Mar 28, 2013
Dec 7, 2012
It's finally FRIDAY! It's been another crazy week at our house and I'm happy the weekend has arrived!
Did you know that on average a child laughs about 400 times a day? FOUR HUNDRED!!! To me that's a lot, I guess that's because I'm a boring adult. Can you guess how often adults laugh? According to this study it's a whopping 17 times a day. And I know there are days that I don't meet that quota. This makes me wonder what has happened to us humorless adults. Somewhere on our journey we have lost some of the most basic simple pleasures in life, like laughing. Not only is laughing fun but it's also good for us. Laughter releases the chemical serotonin into our brains which makes us feels good. It also reduces stress, relaxes us and helps us feel more comfortable in uncomfortable situations. I don't understand all the science behind it but there are a few things I do understand; laughing makes me happy and my kids make me laugh a lot. Having young kiddos around can often make things more stressful but also very comical. My son Jaxson in particular is quite the character (full of his share of ups and downs!) He's often saying or doing some of the funniest things, we've started calling them Jaxsonisms. I thought for this week's Friday's Five Favorites I would share with you a few of the funny things this kid has said. Just thinking everyone could use a good laugh! Maybe we can pump that 17 up at least for today!
(I apologize in advance for some potty humor!)
1. A few summers ago we were driving through a canyon when Jaxson loudly declared he had to go poop. Luckily we were able to find an outhouse in a campground because we could not convince him to go in the grass. He had no problem with an outhouse and made himself at home. He actually found the whole adventure quite fascinating, bugs and smells included. Jax was almost three at the time and because it was he first time in an outhouse I felt it was my motherly duty to be in there, holding onto him so he wouldn't fall in. (Can you imagine if he had fallen in? Yuck!) I on the other hand wasn't fascinated with the bugs and awful smells and was trying to get him to hurry the process along. I kept asking him "Are you done?" over and over. Each time he's calmly respond "No" and keep talking about the bugs that were surrounding us. I asked again and when he said no, I feeling a little exasperated exclaimed "You are a slow pooper!" He looked up at me and said with a quizzical look "I am?" "Yes, you are." I quickly replied. Finally, we were able to finish up and leave the amazing place and get back on the road. Later that day while I was introducing Jaxson to someone new he interupted me and said matter-of-factly "Hi, I'm Jaxson and I'm a slow pooper." It was one of those times that everyone couldn't help but laugh. I wish I could say that was the only time he introduced himself as a slow pooper but alas, I can't.
2. While we are on the subject of introductions we also went through a spell just recently where Jaxson liked to introduce his whole family. He loves talking to whomever will listen and would introduce us to everybody possible. So, people at the park, church, library and grocery store would hear about his family. Luckily my husband isn't usually with us on most outings but when he is get often gets an introduction similar to this; "and this is my dad, he toots a lot." Keith always appreciates when he adds that in there.
3. We'll get all the potty talk done with this one. Potty training was quite the roller coaster ride with this kid, but we finally convinced him that wet or soggy pants aren't fun. One day at church Jaxson's teacher asked if anyone knew what one of the ten commandments was. Of course, Jaxson's hand shot up and when he was called on he matter-of-factly said "Never poop or pee in your pants." And in our house that's pretty much true.
4. One day when Jax was about 4 we were eating lunch and out of the blue he stated "Mom, sometimes girls make me fall down."
A little confused I asked "why is that?"
He then lets about a big sigh with a very slight smile and a dreamy look "because they're soooo beautiful."
I think we might be in trouble with this young Casanova on our hands.
5. When Jaxson was 3 we were going through our house and dejunking. We decided we'd sell online his little kid basketball hoop that we had kept in our basement. We figured he rarely used it anymore and would probably not even notice that it was gone. The day after we sold it as soon as he went downstairs to play he immediately noticed and was not pleased. It seemed to take hours to calm him down after I told him we sold it. He was not happy with us! The next day he asked for some grapes and unfortunately we had just ran out. When I told them that the grapes were gone he stared at me with disbelief and even a little hurt in his eyes and finally said in a very pouty voice "What! You sold my grapes too!"
He sure is a character and we wouldn't have him any other way! I hope you enjoy a giggle. Have a great weekend!
Dec 5, 2012
Christmas is in full swing at our house. Every morning our son rushes into our room (too early I might add) asking if it's Christmas Eve. Yes, we are getting excited for the big day. Even our senses are enjoying the fresh changes that the season brings. Our eyes are feasting on the beautiful lights and bright colors that decorate our home and our ears couldn't be happier to listen to the magical Christmas music all day. Even our taste buds are getting their turn because we had our first taste eggnog tonight! And thanks to Pinterest our noses even get to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. While surfing my favorite site I found this interesting idea which really is an old an idea, of burning yummy concoctions on the stove just to make the house smell good. A light bulb went off in my head "so, this is what they did before scented candles and Scentsy!" I love the simplicity of it and my house does indeed smell like Christmas, without me baking!
