Sometimes if Dad is going to be working late and my mom doesn't want to clear off the table, we eat on the floor.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I did not use fresh nutmeg, just the nutmeg spice I had)
1/4 teaspoon cloves (the nutmeg and the cloves are optional, you’ll just have a less spicy bread)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil (could replace with some applesauce for less fat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 1/2 cup peeled and grated sweet potato
1 cup chopped walnuts (I did not add)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (Did not add this either)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9×5x3- inch loaf pan and set aside. Sift the first 7 ingredients into a medium sized bowl. In a seperate, large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in the zucchini and sweet potato. Add the dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Fold in the nuts and cranberries and stir well.
Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Cool bread in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Loosen the edges of the bread with a butter knife and turn out on a rack to cool completely. Can be prepared 1 day in advance. Wrap in foil and keep at room temperature.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Today she went and I exclaimed, "Yea! We love pee pee!" (I know, embarrassing, but I wanted her to know how happy I was). She looked at me and said, "And I love chocolate!" I'm in trouble.
As for Jansen, he had us laughing the other night when we had to tell him that they are not "girl cheese sandwiches," but "grilled cheese sandwiches." He must have women on the mind because he also told me today he "doesn't know what kind of female train" he wants to color. I don't think he has any idea what the word means.
As I was putting him to sleep two nights ago I said, "Jansen, Daddy and I are so proud of you."
LOOOONG PAUSE. "Sometimes," he says.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
About these cookies...when Nate and Christian were growing up in Cincinnati they used to go to Busken bakery down the street from their house all the time after school. They loved to get these yellow smiley face cookies. Christian made a stop at their old home in Cincinnati while he was out this way and had to grab a few of these cookies that they still make, just the same as they remember 'em!
I love Julie! She's just so fun to be around.
Like a couple of girls in high school:
I needed some Italian food from North Market, so we stopped and had lunch here on Saturday.
Thanks for coming guys!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
1 TB yeast
1 ½ c warm water
2 tsp salt
¼ c honey
1 TB sugar
4-41/2 c flour
1. Heat the oven to 425. Line 2 baking sheets with tinfoil.
2. In a large electric mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the salt, honey, and sugar and stir well. Blend in the flour at low speed, then medium. Knead about 5 minutes. (I did this all by hand since I don't have a mixer.)
3. Divide dough into 16 equal parts, make shapes, and put on tinfoil.
4. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
5. Mix 1 TB cinnamon with 4 TB sugar, melt some butter.
6. When pretzels are done, remove from oven and apply butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
That lasted about 2 minutes...
And then we moved to this station:
It definitely needs help, but I don't care much right now. It's usually in pigtails or something anyway.