Sunday, September 19, 2010

Etsy Treasuries

Now that Etsy has a new treasury system (as of several months ago) anyone can make a treasury at any time and they never expire.  So, a few times I have tried my hand at making a treasury.  This makes me realize how fun and  hard it is to make one!

Last night,  I made one called "Fall Into Red".  Its two of my favorite things, fall and the color red!!  :)

I think I should try to make more sooner or later.

But, speaking of fall,  am so ready for fall!  Only a few days left of summer and then its my favorite season!!  The leaves are changing in the Mountains here and my husband and I are thinking of taking hte kids up to see them.  I would really love to get some Aspen tree photographs too.   I also can't wait for pumpkins and Halloween and anything else that just screams fall!!  :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010


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One of the meals my kids love the most is pancakes...especially when they are for dinner!!  Tonight, I wanted to find good homemade recipe and on, I came across a PB&J pancake recipe.  Being that my kids love peanut butter and jelly, I had a feeling that these pancakes would be a huge hit.

They were super easy to make and wow, they are really good!  They have a great peanut butter flavor. 

I wasn't able to make the fruit syrup since we were just about out of frozen blueberries, so I just used the maple syrup.  They were good even with that.

Here is the recipe from

PB&J Pancakes:


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, plus extra if needed to thin
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, melted
2 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons butter

Blackberry Syrup, recipe follows


Preheat a griddle. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Slowly mix in egg, milk, peanut butter and oil until combined. Add a little extra milk if batter feels too thick. Let mixture sit 5 minutes. Melt 1 tablespoon butter on griddle and move around to coat entire griddle. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake on griddle to form 5-inch pancakes. The batter spreads as it cooks. Fill griddle without crowding pancakes. Flip when air pockets start to pop on the top and a quick peak on the underside reveals a golden pancake. Repeat with remaining butter and batter. Serve pancakes with Blackberry Syrup.

Blackberry Syrup:

2 pints fresh blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 lemon, zested

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break up blackberries as they cook. Strain syrup to remove seeds and serve warm.

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Air Show!!

My husband and my kids love airplanes (my husband is a pilot, so my kids get it from him! lol).  Over the weekend we heard that there was an air show going on in Broomfield, CO, so my husband and I took the kids over to it.   We all had a great time - esp. my kids.  They loved watching the planes do the stunts and and hearing the loud FA-18 and F-16.  My 3yo son kept telling me he wanted to go fly the FA-18!  Too cute!   My husband and I want to take the kids to go see the Blue Angles or the Thunderbirds since neither were at this smaller show.  I think our kids (and my husband) would love them!!

I took all kinds of photos, and am still not 100% sure if I will or if I can add them to my shop (if I have the rights to sell photos of the planes at the show).  But, I thought I would post some in my blog!  :)

All these photos can be found on my Flickr page:


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