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Nilla Wafers.

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Little boys and their Nilla Wafers. If you know me at all, I am sure I have talked about how I have a picky eater on my hands. With age, he has only gotten better and also worse. The things he loves to eat, he will finally eat more of. The things he hates, at three years old, he can finally tell me how much he hates them. At least now, I can use and age-old parenting tool: bribes. 

My weapons of choice are root beer and of course, Nilla Wafers. 

I cannot get my son to eat any other type of cookie. You might think it is strange that I would TRY to feed my child sweets, but being a picky eater, he has missed out on a lot of fat and weight gain in his few years. Encouraged by my pediatrician (and this is a second one, one who would test my son’s growth hormones!) to feed my boy as much fat and calories as possible, we have given him free reign over anything deep fried and slathered in butter. All of which, he has outright rejected. I constantly try to feed him new foods and now that he has a higher comprehension, I have started making just one food for the entire family for each meal and offering it as an alternative to starving. So far, it works. When it doesn’t work, however, I use Nilla Wafers. He LOVES Nilla Wafers. 

As most mothers in the state of Utah, I shop at Costco. Which means I buy a REALLY big box of cookies. In order to get him to eat his roast, potatoes, carrots and even to try some onion, I set a few cookies in front of his plate as a reward for trying everything new, and eating everything on his plate that I knew he would like. The only problem with doing this is that now he only wants cookies for all his meals. Of course, I don’t let this happen, but I do find his inquiries absolutely adorable. He will ask for cookies before a meal and I will tell him no – his response? “I have it? One?” pointing his tiny index finger in the air. If I say yes, his response is “Five cookies?” We usually settle on 3. He’s no dummy. 

 

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My Television Debut.

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 5:48 am

I entered this local contest for Studio 5 the other day….http://studio5.ksl.com/?sid=716740&nid=21

I entered my original recipe for my Strawberry Lemonade Cake. The contest closes tonight, so I don’t know if I win yet (but I have high hopes!), but I did get an email yesterday from Studio 5 saying they like my recipe idea and they want to use it (and my picture) to promote the contest. Perhaps this is the beginning of my path to the Food Network?!?!?! I can dream….

Here is my photo on KSL!

Forgive the bad quality - I took the pic of the TV with my phone...

The winner of the contest wins a $500 gift card to Iggy’s. The dessert will also be featured on their menu!

Winner will be announce on the 8th of June…wish me luck!!!!!!

Ooey Gooey Cheesecake – Recipe!

In cake, Dessert, Recipes, Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 4:10 am

My mom has made this easy cheesecake for as long as I can remember. A great idea, which I got from my sister, is to use one of those brownie/cookie sheets that have the high lip on the edge. I feel like there is a better crust to cheesecake ratio….there are things I like about using a 13×9 as well, but it just up to you!

Crust:

1 Yellow Cake Mix

1 Egg

1 Stick (1 cup) of melted butter

Cheesecake Filling:

1 lb (4 cups sifted) Confectioner’s Sugar

2 eggs

1 pkg (8oz) softened cream cheese

Mix crust ingredients, press to bottom of pan.

To make filling, mix eggs and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar slowly. Pour filling on top of crust and bake at 350 degrees for approx 30-40 minutes until center is cooked through and just barely beginning to turn golden brown on the top.

Enjoy! These are a major guilty pleasure of mine. I could eat the entire pan myself. For reals.

The Big 12…

In cake, Food, Kids, Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

This is a photo of me and the best man at my wedding a little over 4 years ago. We tried to keep things pretty simple for the occasion, so my husband thought of just one person to be his groomsmen/best man and decided that Jake would do an excellent job. He REALLY did. Speech and all.

He has always been one of the sweetest little people I have ever met. I am so happy to be related to him. This next photo was taken at our reception. Later that afternoon, we got a call from his parents about a conversation they’d had with him in the car.  He’d described the day as one of the best he’d ever had. In response, his mom asked if it was because his uncle got married? He said “no”. She then inquired if it was because he got to be the best man and give a speech? He again, said “no”. “It’s because I got to kiss a girl…”

I have this photo in a lovely frame collage in my house. It was one of the best days (and moments) of my life, too, Jake.

Last week, our best little man turned 12. TWELVE! I can’t believe the time has gone by so so so fast…and if I feel this way, I can only imagine how is mom feels. I got a little glimpse during the sweet slideshow she put together of his life. I must admit, it brought me to tears a little bit. I’m happy to have known this little guy for as long as I have.  He’s a great example to my own son – of many great things.

My husband has had the pleasure of helping Jake’s dad coach Jake’s football team a few years and, as unbiased as I can say it, Jake is a STAR athlete. I am continually impressed (but never surprised) at his amazing abilities.

Jake and his little sister would ask me every week when I was pregnant, how my growing little baby was doing, giving my ever growing belly lots of hugs and love. It melts my heart a little every time they get to play together to see how thoughtful and sweet Jake always is. He keeps Beck out of trouble in the kindest ways (so as not to make the baby cry) and finds ways to keep him entertained and happy. He is so thoughtful and always in for a good time.

So, for his birthday, I made him a little cake that had a lot of fun in it. I knew that if anyone, he would appreciate the surprise underneath his favorite colored frosting…

AND NOW, for the surprise!

(I got the idea a while ago for this rainbow cake from Studio 5, but I couldn’t find the original post. It’s still pretty fun!)

I also made some cheesecake bars, but those will be posted later…this post is mostly for Jigglins’.

Here is a very Happy Birthday wish to you, big guy. I can’t believe you have grown up so fast. I am happy to have such a great nephew and like a said before, a great example for little Beck. Beck’s lucky to have a great cousin and such a sweet family.

I can’t believe how much has changed in just over 4 years!

Mothers Day – A Teeeensy Bit Late…

In Dessert, Food, Holidays, Mothers Day, Truffles, Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Our ward had our Visiting Teaching Conference during Relief Society on Mothers Day – so, little gifts were, of course, required. Their original plan foiled at the last minute and on the Tuesday before this glorious holiday, I got a message asking if I could provide about 300 small truffles for the ladies in our ward. That is A LOT of truffles…especially for one person, so I recruited some help!

Jackee made the adorable little purses to box them in!

Thanks for the help, ladies! I couldn’t have done it without you!!! And of course, thank you to Jackee, for thinking of me and the yummy treats I can make.

Truffles – Chocolate Chip Cookie Flavor

In Dessert, Food, Truffles, Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Haunted Cupcakes

In cupcakes, Halloween, Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I made these last night for JC to take to work with him. There are a few white chocolate cherry cupcakes and some milk chocolate devils’ food, all filled with a white chocolate creme. Topped with buttercream frosting in the face of a little ghost. Boo!