September 9, 2014

Fresh Peach Pie!

The peaches are plenty and perfect right now and we've been having lots of peach pie in the last week and are not even close to sick of it :)  I even canned about 12 jars of peach pie filling with Devin's mom for a quick, ready to go dessert this fall! Sorry the pie filling I canned is different than this one. 

Devin saw this in the fridge and said "That looks like a good peach pie!" - opposed to my other ones that are not good peach pies? Not sure, but either way I thought it was necessary to dig this post out of the archives and share with you again! I also made an update to the filling
My favorite thing about this recipe: a unique, crumbly crust! Check it out :)

Fresh Peach Pie

Devin and I both grew up loving peach pie in the summer.  This is my mom's recipe, as most of them are.  The reason I'm using hers is because this crust is not your ordinary crust.  It's moist, crumbly, and the saltiness of it goes SO well with the sweetness of the filling.  

1. Mix the flour, sugar, and salt together.  2. In a measuring cup, mix the oil and milk together and then add to the dry ingredients. I used vegetable oil this time and I think I like it better with canola oil. 3. Using a fork, mix ingredients together right in the dish until moist enough to where you could form a ball with the dough. 4. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of your pie dish and bake for about 12-15 min @ 350 degrees.  The crust should be dry to the touch - it doesn't get very "golden" until it's been out of the oven for a little while so even if it still looks kind of white, it's okay.

The Filling
 Boil 1 c water. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add to the boiling water and heat while stirring until it gets a little thicker.  I think if you let the mixture boil while stirring it will make the jello set firmer.  Devin prefers the filling a little more gel-y than firm.

 Once the jello mixture is a little thicker, you can remove from heat and add all of your sliced peaches or you can add about 2/3 and place the other 1/3 in the crust and pour entire mixture over them. 
 Place in the fridge to set for about 2 hours.  Some things will affect how long this takes: If your crust is cool when you pour in the filling it will chill faster, I also think it sets faster if your mixture came to a full boil when stirring. 

Serve with whipped cream!
**Updated 9/9/14 - Corrected amount of jello powder to be used in filling
1 1/2 c. flour
2 T sugar
1 t salt
1/2 c. vegetable or canola oil
2 T milk

Pie filling
3 T cornstarch
3 T Peach flavored Jello powder (about half of a 3 oz pkg) - Raspberry is also a good alternative if you want to change it up a bit!
1 c. sugar
1 c. boiling water
3 c. sliced peaches (we used 3 peaches)

1. Mix the flour, sugar, and salt together.  2. In a measuring cup, mix the oil and milk together and then add to the dry ingredients. 3. Using a fork, mix ingredients together right in the dish until moist enough to where you could form a ball with the dough. 4. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of your pie dish and bake for about 12-15 min @ 350 degrees.  
5. Mix dry filling ingredients together and then add to boiling water.  Stir until thickened.  6. Remove from heat and add peach slices. Pour into cooled crust and chill for about 2 hours.  7. Serve with whipped cream!
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September 7, 2014

Happy Grandparent's Day!

Owen has been blessed to meet all but two of his living grandparents in the last three weeks! Can't wait for my dad to be able to come out with my mom for Thanksgiving and hopefully it won't be too long before we see Laura's mom, Grandma Kathleen!

My mom and Devin's mom have been Grandmothering my babies the last two weeks in every way.   I'm so glad they have these sweet women to love, and learn from!  My dad said he can't wait to play with Ava in a couple months.  That seems to be a grandpa's best quality - a playmate! Ava asks for "airplane" rides and "horsey" rides everyday because of the fun times she has with her Grandpa Neil. 

^^This last picture...Her aging hands against the new skin of a tiny baby tells the story of a woman who has worked so hard in all her years - true to her faith, wife of a farmer, and a loving mother who raised her children with the same work ethic and righteousness.  To me, it is this work and love that makes grandparents some of the best examples we have of what is most important and how to live a meaningful life.^^ Pin It

September 1, 2014

Dapper Boy

Oh I just love this boy! I had to take some pictures of him in his little church outfit that he is almost about to grow out of! I feel like I am hanging on to my little newborn for dear life...he'll be toddling before I know it.


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August 27, 2014

Fourth Anniversary

Since I was so close to having our baby, we didn't plan anything big for our anniversary this year.  But we did decide that some fancy dining would be fun so we went downtown to an Italian place called Asiago's and boy was it DELICIOUS. I have actually seen a Groupon for this restaurant for forever and always wanted to try it, based on a couple people who said it's great, so we got $40 worth of food for $20!  We never get dessert at restaurants but their dessert menu looked so good we decided to skip the appetizers and splurge on dessert - SO glad we did!

