Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Avonleigh looks like Thing 1 (or Thing 2), but she insisted that she's a clown! What do mommies know anyway?
My sweet little pumpkin!
Ok, so you don't see a picture of Christopher, well, because there isn't one. He couldn't dress up for school (so sad!), and by the time he got home we ran out the door, did whirlwind trick-or-treating, came home and he stripped. I asked him to put his costume on for 1 picture and he said, "No thank you." Fine.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
So, why the picture you ask?
My first counselor (who is fabulous) found a story about how the munks used to twist their bread dough into this shape (that we know as the pretzel) to teach the children how to fold their arms and be reverent. So she explained this to the kids during our program practices - they do tend to get long. Then at our second practice the whole presidency made soft pretzels for the kids to have as a snack. They turned out so cute...and sooo yummy! Want the recipe?...
My kids helped me make these (I wish I had thought to take pictures!) and we had THE BEST time! They really aren't as much work as they seem.
SOFT BAKED PRETZELS
(6 large or 12 small)
3 ½ cups of flour
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cup very warm water (120 degrees +)
1 Tbsp yeast (dissolved in the water)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water
4 cups water (boiling)
2 Tbsp baking soda
1) Mix water/yeast, sugars and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add flour and mix until dough is smooth. Add more flour if sticky.
2) Divide the dough into 6 or 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, very thing, a little bigger than a pencil. Shape into a heart-shape, twist the ends around each other once and secure to side of “heart.”
3) In a pot, boil 4 cups of water and add 2 Tbsp of baking soda. Set the pretzel in the boiling water for ~10 seconds; drain.
4) Place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and water solution. Sprinkle with course salt, parmesan cheese, cinnamon sugar or sesame seeds.
5) Bake in a hot over 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!
Monday, October 29, 2007
|You Belong in Rome|
You're a big city soul with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?
Uh, yeah, I could ditch the cappuccino for a hot chocolate and my family could be with me...
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Christopher/Buddy: "Look Mom! Maddie gave me a stamp that she found at school today! It says 'Made in China' on it!"
Me: "Honey, if she found it, then it wasn't hers to give. You need to give it to your teacher tomorrow so she can find the true owner."
Christopher: "Actually, I think I'll give it to Sushma because she's from India and it's close to China."
Smart kid! hahahaha