Thursday, August 27, 2009

Yummy Brioche !

Central Market is a hazardous zone for my bank account. The other day I was there and picked up some Brioche rolls. Got home and all the kids just *LOVED* them. That was interesting. So I went looking and found this recipe.

It is so good and the breadmaker makes it easy. Had it toasted with butter (like it needs more!) this morning and yumm!!

Brioche Loaf (Breadmaker 1 1/2 Lb. Loaf)

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk (70º to 80ºF)
  • 3 tablespoons water (70º to 80ºF)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Measure all ingredients into bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Process on sweet or basic/white bread cycle; use light or medium/normal crust color setting. Remove bread from pan; cool on wire rack.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

cute you tube vids!


Verrrry cute! Catchy song and a cat! Mean Kitty Link (Explorer sometimes shows a broken link for imbedded blog youtube vids). Mantha can watch this over and over.

Classic!! Crazy Frog is another of our family faves! (The producer requests no cut and pastes into blogs)

One of my childhood faves! The Two Little Dolls Sesame Street song. So sweet!

Hip video from back in the day! The Pinball counting video from Sesame Street.

One of my all time faves! The Ladybug Picnic from Sesame Street.

classic!! The Mahnahmahnah! song.

I am not all into REM but I like this one. Furry happy monsters!

And this one is just too cute. Buzz & Buzz – get it?! hahahaha



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hooks for the guitars

So the guitars for Guitar Hero were laying around and I knew they were gonna get damaged so I sent Pete to Home Depot with the action item to get some hooks. He came home with these: GEDC2720

and now our guitars are hung on the wall in the little niche next to the entertainment center.







They actually look cute – a little small when dwarfed next to the entertainment center but now I am thinking small shelf for the wiimotes etc to help alleviate some of the electrical cord overkill that happens right there with the roombas (yes, I have two, don’t laugh!) and the wii stuff etc.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A 6 year old photographer

Nicolas is cute and a little like Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. He loves Ophelia the scaredy cat who lives under our bed. And this is not the first time I have found pictures on my camera that *I* did not take.

I opened my camera to find 32 pictures pretty much all like these:





GEDC2544  GEDC2549

The last self portrait is probably one of the most natural best shots of him in a month or two. Yep, I will be making a scrapbook page about this – but not including all 32 photos. And I have no clue why he thinks it is so funny to take a picture with his mouth open. He has been doing it to me lately (and ticking me off when it ruins a great shot!).

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

My new all time favorite bread machine bread!


I have been making this about twice a week. I make breadcrumbs out of the crust when it gets too hard (which I store in a jar in the freezer and Pete uses in his meatloaf) and we make french toast fingers out of whatever is left over on the weekend. This is for the large loaf size:

1 c oats (yep, raw oatmeal)

1 1/2 c water

2 Tbls butter

1/4 c honey (spray your measuring cup with pam to help w/ cleanup)

2 tsp salt

3 c flour

2 1/2 tsp yeast

opt: 3 tsp gluten (I use it because i use reg flour instead of bread flour)

Trey and Nicolas do all the measuring and pouring. This is not sweet (you would think the honey would make it sweet but it doesn’t).

I cannot wait till winter when we eat this with soup!



Leave a comment about back to school and maybe you can win a laptop!

If you win, you owe me a chick fil a sandwich!

class_pic_1972-1973PS: I’m the one holding the duck puppet. (and, yes, my mother gave me that stylish back to school haircut)  






This would have been me in 5th grade (NAS Rota Spain circa 1978)

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

My new little book – input needed


Soo, I was supposed to have this done for Mantha’s birthday but am still wrapping it up. I wanted to make her a little book called “Who Loves Samantha”. I have the cardstock cut to size and the corners rounded and most of the photos in place. I plan on printing out the writing using a pretty font (trimmed to fit and corners rounded) probably in a brown or purple.

Here is what I have so far:


Pages 1 & 2

Mommy and Daddy love Samantha



Pages 3 & 4

Trey loves Samantha

Nicolas loves Samantha


Pages 5 & 6

‘Uelita loves Samantha

‘Uelito loves Samantha

(note: yes, I know it is “abuelita” but we never pronounce the “ab” so why write it that way??)


pages 7 & 8

Grandma loves Samantha

Grandpa loves Samantha



pages 9 & 10

Aunt Rozi loves Samantha

And Uncle Carlos loves Samantha


Pages 11 & 12

Uncle Ben and Aunt Debbie love Samantha

Uncle Brion and Uncle Darrick (no photo as of yet) love Samantha


pages 13 & 14

(not sure what to do with this group shot)

Christina and Chris love Samantha (Chris photo printed but needs to be added)

(not sure what to do with this group shot but thought it would make a nice ending or near ending.)



I was thinking this sleeping picture might also be a good ending. And I have cute photos of her with each of the cats and was thinking of putting those all on one page.

I am also thinking of writing in white ink directly on the photos what she calls certain people (like Deekabus for Nicolas and Aunt RoRo for Rozi) but then what do I do to the other pages so it looks balanced? Doodles and curlicues?? Would that look too busy??

And the book is rather long and repetitive and not in a good way. I am trying to think of alternative verbage but drawing a blank. I have just reached the point where I just want to finish it already.

I plan on using my new handy dandy laminator and laminating the pages and then taking it to Office Depot for a spiral binding. (Yes, Billie has a Bind It All I might use instead but officedepot seems quicker at this point.)

Gimme some help people!!