Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin Waffles


If I had to choose one of my all time favorite recipes it would have to be these pumpkin waffles.  They are OUT OF THIS WORLD.  However, finding the canned pumpkin has been a little hard.  I've had to buy organic for the last few months because that is all my store sells.  My advice is when you see pumpkin (unsweetened) in the story this holiday season, STOCK UP because we eat these waffles for dinner regularly. 

PUMPKIN WAFFLES

Ingredients: 
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbls. baking powder
2 teas cinnamon
1 tea ginger
1/2 tea baking soda
1/2 tea salt
1/2 tea nutmeg
1/4 tea cloves
4 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk (I regularly use milk with 2 Tbls. vinegar when I don't have buttermilk)
1 cup fresh or canned pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tea vanilla

* Heat waffle iron.
*Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl and set aside. 
* Wisk the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, butter, and vanilla together in another large bowl until smooth. 
* Add the wet to the dry ingredients and blend until smooth.  (Do not over mix.)
* Spray waffle iron with cooking spray for the first and about every third waffle or so. 
* Cook in the waffle iron. I often let mine go about a minute after the iron indicates that it is done for a bit crispier waffle. 
* Eat with maple syrup or whip cream.  YUMMY!

Really, my kids eat this up, even the one who swears that he doesn't eat a single vegetable.  Well, the joke is on him!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Storyland

Storyland in Glen, NH is the most wonderful, kid-friendly amusement park ever.  As far as I'm concerned, we may never have to go to Disney. Adults can ride all the rides with the kids and there are wild spinners for Phoebe and gentle drive rides for Elliot.  And where do you have fun like this?

Just tell me that this isn't the most amazing picture?  The picture of the summer as far as I'm concerned!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade Birthday

Miss Phoebe had her 4th birthday yesterday.  Right now she is obsessed by rainbows so naturally we had a rainbow party.  It was so much fun. She had a rainbow cake:

I used sour strips (or something like that) for the rainbows and then just had to pipe some clouds.  I also made the cake rainbow on the inside:
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It was much easier than I thought it would be.  I used the directions from here.  It was definitely a crowd pleaser.

I also made Phoebe a 15 foot rainbow snake out of fabric.  I used all sorts of scraps in a rainbow of colors.  She's been dragging Snakey around the house ever since.  Yesterday we made him a rainbow collar and leash so he would be easier to drag.


I used the incredibly easy pattern  from:

Aardvark to Zebra: Complete Patterns and Instructions for Making Original and Unusual Stuffed Animals that you can find here in a used copy.  I pretty sure that it is no longer in print.  However, Snakey was pretty easy to make without a pattern.  


Phoebe was dying for a Rapunzel dress and since making one is a bit beyond my capabilities, it is good that someone got one for her:

And last of all, in an attempt to preserve our stash of tape, we got Phoebe her VERY OWN tape dispenser and three rolls of tape.  There is no luckier girl on the planet. 

And now we have a 4 year old and a 7 year old.  It gets easier, right?  

May there always be rainbows over your birthday parties!

Jill