Friday, October 24, 2014

school photos '14

Having a lot of kids in school means paying out the wazuu for school pictures. For just the basic package, it would have cost us over $100 on lame pictures.

So I ordered a backdrop for a quarter of that price and took my own.

Pat my own back, toot my own horn.

Should have thought about this looooong ago.

Corgan, grade 6.



Lily, grade 4.



Blake, grade 2.


Cade, kindergarten.


Oneil, my sidekick all the livelong day.


Carly, cutest curly girl in the universe.


The boys.


The girls.


All six of 'em.

cronut success!!

Somebody call Dominique Ansel and tell him I'm opening up his west coast shop selling these beautiful bits of pastry!

Per the recipe, it takes three whole days to create these masterpieces of dough. Nothing was super-duper difficult, it is just an extremely precise process and there is no room for mistakes. NBD....

And now, some pictures of the process:





















That's it, folks. Three days of labor and love to feed those I love a piece of New York.

In the released recipe from Good Morning America, there a few different flavors you could whip up. I went with the lemony one.

The cronut is filled with a white chocolate lemon ganache, rolled in lemon sugar and drizzled in a basic icing.

The two things that I had issues with were keeping the oil at the correct temperature. Kinda hard to do on the stove top of our unreliable burners. The other thing was not having the correct size of cutter-outer. I just used the sugar cookie cutter I have. So they aren't as tall as they should be, but still, delicious! Aaron was impressed....and those of you who know him and his food lovin' ways....that means a lot!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

cronuts

About 15 months ago, I was in New York City with my mom and sisters.
I was totes preggers at the time.
Flying 6 hours had amazing side effects for pregnancy related swelling. 


We saw Jay Z at the airport.


Why am I talking about New York?

The other day on Facebook, my cousin Davey posted a link to the real, true, authentic recipe for the Cronut. I almost did a cartwheel. Pretty sure I actually did a fist pump and exclaimed, "YES!!"

Dominique Ansel is the creator of these amazing treats. The first flavor came out in May, we were in New York in July. I convinced two of my sisters to get up before the sun, ride the subway, walk a little ways, and then stand in line for over two hours to buy some Cronuts.

Totally worth it. And to quote what I wrote on Facebook:

"I pre-ordered his book months ago! I cannot wait to get it in the mail. AprilKristin and I stood in line for 2 hours when we were in NY last summer. Those cronuts are the most delicious, exquisite pastry item I have ever eaten in my entire life. The knockoff's I've seen, and tasted seriously do not even come close to replicating the symphony of deliciousness those delectable pastry's play upon ones tongue. I am not even exaggerating. I will be making these!! Thanks for sharing the link!!" 

The flavor we had was Blackberry with lime infused sugar, or something like that. 



The recipe says they take three days to make.

Aaron's birthday is on Tuesday.

I will be making these for his birthday.

Monday, October 6, 2014

leavenworth marathon

Well, it didn't go as I expected.
Can't blame it on anything, my training went awesome.
Except for getting sick the week before and ending up with a sinus infection two days before the race, everything else was pointing to finishing around 3:50:00.

4:25:21, was my final time.
My first 13.1 was 1:52.
Second half ended up at 2:31.
Gah!!

Despite it sucking, I loved every minute of it.
And I'm already looking forward to running another marathon.

And now for some pictures:

The line of potty's waiting to be filled up.


Aaron and I stayed the night at my friend Kirsten's home.
Her dad was there visiting. Her girls were there....I cannot tell you how adorable they were. Her husband, also named Aaron, came home from work later on.
We spent the evening catching up on the last 13 years.
I loved being able to chit-chat as if we hadn't gone that long without being face-to-face.

We had to be up and at 'em at 5:30am, but here's the note she had posted on the door:


Totally made my morning.
Thanks, Kirsten!!

Here's some shots I took with the phone:

Mandatory shuttle to the starting line.


The first 10 miles were downhill. So pretty! And not this blurry in real life.


Leavenworth is surrounded by these beautiful mountains.


Aaron's snapshots. He brought a bike to ride around to different parts of the course.
About this time, I was starting to feel the effects of still being sick, but trying my darndest to keep up the pace.


Aaron had given me part of a Powerbar to eat. I turned around to give him a nice, big, sweaty, stinky hug as a thank-you.


A few miles later, this happened. That's me leaving behind a present by that lilac bush.


Trying to keep up the pace didn't really work after that.


But running marathons are so much fun!!!!


 The absolute worst part was mile 24. I tried so, so hard, but just couldn't get my body to go any faster.

Finishing the race sequence:







I guess one complaint would be how weird? confusing? physiological? it was to have the half marathoners running with us. Their race started two hours after ours and followed the same last half of the course. I can remember thinking at mile 17 that all these people passing me were only on mile 4, and that they were supposed to be going that fast.


But this guy is my hero. I love him.