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Baking

Hey! Remember when I used to bake all the time? Yeah me neither, BUT! I’m back at it. A couple days ago, while Cormac was at school and Teddy was taking a decent nap for once, I had a midday baking session.

I bought Dorie’s Cookies as a “congrats on living through your kitchen remodel!” gift to myself a couple months ago, but somehow managed to go until now without baking from it. I wanted something fairly quick and with ingredients I had on hand, so after just a couple seconds of flipping I came across “Natasha’s Mum’s Fruit and Walnut Bread Bars.” I didn’t know what to expect but they looked appetizing and I had fruit and nuts.

Whipping the meringue was a little more frustrating than I expected. (True confession my egg whites weren’t room temp.) But once I got firm peaks it all came together really quickly.

Baking was easy. Cutting the bars was easy. And the kids gobbled them up. And the whole recipe only had a 1/2 cup of added sugar which is less than a lot of cookies so that’s a plus. I went lightish on the crystallized ginger since I knew the kids would be doing most of the eating, but for myself I would’ve preferred more ginger.

I’m looking forward to making more cookies soon. I think I want to try the espresso sables next.

While was making the bread bars, I had a loaf of bread coming together and rising. I’ve used this recipe for 9 or 10 years at this point and its fail proof. Its a perfect sandwich bread, and makes absolute exquisite peanut butter and jellies.

I love that it makes two loaves, so I always stick one in the freezer. The kids go through nearly a whole loaf in about two days. Bread is a major food group around here.

Besides sandwich bread, I almost always have a loaf of quick bread around for after school snacks and whatever. My go-to is the banana bread recipe¬†from Veganomicon. I don’t think I even own the book anymore, but I’ve had the recipe memorized for a couple years now. I usually throw a shredded zucchini in it too, just to force vegetables into my kids. I’m evil like that.

I also made some bagels a week or two ago, but can’t find a picture. I need to make more though because I haven’t found any bagels I like at all in Issaquah, and they’re easy enough to make at home. I tried out a cheddar jalapeno version this time and it was pretty good.

That’s all for now. Keep your fingers crossed Seattle gets some sun soon! Cormac and I are planning a garden this spring/summer and we’re sick of record-setting rain!

Last Lazy Day of Summer

Let’s be real. It’s probably not actually our last lazy day, but it sure feels like it. We had a rare day off from therapy and appointments and had nothing planned. And with school starting next week, I wasn’t too eager to fill our plates with anything to do.

Have I talked about how freaked out I am about school starting? I mean I’m super excited (and so is Cormac!), but it feels weird and official and like I have a big kid this year. I guess because he’s going through the school district so there are things like bus routes and attendance secretaries and IEP meetings to worry about now. He spent last year just going to a wonderful teacher in a church basement with like 3 other kids, so this feels very different to me. Oh, but he got his new backpack today and is soooo excited! He keeps asking when he gets to go on the bus and go play at school.

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I hope he’s always this excited about school!

Anyway, so today the boys and I just took the day off and loafed around home. I can’t remember the last day we had absolutely nothing to do. I saw this Instagram post recently and thought, “oh yeah play dough, I’ve been meaning to make some.” So we did. Cormac picked the colors and we made three batches.

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Teddy mostly just poked holes in it with his fingers, but Cormac wanted to try to make fun stuff like cars and a rainbow.

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The “recipe” took less than 10 minutes and involved dumping 5 ingredients in a pot, stirring and then kneading in the food coloring. Easy!

While we were already making a mess in the kitchen, Cormac and I threw together a loaf of the Lower Fat Banana Bread from Veganomicon (mostly just because we were out of eggs, but this has always been a foolproof recipe for me).

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While the bread cooked, the boys hung out and play cars. Teddy has become obsessed with vehicles ever since we went on vacation and leased our new car, now he drives them around saying “Vroom,” except it just sounds like “Wooooooo” and he spits while he does it. It cracks me up. Visit All Car Leasing so you can see which car he loves and maybe you will obsess over it too.

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And Cormac is so into pretend play right now. He’s always making the trucks break down and call for a tow truck, or having the trucks “rescue” each other. Often times his imagination is just way out there. He ran around with my garlic press last night telling everyone it was “a stinky garlic truck.” Hilarious.

And after an hour, we had bread!

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You don’t have to eat your banana bread toasted and slathered in Nutella, but why would you not?

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While Teddy started his nap, Cormac wanted to work on “the really big fish puzzle.” He was kind of off the puzzle bandwagon for a while, but apparently he’s back on.

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At 100 pieces, this is pushing the limits of Cormac’s independent capabilities, so I helped with the edges and he filled in the whole middle.

After he was finished he clapped for himself and I said “make a big smile so I can take your picture with your puzzle.”

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This kid is ridiculous.

It’s already September! Next week all the fun starts! Tuesday is Cormac’s first day of preschool (and he gets to ride the bus!), and we also signed him up for gymnastics class, which he is so so so excited about. And obviously I’m ready for fall. So basic and I don’t even care. Oh, plus word on the street is that our block is THE BLOCK for Halloween. We’ve been warned multiple times how seriously the neighborhood takes its Halloween decorating and trick or treating, so I’m already excited. Let’s do this thing!