Thursday, June 30, 2011

Half Way There!

We're officially over the half way mark in the baby growing department over here. I am still pretty calm about the whole thing, once and a while reality (aka panic) sets in when I realize how much we have left to do before this little lady gets here but overall I am just so excited! It's still so weird to think I have a little human growing in my belly (even though it now resembles a basketball)



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(me at 18 weeks - 3 weeks ago)

I am feeling her move a lot more often and a lot stronger. It's nice to have the reassurance that this is actually happening - most of the time it feels so surreal. I can't wait to see what she looks like



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I've only been shopping once (go me!) and started a nice little collection of clothes for her.



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As for me I've actually been feeling pretty great. I get tired early, hot easily and my back starts aching half way through the day (oh and that heartburn that never goes away) but other than that I have felt great! I haven't had any crazy cravings so far except I always want something icy and fruity - something like a Rita's - which I've been lucky enough to have twice in the past week thanks to awesome ladies in my life who understand my deep need for such perfection.



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Does anyone have about $40 grand they want to loan me? Because I'm all ready to open up a Rita's of my own. You'll all appreciate it - I promise.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Crepes

A couple of months ago our lives were changed when we got a crepe maker. As soon as we knew we were getting it we made dinner plans with some friends of ours to try it out. We decided to make both dinner and dessert crepes so we could try out the versatility. After some indecision we finally settled on our own version of Cracker's California Eggs Benny crepe style for dinner and for dessert crepes with everything you can imagine: "cheesecake" spread, strawberries, blackberries, nutella, bananas and of course whipped cream.

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If you now want to make them at home (you should) here's how: (they are surprisingly easy)

4 eggs
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1 1/3 cups milk
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2 T. Butter, melted
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1 c. Flour
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2T. Sugar
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1/2 tsp. Salt
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Whisk together eggs, butter, milk, four, sugar and salt until smooth
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Now get your fancy crepe maker out and let it get warmed up
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Pour your batter into the nice little tray provided
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When the crepe maker is warm, lift it off the base and dip it gently into the batter
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Make sure you get a nice even coat, return it to the base and let it cook
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Once the edges cook and start to harden, use a spatula to flip the crepe over and quickly brown the other side (this one got a tad too brown)
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Before long you'll have a nice stack of crepes ready to fill
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For the California Crepes Benny you'll want to:
Chop up some bacon and throw it into a warm skillet
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and cook it until it's nice and brown
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While the bacon is cooking slice up some tomatoes
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Avocado
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Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and let the grease drain off
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remove most of the grease from the skillet leaving just enough to fry up some eggs
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When everything is done get your crepes and layer them with an egg, some bacon crumbles, slices of tomato and avocado and we even added some shredded cheese just for fun
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Since we're doing eggs "Benny" we made some hollandaise sauce to top them with. I found the easiest recipe ever for hollandaise on the Pioneer Woman's website and it turned out perfect.

First, melt two sticks of butter in a sauce pan and let it get nice and bubbly
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Then place the yolks of three eggs into a blender
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Now here's the best part, turn the blender on, so the eggs are moving, and slowly pour in the hot butter (this keeps the eggs from cooking in clumps and you from whisking eggs furiously in the sauce pan trying to prevent the clumps)
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Next, while everything is still blending add some lemon juice and some cayenne pepper. (The recipe calls for the juice of one lemon - but that was a little tangy for our tastes so when we made it again we only used about a half of a lemon)Photobucket

And that's it! Hollandaise!
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Now fold your crepes, flip them over, and top with your fresh hollandaise
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and enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Burch Family

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Kourtney's Senior Pictures

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