Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Weekend Wrap ~ Family Time and Lot's of Baking

This weekend not much fun going on here, you would think being home I would have a super clean house and so much to show for a slow weekend but not much .. LOL.
Friday my dad was so sweet and took me and the boys out for an early dinner. It was so nice to chat with a grown up and I love my dad so much. He raised me for a while as a single dad and I just have so much admiration for him! He made me teary saying that he would like to do this on a regular bases. I'm so sad when he asked if I would be hanging out with friends and when I thought about it I really don't have many anymore ;(. The older I get the less close friends I have.
Saturday I worked, even got a work out in and let the kids run wild ... lol.
Sunday went to church and went to a "Summer Dream Team" meeting suppose to be an hour long and turned into 2 hours and 15 minutes!!! I wanted to strangle the people that kept going off track and talking about this and that. It was nice to have 2 younger people a teenager and maybe 20 year old but they were all over the place. I'm a person get in, get a plan and take off! And I had Rick watching the boys and we all know how that goes when I go over the 1 hour I told him! Along with one lady had her child in that the pastor asked several times to leave but she didn't get the hint .. ugh! So guess what I signed up for (I know I slapped my head too) and guess what it's nothing small it's the freaking Carnival! Yup I'm running a carnival ... YIKES ... lol. Oh man how I love to plan parties but never did a carnival before!
Rick's buddy came over to watch movies
Rick just a little jealous the boys liked his buddy more then dad!
Caden decided that my gym shoes need to be worn
(Of course on the wrong feet)
And check it out our first batter taste off the paddle.
And I was so proud of Cole at school they did thank you notes
He wrote (yes wrote) a note to the neighbor boy!
I was so proud a kindergartener writing!
I made some yummy bread!
Recipe at the bottom!
Cole took a pic of me, he's loving taking pictures.

Buttermilk and Honey Bread Recipe

As most of you know I make something each week for the neighbors
(as a bribe for all the time Cole is over there ... lol)
Recipe at the bottom!
This smelled great, no I didn't eat any!

Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

(I Doubled the Recipe)
I didn't have any frosting in a can so I made my own.
Frosting is my weakness a can of it would not last!!
And for the church the cookies for the new people that come.
I made 3 batches made enough for 3 bags for them
and a bag of not so good ones (the kind only for family ... lol).
Wow what a weekend it really was a slow one and I worked out both days! Whoo Hoo! Recipes below as promised :).

Buttermilk and Honey Bread Recipe

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast


Place the ingredients in the ABM bread pan in the order given, or as recommended by your machines manufacturer, and set the machine to a large loaf, light crust setting.

This recipe also makes a wonderful cinnamon raisin bread if you add 2 tsp. cinnamon with the flour, and 1 cup of raisins at the "add ingredients" beep.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Buttermilk and Honey Bread serves/makes 1.5 lb loaf


Peanut Butter and Jam Bars
1pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix
3tablespoons vegetable oil
1tablespoon water
1/2cup peanut butter chips
1container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1tablespoon milk
1/4cup creamy peanut butter
1/4cup seedless raspberry or strawberry jam
1.Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
2.In large bowl, stir all Cookie Base ingredients until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan using floured fingers. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
3.In small bowl, stir frosting, milk and peanut butter until well blended. Spread over base. Stir jam; drop by teaspoonfuls over frosting. Swirl jam for a marbled design with tip of knife. Refrigerate 20 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows
The frosting I made since I didn't have the can stuff (evil stuff that calls to me at midnight, spoon in hand - oh crap I'm daydreaming over frosting!)

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 6 ounce package cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)

Beat together cream cheese, vanilla, and butter until fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the frosting is the right thickness to spread on cake. Keep in the refrigerator until serving.

The "tangy" cream cheese frosting flavor is a real hit on top of all kinds of cakes.


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  2. Sounds like a fun weekend. I know what you mean about long meetings, but how exciting to be coordinating the carnival!

    The bread looks terrific! Just for a moment there, I was missing my bread machine. :)

  3. OH the bread...yum! I love that they had them write thank you cards!

  4. Wow! A carnival sounds like a big job! I hope it all goes smoothly for you! :-)

    Cole writing a thank you is so cute! He looks so proud too! :-)

    You sure did bake up a storm! Wow! It all looks delicious!

  5. You had a very busy weekend!

    Meetings like that annoy me. Just make a decision and get out the door. You are going to have your hands full with all that planning!

    The peanut butter and jam bars sound good.

  6. oh darl what a wkend! So proud of u for working out on the wkend u go girl! Cole's writtin is looking awesome! Loche is starting to love making cards and notes for us as well :) A carnival huh? WOW girl what were u thinking?!?! Not busy enough to much time on yer hands??? :) u will do great im sure! it will be loads of fun!

  7. I am soooooo hungry for sweets now...I should know better :O)

    I'm so happy you had the time to spend with your Dad. Sounds like he is just what you needed! I've been praying for him...

  8. so glad u and ur dad got some alone time.. it really makes a difference!

    all that baking had me salivating.. lol

  9. I am so glad my room is ready.. I wish we lived closer we would have had a fun time for sure this weekend. I am having a little party on Friday and Sat. a shopping day. I hope you have a great day. Your Dad is so sweet. It is harder to make friends when you do get older..

    Have a nice night Poser..

  10. holy cow, what is the anonymous post all about? Craziness up there!

    It is a new month!!! That means relish redid the freezer menu!

    I have an award for you!

  11. You signed up to run a carnival? Ohhhh boy, I can't wait to hear about this one :) Have fun!

    And that is a lot of baking. I feel like a woeful slacker. I did get granola made last night at least!

  12. Sounds like a good weekend. I don't have many friends either as I get older....I think I am just pickier with who I spend my time with I guess.

  13. Wow, a carnival! Sounds like fun and stressful both at the same time. The goodies you made look delicious.

  14. Sometimes I feel like I am Dr. Phil saying "What were you thinking" !!!! Actually it is very nice of you to get so involved. I think I'm just jealous that I'm older now and don't have that energy anymore.
    Just google it and you will find lots of ideas. The recipes look and sound wonderful. Honestly you exhaust me!

  15. I forgot to say: Caden is so lucky to get to lick the paddle.
    I thinks it is wonderful that they are teaching Cole about thank you notes and the fact that he is writing in kindergarten. Wow!

  16. Ugh! Spam.
    I hate it.

    Licking the bowl is the best part!

    You are one busy woman!

  17. Oh now I'll really need to eat ... looking for cookies :)

  18. Oh, Sweetie...
    You are so wonderful to other people! Just remember, you may not have friends that you can touch physically but you have friends that you can always rely on - like me! I'm in the same situation, so I know how you feel.
    I cannot believe that you volunteered to plan a carnival... well actually I can believe it! Please make sure you get the help you need with it - do not wear yourself out!
    I love the photos of Caden licking the beater... I did that yesterday when I made Bill his b-day cake.


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