Thursday, June 24, 2010

Homemade bread

Before my life got thrown off-kilter, one of my New Year's resolutions was going to be to start making homemade bread. I have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with a dough hook, and several of my cookbooks have some good and simple yeast bread recipes. Obviously, that resolution didn't happen at the New Year.
But now that I'm in my own house and have my own kitchen, I've started. Yesterday I made Vermont Oatmeal Maple-Honey Bread from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion. Mom made it a few times while we were living there, and I had all the ingredients on hand. Oh, boy, it smelled SO GOOD while it was baking. The girls and I have been eating it all day. Breakfast toast, lunch PB sandwiches.
This link from the King Arthur Flour website is essentially the same recipe. I used brown sugar instead of maple sugar and put in 1/2 teaspoon of maple flavoring.
I'm hoping to make bread often, so that the girls and I are eating at least as much homemade bread as store-bought.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Making a 3-year-old see logic

The girls and I were at my aunt's house this evening, and we got home slightly past bedtime. We promptly started getting ready for bed. Claire pulled off all her clothes and had some difficulty taking off her shirt. Then I started getting Natalie's jammies on to give Claire practice at putting on her nightgown herself. This is a task I have observed her perform several times.

Claire (ready to have a 3-year-old meltdown): I can't do it!
Me: Yes, you can. You've done it before.
Claire (melting down): Noooo I caaaan't.
Me: Well, when it worked before, what did you do?
Claire (pulling nightgown over her head): I did this.
Me: That's right. Then what?
Claire (putting arms in sleeves): This.
Me: Claire, you know what? You just put your nightie on.
And she looked at me in utter perplexity.

I could not believe the trick worked. It felt like one of those ideas you read about in parenting books and parenting magazines and parenting websites that no matter how you try, they never seem to work. But it worked!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Yummy snack

I just invented a fantastic snack. I put fresh, pitted cherries in a bowl and sprinkled some brownie crumbs on top. (I had made a pan of brownies, and when they started to dry out, I crumbled them and put them in a container in the fridge.) Then I spooned some yogurt over the top. Yum, yum, yum.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Top Five Things About This Weekend

5. Claire is now in big-girl underwear! She had to go a week without pooping in her pull-up. Mission accomplished.
4. Claire's recitation of The Great Commission begins with "Go therefore, making disciples of all masons..." The children at VBS this year memorized the whole verse, and Claire can say most of it with only a little prompting. Pretty good for a 3-year-old.
3. Had a great time at the Morgan Creek Winery in New Ulm with my high school crowd. We drank a lot of wine, looked at the obnoxious and dorky pictures in our high school yearbooks, and enjoyed each other's company.
2. Eating a deep-fried Oreo at Bullhead Days. Enough said.
1. Finally, finally saw Natalie take a few steps. She's done it a couple of times already, but not when I was around. This morning she stepped from Gamma to me.