Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy 2 Months!

Cami is officially two months today!! It has been a great 2 months, and I am very grateful to be her mother. She is a very good baby, and has only had a few problems. She had thrush about a month ago, and just recently her tear duct was plugged... Not so fun! This past week I took her into the Dr and she weighed 12 pounds 1 ounce and was 23 inches long. She is 90% for both her height and weight! She is getting really good at holding her head up and loves to smile, especially at Papa Maroney! Grant still loves her to death. It is very sweet to watch the both of them; I can tell that she wants to get up and go play with him! Happy 2 Months Cami, I love you!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Missing food from Saturday

After we took family pictures on Saturday, Mark's extended family had their yearly Christmas party. The theme was Danish foods. We knew about a month in advance that we would need to take some thing. Mark had found a chicken ball recipe that he really wanted to make. So this past week I bought everything for him to make them, and for me to try a new recipe of caramel chocolate shortbread cookies. What I didn't pan on was Grant getting sick Friday night. The poor guy threw up on my 3 times, and like a good mom, I let him.

Saturday morning was busy and we had no time to cook, and ended up going to Costco for a meat tray and cookies. On Sunday, Mark & I cooked up our recipes and they actually turned out pretty awesome. I must say that I was impressed with the chicken balls, and we might even cook them again. I am attaching the pictures and recipes, for those daring to make them!!

Chicken Balls
Serves 24

1 cup chicken -- chopped, cooked
½ cup dill relish
½ cup thick White Sauce
1 egg
salt and pepper
¾ cup cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese -- grated
fat for deep frying
Mix chicken and pickle and blend with white sauce. Add beaten egg. Season and make into small balls. Roll in crumbs and cheese and deep fry.

NOTE: Serve hot as garnish for cold smoked meats, cooked fowl/meat.

White Sauce
Makes 1 cup

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup milk
Cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Once thickened, cover pan, turn off heat, and let stand 10 minutes.

NOTE:This is thin white sauce. Double butter and flour for medium white sauce. Triple for thick white sauce.

Finished product. We got the recipe from

Caramel Shortbread Squares
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
In a medium bowl, mix together 2/3 cup butter, white sugar, and flour until evenly crumbly. Press into a 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool down.

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over baked crust (warm or cool). Cool until it begins to firm.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir and continue to heat and stir at 20 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer and spread evenly to cover completely. Chill. Cut into 1 inch squares.

We got this recipe from:

Family Pictures

This past Saturday, we took updated pictures of our family. Justine Miller took them, and boy is she talented!! I am not sure why, but my hair did NOT want to work that day. But she still did an amazing job!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cami's Blessing

NOT the best family picture, but what a day! I am so grateful for Mark, and that he is a worthy priesthood holder. Yesterday, I watched him bless our little girl. He was so nervous, but I knew he would do a good job, and he did. I love that we are able to experience this together. I love Cami's sweet spirit, and that she is such a good baby. I love that Grant loves her to death, and is always wanting to be with her. This morning, I watched him lay with her on the floor. I usually have to work to get her to smile, but she gives them to him easily.

I want to thank both Mark's and my family for coming down to be with us.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1st Christmas Tree

Our first Christmas tree!! We bought one still alive, and intend on planting it after. Merry Christmas!!

Indoor Camping

How do you keep a 2 year old occupied??The start of the fort!!
Lovin' the new fort!!

Could this be any better???