Sunday, June 27, 2010

Marston's 2nd birthday

Marston turned 2 last week. I can't believe it! We had a great time celebrating his birthday. I hung the birthday sign, we had balloons, lots of presents and a mini cake just for Marston. We had all of Dan's family over and had a BBQ and went to our pool. I think Marston had a really good time. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


We are so excited to find out that we are having a baby girl. The ultrasound went perfectly. It was great to see her move and that she had fingers and toes. We are one blessed family!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Oatmeal Applesauce Blueberry Muffins

I woke up this morning thinking MUFFINS, I must have MUFFINS. I found this recipe a couple of days ago and thought I should give it a shot. It has whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce and only a couple tablespoons of oil in it. Really healthy. I was a bit skeptical about how they would taste - but to my surprise they were terrific - yummy even. I think I will actually keep this recipe and make it often; they are that good. It was a great way to start my day. 

Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins
source: adapted from Joy the Baker
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh are highly recommended)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases or spray with nonstick cooking spray. I simple greased and floured a muffin pan, saving the paper.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl combine applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, oil and egg. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
Yields 12-15 muffins.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hiking on Memorial Day

We decided we needed to get out and explore the area some more so we went on a hike. I found it in a book I have I got at REI a while ago called, Easy Hiking in Northern California. We decided to hike to a place called Dry Creek Falls. It's in between Grass Valley and Marysville. We had a good time. Marston was busy and tired from not getting a nap. He had a hard time knowing what he wanted, like most 2 year olds. Anyway we hiked in about 2 and a half miles to the falls. It was beautiful and huge. I think the book said it was 50 feet tall. We looked at the falls, ate some trial mix and turned around for another 2 and a half miles back to the car. It was a nice day and it felt good to exercise.