3 things on my mind, plus a recipe...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I haven't posted in a whole week... 
where is the time going?!

We've been enjoying leisurely summer days for so long, and now all of a sudden, my boys start school in two weeks.  

Two different schools- both brand new for them.  
Thankfully they don't seem to be nearly as nervous as I am :)  

So, to play a little catch up, 
here's what is on my mind...

Today I went to the school office for my soon to be 1st grader to plead my case on why he MUST have the nicest 1st grade teacher there... nothing like being a pushy new mom, right?!  I can't help it.  He's a precious, sweet boy who has been in a little bubble so far in his education {and his whole life really}, and I am not ready for some meanie teacher to pop that bubble!

The secretary in the office looked SO familiar to me, and when she said, "You look so familiar to me..." I knew everything would be fine.  It turns out that we went to high school together!  I guess this really is a small town still.  And after talking to her,  I feel assured that he will be placed in the right classroom.  Don't let me down please, sweet Christina from high school... or I'll march in there again and I really don't want to be THAT mom :)

Natalie at A Turtle's Life for Me is precious to me too!  I mean, she's not my first born child, but I would march down to any school office for her too if needed :)  And I haven't even met her in real life!  I hopped on the computer today and saw THE SWEETEST post by Natalie, and it was all about me.  I seriously cried happy tears to think that she took all that time, effort, and thought to write a post about me.  Thank you Natalie!  And welcome to those of you who are new here at Gallamore West, and on Facebook, and on Pinterest thanks to Natalie's post.  I'm so glad you're here!
Isn't Natalie just the sweetest girl ever?!

  I signed up to be a Scentsy consultant yesterday and I'm thrilled about it.  Nooooo, don't leave!!  I know that not everyone is into "selling" stuff, or in this case being sold something.  I totally get it because I'm not really into all that either.  So I promise you that Gallamore West will not turn into my platform to urge you to buy Scentsy products.  I do however think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Actually, bread's not even this good... I think it's the greatest thing since cheesecake.  Now, that's good! :)   It's a product that I love and tell everyone about, so it seems a natural fit to sell it myself!

I love writing on my little blog here, so Gallamore West will still be about all the same stuff I've been writing about... 

every day joys 
 creating and crafting 
silly kiddos
sweet recipes 
traditions with our boys
and all that fun stuff.

I might just tell you about my monthly Scentsy specials up in the corner of my blog though in case you are interested in buying.  

Ohhh, and you all are learning just how much I love Pinterest, right?  
If not, check out my boards.  I'm a pinnin' fool :)

 And when I made {and LOVED} this Peanut Butter Cake last week that Natalie just happened to make too on the same weekend... I decided that I'd like to try a new recipe from Pinterest once a week or so, and bake it on Monday nights.  

Why Monday?  

So I can send some of the yumminess to work with the hubs, and also to school with the boys {my Pre-K boy is going 2 days a week only}.  This week I tried this recipe for Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake.   Seriously, any excuse to eat cake for breakfast is a winner in my book... it was delicious.  And oops, I didn't send a single piece out of the house!
image from alexandracooks.com

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Recipe and pictures from alexandracooks.com

{I didn't have any lemons so I skipped the lemon zest, 
and mine needed to cook for about 47 minutes}.

Serves 6-8
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup + 1 T. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. (Note: Some of you have found this cake needs much more time in the oven, so don’t be afraid to cook it for 10 minutes longer, if need be. Just check with a toothpick every 5 minutes or so.) Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

So, I think that catches me up a little... 
Thank you again, Natalie for helping get my Facebook page to 300 fans.  You are such a sweetheart!  I have an ADORABLE giveaway post coming tonight!!! :)
Unknown said...

Darnnit, girl! Are you trying to get me to cry too before the night is out?? You are SO sweet and don't even need to thank me! I wrote it because I mean it and I just love neat people! But the thought of you marching into an office for me is the highest compliment I could get!! : ) Good luck with Scentsy! That's so exciting! And that blueberry cake looks way too good... now I must go print out the recipe too!

erica said...

Wow this recipe is to die for! I have 10 pounds of blueberries in my freezer and have been running out of ideas. Definitely trying this out for the weekend!



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