January 19, 2010

Mimi's Muffins

Eli loves muffins. He'll come into the kitchen at random times and say "I'd like some muffins please." At least he says please. I happen to have an affinity for muffins myself, one of my favorites being of the Mimi's Cafe variety; buttermilk spice.
So we are on a lock down quarantine for a few days. The stomach flu will do that to you. I really, really want to go to Hobby Lobby to pick up some paint for a project that I really, really want to work on, but I figured, though my kids' are on the mend, my Corpus neighbors don't want to share the love. A combination of boredom and wanting to baby my sick kiddos led me to the copycat recipe my Mom sent me awhile back for the buttermilk spice muffins. I rarely have buttermilk on hand but did from an appetizer I made for a party this weekend (fried ravioli: It popped up as one of the most popular appetizers on the web, it was just okay).
Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try, I think it tastes very similar to the real deal.
Mimi's Cafe Buttermilk Spice Muffins
Muffin Batter:
1 c. sugar (yeah...these are not healthy muffins...)
1/2 c. butter
3 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c. plus 1 tbsp buttermilk
Nut topping:
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
Preheat oven 375. Cream sugar & butter in mixer until thoroughly mixed. Add eggs & beat one more minute. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl. Add flour & buttermilk to the mixer & beat on low until smooth (batter will be thick). Mix all ingredients together for the nut topping. Fill paper cups 3/4 full will batter and top with a rounded tsp of topping. Bake 20 minutes. If using a jumbo muffin pan, reduce oven temp by 25 degrees and increase baking time 5-10 min.
We want YOU to try these muffins today!

January 6, 2010

A California Christmas

After my brother's wedding in Denver, we flew to LA to spend Christmas with our families.
On the way home from the airport we stopped at the LA Temple to see the lights, which are always so beautiful.
Brynn looks so grown up in this picture to me! When did that happen?
Jake and his Dad (Opa) and the kids.
It's always so nice to return to our 'roots," especially with our kids. Jake and I were married in the LA Temple.
Oma and Opa have horses on their property now, Apollo and Summer, who Brynn is petting. Everytime we pulled up to the house the kids would run over to the corral to see the horses.
Brynn made sure Grandpa got in some exercise playing with her
And Eli made sure Aunt Erin and Uncle Cory paid enough attention to him
My Mom had the best idea for the kids' to make rice crispy houses to decorate (a little easier than gingerbread houses). They had a lot of fun and actually did a pretty good job, until Brynn picked hers up, hugged it to her chest (where it got stuck) and said "All done, down."
Eli can hardly contain himself around Grandpa's guitars. I can tell he will be my musical one of the two.
She sure understood the presents this year!
Her favorite present from Grandma and Grandpa: Cabbage Patch Doll. They still smell as good as I remembered!
yessss, Mario Kart!
Brynn's favorite present from Oma and Opa: Bitty Baby! It comes with this cute little backpack to carry the baby, which is half the size of Brynn but so cute on. Today she was wearing her bitty baby in the backpack and the cabbage patch doll in a front sling.
Ohh the anticipation...
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's superman!
Sneaky, sneaky. Caught stealing drinkies from Oma's diet pepsi. I don't condone this but it was Christmas.
Eli and Opa showing off Opa's Lexington hats. The USS Lexington is a naval ship that has since been retired and is a museum here in Corpus Christi. The cool part is that Opa used to do carrier landings on the Lexington when he was in the Marines.
Jake and I met up with our friends' the Ponds while we were in CA. Their little Avery has gotten so big since we last saw her. They treated us to the best pizza at BJ's in celebration of Jake getting his residency. A little better than the pizza we treated them to on base when Matt got his residency...
Brynn dancing with Aunt Shannen (this is Jake's brother Josh's fiancee)
The curly haired twins. Brynn wasn't very nice to Uncle Josh this time around. He grew his hair out since she last saw him and I don't think she recognized him!
What is a trip home without ping pong?
Intense game.
I love these little Hallmark animals, the little penguin on the end wags his tail and the end of the song and says "Merry Christmas!"

Two Down

My little brother Matt and his new wife Sarah were married on December 19th, in Denver Colorado. We were only in Denver for a few days before we flew to LA for Christmas but we had a ton of fun.
Brynn giving Grandpa good morning hugs while we were waiting outside the temple for Matt and Sarah to come out.
Their colors were black and red, our family chose black since it's easy! I loved this little dress of Brynn's.
The long awaited hug for Aunt Erin, the kids just love her.
Ta-da! Here are the newlyweds. Don't they look so happy and pretty?
Trying to stay warm by sharing body heat. Haha, probably not, there was a little snow on the ground but we were able to take off our big coats for a few to take pictures.
Matt and our Mom, I think she was pretty happy that she got to just show up at this wedding after putting on Erin's a few months ago!
Eli and Uncle Dan, handsome in their suits and ties.
Brynn was a little better behaved at this wedding, I think because we flew in the day before, so she wasn't as behind on her sleep. Girls need their sleep, especially 20 month old girls.
Family shot; 3 out 4 looking at the camera, 2 out of 3 smiling, 4 out of 4 with eyes open...not too bad.
Love my munchkins
This is a little blurry, but you can see how pretty it was. Sarah has three very talented sisters that put everything together. There was a sit down meal and it was amazing, probably the best reception dinner I've had.
Gorgeous cake. Shh, don't tell anyone but we sampled one of each flavor, my favorite was the orange spice.
The 2 month marriage veterans!
One happy Mom
A bunch of the wedding party and family learned the Thriller dance for the reception, Sarah can really move in that wedding dress!
Kids always love a bride. Eli calls them 'princesses.'
I love this picture, you can tell Sarah is having a good time. I even kicked off my heels for the dance floor.
Jake and Brynn having some fun.
I love how all the kids at a reception will find each other to play.
Aunt Erin chasing Eli
My cousin Megan and he husband Steve were so nice to put us up while we were in Denver. They were such great hosts! And they have these two HUGE labs, Max and Nestle. As you can see, they are great with kids. And thus commences the second wedding of the three wedding series; next up: Jake's brother Josh and Shannen in June.