Sunday, October 30, 2011

Drive By

Captain's brother Marshall drove a friend out to school back in August. We were able to meet him along the way and have lunch. 

It was Cecilia's first time meeting her Uncle Marshall.

We hope to see him again soon. Also, he made that hat.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Chocolate Almond Cake

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, again, I know, it's late. We all know i'm behind on posting. Deal with it.
That being said. this cake was wonderful. If you would like to make it yourself, here are the recipes.

Almond Cake adapted from here

1 1/3 cups  sugar
8 ounces  almond paste
3/4, plus 1/4 cup  flour
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 large eggs, at room temperature
Mix 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, set aside. In a food processor mix sugar, almond paste, and 1/4 cup flour till well blended. Add butter one cube at a time and extracts. Add eggs. Slowly add in flour mixture.
Preheat oven to 352 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch circle pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Bake for about 45-55 minutes or until it is light brown and feels set to the touch.

I only used one of these cakes in my layer cake, and I froze the second one.

Chocolate Cake

8oz unsweetened chocolate chopped

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup milk

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup sour cream

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a 9" springform pan. Over low heat combine chocolate, butter and milk in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla. Set aside to cool. Mix egg yolks and cream in a bowl then mix into the chocolate mixture. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then fold in. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff and then fold into the chocolate mixture. 

Bake for 45-55 minutes.

Italian Meringue Buttercream adapted from here

5 large egg whites (real or dehydrated, I'm not picky)

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 sticks soften butter cubed

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanillia extract

1/2 cup water

food coloring (optional)

Make a simple syrup with water and 1 cup sugar, bring to a firm ball stage, 245 degrees.  While that is heating up, whip eggs and 1/4 cup sugar till you can turn the bowl upside down and the meringue doesn't slip out. Don't over whip.  Add syrup to eggs slowly and steadily. Once the syrup is fully incorporated, beat 10-15 minutes until it is cooled. Add butter one cube at a time. Add extracts and food coloring.

Chocolate Ganache

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Place cream in glass container. Microwave till cream starts to bubble. Remove and add chocolate chips. Stir till combined.  You can add corn syrup if you want it sweeter.


1 9 inch almond cake

1 9 inch chocolate cake

1-2 portions of Italian buttercream (or other frosting you like)

1 jar apricot jam

Chocolate Ganache

Carefully slice your cakes in half. Spread 1/4 jar of jam on each one. Heating the jam can help this spread nicely.  Alternate layers spreading frosting between. Frost outside. Chill, then drizzle chocolate ganache over the top.

Note. These cakes are very dense and heavy. So, you have to like that kind of cake to like this.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Coming home

Just a few shots from our 14 hour trip home.

Harvey trying on Cecilia's hat.

Harvey zoning out to Monsters Inc. I'll tell you what, that car dvd player was worth it's weight in gold. Okay maybe not quite that much, but certainly worth going to the store twice to pick it up.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Washington DC Temple

I know you all are probably tired of seeing pics from our trip to DC, but I'm not done sharing. Yes I'm aware that these are over 2 months old, but you are just going to have to deal with it. One good thing about waiting htis long to see them is that you only see the really important pics and not all the fluff pieces! So yea! on to more photos.

These pics are from the whole reason for our trip to D.C. My grandparents were sealed in the temple this August, and we went there to witness  this special occasion.

My lovies in front of the temple.

Harvey wanted to play in the water.

The visitor's center was a nice break from the heat outdoors. 

My grandparents, Congrats Granma Jo and Granpa Mikey!

Another shot of the temple with some more of our family.

The temple was a wonderful place to visit. After the sealing we went to an ice-cream social to celebrate. I don't have any pics from that, but you just picture mountains of icreeam with all the toppings you can imagine. It was terrific.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Museum of Natural History

So somebody today reminded me that I haven't posted new phots in a while. Sorry about that, but life became busy for a while. Still kinda is actually, but I can't keep grandmas waiting any longer. So without further ado, I give you photos from our trip to the Smithsonian.

Harvey and Captain looking the rear end of a T-Rex.

Cecilia and I standing in front of a GIANT moose.

Poor kiddos were all tuckered out by the end.