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pear upside down cake

Okay, so I’m really not a big cake fan. I consider myself to be more of a brownie/chocolate chip cookie kind of girl. But, let me tell you, I would choose this cake over brownies any day of the week. This has been a fall favorite at my house for the last 12 years, since I first found the recipe {in the newspaper!}.
You just have to try it! It’s best topped with a soft little cloud of whipped cream, in my opinion.

Pear Upside Down Cake

1/3 c. butter, melted

1 c. brown sugar

3-4 c. sliced pears (fresh or canned)

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

2 eggs

1 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Pour the melted butter into a 9×13 baking dish, making sure that the sides get buttered as well. Sprinkle with the brown sugar.

  2. Arrange the pears over the brown sugar, fitting tightly together. Set dish aside.

  3. Sift the flour with the baking powder in a mixing bowl and set aside.

  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until light. Stir in the flour mixture. Add the cream and milk, mixing well.

  5. Carefully pour the batter into the prepared pan, being careful not to move the pears.

  6. Bake in preheated oven 40 minutes or until cake tests done.

  7. Remove cake from oven and let cool for five minutes before turning out onto a serving plate. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

every badge in the book

Check him out. That Cub Scout shirt is plastered in badges. This was taken a few weeks ago, just before he received his “Arrow of Light” at pack meeting. That’s the equivalent of “Eagle” in Boy Scouts. He earned a ton more badges that night too, and so many belt loops that they won’t even fit on his belt. Ben, we are so proud of you!
Clayton is the Cub Master, and he did such a great job on the Arrow of Light presentation for Ben and one other boy in our pack. He did it Indiana Jones style, complete with the theme music and an antique looking map he made out of a paper bag. He said, “You Cub Scouts are always prepared, right?” which was the cue for one of the leaders to hit the lights. The boys said, “Right!” as they each turned on a flashlight. Obviously, Clay told them to have flashlights for the thing beforehand, but it added to the Indiana Jones feel, like they were in a cave looking for a treasure.
This is Ben’s last month in Cub Scouts since he is turning 11 on the 30th. He’s sad to leave it, but excited to move on to the Boy Scouts stuff…like camp outs!

photo shoot outtakes of Olivia

Here’s a peek at what Olivia does while
I’m taking pictures of the new baby…

First she shows me her prettiest smile with her dress halfway off,

then she peeps over the crib to see baby Will…

Next she pulled Will’s tiny pants out of his drawer
and put them on herself. Nice knickers!
She showed me her pretty toenails that Clayton painted
while I was in the hospital {how cute is that?}.

Room wreckage professional at your service!

Why, Mrs. Potato Head, I love your fancy lipstick!

my new favorite

I had never even heard of this girl before last week, but now she is my new favorite. Don’t you love finding new music that just makes you feel happy? She is local, she is a mom, and she is amazing.
My beautiful cousins (Lindsie and Joi) and my aunt drove up from St. George for the show and invited me, my sisters, and my mom. I’m so glad we went! After some pizza and Italian sodas at CPK, we went and LOVED this girl’s fantastic music. The stage was so pretty, decorated with white gauzy fabric draped everywhere, strands of white glittering lights, and red umbrellas suspended in mid-air. Nienie was there hosting, and we even had the chance to meet Mindy herself after the show. Such a great night from beginning to end. Check out her music, it will put you into such a good mood, I promise! Just click on the preview iPod gadget on the right side of her blog.

downtown farmers market

Two weekends ago I picked up Kerstin {my sis-in-law} and Ruth {mom-in-law} bright and early and we zipped downtown to check out the farmers market. Hippies, dogs and musicians everywhere! Haha! It was worth going to at least once though. This bearded guy was jamming out on an antique piano that was rigged up to his bike. I can’t imagine how he rides around on that thing!

It’s so fun going places with Ruth because she stops at every booth along the way and says, “Look how cute these are! Do you want one?” and buys it for you before you can blink! She bought some basil plants for us, some cute knit hats and hair clippies for our girls, and this adorable elephant {butt} dress for Livi. I bought some artisan bread and cheese {yum} and some honey sticks for the kids, which they thought were very cool. Then it was time to go, because as Ruth said, “I’m all out of money!”

{Thanks Mom!}