Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

So I saw this idea on a friends blog, and thought I would "copy" the idea. So here is to our first "Wordless Wednesday". Promise to make the next one really wordless.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Cinnamon Love

Since I love to bake, cook, or whatever else being in a kitchen involves, I thought I would begin to share a few of our favorites along with some new found additions to our recipe box in this ole' blog....incase there is anyone that really DOES read it! :-) So here goes.....

I love Cinnamon! It is one of my favorite flavors to bake with. Sooo yummy and so simple! Seems like I always gravitate towards recipes with cinnamon in them (as well as chocolate and strawberries too!). It is just one of those familiar flavors that is so delish no matter how you cook it. I've tried a couple new recipes so I thought I would share. I got these 2 from a new favorite webiste of mine: They have some FABULOUS recipes I can't wait to try! So far the 2 I have tried have been super. Go check them out! These first ones are both breakfast recipes. Every Sunday morning we have "King Breakfast" at our house. Translation: big, hearty, breakfast with the family....making memories! We always look forward to it and I am always on the lookout for new breakfast recipes to try. Hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we did and you feel inspired to dust off that cinnamon jar and get to cooking! Happy Monday!

OK, for those of you that avoid recipes with yeast, you HAVE to try these cinnamon rolls....there is NO yeast! I was so amazed. They were fabulous. So fabulous. I will definitely make them again. Zac said he actually preferred them over Cinnamonster! Now, I'm not going to stretch that far, but I thought it was sweet. I made about 20 from this recipe though. Not sure how she only gets 10. Anyhow, I hope you enjoy. My mouth is watering thinking about them!

Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup warm milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter, softened
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp water (eliminate if you’re opening a new package of brown sugar)
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix the first six ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, mixing thoroughly until the dough forms a large ball. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, water and cinnamon.

Divide the dough into ten pieces, and roll each one into a 2″ by 10″ rectangle. Spread the dough with the cinnamon mixture. Roll each strip into a tightly formed roll. Place rolls in a 9×13 inch baking pan, allowing some room for the rolls to expand. Bake the rolls until just starting to turn golden, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, and confectioners sugar. Spread frosting on the rolls before serving.

Makes 10 cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Pancakes

1 cup whole milk
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
2. Heat a frying pan or skillet on the stovetop. Spray with cooking spray or grease with a little extra butter. Ladle out 1/4 cup of pancake batter at a time, and cook about 1 min on each side, flipping each pancake midway through. Repeat about eight times, until batter is gone.
5. Serve with maple syrup, honey or extra butter. Enjoy!

Makes about 6 large pancakes.
Recipes and photos from

Monday, July 6, 2009

Kings are back in business!

Yes, yes…it has been officially FOREVER since the ole’ King blog has been updated! Busy season, what can I say?!? Instead of catching you up on every single thing that has transpired, we’ll just post lots of pictures so you know there hasn’t been a lack of fun in the King house. Just too busy to stop and post it on here! (If you would join Facebook, you would see more of the Kings there. J ) This year has been a breath of fresh air in many ways and challenging in others. The Lord has been doing so much in us and around us. We are so grateful for Him and the freedom He gives. As the King blog continues, we will begin to not just share pictures of the kids, which I am sure you love, but other randomness of our lives too. So, since it has been March since we’ve posted, here is a little tid bit of what our little “King-dom” has been up to!

Grayson is now almost 5 months! He is an absolute JOY. He has to be the happiest baby I have ever been around. He smiles from ear to ear at just about anyone that talks to him. He is so peaceful and so content. He just started on brown rice cereal and is still trying to decide if he likes it or not. He is flipping over, being more vocal and oh so squeezeable! He's been sleeping through the night since 5 weeks old and averages 10 hours at night right now and takes 3 naps during the day. He loves him some sleep! At his 4 month appointment he weighted 15 lbs so he is growing perfectly. He is absolutely precious and we adore him. We are so blessed by him and are so excited to see the call of God on his little life. It is so neat how the Lord gave a mom’s heart a way to grow. I always thought, how can I love another little man as much as I love Taylor? But it just grew a little bigger and he fits in this Mommas heart for sure! I guess with each child your heart just grows a little bigger.

