Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bright Fun

Does he look innocent to you? I have been crocheting a bright hunter orange scarf for when I go hunting. I admit it is kind of an ugly color for a scarf, but I will really appreciate it this fall when we are hunting. I have to be very careful to keep my scarf up where Max can't find it, because if he sees it, he tries to get it. And while I am crocheting on the couch, he stares at it longingly while I am working on it. If I don't pay attention, he jumps up and tries to snag it from me. I had some left over yarn that I rolled into a ball and gave it to Max to play with. He had a lot of fun with it for a while.

Max is almost blind. So I wonder if the color of the yarn is part of the appeal for him.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

My Grandbabies

Are Grandbabies the most fun or what?! Here are my adorable grandbabies. Gabriel is 3, and Sharaya is about 7 months old.

We had them both over for a sleep over last night. We've had many sleep overs with Gabriel over the years. But it was a first for Sharaya.

Gabriel is a big Papa's (Grandpa's) boy. He has been since he was a tiny little baby. Now that he is such a big boy, he likes to do whatever Papa does. He likes me well enough, but he adores his grandpa. In fact if he comes over, he is happy to see me, but the first thing he asks me is where is Papa.

I was kind of worried about how Sharaya would be on her first sleep over. She is teething, and she nurses and doesn't take a bottle too well. But for the most part, it went pretty well. Although I didn't get a whole lot of sleep since she wanted to be nursed and she didn't understand why I wouldn't do it. She wasn't digging the bottle too much.

Gabriel slept downstairs with his Papa on the blow up mattress, and Sharaya and I had my room to ourselves. It was nice. Gabriel and and his Papa played race cars, Lincoln logs, Wind up motorcycles and stuff like that. They had a midnight snack of Cheetos too. We decided we are going to try to do a sleepover once a month. It is a great way to bond with our grandbabies and stay close. Plus it gives my daughter a break that she doesn't get very often.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Authentic Tamales

My daughter Kayla has a Hispanic boyfriend. His grandmother made us some tamales. Oh boy, were they delicious! They were fairly large made with pork with a red sauce. The sauce had a really good smoky flavor to them. It was in my opinion very spicy. But Kayla said she had watered it down for us. It was very sweet of this lady to make them for us. I will make her some soap to say thanks.

I wanted to take a picture of them, but we ate them before I got my camera out. This picture is similar to the ones she gave us.

I want to learn to make tamales. But Kayla says her boyfriends grandmother won't give out her recipe. So I will have to figure it out on my own. I'm pretty sure mine won't be as good as hers, because hers were probably the best tamales there are. But I bet I can make a pretty good one eventually. They look like quite a production to make. You have to wrap them in corn husks and steam them in a steamer. If I can figure it out, I can freeze a bunch so I only need to make them every now and then.

Do any of you know how to make real tamales?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

German Chocolate Cake

My very favorite kind of cake is German Chocolate cake. And this one is the best one I have ever had so far. I made it compleetely from scratch!

This three layer masterpeice has 10 eggs, 3 cups of milks (regular and buttermilk), 2cups of butter, and plenty of sugar. I even bought the little round cake pans special to make this recipe. The frosting of course is the best part. This homemade Coconut Peacon frosting is heavenly. The cake is very fluffy and light.

I got the recipe from a lady's website German Chocolate Cake

Some in my family called my cake my "All Day Cake" since it took a long time to make. But it really wasn't an all day cake, just a few hour cake. And my family did say it was the best German Chocolate cake they have ever had.