When we went to Texas we also got to meet our nephew August for the first time. What a cutie:) Esther's cousin (aka faetter), August, is only two months younger than Esther. It was fun seeing them interact. Esther was SUPER excited to meet him and screamed with excitement and joy into August's face the first couple of times she was near him. The raw emotion frightened August a little and he wasn't sure what he thought about his kusine Esther ... but soon enough they were friends. I am sure as they grow they will have lots of fun together ... and most likely get into trouble together as well;)
We were blessed to also travel to Texas to visit my family last month. My brother's children (aka my nephews:) have patiently been waiting for a cousin for years ... and now they finally have a cousin, and a girl cousin (aka kusine) at that! It was so fun to see them interact with each other.
This was also Esther's first time meeting her uncle (aka morbror) and auntie on my side and the first time my parents had all of their grandchildren together. What a special time of being together!
We only have one grandparent left between the two of us so Michael and I were excited about Esther meeting her great grandma Carlson when we were in town. One of the days Esther even had a chance to take a stroll through GG Carlson's garden. Esther loves the outdoors and especially trees - so she loved this special treat:)
While we were in Washington for the wedding we had the chance to go to Stanwood where Michael grew up and where most of his family still lives. So Michael had the chance to show Esther a little around where he grew up. I'm sure there is much more to come and many more stories to tell - but at least he had a chance to wet her appetite;) And Esther seemed to enjoy it:)
Last month we went to Washington state to celebrate the wedding of Nick and Emily. Michael was a groomsman so Esther and I flew in a couple of days later so Michael could participate in the groomsman festivities.
Esther did well (for a baby) for her first time flying. And I did ok too;) I did learn a couple of tricks that made flying back to Phoenix better ... All in all Esther and I survived our travels alone, but decided we prefer to have daddy along.
Since the wedding was in Washington we also had the chance to see family. Esther had the chance to meet her auntie, uncle and cousins and great grandma for the first time as well. But more about that later.
As you will notice we didn't manage to get a picture with the groom and bride (lame!), but I guess that is what happens when you attend a wedding with a baby and you flew in just hours before (lesson learned: too much packed into a day for a baby?! who knew. ha!)
I had a bunch of organic strawberries I needed to use and I needed to make a dessert for company - so this seemed like the perfect solution. This cake was yummy, fresh and moist and the chocolate chips created the perfect amount of sweetness.
Whole Wheat Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake modified from julias album
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (2/3 soft wheat berries and 1/3 hard wheat berries)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 TBS unsalted butter, softened
3 TBS Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips plus extra for topping
1 pound strawberries (fresh or frozen), hulled and halved
Preheat oven to 350F
If you mill your own flour, grind your soft and hard wheat berries. I use my WonderMill on the pastry setting. Sift the flour twice to make the cake less dense.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a different bowl mix together butter, yogurt and sugar until light and fluffy. I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer, but an electrical hand mixer would work just fine.
Then mix in the egg before adding the milk and vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients a little at a time until just combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into a prepared 9X3 inch springform pan.
Add the strawberries close together (cut side down) and add some chocolate chips to fill the gaps.
Bake the cake for 1 hour until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.