funny little eaters

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Emily always has very specific food requests (including detailed preparation instructions–the kid eats some unusual stuff). For example, this morning, we made waffles. She came into the kitchen, sat up to the table and said “I want my waffle with a sunny side egg on top and syrup in a swirl on top of the egg.” I was skeptical, but she ate it up merrily. What a silly girl.

Speaking of cute silly dinners, Amanda eats so much now and it is usually in a funny little way. Love this girl.

happy valentine’s day

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valentine party crackers

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I love Valentine’s Day. A few years ago we (and by we, I mean me) gave up on the traditional romantic/prove how much you love me by getting me a gift/aka: sure-to-fail-expectations holiday and made it a family thing. We have a fancy dinner with sparkling cider, a dressed up table and dessert with the girls. I like to place a pretty little gift on everyone’s plate for this event. Nothing extravagant or expensive, just a little necklace or bracelet for the girls and maybe a bore snake or some ammo for Mike (because he is very romantic like that.) Last year, I made these crackers (as in English Christmas Crackers) to house a few treats and a necklace for the girls. A matchbox car would fit perfectly in there. Whatever you place in them, they will definitely add to the festive spirit of your dinner. You can order snaps for less than $5 to put in them and give them an authentic pop or just keep it simple and still delight little hands.

materials:

toilet paper tube
wrapping or tissue paper
ribbon or string
confetti
some sort of prize or treat
tape
scissors
paper to wrap around tube (if desired)

directions:

1. (Here you need to choose if you want the cracker to break apart-use tissue paper if so, or to be a little more study. In which case, the tube will be solid and the end will pull off-you can use either wrapping paper or tissue paper here.) If making a tube that will break apart, cut the toilet paper tube in half. If you want it solid, you might still want to trim it down (because generally speaking, smaller is cuter…and needs less filling.)

2. Measure just enough wrapping/tissue paper to cover the tube and wrap it around.

3. Tie one end with ribbon or string and place goodies inside. If you are using a snap, secure it into place with minimal tape. Then tie the other end closed.

4. If desired, cut a length of paper to wrap around the tube–this is just decorative. Write the recipients name on it if you like and place it at the table.

Hope you guys have a fun hearts day. What are your fun traditions?

amazingly quick (no-rise) rolls

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Remember me? Although I do miss my bloggy friends; my house has quite a bit cleaner since I made this resolution. So yay for that. I actually do feel a little more balanced and ready to post a few things. Which is great since Valentine’s is one of my favorite holidays. Not because I am a romantic, but because we just make it a fun day for our whole family. More on that next week. In the meantime, I made these rolls from Craftykin the other night and had to share. They only took about a half hour from bowl to table and were so good. They are a little more dense than the usual yeast roll and have such a nice buttery flavor. (Um, I am sure the brushing with butter half way through baking helped with that; so “be bothered” as she so cutely put it.) They are the perfect go-to “I’d like to have rolls but don’t have a few hours to rise them in” rolls.

quick bread, buns or pizza base

(from Craftykin)

2 ½ C warm water
6 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp yeast
2 Tbsp oil
6 C flour (can use white or wholemeal)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Stir water, yeast, sugar and oil together. Leave for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well. Knead. Roll out if making a pizza base or shape for use as buns / bread / loaf. Paint with oil or milk (if you can be bothered). Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.