December 8, 2010
December 4, 2010
Now I'm no fan of food coloring, but I'm not so stringent about whether they do get some in their foods. But actually adding it to something that I make from scratch using healthy and mostly organic ingredients just seems...wrong, you know?
We went fancy one Sunday and made strawberry-banana pancakes with fresh whipped cream. Sadie will eat anything if it has whipped cream on it.
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. flour
Put the butter in the pan and set it into a 425 degree oven, then mix batter quickly while butter melts. Put eggs in blender container and whirl at high speed for 1 minute. With motor running, gradually pour in milk, then slowly add flour; continue whirling for 30 seconds. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the whisk, you could totally use a hand mixer as well.
(With a rotary beater, beat eggs until light and lemon colored; gradually beat in milk, then flour.)
Remove pan from oven with the butter melted and pour batter into the hot melted butter. Return the pan to the oven and bake until puffy and well browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Mine always takes longer to puff up, like 30-40 minutes. But my stove sucks.
Serve at once with any fruit topping, i.e. canned pie filling, hot fruit, fresh fruit. Syrup or powdered sugar is good, too.
Tip: Have everyone waiting at the table when the Dutch Baby comes out of the oven, while it is puffed up.
December 2, 2010
It's of new skin and baby sweat. It's sweet and spicy and buttery and breastmilky and so absolutely delicious and addictive that I find myself burying my nose in his neck and head countless times a day.
Time is running out, and I know that soon that smell will be gone for good.
There will be a time when my big, stinky teenagers will seem like they never could have been so small and sweet-smelling.
November 30, 2010
So forgive me for just leaving you with this post, I promise I'll be back soon. With pictures.
November 29, 2010
November 28, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 26, 2010
November 25, 2010
November 24, 2010
November 23, 2010
November 21, 2010
(Sy standing in the pile of dirt I'm sweeping up. Every night after dinner he races around in the kitchen doing a jig in the pile of dirt, no matter how fast I move.)
(Sy likes to remove the dish towels from the drawer. He was working on this project while I was attempting to remove crayon from door- see above.)
November 19, 2010
November 18, 2010
November 17, 2010
November 16, 2010
November 15, 2010
November 14, 2010
A mountain to drive through. Which I had snap on in case it needed to be removed. And I'm glad I did, because I should have made it out of something sturdier than cardboard and interfacing. First thing Brother did was mash it down. Of course.
A construction site with real rock beads on fishing line that goes from one end of the pit to the other. That way they can be "bulldozed" around the work site:
A drive through car wash. This one made with wire, so it gets knocked down and bent out of whack and goes back into shape with just a few tugs:
And it closes for easy transport. Just throw in the cars, trucks and anything else you need and pull the string.
Silas likes it. He's still a little young for it still but really likes pushing the car through the mountain.
But these days a simple request from me that she allow me to take a picture playing with the mat means she has to squeal and run away as fast as possible. So you'll have to imagine her joy.
November 13, 2010
November 12, 2010
Then she thought she should and come and tell me about it. She half knew it was not something that she should do, but was half proud that she had done it.