You'll find lots of the different combinations all over the web but this one is our favorite and almost always on the stove. All you need is some orange slices or peels (yes you can just use the peel), 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks and 2 to 3 teaspoons of ground cloves.
It can't be much easier that! Throw all of this goodness into a pot, cover with water and let it simmer.
Dec 2, 2012
Simply Sweet Sunday We like pumpkin desserts at our house. Then add chocolate chips you can't go wrong. On top of that say it's for breakfast. It's like getting dessert for breakfast! What I really use this recipe for the most is to take a treat to someone. Every one likes them and it easy to give away part of a batch and still keep some for my family. This makes everyone happy!
1/2 cup melted butter
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup chocolate chips
1 2/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
In a large mixing bowl mix melted butter, eggs and pumpkin. Stir in chocolate chips. In a small mixing bowl combine dry ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients into wet mixture. Grease muffin tins. Scoop into 18 muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
Tip- Freeze the remaining pumpkin in 1 cup containers, it keeps for three months. Use 2 to make Pumpkin Bars or 1 to make more muffins
Nov 25, 2012
I like to garnish my chocolates after dipping them and often I'll use some of the cookies crumbs to do so. If you plan on doing this take a couple of tablespoons out now and put them in a separate bowl. Next, mix in the block of cream cheese. It helps if the cream cheese is soft and I use to a pastry blender or spoon for this.
Once the truffles are covered in chocolate put them on wax paper to set. If you are going to top them with anything now is the time. Once the chocolate sets it won't be sticky enough to hold anything on. Your options are limitless here. Some of our favorites are candy pieces, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, white chocolate swirls, almost anything will work, so get creative!
They don't take too long to set, then you can either devour them or save them for your holiday event. They do store well so you can prepare them 2 or 3 days before a party but do keep them in the fridge. Here's to the sweetest time of year!
Nov 19, 2012
Simply Sweet Sunday
I so delight in a flaky crust, and an apple galette is just the way to show one off. A flaky crust wrapped around sweet apples and cinnamon. What more can your taste buds ask for? With a galette you don't need a pie plate or fuss about how the edges look.
3-4 Golden Delicious apples peeled and sliced thinly (4 cups)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon to sprinkle on top
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 tablespoon apricot preserves melted (optional)
1 uncooked pie crust (recipe and tips here)
Combine apples with lemon juice in medium sized bowl, toss to coat apples. In small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir sugar mixture into apples. On a dampened counter lay 2 pieces of plastic wrap over lapping in the center. Place dough in middle of plastic wrap, flatten slightly. Place another sheet of plastic wrap over dough. Roll crust into a 12 x 14 circle. Use plastic wrap to gently fold crust in half, remove plastic wrap from top half. Lift crust onto ungreased baking sheet, with uncovered dough side down. Remove the other half of plastic wrap. Gently unfold crust. Remove second piece of plastic wrap. For pictures that show these steps but with a pie plate look here. Heat oven to 400 degrease. Mound apple filling onto the center of the crust, leaving 2 1/2 inch edge empty. Dot apples with butter. Sprinkle with nuts if using.
Fold uncovered crust up onto the apples, working around galette. Brush top of pastry with milk. Sprinkle with one tablespoon sugar. With paper towel wipe off the milk and sugar that gets on baking sheet, because it will burn.
Bake for 40 minutes or till crust is golden. Brush top with melted apricot preserves if using. Serve warm, we like vanilla ice cream with apple desserts.
Enjoy every bite.
Nov 15, 2012
How much of the big feast is your responsibility? If you are cooking the turkey make sure to plan enough for left overs. Don't you love a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving? We buy potato rolls and put dressing and cranberry sauce on. They're small so you've got to have at least two. I love it when there is enough turkey to freeze and use in some of my favorite dinners: White Sauce Chicken Enchiladas and Chicken Flautas with Sour Cream Salsa.
If you want to be the star of Thanksgiving, bring Heavenly Orange Rolls. One bite and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. I remember these rolls from when we use to have Thanksgiving at my Grandma's house, such good memories. I must warn you, if you make them once, your family will beg you make them for Thanksgiving every year from now on. They take time, but are worth every minute.
If you are bringing a pie check out our tips for pie crust here. I think the best pumpkin pie recipe is on the Libby's pumpkin can. The edge of the crust always gets over done so if you have a pie shield, don't forget to use it. They best way to top a pumpkin pie is with real whipped cream.
Now if you have left over cranberry sauce (the jellied kind) don't let it go to waste. You've got to try making the salad dressing that goes on Turkey and Craisen Pasta Salad and Winter Green Salad.
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, and enjoy the people you share it with!