Monday, August 22, 2011


Living in the city has been
an adjustment but it is going
well.  We do miss campfires
and smores.

So I decided to make
indoor smores.

Although there are a lot of recipes
I just made them
with what ingredients I had.

The bottom layer is
graham cracker crumbs,
butter and sugar.

Then I mixed up a batch
of box brownies
and spread it over the
graham cracker crust.
And baked it.

After they baked and
cooled 10 min.
I added the mini marshmellows
and broiled them till brown.

These bars were a mess
to cut and I think I
will make them in
muffin tins the next time
so I don't have to cut them.

They were yummy,
especially when they were
warm and gooey.
Indoor smores.
A little taste of home!

Have a great Monday!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Cake in Costa Rica

Excited?  Yes!

I was so excited when one of
the missionary families needed
a cake for their daughter's 5th
birthday.  I was loving "playing"
with cake again.

I only brought a small amount of
my cake decorating supplies along from the US
and so I worked with what I had
and.... I found a cake store within walking distance of
our house.  Yes, I was excited!

It was a challenge to find all the ingredients
but with serveal trips to several different stores
I found all I needed and this is what I came up

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Coffee Break

If you were joining me for coffee today
we would be drinking some of the best
coffee in the world!

We would also be enjoying it in my
new "home"
with the mountians of Costa Rica surrounding

We are adjusting to life in Costa Rica and
are finding things to do like
walking to the mall and
walking to the grocery store and
walking to the park and
walking to our friend's house and... get the idea.

Unless we take a taxi or the bus
we are walking because we have no car.

We have also been trying new fruits
even if we don't know the name of the
fruit.  Mostly they are sweet and yummy.

We have a couple weeks
until school starts and so in
our free time we are trying to bake some
brownies and cookies
so we will have them for lunches in a couple
weeks.  But it seems my family is eating
them as fast as I can make them.

My cheery kitchen.
So if you were joining me for
the best coffee ever
what would you tell me?
What are you adjusting to?

Can you believe school will soon be starting?
The hardest part is believing that I
will be sitting in school every day
and learning a new language.

Linking up with Amy

Saturday, August 6, 2011


It started with a box of 200 cones...
and no ice cream to fill them.

So what is a girl to do?
Bake of course!

What seemed like a simple little project
turned out to be a bit
frustrating but still sweet in the end.

First I baked mini cupcakes...

 After they had cooled
I crumbled one and filled the
bottom of the cone...

Then my daughters added a
swirl of frosting...

And they added another mini cupcake
on top of the frosting swirl,

And then I added a swirl of frosting on
top and my little man
added the sprinkles.

Super easy to make but...
the hard part was getting them to the party.

I made holes in an egg carton to hold the cones
but with the frosting on top they became top heavy
and so every bump and turn along the way
was a potential disaster waiting to happen.

We did make it to the picnic without
any major frosting/cupcake disasters.

What I learned?
I learned that I should probably make
a neat little cone holder if I plan to make these
again and I learned that even though they
weren't perfect, the kids enjoyed them.

Sweet as can be!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Costa Rica...

We have arrived in Costa Rica for our
year of language study.

More to come...

I really getting anxious to bake here in
my bright little kitchen.