Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We love homemade rolls at our house! We got this recipe from Nate's sister-in-law. They are soooooo yummy! They make BIG, soft, fluffy rolls. I love finding new recipes from friends and thought I'd share this one!
Hansen Dinner Rolls (this is NOT the real name, but the name that we had passed to us)
375 degrees for 10-12 minutes (may have to take about 15 minutes)
2 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
Let sit for 5 minutes.
Then beat together the following and ad to above mixture:
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp salt (I used a slightly heaping tsp and it's perfect)
Then mix in 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups more flour until slightly sticky.
Let rise for 45 minutes. (the key to this recipe is really letting them rise!)
Roll into a long strip.
Melt butter (how ever much you'd like) and spread on top.
Fold in half.
Cut into 1/2 inch strips. (if you want smaller rolls, cut these strips in half again).
Tie in knots. Place on greased cookie sheet. (I put a bit more melted butter on top of them at this point)
Let rise until doubled (do NOT skimp on this step).
Bake until browned.
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 6:18 AM
Last week Boise State played at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA. We decided to head down for a few days and catch the game. We actually stayed about 1/2 hour away in Monroe. When we pulled up at the hotel, it said on their sign, "Welcome Boise State Football". We somehow managed to pick the same hotel that the team was staying at. So it was fun to see them around. Lainey kept picking out the players and getting excited when we'd see them.
Before the game, we burned off some energy at the Children's museum in Monroe. It was great (especially after the school group left-but the girls kept Lainey entertained). The kids loved it and played for a few hours.
This is Corbin at the sand box. I think he spent a good hour there!
After the museum we headed to the mall for some lunch. They had a 2 story carousel. Of course, we HAD to ride that.
The game (sorry-I'm not posting the family pic this time!).
Both of the kids had a lot of fun. It was perfect weather. Louisiana Tech's stadium is set up MUCH better than Tulsa's! So the kids had plenty of room to move around. Corbin stayed awake the entire game. The game was on ESPN again, and we made it onto TV a few times! There's even a "speed game" here http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4635009 and you can see us in the crowd a few times. Boise won again, and should finish their season winning. So it will be fun to see where they end up in the rankings (right now they are #6 in the BCS) and what bowl game they go to. Maybe if they play somewhere in the south we'll head to a bowl game!
The kids were EXHAUSTED when we got back to the hotel. On our way to the game, there was a major hold up on the freeway, and we didn't stop for dinner. So after the game we had to find something open. I think it was close to 12:30 or 1:00 am when the kids finally got to bed! They sure slept late that morning. And this is how they looked.
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 6:01 AM
Monday, November 9, 2009
There's not much to do around here for Halloween. Other than go downtown and then hit our neighborhood, there's not much else. Our branch is so small here that we don't do the "trunk-or treat" that we were able to do in our big wards. There's churches around that do a lot on Halloween, but then we don't really get to spend time with our friends. So this year we were excited that some of our friends we going to have a Halloween party! More on that in a minute....
Here's Corbin and Lainey getting ready to hit our street....
Not sure what Lainey is doing, just thought it made a cute pic...
Onto the party.....the people who hosted it have 3 kids. Lainey is 3 1/2 months older than their oldest, Corbin is 1 1/2 months older than their 2nd, and their 3rd is going to be about 4 months older than our 3rd! So we'll be spending lots of time together at the same functions!
Here is Corbin and their 2nd child. I just love Corbin's belly...he and I were matching (belly wise that is). Anyways, they live out in the country and no one really goes trick-or-treating out there (because unless you know this neighborhood is out there, you wouldn't have any idea to go out there). So she prearranged stops with about 15 of their "neighbors" and the kids got to go on a hayride and trick or treat to each of them. It was SOOOO much fun! Can't wait to do it again next year!
Here's Corbin ready to get some loot!
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 5:29 AM
One of Corbin's favorite things to do (besides brush his teeth) is to go outside and play baseball. Nate got Lainey a T-ball set for her birthday last year. One day a few months ago Corbin got ahold of it and knew just what to do! He gets so mad if we head out to the car and the bat and ball are in sight and he can't stop and play. He also now thinks he owns this set and DOES NOT like to share it with Lainey. He's pretty good, too, if I must say! So if he decides not to be a dentist, maybe we have a future baseball player on our hands!
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 5:19 AM
Lainey had her first "school party" for Halloween this year. It sure was nice to be on the other end of the party rather than stressing about it the entire week before the party! Lainey wanted to be, surprise suprise, another princess this year! Her first idea was to be a cat and have Corbin be a mouse, which we thought was cute......but didn't happen. So the chosen princess was Ariel. Maybe next year we'll move away from the princess theme!
They had the obligatory parade with all the classes, then they had them all do a few cute Halloween songs.
Here's Corbin feasting on some of the goodies back in the classroom!
Okay, I just had to post this. Do we even need to go Trick-or-Treating now? In ALL my years (like 5 is a huge amount, but still) of teaching, never did I see this much stuff head home with the kids! Lainey had a HUGE bag filled with treats. It seemed like every parent (but myself and one other that I know of) brought a goody bag for each kid! I was amazed!
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 5:10 AM
Once again, my neighbor asked me to make a cake for her. I had previously made a DR bag for her and she wanted a second one. This one is a little different than my first...it's all fondant. I like doing the same cakes a second time, because I get to redeem myself and fix what I didn't like the first time!
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 5:05 AM
Corbin LOVES to brush his teeth. He'll brush them 10 times a day if we let him. I have to watch when the bathroom door is left open, or this is what I'll find......
He and I were upstairs one day and it got quiet. So I went to check on him, and he was up on the stool reaching for his toothbrush and toothpaste! What a cutie! I guess we won't have to worry about cavities with him! Although, if he heads to Dental school, he's on his own financially!
Posted by Kati Atkinson Vollmer at 4:59 AM