Thursday, September 1, 2011

What I’ve Been up to

When I started this blog a little over 4 years ago I didn’t know what it would turn into or if I would keep it going for as long as I have.

It has turned into an outlet, a reason to try a recipe and a way to share my love of food with the world.

My life in those 4 years has changed quite a bit and with C in the picture now my free time for baking and cooking has been reduced not that I mind as I get to spend time with her instead.
So my life has been consumed with bottles and diapers and baby food. Baby food that I make for her because I feel its the best for her and its something I know everyone can do so I thought I would share.

When I was pregnant I bought a few baby food cookbooks and to tell you the truth I haven’t really touched one since I started making baby food for her. They didn’t follow what I felt she should be eating or they had ingredients I wasn’t going to drive an hour to find.

I find making baby food really easy and it takes roughly the same amount of effort to make 1lb of apples as it is 10lbs of apples. And as a working mom I need to mass produce as much as I can.

I have a process that I follow, not really a recipe. You don’t need any fancy equipment or special baby blender. The food processor, blender or immersion blender you got from your wedding shower or that you already have will work just fine.

6076648063_b9762cbfdb_b In this photo there are Raspberries, Apricots, Blueberries, and Nectarines.

Apple Baby Food – AKA Applesauce
Peel and core as many apples as you would like to make and cut them into a large dice.
Put them in a pot with small amount of water and put a lid on it and cook them over medium heat stirring occasionally until fork tender. You might have to add additional water if it all evaporates.
Place the fruit in bowl of your food processor, blender or use your immersion blender right in the pot. Blend until you reach your desired consistency, really blended to begin with and then chunkier as they get older.
Repeat with any fruit or vegetable. You might not need any extra liquid when making some of the softer fruits.

I place all my baby food in portioned out sizes in the freezer. Some people use ice cube trays or other containers. I love these Beaba containers I found. They hold a lot more so its less guess work as to how much to thaw out. They are the only specialized baby food item I use.

If I’m feeling ambitious I’ll peel the softer fruit, if not ill just strain out the skins or seeds depending on the fruit. I strained the raspberries I made for C and the nectarines.

So this is what my freezer looks like on a regular basis. Bags of frozen baby food and baby food freezing.
So that is my life now, baby food, C and enjoying every moment I have with her.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Breakfast Tacos


The 4th of July is always busy for my family with multiple BBQ’s and fireworks. We never seem to be at home and aren’t normally cooking any big meals. But this year I wanted to do something special for P. I wanted to make him a nice breakfast to get the weekend started off right.

So when Tortilla Land contacted me about trying their product. I jumped at the chance. The ability to make fresh tortillas in a minute is really appealing. And they were really really good.
So I was inspired to make him some Breakfast Tacos.

Breakfast Tacos
2 Tortilla Land Tortillas
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 of a cup of breakfast sausage
3 spring onions, sliced thinly
2 slices of cheddar cheese
1/4 cup of pico de gallo
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a skillet over medium high heat cook the tortillas for 30 seconds a side until they puff up and and have some golden brown spots on them. Remove and set aside. In the same pan place the olive oil and the spring onions and cook for 2 minutes until they start to soften. Add in the breakfast sausage and cook until done. Add in the eggs and stir so that the eggs coat everything and cook until the desired doneness. Divide the egg mixture between the two tortillas and top with a slice of cheese and some pico de gallo and serve.

Disclaimer – I was given some Tortillas from Tortilla Land for this post but the opinions and recipes are my own.

Friday, July 1, 2011

And the Winner Is…

Thanks to the winner is

Number 3 -

Kendra said...

I love Weight Watchers when I actually track. I agree too about drinking water! Really helps take off the hunger!

So send me an email with your address and Ill get the package right over to you.

Thanks again to everyone who entered.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hi My Name is Katie and…

I’m on a Diet, yes there I said it. Feels freeing like in a 12 step program or something. I’m trying to lose some of this baby weight and lets face it some before the baby weight too.

