The kids went back to school last week with much excitement! They both love the teacher that they have been placed with ( mommy is glad, it is so hard leaving them trusted to someone else in the first place. I cannot image how it would be if they were not excited, happy and looking forward to each and every day.) They both have fallen back into the swing of things nicely, I am so glad to be back to a schedule! Weekly, daily and nightly routine, it seems as though the flow of our family is right on track. We are all looking forward to what this new school year will bring with anticipation. I am happy to share with you all again the joys of Ty and Minnie as they grow! Below are a few photos for the first few days of school!
Archive for August, 2009
So, I gave my first try at a gluten free (GF) cake last night. Rachel was gracious, but I think it could be much better.
I’m going to record the recipe here and some of my thoughts on what I’ll do next time.
1 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 can of pineapple slices
1 can of Oregon Bing Cherries
1 3/4 cups Bob’s Redmill gluten free all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
Juice from canned pineapple
Spray a 9×14 pan and coat with sugar (as is done with all my cakes/brownies!), and place pineapple rings into the bottom of the pan. Place a cherry in the center of each ring.
Make the topping by combining a stick of butter and brown sugar in small saucepan on medium heat until brown sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Pour over pineapple rings.
Preheat oven to 325˚F. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. In a seperate bowl, mix sugar and remaining butter until light. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternating with sour cream in two portions, beating well after each addition. Pour cake batter over glaze already in the pan.
Bake until fork comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool cake for 10-15 minutes, then place a cookie sheet (or nice platter) on top and flip pan over, leaving the cake on your platter.
Things I’ll try next time
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup butter
Heat sugar and water on medium until dissolved, then turn up to medium-high and boil until amber in color (about 10 minutes) Then add butter.
Add another egg, drop the sour cream, or reduce it, and try 3/4 cups butter. Maybe a full teaspoon of baking powder.
Update on Minnie, I am sure you all have been wondering and I have been so neglectful, I am so sorry. We have had tons of doctor’s appointments this summer, we have an awesome medical team here in Texas! God was really great in providing specialist that can provided the care that she needs. We have a good pediatrician… I guess? We hardly see her it is so different then The Famous Dr. Jones! Here we see the specialist for everything.
To get on with it, Minnie has been eating great, vomiting a little, so your prayers have worked. She is staying at a stable weight, and height. They have decided that the next back surgery she has will be her last. She has very little skin left on her back to cut open, it is fragile and thin, the surgeon’s think that her spine has began to fuse naturally where it is now. They feel like they would not get much of a correction if they did an expansion surgery now anyway. She will still be followed every six months and if her back begins to curve or she reaches puberty they will do a procedure called a Spinal Osteotomy. This I am told will be the biggest surgery of her life. That is the update on her back and tummy.
Both her lungs have decreased to 50 percent capacity. It used to be only one lung that was at 50 percent. She is going back on her bi-pap tonight she is on some meds for asthma but the doctor feels like the real problem is the restrictive lung disease. He explained it really well to me today, it made so much sense that babies lungs start developing at 5 weeks gestation! Crazy to imagine that at 5 weeks little babies and yes he called it a baby not a cell or a blob, start developing there lungs and the budding and branching of the “tree” as the baby continue to develop the branches with the pocket of it’s lungs spread out. But with Minnie hers were unable to because of her cancer. and now because of scar tissue and the restriction of her spine. Makes more sense now. Anyway we can keep praying for her lungs they will be something she will always have to deal with. We are trying to teach her slowly how to speak and advocate for herself as she is getting older.
The newest development with her is something that is causing her pain it is for some reason really sad for me it really just rips me up and I am not sure why. We found out that she has no roots on both her baby and adult molars. . I am taking her to a genetic counselor on Friday to see if maybe she can link the things that she has wrong with her together. But still we can find out what is wrong but it will not fix it. That is the cut and dry update! I will be sending out some pictures when Josh gets home to show me how!!!!
Bye for now!