Friday, November 20, 2015

Windstorm 2015

tuesday evening, spokane was hit with a crazy windstorm. we had winds up to 71 mph at one point. by the time the wind died down, there were hundreds of down trees and power lines and over 180,000 people without power in the spokane area. three people lost their lives.

my parents ended up with a tree through the roof of their house and a another tree on top of my mom's car, and while we all lost power (and are yet to get it back!) everyone is safe. we finally decided to check into a hotel room Thursday evening, when are house started to drop below 50 degrees and i'm so glad we made that decision. no power, no hot water, dropping temperatures and a little one is not a good combination.

for now we're cozy and warm in our hotel room and hopeful that our power comes on soon. the local power company is estimating 3-5 days for most people, but i have a feeling we'll be toward the end since we have an actual down power line in our backyard. which basically means the direct power to our house is cut off.

there are a ton of local photos and stories on the local news that showcase the damage done here.

and here are a few photos from my iPhone.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Annual Greenbluff Trip!

happy monday everyone! i hope you all enjoyed a fun weekend. we sure did :)

i mentioned a few weeks ago that we had our annual greenbluff and pumpkin carving date on the books for the middle of October and that ended up being this past weekend! my parents, sister, her fiance, husband, lincoln and myself all headed up to greenbluff to snag the perfect pumpkin, and fill our tummies with delicious huckleberry and pumpkin donuts!

my older sister and niece ended up working at one of the farms this weekend, so while we stopped by to say hello, they had to miss out on the pumpkin patch, but came over to help carve later that evening. my little brother had to miss out too since he's down at school, but we made sure to have enough fun for him too!

after greenbluff we all came back to the house to start carving, roast pumpkin seeds, eat more food (pizza!) and even more pumpkin and huckleberry donuts. here are a few photos from our day!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

i made the mistake (on purpose ;0p) of purchasing nutella from costco a few weeks ago. and when i finally realized that there was no way i was going to be able to stop myself from continuing to dip a spoon into the jar over and over and over again, i knew i needed to start getting creative and use those jars up.

i started by making homemade nutella filled croissants and sent a bunch home with my mom. they were super easy to make and only took about 20 minutes to bake. you simply buy a few sheets of puff pastry, roll out the dough and cut it into triangles, spread some nutella on the rolled out dough and then roll them up into croissants. swipe an egg wash over them and pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they're golden brown. they were good, but nothing to write home about.

and then i started perusing pinterest, which is dangerous enough by itself, but if you type into the search bar "nutella recipes," life as you know it is over. so many crazy, amazing, delicious, fattening recipes to try!!!!

i settled on the nutella buttercream frosting because, well, it's my birthday next week, and cupcakes are always a good idea. so, i baked up a batch of confetti cupcakes (i used a box which i almost never do) and then whipped up a batch of the nutella buttercream. mind blown. or as my husband said after eating one and then two and then three: "those aren't going to last long." (lay off my birthday cupcakes husband! ;0p)

this frosting is so freaking good. i honestly don't think i'll make any other kind again. everything goes with nutella right?

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup nutella
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar

in a medium size bowl, combine butter, nutella, vanilla and about 1 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar. mix well. sample and continue to add about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time until you reach the desired consistency and taste. i think i ended up using about 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

my favorite time of the year is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the last three months of the year are without a doubt, my absolute favorite and it starts out with all things pumpkin! and while i have to admit, i'm not a fan of the famous starbuck's pumpkin spice latte, i am all about the pumpkin baked goods!

i indulged my love for fall and all things pumpkin this weekend, when i had little man help me make pumpkin pancakes for daddy this past sunday. while i know he's too little to really help in the kitchen, it was so much fun measuring out ingredients and letting the little guy pour them into the bowl. he is already so interested when we're cooking in the kitchen, and it's fun to include him.

we have our annual trip to green bluff  to pick pumpkins from Siemer's with the fam on the books, and mid October cannot come soon enough. the pumpkin spice donuts from harvest house are also calling my name! so to tied me over until October, i made pumpkin chocolate chip bread last night and it is so FREAKING good. this recipe is from Sally's Baking Addition, and I followed it almost exactly. I left out the OJ because we didn't have any on hand, and it turned out pretty darn tasty if i do say so myself. i also let the little guy help me out in the kitchen because i cannot get enough of my mini chef. i hope he likes to cook and bake as much as his mama, because i see plenty of cookie parties in our future ;0)

here's the link to the recipe!

past blog posts about green bluff found here and here.

and for those of you looking for a little pumpkin inspiration here are a few pumpkin related recipes I've made in the past! clearly i have an affinity for the little orange squash.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies
Pumpkin Thyme Pasta
Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin Donuts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Labor Day Weekend and Daddy's back!!!

Happy Labor Day!! I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. We sure are.

Husband is finally home for good, and before settling into a normal routine we've been out on the island soaking up some family time. It's so great to finally get to come out and enjoy the beach with daddy!

Here are some photos from our weekend, including a little family photo session, beach side!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Little Man's "Sock Monkey" Themed Birthday Party!

i mentioned in lincoln's last monthly update that we threw a little party for our little man's big day. i'm excited to share pictures of the party here today! instead of doing a "cake smash" photo shoot, i thought it would be more fun to just have photos of the party (including the cake smash) and so here they are! (All photos from Jennifer DeBarros Photography).