Since C was born via C Section any future kids will be too so I figured I better get in amazing shape before then.

So I officially became a Suburban Mom and joined a Zumba class with some friends. It totally kicks my butt and makes the time go by fast. But Exercise alone won’t do it. Let’s face it running a blog that has basically just baked goods isn’t really helping the situation.

Hence the recipes that are more real food that I have been doing. Sweets are however my downfall, I just love them so much.

So when My BlogSpark asked If I wanted to try some Fiber One Brownies that were only 90 calories. I figured what the heck they might just be the answer to my sweet tooth problem.

So if you are on a diet and are looking for a sweet option for only 90 calories why not enter to win the wonderful prize back below.

Ok so the Rules and Regulations part. This is open to All US residents. This giveaway will end July 1st at 12pm Central Time.

Now How to Enter 3 Different Ways!
1. Leave a Comment here about anything diet related, tips, tricks, your diet downfalls.

2. Tweet about this post and then leave a comment back here with the link to the tweet.

3. Talk about this Giveaway on your Blog and leave a comment with a link back to the post.

And Make Sure you leave me a way to contact you! Otherwise how can I let you know you won.

Good Luck!
Disclaimer – I was given the above prize pack for this post from My BlogSpark  and Fiber One but my opinions are my own.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Guilty Pleasures

Everyone has them, things that you don’t want people to know.

I’ll share a few then you can share some if you dare.

1. I have a love of bad reality TV, if most people would gag at the sight of the show you can bet I’m engrossed in it.

2. Cream Cheese frosting, I could eat a whole batch no problem in way too short of a time frame.

3. Dishes, Platters, Glasses, put me in a Home store and I’ll gravitate right to them. I do have someone to blame for this one. Thanks Mom!

4. The Color Purple, If its purple I have to have it, doesn’t matter if I already have 4 purple T shirts that are exactly the same I need another because its some how different.
And Last but not least

5. Cinnamon, its it in something on something doesn’t matter I’m want it.  I used to swap out the vanilla ice cream on apple pie a la mode for cinnamon ice cream all the time in middle and high school after school events. I just LOVE the stuff.

So when I saw this recipe on Joy the Baker’s site I thought. I must eat you immediately.


I served this with a cream cheese frosting dip, basically just cream cheese frosting in bowl. So make some or buy some just serve it with it you won’t regret it.

I didn’t change a thing from her recipe and she has great pictures and tutorial on how to stack it all together.
Get the Recipe Here.

And if you haven’t listened to her Pod Casts yet I would strongly suggest that you do. They are hilarious!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Carrot Cake Pancakes, Yes Please

I would have to say that Carrot Cake is one of my very favorite cakes. Its probably because it has a lot of Fall flavors and Fall is my favorite time of year. Warm spices, a little bit hearty and I’ll eat cream cheese frosting on anything. So when I bookmarked these pancakes probably forever and a day ago because the link that I had doesn’t even go to the page anymore I wanted to make them right away. But as most things on my Google Reader go, it was pushed aside by other things I marked down as a must do. So here I am years later after a major clean up with these little beauties.

When P’s sister came into town we made these for her as she also shares my affinity for Carrot Cake. These totally hit the spot. They were sweet for sure, but I will never complain about a sweet filled breakfast.

So these are my ode to all things Fall because around here we didn’t get any Spring so I will have to wait until Fall to enjoy some nice moderate weather!
Carrot Cake Pancakes adapted from Joy the Baker

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Dash nutmeg
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup packed brown or granulated sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups finely grated carrots
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Spread
4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl, combine the flour, pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg.
In a separate bowl, combine egg, brown sugar, milk, carrots, and vanilla mix to combine.
Stir carrot mixture into dry ingredients until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupful onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on the top of pancake; flip and cook until golden brown.
For topping, blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Serve with pancakes, or as we did spread a ton on and enjoy.

