Friday, December 31, 2010
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Monday, December 13, 2010
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Happy Friday everyone! Here are the questions for the Friday fill-in. Head over to WifeofaSailor's blog to get your own set of questions and to link your blog. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Monday, December 6, 2010
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I'm joining Marah over at Diary of a Devil Dog Wife in the Military Monday Blog Hop. If you would like to join in, click here and follow the instructions on Marah's blog. I gained some new blog followers on Sunday so hopefully this blog hop will introduce me to some more military spouses. If you're a new follower, please leave a comment so I can follow you back. Welcome to my little piece of the blogging world!
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Sunday, December 5, 2010
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
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Friday, December 3, 2010
2. If you had to choose a movie title (a real one that already exists) for your life story, what would it be?
"Eat, Pray, Love" - I love to cook (and eat). I pray everyday that I will get to be a mother soon. I love my husband and dogs.
3. If you were a teacher, what subject would you like to teach?
I will be a teacher in about a year and a half! When I did substitute teaching in Georgia, I loved teaching in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, so I would love the opportunity to teach that grade level full time.
4. Has being a MilSpouse changed how you view holidays or how your holidays are celebrated? If so, how? If not, what hasn’t changed?
I definitely don't take spending the holidays with my husband for granted anymore. My husband was deployed for our first 15 months of marriage so we missed out on birthdays and all major holidays for a year. Next year, we will be put into the same position. We plan on enjoying the company of family and friends this holiday since we know we'll be separated again next year.
5. What is your favorite Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) memory?
My favorite Christmas memory is probably baking cookies and cakes with my mom when I was younger. I loved mixing up the ingredients, spooning the cookies out on the trays, adding sprinkles to the top and stealing spoonfuls of batter when my mom wasn't looking.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The topic of the day is: Favorite Holiday Recipe
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, and stir in remaining flour.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Combine the 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
Place balls of dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are beautifully golden.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 very ripe banana
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
In small bowl, combine poppy seeds and lemon juice. Set aside. In second small bowl, toss together chocolate chips and flour. Set aside. In third small bowl, gently mash banana. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9 (4-ounce) disposable mini loaf pans. (If using nondisposable metal pans, butter them, then line with parchment paper and butter paper.)
In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, using electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat butter at high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar and beat until mixture is light and somewhat fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well at low speed after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Add 1/3 of flour mixture and beat at low speed until not quite combined, about 30 seconds. Add 1/3 of milk and and beat at low speed until not quite combined, about 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and milk, adding in 2 more batches of each. Beat at low speed just until smooth.
Pour 1/3 of batter into medium bowl. Gently stir in poppy seed-lemon juice mixture and lemon zest. Divide among 3 of prepared pans.
Pour 1/2 of remaining batter into medium bowl. Gently fold in chocolate chip-flour mixture and mashed banana. Divide among 3 of prepared pans.
Divide remaining vanilla batter among remaining 3 prepared pans.
Place all pans on large baking sheet. Bake until cakes are puffed and firm to touch and tester inserted into the center comes out with few crumbs attached, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cook on rack.
When cool, wrap each cake in plastic wrap, then parchment or wax paper. Label, stack in groups of 3 (1 of each kind), and tie together with ribbon or twine.
I think I may omit the banana and make the 3rd set of pound cakes with just plain batter. I do love the idea of making a lemon poppy seed cake as well as a chocolate chip cake.
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