Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes! October 22, 2010

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Recipes — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 4:11 am

The professionals....and mine 🙂

Okay…so I know that I’ve been makin’ some foodie posts these days, but I seriously can’t get enough! I don’t know if it’s just the fall or what, but I’ve been really enjoying baking.  I’ve made banana bread almost every week, made a chocolate pie yesterday, made some cake balls yesterday (which were an attempt at chocolate muffins gone awry), and these Snickerdoodle cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing!

I made them for our homegroup meeting tonight and everyone seemed to enjoy them. (Andi, here’s your recipe girl!) Hope you enjoy them too…if you make them…or something. Oh! And just because I’m really loving quoting Anjelah Johnson’s impersonation of Bon Qui Qui, I’ll end with this link HERE and say….gone go ahead an’ inerup! gone go an’ INERUP! 🙂

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Two New Yummies: Apricot-Almond Bars & DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte! October 9, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 6:07 am

I don’t need a whole lot of extra reason to get into the mood for baking and warm coffee creations than this awesome Autumn crispy weather, but the HEB insert that came in my mailbox enticed me further to want to bake with their 10% off baking sale event.

So that being said. I a few weeks ago I made Walnut and Cranberry Buttermilk Scones, which are great. I had yet to find a good scone recipe until Rachel over at Surviving the Stores posted one HERE.  And this is my favorite.

Also, I wanted to share my most recent concoctions: Apricot Bars & DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte. My go to Starbucks drink these days is a Tall Iced Latte with a shot of Pumpkin Spice. It is has just enough Pumpkin Spice flavor but not too overpowering. And it reminds me that it’s fall every time I drink it. I really like it.  But it’s kind of expensive to have a Starbucks drink every time you have a craving, so I tried out a DIY version today that I found HERE.  It’s pretty good.  I tried it hot and iced today and both were not too shabby.  Even though it’s probably not quite like the real deal, it allows me to get that pumpkin latte fix without breaking the bank.

I also wanted to pass along this yummy recipe for Apricot-Almond Bars that I got from Woman’s Day a while back. I just made them today I thought they were awesome and pretty easy.

Apricot-Almond Bars by Woman’s Day

  • 1 bag (6 oz) dried apricots, chopped
  • 3⁄4 stick (6 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 11⁄2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1⁄4 cup wheat germ
  • 1⁄2 tsp baking soda
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1⁄4 cup plus 1 Tbsp sliced almonds

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Line a 9 x 9-in. baking pan (I only had a foil ready to go pan that was a 10×8 and it worked great. I stuck it atop a regular baking dish)with nonstick foil (let the foil extend about 2 in. above pan at both ends).

2.
Bring 1⁄4 cup water to a boil . Place apricots in a food processor; pour boiling water over apricots (I actually only have a blender and I had to use about 1/2 cup to get the apricot mixture to become smooth, but it was fine). Cover and let stand while proceeding with recipe.

3. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and almond extract.

4. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour, wheat germ, baking soda and salt just until blended. Stir in oats and 1⁄4 cup of the almonds.

5. Press 11⁄2 cups of the dough into pan. Process apricots and water until smooth. Spread over top of dough. Crumble remaining dough over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp almonds.

6. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

7. Holding foil by ends, lift from pan onto a cutting board. Carefully cut lengthwise in 4 strips and then cut each strip in 6; remove foil. Enjoy! They were super yummy!

Happy Fall!

(*you can see the recipe HERE as well)

 

Hard At Work

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 12:22 am

hey hey everyone! it’s sure been a while since I’ve updated the ‘ol blogster, but I’m back in the saddle again 🙂

We’ve been enjoying this WONDERFUL Texas Fall! I hope you are too.  It’s been so nice outside.  Reynen and I are talking lots of walks and sitting on the grass outside under the trees to read.  He likes to look up at the branches with all the leaves and lay on the ground.  He’ll be a whole 4 months old tomorrow! WOW! It sure does fly by.  He’s expanding his palate as of this week…yup,  rice cereal is now on the menu for Reynen.  It’s fun to see him eat semi-solid food, and I’m looking forward to feeding him sweet potatoes, squash and all sorts of other fruits and veggies.

Andrew’s been working a lot.  Officially he has 3 jobs, and may be adding another one on next week if things pan out.  He works for both Bryan & College Station ISD during the day.  Then he works at Pizza Hut most evenings and may potentially be driving a dump truck for a homebuilder soon.  Even with him being gone quite a bit during the week, we are still able to attend New Leaders Training led by Pastor Ray (our wonderful friends are babysitting for us each Tuesday)! And we serve as homegroup servants on Thursday nights.  We also still have a weekly date night/morning too. This weekend Andrew’s working a 6PM – 1AM shift both tonight and tomorrow night.  That’s fourteen hours in just 2 days of work! He works so hard for us, and I appreciate all he puts his hands to.

On the education front, a slit possibility for us to get our teaching certification by the start of this Jan through student teaching got nixed.  So we’ll see what God has in store for the Spring.  We may be given a teaching job, and if not, Andrew plans to do student teaching in the Spring (12 weeks full-time unpaid teaching assistant).  It’s been hard to have our dreams of being a teacher taking longer to come to fruition than we expected, but I know that even though I don’t know fully why God is doing what he’s doing, I can see how God is at work in both our lives and around us for his glory. Just pray for us to respond with faith and not fear. Pray for endurance in the faith no matter what the circumstances.

As for me, I’ve been enjoying going to the Community Bible Study on Thursday mornings where we’re studying Revelation. There’s so much to learn and further understand. It’s also a refreshing 2 hours for me to be with adult ladies as we study the word together. Reynen gets to hang out with awesome Nursery workers and all their fun toys!  Thursday is also my run errand day. So I hit HEB, Goodwill, Target, Walmart, WellFargo, etc.  It’s kind of nice to have a whirlwind of a day running around, since most other days, it’s slower paced.  During the other days of the week I’m working from home and keeping up with cleaning, organizing, exercising, and most importantly taking care of sweet baby boy Reynen!

One of my goals for this year was to get down a weekly cleaning routine to keep everything working like a well oiled er…house.  It helps me to keep it on autopilot rather than doing everything in one big chunk of time.  So my goal is 15 minutes of cleaning each day.  Here’s my breakdown of weekly chores:

  • Monday: Clean kitchen & bathroom countertops
  • Tuesday: Clean tub & toliet
  • Wednesday: Dust
  • Thursday: Vacuum kitchen & living room floors
  • Friday: Vacuum bedroom & bathroom floors
  • Saturday: Clean stove & wipe down cabinets
  • Sunday: Clear off kitchen table & declutter house items

In addition to this, I also try to do dishes daily, so they don’t pile up and become unmanageable. And I try to do other bigger items like mopping at least once a month if not more often. Believe it or not, my day is usually pretty full after chores, feeding/burping/playing/diapering Reynen, my at home job, making dinner, and everything else.  It’s my full time job.  And I love it! I really do.

Here’s a verse I have been meditating on recently: “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him” (Colosians 3:17). So I pray we continue to be hard at work as unto the Lord!