Creative is my middle name

Okay, so maybe creative isn’t really my middle name, but I have been extra creative these last few months. Maybe it’s the upcoming baby and my way I relax (did the same thing right before Corbin was born)…whatever it is, I’m getting things done and I like it. I’ve been doing a ton of sewing and just recently went on a scrapbook retreat in Julian and got a whopping 61 pages done. I am so proud of myself. My biggest goal was to finish Corbin’s first and second year so that when the baby comes I don’t have to fret about never going back and finishing them. I think I have 95% completed my goal. Yeah!

What prompted me to start sewing again? All the preggos, of course! I give the nursing covers as gifts or sell them for $25.00. They really are a great gift for moms who want to breastfeed. I also started my first baby quilt and tried my hand at receiving blankets. The fabric store had a ton of flannel on clearance, so I couldn’t pass it up. I knew I could do something with it. The blankets were a little more time consuming than I thought they’d be, but I was learning as I went along. They aren’t perfect by any means, but I think they turned out pretty darn good. Now the question is…who will get them??? I seriously know at least 10 pregnant ladies all due anywhere between April to June. I know…crazy!

Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake

Costco has some great recipes in their magazines and this one is so yummy! I made it for a dinner with friends and it was a hit. My husband loves bread pudding and this cake had a very similar texture. Let’s just say he LOVED it and wouldn’t mind me making it again.

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
2 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Carmel Glaze
4 teaspoons butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour a 9×13″ pan
2. To prepare the cake, beat both the sugars and oil in a mixing bowl until very well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, aking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in apples, pecans and vanilla; pour into pan.
3. Bake for 50-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan while preparing the glaze.
4. To prepare the glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in both sugars and salt; cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Add cream and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly
5. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer or toothpick. Pour on the glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Makes 12 servings.

33 Weeks Pregnant

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

I am now 33 weeks pregnant and still feeling great. I am amazed at how much more relaxed I am about everything this time around. Having all my previous first time mom questions answered and experiencing it first hand with my first son has taken a lot of the surprises and doubt away. I really owe it to God. He has been so kind to calm this anxious heart of mine in this area. It can be so hard to trust that He has everything under control, but it is so freeing when we do.

Whip it!

Luke and I weren’t sure at first if we’d like the movie “Whip It”, but we totally did. It was an unexpected gem of a movie. There was a great mesh of characters and fun story line that made the movie work. I would highly recommend this movie.

Today I was looking through The San Diego Union Tribune and saw an article on Roller Derby. Looks like it’s making a come back here in San Diego County. Would be fun to watch one in person.