Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | September 2, 2011

Mini-Me & the Water Park

If you’ve been around kids at all, you know how observant they are and what good imitators they become.  The first is Riley as mini-me.  😉 The rest are of Riley and Will at the water park Bill and I like to take them to.

Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 31, 2011

Cousin Time!

We are loving the time we have with both our kids and their kids!  Rebekah and Riley were fast friends, quick to get into mischief, while Luke oscillated between playing with the girls and playing off and on with William.  Em and the kids are visiting Josh’s family in south Texas right now, but will be back in a week.  We are looking forward to having a sleep over with Riley at her house.  😉

Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 29, 2011

All 4 Grandkids!!

Emily, Rebekah, and Luke asrrived at the end of August and we have been having such a great time!  It is wonderful to have all four {soon to be 5!} grandchildren together!  They are getting along beautifully, and we had a particularly fun time taking them all to the splash park and then to our neighbor’s pool.

 

 
Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 26, 2011

Weekend Recipe: Ridiculously Delicious Corn

This weekend recipe is in honor of my awesome daughter-in-law Becky who can do southern cooking like none other…though I suspect her mother, Betty, is pretty good too.

Missing the bacon, but still a great addition to any cook-out!

Weekend Recipe: “Fried” Corn

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1 can or several ears of corn
  • 1/2 c butter
  • lots of salt and pepper
Fry up the bacon and keep the grease in the pan while you cook the fresh corn…or open the canned corn.  😉 Once the bacon is cooked, pull it out and chop it.  De-ear the corn if you cooked it fresh.  Throw the bacon back in the grease with the corn, butter, and salt and pepper.  Cook for a few minutes or until deliciously golden and buttery.
Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 24, 2011

Harper’s 1st Birthday

We recently attended our great-niece’s 1st birthday party.  She is the granddaughter of Bill’s sister, Martha.  It’s always fun to celebrate 1st birthdays with family!

Helen, Hutton, Hillary, and Chris

The cake!

The birthday girl, Harper!

Jessica, the mother

Party festivities
Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 22, 2011

Chuck E. Cheese!

With such HOT weather, there’s no reason not to go to Chuck E.Cheese with the kids!  The best part is that if you go right before they open you can collect all the tickets that are sitting in the machines from testing them prior to opening hours.  😉

Look how cute they are!  Imagine how much fun we’ll have with all 4 grandkids in a  few weeks!

Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 19, 2011

Weekend Recipe: Raspberry Cake with Mascarpone Filling

Emily sent me this recipe from Rebekah’s 5th birthday.  Rebekah is enamored with raspberries these days, so she asked for a raspberry cake.  Emily will admit that this cake is a little gourmet for most 5 year olds, but let’s remember that Rebekah has a Top Chef pallet.  The girl appreciates quality food.  😉

Weekend Recipe: Mascarpone Filling

If you never make the cake, you definitely need to try the mascarpone filling- phenomenal!!  Here is that part of the recipe:

  • 284ml tub double cream {10 ounces of the heaviest cream you can find}
  • 250g tub mascarpone {almost 9 ounces}
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 150g punnet raspberries {5 ounces}
You don’t have to use the raspberries either.  This filling is extremely decadent, so we’d advise using it on a pound cake or something plain-ish.  Lastly, if you do make the cake,  you can make is easier by not cutting the layers and just stacking the two cakes with filling in between and on top.
Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bill!

We’re past the age where we intentionally post what year it is, but today is Bill’s birthday!  As I’ve said before, though Bill is a lot of fun, he is not exactly a festive kind of guy when it comes to birthdays.  However, he has gotten better about birthdays in recent years.  😉

 Where birthdays have not been a big deal to you  family certainly has been, and we both love and adore the family that God has blessed us with!  I’m grateful for the two wonderful children that we have together and their terrific families!  It’s been fun to see you light up with our grandchildren and have such fun with them!  Rebekah, Luke, Riley Jane, and William all love you so much and have such a good time with you.

Bill and I have been together since we were teenagers, so I can definitely say that he is my lifelong friend and partner.  I love you, Bill, and hope you have a great day- whether you want to or not!  (I have a fun day planned for us!)

This expression about sums up Bill's enthusiasm for birthdays {and pictures}.

Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 15, 2011

Looking for a Good Deal on an Air Conditioner?

If you are looking for a great deal on an air conditioner, we just got this information from our colleague, Travis Fergurson.  Check it out if you’re in the market.

Need an Air Conditioner?

If you or a friend need a great deal on a new outdoor air conditioning unit, we are having an “End of Hot Summer Sale” on new outdoor R-22 air conditioning units.  You can save up to $800 on the specially purchased units in various sizes…2 ton thru 5 ton.

We can offer exact quotes, if you can take a picture of a few items for us.  Just call me on my personal cell at 817-501-7718 and I’ll walk you through the process.

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Cell 817-501-7718

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Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | August 12, 2011

Weekend Recipe: Cookie Dough Cupcakes….

Let’s be precise…chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough filling and brown sugar frosting…in honor of Emily’s birthday, here is the recipe for one of her favorite desserts!

Batter with 2 types of chips

Spoon it in to cupcake wrappers

Baked cupcakes cooling

Ready to be scooped out, filled, & frosted

You can see the scooped out one on the right {I used a baby spoon}

Frosted and topped with chocolate chips

Ta da!

{Find the original here.}

For the cupcakes:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature {tip: if you forget to take it out, pop it in a warm oven or the microwave very briefly}
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet)

To make the cupcakes

  1. preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total).
  3. Using the paddle attachment on your mixer, combine the butter and brown sugar.  Cream together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, approx 3 minutes.  Add  eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  5. Alternating  add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl with the milk on low speed,  beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing each addition just until incorporated.
  6. Blend in the vanilla.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between 24 cupcake liners.   Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes bake and cool, prepare your cookie dough filling.

For the cookie dough filling:

  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp. light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

To Make the Filling

  1. Cream  butter and sugar in a mixing bowl on medium-high speed until light and fluffy(approx2 minutes).
  2. Add flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up a bit, (approx1 hour).

After cupcakes have cooled,  fill the cupcakes by cutting a cone-shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake.  Fill each hole with a chunk of the chilled cookie dough mixture.

For the frosting:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 2½ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions to make icing

  1. Beat  butter and brown sugar with the paddle attachment on high speed  until creamy and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the flour and salt.
  4. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag and 1M tip {I didn’t have one, so I just spread it on}.  Decorate with mini chocolate chips and a mini cookie. {I used normal chocolate chips and did not serve with cookies- for crying out loud, the cupcake spoke for itself!}

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