Tuesday, February 28, 2012

9 months

Our baby girl is 9 months old! 
it happened in a heart beat, really.  just like everyone tells you it does - but you never understand how that could be.
she's blossomed into quite the little character.  she's got spunk.  
she's cheeky. and she knows how to charm you.  look at that cheeky grin :)
 - 9 months old
 - 11.5kg (25.1 pounds)
 - 75.5cm (29.75 inches)
 - (97th percentile for both height and weight)
 - 2 teeth with another on the way
 - sleeps all the way through the night (yay!)
 - sitting up by herself and starting to pull herself up on things and getting into a semi crawling position
 - makes her way around the floor, by pushing herself backwards on her belly.

these days are super fun for me.  I spend hours each day sitting and playing with her.  she's not quite mobile yet but so eager to know about anything and everything around her.   she's really into music and loves listening to me sing (glad someone does).  loves playing with all her different toys but is equally entertained by a cardboard box or the tags on her bib.  is quite the daredevil and loves the wind in her hair.  she loves going fast on the swing, jumping in her jumper and when daddy flips her over and upside down.  lights up when you enter the room and gives a little squeal of delight when Cooper comes near her.  loves playing peekaboo.  says dadadada over and over again.  and working  on mumumum :)

i couldn't love her more if I tried.

Friday, February 24, 2012

fear of pinterest?

Pinterest is awesome, don't get me wrong.  In the early days when I signed up to do the Pin-It-Forward challenge on SFGirlByBay's blog, I didn't quite understand the concept fully, but now I pin with all my might.  It's the perfect thing to do while rocking Mabel to sleep at 3am :)

But, does anyone else have the same tiny bit of anxiety that eats away at you about your pins that I do?  the pins which you have lovingly sorted into their right pretty pin boards suddenly. disappearing. never. to. be. seen. again???

No? it's just the control freak in me?  Oh, well I mostly have this fear about this board.  Especially the recipes I've already tried and love.  What if one day I click on that great recipe and ooops, not found... it's what nightmares are made of.

So, instead of printing it out and adding it to my recipes file (which is so 1995) here is the first of many recipes I've found on Pinterest. What better way to get back into the blog? (yes, I know.  it's been a while... )

enjoy the cake!

Bananas and Cream Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

1/3 cup butter (original recipe calls for shortening)
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium) (I used 4 because that's what I had going bad in my fruit basket)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350° F (180°C)
Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt cake pan

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add bananas and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, stirring just until combined. Stir in walnuts. 

Pour into cake pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Place a piece of waxed paper under the wire rack before adding the glaze.

Brown Butter Glaze
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted (original recipe calls for 3, but I just found that is SO much icing for my liking)
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons milk

In a medium bowl, add powdered sugar. Place butter in a small saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove from heat and pour butter into the bowl of powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla, stir until smooth. (I had to sift mine through a sieve as I couldn't get the lumps out - both times I've tried this recipe)

Pour over the top of the cake and let it ooze over the sides. 

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