Saturday, July 28, 2012

French Toast

If you're looking for a good french toast recipe, you're in luck! 

You'll need:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 8 pieces of sliced bread (we use wheat, although white has a better flavor)

You'll do this:
1. In a medium bowl wide enough to completely submerge a piece of toast, mix together eggs and milk.
2. Add in vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
3. After ingredients are well mixed, add one piece of bread at a time to the bowl, completely coating both sides.

4. Using a non-stick skillet, cook each piece of toast on medium heat (325-350 degrees) for 2 minutes on each side until each side is slightly browned. Do you see the yumminess starting to show?!

If you want to keep the pieces that are done nice and warm, you can store them in the oven at 200 degrees, but don't leave them too long or they'll get lonely! They want to be in your belly after all.

Don't forget nutrition. Apples keep the doctor away...
....and also feed little Truetts who are hungry.

5. To serve, I add cinnamon and sugar and cover this warm goodness with maple syrup. How else is there to serve it?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cool It

It's hotter than hades outside.

So how do you cool your house down on hot days? A heat index of 108 doesn't exactly make for the happiest of outdoor fun. But, it's great for swimming I suppose! Our house is a little older, and our AC unit is older than that, so go figure that when it's this hot outside in good old Oklahoma, our poor AC unit is like the little engine that couldn't.

There are few things that you can do to keep your AC cooler. I didn't say frigid, but yes, cooler. And no, I'm not an AC gal, I just have some non-professional mom advice.

1. Spray off your AC until with cool water from the hose. It removes dust and gunk that is stuck on your fan and it allows the unit to suck in air more easily, and cools it off in general, making your house cooler. You can spray the outside down, but also make sure to give the middle a good long drink as well (where the fan lives). You may want to turn of your unit when you do this or you'll get a nice little sprinkler bath. :)

2. Replace your filter! You're supposed to do this once a month, not once a summer. Filters can be found at any local hardware store or home improvement store. They range from $1-$10. I suggest getting a higher end filter, because the better it works, the cooler your house. You don't want nasty dust flying in your house anyway, right?

3. Keep your doors and windows closed. You'd think this was obvious, but I've heard of crazier things. If you don't want the hot sunshine in your house, you have to close your blinds to keep it out, silly.

4. Don't run hot appliances in your house like the oven, stove, or even your blow-dryer during the hot hours. Think ahead about these things and do these activities during the cooler hours each morning or evening.

Hopefully this helps you out if you're like me, because I'm praying for fall to arrive early. :)

Jordan + TJ - Sneak Peak

Jordan and TJ met in high school and have been together ever since! They are so fun and full of life, and we had a blast shooting this engagement set in the hot Oklahoma heat. :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sneak Peak - Baby Beau

I couldn't help but give you a sneak peak. This bundle of love is too precious! Welcome to the world Beau! :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

DIY White House Sign

I made this white family sign today for our house and I love how it turned out. All I did was spray paint the letters (from Hobby Lobby) in a glossy white and then glue it with a strong cement glue to a rectangular white canvas. Ta-da! This is an easy 10 minute project that anyone can do!

Golf Cake

You'll need:

  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix (and ingredients to make eggs, water, & oil)
  • 2 cans vanilla icing
  • green food coloring
  • frosting bag and grass tip (or a star shaped tip)

  1. Make the chocolate cake, baking it like normal.
  2. Let it cool completely. 
  3. Take a cup and medium sized cup and press the top of the cup down into the cake, making a hole. Twist is gently to break the cake evenly and remove the cup and the round cake piece very carefully.
  4. Ice with 1 can of vanilla icing
  5. Dye the second can of frosting green (I used 10 drops of coloring) and ice how you like grass to look! :)

I realize I'm not the world's best baker or fancy cake-icer :) but I sure did try! I wanted to make something special for my father-in-law Wes' birthday and I think that he liked it. :) That's all the matters to me!

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