Note - I always like raisins in my carrot cake so I think next time I will add them.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Risk and Reward

I have decided to take more chances. One of those chances was entering to host a party sponsored by Food Buzz and Cost Plus World Market. Since I love Cost Plus World Market, I figured, "What the heck, might as well give it a shot instead of my usual 'they wouldn't take my proposal attitude'". So when I got back that they accepted my proposal, I was shocked and very excited. I'm already at Cost Plus World Market at least every few weeks, so a sponsored post was amazing.

So we had originally planned to have friends over, who hadn't met C yet. I had the whole menu planned and ready to go when we got the call. They couldn't make it. So since I had already started the drink and the food, I thought, "You know what, we are still going to have something. Just the 3 of us." It was finally nice out and I wanted to celebrate that. So we continued on as planned, with one, minor yet delicious, substitution.

As you can see, I made a ton of my fake out sangria, because I like it to sit and let the flavors muddle together. So I figured, "Might as well go with it, and let it finish muddling." I made a large dent in the final consumption so not all was lost. :)

And I love the dispenser that I used. I had been pining over it for a while, thanks to the mason jar craze that is hot right now. Now that I have it, I really want another. It was already a hard sell to P as it's something I don't need blah, men and their practicality.

Now everything you see here, minus the silverware, is from Cost Plus including the table and chairs. Told you I love them. Even if it wasn't a post sponsored by them I would be singing their praises. It's honestly a one stop party shop for me. If I'm going to a party or throwing one they have everything I need.

Ok. back to the dinner. After the success of pork a palooza, we have decided to have a yet unnamed burger event and we are testing burgers for it. So this weekend the test burger was 'Big Blue'.

And originally we were going to make potato chips, but since it was just the 3 of us (and only 2 of us were actually eating) we decided on baked zucchini fries. Which were amazing I can't wait to make them again.

The Big Blue Burger
For the patty
1 lb of ground beef I like to use 80/20 when I make burgers
1 tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon bread crumbs
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
Mix to combine form into 3 patties stuffing about 1 1/2 table spoons of blue cheese into each patty.
Cook the patties over a pre heated grill about 8 minutes a side or until medium.

For the sauce
1/4 cup mayo
1/3 cup blue cheese
Stir to combine and let sit in the fridge until ready to serve. This can be made in advance.

For the Onions
1 onion, really thinly sliced
2 tsp of balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
Cook the onions in the olive oil until they are just starting to get some color on them then add in the balsamic vinegar and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside until the burgers are ready.

Take a pretzel bun and put a generous amount of sauce on both sides and place a leaf of lettuce on the bottom bun and some balsamic onions on the top. Place the burger on the bottom bun and carefully top with the top bun.

Zucchini fries
4 medium to large zucchini cut into sticks
1/2 Cup of milk
1 cup of bread crumbs
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Brady street cheese sprinkle
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese grated
Pinch of salt
A few grinds of pepper

Preheat oven to 425. Spray 2 baking sheets with non stick spray. Combine the bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, cheese sprinkle, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and set to the side.

Dip the zucchini in the milk and the dredge in the bread crumb mixture, lay out on the baking sheet with a little space between them repeat until all are done.

Bake for 25- 30 minutes rotating the pans once half way through the cooking.

Fake Out Sangria
I need a better name for this so I’m taking suggestions!
1 64oz container of lemonade
1 bottle of prosecco
2 cups of raspberry vodka – you could use another flavor that works with the fruit you use.
Assorted fruit – I used 1 lemon, 1 orange, 2 limes, 3 peaches, reserve some for the glasses.

In the bottom of the serving container you are using place the fruit in the bottom and muddle or mash it so that it releases some of its juices. Then add in the lemonade, and vodka and chill in the fridge. Right when your guests arrive, put in some ice and the prosecco and serve. I like to put some fruit in the glasses because it looks nice but I know it bothers a lot of people when there is fruit floating in their glass, so completely up to you.
Cost Plus World Market has, in my opinion, some of the best Italian soda around. I like their Orange Passion Mango flavor, so I thought it would make great ice cream float, which would be really refreshing on a day like today. And those straws in the jars; they are reusable. So cute and environmentally friendly? It's a win win.

