Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FREE: 3oz Ice Cream from Coldstone!

Kate's Creation
9th Annual World's Largest Ice Cream Social

Cold Stone Creamery is my favorite ice cream place and till the end of this month, they are helping make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tomorrow, September 30th from 5pm-8pm, they are giving away 3oz portion of "Kate's Creation"---caramel apple ice cream mixed with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust, and apple pie filling. And while you're enjoying your FREE ice cream, don't forgot to buy (as a donation) a Make-A-Wish paper star for only a dollar!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman's Daybook
For Today (September 28, 2010)

Outside my window... Sunny 64 Degrees. Today is our last day of highs in the 70s :(

I am thinking wondering... what I could do to make Nathaniel nap for more than 45 minutes (x2) during the day.

I am thankful for... Nathaniel sleeping through the night. If you told me nine months ago that I'd be sleeping 7+ hours again, I wouldn't have believed you!

From the kitchen... clean dishes that need to be unloaded from the dishwasher.

I am wearing... my 2005 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation volunteer shirt and black shorts

I am going... to the library. Last time I went, I was still pregnant! Didn't help that we also moved to a different state so I'm not familiar with everything.

I am reading... Second Chance by Jane Green. I bought this book two years ago at Half Price Bookstore and just now reading it.

I am hoping/praying... my husband does well on his exam this Thursday.

I am hearing... Dora the Explorer. Nathaniel loves her!

Around the house... the usual: baby toys.

One of my favorite things... Snuggling with my little one every morning for about an hour before getting out of bed and starting our day.

Inspired by the church song... "Now let us have a little talk with Jesus, let us tell Him all about our troubles. He will hear our faintest cry, and He will answer by and by. Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning, then you'll know a little fire is burning. You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right!"

A few plans for the rest of the week...  Final cake class (and Hubby has an exam) on Thursday; Arab Fair in San Francisco on Saturday; work on Sunday---but is this even really worth mentioning anymore? I've been getting canceled due to low census for the last 1 1/2 month!

Here is a picture I am sharing... My family in Indiana. My cousin is visiting them right now and wishing I was there too :(

(L-R) Dad, Brother-in-law, Sister, Nephew, Cousin, Mom
I love how my dad's shirt looks like it's eating my BIL!

Monday, September 27, 2010

FREE: 10 Cards at Shutterfly

Promo Code: BDA9-2NXB-83S1-8N42KT
Offer ends September 27
Shutterfly is offering ten free 5x7 folded greeting cards OR 5x7 flat stationery cards. They normally only offer three so I'm very happy to see TEN cards for free. I have taken advantage of this offer several times (once in June for Father's Day and in August, which I used as Thank You cards) and this time, I used them to order cards for Thanksgiving. You still have to pay shipping and handling ($5.99) and when the total (including taxes) came up to $6.18, I was a little hesitant to spend that much money for something that is supposedly "free." But then my husband pointed out that they are still more inexpensive than buying regular cards and these ones are even personalized! I am very pleased with the quality of their products and Shutterfly guarantee that if you are not, they will either replace your order or give you a full refund. This special ends today so hurry up!

Here's what I created for my husband's first Father's Day:

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Daddy is Home!"

Waiting outside and greeting my husband when he comes home from work has been added to our routine. I love seeing my little one smile as soon as he sees his Daddy's truck and I know my husband appreciates the welcoming party after a long day at work.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman's Daybook
For Today (September 21-ish, 2010)

Outside my window... darkness. After all it's after midnight!

I am thinking... about the birthday cake I just finished decorating for one of my husband's co-workers.

I am thankful for... my marriage and the person I am sharing it with.

From the kitchen... Birthday cake: yellow butter cake with chocolate icing

I am wearing... my high school t-shirt (7+ years old!) and white shorts

I am going... to bed.

I am reading... Deception Point by Dan Brown (still). About a 1/4th of the book left!

I am hoping praying... for one of my good college friends who is going through major life changes right now :(

I am hearing... Silence: Hubby, baby, AND doggie are all asleep.
Around the house... baby toys

One of my favorite things... the smell of my hands after baking.

