Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Old House Update {Master Bath Shower}

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It's here! It's Up! And it's Beautiful!

After so many years of saving and waiting, it feels odd to walk in the bathroom and see a HUGE cultured marble shower in the corner. When giving friends and family the "house progress tour" I won't have to hold my arms out to the side, and spin around saying "and this is where the shower will go" because it's HERE!

Ready for the installation step by step?
Saturday Steven finished the wall prep work. Adalyn and Ricky were his supervisors.

Workers built a form from wood, added a liner and filled it with sakrete.
Marble base added.

One wall with the accessory center hole cut.

Both walls up. Only trim is lacking on the right.

The crew from R&D Marble in Willis Texas handled the installation. They'll be back on Monday to install the corner seat. We went back and forth about that seat. Only old people use seats in the shower right? Then I decided that shaving would be easier AND a shower might be more relaxing for my future prego self too. So, corner butt seat it is!

Next step the faucet and then the glass.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HAPPY Valentine's Day Cards

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I'd seen last Valentine’s day where these “sucker cards” were made by photographing your child with their fist outstretched. Two simple cuts later, the sucker is inserted and it gives the impression of them handing the receiver a lollipop. I was overcome by how CUTE it was and filed it away in the “maybe I'll do that next year” file. So, the morning I took Marin and Adalyn out for photos I secretly had the idea in the back of my mind. Well, none of the fist pictures turned out right so this is a variation of the idea, which in the end I think I like better. Makes Marin look like the luckiest gal in the world!!!! Lollipops the size of your head! Can you imagine?! (tee hee hee). She chose to give out Dum Dums because they are her favorite candy.

We spent Saturday evening putting these together for her friends. Cutest moment was the first cut with the exacto knife. She was SHOCKED that I was going to cut her!!!! “Oh, Mommy, don't hurt Marin!!!” It took me proceeding with the cuts and inserting a sucker to convince her that she really would like the final product.
Oh, sweet, cute, happy Marin. I love you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fluffy Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies {Valentine's Day}

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Sorry for the shiny food pictures. I HATE shiny food pictures. NO BODY wants to eat food that's photographed with a glare, not to mention wrapped in saran wrap. BUT, I was desperate. It was 6 a.m. and I had a nine month old supervisor carefully overseeing my efforts from her orange Bumbo seat. My photography time was limited! The project had to be complete, wrapped and ready for its recipient before he got up for the morning.

So, just imagine that the chocolate is smooth and the marshmallow cream is soft and puffy and that the oatmeal cookies (minus the raisins) are browned to perfection.

The recipe is a Paula Deen recipe so yes, the list of ingredients begins with TWO sticks of butter. A decadent valentines day desert for my valentine. Making them heart shaped was my idea. Turned out rather well. Worth all the effort (I think).

What's inside? Melted chocolate morsels, fluffy marshmallow cream and roasted pecans. 
Here is my version of the recipie. You can find it on the Paula Deen website as well:


1 cup butter, about 2 sticks, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
Semi sweet Chocolate morsels melted
Marshmallow creme, as needed (recommended: Fluff)
Chopped roasted pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 or 3 baking sheets or line with silpats.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the egg and the milk and beat until combined.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gradually add the dry ingredients to butter mixture, beating until incorporated. Stir in the oats. Form the cookies by dropping heaping 2 tablespoonfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet, spacing evenly.

Bake until the cookies are lightly browned, about 11 to 13 minutes. Let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

Spread a small dollop of the fudge on the inside of 6 cookies. Spread a large dollop of the marshmallow creme on the inside of another 6 cookies. Sandwich the cookies together and transfer to a serving platter.

As a special treat for Steven, I added chopped, roasted pecans to the marshmallow cream side of the cookie before sandwiching them together.


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