Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baking Muffins!

The weather has been a bit cooler than our typical summer weather so it was perfect baking weather! We are discovering that Lanie is a great baker and enjoys cooking as well.  She headed to the kitchen and made some chocolate chip muffins!

They turned out absolutely perfect don't you think?

After they were out of the oven she wanted to "test" one with a friend and the only one that was home was Ivy.

Ivy gave no argument to trying one right from the oven...YUMMY!

The muffins were delicious with a nice tall glass of cold milk.

They were definitely going to be a hit with the rest of the girls...

Lanie blushed a bit when Ivy shared just how good she thought they were...and felt proud.  She can't wait to share with the others once they get home her special treat that she made.

It's so nice to have special friends to share the gifts that you have with...

and now to clean up the kitchen!

What is your favorite special treat that you enjoy?  Is it something that you can make with the help of a parent or friends or something that you can make on your own?

Here is Lanie's recipe if you want to try it out:

Lanie's Favorite Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk

1.Heat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease bottoms only of 12 muffin cups or line with baking cups.
2.In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, chocolate chips, and salt; mix well. In a small bowl, combine milk, oil and egg; blend well. Add dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be lumpy.)
3.Fill cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops of muffins before baking with a combination of 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoon brown sugar.
4.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 minute before removing from pan. Serve warm.

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Camping Trip

It was a beautiful weekend weather wise so we decided to take our new friend Lanie with us on a camping adventure.

After packing up all of the things we thought we might need we started off our adventure with some tree climbing. Lanie LOVES the outdoors and had fun with us climbing.

When we were finished climbing we trekked around a bit hiking and discovered some really neat spots...this was one of our favorites:

We took a little break here at this point and just enjoyed each other and the sun that was shining down on us. What a perfect day to spend together enjoying the outdoors!

After getting some sun we were re-charged and ready for some more hiking.  We found this really cool space that was all fenced in....kind of strange and we couldn't figure out why it was or if there was anything inside the fenced in area.  A mystery!

After hiking Lanie said that she would go off and look for some firewood for our campsite while Zoe and I went to prepare our site.

Lanie found some really nice wood for kindling don't you think?

After setting up the tent and getting the campfire all set and ready to go we all sat a bit to take a much needed break. Ahhh!  We love the outdoors!

Zoe roasted a marshmallow first!  She LOVES roasting marshmallows...do you?

Lanie was so glad to be with her new friends on this camping trip.  In so many ways she found that they were alike but they also had differences which made them each unique.

McKenna for an example is super funny and laid back...she really is able to make everyone laugh and feel comfortable.

She always has a funny story to share.

Zoe is so, so, so super sweet and caring.  She is kind of quiet when you first meet her and then you discover that she can be so very silly and FUN!

The three of us will be friends forever...

 Thanks for letting us share about our day...it was PERFECT!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Our First Night with Lanie!

We recently sold Zoey's AG horses and stable set...they weren't getting used or played with and we didn't have the space to have them out anyway!  It was Zoey's decision and I told her that if it sold she could have the money from the sale.  Well, the horses sold this week and it just so happened that we found a listing on craigslist for an AG doll (something that is very rare for our area) and it was Lanie Holland, 2010's Girl of the Year!

This was the photo of the listing:

It was really hard to tell from the listing if she was in good shape or not.  The listing stated that she had never been out of the box and was new.  She was in her meet outfit and had her box and book.  I worked today and sent the individual that was listing her a note saying I could meet her early this morning on my way in to work to take a look at her (I didn't want to commit in case she was truly in bad shape!).

We saw her this morning and I checked her limbs for tightness, her hair and her neck strings and she was good!  After an A+ we exchanged goods and we were the proud new owners of Lanie!  Zoey was THRILLED and I don't think that she really believed what had just happened!  :)

I worked all day and Zoey was with a friend so we couldn't play with her until later tonight...here are some pics of her on her first night here hanging out with McKenna (our other doll of the year).

They are becoming fast friends and Lanie is fitting right in!

Treats and playing games will make people feel welcome every time!

Lanie ended up winning when they played Apples to Apples!  Hooray!

So much excitement for just one day!  Lanie is sleeping and already dreaming about what fun they will be having tomorrow.

I can't wait to share some better pictures of her in her meet outfit with you when the lighting is better during the day.

One thing I love about American Girl collecting is that our collection is constantly changing.  We discover what it is we love and what it is that we can live without all the time.  I think right now we have the dolls that we truly "love" in our collection.  We've gotten rid of some from our original collection and made room for some ones that we were pining away for.  Getting rid of the horses and stable set was a good move for us too...we just weren't into horses and either were our dolls!

So fun sharing this journey with you all!
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