Monday, February 28, 2011

My First Lemon Meringue Pie!


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup cold water

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon lemon extract

3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons sugar


1.In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate.

Transfer pastry to plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork. Line with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-6 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F.

2.For filling, combine sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.

Remove from the heat. Gradually stir 1 cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter, lemon juice, peel and extract until butter is melted. Cover; set aside and keep hot.

3.For meringue, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl on medium until foamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.

4.Pour hot filling into crust.

Spread meringue evenly over filling, sealing edges to crust.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Store in the refrigerator.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

What I'm Loving: 1.5 months

I'm going to start doing a "What I'm Loving" post every middle of the month (1.5 months, 2.5 months..etc). That way throughout the month I can see what Allen loves and doesn't love :) 
Bright Starts - Fun On Safari Bouncer: Allen loves his bouncer. He will sit and watch Bubble Guppies with DJ and Reagan for a good 1/2 hour before falling asleep. It also lets me get the dishes done or the living room picked up!

Gripe Water: This right here is a godsend. I used it with DJ and it cured his fussyness quickly. Allen has been so fussy lately and nothing was working. Finally I went out and bought some, and he has turned into a completely different baby!

Fisher Price Natures Touch Cradle Swing: Allen Loves, Loves, Loves this swing... He can sleep in this swing all day long. We are constantly going through batteries with this swing because Allen has to have everything running on it. Plus he loves to look at himself in the mirror!

Dr. Brown Natural Flow Bottles: We just switched over to these and Allen is doing amazing with them. We first started out with playtex and allen was not a fan, so I bought the cheap-o Gerber bottles from target and he loved them. So the switch was kind of iffy, but he is doing great with them because of the nipple.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack: This was my ultimate favorite item on my registry! I think its such a neat item and we use this daily, of course!

Munchkin pacifier wipes: Since I am fighting with my older two about binkies, these wipes are great when they get ahold of Allens binkie. Plus I use them on his bottle nipples too!

Boppy: Anyone who has/had a boppy knows how amazing they are! Allen loves it too!

Little Noses Saline Mist: Allen get stuffy all the time so this is so easy to use and it doesnt even phase him when we do it. Within seconds I am able to suction him out with ease!

What do you have on your list?

Blogorama Bonanza!

The Blogorama Bonanza Giveaway Event has started!!! It will go from 2/24-3/24.

Hop on over to Maxwell's Mommy for some amazing giveaways!

Giveaway #1

Good Luck!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stylish Blogger... What?!?

So I woke up to this amazing little gem from Cyn over at The Purple Goddess. Thank you so much! I just started reading her blog and she is a fabulous momma of an absolute doll of a daughter!


There are rules that go along with winning this award. Here they are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers, or less, up to you.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

So without further adieu...
* I am a Reality T.V. Junkie
* I have a slight addiction to Starbucks.. Double Venti Espresso Frappy with 2 sweet & lo's and whip
* I have a Target problem.. I swear I am there at least 3 times a week
* My friend and I get together every Monday at El Toritos for "Margarita Monday"
* I love taking pictures. I have a Canon Rebel XTi but I need to get a new lens.
* I can't wait till all 3 of my kids are in school.. lol
* I hate feet... except mine and my kiddos
And now to the picking..
Jess at Here comes the sun
Karli at California Dreamin'
Bethany at Carleighs Momma
Laura at Between the Lines
Melissa at The adventures of Baby P
Chelsea at Mommy's little lumpkin
Bridget at Mama Belly Blog
Lauren at Lauren, jaden & kaylie
Jenny at My Life. In the spotlight
Brook at Solitary in sanity
Stef at Beautiful baby girl M
Samantha at And baby makes 3

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream!

This morning I made some Vanilla Ice Cream. Its so much cheaper to just make our own then spend $4-$6 on ice cream at the store.

What you will need
  • 1 cup of Whole Milk
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups of Whipping Cream
  • 1-2 tsp of Vanilla for Flavor
  • Ice Cream Maker
And Thats It!!!

  1. Mix milk and sugar in a medium bowl till sugar is dissolved (1-2 minutes).
  2. Add whipping cream and vanilla, stir.
Turn machine on, pour mixture into the freezer bowl through the ingredient spout and let mix until thickened, about 25-30 minutes. 

