Monday, January 23, 2012

My mom loves expired food!

My mom has never lived Easter in 2008 when she gave her family expired sour was 4 months expired. We always joke about it (maybe the boys more than the gals), so when I read this email I was not surprised. The email also sparked Patty to mention she had 5 yr old molasses and Em had vegetable dip packet. I on the other hand have nothing hahaha I keep up with my cupboards.

...................................... Email from mom

All of us So Cal people were going to meet up at BJ's Pizza to celebrate the December/January birthdays this past Sunday and I volunteered to bring cupcakes. Well let's put it this way, the cupcakes didn't make it.

I found a simple recipe on the internet for Red Velvet cupcakes and decided to make those. Now it's Sunday morning and I'm stressed because I still have to make these little cakes of joy and the hour is getting late. I whipped them up and felt confident that they would be the hit of the party. They looked so perfect baking in the oven with their little tops growing at a slow pace and browning perfectly. Once satisfied that all was going well I walked away to finish getting ready for the party. When I came back a few minutes later and opened the oven door I was amazed to see that they looked like someone stuck a pin in a balloon. They were as flat as a pancake!! I threw them in the refrigerator and headed out the door to join the party.

Today I spoke to a lady at work that loves to bake and explained what had happened. She said it sounded like either the baking soda or powder was no longer active. I came home tonight and this is what I found:

Baking Powder - expired 2/06

Baking Soda - expired 3/08

Love to all.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

YMCA & Frosty

We are starting to really love the Y. Granted Lilly still cries whenever we turn onto the street, she is not a huge fan of going to the KIDS Zone, but our family is enjoying all of the benefits of being a member. So, when the Y was organizing it's first ever (for that location) Holiday Show, I signed the kids right up.
They separated the children by age and gave each age group a song to do. Lilly and Em were suppose to each do a song with their groups, but I have no idea what happened with the toddlers and I took Em out because Derek did not want her to get confused during her Nutcracker performance which was later on that day...good job daddy, you were right on this one:) Drew, however, did perform as Frosty with his group. He was the only boy for his age and I thought he would not like it at all, but he LOVED it and LOVED all of the songs. He sang them all of the time! I think he was so into it because he was learning pretty much all of the same songs for his Polar Express Day at school and I had the music on in the house and in the car all of the time!

Being the first time the Y did this there was bound to be some hiccups, and there were many. It was still fun, the kids loved all of the crafts, they got to eat breakfast in the gym, we donated toys for the needy, Drew got to see/sing with his friends, and OF COURSE SANTA! The kids even danced with him. Seeing their little faces and how excited they were made me forget the hiccups.

Snow On Main Street

I did not get to all of the things I wanted to do in December, but I tried! Dang me being sick! But I did get the kids over to the Main Street in YL the day after the Tamale Fest in Downtown....Derek was working though, so he could not attend. The Buchan's, myself and the kids had a great time!

There was snow, balloon artists, hot chocolate and coffee, food, a skateboard competition, a statue of Santa, a reptile petting zoo, the YMCA was there and of course I have to mention the snow again. I know, I know my back east family...but we have been wearing tanks for a week out here, so a little snow is always fun.

The funny thing about the snow, besides me HATING IT WITH A PASSION, is that they had older police men telling people to not throw snow balls and regulating like crazy! It was really funny.

Oh, I have to mention the best part of the night! Ya, ya, being with the kids is great, but Kelly volunteered to walk with the kids down to the Y section of the street so Amanda and I could sneak into the Main Street Winery for a quick glass. OMG, my friend that has no kids took my three buggies by himself to eat, bounce in the jumper, and decorate cookies! He did such a great job! What a brave man he is!

Letters to Santa.....

Daniela on Desperate Housewives

Set your DVR's to Desperate Housewives this and next Sunday cuz this beautiful girl will be on it! She is so talented and a pure sweetheart! So proud of you Daniela and Connor!