Taylor is 4.5 now and amazes us more every day! He had the most important day of his life on May 8, 2009 when he asked Jesus into his heart! It was such a sweet moment….one of those moments where you think, it is all worth it. Every last minute of motherhood has eternal value and is so worth it! Treasure every moment and use every opportunity to train them. Even when they give you a blank stare, they are truly getting it! Our special moment was at Sonic getting a beloved slushy and he just started asking questions. We were going about our ordinary day when something extraordinary happened. His little heart was changed forever. It was precious. We are so proud of him and the sweet spirit he has. He is a worshipper to his CORE!! We love to watch and listen to him worship. He is enthralled with music and would sleep with his guitar if we let him. He made a playlist for his MP3 player and he wanted me to put Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Paul Baloche, Kari Jobe, Gateway Worship, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day and a few others…..not too bad for a 4 year old! He knows more songs than I do. He is one smart cookie. He definitely keeps us on our toes. He is reading now and writing a lot. We have moved past the beginning reading stage and on to books! Real books! He is really into Dr Seuss, Clifford, Hermie and Veggie Tales books. He reads a lot and loves doing so! He has been a joy to teach….always wanting to learn something new. He is such a blessing and is so gifted. It is so neat at his age to watch his calling start to unfold. It is just priceless. I wouldn’t trade my time at home with these boys for anything. Everyday is a new journey and even though some days seem mundane, the eternal purpose is HUGE!

There's a quick little update on our little men. Below are a bunch of pictures from our last few months. Sorry to have such a massive amount of pics. Just wanted to update you on what’s been going on with the kings. It’s been a great season and we are excited to see what the Lord continues to do. Have a great day!

June 2009

Let me explain these first few pictures! We started what we like to call Project Patio 09. Translation: We had to dig up a lot of dirt and grass so that we could have our new paito poured. Prayerfully we will have the finished product to be able to post pictures of! I had a great idea to wet the area so it would be easier to dig. Easier to dig it was, however it was soooo messy! I have never been this dirty. The picture doesn't do it justice. Zac and I dug for a few days and this particular night we were digging until 1am! Zac is such a trooper and hard worker. He finally finished it and we definitely have sweat equity put into this project! Taylor of course had to have his fun in the mud too. Excuse the was less muddy clothes for me to wash if he just wore his undies. :-)

Patio Project 09

Taylor loves to read to Grayson
Father's Day with Kings

Papa and his boy
Taylor and Daddy made a tent one night and had a sleepover. Doesn't look so comfy to me, but they had a great time! What a good Daddy!
Zac's Father's Day surprises
Sweet Becky always knows how to get smiles from Grayson.
Best Buddies!
Water hose fun!

Daddy's rig of a covered pool area.
This kid LOVES peanut butter! He went to get a snack out of the pantry and I found him eating it straight out of the jar. Just like his Daddy in so many ways...which is a good thing! :-)
Sweet Friends.....Grayson and Presley.
Kisses from Papa
First Cereal...not so sure about this one Mom!

Girls Night!
Bahama Bucks with Pops.
Licking a snowball at Bahama Bucks

Vacation 2009--Hyatt Hill Country Resort San Antonio--Woot, Woot!

Our vacation this year was such a blast! It was our first vacation as a family of 4. The boys did awesome and we got a lot of much needed rest! We chilled at our hotel, the Hyatt Hill Country Resort most of the time, played miniature golf, visited the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, tried many new restaurants, and had lots of family bonding time. It was priceless. I heart my boys!!

@ the wildlife ranch

A Zebra was in our car.....literally! Taylor LOOOOOVED IT!

Taylor's first miniature golf game with daddy
Brothers Chill time
Sweet Water Baby