Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter King Cake


Last weekend, I got together with an old friend from high school who lives nearby and we made a delicious king cake! This time, we made an actual King Cake (yes out of flour and yeast) and it turned out to be delicious. Instead of using traditional Mardi Gras colors for the frosting, we chose a pastel, Easter type theme. We used a cream cheese filling and thought it needed more than what our recipe called for so we made more filling. The result of our extra filling made parts of the inside of the King Cake a little gooey but I think it was still delicious. Next time, I'll probably just stick to the recipe so the middle cooks better. It took us most of the day to make the cake because it had to rise a few times but it was definitely worth it and we had a great time making it! And in between the cake's rising time, we went to a quilt store, a scrapbook store and just visited. I thought our cake turned out beautifully!

Here we are, the little bakers!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Visits!


A week ago, Mr. Rochester and I made a trip to Texas. We visited my aunt on Thursday night in Dallas and had a nice time visiting them. Then on Friday Mr. Rochester and I spent most of the day at the Dallas Texas temple. I haven't been to the Dallas Temple in years and it was so fun to go back there and remember all the great times I had attending the Dallas Temple on youth temple trips when I was a kid. The funny thing is on one of those youth temple trips, I took a picture of Mr. Rochester and I still have it! I think this must have been around 1995 which would make Mr. Rochester around 14 or 15.

When we were at the temple, we tried to remember exactly where I took the picture and so we took another one of him in 2009 (and with the same expression on his face)!

After Dallas, we went to Killeen to visit my sister-in-law and her kids. My older brother is away in Iraq on another year long tour with the military. Friday night we went with my sister-in-law to a place to eat called Genghis Grill. I thought the food at Genghis Grill was really tasty but I wasn't a huge fan of the way you get your food. You pretty much prepare your own rice bowl and then they cook it for you. Everything you need to put your rice bowl together is all laid out in buffet style--raw meat, vegetables, seasoning, everything--and you just pile it all in your bowl. That said, my distaste for handling raw meat at a restaurant will not keep me from going to Genghis Grill again. And I just found out there is one in Little Rock so I plan on stopping by the next time we are down that way!

We had such a fun time visiting with my sister-in-law and her kids! The day we told her the gender of our baby, she and her mother purchased some adorable outfits for him and I just can't wait for when he is born and big enough to wear them. I wanted to give a big thanks to Danielle and her mom for the baby clothes!

Saturday, Mr. Rochester and I went to Austin so I could attend a review session for the Foreign Service Oral Assessment given by the former U.S. Ambassador to Panama. Before we got to the university, I wasn't worried about getting a parking space or anything because, I thought, "It's a Saturday. Of course, there will be parking available." Boy, was I wrong. I think there were 4-5 different huge events going on at the University and it was impossible to find a place to park. Mr. Rochester ended up sitting in the car in the shade somewhere and studying while I was at my 3-4 hour review session. When I found out, I felt so bad but he didn't seem to mind. The session went well and I'm glad that I got to attend--it gave me more of an idea of what to expect on the test day and how to prepare. Besides that, I'm just glad we got to visit with some family!

Cribs


I absolutely love these cribs by Munire furniture! So far, my favorite one is the above picture (the crib is in the Urban collection) although I haven't shown this one to Mr. Rochester yet. All the cribs are made out of real wood and are a 4 in 1 bed, which means that you can eventually use the crib as a headboard and footboard for a full sized bed. I know there are a lot of cribs out there that are the 4-in-1 beds, but I like these because since they are made of real wood, if they get scratched or messed up throughout their lifetime, we can just sand down the wood and refinish it.

Most of the Munire cribs are out of our price range. This one (below) is more affordable (in the Essex collection) and is the one Mr. Rochester and I talked about purchasing.

Although I do like the Essex crib, I've decided that I like the Urban (very top) and Majestic (below) cribs better.

I haven't gotten Mr. Rochester's opinion on the Majestic or Urban cribs but my guess is he would probably like the Majestic one better. Both of these are definitely out of our price ranges so we will probably end up getting the Essex crib, which is okay. He and I are both agreed that we like the darker wood colors better and we will probably end up getting the crib at a local baby boutique. What do you think of the three cribs?

Anyway, I just thought I would share. I'm having so much fun looking at baby stuff and can't wait for our little guy to get here! Thank you to all of you for sharing in our excitement!