had 3 kids already feeling a baby move inside you is so neat and strange. It makes it all seem so REAL. I am at 19 weeks. That is literally almost half way. Which is totally crazy and awesome. :)

5. This morning at 630 am Eli was standing beside our bed. And no one got him out. Heaven help us.

6. Speaking of Eli, I am potty training him. Day 2. And I am actually saying out loud that I am potty training him. But it's going so much better than it ever has for a child in this Steed family at this age. WAY better. So we are going for it! Imagine I might actually have a few months without a child in diapers. That'd be CRAZY at our house!

7. Every time I am pregnant I think about food a lot. I mean more than I regularly do. I NEED good food. My body craves it. Nothing like ichiban noodles are going to satisfy my appetite. Instead I want things like Chicken tacos, taco dip, guacamole bruschetta, Italian Bread with Gorgonzola, artichoke bread. mmmmmmmmmm Fooooooood :) hahahah It's good I haven't even gained that much weight this pregnancy so far :)

8. I AM going to get out house on the market in the next two weeks. I AM. I AM. I am.

9. One of the things I am most looking forward to about being done residency and all these years of school (besides not living in debt anymore) is having my husband at home when he's at home. He is here today but we all need to leave him alone cause he is studying. And he is often studying. But to actually come home and BE here. Wowzers! Sounds awesome! I wonder how I will adjust to having that. He might need a hobby since it might be a hard adjustment for him too!

10. I did a family photo shoot this last week and they were from BC. It always makes me wonder how people hear of me and my photography! Guess I should start asking hey ;)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Spiritual Sundays

“Sometimes we say that no other success can compensate for our failures in the home. And while it is true that no other success of ours can fully compensate, there is a success that compensates for all our failures, after all we can do in good faith. That success is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. By its power, we may arise from the ashes of life filled with incomprehensible beauty and joy” - Bruce C. Hafen, The Broken Heart: Applying the Atonement to Life’s Experiences [1989], 22).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

10 on Tuesday

1. Lots of cute Easter & spring crafts on the net lately! Like this one from Rebecca and these and these and these and these and these.

2. Lucy came upstairs wearing this outfit. I tried to explain that the stripes were too much... then while out grocery shopping later in the day she says to me: "Mom, isn't it crazy how you look like a real mom and I look like a rock star?" hahahahaha
April 8- 2 Rock Star
April 8 - Rock Star

3. Remember how at one day it was nice enough to play outside..... and then it snowed AGAIN?!
Apr 12 - Sandbox

4. Made this last week. You can download it if you'd like one! Click on it and it'll take you to flickr where you can download it.
"Use it up" Poster

5. If you are LDS and looking for some good easy FHE (Family Home Evening) lessons, I have a 2011 FHE lessons that are planned to coordinate with the primary sharing times for the whole year. I can't remember where I even downloaded it from since I got it in January... but if you want it, can email it to you. It has everything with it and it totally coordinates with what they learn each week in Primary. It is awesome!!

6. Spring will come. We MUST tell ourselves this.

7. I seriously have the biggest lack of motivation for things lately. I am driving myself nuts with how little I am doing! It's TERRIBLE!

8. Our house is still not on the market.... see #7.

9. Someone asked me about stories from Mexico and if I was going to share some..... I don't know.... see #7....It was great. We saw lots and laughed and got sunburned. How's that for a story.....

10. Regan's BIG final doctor test is coming up the last weekend of the month. It'll be good to have that over with and have him not stress about it! (and me either!)

Monday, April 18, 2011

In the Kitchen & the craft room: Smore's Cake with a Spring Banner

Well today I've got a little project for you that includes both the kitchen and the craft room!

My lovely friend Rebecca asked me (along with a group of ladies) to try out some cute spring printable she is featuring on her blog today. And a few days after that I had a dream about a cake that tasted like smores. So I figured out the layers in a smore and transferred them into a cake idea. I found various parts of recipes to add together to "make" my own. And then I combined both ideas and came up with this.
April 17th-  Smore's Cake

Graham Cracker Cake
(this is a REALLY old recipe I found from 1909)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup ground pecans
1/2 cup cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted softened butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3 egg yolks, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk, lukewarm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line with parchment two 9 inch round pans.

Combine the crumbs, 1/2 cup pecans, flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the light brown sugar until fluffy. Slowly beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla. Alternately add the milk and and the crumb mixture while beating on low.

Beat the egg whites in a bowl until foamy. Add the sugar slowly, and beat to soft peaks. Fold into the crumb batter and pour into pans.

