Monday, June 30, 2008
Hayden, one of my daycare kids, and I made Cinnamon Swirl Bread this afternoon. I took a few pictures of it. He seems to love to bake and reveled in being the only one to help, except for licking the batter of course. I'll include the recipe in case you want to try it.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
2/3 cup vegetable oil
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl mix together 2/3 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 cups sugar. Combine eggs, milk and oil add to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened. Pour half the batter into pan. Sprinkle with half the reserved cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon/sugar mixture. Draw a knife through batter to marble. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let it cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap in foil and let sit overnight before slicing.
We just ate the bread for snack and it was the best batch yet. Good job Hayden.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We had a fairly relaxing Sunday afternoon, Don worked on the kids 4x4 tricycles, then we fertilized the garden and my roses, fun, fun, you all need to appreciate that I got a picture of Don in shorts and please notice the whiteness. I had to keep Brock inside during that time so I set him in his highchair with some oreos. He actually twisted them open and licked the white middle before he ate the cookies, it was so funny. Don played LIFE with the kids, the old version the new one stinks for any of you who haven't tried it. We were so thankful today for 90 degree temps today, it was 100 yesterday yuck. Hope you all had a great weekend.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Before unfortunately we unloaded some of it before my before picture so this is actually less mess than usual.
Today after much procrastinating the kids and I tackled our side of the garage. Which includes all their either too big, too small, or for the next kid, or toys for us to rotate through and misc, bikes, strollers, carseats. I figured we better do it before Don got complete frustrated and cleaned it for us which would mean getting rid of all of it. Anyhow, the kids and I are so proud of what we did, even Don was impressed which makes it so much sweeter.
Wednesday the kids and I went for a walk to the park. There was supposed to be some kind of something through parks and rec going on but we took way too long to get ready and got there as they were closing up. I was so disappointed. I took a picture of us walking and of Brock while they were there. There were still a bunch of kids there and I could not keep track of everyone which makes me completely paranoid so after 15 minutes we headed home. Surprisingly no one complained. I came home and in my guilt caved in and put up the kids tent in the backyard for them to "rest" in. I think they actually had more fun at home than they would have had if the park thing had been going when we got there. It's funny sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My kids and a daycare kids were playing outside and I couldn't find Ty, so after much freaking out because he wasn't outside anywhere I came inside to find him playing quietly by himself in the living room. He loves to scream and yell and be crazy with the other kids but he obviously needs his quiet time, too.
See we actually use the table, I wasn't so sure about the meal this day though. I had never heard of putting ketchup on mac and cheese but the daycare kids do at home. My kids think they need to put it on everything now, grrr.
I had to take a picture of this, mine are the two on the left. I made popcorn and one of the kids (not mine) asked if my popcorn popper made kettle corn and he said his popcorn popper looked like a box so I pointed at my microwave and asked if he meant that, he said yes. Sooo funny! I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday and while mixing them they all pulled their chairs up to the island again to watch. I am reminded daily of all the ways we can help them learn, even by having them count how many cups or how many cookies I made or even what the ingredients are. I'm hoping to raise my boys soo they know how to cook just like their daddy.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We planted seven peppers around our beautiful Maple tree!
There are five tomato plants around our Periwinkle plant and one little basil plant!
Three more tomato plants between the ivy and some other unknown flowery thing.
On the back we planted four cucumber plants, two burpless and two slicing. In the front we ventured into watermelon so we'll see it's our first year with them.
In front of our huge butterfly plant we put a couple pumpkins also a new one for us. Could be interesting.
Don said he thought it looked like we were signaling ufo's with our garden. I'll keep you updated. We love going out every day and seeing all that's grown. Now we have to pray for low water bills =)