So P, C and I had a great Welcome Summer Party.

And if you don’t have a Cost Plus World Market near you, check them out online.

Click here to shop the Cost Plus World Market eCatalog. You can find all of the items I used and honestly if you have been pining over a drink dispenser this one is amazing and won’t break the bank. So just buy it!

Disclaimer – I received a gift card from Cost Plus World Market and a stipend from Food Buzz for this post.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Keeping It Real

Normally I only show you what special things I bake up. But I have decided to start keeping it real. I don’t always have time to bake now because of C. But I always have time to make dinner during the week. Ok most days I do sometimes P has to do the cooking. So expect more of this and more of me keeping in real.

Like how I live on fewer hours of sleep than I ever remember.

How laundry in my house now accumulates over night to gigantic proportions.

How this blog and baking used to really important, now watching C learn to clap is the most important part of my day.

FYI she just learned last night I about died from cuteness.

Vegetarian Enchiladas
1 onion - quartered and sliced
1 green pepper  - medium dice
4 portobello mushrooms - medium dice
1 cup of frozen corn, thawed and drained
1 can of tomato sauce
1 16 oz container of salsa - as hot as you like it
1 cup of shredded quesadilla cheese, you can substitute cheddar
1 1/2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 bag of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
5 large tortillas
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet put about a tablespoon of oil and cook the onions and peppers until the onions are translucent and the peppers are still just starting to get tender. Then set them aside in a large bowl. Add another tablespoon of oil and cook the mushrooms completely and add into the bowl along with the corn, black beans, and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Add in 1/2 of the tomato sauce and 1/2 of the salsa into the mix and stir to combine. In a 9x13 pan mix half of the remaining tomato sauce and salsa on the bottom of the dish. Add 1/2 to 2/3 of a cup of the vegetable mixture into each tortilla and roll them up seam side down into the pan. Top with the remaining tomato sauce and salsa and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
I use this recipe to use up left over vegetables I already have so feel free to change the vegetables up as you see fit.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pork A Palooza 2011

First I would like to thank Roger Goodell  the NFL Commissioner for having me host Pork A Palooza 2011.

You may ask why am I thanking Roger Goodell the NFL Commissioner because he changed how the draft works. Every year we threw an NFL draft party now I understand most of you would understand why some one would throw a Super Bowl party or a party on a random Sunday to watch the game. However you do not live with my husband who is a football fanatic, we watch the NFL combine, we watch the draft (all 3 days), we watch every football game the Chicago Bears play, and we always have a Super Bowl party.

So when it would be draft day everyone would be at my house early on Saturday morning ready to eat what seemed like at least 10lbs of meat a person. They would then call each other the next morning and talk about the meat sweats they had the night before.

But the commish he changed things last year he made the NFL draft move to a Thursday night during prime time. This made it rather difficult to have a party because people have jobs, children and other obligations on Thursday nights so this year when the NFL draft was still on a Thursday I decided we should do something during draft season.

So I decided we were going to throw Pork A Palooza 2011, everything was going to be made with pork, drinks, desserts, you name it, everything was going to have a pork or pork by product in it.  So with out further ado I give you Pork A Palooza 2011.


Drinks -
Bacon Chocolate Martini
Bacon Apple Bourbon Fizz

Food -
Bacon Explosion Burgers
Ham, Brie and Fig Panini
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Dates
Bacon Fat Cornbread
Ham Cheese and Chive Bread
Sonoran Hot Dogs
Chorizo Pozole inspired Soup
Roasted Cauliflower and Bacon Soup
Cheddar, Guinness and Bacon Spread
Pancetta Poutine
Pulled Pork Nachos

Desserts -
Bacon Truffles
Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
Bacon and Beer Smores
Bacon Brittle
IMG_4874These are the dates which were amazing.
IMG_4887The Cauliflower and Bacon Soup, my personal favorite.
IMG_4912The Pancetta Poutine, a Real Crowd Pleaser.
IMG_4928The Bacon Explosion Slider, we ran out of these pretty quickly.
IMG_4916  The Sonoran, messy to eat but oh so tasty.
5598652637_c81f0285a8_b Ham Cheese and Chive Bread.

