A morning in Paris...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm sorry I haven't been blogging for a while. I've been battling a horrible coughing cold for the past week. My head has been pounding and the coughing attacks just put me over the edge...Thank goodness for DayQuil!

Well, this past weekend it all started to look up! I know I'm starting to feel better when I want to bake and cook. To celebrate Memorial Day I decided to make strawberry crepes. I LOVE crepes! And I wanted to surprise my hubby...he loves crepes too :) It worked out perfectly too because I feed the kids before and then put them in front of the electronic babysitter (aka T.V) and got to work on making them. The kids even let us eat them in peace. I felt like I was in Paris while I sipped on my steam milk with espresso and munched on strawberry crepes with my husband. It was wonderful! Ready to know how you can make these at your home?

Becca's Strawberry Crepes:
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tablespoons of melted butter (you'll need more for cooking)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large eggs

Combine all of the above ingredients in the order listed. Whisk together until smooth and let stand for 10 minutes. Put 1- 2 Tablespoons of butter in the bottom of your skillet. Cover the bottom and a little up the side of the pan with butter. Add about 1/3 a cup of batter and swirl it around in your pan so it forms a smooth, even circle. When bubbles start forming or your butter underneath the crepe starts bubbling it's time to flip (usually about 1-3 minutes). Use a thin butter knife to lift the edge of the crepe and slide a spatula underneath. Next tip your pan and flip your crepe. Once your crepes are cooked you can work on your filling.

Filling options:
Nutella spread on the bottom of the crepe for a decadent hazelnut, chocolate flavor. I slice up strawberries, sprinkle with sugar, add a tablespoon of butter to a pan and cook over medium low heat. Then I spoon the strawberry mixture into the crepe and roll it up.

Lastly I dust with powdered sugar and place some of the fruit filling ontop. I also recommend steamed milk with espresso ;) I hope you enjoy them as much as we did, with love, Becca

My Husband's Birthday Extravaganza

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today, I'm taking it easy. This weekend it seems like I celebrated non-stop. Seriously. Friday night was an adult night out with friends for my husband's birthday. Saturday night we went to a hullabaloo concert with the kids. Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day with a nice walk along the lake....and then a nice dinner with the rest of the family. And last, but not least we hosted a neighborhood party for our friends with kids to celebrate my husband's birthday. OH MY!!! It's been a whirlwind, but I wouldn't change any of it for a second ;) It was lots of fun. I made my husband's favorite Bananas Foster Cupcakes to celebrate. Oh, were they yummy! There's always a reason to celebrate and a yummy little cupcake makes it so much sweeter. Who knows, maybe I'll keep the celebration going and celebrate Wednesday tomorrow.....hmmmm.....I wonder what Wednesday cupcakes would taste like!

New Projects

Friday, May 6, 2011

This week has been a busy one for me. It seems like this year has just been getting busier and busier. I can't wait till summer....although I have a feeling that once summer is here it will be over before I know it. I'm not sure how you all handle stress but I love to paint. I haven't painted for a very long time. Between carpools, play dates, food to make, appointments to keep, kids to pick up after, who has time?! This week I made time...and I'm very happy I did. I put a movie on and I took a couple hours to paint.

My little brother in law is moving into a new apartment and asked me to paint him a modern/abstract painting to go in the living room. I don't usually paint modern but I was very excited to paint for him. He bought me three canvases to paint on- it was a lot of fun. Art doesn't have to be perfection. It doesn't HAVE to be anything. Art is what you make it. To be completely honest with you I had no idea what i was painting when I started. It just kinda flowed out of my soul as I went along. If you've never painted - try painting an abstract painting.... it's never wrong, it's just yours. Hopefully this will inspire someone out there. Here's my painting.

....I hope he likes it!