Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Patch 2010

We finally made it to the pumpkin patch today. Better late than never I suppose. I can't wait until next year when Addison is up and walking and can really enjoy herself. This year it was more for Mom and Dad than it was for her but she was a good sport about it and posed for a few pictures. I would have loved to have taken more but about the time we got done visiting the animals and moving towards the pumpkins three, count em...three, greyhound buses pulled in jammed packed full of kids. That my friends was our cue to get the hell out of dodge. Tomorrow we'll be carving up our pumpkins and I can't wait to see how Addison reacts helping pull all of the gunk out. We'll have the freshest carved pumpkins in the neighborhood.

Which pumpkin shall I choose?

I think this is the perfect one!

Her very first try down the slide.

Addison with PJ the horse...slightly smaller than our Clydesdale's.

The goat that tried snatching her

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Hold onto your britches...break out your snow gear, Katie's finally posting a new recipe so the snows about to get deep here!

I cannot believe I haven't posted anything since August 12th. I have an Uncle who is mighty disappointed in me. I would like to give you some really great excuse such as I am so busy it's not even funny but honestly it has nothing to do with that although having an eight month old crawling around and being five months pregnant does slow things down a bit. I just haven't been cooking much and plus the cable to my camera allowing me to download pictures straight to the computer broke so I knew it was no use until I got a new one. I finally did so tonight's the night I blog.

My Mom celebrated her birthday on the 20th so I did a family dinner tonight. I asked her what kind of cake she would like and this is what she requested. I have never heard of a fruit cocktail cake before so I was a tad bit nervous but I must say it's pretty good, especially when it is still warm. Very easy to make and very few ingredients.

Fruit Cocktail Cake~

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can fruit cocktail with juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) package flaked coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, Beat eggs and 1 1/2 cups white sugar together until smooth. Beat in flour mixture and fruit cocktail with juice. Spread into prepared pan. Mix together the brown sugar and chopped nuts; sprinkle on top of cake.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with fork. Pour topping over cake.
  4. To make the topping: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, and stir in coconut.
On another note...can you believe my baby is eight months old? Where does the time fly. In just four months she is going to be big sister and we will be welcoming our second daughter. Cadence Leah should be here around February 19th...two days after Addison's first birthday. Come February when I am back to not blogging my excuse really will be that I am so busy I can't see

Monday, October 18, 2010


These next few months for us are going to be very busy and I can't wait. One of the cool things about being a first time Mom is that not only is Addison going to be experiencing a bunch of firsts, but I will be experiencing them for the first time as a Mom. Our first trip to the pumpkin patch, our first time carving pumpkins, our first Halloween, our first Thanksgiving, meeting Santa for the very first time, and most important of all our very first Christmas together. I don't think the holidays are truly enjoyed until you get to experience them through the eyes of your children. I actually had a mini breakdown just the other week thinking about how much fun the holidays are going to be now that we have children. Both Daniel and myself are so excited for Christmas this year that we can hardly stand it. Mommy and Daddy are anxiously awaiting Christmas shopping, present wrapping, and present unwrapping this year...Addison has no idea what she has coming her way. And to think next year is going to be double the fun of this year!

I have finally replaced my cable so I should be able to start downloading pictures to the computer straight from my camera now. No more heading to Wal-Mart to download them to disc thank the lord!! Anyway, this means that we have many, many pictures of the above mentioned events coming your way. We're making our way to the pumpkin patch sometime this week so the pictures will start In the meantime here are a few pictures from the past few weeks.


Taking a spin on her new ride.

Hanging out in Grandma's bed.

Her very first wagon ride on the farm.

So cute...

Who needs expensive toys when you can just take a ride in your huggies diaper box?

Friday, October 15, 2010

One word...ADORABLE!!!

Is my baby not the cutest little girl you have ever seen? There are no words to describe the love I have for this child. She is a comedian and makes me laugh multiples times a day! I am so blessed to be her Mommy...or shall I say "mum mum". This time next year there will be three babies in the pictures!

Addison with her cousin Dylan. The little mister turned a whole year old last week. It's pretty safe to say that we are all in a little bit of denial regarding how quickly these two are growing up and how quickly this year is flying by.

And on another note...when did it become acceptable for a complete stranger to come up to your child in the grocery and compare them with a butterball turkey? Just asking?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's official...

We're having another little girl. Cadence Leah Blankenship is on her way and we are thrilled to death even though I would have loved to have had my little boy.

I apologize that I am not blogging much...the cable to my camera to download pictures straight to the computer has stopped working which means I have to load up my memory card and then go to the store to download them to disc. This is part of the reason why I haven't blogged on my food site for ages. Hopefully I will be getting another one soon.