Schmitz Family Photo Shoot!!

This year we decided to have our family pictures taken at the Historic Oceano Train Station in Oceano, CA.  The reason for this is because our two year old son is in love with trains.  Our photographer for the day was our good friend Loren Radis.  He and his lovely family were helping us to make Bnut giggle and laugh.  Here are some of our favorites!

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No-Knead Wholegrain Bread

Here’s a real gem of a recipe.  I found this in Mary Jane Farms magazine, the Dec-Jan 2013 issue.  Lots of wonderful tips in this article.  And a super easy recipe to follow.  I love making my own bread, and the fact that its much healthier and I DON’T HAVE TO KNEAD IT!??!! This is a big win in my recipe book.

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UPDATE
Here are some pictures of my own bread.  It turned out amazing.  This is the only bread my family eats now.  My only modification to the recipe is that I split the 6 cups of flour up into 3 cups of bread flour and 3 cups of whole wheat flour.  I also added 3 tablespoons of wheat gluten (this helps wheat flour to rise).  Happy Baking!!!!

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Corn Dog Bites

This is so easy and so yummy!!  You can take your favorite corn muffin recipe and just add hot dogs.  I used my mom’s “Very Corny Corn Muffin” recipe – makes 36 mini corn dog bites.

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Ingredients
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 1/4 cups 1% milk
- 2 tbs canola oil
- 1 cup canned cream corn
- 2 diced hot dogs

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Mix all ingredients together.  (Batter may appear thin, don’t worry it will be perfect)
3. Grease mini muffin pan
4. Fill pan with batter
5. Bake 10-12 minutes

Baseball Themed 1st Birthday Party

My son turned 1 this year.  Its amazing how everyone said it would fly by and I believed them and really really tried to live in the moment and cherish every second.  It still flew by!

However, the fun part is that we got to throw a big Baseball themed 1st Birthday Party.

Some fun elements were a flag banner that featured photos from every month of life from birth to 12 months.  It was a fun way to show guests how much he’s grown and changed.  And a “Happy Birthday” banner hung above the high chair.

A sandwich board chalkboard on the curb guided guests the gate leading to the backyard.  Above the gate hung another flag banner that said “Admissions” and a little “Gate B” sign on the gate for fun.  (B is for Bennett)  As guests entered the backyard, a table was set up with some fun ballpark goodies.

•  Cotton Candy hanging on a tree branch
•  Apothecary jars and mason jars filled with peanuts and sunflower seeds
•  Vintage cracker jacks wrapped up with a tag that said “Thank You for Helping to Make Bennett’s Birthday a Grand Slam.”
• Some classic treats like Red Vines, Big League Chew, Twix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
•  An old wooden bat for guests to sign for the birthday boy
•  And some pictures from a recent photoshoot
Of course, what’s a baseball party without baseball cupcakes…. I made some Padres pennant flag toppers since the San Diego Padres are my husbands favorite team.  The tables were covered with a light gray cloth and baseball jersey pinstripe overlays.  The centerpieces were a 2′x2′ astroturf square with apothecary jars filled with baseballs and mason jars in the four corners with a single white rose (from Eufloria) to represent a baseball diamond.  And finally, a snack bar filled with some yummy classics:  hot dogs, fritto boats, nachos, pretzels, churros and some fresh fruit.

We played wiffle ball in the yard and I made a “Schmitz Stadium” flag banner to hang above the “ball field.”  We purchased foam fingers for the teams and to top it off… I made family shirts for our little nuclear family.  It has our names and ages on the back.

It was a blessed day for my little man.  So much fun hanging out with family and friends.