|Rolling the dough|
This was Tori's first experience with rolling dough, which might become a new favorite activity. We used her play dough rolling pin, because I don't have one here.
|Cut rolled dough into strips- this is the only step Tori didn't do herself|
|Basted in egg water and salted.|
|Tori discovered she likes to eat raw bread dough|
|Salted pretzels, hot out of the oven|
|I'd share a recipe with you but we used a bread machine. I don't know how well that would work|
Chewy Granola Bars
Tori and I eat a lot of breakfast bars. We take them with us anytime we leave the house to stave off hunger between meals. Our favorite bars are made by Nature's Path Organic. Chococonut and Macaroon Crunch. As of late, our income has taken a dive, bringing with it our food budget. We've been missing our breakfast bars AND our on-the-go snacks. So, out of sheer desperation, I looked up several recipes for making chewy granola bars at home. To my surprise, they are fairly easy to make, and I carry most of the ingredients in my cupboards for muffin-making anyway.
I chose to combine a few recipes in order to achieve a likeness to our favorite chewy bar made by Nature's Path, and I added a few of my own ingredients for fun- peanut butter 'chips', cocoa, and coconut flakes. But for the most part, I followed one lady's recipe and was happy with the outcome.
In our home, we buy organic and pure peanut butter (ingredients being only peanuts and water), so when I bake with Jiffy-type peanut butter, it is always a treat for Tori to 'lick the spoon'. This time, I just scooped some out of the jar and handed it to her. LOL
The recipe calls for tossing the dry with the wet, but I found NO tossing to occur. LOL. It was a paste-like feel on the back of my spoon & it stuck like... um, well, like peanut butter.
After every baking session, there needs to be a play session at the table. Tori is making pretzels out of play dough now. :o)
I love this recipe, because there's only one bowl of ingredients. They all get thrown together and poured into a dish. The unfortunate thing about this week's frittata is that I somehow thought I was making a different egg bake and tried to improvise again (recipe calls for just a few eggs and I need a frittata with more servings). I added several more eggs, but didn't adjust the rest of the ingredients. When the timer went off, indicating that the dish was done baking, I noticed that the WHOLE middle was still mostly wet egg consistency. "That's alright," I told myself, "I just need to add some time to the baking to make up for the few extra eggs I added." Twenty more minutes later, the dish finally baked, but not without added help from me! I took the dish out every five minutes and tilted the dish around to bring the wet egg around to the outside of the pan. It worked, but I don't recommend it. After all, I still don't know if it dried out too badly around the edges. I really should have multiplied the whole recipe instead of just the eggs. Duh.
Crafts With Tori!
|Applying cotton wisps to the clouds & pipe cleaners to the cat tails|
|Painting the leaves instead of gathering dead leaves to glue to them (It was 10 degrees outside)|
|Pre-class time at gymnastics. Tori and Jillian "kickin it" on the vault mat.|
|Glitter and glue on the animals. Pain on everything else.|
|corn meal and flour mixture|
|creamed corn mixture|
|butter melting in the iron skillet|
|creamed corn mixture being added to the corn meal mixture|
|going into the skillet!|
|Ready to bake!|
More Crafts With Tori!!
|This was inspired by an elephant made by a friend's five-year-old son, who made an elephant out of construction paper and googly eyes. We liked it so much that we decided to try one too.|
|a peacock made of pipe cleaners, googly eyes, feathers, and glue|
|A tiger made of pipe cleaners, poofy balls, googly eyes, a popsicle stick, and glue.|
Other Random Baking IdeasMoist Banana Bread-
I tried this last week & was pleased with the outcome. The only change I recommend is smashing the bananas as you would typically do. They suggest using sliced bananas, but this didn't allow for consistent banana flavoring throughout the loaf. And my five year old texture-sensitive (lol) daughter didn't like it. The use of sour cream was ingenious, but I might try a vanilla or banana yogurt next time. I reduce the amount of sugar in all recipes, so the added sweetness from yogurt would improve be welcomed!
Summer Pea Soup-
I don't know how I stumbled upon this recipe, but I'm OH so glad I did. Our whole family has enjoyed it four times already! What appeals to me (aside from the absolutely delicious soup itself!) is the ease of pureeing in a blender instead of a food processor! I used petite frozen peas (organic one time and non-organic all other times), which were easy to find and easy to use! Let me also add that I did fore-go the mint. I suppose I would try it in the spring before weather turns too hot for soup, but this month, I was really just craving a clean, fresh pea flavor. No smoky flavor. No other interruptions. Just pea soup. I highly recommend this recipe!
Butternut Squash Soup- I had some puree in the freezer, so when the weather turned nasty (11 degrees one day), I thawed it out and quickly made a soup out of ingredients that I already had at home. I didn't add cinnamon (It's not my gig), and I didn't have orange blossom honey, so I used the raw honey I have on hand. It was delicious, though I typically like my flavors pure (not muddled or mixed with other flavors). Rick enjoyed it when he came in from working in temperatures in the low teens! If I make this one again, I would use half the orange zest that the recipe calls for and maybe add vegetable stock.
I'm thinking of posting my homemade baby food, though it doesn't seem that helpful. Making it at home is pretty simplistic and straight forward. Any thoughts?