Devin got a yummy "marscapone lime tart" and I got a layered ice cream cake that Cold Stone makes exclusively for this restaurant.  That outer shiny chocolate layer is called "ganache".  There were a lot of italian food words on their menu and Devin and I had fun deciphering what everything was. I'm a total foodie so I was having a blast recognizing and learning new food words. 

Downtown Boise is a really neat place. SO clean, there's a total hipster vibe - lots of "granolas", people with dogs, bicyclists, etc.  We decided to eat outside because it wasn't TOO hot of a night and it was fun to get a better city experience - there was a bike bar that rode down our street a couple times.  It's like a bar except everyone sitting at the bar is pedaling while drinking, making the "vehicle" move and someone in front steering it where to go.  It was pretty funny to watch.  I also love all the interesting buildings - in some places there is a really old looking stone or brick building right attached to a tall, shiny, modern looking building. Then there were some fun looking old cars right outside where we were eating.  It was such a beautiful night to be together, enjoying the most delicious food, and talking about our lives without any interruption! 

And a big thanks to Devin's brother Garrett for watching Ava while we went.  It was so nice of him, considering it was his last night in Boise (or so we all thought) after spending the whole summer with us doing an internship here.  It's a good thing we didn't end up planning an overnight get away because I went into labor early the next morning! 

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August 21, 2014

Bringing Home Baby

This experience of having a baby has been so entirely different than when we had Ava. The biggest difference being that we got to leave the hospital just over 24 hrs after having him, opposed to 6 days later and staying at the hospital that whole time.  I've also recovered extremely well and faster than I imagined - being able to walk around tin the evening of the day I had him.

I'm also bringing a baby home to another child who isn't far from baby herself!  That transition has also been smoother than expected but that is also HUGE thanks to Devin's mom who has been here to give Ava lots of attention and taking her out of the house to do fun things  (and much more).  However, I still feel this overwhelming sense of needing to show Ava my love  more than ever.  I felt during this pregnancy that my patience with her had gone downhill so fast and only expected it to get worse with a new baby added to the mix. But when we came home with Owen I felt this overwhelming sense of love and need and desire to be patient with her, knowing that  patience might be all it takes for her to feel loved right now while sharing my time. She has been especially sensitive to anyone wanting to try and take her away from me, so I'm trying to let her be with me and the baby at the same time as much as possible so she knows it's not one or the other.

I knew Ava would be sweet with Owen because of how much she has shown a LOVE for babies in the last little while. But I didn't realize HOW sweet and careful she really could be.  It doesn't freak me out to have her near him, she just gets really close to him and either gives kisses or strokes his head or touches and labels body parts that she knows, and she seems to understand that eyes are off limits.  Every time she comes home from doing anything she immediately asks to know where the baby is, for now I think she wants to make sure he's staying in our family :)

 This pic was taken after our second night home.  He stayed swaddled all night and only woke up twice to eat, it was great!

Owen took a binky on the first day as well as latched on and has been nursing really well. Both of these things have made night time pretty good with him, as long as he is swaddled - he is so good at sneaking his little hands out and waking himself up!  The hard part has been trying to get to him in time before Ava wakes up to his cries. So far she only slept through the night once since he's been home-but she was waking up at least once in the night before we had him too - that's been a difficult thing to figure out.  We're going to try another night of him sleeping in the crib in his room and if it's problematic with Ava again then we'll prob nice him to a pack and play in our bathroom or something.  As far as my sleeping goes, having Devin's mom here has been great because she'll get up with Ava and take her for a walk or to the nearby playground while I sleep in because Owen usually sleeps until after 9 and that has helped me SO much., at least during this first week while my body is still repairing and recovering.

Owen at 3 days old and Owen at 6 days old
 We took our first outing last night as a family to The Village to watch the fountain light show, let Ava run around, enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather and got some frozen yogurt. We just kept Owen covered up and he slept the whole time. I'm interested to see how we do this weekend with Devin's mom gone - she's probably wondering how we're going to do it because she's been doing so much! Haha she's been cooking and cleaning and doing laundry and playing and shopping and listening and all that we could ask for! We're so very grateful.
  I'm excited to have my mom come next week too when I'll hopefully be feeling even better, she hasn't seen our house and hasn't seen Ava since she was just one!

 Owen really has been a very mellow baby and we  just love watching him change a little but every day!
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