Saturday, March 26, 2011

Potty Training!

Yesterday was day 6 of our potty training adventure and it went AWESOME!!!! Yesterday was the day when everything started clicking and Trey did not have 1 accident! He also started telling me when he needs to go--now obviously I know I am still going to need to remind him to let me know when he needs to go but at least we are making progress! I am so excited that we have not used diapers now for almost 1 week--at least on Trey :)
Mater on the booty
That's the morning fro...
He requests the IPad while doing his business

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A day at the Farm...

Uncle Arie's farm that is! Uncle Arie and Aunt Shayla were gracious enough to let us come out and play at the farm again, and this time we brought The Stillman's to join the fun!!! We had so much fun walking thru all the cows, going to see the baby cows, riding the tractor, and watching them get milked!!!! (I have to mention that this is also day 3 of potty training so the 1 hour and 15 minute car ride each way went awesome with NO accidents--WOO HOO) Anyways Shayla and Arie are seriously AMAZING with kids--I LOVE watching them with mine--they are both so educational even I learn things lol!

I'm sure the cows were glad when we left:) Since they ran up and down this and scared the crap out of them lol while they ate

How cute is Uncle Arie??? They both thought he was the greatest thing and hung on to every word he said!
Boston laughed and laughed when the calves licked him

Kristin & Jaggar

They were all watching the cows heard in and out and be milked

In the milking area

Helping fix the milk tank

This is what started the plane business...Uncle Arie let them play and then Presley said she wanted to fly so of course he could not tell her NO lol so up they went!!!!
Ready for their plane ride...
Even GiGi got in on the flying!!
There they are way up in the sky!
I LOVE his boots!!!!

Uncle Arie & Aunt Shayla!!!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

So St. Patrick's Day is a little bit of a big deal around here... My entire life we have always had a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner so of course that is what we did. We all went to my parent's house for dinner. My mom had 3 crock pots going full of food!!! We were in charge of dessert this year. Mark found a different recipe but VERY fitting for the occasion-IRISH CAR BOMB CUPCAKES! (Recipe at bottom)

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes--I downloaded the toppers free here--so thanks TomKat Studios!
Aunt Shayla and Trey's tattoos

Great Grandma and Boston watching the dogs
Boston's 1st time with Corned beef and cabbage and he LOVED it!
Trey LOVES corned beef!

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Bake Time: 17 minutes

For the Cupcakes:
1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the Whiskey Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Irish whiskey

For the Baileys Frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

1. To Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer in a heavy, medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to combine. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat briefly. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on a rack.

3. To Make the Whiskey Ganache Filling: Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then, using a rubber spatula, stir it from the center outward until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped.

4. To Fill the Cupcakes: Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter (or the bottom of a large decorating tip), cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes, going about two-thirds of the way down. Transfer the ganache to a piping back with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

5. To Make the Baileys Frosting: Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add the Baileys, increase the speed to medium-high and whip for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

6. Using your favorite decorating tip, or an offset spatula, frost the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container.

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