Monday, October 27, 2008

more baking fun

spent some more time in the kitchen baking up a bunch of goodies. Made some mini carmel apple pies for Dave to take into school, cinnamon applesauce for us, and pumpkin pie for me. Everything made from scratch - except the pie shells which are the gluten free kind from whole foods. I have nothing against fact I really dont know what gluten free means (no wheat?) but they were the only shells available so this is what we had to work with. Everything tasted amazing...but I think my favorite was the applesauce. Ammmmmmmazingly good.

Recipe adapted from applesauce . I cut down on the sugar, increased the cinnamon and doubled the recipe:


Mini carmel apple pies
I used the carmel apple pie filling recipe from an earlier post in my blog:
Apple Pie Recipe and then just used muffin tins to create mini pies. They held up great and were surprisingly easy to pop out of the tins. I think these will be easy to eat on the go at school and it's nice not having to deal with utensils and plates and stuff.

mini apple pies

Pumpkin Pie
Straight off the back of the Libby's Pumpkin Pie can. Except I used homemade roasted pumpkin puree instead of the canned stuff so I had to find the recipe online: Pumpkin Pie.
I typically will use canned pumpkin, as I think it's a pretty good substitute...but I will say that I love love love pumpkin pie and have convinced myself it's healthy and good for me since it includes a I love it all. Dave doesn't really like pumpkin pie but took one bite of this and made a strange sound which I guess means he liked it. So yeah...trying it with the fresh pumpkin was a hit.

pumpkin pie

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sweet Lilly

We had some good friends come into town this weekend and it was so great to hang out with them again! Their beautiful daughter Lilly is about 8 weeks old and stayed pretty relaxed for our mini session today. No surprise there though - her first modeling experience for me was during her parent's maternity session a few months ago - check it out here !

Here are a few sneak peeks!





Is that a half smile I see?



uh oh...get that camera out of my face already!



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

correction - it was over 80 pounds of apples...

I believe. Amazingly...between Sam's mom, Sam and myself we ended up bringing home over 80 pounds of apples. I said below it was 15....that was just one of my bags. Hmmm.

So I'm now attempting to find recipes that include apples and finding people to eat them. In addition I brought home 5 (yes - 5) pumpkins. I've made apple pie, apple crisp, pumpkin butter, pumpkin puree and pumpkin seeds so far...and I have a stack full of new recipes (bars, muffins, breads) to try when I eat my way through what I have. Not necessarily a good thing...

Here are some of my results..and you'll note that they progressively get less 'whole':

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

scoop out seeds from pumpkin, rinse, spread on baking sheet and let dry for several hours(or overnight). Toss on baking sheet with a spalsh of olive oil and lots of salt. Roast in 300 degree oven for 20 minutes or until lightly toasted, being careful not to burn. I typically shake the baking sheet slightly 1/2 way through to mix up the seeds. Mmm....

pumpkin seeds

Carmel Apple Pie

Recipe courtesy of

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch
double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples -
peeled, cored and sliced

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

carmel apple pie

Apple Crisp

Basically for this I had extra apple pie filling from above but no more I put the leftover apple pie filling in a dish and topped with the crisp topping. For the topping I threw in a Cuisinart: 1/4 cup pecans, 3 tablespoons cold butter, 4 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, pinch of salt, and then a splash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Baked at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, then increase temp to 400 and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

Sorry Dave really liked this one.... I'm making another one of these on Thursday so hopefully I can grab a shot before it is devoured.

apple crisp

Sunday, October 19, 2008

good friends and fall

This weekend I spent time with lots of good friends - some I havnt seen in a while, others I see all the time. All have been so supportive and kind to our family and I am so grateful to have them as friends.

Sam and Brett are two of those special people that have such big warm hearts. They also have an adorable son who graces several posts on my blog and usually lets us hold him without crying. :) We spent a great morning at the apple orchard picking over 10 pounds of apples (I think it's 10...hoping it wasnt more than 15...geez) and lots of pie pumpkins. They have a great family and it was really good to see them all and spend some time outside.

Here are some sneak peeks from the day!









He is really excited about his lobster halloween costume. :)


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

We'll have a candle lit in Indy

Today - October 15th - is National Day of Remembrance for Pregnancy and Infant Loss. In honor of this day people light a candle at 7:00pm so that around the world in different time zones it will create a 'wave' of light.

I think this is a beautiful way to honor Elise and all the other babies who have passed away.

You can find more info about it at the main website:
October 15th

Monday, October 13, 2008

life is precious

And unexpected. And short. And happy and sad. In the time span of basically one week we experienced the highest of highs as our first family baby - our niece - was born, the lowest of lows as we watched her get sick and then absolute heart break as she passed away. We drove over 2500 miles, cried, thought, begged for a miracle, smiled, laughed, hugged, and cried some more. Elise only lived a short while but her life has forever changed ours, and I believe the world is a better place for that she was in it.

We love you Elise, and we love your mama and daddy very much too.

Elise Nora Detterline Memorial Fund

Benefiting: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Neonatal Research

Make checks payable to: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Please include a note that states you want your gift to benefit neonatal research in memory of Elise Nora Detterline

Mail to: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
1 Charles Center
100 N. Charles St, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21201

Donate online at:
2. Click on the Support Us link on the left side of the page
3. Click on the “ Help Hopkins Children’s” link in the middle of
the page
4. Complete Donor information
5. In the About my Gift section: Designate your gift to “Neonatal
Intensive Care” and specify in the other designation section
type “Neonatal Research”
6. In the Giving in Honor or Memory of section, designate your
gift in memory of Elise Nora Detterline

Monday, October 6, 2008

Elise Nora - my beautiful new niece

She's the most beautiful girl in the whole world. For everyone praying for her - here's a few photos to put a name to a face. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers - if love could make her better she'd be superwoman.





Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another beautiful family!

I've lucked out recently with having such adorable babies and gorgeous parents! Tonight I was able to spend some time with another great family - a friend from my photography class and her great husband and big brown eyed baby boy. Here are some of their shots - hopefully they'll be able to find the perfect one for their Christmas cards! :)