Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Evenings

Sunday evenings at our house consist of watching America's Funniest Home Videos, and Extreme Makeover home addition. And when Uncle Jeff comes over - Giving him a massage by walking up his back and jumping off which usually ends in a free for all.

Artisan Bread

I have tried my hand at Artisan Breads. The great thing about them is that the dough will keep in the fridge for two weeks so can have bread anytime. I have just made the basic loafs but I bought some Asiago cheese and added it in and it was amazing. Also made Red Lobsters cheese biscuits and they came out great too.

5 1/2 Cup Wheat
2 C White flour
1 TBSP Kosher Salt
1 1/2 TBSP Yeast
1/4 Vital Wheat Gluten
4 C Luke Warm Water
Mix in a 5 quart container
put lid on, then crack a corner to let gases escape
let sit on counter for 2 hours then refrigerate overnight.
Take out 1/4 of dough let rise 90 min.
Flour and cut the top. brush with water.
Preheat to 450 with baking stone in 20 minutes before ready to cook.
Place bread on baking stone
Place 1 cup hot water in broiling pan
Quickly close door and let cook 30 minutes.

3 cups luke warm water
1 1/2 TBSP Yeast
1 1/2 TBSP Kosher salt
6 1/2 cup white flour

1 1/2 TBSP Yeast
1 1/2 TBSP Kosher salt
1/2 cup honey
5 TBSP oil + 1 for greasing pans
1 1/2 cup luke warm water
1 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
6 2/3 cup wheat flour

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
2 1/2 c bisquick baking mix
1 c cheddar cheese,Finely Grated
3/4 c whole milk
2 T butter,melted
1/8 t garlic powder
Brush on Top ===================
1/4 c butter,melted
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t parsley flakes,Dried
dash salt
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine Bisquick with cheddar cheese, milk, 2 tablespoons of butter
that has been melted in the microwave, and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder in a
medium bowl. Mix until well-combined.
3. Drop approximately 1/4-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased
cookie sheet.
4. Combine 1/4 cup butter with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, parsley
flakes and salt. Brush this mixture over the tops of each unbaked biscuit.
5. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to
turn light brown. Serve warm.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Aunt Carrie and Uncle Jason got a new puppy named Sophie. The kids have fallen in love with her. Luckily they don't live too far away cause still no chance in this life that we will get one. Better that someone else takes care of it and we just visit.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Little Eden Update

This past Monday Eden had another uneventful check up at Primary's. My favorite kind of visit. Her labs show that all of her liver numbers remain NORMAL!!! Plus she grew 2.5 centimeters in the past month. She continues to amaze me with the new tricks she learns. She likes to climb over the back of the chair in our living room onto the pile of blankets behind it. Plus three times now she has climbed the boys ladder to their top bunk. Thankfully she has yet to climb out of her bed, but I suppose that is only a matter of time.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Billy Joel and Elton John

Here we are at last nights Billy Joel and Elton John concert. It was definitely one of the best concerts I've been too. Doug has been wanting to see Billy Joel in concert since before I met him. Though he may have been disappointed to find out that one of his favorite musicians would wear white socks with black pants and shoes. (One of Doug's biggest pet peeves. He has even given black socks to the boys in his class at church who wear white socks.) This minor disappointment aside Billy Joel was a great performer and Elton didn't do so bad either.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pajama Day

So this morning I woke up and got showered and ready for the day, but because I was planning on staying home and doing laundry I put on sweat pants. Well the boys informed me that when I dropped them off for pre-school today that I had to stay in the car because I was wearing pajamas. Really am I that embarrassing? You're only 4 and 1/2.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ashley's Gift: A Liver for LuLu

Some of you may know of one of Eden's liver BFFs who just received her liver gift almost a month ago now. The following is a link to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune who had been following her story. Well that story now includes the story of her donor as well. It is truly amazing what occurred, but be prepared to shed a few tears.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Monster Truck Jam

Last Friday we took the boys to the Monster Truck Jam (Eden went to visit Aunt Carrie and her new puppy Sophie.) The boys loved the show and were particularly impressed by the motor cross stunts. Despite the noise and fumes we had lots of fun.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Few Random Pictures

Just a few random pictures from the last month.

These two can fight on and off all day long, but I guess at the end of the day it doesn't matter when you see them snuggled up together like this. If you happen to be wondering they do have beds, but I guess the floor is more comfortable.

Goggles are fun!

Yummy chocolate frosting!

Playing our Nintendo's on Papa's lap.

Thank You!

How do you say thank you to someone who has helped to save your child's life? I really don't know where to begin so I hope a simple thank you from the bottom of my heart will do.

Eden's liver doctor, Dr Book, is on the right and her P.A. Triscia is on the left. Eden's nurse transplant coordinator was taking the picture. All three of them and many others have become a very important part of our lives. Thank you for all you do for us and many others.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


These boys of mine can really drive me crazy but they do keep me laughing. Here's a few of their funny antics from this past week.

After finding that they had yet again drawn on one of the couches. (You may remember my post from a few weeks back.) I asked the boys when they were going to learn that they aren't supposed to draw on furniture? Ethan's reply - "When we're five year olds." You've got five months guys!

Yesterday we were at the grocery store and walking by some magazines when Seth asked me, "Mom can you buy me a magazine so I have something to read while I'm in the bathroom." Luckily no one was close by to hear that one, but if someone did hear I hope it made them chuckle because I sure did. And no I didn't buy him a magazine. We have enough reading material at home, but maybe for his fifth birthday. Then he can draw in the magazine instead of on my furniture.

Then last night out of nowhere Seth says, "Our baby is named Eden Elizabeth, but I like to call her Bongo." No idea where that came from. Poor girl. Your brothers love you dearly but you may have to deal with some brotherly torture as you grow up.

And the final funny of the week happened the other night when it was Ethan's turn to say the prayer before bed. He was a little hesitant so Seth agreed to help him. They got through the usuals, please bless our family and thank you for this day... Then Seth whispered in Ethan's ear, "Please bless Jesus." Ethan was obviously thinking about something else because he said, "Please bless Cheeses so we can go to Chuck E Cheese's" Seth didn't disagree with that, but tried again at whispering, "Please bless Jesus." After which Ethan again said , "Please bless Cheeses." They went back and forth like this until Doug and I couldn't hold it in anymore and cracked up laughing. I guess they really want to go to Chuck E Cheese's, but I don't know that they deserve a trip if they keep writing on my furniture.

Here's a picture of my silly boys "Hamster" hunting with Papa in his front yard. There were paths all over his yard where moles had been digging under the snow. I'm not sure what they were planning to do if they found one, but luckily we didn't have to find out.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

DISCLAIMER: I don't by any means think Seth is a wimpy kid, but then he does like the cozy things in life.

So Doug has been reading these books called Diary of a Wimpy Kid that he got for his classroom. At one point the main character Greg finds an old bath robe that his mom put in a box to go to the thrift store and starts wearing it around the house.
Well the other night we went to check on the boys before bed and found this.
Seth had found an old bathrobe of mine that I had put in a box to go to DI. He slept with it for several nights until like Greg's dad Doug took it away from him.