Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stuff



I took this picture at a really cool yard sale, in Dexter. We stopped on the way to the Cider Mill, because I saw a ladder-back chair that I had to inspect further. They had a lot of antique toys, jewelry and furniture. Lucy loved the bell on this little fire truck-which was a little out of our price range at $120.00. I scored the chair for $5.00. It needs some repairs, so I guess I'll be learning some new skills soon. I just finished Lucy's Halloween costume, I'll post pictures after the party or on Halloween, I don't know which. My brain is melting into a Halloween/Birthday soup.

We carved pumpkins tonight. Lucy kept saying, "get the guts out." When did she start speaking in sentences? She has also learned the word, "never," which is hilariously frustrating.

"Are you having a birthday party?" "NEVER!"

"Pick up your crayons, blocks, babies, etc." "NEVER!"



There will be more to come after all the festivities.

p.s. something weird, on my Zemanta one of the links is: myballard.com-what?

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Today we went to the Cider Mill.


"HEY! Where's my doughnut?"


"It was right here a second ago..."


"Oh, that's right, I ate it."



We tried a new cider mill this year, it was really great. It was drizzly out, so that dampened our spirits a bit, but the cider and doughnuts were the best we've had. Go to Franklin for the atmosphere, but Dexter for the food.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our little meatball...



You'd think she was part Italian or something.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's ALIVE!



In all my learning about bread and baking, I really want to make sourdough. I found out that first, I had to get a starter. After doing some internet research, I read that it's easier to make sourdough from an established starter,( which may be true-but it's a lot less fun) so I sent away for a free bit of dehydrated starter from the Friends of Carl-check it out, it's pretty cool. However, I think in my haste and excitement I was unable to revive Carl's starter. I think if I'd waited a little longer it might have started bubbling but after a few hours I had nothing. So, I decided to start my own and it has been SO fun! I used a commercial yeast, which is a no-no for sourdough purists, but since this is my first time, I figured I could compromise. It bubbled and frothed for a couple days on the counter and on the third day I left it uncovered over night. I woke up and it was covered with a brown skin, which I scraped off and threw away. Turns out that was my first rookie mistake, I could have just stirred it up and my little yeasty-beasties would have eaten it. After that, it started to produce "hooch." It's now happily living in my refrigerator, waiting to be made into a sponge-and then into a dough. It gets a nice meal every week and has been bubbling away nicely. No wonder it's more expensive than the average loaf of white bread.

I want to name it---but I need to come up with something clever-maybe something Egyptian, since that's the origin of sourdough...any ideas?
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009



Lizzie's Oktoberfest was a huge hit! I think Jennifer must have been cooking for days in preparation and it was all so tasty. I think my taste buds must be German. Lizzie was so dainty with her cake in the beginning but quickly dove in and was covered in frosting. It was such a good cake. We had a ball, lederhosen and all.
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Healthy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe




There was no welcome Fall post because I don't like Fall. It's just a sad, brief segue to my least favorite season of them all. I am a Winter Scrooge. I can get excited about a season's food though. Apple Crisps, Pumpkin Pies, Squash, etc. So, this morning I tried out a pumpkin muffin recipe that turned out great. We've been on a bit of a health kick around here lately, so I changed things up a bit and here is what I came up with:

2 T Ground Flax Meal
6 T water
1 C pumpkin puree
1/2 C apple sauce
1 C All-purpose flour
2/3 C whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
3/4 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves
1 C sugar
1/4 C old fashioned oats
1/4 C raisins (presoaked)
1/2 t vanilla

In a large bowl, mix Flax with water and let sit for 5 minutes. Mix in sugar, pumpkin, and applesauce. In a separate bowl, stir together all dry ingredients and add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in raisins and vanilla. Spoon into prepared muffin tins (or loaf pan). Makes 12 large muffins.

Next time I'm going to add grated carrot.
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Friday, October 02, 2009

The one that was...

Anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possib...Image via Wikipedia

I don't have anything exciting to write about today...I haven't in the last few days. Nothing exciting to share. Lucy says, "Soopy Boo," for Scooby Doo, which is pretty hilarious and calls Mozart, "Mozamart." Having a near 2 year old is awesome. She is very bright, very verbal, and very particular. She knows what she wants and how she wants it. Last night, I hosted our monthly book club and Tony and Lucy went on a Daddy/Daughter date. When they got home I asked her what they did; she said, "played a pianyo, watched a movie, and saw a mouse." What could they possibly have done? They went to Best Buy (I should have known)...played on a keyboard, watched the movie previews on the big screens and played with a computer mouse. I'm thinking about getting her a children's mouse to start learning on. I think she could pick up those Peep games pretty easily and it would keep me from having to play, "Quack's Apples," 15 times a day.
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