Posts

Showing posts from 2011

Camera Walk

Image
Haley and I took a walk around the neighborhood with our cameras.  Here are a few of my shots:


My Cupcake Girls

Image

Michael's Gingerbread House

Image
Michael is very proud of the gingerbread house he made in school, all by himself.  After taking some photos the kids devoured it in a matter of minutes!



Meyer Lemon-Poppyseed Muffins

Image
Meyer Lemon-Poppyseed Muffins from Annies-eats.com

For the muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla) For the glaze (optional):
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir briefly to combine.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Mix in the lemon zest and the vanilla extract.
With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients in two additions alternating with the yogurt, beating each addition just until incorporated.
Divide the batter betwe…

Christmas Happenings

Image

Hot Chocolate

Image
Haley's morning hot chocolate.

Kids in Joshua Tree National Park

Image
We spent the day at Joshua Tree National Park today.





My Silly Kids

Image

Another Roadrunner

Image
Roadrunner in Palm Desert 





The Hawk that Killed a Duck

Image
In the morning we sit out on our patio and enjoy coffee and the view.  Ducks waddle by and visit us, hoping for a crumb of food.  This morning a hawk flew out of nowhere, grabbed a plump duck, and took it to a nearby tree.  About an hour later the hawk was 'kneading' the duck and feathers were flying from the tree.





Palm Desert Pictures

Image
Dustin mountain biking in the desert.


A roadrunner on out patio, spotted and identified by Simone!

Palm Desert View

Image
We are on vacation in Palm Desert.  This is the amazing view from my bedroom patio this morning:



Today's Drive

Image
Afternoon sun and clouds, as seen on Camino Diablo near Marsh Creek Road in Contra Costa County.

Dessert Tonight: Fuyu Persimmon Bundt Cake

Image
....or as Michael calls it, 'The Cake of Deliciousness'.  We finally got to try the cake we made yesterday and it was delicious!



Click here for the recipe.

Baking With My Little Kids

Image
Today the little kids helped me make a persimmon cake.  I am convinced they would have never liked this cake if they didn't help make it!



My cute little helpers!

Photo Challenge: Purple Mountain Majesty

Image
Time for another challenge at Project 64: Out of the Box. Each week a random crayon is chosen from a 64 count box of Crayola Crayons. That color is used as inspiration for the week, the challenge is to find and photograph the weekly color in the world around us.
This week the color is Purple Mountain Majesty. My photo submission was taken with my cell phone on a stormy day.  This is Mt. Diablo, as seen from the Bypass Road in Brentwood.