I didn't get pictures of everything as I was playing hostess and baby wrangler.
But this was the aftermath.
And Because this is already an awfully long post. I will be posting the recipes in another post.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bacon and Beer, What could be better

IMG_4480 So I can finally announce what I have been working on that has been taking the precious time I have to cook and bake away from this blog.

P and I are throwing a party. A party that meant I had to test alot of recipes to see what we would want to use because…… they will all contain a pork or pork by product. We are Hosting Pork A Palooza 2011. The menu is just about final which means I can start posting recipes as the party date approaches.  So our first official offering is Bacon and Beer Smores, I had never made marshmallows before but they were on my cooking bucket list so I was able to kill two birds with one stone.
These are really simple once all of the components have been made but take into account that the marshmallows need to set up overnight.

IMG_4467 Bacon and Beer Smores

Beer Marshmallows found HERE
Note: I only cooked my sugar to 238 then removed it from the heat as the first time I went to the full 245 and the results were not good at all.

Bacon Chocolate Bar
12 oz of Milk chocolate melted
7 pieces of bacon cooked and crumbled
Combine chocolate and bacon and spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and let it harden in the fridge.

Graham Crackers

To assemble take a graham cracker and place a piece of bacon chocolate on it then top with a beer marshmallow and toast with a culinary torch.  You could also go old school and roast the marshmallow on a stick or skewer over a fire or gas stove top. Then top with another graham cracker and try to resist having another one.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cookies don’t Shake Hands, Cookies have to Hug

I'm Type A as I have said many times before and I'm really hard on myself when things don't turn out as planned. But now that C is in the picture I don't have as much time to worry about small things. So when I was trying to make a dessert for work from a recipe I found, things did not work out as planned. And these cookies were for the garnish for this dessert and as you can see even these didn't come out right. But you know what I didn't care, I thought 2 cookies together equals 1 cookie. :) And that these cookies must know its close to Valentine's Day and they just love each other so much they had to hug. I know the cookies spread and they didn't actually want to hug so need for any lectures on how to fix my cookies.
So the next time your cookies hug don't worry because I'm sure they will still taste great!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

GTL for Life

Vices we all have them and I have many, but one in particular drives P nuts. My love of reality tv, something about my lack of tv growing up and only watching PBS he thinks predisposes me to like this "crap" this late in life. So when my friend decided to start having Jersey Shore Thursdays at her house and we would do themed food I was all about going. I get to watch Jersey Shore and have immediate conversation and commentary, score. And I could wear sweatpants and eat food and dessert, double score. So when I told my friend that they were not all in fact Italian (collective gasp) she decided we would have Latin Flair Jersey Shore Thursday. So I set out to find a suitable dessert for such an occasion and I found it.
GTL Cake AKA Great Tangerine Loaf Cake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter,
at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbs. finely grated tangerine zest

For the tangerine syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh tangerine juice (I used sunburst tangerines)

Preheat an oven to 350ºF. Spray a 1lb loaf tin with baking spray
In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, sugar and zest until blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
Add the flour mixture alternating with the milk. Beat until blended and smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.
Make the tangerine syrup: Take the juice and sugar and reduce by half over medium high heat. Once reduced set aside to cool.
Remove the bread from the oven, using a fork or skewer, gently poke the top in several places. Slowly drizzle syrup over the hot bread. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn the loaf out onto the rack, top side up, and let cool completely. Makes 1 loaf.

