Thursday, January 31, 2013

The cornbread of my dreams!

When I was in college and living in Provo, UT my roommates and I frequented a local restaurant, Frontier Pies.  One big draw was that it was in walking distance if we were unable to get a ride, and we weren't very well equipped with vehicles.  But the biggest draw?  The CORNBREAD!  Oh man, the cornbread was amazing.  When you walked in you got fresh cornbread with honey butter.  Kind of like going to other restaurants and getting bread, but ten times better.  This cornbread was sweet and moist and amazing.  The other great thing was the raspberry lemonade.  It was wonderful and full of actual raspberries.  We did have pie when we went in because, well, we were poor college students and could afford pie...and a drink.  And let's face it, we were really just there for the free cornbread anyway.  At one point our one roommate scored a giant pile of coupons for a slice of free pie.  You better believe we made good use of those.  Eating free pie, free cornbread, and only having to buy a drink.  Maybe this is why the restaurant went under.  Apparently there are still a few of them in Idaho, but most of them have gone out of business.  I don't know if we ever ordered "real" food there more than once!  For years I have dreamed of this cornbread, eaten others and compared it in my head to the dreamy goodness.  I was worried that I had built it up in my head, after all it's been at least 10 years, but my old roommate (Beth) confirmed that she still thought about it.  So I went in search of the recipe online.  And I found it!  Now, is it the exact recipe, who knows!  But someone came up with something.  I found the original recipe here if you want to check it out.

Here's the recipe:
1 cup margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups milk

Cream the margarine and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir in milk until well combined.  Pour into a greased 13x9 pan and bake at 375 degrees fro 35-40 minutes.

Making this was the first time I used my new KitchenAid mixer.  It was awesome!  And I realized that it and I are on a learning curve.  I have a lot to learn.  I am used to the bowl spinning, not being stationary.  Man, I made a mess.  But it creamed the butter and sugar like I've never seen.  And my hand was happy to not be using the hand mixer anymore!

This turned out like a dream!!!  It made a huge pan, enough that I ate it for breakfast for days.  I made it with sausage stew, delicious!  This was just how I remembered it.  It was thick, it was moist, and it was sweet.  It was like heaven in my mouth.  If anyone else has wondered about the recipe, here you go!  It seems to be very sought after.  Now if I could only find the recipe for the raspberry lemonade I'd be set!  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Playing Crafty

I have always wanted a glider rocker, but never wanted to dish out the money to get one.  With my last pregnancy I nearly bought one, but the store didn't have it in stock and I never went back for it.  I guess the crafting gods were planning some things for me.  One of our good friends had purchased a glider and ottoman at a local thrift store for next to nothing.  She had grand plans to do something with it to get it back into working order, but just didn't have time for it in the end.  We had discussed how I wanted one before and so she offered it to me.  Now, this was last year that the offer was made and accepted, but we never made the trade until now!  So about two weeks ago after a double date with her and her hubby we loaded it into our car and brought it home.  I don't think I had any idea what I was in for.  I forgot all the things that needed work.  The wood on the chair and ottoman are completely different colors.  The back cushion on the chair was completely missing and the seat cushion and ottoman cover were stained and dirty.  So there it sat, crammed into our tiny nursery next to the rocking chair I have been using for three years.  Don't get me wrong, I love my rocking chair.  It was my Grandma's, it's a pretty shape and it's comfortable.  It's only downside is that it's a low-back rocker and so on those late nights of rocking a baby my head would drop to my chest as I fell asleep with them.  Not so good for my neck.  With both of my boys I spent most of their babyhood with a very sore neck.  I just wanted to lay my head back (and put my feet up).  Instead of being lazy and just staring at the project for months like I usually do  I hopped on it quick!  I've been using it since I got it with a large floor pillow as the back pillow and a balled up blanket for my head.  Will seems to really like being rocked to sleep in it and I like laying my head back.  He's been teething and therefore the two of us have spent a few late nights in that chair lately.  Now I know I'll be really comfortable in it!

