Tuesday, March 17, 2009

two and a half men

Oooh, long time no blog, eh? I'm OK, just not that OK. A brief update on that at the end of this post.

I don't know what I was thinking having two babies with birthdays only 11 (or 12, depending on the year!) days apart. Having my husband's birthday fall smack in the middle just added to the hilarity.

We all know that even if I'm not really feeling 100%, if I can stand up, I can bake. And bake I did. Nothing fancy, but the guys got their money's worth, I think.

The kid-formerly-known-as-Boy15 transformed himself into Boy16 on February 28. Whoo. No wild and crazy party this year, just a quiet dinner out with Oma and the rest of us, followed by some of the good stuff. The cherry cheesecake refused to be photographed. The chocolate chip muffins, on the other hand, were happy to take center stage.

Are you digging my new silicone muffin cups?

Chocolate Chip Muffins (from somewhere off the internet)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used some Zartbitter-Schokoflocken I had hanging around)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter (vegetable oil works just as well)
1 egg

In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. In another bowl combine sugar, milk, butter/oil and egg and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until moistened. Spoon into greased or lined muffin tins.Bake at 375°F/190°C for about 20 mins or until tops spring back when lightly pressed. Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Next up was a rather cranky Mr. M who did not, not, not want to turn 47 on March 4. Who's middled ages? Nope, not him. A giant slice of mandarin cheesecake eased his pain a bit.

And we all know that everything looks better when you've got a few cinnamon buns under your belt.

And guess who turned 13 on March 11? My baby. You know, the one who used to sit on my lap and nestle his little head under my chin. He's a long tall drink of water these days, but he still likes a good hug now and then.

He wanted a layer cake with buttercream frosting. "You know, just like the ones in cartoons!", he said. I used these two recipes and came up with this. He was pleased.

Sooo...with all the guy birthdays taken care of and both the boys well on their way to becoming fine upstanding young men, I can once again concentrate on obsessing about my health. I'm healing wonderfully well from the surgery and things are just as they should be in that respect, no regrets AT ALL. Unfortunately, though, I've developed a couple of other nagging issues that are being looked into. Probably not serious and certainly not blog worthy, but the jury's still out on what's to be done about feeling better again. Which I MUST do because we're spending the Easter holidays in Denmark and our departure date is only 12 days away. Wheee! Can't wait.

If you need me I'll be sitting in the recliner doing some positive thinking...

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At March 17, 2009 4:50 p.m., Blogger Snooker said...

Great to see you back at it. Keep the thoughts positive. I'll be doing the same for ya.

At March 17, 2009 5:04 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Corr! I wish you were around at my birthday time!

How our boys are growing up! Too damn fast and yet at the same time, not fast enough! ;-)

At March 17, 2009 5:20 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Snook - Thanks! It's early days yet and I'm optimistic that things will turn out just fine.

MsMac - I know! Little boys in men's bodies with the brains to match, eh? :-)

At March 17, 2009 7:55 p.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow -- I want to live with you between Feb. and Mar. Your baking is awesome! Hope you're health stuff is soon sorted out!

At March 17, 2009 8:02 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Great to see that you're recovering well.

The yumminess you show us are drool-worthy!

At March 17, 2009 8:16 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Oh YUM! I'm glad you're doing well with your recovery. Think Positive and he days will get brighter. It's nearly spring, after all!

At March 17, 2009 8:40 p.m., Blogger Blogging Mama Andrea said...

That all looks delicious!

Sending good thoughts and positive things your way. I hope you're feeling better soon. I've missed you!

At March 17, 2009 9:53 p.m., Blogger Regina said...

Good to see you posting and baking again! Those cakes look delicious!

Enjoy your trip to Denmark! By the way, I'd like to know which area in Denmark you are going to; we've been there several times and I'd love to know whether you're the Nord- or Ostsee-type!

At March 17, 2009 10:48 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Thimbleanna - Thanks on both counts! Yeah, it all cake all the time in Feb and March.

Elemm - Thanks so much!

Maribeth - The weather has been so nice lately and the flowers are coming up all over the place - takes my mind of other things!

Blogging Mama - Thanks! I really need to get back into the blogging loop.

Regina-Thanks! We're going back to Ebeltoft(Ostsee) where we spent a two weeks in 2007. Lovely place.