Finished Product!
I also made some Homemade Whipped Cream!
  • 2 cups of Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar
*Mix both till thick and fluffy.
I caught Reagan getting into the whipped cream... lol little stinker 

And the Ultimate Finished Product!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wee Bit Wednesday

{one} do you always wear your seat belt in the car?
Yes I do now, But I never wore it in high school though..

{two} do you crack your knuckles?
Only when I am nervous...

{three} what is your favorite flavor of gum?
Trident Sugarless Wild Blueberry Twist

{four} what is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?
My wedding Ring

{five} who is your best friend?
Amanda & Shannon

{six} what is your favorite smell?
the smell of a newborn

{seven} what is your favorite lunch meat?
Roast Beef

{eight} do you still have your tonsils?

{nine} do you untie your shoes before you take them off?

{ten} what color is your car?
Black Cherry

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wear a Bow for Maddie...

I have been following The Staats for a few weeks now and they received horrible news that their 4 month old daughter Maddie stopped breathing at daycare. Their little Princess went to Heaven on 2/17. She was a happy and healthy baby and they are just heart broken.

Maddie's mom made a request yesterday on her blog.

Her little girl loved BIG bows.

Maddie's mom asked for all you moms out there to put a big bow on your daughter on WEDNESDAY 2/23, and send her pictures.

Please please do this for her.

And even if you don't have a daughter, post about it... spread the word.

If this is something that she needs, something that shows how many lives her little one has touched... then take a minute out of your day and offer that support....

And if you haven't already....head over to her blog and send her some loving words and prayers of support.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

First Time Playing In The Snow!!!

We went up to our friends house in Pollock Pines today so the kids could play in the snow for the first time! So we packed the diaper bag, got the kids bundled up, got some Starbucks and then we were on the way...

When we got there, DJ and Reagan were so excited to play in the snow! Here are some pictures from our fun snow day!!!

{they were so tired...}


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Makeup Giveaway!

Jessica over at Punk Rock Momma is doing an Eye Shadow Giveaway! I absolutely love all eye shadows!

My Pretty Zombie is going to be giving away 5 eye shadows away. All you have to do is go to her etsy, pick out 5 colors and leave a comment on Punk Rock Momma's Post! You get extra entries for following and blogging :)


Friday, February 18, 2011

Getting to know you: Diaper Bag

Tara over at Our Journey is doing a link up about what is in your Purse &/or Diaper Bag...

You should stop by and join in on the fun!

Here is mine :)

 My dad got this diaper bag for us when I was pregnant with DJ :) Its so roomy and big!

1. Wipes, 2. Pull-up, 3. Formula, 4. Diapers, 5. Change of Clothes, 6. Aquaphor, 7. Pads, 8. Bib, 9. Shoes, 10. Keys, 11. Cream, 12. Nose Sucker, 13. Deodorant, 14. Gas-X, 15. Tylenol, 16. Wallet, 17. Bottle, 18. Binkie...

Can't forget these amazing things!
Boogie Wipes {Grape Scent}...

I have way too much stuff in there!

Big Girl Bed!!!

Reagan's Tinkerbell Toddler Bed finally got here!!!! It was super easy to put together and she absolutely loves it!

Allen was checking out the bed too ;)

Now I have to convert the crib back together. It's Allen's turn to use the crib!

6 weeks!

I had my 6 week postpartum check up yesterday and brought Allen with me. When I got there, the girls in the office asked how I was and if I was feeling better. I love them and am going to miss seeing them. Well, I got called back and got my weight checked and then went into the room, got bp checked and then had my {pap} done. Then went into Dr.s office and we talked about how I was feeling and about the pneumonia and heart/bp issues. I am now a free woman and can start exercising again... Whoo Hoo!!! I can't wait to get into shape! When I was leaving the girls were oooh'ing and aahh'ing over Allen and he kept smiling at all of them. He is such a ham. lol Yesterday was also the day that my "visitor" decided she wanted to show up and wreak havoc.. I am in so much pain. I swear it's like clock work and its never late or wishy washy..

I got a cute video of Allen smiling, waving and sticking his tongue out.. {hehehe} I love this little dude and he is such a little ham for the camera!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lost a lot of my blog roll...

I lost a lot of my blog roll again during the switch. I have no idea why this happens. I had all of them saved on my computer and then my computer got a nasty virus and I lost everything. I have been adding everyone that I follow, but some might be in the wrong spot.. ooops!


If you do not see your blog on my page and you knew it was there before, please leave me a comment. If you see your blog on my blog roll but its in the wrong place, leave me a comment :)