29 May 2012

the long weekend. with family.

freshly sliced peaches.
blueberry morning pancakes

Breakfast with kiddos is like working in a diner, you never know which staple breakfast item you're going to have to whip up. These pancakes, with & without the blueberries worked for us. 

late spring garden happenings.
strawberry plants in the garden...


 making a fire to roast turkey hot dogs & marshmallows.

bella & me.
jediah working the fire.
eddie attacking with a marshmallow. 

 making chocolate chip cookies with Emma.

 These classic chocolate chip cookies don't get the chips mixed in the dough, but just placed on top--randomly. Well at least when your 7 years old they do!

taco night & ice cream sundaes with the kiddos, jenika & kyle.

chips & dips from a restaurant in the old port...
jenika, a chocolate covered-emma & jediah taking funny pictures of each other.
kyle & jenika doing more of the same. 
"I look like I'm on a TV show!" says Emma
Luckily I learned early on in the weekend that taco nights really work well with kiddos. You can make all sorts of little things, then let them pick what they like. Everyone is happy. 

 vegan banana muffins

a great afternoon snack...

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 brown sugar
1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk
1 tsp pure vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour or spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

--Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin. 
--Mash the bananas & add oil, sugar & vanilla in a large bowl. 
--In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, alternating with the milk. Don't over mix. Carefully fold in the nuts.
--Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is cooked & the tops are nice & golden. 

zach just being silly.

happy eatings & cheers!
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