At March 17, 2009 11:53 p.m., Blogger illahee said...

i've been missing you! yummy yummy looking birthday treats! i hope you are well and enjoy your trip to denmark!

At March 18, 2009 2:56 a.m., Blogger Betty said...

Oh My Gawd I Love You!!! So glad you're up to posting.

At March 18, 2009 5:24 a.m., Anonymous ian in hamburg said...

I think I know the right time of year to pop by your place unexpectedly. :-)

At March 18, 2009 10:45 a.m., Anonymous Lisa said...

Re: recliner - Oy, you and me both!

Those goodies looked fantastic. I had a hard time choosing but I'm leaning toward the cinnamon buns as the winner.

I did cupcakes this year for the boy's Kindergarten birthday party with few regrets, although it was from a mix. They turned out a bit greasy-tasting in my opinion, but otherwise okay. This led me to the great cupcake debate going on over at Ravelry, in which readers postulate there are no 'real' cupcakes in existence on German soil.

I'm keeping my eyes open...

At March 18, 2009 1:38 p.m., Blogger *Ulrike* said...

Glad to see you up and about again. I enjoy your blog, but take it easy so you can get better faster. (I know it's a hard thing to do) The cakes look so yummy, especially the cheesecake.

At March 18, 2009 2:49 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Happy Birthday to all of them. I just love your candles and your cup cake holders!!! Really I want those candles, just to have... :)

Glad to see you posting. :)

At March 18, 2009 3:54 p.m., Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Congratulations on feeling better, first of all. Then to all the birthday boys. Yes, you muffin cups are very ..colourful!

At March 18, 2009 10:02 p.m., Blogger Mar said...

Happy belated bday to your 2 1/2 men... I have missed your wonderful baking and I am glad to read you are feeling better, if not 100% !

At March 18, 2009 10:03 p.m., Blogger Mar said...

Oh, and I will try your recipe, I have silicone muffin cups but they are all green...

At March 19, 2009 1:41 a.m., Anonymous lillian said...

wow.. i am sooo impressed! Thats alot of baking ! Glad you are feeling better !

At March 19, 2009 1:34 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Glad you're feeling better. Just keep resting, although it might be very tempting to work in the garden with this gorgeous weather. 'kay?

Oh, and I'm sure the cherry cheesecake didn't really refuse to be photographed. I think it got eaten before it even got a chance to pose for the picture ;)

PS: I love cheesecake, but I can never get the bottom crust to be right. *sigh*

At March 19, 2009 10:01 p.m., Blogger poppy fields said...

I really have to get me some of those silicon muffin cups. As usual, your post is mouth watering good. Glad you're back and hope you're feeling 100% soon.

At March 20, 2009 9:37 a.m., Blogger beaverboosh said...

Welcome back girl, baking is good for the soul!

At March 20, 2009 2:08 p.m., Blogger hexe said...

Get well and enjoy planning for Denmark.

At March 20, 2009 9:02 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Of all the people I know, Ms. Christina, YOU take the cake when it comes to celebrations all throughout the year. I congratulate you! Now, if you did all this while you were under the weather, I can just imagine what you would have done in tip-top shape! I'd love for you to send me a mail and catch me up on what's going on!!!

At March 20, 2009 9:24 p.m., Blogger essie said...

you are back!!
I'm so glad to read a "haus of maus"i update!

birthday wishes to all!

At March 22, 2009 12:33 a.m., Blogger Mike B said...

Mmmm. Cinnamon buns. Gives me a good breakfast idea for tomorrow morning. Thanks.

We got the silicon muffin cups last time we were in the US. Great, aren't they?

Hope you continue to heal well and hope you feel better soon.

At March 23, 2009 4:32 p.m., Blogger Energetic said...

jeje I was looking for information about the popular series on TV called "Two and a half men" and I arrived to your blog with the same name for a dessert...Greetings from Perú!

At March 25, 2009 7:13 p.m., Blogger Kat said...

You are a bakin' machine!

I love those silicups. Bought mine 5 years ago, gave them to all my friends and advertised them on my site 2 years ago as an environmentally sound solution to paper.

Good to see you back and tempting us with your usual delectable treats.

At March 26, 2009 4:12 p.m., Anonymous honeypiehorse said...

Wow, yum! Where'd you get the muffin cups, I can never seem to find them in normal stores.

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