Archive | April, 2012

Let them eat…Waffles…

21 Apr

Holey Moley…it has been busy these days. Can you believe that it is the end of April already? I feel like I haven’t had anytime to get anything I wanted to do done, you know like the laundry, or washing the floor 😛 But I got a lot of other things done…super important things…I played with the girls and babysat my nephew (who because he won’t sleep here in a playpen or the crib gives me an excuse to have a rest myself because he will fall asleep on my knee if we watch a movie with my daughter on the couch), and I combed macaroni and cheese out of my little ones hair…and then out of the dogs hair…this I assure you is hard to do!!! It is sticky!!

I also baked a couple of cakes!DSC_3807

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And I discovered a new obsession…homemade sourdough bread. I am not entirely sure that before htis week I had ever had sourdough…I mean I am sure at some point in my life it must have been eaten but I have never gone out of my way for it. About a week or so ago, someone on a SWAP site in my area said that they had sourdough starter to share so I jumped on it. The day it arrived at my house I stared at it uncomfortably I had to Google how to take care of it…did you know that you have to FEED it? Like a baby, it eats and grows and mutates (okay well generally babies don’t mutate)…it ended up in multiple jars around my kitchen and having learned that you can change the type of starter it is based on what you feed it I have more than one type too. I have made bagels, and bread, and my biggest obsession is…WAFFLES!!!!!

I searched online and came up with a non-scary recipe that I found at Breadtopia (http://www.breadtopia.com/sourdough-waffles-and-pancakes/) and we had waffles last weekend (I have also forced them on my sister and a friend who just had a baby)…so yummy but you have to start making them the night before and we all know how well I do at planning things in advance…sooooooo….my plan has been to make some and freeze them…you know like eggos…but each time I have made them they haven’t lasted long enough…

Anyway I think you should all make some…and if you need some sourdough starter to “start” you off let me know, I can probably hook you up :-D 

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Turns out on the day I made these we were almost entirely out of syrup so we melted some of the cream cheese icing I had used for the cake and served them with strawberries I stole from my sister’s freezer (Thanks Erin!)

Enjoy!

Peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispie Squares…

10 Apr

 

I am going to let you all in on a little secret…there are things in life that I hate. Okay well, most for most of them hate is too strong a word. I mean, I don’t sit around all day long plotting their destruction…although in the case of laundry maybe that is true because really the amount of laundry that a family of five produces is ridiculous, especially when you are trying to figure out peak and non-peak usage times for hydro…

So okay, there are things I dislike. As we have discussed I don’t care for laundry, I don’t like cleaning the floor, or doing the dishes…they all seem futile as two seconds later they are all dirty again…I am not good at getting rid of things, especially if they were a favourite (of mine or my kiddos and I really dislike mosquitos (this borders on hate but since they do out number me about 8 bazillion to 1 I figure spending too much time plotting their deaths won’t do much except for turning the rest of the swarms against me).

So the biggest part of the secret is this…I really dislike Rice Krispie Squares…please don’t turn against me now. I don’t understand it either…I mean I like the cereal. Sometimes I eat it for breakfast (it is the cereal I buy for myself on the rare occasion that I get a cereal). And who doesn’t like marshmallows?! There is just something about them together that I am not keen on…

I wonder if it goes back to when I was little and I was making them with my sister’s godmother…we were using the big marshmallows and I threw one into the melted butter, which of course splashed her and I got a wee bit of a scolding…that’s it…it must be her fault.

Anyway, my family doesn’t share this aversion to them, and the cereal had been on sale for a ridiculously good price so I had an abundance…I happened to have a few leftover marshmallows too and then I had a thought…why not add chocolate and peanut butter…OMG I might be a convert!DSC_3744

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

(adapted from the cereal box)

2Tbsps butter or margarine

2 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows

1/4 tsp vanilla

3 cups of rice krispie cereal

1/4 cup of natural peanut butter ( I figured that with the sweetness of the marshmallows this was the perfect place to cut out other sugar)

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (you can use chocolate chips but I was out)

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.

2. Mix peanut butter and vanilla into marshmallow mixture. Stir in rice krispies and mix until coated. Add chocolate bits (they will melt a bit).

3. Spread into a greased (or parchment lined pan…I used an 8×8).

4. Here is where the magic happens. I put another 3/4 cup (approx) or peanut butter in the microwave just until it melted enough to spread easily and poured it across the top of mixture in the pan. Place in the fridge just to set it a bit.

5. While the peanut butter is setting melt as much or as little chocolate (your choice). Remove pan from the fridge and pour (or drizzle) the chocolate across the top. I melted enough chocolate to cover the entire pan, but it is really up to your taste. You could then drizzle more peanut butter across the top to make it fancy 😀

I plan on making these again really soon…it will be a good way to use up those “extra” chocolate bunnies lying around.

ENJOY!!!!!

Hoppy Easter everybunny!!!

9 Apr

DSC_3785 Big kisses for Easter!

Are you as glad to see the spring as I am. Three kids and lots of colds…stuck in the house for weeks on end. It seems every time we left the house, a few days later my little petrie dishes had incubated whatever little germies they picked up and spread it through the house. The nice weather has meant that we have been able to spend more time outside (sick or not) and that things have started to grow in our gardens. My husband has started prepping all the beds and we actually have some cold start items growing already (I am getting all twitchy waiting for the goodness that I anticipate from our gardens.

DSC_3789 We have no idea what these flowers are but they make me and the girls smile.DSC_3775

 

I am particularly excited about the strawberries growing under the little greenhouse that the hubby built, and the lettuce and spinach just in behind.

 

 

DSC_3763 We have been outside every chance that we get. We have been blowing (or wearing) bubbles, catching worms or playing in the dirt with my nephew (and then we send him home filthy for his mommy to deal with:-D).

 

 

Please note that this is my daughter who screams whenever a bug (of any sort) comes near her, but for some reason worms are fine…kids are weird!

 

I haven’t been able to bake anything really either over the last few weeks (and have owed my sister-in-law cake pops for a zillion years) and wasn’t sure what to make for Easter dinner at my mother’s house this year. Luckily a friend out for a drive came by with some cupcake calendars filled with pictures to inspire me. So I made these:DSC_3802

The calendar made them for February with Valentine inspired candy corn and when I happened upon Easter coloured candy corn I knew that it was meant to be. I made lemon cupcakes with strawberry buttercream and put the candy corn on top in a circle. I had originally planned on using a chocolate egg in the centre but they were too big so I pulled out the chocolate chips and used them instead. DSC_3795

Hope you had a fabulous East weekend filled with family and friends and chocolate for breakfast. We were missing a few this weekend and hopefully will get to see them soon…they are long overdue for hugs (and cake pops) from us!!!

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