I served mine with Chambord Whipped Cream. Because its Jersey Shore Thursday and we gotta have some booze somewhere!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Creature of Habit

I know I'm old.

Yes I said it I know I'm old. Not because some one forgot to check my license when I bought alcohol, nope I always get carded and then get the once over. And its not because they are trying to be cute.
Its is because I'm a creature of habit and routine. Every Friday night we do our Grocery Shopping, it means we can have the whole weekend to ourselves and if we are up for work anyway might as a well just stay up few more hours and get it all done. So that means every week we go to the same stores at about the same time, so at our weekly Trader Joe's run the staff saw my stomach grow and grow and would ask when I was due. I would politely answer and we would go on our way. I figured they only remembered us because we use the same reusable baskets each week and they are unique. Oh yea and because I was a big pregnant lady :)

So when I broke routine and went on a Tuesday during the afternoon sans baskets with C I thought no one would recognize me or say Hi. Boy was I wrong people that apparently hadn't been working the Friday night shift in a while stopped me and wanted to see the baby and wanted to know her name etc. That is when I knew I had turned into a predictable old lady. So I will sit here in my sweat pants and eat my favorite old timey dessert, Bread Pudding. And Bread Pudding gets even better when drizzled with Caramel and Trader Joe’s Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce is perfect.

Maybe getting old isn’t so bad if I can eat decadent desserts like this with out having to worry about skinny jeans, micro minis and tiny tee’s.IMG_3901
White Chocolate Blueberry Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of half and half
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 of a 1lb loaf of dense white bread
12 oz of white chocolate chips, divided
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla
8 oz of blueberries, I use the frozen wild blueberries from Trader Joes because they are tiny and really flavorful
Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 6 6oz ramekins with non stick spray and set aside. Heat cream, half and half, vanilla until it comes to a boil then turn it down to a simmer, mix in the white chocolate and stir until combined and completely melted. Then set aside to cool. Chop the bread into 1 inch cubes and set aside in a large bowl. In a bowl mix the egg yolks, sugar, salt and cinnamon together, add in the warm cream mixture and whisk to combine. Pour the custard mixture over the bread and stir to coat every piece and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add in the blueberries and stir gently. Then divide the mixture evenly between the ramekins. Bake for 17-22 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the custard is pretty much set.
Heat the caramel sauce for about 30 seconds in the microwave and drizzle over the warm bread pudding.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year, New Resolution

Every Year People make resolutions some we keep and some we don't even stand a chance at keeping.

I'm a list maker, a horrible type A list maker. And I made lists of things I wanted to do in 2010 some of which I did and some of which I didn't complete.

So this year I have one simple resolution, to actually use the many cookbooks I own. So during my lunch break at work (I'm actually going to use it for me time instead of just working through lunch), I'm going to bring a cookbook and use these fun little post it tabs that I got and mark down the recipes I want to make. And then I will bring that cookbook home and make everything that I marked and only when that is done can I move on to another cookbook.

I'm hoping this helps me make a commitment to my baking again since having cupcake has been my major priority. I think I deserve to do some baking, so I'm looking forward to sharing all of that with you.

And if you are wondering what I had written down to do that didn't get done in 2010, you are nosy. But fine I'll share with you.

1. Master Pie Crust - I didn't even attempt this and I will as I am sure there is some in one of my cookbooks
2. Finish the rest of my Catering Menu - I got about half of the cupcakes done but I still need to do some recipe formulation on the rest
3. Learn the ins and outs of my camera - I tried to read the manual, BORING
4. Make a Crepe Cake - I just need some uninterrupted time and lets face it I'm a mom now so that might not happen for the next 18 years :)
5.Organize my closet - I actually just bought some containers to help with this but they are however just sitting in my front room. Sigh.

But I did make about 4 gallons of vanilla extract, so if you need some let me know :) and I did complete my holiday baking and learned a few tricks while doing that. So between being pregnant, having a baby and all that comes with that I don't feel bad about what I didn't get done at all.