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Thursday, March 31, 2011

And Two Becomes Three...

So Mr. L and I made a purchase of sorts today.

Say hello to little Liam Landrum, middle name to be determined =)  And although I do adore my share of alliteration, he probably won't have an "L" middle name, just so you know ;)

Formerly known as Jay Jay
We're so excited to be able to pick him up in a few weeks!!

Oh my God his FACE!
After a bit of a struggle trying to determine which dog to pick out of three or four different puppies, for some reason, this little guy stuck with me in my mind, and I'm so glad that he did.  After seeing some pictures of him taken to day, we decided to make the plunge.  I feel really happy with our choice, and Mr. L does too.  Plus he's just excited to finally see me stop stressing over the whole situation. (I seriously think I lost some hair this week.  It wasn't pretty.)

We can't wait to meet you, sweet Liam!

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Sister is in the Air Force!

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. L's parents, Mr. L, and I took a road trip to San Antonio, Texas so we could celebrate Mr. L's sister's Air Force basic training graduation!  (Wow, that is a mouthful of a sentence...)  Here are some highlights from the trip!

Day One (Thursday, March 17th):

Seeing our K-Bug for the first time in two months!

We missed her so much!
Brotherly-sisterly love
Day Two (Friday, March 18th):

Graduation Day
K's unit marching to their designated spot on the field; she's on the opposite side, right in front of the really tall girl in the back!

A better brother-sister picture :)

Mr. L and his family!
Us and the extended family talking -- probably about where we're going next!
All the Landrums :)
K's room she shared with 40-something other girls
Mr. L giving K another coin
One of K's many, many, many desserts -- but this one was free!  :)
Day Three (Saturday, March 19th):

Downtown San Antonio
The Alamo
Mr. L and Uncle Bro
In front of the Alamo
Photo op while heading towards the River Walk
The fam!
Uncle Bro and K
San Antonio River Walk
Goofing off in one of the stores along the River Walk :)
K and her dad in front of the Texas and American flags :)
Mr. L and Mama C waiting for a table for lunch
Casa Rio, the oldest Mexican restaurant on the River Walk
My margarita!  :)
Mmm, my shrimp was SO good and SO fresh!
Mr. L's plate...I think they were tamales?  Don't quote me on that!
Mama C's plate...enchiladas, if I remember correctly!
We also had additional guests join us at the table for dinner!
We had a wonderful trip -- it was great getting to spend some quality time with Mr. L's parents as well as his "extended family" who live in the area.  We also got to experience some of Mr. L's family's history -- he was actually born close to San Antonio when his parents lived out there twenty-something years ago.  And, of course, it was so great seeing K again after all those months!

Mr. L and I truly couldn't be happier for or more proud of our sister.  We love you so much K!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Homemade Banana Pudding

A couple of weeks ago, I ended up making a treat for Mr. L's students after they did very well on an important test.  I normally do cookies or something relatively simple, but this time, I decided to make them some homemade banana pudding.

This recipe is from my grandmother on my mother's side.  I hope you enjoy!

  • 3 1/2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 12 oz box of vanilla wafers
  • 4 to 6 medium bananas
  • 1/4 cup (6 tbsp) sugar + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, sugar, and salt (first three ingredients) in a heavy pan.

Beat egg yolks; combine yolks and milk, stirring well.

Stir into dry ingredients.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly (very important step to keep the milk from burning!) until smooth and thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp vanilla.

Layer 1/3 wafers in a 3 qt baking dish.

Slice 2 bananas and layer over wafers.

Pour 1/3 custard over bananas.

Repeat layers twice.

(Note:  When I do this recipe, I only do two layers -- so one set of layers is only half the ingredients.  I normally don't have room in my dish for three layers!)

Beat egg whites at room temperature until foamy.

Gradually add 1/4 cup (6 tbsp) + 2 tbsp sugar (8 tbsp sugar total) 1 tbsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.

Add 1 tsp vanilla and beat until blended, then spread over custard.  (I like to add Nilla wafer crumbles on top for show!)

Bake at 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!