Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

German Pancakes...

One of my favorite childhood memories is of my mom yelling for us to come into the kitchen to see how high the German Pancakes had rose. We would then watch them fall and she would sift powdered sugar over the top of them. I made my own last weekend and when I opened the oven to take them out they were touching the rack above...I couldn't help but yell for Brad to come see.
Here is the recipe if you want to try for yourself:
German Pancakes

6 eggs at room temperature
1 cup flour
5 Tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon salt
dash vanilla

Set oven to 450 degrees. Melt butter in a 9 x 13 pan in oven. Whip eggs until thick and a creamy yellow color (but not too much or they wont rise). Add milk, flour, salt and mix. Pour batter into pan of melted butter and bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until brown on edges. Pancake will rise and become high and fluffy. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately with syrup or hot applesauce.

Serve 3 – 4 people

Thanks Jenna!

Is this not one of the funniest things you have ever seen?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Disney Land!

Before the Tower of Terror. I was scared.

You can see me in the top right corner grabbing Brad or... is he grabbing me? Either way, this ride was aweseome!
On our way in a man handed us a free park hopper ticket ($98 value)...I knew right than that it was going to be great day. I had never been to the "Land" before only the "World" but it was so long ago I did not remember much. The weather was perfect and the lines were not too bad. It really topped off one of our most perfect weekends.

Buchannan Street Holiday Party

Brad's company had this years Holiday Party in Newport Beach. They flew everyone down and put us up at the St. Regis. It was wonderful. I took Friday off and flew in Early so I could really experience the area. I drove down The PCH and stopped in Newport Beach to get a mani/pedi and Laguna Beach to do some window shoping. Wow! I think this I where I belong. It was 70 degrees and sunny so when I checked into the hotel I headed straight to the pool! (I took the pic above and sent it to some of my girlfriends letting them know that I wished they were there!) After the pool I took a bath, watched a movie than got ready for dinner! The food was great and they had a band so we danced are little heads off. What a day! What a night!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rock Band was the big hit this Thanksgiving! We were like the Partridge Family....ok maybe the Jackson Five.
Moira is the sweetest little baby. She kept falling asleep on my chest, what a cuddler!!
Thanksgiving dinner was yummy and spending time with my family was needed in a big way!

HEADLINE: "Liz Baker does her part to Stimulate the Economy"

This is me at Saks completely over shopping... I was so tired. I think Jen could have gone another 24 hours!!!
Yes, this is the one and only Tim Gunn!!! We saw him shopping at Bendel's (my favorite store in the whole world)! He kept saying "Shop, Shop, Shop!!"

I love NY during the Holidays . Some of the decorations are amazing!!

Yes, Abby came with me. She hated her carrier, but was so happy to see so many new places!!

I had such a fun trip to NYC! I got to have dinner with my little brother Michael in Brooklyn and stay with my friend Jen and Family in Jersey City!!! Jen and I met at SVC almost 8 years ago and were destined to be the best of friends. She is so fun and easy going. I could hang with her all day every day. Her cute little boy, Ethan and handsome husband Mike aren't so bad either!! Thanks for such a fun time.

Baby Louis is almost here...

We had such a fun time throwing Kate a baby shower. Doesn't she look adorable?
Thanks to Cheer, Molly and Kim for throwing it with me!

Doggy Graduation...

Congrats Abby! She can now sit, wait and come on command.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thank you for....

In no paticular order...
The Sands Family
Gram B, Aunt Sue, Gram S
Baby Moira
Binghamton Friends
Cali Friends (inc. those that have moved)
Utah Friends
The McDevitts
A place to live
A car with heat
Airplane Mechanics
Doggy Carriers
Inside Jokes
Funny Voices
My Heavenly Father
Sparkling Cider
Rock Band - "A Spirit in the Sky"

It's a start...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thanks are some my favorites!

Brad and I had a great time taking pictures with Julia. Before we went I came to the conclusion that you can't have a real photo shoot with out a wardrobe change. Who agrees?
Anyway, thanks Julia. More than one of these will be framed!

Where my girls at?

I miss you.

I miss you Cortney but I am looking forward to meeting baby Moira in just 15 days!
I miss you Kelly but I am looking forward to our B-day celebration. It is going to happen!
I miss you Jenna but I am glad we had such a fun weekend together in Chicago!
I miss you Erin but I am excited for your new baby to arrive and maybe a visit over Christmas?!
I miss you Lindsay but I am still holding out hope that you will be moving to Nor Cal!
I miss you Julia but I am looking forward to dinner in Park City over Christmas!
I miss you Jen but I am looking forward to partying in NYC in just 14 days!
I miss you Sue but I can't wait to hang with you at our high school reunion!

p.s Thanks Kate, Molly and Abby for being my friend. You are always there when I need you. xoxo

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Election Day!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Julia in Action

Isn't this a fun picture of Julia in action?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sleep Over!

Abby's "sister" Kinley slept over last night. (Abby lived with Kinley before she lived with us.)
Poor Brad thought I went out and adopted another dog when I walked in the door. He just looked at me and told me hated me. It was a long night! After a couple Alpha Dog brawls they decided they wanted to be friends again. Few.

Fast forward to 3 AM Kinley Barking, Abby Crying.
Brad called me the dog whisperer this morning because he found me on the couch with Kinley spooning my legs Abby on my head. I am sure it was a sight to see.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Shade Friends and Family - 25% off

Sweatshirt with Gathers -gathers on shoulders and sleeve. wide band. 3/4 sleeve. comfort fit. 48% cotton/48% modal/4% spandex, terry. machine wash . lay flat to dry. Color shown: deep blue $36.50

Shade is running a limited time offer of 25% off EVERYTHING!!!!! The catch is that this sale is only good through a Personal Shopper. So... use my code BAK12600 when you order your things online at,
or when you shop in person at a Shade retail store. The 25% will be deducted at checkout. I am sure things will sell out fast at this price- so if you want something- go shopping now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Moira Elizabeth at 2 months!

Chicago should be called the "Windy City"...

"Wait a minute... I think they do call it that." - Jenna Crandall

I had such a fun time in Chicago visiting Jenna, Dennis and Davis. Jenna and I spent one night in Chicago at the famous Drake Hotel. We got had a huge suite all to ourselves! We had the most amazing Steak dinner with yummy baked Mac n' Cheese (see above), we shopped, we had the yummiest Salted, Carmel Hot Chocolates from Starbucks, we played with Davis, we ate a Chicago deep dish pizza, I had a couple Chicago Style hot dogs and we laughed... a lot! Thanks Jenna for making it happen. Miss you!