Thursday, February 21, 2008

Let's Share Recipes!

Olive and I made these muffins today and they are delicious! I made mini muffins with this recipe. If you do this, cut back the baking time to 8-10 minutes.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F . Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
Stir together 1 1/2 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, baking powder and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix in oil, egg and milk. Fold in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling to the top of the cup.
In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix together with fork and sprinkle over unbaked muffins.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

American Idol Family Comparisons

While watching American Idol, I couldn't help but notice certain similarities between some of the contestants and my family.
You be the judge.




My mom on Halloween





Now, this one could go one of two ways.




Sheena (She's practically family)

Am I right on or way off?

Our Fun, Germ-Filled Trip To Folsom

Here are the some pictures from our latest trip to Folsom. We had a great time, besides having to leave a day early due to Olive's 105 degree temperature that neither Tylonol or Motrin would help.

The kids love bathing together. No, they are not bathing in Bermuda, the water is a beautiful shade of turquoise due to Jackson's Crayola bath tabs that change the water into fun colors. One night Olive put a purple one in her mouth thinking it was a vitamin. Good times.

The second day we were there, Kasey and I took the kids to "Bounce-opolis" where they bounced their little hearts out and came in contact with every form of the flu virus known to man.

This was the first and last time Olive attempted the Super Slide.

Kasey with her own personal boxing gloves knocking out every kid who came in contact with her.
That little boy behind her is a total stranger. He went down faster than he could mutter the word, "MOMMY!!".
After this picture was taken, her gloves were confiscated and she was asked to leave.

On the third day we all went bowling. Ryan recommended this clean and family-friendly local bowling alley. Ryan frequents this place after a hard day's work to regroup and unwind over a plate of chicken wings and a little Texas Hold Em. It's like a second home to him. I can see why, the place practically screams COZY.

The kids in their cute, contaminated shoes.

Since this was the first time Olive bowled, this is a perfect example of what I did for the hour we were there. When it was her turn to bowl, she would pick up her ball and throw it on the ground wherever she pleased. I did a lot of retrieving. And laughing.

Me and my professional bowler.

Kasey and the "babies" bowling. The average time it took the ball to get to the pins when either Olive or Riley bowled was a good minute and a half.

Jackson "King Pin" Jibson.

The ill fated day when Olive woke up hung over from all the fun and bed ridden due to a horrendously high fever. The boys crawled into bed with her and read her stories. So sweet, yet so contagious.
We all had a fantastic time and were able to fit a bunch of great outings in before Germ Fest 2008 began it's reign of terror over the Guillen and Jibson families.
I can't wait to go back!

Olive's Great Idea

Me: "Olive, what should we name the baby in my tummy?"

Olive: "Uncle Ryan."

Me: "That is a nice name for a boy, but what if the baby is a girl?"

Olive: "Baby Uncle Ryan Girl."

What is it with her naming EVERYTHING Uncle Ryan?

Monday, February 18, 2008

I'm Still Here!

I sincerely apologize for not blogging for the past two weeks or so. The following are my excuses:
1. I was sick.
2. Olive was sick.
3. Rob was sick.
4. I was sick again.
5. My "morning sickness" was/is still going strong.
6. We went to San Diego for two days.
7. I was sick again.

Please forgive me. I promise to be a better blogger.