Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Banana Muffins

Ever since we moved to Indiana I have been cooking and baking a lot. The main reason is because I am unemployed and looking for work. I have been making all kinds of goodies and a lot of repeat dinners since we had been eating fast food or camping food for a couple weeks before we settled in here. So being the good wife I am, I decided to make Nick some breakfast muffins so that he would have something nice to eat before going to class or work. I have made banana muffins before but I remember I did not like the previous ones very much and so I decided to search out a new recipe and I am glad I did, these were great. Delicious, moist, super banana-y and not too sweet. Although I am addicted to sweets, I really do not enjoy eating sweets first thing in the morning, but these were yummy and not too sweet (don't get me wrong though, they are sweet but more banana than sugar). 

Yellow Cake

I just realized I never posted the recipe for yellow cake that I used on Nick's birthday. It was a really great recipe and so if you are a fan of yellow cake and you want to do just a little extra work than needed from a boxed yellow cake then this recipe is for you. It was a super delicious and moist cake. I made cupcakes because making a cake seemed kinda crazy to do for just the two of us. Therefore, the recipe below is only for 12 cupcakes or 1- 8" or 9" round cake (I actually halved this recipe to make 6 cupcakes).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

I made these for Grandma Huber since she had a nice garden fresh zucchini from her neighbor that needed to be used. They were super chocolatey good.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Food Ventures

Over the past month as we drove cross country, we have had the pleasure to eat and enjoy food at many tv famous restaurants. Here is a quick recap of our noteworthy food ventures from our trip (we had lots of burgers). Each place was delicious and worth the trip

Burger Bar in Salt Lake City (appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network)
Burger Butcher in Chicago

Giordano's Stuffed Pizza in Chicago (award winning)

Molly's Cupcakes in Chicago (appeared on cupcake Wars on Food Network)

Triple X Root Beer in West Lafayette, IN (appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network)

Indiana - Our New Home

We made it! We have now settled into our new home in West Lafayette, Indiana. We have been here for about a week now and Nick has officially started school. We unpacked pretty quickly and have really transformed our new apartment into our home.  So far things have been good here, specifically the weather. We have had lots of cool weather especially in comparison to the 100 degree weather that our old home in Cali has been having. In fact, we have had numerous storms, pretty much every other day. It has been fun experiencing the Mid West style of storms with thunder, lightning, and sheets of rain. We also celebrated Nick's birthday this past weekend, I showered him with love through food since we don't really have much else going on here so far. I made him French Toast for breakfast, then we headed to Triple X Root Beer for lunch, and ended the night with some homemade mac'n'cheese and yellow cake cupcakes.
 Our Home
 The Rain
 Happy Birthday Hubby!
 The new landscape for my runs

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Plainfield/Chicago, Illinois

Sorry it's been awhile, we finally arrived safely to Indiana and I haven't had a chance to update you all on the remainder of our road trip. So here it is, after Princeton with Nick's grandparents we headed to Plainfield, IL to visit with Nick's Uncle and his family. We arrived to their house on Saturday morning and we quickly headed to Chicago for the rest of the day. We drove all over town with a stop at the house where Nick's fathers' family grew up, a stop at Navy Pier, and we took a boat tour of the city from Michigan Lake. We had a great time with Nicks family and it was great for me to finally meet them.
 Nick and his Uncle Bob in front of the old Sakamoto Abode
 Riding the trolley to Navy Pier
 From Navy Pier
 View of the city from the pier
 View from our boat tour of the end of the pier
 The City
 Old Lighthouse
The Fam

Friday, August 10, 2012

Princeton, Illinois

Our next stop was to Princeton, Illinois to visit with Nicks other grandparents from his mothers side. We had a great week visit with them in their little city of 7,700. We cooked a lot, ate a lot, relaxed a lot, and helped them out with chores. We really enjoyed our time with them and being spoiled by them. It is nice to know that we will have family as close as 200 miles away once we are settled at Purdue, our next visit with them will be for Thanksgiving. 
Grandma and Grandpa Huber
Their little country house with 2 lots of lawn and a backyard creek
Mowing the lawn
 We enjoyed some MidWest food staples already: Taco pizza (which is as common as Pepperoni), Giardiniera style peppers (great on hot dogs, pizza, and sandwiches), and we also enjoyed some fried chicken from a local family run restaurant. Lastly, another great perk of being in Illinois, you can buy Chicago Bears merchandise for cheap and from pretty much any department store, we were able to get me my own Bears jersey and Nick a new Bears hat for a total less than $30 :)

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes

I am overdue on posting this recipe that Grandma Sakamoto and I made when Nick and I visited her in Vegas. Grandma Saki shared this recipe with me, it was simple and delicious. I personally wanted to post it so that I could easily access it for future batches.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Badlands National Park

Our last big stop before arriving in Illinois to visit with Nick's grandparents was to Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It was really neat to see the different layers of sediment. So many different colors, I can't imagine how beautiful it must look in the spring when the grass is green. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mount Rushmore

Our visit to Mount Rushmore was quick. Not much to see but the monument itself and a few exhibits. The monument is quite small, especially because we are not allowed to get close since it is carved into a mountain top, but it was really neat to see and to read up on the history of the monument. We enjoyed our walk around the monument and the surrounding area, known as the Black Hills.
It looks quite small from the viewpoint
All 50 state flags are flown below the monument, including that of our new home state
A bust of the sculptor, Borglum and The History of the United States
The way it should be :)