Inspired by the church song... "If my heart is right when He calls me, If my heart is right I will hear. If my heart is right when He calls, I'll be somewhere listening for my name!"

A few plans for the rest of the week...  Going to the Base tomorrow with the cake; cake class on Thursday; possibly work on Saturday if I don't get canceled yet again; Date night with hubby?

Here is picture I am sharing...  May 16, 2008: My favorite part of my wedding dress. (Each pearls had to be button individually!) 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Least Favorite House Chore

I don't mind house chores. I don't looove doing it but almost all the time, I don't mind doing it. I don't mind dusting, sweeping, washing the dishes, or cleaning up after my husband, our nine-months old son and a four-years old dog. I don't even mind folding laundry. But what I don't like doing is cleaning the bathroom. I really dislike scrubbing the tub and especially hate cleaning the toilet. There's just something about putting my face near the place where we do our business that just bothers me. Ick.

What's your least favorite house chore?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Well Baby Visit (Nine Months Old)

Nathaniel had his Well Baby Visit yesterday. He is exactly right where he needs to be developmentally however, we are going back next month for a weight check. Nathaniel has gained very little weight (less than a pound since his last Well Baby Visit last July) and is actually slimming down too fast and too early for his age. We know he is healthy but we all would like him to gain just a few pounds. He also has been such a picky eater lately and the fact that he has been sleeping through the night probably hasn't help with the weight issue either. Anyway, he got the influenza vaccine and a toe prick for hemoglobin and lead tests (all results normal) and he didn't cry at all :)

Here are the stats! (Compare to his last visit here)
Weight: 18lbs, 11oz (20th percentile)
Height: 28 1/2 inches (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 45 1/2 cm (50th percentile)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nine Months Old

Nathaniel is nine months old today!

Nathaniel now has seven teeth total--four at the top, three at the bottom. He still does a "face plant" every time he tries to crawl and we're hoping that he figures out how to do it soon. He also has been preferring table food over baby food and wants a taste of every thing that is food. We all had a great time in Indiana last month and we hope to come back again in December for his first birthday and the holidays.

I signed up for a basic cake decorating class (four 2hr once a week class) and Hubby is more than halfway done with his Arabic class and is ranked in Top 3 of his class.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman's Daybook
For Today (September 14, 2010)

Outside my window... It is still chilly (55F) but the sun is finally out so hopefully it will start warming up soon.

I am thinking... about my husband. His phone (which he uses as his alarm clock) has been turning off randomly so for the first time ever, he woke up late and was extremely late to work this morning. Yikes!

I am thankful for... another blessed day as a stay-at-home mommy.

From the kitchen... clean laundry that needs folding (our washer and dryer are located in the kitchen area too).

I am wearing... a green shirt with white shorts.

I am going... to the Commissary some time today to pick up some things for my cake class this Thursday.

I am reading... Deception Point by Dan Brown. I have started to read this book several times since a year ago and am determined to finish it this time!

I am hoping... Hubby didn't get in trouble this morning!

I am hearing... Nathaniel munching/talking to his Cheerios.

Around the house... a newly purchased high chair. Yes, we're about X months late!

One of my favorite things... green grass :)

Inspired by the church song... Wonderful story of love; Tell it to me again. Wonderful story of love; Wake the immortal strain! Angels with rapture announce it; Shepherds with wonder receive it. Sinner, O won't you believe it? Wonderful story of love!

A few plans for the rest of the week... Nathaniel is 9 months old tomorrow; Well Baby Visit and cake class on Thursday; work at the hospital on Friday and Saturday for 8hrs each day if I don't get canceled;

Here is picture I am sharing... Kansas City Chiefs fan in the making?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Recipe: Ice Cream Cake

I have been getting a lot of requests for the recipe of the ice cream cake I made for the 25th birthday. I personally didn't follow any recipe and just executed this from what I wanted/looking for. And since I didn't have a recipe to guide me, I used pre-packaged ingredients because I didn't want to have to worry about taste and consistency of the overall cake as well. So here it goes:

  • 1 box super moist cake mix (and all the other ingredients this cake mix calls for)
  • 1 1.5L ice cream flavor of your choice
  • 1 16 oz Cream cheese icing
  • Toppings of your choice
You will also need:
  • Cheesecake spring form pan (I used a 9 1/2 inch since my cake were baked in 9 inch pans)
  • Plastic wrap

Bake the cake according to the directions provided on the box. Let it cool for at least an hour (preferably more). Once cooled, trim the top if necessary to make the cake leveled.

