Sunday, September 27, 2009

Here we are all jazzed up and impatiently waiting for Justin's plane to land at the San Jose airport.
Justin is full of smiles and lot of experiences in Ireland that we can't wait to hear.

Proud Mom and Dad

Jon and Jan are soooo happy to have Justin back!

Justin and family

Family greeting Justin

Friday, September 18, 2009

Yummy banana cake recipe

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

•Preheat Oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
• In a small bowl, mash bananas with lemon juice
•sift flour, baking soda and salt and set aside
• Cream 3/4 cup butter, 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
• Beat in eggs one at a time
• Add flour alternately with buttermilk
• Stir in banana mixture.
• Pour into prepared pan and bake for at least one hour.
• Remove from oven and place directly in fridge or freezer for 45 minutes.

1/3 cup melted buter
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
small amount of milk

• Brown the butter in small pan until it turns a pale tan color. Don't burn it!
• Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. If frosting is too thick to spread, add small amounts
of milk to thin it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scene from the deck/ busy sewing.

We had some thunder, lightening, and a few rain drops while we were there. It was hot in Gilroy when we left and was hot all the time we were gone.
In the morning we pinned, sewed and cut the school bags. Our Stake has taken on the project of filling the bags with pencils, scissors, etc. then shipping the bags to Salt Lake for distribution.

Relaxing after dinner

On September 11th 19 women from our ward went on a Retreat. We went to a house owned by Jan Dickson's parents near Angel's Camp in the Sierras. 4 Lances went - Jean, Jan, Stephanie and Jessica. We had a marvelous time playing games, talking, eating and working on a Humanitarian project making school bags.

Late summer

We let our artichokes go to seed and there they are in all their glory. Some portulaca plants are in the pots as well as some zinnias that have bloomed all summer.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Family pyramid

Bottom row: Jordan, Jarom, Rory, Joanna.
2nd row: Jessica, Janae and Stephanie
3rd row: Julia and Kendra
Joshua was the "Billy topmost"

Women Power

Stephanie, Janae, Joanna, Jessica, Kaley, Julia and Kendra. They are waiting for the meat to come off the barbecue/smoker that Jonathan had been tending since Sunday night. The pulled pork was delicious!

Sadie's birthday cake

August 15, 2009 Isn't this the cutest cake? It was hard to see it cut up and disappear!

Sadie surrounded by her fan club

Julia, Sadie, Jessica and Rory all help Sadie celebrate her birthday. Note the Mickie Mouse headbands on everyone's head!