November 30, 2011

[Weekly Shots] November

45 | Flowers

 46 | Invaded
It's a hard life for Lake Texoma = drought + zebra mussels + blue-green algae.

48 | Celebrating Six Years

November 28, 2011


Unfortunately, a month ago today Matt's dad passed away. We first learned Bob was suffering from liver failure on October 9th. After a few weeks at the hospital and at home, his doctors were able to warn family on the 27th that he wasn't going to be able to make it another day. Complications of type-2 diabetes had led to liver cancer and any effective treatment just wasn't possible. Gone at only 57, Bob is definitely missed.

Three of Bob's four sisters


November 25, 2011


A few photos from our fun family Thanksgiving in Carrollton...

My mom made a great dinner, as usual, Grandma Evelyn rode the train up from New Braunfels to join us, and Matt & Betsy got to watch lots of football. Life is good.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2011

A + M = 6

Somehow our anniversary already came around again this year, so we celebrated six years of fun with a quick day trip to Denison last weekend.
We spent the day biking and hiking at Eisenhower State Park on Lake Texoma, explored downtown Denison, enjoyed a great meal at Jones Family BBQ, and visited the campus of Grayson County College, where Matt started teaching online in August.

Since we bought a bike rack for our anniversary gift, we had to give it a go before our big trip to Big Bend in December. Eisenhower is a great little state park with nice trails. We'll have to go back and camp there soon - just like I did on father-daughter campouts with Girl Scouts as a kid.


November 15, 2011

Happy Bundt Day!

I'm celebrating National Bundt Day again this year, a food holiday made famous (to me) by the fabulous Food Librarian. To celebrate you simply make and/or eat cake - that's my kind of holiday!

It was tough to pick which bundt to bake (gingerbread vs. snickerdoodle!) and ended up trying Martha's Cinnamon Streusel. Great with coffee and as a breakfast treat it definitely did not disappoint.

Cinnamon Streusel Bundt Cake
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Ultimate Streusel Cake - I used just a little less butter and sugar.


1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon slat
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup light sour cream


For the filling: In a medium bowl combine sugars, cinnamon, flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter until crumbly. Store in refrigerator while preparing cake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease bundt pan with cooking spray or butter (I like Baker's Joy with Flour).

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In your electric mixer with a paddle attachement, or a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. In alternating batches, add flour and sour cream to mixer. Beat until just combined.

Add half of the cake mixture to the prepared bundt pan.  Cover with two-thirds of the streusel mixture. Spoon in remaining batter, smoothing the top, then cover with remaining streusel.

Bake until golden brown, between 45 minutes and 1 hour depending on the capacity and shape of your pan. Allow to cool on wire rack for 20 minutes, then invert and remove pan before continuing to cool. Cover with a confectioners sugar glaze or dust with powdered sugar if you like too.

Enjoy (on bundt day or any day)!

November 5, 2011

For my Parents

Congratulations on 33 years of love...