What I had to work with

I'm not the best seamstress in the world, but lucky for me I have the best Mom in the world!  She came over today and helped me pull it together.

A few supplies to start the day

I went to purchase the items I needed the other day.  I was very surprised by the price of foam!  Man!  Lucky for me my Mom also happened to hook me up with a 50% off coupon for JoAnn Fabrics.  I was pretty happy to have it with me.  And to make the day even better the fabric was on sale for 40% off!  It was a good day to be fabric shopping.  I bought "home decor" fabric since it is heavier and would hold up to the wear and tear of use for years.  I also purchased 3" foam.  I really wanted 2.5" foam, but they didn't have it and the 2" foam seemed too thin.
Now, let me tell you a little story about that staple gun.  I have watched a million DIY shows and seen them recover things and BOOM BOOM BOOM they staple that fabric down one handed while pulling the fabric taut and it looks so easy.  Liars!  I first put a double layer of batting down to add to the worn ottoman.  First I stapled that down.  Well, apparently staple gun + particle board = ridiculously difficult.  It just kept bending the staples or they couldn't go through everything.  By the end of pulling and stapling and grumbling to myself I had a blister and couldn't actually squeeze the trigger anymore.  It took two hands people, TWO hands, not one.  Dirty liars.  But in the end it looked amazing and was well worth the hours I spent on it.  We both thought that would be the easy part, we were very very wrong.
We also realized that the seat cushion didn't come with the chair.  It had been put there by a previous owner and didn't fit well. So we tore it apart and cut it to fit the chair.  We were very busy ladies.  Add to all this a three year old, who just wanted to play with his MaMa, and a teething 8 month old to tend to.  And I finished dinner and my Mom got both boys baths.  So very busy and productive!  So, you want to see the finished product?  Well, the nearly finished product.  Of course you do!  Unless you've just scrolled to see the
Close up of the fabric choice

My nearly finished chair

The fruit of my labors and cause of my blister

What's left to do?  We are going to try to figure out how to make padded arm rests next.  I need somewhere soft to put my arm while my babies sleep of course.  When the weather gets warmer I'll be tearing apart the ottoman, stripping off the finish, and then making it match the chair.  I have to wait for better weather since I don't have a garage and will have to do it on my back porch.  But I am excited to get it completed.

I am so excited that this project came together and looks so great!  I can't wait to rock Will to sleep tomorrow in it.  Hooray for productivity and crafting!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Raising Superhero's

So I was thinking about what it means to raise a superhero.  Did I just name this blog that because we are raising to superhero obsessed boys?  No, I named it that because I really do want to raise superhero's.  I want my boys to grow up strong and confident in who they are.  I want them to be hero's to each other and to those around them.  For others to look to them for leadership and to see how to be good examples.  I want them to be sure of the love their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has for them, that They know them individually and love them unconditionally.  I want them to grow up knowing that their Mom and Dad love them and always will.  I want them to be able to overcome their trials and obstacles with strength.  I want them to be able to lift up those around them when they struggle and fall and be a friend to those who need one.  I know they won't have real super powers.  They won't be able to lift a car above their head, or leap a building in a single bound, or fly, or turn into the incredible Hulk.  But they will be able to accomplish amazing things in their lives and I want to help them do it.  I want to be the kind of mother that encourages them to try new things and test their limits.  I'm excited to watch them grow and learn and become their own men full of promise.  So yes, I am raising superhero's who will be ready to take on whatever life throws at them because they will be strong.  I am proud to be the mother to two up and coming superhero's!
My superhero's!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Up Up and Away!

So, here I am, in the world of the blog!  I've been putting off doing this for a long time.  I have written blog posts in my head even, but never got up the nerve to actually put one together.  So forgive me as this comes together slowly and forms into whatever it will be.  Mostly it will be me talking about my kiddos and any fun things I feel like going on about!  So, if you aren't into what's going on with my two superhero boys then this isn't for you.  :)  I'm raising up two stellar superhero's over here and I am loving every crazy moment of it.

Protector of our home!