Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Allie's Birthday

My big girl just turned 5! I seriously can't get over how much she has grown...almost over night! She is such a bright spot in our family. She's always so happy and helpful. She is reading and writing so good. She was cuddled up next to me while I was reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, and she was sounding out the words to herself and getting them right! She's amazing...but every mom thinks that about their kids:) We love our sweet Alllie! As a side note, there were girl's at her party, but they were too shy to get in the picture...gotta' love those secure boys:)

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A Day out of our sick house

The thing about us, is that we can't stay cooped up for long...we are NOT a lay-around-watch-TV-all-day-kind-of-family. After we started feeling a little better after our flu episode, we went to Bluff which is our favorite place to go in the spring. The weather was perfect, and we went on a little hike...well, a Jack-version of a "little hike":) Our girls are such troopers. Allie can hike better than Tyler's scouts! We had a great time, we seriously live in an awesome place.

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Happy Birthday to me

I just celebrated my 27th Birthday last week! We all had the flu, so it wasn't much fun, but my dear Tyler took the role of house-wife since he had spring break off from work. He made this delicious citrus pound cake...holy cow it was good! The month of March always brings sickness to our house, so it's kind of a blessing and a curse that Spring Break falls in March. Oh well, make the best of it- cause that's life!

Citrus Pound Cake
1 C. Butter softened
2 1/4 C. sugar
zest of 2 lemons
zest of 1 orange
6 eggs
3 C. self-rising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 C. sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange extract
juice of 1 lemon
powdered sugar (in a shaker)

Gradually add sugar and zests to butter until fluffy. Add eggs gradually, beating thoroughly after each. Sift dry ingredients. Add to batter alternately with sour cream, beat until smooth. Add extracts and lemon juice. Prepare bundt cake pan with cooking spray and coat with sugar. Bake @ 325 for 1 hour. Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with Citrus dessert syrup. Top with Whipped Cream! YUM!

Citrus Dessert Syrup
Juice and zest of 1 orange
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. water

In medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Heat until sugar dissolves. (This would be good over icecream too)
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