October 26, 2010

Coronado Island

Coronado Island has some of our favorite beaches in San Diego. It's one of the furthest from where we live now, but it has such good memories, we're always drawn back. When we lived in San Diego 5 years ago, we were only a few minutes from Coronado, and spent a lot of time there. Check out my BYU boys lounging on the beach.
We noticed a slow moving, shadowy shape moving across the horizon and realized it was our brother-in-law Bremen's sub coming back in from a trip. Bremen's a dive doctor for the Navy, meaning he treats submariners and thus has to spend a certain number of days on a sub per month. Pretty neat, huh?!
A favorite of the Coronado beaches is the DOG BEACH! This fine specimen is our dog Layla, the "first child" who has fallen so far in rank it must be disheartening to her, but we do what we can to make it up to her.
She's 6 years old now but she still has her jumping legs and loves to chase tennis balls and great big dogs.
I just love this age with Eli (3 weeks till he's 4..waahhh!) He's really into making deals, bargaining and talking with his hands.

October 5, 2010

JUNKED (verb): To take into the mouth (food) and chew or swallow for nourishment, enjoyment or disobedience.
EXAMPLE: "Eli, what did you do with your gum?" "I junked it!"
I just love it when they make up new words. Especially ones that I can use around the house!

October 3, 2010

Note to self:
Do not leave the tray of poffertjes on the coffee table all morning or else your 2 year old will feel free to take one bite out of each one.

Ebelskiver, Popovers, Aebelskivers, Paniyaram, Gai daan Jai, Poffertjes..

Most countries have a version of poffertjes by a different name, but we hail from the dutch, so we call them poffertjes. Since it's conference weekend, I busted out my perfectly seasoned aebleskiver pan to make our family's traditional conference poffertjes. If you also have an aebelskiver pan, this is my favorite recipe (I got it from Arne's Solvang Restaurant in Solvang, CA one of my favorite places in CA to visit!): 2C flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp salt, 1T sugar, 4 eggs (separated), 2C milk, 4T melted butter. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk egg yolks, milk and melted butter together in a smaller bowl, once combined whisk into dry ingredients (should be lumpy like pancake mix). Beat eggs whites in a mixer until stiff but without peaks, fold into batter. Pour the batter into each well up to the rim. They cook fast, so if you want to fill them be quick! Last year I filled them with chocolate and cinnamon chips. This year I did bananas and sauteed apples. I use a crochet hook to flip the poffertjes over (that's the tricky part).
They take about 3 minutes to cook through and should be golden brown
Looks like a lot for 3 people? It was! But I know that they keep well in the fridge for days and my kids will love them for breakfast this week. As per tradition, we dust them with powdered sugar before serving.
They couldn't wait a second longer to eat them!
I like to eat mine with strawberry or raspberry jam, but the kids like dipping them in MORE powdered sugar or syrup instead.
Happy Conference weekend everyone!

A Day Off

Jake's schedule has been crazy thus far in residency, he doesn't get many days off and is working most weekends BUT I do when his days off fall on weekdays. We get to go fun places like Disneyland when it's not as crowded.
The Carousel is a must for my kids
Jake & I like it too
They love Dumbo too
Eli & I
Brynn & I cooling off while the boys ride a big kid ride
After Disneyland we headed over to Bremen & Andrea's house for some ice cream cookie sandwiches (yummmm) and rock band.
What can I say? It's a hard life but someone's gotta live it! :)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

We went to a Dodgers vs. Padres game a few weeks ago at Petco Park. Isn't it a pretty ball park? Can you call a ball park pretty?
Brynn telling Dane how much the Dodgers stink this season...
Jake & Brynn
Brynn attacked Uncle Bremen when he brought back peanuts, she liked to lick off the salt and then crack it open to eat the peanut.
Dane hitting one out of the park!
Eli & Dane
The Dodgers followed their losing trend but we still have fun cheering on our team.