Thursday, October 30, 2008

A picture is worth a thousand words, right?!

On the bright side Fonz it looks like you weren't the only one with scuffed up shoes. The missing badge is isn't very noticeable.

And yes, I just might have my fingers crossed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How cute is this?!

The kids not the pumpkin. Though he's pretty cute in a pumpkiny sort of way.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's (kinda sorta) party time!

I took the kids to a halloween party sponsored by our local regional park. The event has been on my calendar for a few months and I didn't write an elaborate explanation so I had no idea what I had signed myself up for. Thankfully, it didn't entail a spooky halloween theme and the outdoor nature event gave the kids a chance to have simple fun. And because I like to find thrifty ways to spend time with the kids, the $5 price tag was a bonus.

Spencer checking out his owl pellets for goods (you're gonna have to look that one up yourself...consider it homework). This was right after we made scat (more homework?!) with tootsie rolls, sunflower seeds and raisins.

Eureka!  Spencer became so attached to his pellet that the thing is now in my purse.  

Painting paper bag pumpkins

The kids showing off their new corn husk dolls. I know you're wondering what in the world I do behind the camera to get such a response from my kids...I guess I'm just that not funny.

On our way out. Although we had fun, I was ready to bid this party farewell.

We came home and popped our (free!) popcorn right on the cob. I never knew that was possible....where have I been?!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Perks...we all got 'em

We went to visit Alfonso at the firehouse today. It was our very first trip to see him since his promotion. We dropped off some cookies and took a (short) ride in the fire engine. Spencer, known for his question asking ability, didn't fail Dad a bit. His curiosity has peaked and his list of questions was proof of a genuine interest...or brilliant deception. We'll give Mia few years and I'm sure she'll find it just as interesting. Today she was far more interested in climbing on things she shouldn't and "tookie" (cookie) time.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall ain't so bad...

It isn't often I can actually say with complete honesty that I'm liking this fall thing. I usually mourn the end of summer, but I'm ready to just be at home more. We've already switched on our very first fire of the season. Nothing like artificial logs and a gas-powered flame to get me ready for cooler weather.

A Fall Must: The Pumpkin Patch

Beautiful weather. Great day out with the kids.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pumpkin Painting

Painting takes concentration.  Exhibit A

and Exhibit B

"Hey, Ma.  Here's my scariest face!"

"What?!  That didn't scare you?"

Mia may be adventurous, but the girl hates to be messy.

Once I promised she'd eventually get cleaned, she was all smiles.

I love this kid.  Isn't his non-smile smile cute?

I even love the occasional cheesy-grin.  I love her!

Painting pumpkins has become our "thing" the last few years.  More than likely, its developed into a tradition of sorts because its far easier to complete than convincing a four year old that early October is not the time to carve pumpkins.  

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My new favorite cookie recipe

I'm on a roll.  Why stop now?!  Peanut butter and chocolate...could it get any better?

Before I seem to take any sort of credit, I did find this recipe on the web (not sure where?) after Spencer said he wanted peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter (we used chunky...the only way to go)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light.
Add egg and mix until fluffy.
Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  After, add to wet ingredients.
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Try not to eat the entire batch in one sitting 

Ham and Cheese Turnovers

I promised a dear (and patient) friend I'd publish this recipe a long time ago.  Here's proof that I'm faithful and (sometimes) tardy.

I found this recipe in an old issue of 'Real Simple'.  I'm just now getting to all those magazines collecting dust.  I guess the treadmill is good for something after all.

1 pound package refrigerated pizza dough or homemade pizza dough
(stay away from that Pillsbury Mia would say, "That's na-nee" a.k.a. "nasty")
8 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
4 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow onion, cut into thin rings

Heat oven to 400 degrees
Roll the pizza dough into a 14 inch circle and cut into 8 triangles
Stack a piece of ham, cheese and onion on the bottom of each triangle and roll the dough up around the filling (you'll see some of the filling peeking out of the ends)
Transfer the rolls to a parchment-lined baking sheet (not necessary, but it makes clean-up easier)
Bake until golden and crisp, about 20 minutes.  I'm finding it takes more like 30 minutes.

I'm planning on making my own dough once I have a reliable mixer. You know, one that wasn't used to mix tile grout and trips the breaker box.  Needless to say, its now in the garbage.