Wednesday, December 28, 2011

christmas crack

Ok, so I realize Christmas is over and I should have posted this sooner. But really. It doesnt matter. This is a delicious treat that can be made all year. Oh! New Years. Yes, this would be perfect for a New Years party.

Its so easy and you probably already have everything you need in your pantry.

1 to 2 sleeves of saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 package chocolate chips

- Preheat oven to 400
- Arrange saltines in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet

- In a saucepan, melt butter and add brown sugar. Bring to a low boil and boil for 3 minutes
- Take off heat and pour over crackers

- Place in oven for 5 minutes
- Take out of oven and pour chocolate chips over top. Wait a few minutes for chips to melt and spread all over crackers
- Refridgerate till set
- Crack into pieces and enjoy!

I took this to two parties over Christmas. I stored left overs in a tupperwear in the fridge and they lasted for a few days.

Warning - they are addicting. I would highly recommend taking this to a party, unless you have the metabolism of a 9 year old boy.

Friday, December 23, 2011

project: carpet

Two weeks ago, we crossed off a project that had been on our list since the first day we moved into our house.
New carpet.

To refresh your are some shots of the carpet from when we first moved in. (It was actually hard to find more current photos. I must have purposely avoided taking pics of the floor over the past few years)

Rose? Mauve? Pumpkin? Ugly.
In addition to the overall displeasing aesthetic, the carpet was very old and worn in places.

Enter fresh, new, neutral carpet.

In the process, we were also able to clear the baby's room out and turn the office into an office/guest room.

We can now really start working on the nursery!

Week 29 and 30

Things are starting to get a bit more uncomfortable around here, but I am still having a wonderful pregnancy. We are getting more and more anxious and excited to meet our baby!

Friday, December 9, 2011

cinnamon sugar almonds

I have made a batch of these almonds a couple times over the past few weeks. They are super easy, tasty, and great to take to a holiday party. Or just snack on at the house.

And they are super healthy. I mean, almonds. Like a superfood or something.

And no butter!

Just ignore the whole sugar part....

Take 3-4 cups of almonds. Rinse them off if needed. (these are from this year's harvest and needed a good rinse)

Whip one egg white with 1 teaspoon cold water until frothy. I just use a whisk and beat until thick and foamy. Dont worry about making peaks or anything. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Coat almonds in egg white. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Stir to combine.

Spread out on greased cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 250, stirring every 20 minutes.


1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups whole almonds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Another great way to use almonds from Frantz Farms!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Week 27 and 28

Hello third trimester.