Sunday, January 20, 2008

Snow Ice Cream

We woke up this morning to freshly fallen snow and it continued to fall while we were at church. After lunch we decided to make snow ice cream. We mixed in a bowl 1/2 cup of half and half, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, then we mixed in 4 cups of clean snow. It was about the consistency of soft serve and the kids topped theirs with chocolate chips. Joshua said it was the best ice cream he's ever had! The other picture was what happened when Mr. Innkeeper left Delia in her high chair and the nutella jar in her reach!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I've been busy making cakes this week.

Happy Birthday to Grandma Ellen who turned 55 yesterday. We had everyone over to the B&B for Chinese Food (provided by Grandpa Bill) and we supplied the cake. Grandpa said carrot cake was Grandma's favorite, so that's what we made. The cake was really good, if you like carrot cake. I'm more partial to chocolate myself!
Here's the recipe of you want to try it, Carrot Cake Supreme from the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook (one of our favorite cookbooks):
2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 t. ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 C. sugar
3/4 C. vegetable oil
3/4 C. buttermilk
2 t. vanilla extract
2 C. grated carrots
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 C. flaked coconut
1 small package of chopped pecans
Buttermilk Glaze (see recipe at bottom)
Deluxe Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe at bottom)

Grease three 9 inch round cakepans (I only used two).

Cut circles of wax paper or parchment paper to line on bottom of cake pans.

Grease and flour wax paper. Set aside.

Stir together first four ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and next 4 ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture to batter, beating at low speed until blended.

Stir in carrots, pineapple, and coconut. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Drizzle warm Buttermilk Glaze (see below) over cake layers and allow to cool on wire racks for 15 minutes.

Place first layer on your cake plate. Spread a layer of Deluxe Cream Cheese Frosting (see below) on top of bottom layer. Place second layer on top of bottom layer (repeat previous steps if making a triple layer cake). Frost sides and top of cake.

Buttermilk Glaze:

1 C. sugar
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. (one stick) unsalted butter
1 T. light corn syrup
1 t. vanilla extract

Bring first five ingredients to a boil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Boil four minutes stirring constantly until glaze is golden. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly.

Deluxe Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 (12 ounces) blocks of cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. butter (a stick and a half), softened
1 (16 ounce) package of powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

And this is the cake I made today. Pioneer Woman's Chocolate Sheet Cake (I doubled the recipe and made it two layers). You know it has to be good when it contains nearly two pounds of butter! We love this cake, but make sure you have a group of people to share it with. It's definitely addictive! We made it once when I had my brother over for lunch and we ate half of the cake for dessert. And between Mr. Innkeeper and I we had polished off the other half by lunch the next day! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Denver Pictures - take 2

Here are the cousins at the Denver Zoo. It was a cold day, but we had a great time. Afterwards, Ryan took us all out to lunch at Red Robin, the kids were great and so was our server. 10 kids and 7 adults and she didn't mess up one thing!

Here are pictures from our day at the Children's Museum. If you have kids and are ever in Denver you must go to the Children's Museum - it was amazing. And if you have at least 10 kids coming with you, call ahead for a group reservation.

This is a picture of Andrew, Joshua, and Delia in front of the full size fire truck they have in the Museum that the kids can play on.

The Museum let us use their party room for our lunch which worked out great.

Mia and Rylee dressing up in the Museum.

Delia ringing our groceries through.

Lucy, Delia, and Mia getting ready for story time at the Museum.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Christmas in Denver

I thought I would share some of our fun memories of our time in Denver:Andrew and Joshua on Christmas Day
Delia loving her Aunt Katherine
My failed attempt at making 30 minute mozzarella cheese
Joshua and me, with our gingerbread house
Delia loved to play the piano with her Aunt Carla
Delia getting ready for our FHE nativity play

Mia, Joshua, and Andrew gave a wonderful performance!

More pictures to come, I still need to download the memory card from my other camera.