Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Salsie has this dreamy, amazing cake that she makes. She calls it "Inside-out Bundt Cake." Jimmy calls it "Brown Cake." Somehow that name seems to have stuck.
Without further ado, here is Salsie's recipe:
1 pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 pkg Devil's food cake mix
1 pkg choc chips
1 3/4 cups milk
Combine pudding mix, cake mix, milk and eggs into a bowl. Mix with a spoon until well-blended, about 2 minutes. Mix in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly pressed with finger. Don't over bake! Cool 15 minutes, then remove from pan.
Because Bundt cakes and I sometimes tear one another apart and because Sir Nathan isn't as much of a die-hard chocolate lover as I am, I've made a few modifications:
I do it in a 9x13, substitute vanilla pudding mix for chocolate, and do a milk chocolate cake mix instead of devil's food. I whip it up the same way and bake, but keep an eye on it as it should be done in about 40 minutes or so.
It will make you and yours oh so happy!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Last night Jimmy was telling us about a boy in his class. This is how it went down:
J: Well, he talks kind of different and he smells different too.
Us: What do you mean?
G: Yeah, does he have an accent or something?
J: No. Well, well he talks kind of SALTY.
J: Yep, and he smells salty too.
G: Maybe he's from The Coast.
Yeah, maybe. There are lots of Coasts here in AZ!
(ps The above picture was actually taken on the coast last March and it features four rowdy cousins and my favorite bridge.)
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
His real name is Nate.
This man can fix a non-functioning laptop, dismantle a non-working washing machine, diagnose its problem, and then reassemble it with a new part, oversee the construction of a fort in the front room, give a speech to a high-rollin' group to raise big bank for the hospital, teach me how to sweet talk another computer into working, slow dance in the family room, and work on his sourdough starter.
He can do all of this in a 27 hour period of time, and still keep his day job.
(I wish I would have bought him this shirt)
Thank you, Superman, I mean Clark Kent, I mean Nate! What on earth would we do without you?
Monday, August 8, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
With school starting on Monday, it seems only fitting that I finally get around to tell you about our grand adventure.
On our first real weekend of summer break (which happened to be Memorial Day weekend), we ventured North.
We saw vast vistas with lots of other visitors trying to vie to see the same vistas we were.
We clung to security fences and obeyed all signs of safety and precaution (except when we were climbing trees).
It was truly an adventurous and windy time.
Oh, and we saw a canyon.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
All summer I've wanted to take the kids to the dinosaur museum. Seemed like the thing to do when it was 108 degrees outside.
The above was my favorite sign of the day (it was even worth reading, if you ask me). I've been chuckling about it all afternoon.
Grace demonstrated that if we were dependent on grinding our own corn and wheat with this method we would indeed be hungry and rather skinny.
Jimmy proves he may not be as big as a dinosaur, but he's pretty tough (or something).
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
All good things must come to an end. We ended ours by cruising up to Santa Cruz and walking about the boardwalk.
As you can see, we weren't alone. And many of those people you see pictured made for some mighty fine people watching.
and raucous riding!
But the best sight is what greeted us at home (note how they donned their souvenir t-shirts and are wielding their darling otters - Jimmy's shirt reads "The Otters Strike Back" and Grace's shirt of course depicts "Hairy Otter")
Happy Summer, one and all!
ps school starts next week, can you believe it?!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Did you guess, kayaking? Good job if you did.
We rented a kayak for two and skimmed on top of the Bay. It was so fun. I did get a bit nervous when I realized there were real live animals (with real live teeth) that were swimming about near us.
Nate loved the fact that there were real live animals swimming near us and didn't seem bothered by the idea of their teeth in the least. The most fun to watch were the otters. They would laze about on top of kelp beds (lots of kelp beds, one of the reasons the otters love Monterey Bay) and then get up and play and frolic about. The stinkiest animals to see were the seals (or were they sea lions?) Thankfully we weren't too close to note the location of their ears which is how one would differentiate between the two (see I do know things, even if I don't read all the signs).
Above you will see a view of where we stayed. It was very Water-Front.
After kayaking about, we got cleaned up and hit the town. See, aren't we just darned cute? Have we really known each other for 17 years? We certainly don't look that old, well at least in this light, right (right??)
And while we were dining I discovered a new treat. See, prawns used to knock my socks off. They are still good, but I found more that scallops would swim about in my culinary dreams. And after this delight, a perfectly executed calamari steak floats right at the top. Here it is - the best meal of the trip - teeny, tiny micro greens on top of a mountain made of calamari steak, sea scallops, and prawns, on top of a bed of creamy risotto, flecked with capers, with sweet asparagus thrown in just to make things even better.
This is us after we are full. Full and happy.