Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mid September Randomness

It seems that the heatwave is over, and it's finally time for fall weather. My guess is that the sunshine will return next week, but until then, I will enjoy cooking dinner nightly without overheating.

It's been a hectic are some highlights:

We've been to the beach, played at some fun parks, hosted a few play dates, and done way too much laundry in the past week. And for those who are keeping score, I kicked the butt of a certain fellow fantasy football league member, whom I also happen to share a bed with. Ava has been adjusting to school pretty well, and since they are nut free in her class, I am somewhat relaxed about leaving her. Emily and I have been enjoying our time together. She is such a different baby when she doesn't need to worry about her sister tackling her at any given moment! We hit up baby story time the other day at the library and she had the best time.
Ava has gotten to the point where she can whip up an entire batch of something without my assistance (well, aside from showing her which measuring cup to use...but she's even getting the hang of that!). I am amazed at how well she bakes. We made some muffins yesterday before our play group came over and she did everything except pouring the milk into the measuring cup all by herself. I expect her to be on the Next Food Network Star next season...she's going to take the preschool market by storm.

French Breakfast Puffs

1 1/2 cups plus 2 T flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup butter, melted

Combine first five ingredients. Add milk, egg and 1/3 cup melted butter. Mix thoroughly. Grease and flour small muffin tins. Fill 1/2 full and bake at 400ยบ for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan immediately and dip in remaining 1/3 cup melted butter and roll in a mixture of the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Serve warm.

Makes 24 mini-muffins

Note: Only fill the muffin tin halfway, so that the muffins don’t develop a “crown”. Start checking for doneness at about 12 minutes (original recipe says 20 minutes, but there’s no way!). I used applesauce for the melted butter and half of the sugar, and I used 1/2 AP flour and 1/2 whole wheat flour.

We rented too many movies from NetFlix this month (who's happy that fall TV is back on?), so I am going to try this with Ava this afternoon. And since she's been saying more funny things that I can keep track of, I'm going to start one of these. Is this not the most adorable idea ever? I just don't have the time or energy to scrapbook these days, so perhaps this will be a nice stand in.

1 comment:

  1. I love that pic of Emily eating sand. That's exactly what Juniper did while we were at Cannon Beach last Sunday! Karli