Friday, August 27, 2010

Swim Lessons

Addi and Bubba have both been doing great this summer in swim lessons. Von has finally gotten past the crying stage and has been improving so much lately. Here is a little video taken with my phone...

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I can't believe that summer is coming to an end. Finally the weather has warmed up and school is about to start. I think I am more excited about it than Addi. It cannot start soon enough. We did manage to squeeze in a couple of beach days amongst the clouds and 60 degree temperatures we have been having.
This was Von's first beach day since he has been able to walk. He was a little terrified of the waves.
It was actually really cold this day. I hid underneath beach towels the entire time we were there and was still cold. It was in the middle of nap time, so Von snuggled up to Ian to take a little rest.
We were their with the Blad's and Ebmeyer's. The kids (and dads) worked hard on their castle.
Another day we went down to Corona Del Mar to the tide pools with Kori, Lori, Brooke and their kids.
Addi girl. Can I please have her abs?
I love how Von tries so hard to be with the big kids. He just doesn't quite make it.
The older kids were able to maneuver around the rocks really well. Von, not so much. And he did NOT want me to help him.
Once again, just a few steps behind.
And then last Saturday, Ian had to "work," and I got to go with him. We headed out to Catalina on an 82 foot yacht for lunch.
The boat is pretty amazing. We went with a group of doctors and their wives and a few people Ian works with.
Ian and I recovering from a good meal on the top deck.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Muffin Tops

I found this recipe on after our friend's Jason and Richelle gave us some fresh blueberries that they picked on their trip up in Oregon. They are definitely blog-worthy. The recipe calls for muffin-top pans, which would make them even more amazing, but I just used a regular muffin pan. Also, in the topping, I find that using only half of the flour it calls for is plenty.

For batter
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1 large yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (12 oz)

For topping
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar

  • Special equipment: 2 muffin-top pans, each with 6 (4- by 1/2-inch) muffin-top cups (1/2-cup capacity); or regular muffin pans

Make batter:
Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Generously butter muffin pans.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over moderately low heat, then remove from heat. Whisk in milk, then whisk in whole egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined well. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, then add milk mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in blueberries gently but thoroughly. Divide batter among 12 muffin cups, spreading evenly.

Make topping and bake muffins:
Rub together all topping ingredients in a bowl with your fingertips until crumbly, then sprinkle evenly over batter in cups.
Bake until golden and crisp and a wooden pick or skewer inserted diagonally into center of a muffin comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in pans on a rack 15 minutes, then run a knife around edge of each muffin top and carefully remove from cups. Serve warm or at room temperature.