Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Mom I Shopped"

Emma just came clunking down the stairs carrying a crocheted pursed. I said "Emma what are you doing" and she said "Mommy I shopped" I looked at her confused and then she dumped out her purse and lo and behold Emma did go shopping for 10 cans of tuna off of the pantry and sewing table. I use the tuna cans for pattern weights. Now the tuna cans just became a castle. The imagination of a 3 year old knows no bounds!
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Great Day!

Today was a great day. I met up w/ an old college roomate and her daughter. Emma had a great time digging in the dirt pile with her new friend. We ate lunch and then took a walk to the grocery store for an onion. We managed to leave with the onion and some other necessities like strawberries, cookies, curry powder, and since mommy was good in the store she got a soda. We then stopped at a friends house on the way home to play, and now it is time for dinner. Now to decide what to have...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hamburger Buns

From scratch in only 40 mins!

* 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
* 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets (I just used the pizza stone).
Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1 dozen.

Homemade Ketchup

This isn't entirely from scratch, but it is cheaper than buying organic ketchup to avoid the HFCS and extra amounts of sugar.
1 Can Tomato Paste
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

Mix together, cover and refrigerate. Remember that when you make things from scratch, they don't have as many preservatives (good and bad). You are going to have to use it up in a month or so.

Emma makes lunch!

"I made you lunch mom" I hear Emma yelling this while I was taking care of Claire. I come into the dining room to find this. It was so sweet!

I had a lovely slice of pizza with a cup of tea.

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