Sunday, February 22, 2009


Oh the things that technology allows us to experience. Tonight via my computer and webcam I was able to talk to 2 of my 3 sisters. My older sister Amanda lives in Maine and I was able to see her and her family on the webcam while we had a conversation. She had her little girl Ava on her lap and I my little girl, Sydney on my lap. Then Ashley, Amanda and I had a conference call and we could all have a conversation but we could not see each other. We are all new to webcam and Skype so we are not sure if there is a way to see more than one person at a time. Amanda hung up so I could chat with Ashley and see her while we talked. Ashley is living in Mexico and I had not seen her since Christmas. So cool. Even though we all live very far away we are able to keep in touch and "see each other" with the touch of a few buttons. Now we have to get our baby sister who just moved to New Mexico to get a webcam. I was not too sure about the webcam thing but now I think its awesome. I am still trying to figure out how to email a video that I recorded on the webcam. Technology is great but sometimes a challenge to figure out how to do things.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day baking

Sydney and I made some heart shaped sugar cookies together. She loved using the mixer and helping me dust the dough with flour before we rolled it out. She did a great job with the cookie cutter. We waited to decorate the cookies until later in the evening when our friends came over. Sam Parker, "Sammy Parker" is Sydney's best friend and she was so delighted to have him over to play.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Big News

As you can see from the count down and ticker I am pregnant. We are so thrilled! We are due the middle of October. Sydney was born in November and I was not miserable that summer so hopefully the heat will not get to me this year. We will keep you posted on how things are going with the pregnancy.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

I love this recipe! My friend Joanne a registered dietitian shared it with me so I feel great when I eat these cookies!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 1 cup canola oil and 2 cups light brown sugar. Mix in 1/2 Cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs), 2 tsp orange zest, 1 tsp pure orange extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. In a medium bowl whisk together 1 and 1/2 Cups all purpose flour (I often use whole wheat or do 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose), 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt. Stir in 3 cups rolled oats and add to sugar mixture, mix well. Fold in 2 cups dried cranberries and 1/2 cup pecans (so yummy). Drop by the tablespoon full 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet or stone and bake 10-12 minutes or just until edges are golden brown. Let cool on sheet for 3-4 minutes and transfer to wire racks. Store in airtight container. So good!