Thursday, May 21, 2009

Baked apples and a trip to the emergency room

This is from a Rachael Ray cookbook (thank you, Barb!). The kids and I made it last night and they were so yummy I made some more tonight. Last night we used Fugi apples (I think) and tonight Granny Smith. I have yet to taste them though because I was interrupted by a trip to the emergency room when I was in the middle of making them!

Well, the kids were "practicing golf" in the backyard because Derrick and Bailey are going to go golfing with some guy friends from church & one of their sons (about Bay's age) in the morning. They were playing with Derrick's set that I THOUGHT Bay had permission to play with. Bailey got in the way of one of Samantha's swings and the next thing I knew (here I was coring my apples in the kitchen) was that Bailey was crying a cry that sounded very serious. When I looked out the back door at him I saw a whole bunch of blood coming from his head! It was very scary! I called Derrick for help and he took the part of wiping the blood. There was blood all over Bailey's shirt, some on his shorts, some on the floor, and the bib I grabbed in a panic and gave to Derrick. Then I gave him one of those little boo boo stuffed animals you keep in the freezer to hold on it. Samantha was so sad and crying and wanted to make sure we knew it was an accident and he was "in her way!" Samantha, Bailey, and I headed to the emergency room. At the emergency room (Bailey Medical Center) the doctor decided he needed a couple of stitches and said the dermabond (glue) wasn't enough to hold it.So, they put some stuff on to numb it and left it on for 20 minutes. Then, when the doctor came back he decided to dermabond it instead saying it was on the muscle that helps him frown. I wanted to say, "Oh, we don't want him to frown anymore anyway!" We stopped for a treat like we do anytime we have a trip to the emergency room! It was way past their bedtime when we got home. When we got home Bailey told Derrick, "I feel much better now!" He thanked me for "taking care of him" and ran to his room to get a surprise for me (One of his stuffed animals. ;) ) On the way there he was not feeling well and was also worried about getting a shot and stitches and if if it hurt.

So, still want that recipe for the apples? ;)

4 McIntosh apples, all about the same size (As I was typing this they came out of the oven and I have decided I like Granny Smith best...which I suspected I would).
2/3 Grape-Nuts cereal (very healthy!)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 nutmeg
2 TBS brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cold butter
1/3 chopped walnuts, a couple of handfuls (I have not made them with nuts yet but bet they'd be awesome with pecans).
2 TBS currants or raisins
Oats ( I added this part and it was really good. I didn't really measure the ingredients but added more of everything and we ended up having extra granola to eat which was really good. We just scooped it from the pan.

Preheat oven to 350. Cut an X at the stem end of each apple, then use a spoon to scoop halfway into each apple, making a cavity and removing the core. Place apples in small baking dish. Mix the cereal with the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, butter, nuts, and currants. Stuff the cereal mixture into the apples and bake for 30 to 35 min., or until the apples are tender and the filling is brown and bubbly. Serve hot as is or top with ice cream for an upside-down apple sundae.

Note: You can make this recipe with tart and tangy Granny Smith apples, too, but you will need to bake them for 45 to 50 min. because they are much firmer apples.

Another note: If you have children have them help you make them so they are not off getting into harm's way! ;)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Congratulations, Derrick!

Derrick graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Promotions from OSU today! He has worked hard going part time a lot of the time and has persevered all the while being a wonderful father and husband, among accomplishing many other amazing things!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

My surprise from Derrick!

Yesterday Derrick called and asked what my plans were for the day. It was the last day of co-op and after lunch I had to take Isabella to the dr. I told him that I needed to hurry home so I could start cooking and cleaning for Samantha's birthday party. He said not to come home and that he would clean for me. So, we stayed gone until we met my gma Bobber and Papa Mitchell to go to dinner for my birthday (Sam's is on the 12th, mine the 9th). I unwrapped presents at their house including some yummy, yummy soap and lotion in a holder from Mikaela (Japanese Cherry Blossom from Bath and Body works). We went to Casa Bonita and that was a lot of fun. I won't tell you the embarrassing number of how many sopapillas I ate! We sat in the cave and I saw Bailey's eyes brighten when we were walking in to be seated! At one point Derrick noticed Sam was unusually quiet during dinner. We found that it was due to the fact that she had a bowl of queso in her lap and was licking it off of her fingers. She eventually dipped chips in the cheese and proceeded to just lick it off without eating the chip.
Back at home Derrick forbid me to go into our room. I knew he had a birthday surprise for me and I thought, "Oh, wow! He's painting the bathroom!" This is something he knew I really wanted. I had no idea what I was going to step into when he finally emerged (sweating) from the room he had been working so hard in. He was disappointed that he couldn't show me a finished product but said he'd be up until 5 a.m. if he finished. Before we went in he said, "Now, don't panic! There's going to be some things out of place but I know how to put them back." I marveled at the new tile he had put in and the paint. Then I said, "The toilet is in the bathtub!?" He again assured me he could put it back and apologized that I saw it unfinished. I said, "No, this is priceless to see the toilet in the bathtub and I wouldn't have wanted to miss seeing this!" Plus, I got more of a picture of how hard he worked. He went all out! I couldn't believe it when I saw the floor too. Then he showed me a whole bunch of other things like new rugs, a shower curtain and hooks, some drawers, towel hangers, a fancy shower curtain holder, a new toilet seat...He always gives me the greatest surprises! The first year of marriage he enlisted his mom and Mitchell to bring a treadmill (that he knew I really wanted) for Christmas. Not too long ago he surprised me with a new car! Now, that was fun and a very funny story too because he and the car salesman tricked me! I only wish I could surprise him with a new truck or something. I always try to win drawings for them but I think it just gives telemarketers a chance to call though! ;)
So, he was so busy with that the house never did get cleaned and I stayed up until 1 a.m. just cooking for the party. This morning I cleaned a little but didn't have time to do everything. Ryan and Dana were the first to arrive and they cleaned like crazy! Ryan did my sink of dishes! That was incredibly sweet. I went to scrub the sink and he said, "I'll do that. My hands are already dirty." They brought me a package of my favorite tea, Caramel Apple Torte (Teavana) and my gma brought some she had made too. My mom brought her yummy baked beans, a beautiful bunch of peonies (maybe they are my favorite flower. I LOVE them and the smell), and a really great present. After the party my mother-in-law cleaned the kitchen faster than I could even notice to try and stop her! I am feeling very blessed right about now! I'm sure Samantha is too! I made her a pink stawberry "princess" cake that she wanted with a tiara and princess on it. She had so much fun opening her presents and the kids had fun busting a big and pretty pink pinata. After the party we spent time playing with her presents before we rested. Tonight we will go to dinner.