29 May 2009

Smiley Boy

Lincoln is getting to the age when he should be learning to roll over soon. We have been trying to encourage him in this endeavor. Here are some pictures of Jonathan giving Lincoln a little rolling lesson:
He was making some progress. A few days ago, however, Lincoln found his thumb. This is excellent in many respects. He's sleeping longer (and so are we,) we don't have to worry about bringing a pacifier with us everywhere, or that pacifier getting dirty. However, Lincoln is not struggling to get off his tummy any more. Now tummy time looks more like this:


He almost fell asleep right there on the floor today! We're going to have to figure out some sort of incentive besides discomfort if we ever want him to roll over...


Oh well, he is still the cutest little baby! He was so smiley and happy today. He laughed for the first time and it was the best sound ever. Of course I had just stopped filming at the time, but hopefully we'll be able to get it on video soon. (Sorry the video is sideways, but I'm not sure how to turn it.)

28 May 2009

Look What I Made!

(It's a grocery bag holder.) I'm not very good at sewing yet, but I'm having fun experimenting!

The Daring Bakers: Apple Strudel

So this month I joined a group called the Daring Bakers. Every month there is a baking challenge posted and thousands of people from around the world make the same recipe. This month the recipe was for apple strudel. After reading the recipe and watching several YouTube videos of people making strudel, I thought this would be pretty hard so, naturally, I procrastinated until last week. It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought, though. The dough was easy to make and so stretchy!


You are supposed to stretch out the dough on an old table cloth with some flour worked into it until the dough is paper thin and you can "read love letters through it." We don't have any extra table cloths, though, so I thought wax paper would work because someone on the website said they used parchment paper. I've learned that parchment paper and wax paper are not interchangeable. I got the dough pretty big and pretty thin, but then I couldn't get it off the paper, so I had to get as much off as possible and start over.

The next best thing I had to a table cloth was a beach towel. It worked surprisingly well.

Then I just added the apple filling, rolled it up, and baked it.


Jonathan was happier with the result than I was, but then he loves all things apple. Even though the dough was fun to work with, I don't think I'll make this again. I would rather use the apples (and all the work) for an apple pie or apple crisp or something. But I must say, I can't wait for next months challenge!

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caf├ęs of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

15 May 2009

"Lincoln Doin' Work"

Lincoln's face has become so expressive recently! He is cooing at us all the time and smiling a ton.











































Lincoln has also discovered he loves to suck on his hands. It is becoming increasing difficult to get pictures of him without his hand in front of his face.






















12 May 2009

LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER!!!!!

LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER (it's important that you realize how big of a deal this is to me) LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER LAW SCHOOL FINALS ARE OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M DONE WITH MY FIRST YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06 May 2009

B&W Supply Company

Well, it's official. I have a new favorite store and it's called B&W Supply Company. This store is just down the hill from our house and I drive by it often. It is a restaurant supply company and for months now I have thought, "I should really go in there." There is even a little sign on the side of the building that says public welcome, but I never made the time to stop in. Until today. And boy am I glad I did. That place was AWESOME! Maybe it's just because I'm going through a cooking phase right now, but I felt like a kid in a candy store. I walked up and down all the aisles twice (lugging an infant car seat, no less, so this is something of a feat,) and got some pretty good stuff. Of course there was a lot more I would have liked to get, but I'm trying to practice some moderation, contrary to what Jonathan might think. :) Needless to say, however, I will be visiting that fine establishment again in the near future for all of my culinary needs.