Devens (my father-in-law) and his new salt water fishing rod
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The past week has been a busy one, as I am sure it has been for all of you. Here is what we've been up to over the last few days...
Angel Cakes. I made this Apple Crisp Pie for a gentleman at the Veteran's Home.
Snow. For the second year in a row, we are actually getting snow that doesn't melt away by noon time. It is so wonderful, and so much fun for the boys.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I'll be using mine to make cosmopolitans on Christmas Day...cheers!
Friday, December 12, 2008
I seem to have two little boys who are each dealing with some separation anxiety, and I must admit, I'm tuckered out! Griffin is knee-deep in a typical 2-year-old deal where he wants me in his line of sight at ALL TIMES, doesn't really want anyone else to try to hold him, etc. He doesn't want to nap, doesn't want to get in bed at night, and if he does, then he gets up a zillion times while I try to remain patient and get him back to bed. Last night I was thinking to myself, "What is up with this child?" when I suddenly remembered that Camden actually did this until he was 2 1/2. He woke 1-2 times per night, every night. Steve was gone for 1.5 of those years, I was working full time, and had nobody but myself, so I just powered on through and didn't really think about it. He didn't start sleeping through the night until Steve came back from deployment. At least this just seems to be a recent development for Griffin (the not napping/fighting bedtime part), so I suppose it could be worse! As for Camden - - he is also struggling a bit. Not wanting to go to school in the morning, not wanting to leave me...very unlike him. It kills me to see him feeling like this, so I hope that we will be able to work through whatever is bothering him very soon. After some consultation with my mother, and my dear friend Lisa, I am feeling better about the situation. It is so great to be able to pick up the phone and call my mother whenever I need some mothering advice, or any other time for that matter. We talk on the phone a lot, don't we, Mum? I am her own personal phone stalker, I think.
In baking news, I've been cranking out the biscotti all week. I love biscotti because, 1) It is delicious, 2) It is so easy to make 3) It freezes really well and is so easy to pop out of the freezer when you suddenly need snacks to hand out. I made cinnamon hazelnut biscotti, which turned out perfectly. I also made orange chocolate chip pistachio biscotti, but it came out really "fat", and isn't as crunchy as it should be. Oh well, what can you do. Later today, I will be making these cookies, and I hope they come out as good as they look in the picture. I also have two huge batches of granola mixed up and ready to bake...don't you just love Christmas baking?
I'm still trying to get use to writing down every single morsel of food that enters my body. Kind of makes eating a bit of a chore, and sucks any enjoyment out of it. However, I'm determined to do what I need to do to start feeling better.
I cannot believe it is almost Christmas! I'm nearly ready...just a few more things to make, packages to mail, and stamps to buy. Steve's folks arrive next Friday, which will be nice! We've only yet had a dusting of snow, but it sounds as though we could possibly get some more over the weekend...I would love that!
Oh! I almost forgot...Steve casually mentioned on the phone earlier today that he has some upcoming travel (albeit, not set in stone...yet) to Hawaii, Florida, and Las Vegas. Stinker. Granted, he'll be working while in those locations, but STILL!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Grammy Dunphy's Cream Puffs
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sifted flour
Let water and butter come to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in one cup of sifted flour. Remove from heat, place mixture in a mixing bowl, and let cool. Next, add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed with an electric mixer after each addition, only until combined. Be careful not to over mix, or you may end up with pancakes instead of puffs! Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I usually get 10-12 puffs) and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees, and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
To serve, cut puff open with knife and fill with ice cream, then top with hot chocolate sauce. Yum!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And that, my friends, is the story of my 10-cent Elf on the Shelf!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Perfect Dinner Rolls (a.k.a., Nana Rolls)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1/4 cup non-dairy powdered creamer (you can also use dry milk powder)
2 1/4 tsp. salt
6-7 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, creamer, salt, and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Snowman-shaped slice of wheat bread, coal for snowman's eyes/mouth (black beans), snowman arms (pretzel sticks), snow (mini-marshmallows), noses (carrot sticks), the ever-present Ranch dip, and "ice cold hot chocolate" (chocolate milk), just like in the story. The boys seemed to really like this one, and I had fun making it for them.
* To see more great Muffin Tins, go here.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
After my parents have been here, it always takes me a few days to come out of the funk I find myself in after they go home. I'll give myself through the weekend, and then I'll need to pull myself together! Steve is out of town next week, and I will be very busy with the boys and with the library. I'm hoping to wrap up all of my loose Christmas ends over the weekend, so that I can start shipping boxes out to the east coast. Can you believe Christmas is only 3 weeks away? Crazy.