Take the ice cream container out of the freezer and let it stand in room temperature for about 5-10 minutes. While waiting for the ice cream to soften, line the spring form pan with plastic wrap.

Place the first layer of cooled cake, top side up. Layer the softened ice cream and smooth it over to level it out. Place the second layer of the cake, top side down. Cover the top with more plastic wrap and place in the freezer overnight (or at least 6 hours).

Take out the cake (should be easy because of the plastic wrap) and ice the first layer of crumb coat. Put back in the freezer for a few minutes.

Finish icing the cake. You will notice that the icing will not stick on the actual ice cream layer--this is what the side toppings are for!

Decorate with your choice of toppings! If you use fresh fruit, wait until right before serving the cake to prevent the fresh fruit from freezing. (I had to stop every few minutes and put the cake back in the freezer because I didn't want the ice cream to melt too much.)

This cake was delicious and I love that you can change the flavors of both the cake and the ice cream. And there are endless topping choices! I hope this helps and remember to take a picture if you decide to make it :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Flip Video

For my twenty-fifth birthday last month, my family gave me a Flip Video. I have just been capturing (crappy quality) videos using the video mode in my point-and-shoot. I didn't want a regular video camera because no matter how small they come nowadays, they are still rather bulky and cannot be carried with you everyday. So needless to say, I am a very proud new owner of the Flip Video UltraHD, which has 8GB of internal memory and can store up to 2 hours of videos. I originally wanted the latest model (SlideHD) but the only differences are it has twice the memory capacity, slides open, and has a touch-screen. In the end, those are not important enough for me to pay the price difference and the UltraHD model also has better reviews.

It is very easy to use in every single step: from capturing, uploading, to sharing the videos. And like I've already mentioned, it is so tiny (about the size of a Blackberry phone!) so I take it with me every time I go out (along with my point and shoot) so I'm ready to preserve any hilarious moments at a moment's notice--no pun intended!

Here's a "sample" video taken this past Labor Day during one of our adventures at the park:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Little Model

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

State Fair Food

We were so happy that my husband's leave was timed perfectly that we were able to go to the Indiana State Fair this year. As always, we had a great time with family and friends, feeding and petting the animals, and eating the I-don't-even-want-to-think-how-much-calories-is-in-this foods.

This year, one of the foods to try is the Glazed Doughnut Burger and my husband was spontaneous enough to try this weird concoction.

 I still have yet to master the multi-tasking like my husband! :)

 Two glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts acting as a bun. You can add whatever condiments
you like but Dean only chose to add bacon and cheese for his "burger."

According to my husband, it actually tasted pretty good. The saltiness of the bacon
balanced out the sweetness of the doughnuts. By the way, this doughnut burger cost $8.

I was going to try the other must-try food of the fair this year, which was deep-fried butter. The news article that I read compared it to the taste of cinnamon rolls (and who doesn't like cinnamon rolls!) since the butter is seasoned with cinnamon sugar before frozen and cubed then covered with funnel cake batter. However, my sister-in-law said she heard the butter looses its frozen state, melts and just overpowers the batter. Ick.

 And so I just stuck with my favorite fair food: Indiana-grown Sweet Corn ($3)
These sweet, sweet, sweet corns are old fashion-oven roasted, dipped in butter before served
and I like to sprinkle mine with garlic salt. YUM.

 Double scoop Moose Track ice cream with ingredients all from Indiana.
Price: $3

With our group of nine, we also had curly taters, fresh squeeze lemonade, fried vegetables, strawberry shortcake, cheese, snow cones, and kettle corn popcorn. I was surprised nobody bought deep-fried candy this time. We definitely consumed a lot of calories and I'm hoping walking all day helped burn at least half of those!

And now, I leave you with my little cowboy:
Eight Months
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