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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Update

So I haven't had time to sit down since Tues. to update. If I could figure out a way to update from my iPhone then I would.... so if any of you know the app I need to do that let me know.
Thurs. night I made Chicken Asparagus Crepes for dinner. You can find the link at the Food Network website at this link for Paula Deen. Making crepes has a learning curve each time so luckily the recipe makes plenty in ratio to the filling. I know it's gross but it really is a scientific phenomenon that your pee smells like Asparagus after eating it. Something I've once again been amazed by this week after enjoying this recipe.
Last night we had some friends over for coffee and dessert. It was my long time... and I mean long time, friend Erin and her husband Joey. Erin and I have known each other since we were 8 years old! It was so nice catching up with them. Joey is in the military so they just moved back to Fresno fairly recently. They don't have kids yet so hopefully we didn't scare them with our crazy Cooper.
Here is the recipe for the dessert I made last night:

Tiramisu Toffee Dessert

Ingredients
1 (10.75 ounce) package frozen prepared pound cake, thawed and cut into 9 slices
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered English toffee, chopped

Directions
Arrange cake slices on bottom of a rectangular 11x7 inch baking dish, cutting cake slices if necessary to fit the bottom of the dish. Drizzle coffee over cake.
Beat sugar, chocolate syrup, and cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add whipping cream; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with chocolate-covered toffee candy.
Spread frosting over cake. Sprinkle with toffee candy. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 24 hours to set dessert and blend flavors.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tough Tuesdays

Tuesdays are tough cause Dave has his men's group on Tues. nights. Which means he flys in the door after work, exhausted and stressed, eats some dinner, gives a round of kisses to the fam and he's off again. That also means the kids and I drive each other crazy all day long! I look forward to putting them to bed and enjoying an evening to myself but most weeks I'm so tired that really just means going to bed early and not feeling guilty leaving Dave alone on the couch.

With that said I would like to start posting when I try new dinner recipes in hopes it may inspire others to try them out too. Tonight we had Mexican Pizza. You can find it at this link to Rachael Ray's Magazine. I put ground beef on Dave's half and Veggie ground beef on my half. I also used fresh salsa from Trader Joe's instead of jar taco sauce and I only had corn tortillas not flour. I thought it turned out really good! It was easy to do and the home-made refried beans are something I will use for other dishes. I'll start taking pictures too so you can see what mine looked like. I am always encouraged by other foodie blogs so hope you try some of these recipes too. Many of them will come from Rachael's mag because I got a subscription for Christmas and am really enjoying it! Happy eating I'm off to relax a little.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Inspired

So I just got sem-inspired by my friend Joann. I just added the link to her blog under Hallums. She has 2 cutie boys and finds time to post... with pics... almost daily.... so thats my new challenge. Although I can tell ya'll right now if I'm posting daily there's not going to be pics in every post and they're still gonna be pretty short and sweet and filled with details of daily life with the kiddos.
Sam's been pretty cranky today so while Coop is napping I've been cleaning my kitchen with her in the baby carrier strapped to my stomach... or being the baby barnacle as my friend Leslie has so affecitionately named it. She finally fell asleep again which has allowed me some time to sit and check up on blogs. Today has just consisted of many short naps for her, which explains the cranky baby during the waking moments. I'm hoping now to get the rest of my time to read more of my Beth Moore study on Revelation. It's intense stuff and I'm thoroughly enjoying the challenge!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Choices






So the other day Coop woke up from his nap and wanted to play with his car. It was time for him to eat some yogurt and he just couldn't choose between the car or the yogurt.... so how about both.

Scary movie


Cooper loves the movie Cars right now, but there is a part in the movie where Lightning McQueen revs his engine to scare some "cows" and it startles him every time. So now minutes before the part even comes up I find him watching the movie from behind the ottoman. The anticipation is so much worse than the actual scene!

Rolling over


So Samantha rolled over for the 1st time last Tues. I have video and will have to post it later but wanted to document this next stage of her development. She can roll from her tummy to her back and is getting close to rolling from her back to her tummy. She also giggles now when I tickle her tummy and neck. It's really quite cute and we're enjoying these baby stages once again!

Valentine's Day









Here are the rest of the pics from our family day last Sunday. We went to church in the morning, came home and made heart shaped pancakes for brunch, took the kids to the park in the afternoon, and then finished our evening with cheese fondue and shrimp cocktail. It wasn't the typical "romantic" Valentine's Day, but it was certainly a day spent with the ones we love!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

1st Slide

video

We went to the park this evening and Cooper went down the slides all by himself for the 1st time. He was so excited and we were so proud!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lebda Family Update












So Cooper is really starting to put together phrases. Each day he adds several new words to his vocabulary. He loves playing at the gym day care and church day care. He says "bye bye mamma" until I leave. This makes it so much easier on me to get a little break. Sam's starting to talk too. She makes funny grunting noises and likes to click and push out her tongue. She is really starting to be aware of things. She can reach for toys and the last two days she is really working on rolling over. I think she is close. In the mornings she wakes up talking and happy til I go in and get her. She is also sleeping good through the night. It's still a tough stage of life for Dave and I as parents. Having two has really changed the dynamics of our days. We love them both and know that God is growing our character through this season. There are many nights when we lay in bed wishing for an island get away for the two of us... maybe our 10 year anniversary next year! :>)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Super Bowl Sugar Cookies






I had Cooper help me make sugar cookies for a Super Bowl party we were going to. He loved helping me mix the dough and he liked licking the fork at the end even more. After I baked the footballs and helmets we frosted them and sprinkled some Colt colored sprinkles on them. He really just liked eating the finished product!