As you may have noticed, this blog has been under construction for the past several days. I've actually spent a few months trying to decide what I want this to be. More on that later.
You may have noticed that my header has changed almost every day this week. I was playing around with different headers and trying to decide which one I liked. When I finally settled on a header, I went to upload it and I received an error message telling me I had exceeded my storage quota.
What? I have a storage quota? I had no idea. The "help" link on this error message took me to Picasa Web albums where I saw every picture I have ever uploaded to my blog. There was a tagline at the bottom saying I had hit 99.98% storage capacity. Just great. When I went to delete a photo, just one photo, it also deleted it from my blog. On to plan B.
Then I consulted Google. Doesn't everyone? I discovered that I could go flip through the photos and find the previous header images I had uploaded, delete those, and then cross my fingers and hope for the storage space to be freed up. Done.
It worked! So before I break it again, I think I will leave it alone for a little while until I figure out exactly what I'm doing!
If you ever encounter this error message, when working in the Layout section of your blog, you will know exactly how to fix it.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Save your calories! These donut are made in the oven.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll notice my obsession with food. On my board, "Recipes to Make" I have over 200 recipes pinned. Buried among the recipes is a picture of a lone strawberry donut. The word "baked" caught my eye as I skimmed through the images. Baked donuts? Without the mess of frying? Sign me up!
This led me to search out donut pans. I purchased this one on Amazon and finally got the chance to test it out. Saturday morning I enlisted Hunter to help me mix the ingredients. I really just wanted to test out the pan and see how it did so I used the recipe that came with it. I was amazed at how well these turned out! After they cooled for a little bit I lifted them out of the pan with the tip of a spatula. I was worried that they might break or get stuck in the pan but they were perfect!
I used this roasting pan to set the donuts on as I iced them. Aren't they gorgeous?
So gorgeous in fact that Hunter couldn't wait to steal one and take a bite.
adapted from Norpro
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
1 T shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T hot water
Preheat oven to 325^. Grease doughnut pan. Mix all dry ingredients first and stir in wet ingredients. Fill each donut cup 3/4 full. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Gently lift out with a spatula after slightly cooled. Mix glaze together and pour over or dip in donuts. Makes 10 donuts.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Here's this week's latest house update.
Meet our chief inspector! If he doesn't like what he sees he might engage you in a game of basketball. Or hide in a closet when you're not watching.
They've also finished the texture over the sheetrock which is the basis for our walls. I guess it's just sprayed on. Don't you just love those arched doorways!
I think we've decided .to keep the island as it is. After talking to the sales guy he said we're basically getting a custom island for free. Well, not really for free because our house isn't free. But it's a free upgrade, I guess. I'm off to buy more dishes!
Friday, August 10, 2012
At the beginning of the summer, I bought a Living Social deal (or was it Groupon?) for this small petting zoo called The Gentle Zoo. It was only $10 and was good for 4 people. Since my weekends are so precious with Hunter, I bought one so that we could have some quality family time doing something fun. Errands be gone, it was time to pet some animals!
When we turned off the main highway down the country road all we passed were houses. And then I saw the sign for it which was in someone's front yard! Yep, that's right. We basically drove up to someone's property and they had a mini zoo in their backyard.
They even had a llama!
Ugh! A direct sunlight blown out photo. But they did have this cool John Deere tractor that had a mini train attached behind it. We got a mini train ride around the property. After this we took a break in the shade at some picnic tables. See how close the cars are to the property? It wasn't a big deal at all for us to run to our car to get our drinks.