Bake for 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool in pans for about 10 minutes. Let cakes cool completely. The cakes are really fragile so work really careful with them!

While the cakes are cooling, make your chocolate creme patisserie:

Smore's Cake Close up
Chocolate Creme Patisserie
(recipe from Nigella Lawson's gooey chocolate stack)
6 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/3 cup heavy cream
1 1/3 cup whole milk
4 ounces best bittersweet chocolate melted
1 tsp vanilla

Beat the egg yolks and sugar together, then add the cocoa and flour, whisking well. Warm the milk and cream in a saucepan together (I did this in the microwave instead), the whisking, pour this into the eggs and sugar before pouring all back into the saucepan on the heat (again in the microwave stopping each 2 minutes to stir it) and stirring constantly, bring it to a boil. When the mixture has thickened, take off the heat and stir in melted chocolate and vanilla.

Let it cool now, but avoid putting it in the fridge as it will become too solid. You can stop a skim from forming on top but sifting a layer of confectioners sugar on top.
Smores Cake 2

Marshmallow Frosting
(from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes via Martha Stewart)
8 large egg whites
2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp vanilla

Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, and beat starting slowly, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla and mix until combined.

To assemble the cake, place bottom layer of cake on cake platter. Add half of the chocolate creme patisserie. Add second layer of cake. Add second half of the chocolate creme patisserie. Using a large icing tip and bag, add the marshmallow frosting, starting at the edges and going into the middle. To Brown edges, use a kitchen torch if you are fancy enough to own one (I am not - so I used a BBQ lighter for a few minutes until I gave up- HA!)
Smore's Cake - the banners

For the banner, Cut out the little flags from Rebecca great download. Using two bamboo BBQ sticks and kitchen twine, string the small banners across.
Spring banner

We enjoyed our cake for a fun sunday dinner with friends Carlye and hubby and son and the Barnett's. It was a great dinner that could be spring-ish if mother nature would just listen up and STOP SNOWING already! :)

Smores Cake 2

You can also find me over here for an interview!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spiritual Sundays

The spirit of revelation is real—and can and does function in our individual lives and in the Church.” —Elder David A. Bednar

Friday, April 15, 2011

Foto Friday: Week 13, 14 &15

soooo i am behind posting these.... so I'll post the last three weeks of them together!
And week 12 is here

Thursday, April 14, 2011

List 14: Books I could read over and over and over.....

Before the list a few things...
1. Thanks for the comments on the trip and pictures. It really was nice. Now I am peeling like a mad woman (in fact Alden asked if I had leprosy :) )
2. Check out this giveaway on my friend Kathy's blog. She's already given away a couple but if she gets 75 comments she'll do another!
3. And my other friend Catherine is having a blog birthday give away too... here

Now on to the list!
Well I missed two lists in my trip / blogging break. I might make them up later so that at the end of the year I have them all.

1. Book of Mormon & Bible. Of course I have to say that :) hahaha I DO read them over and over.

2. The Harry Potter Series.

3. The Creative Family by Amanda Soule

4. Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell. I have loved this book since I was a KID! I wish I had a copy!

5. I could list a whole pile of cookbooks that I read parts of again and again. But I won't ;)

6. Anne of Green Gables. (or any of the other ones in the series!)

7. A Joyful Mother of Children: The Magic and Mayhem of Motherhood by Linda Eyre. When I am feeling discouraged about my lack of mothering skills I read parts of this book again and again.

How about you??

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mexico - A recap

Well there is lots of say about our trip. But even more importantly lots of pictures to sum it up! :) A few short thoughts about it.
1. It was lots of fun. And especially super fun to travel with some good friends.
2. It was super fun to see Regan and hang out with him (he's in a busy rotation right now)
3. I never realized how many people take their families to Mexico! There were a ton of kids!
4. I was only really sick one day. (like throwing up sick) Which is pretty good for me being pregnant!
5. I wish I knew how to speak another language.
6. Shorts with your swimming suit are the BEST.
7. Food all made at any time of the day is AWESOME!
8. I like mocktails. mmm mango tango.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Other various shots I loved...
I am especially glad for those who helped us out with watching our kids!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spiritual Sundays

The President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Boyd K. Packer, spoke of what being a Latter-day Saint means, saying, “If someone is looking for a church that requires very little, this is not the one. It is not easy to be a Latter-day Saint, but in the long run it is the only course. Regardless of opposition or ‘wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in diverse places,’ no power or influence can stop this work. Every one of us can be guided by the spirit of revelation and the gift of the Holy Ghost.”