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  • The Days of Our Lives….

    November 2014
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This Kid

Has my heart.

I got to play tag with 8 of his friends. I’m not as good at tag as I used to be. But then I got to eat cafeteria food right after that. I was never good at eating cafeteria food. (I never once ate hot lunch until I was in my 30′s.)

Was a good day.

Homemade Amaretto

I have tried making most liqueurs.  I have some limoncello cooking up right now, and Bailey’s will be next. Those are my favorite and taste the best. But this last week I tried something new.

I will admit, I’m not an amaretto connoisseur, I don’t drink it all that often (a nice glass of a tempranillo wine is normally my go to.) However, the holidays are coming up, and I have a lot of visitors that like something different. So I made this for Thanksgiving. Just for a little something different. You can also make your own sour mix, but I think it was a little sweet, so I just mix mine with a little club soda, lemon juice and top it with a cherry. Give it try. Make it for yourself. Make it for your friends. It’s super easy.

Curly Locks

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this sweet family… and I have to tell you, they sure have changed!!! The sweet curls bounce with the little one’s personality. He’s missing more teeth and getting so tall. Oh how I love to watch them grow!

Salt Dough Leaves

Yesterday I got to have some spare time with my little-not-so-little Dino Dude. It was cold and horrible outside, so we stayed in. I like to do something fun on days off of school, so we made salt dough leaves. I will probably make him do things like this until he’s in high school. And long after I’m sure.

To make the dough, I just mixed:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup water

If it needs more water, add more water. If it needs more flour, add more flour.

Knead it really well, to make the leaves smooth. Lay the leaves underneath the dough and roll an impression into the dough (I had saved some leaves from shoots earlier in the year.)  Cut around the shape with a sharp knife (I used an exacto knife) Have the kiddos use a straw to cut out a hole.  If you wants to add letters, you can impress them too. You can also write on them after they are baked with a marker. Bake the leaves at 200 degrees for a couple hours. (They might puff up a bit, so if you don’t want them, just let them dry for a few days.)  Go play monopoly. Or watch a movie. (We did both around here yesterday, and for some reason my son has a crazy ability to wipe the floor with his opponents when playing monopoly.) We painted ours with water colors. The colors blend much better than acrylic or oil. And dry very quickly. I sprayed them with a quick high shine acrylic  setting spray (Mod lodge brand) It dries very quickly, so I did a couple coats. then we hung our leaves. They are above the fire place and of course in the entry  way.

Corn Pudding

Thanksgiving is coming, and I’ve been wanting to try a few new things this time around. It’s always good to mix things up a little, right?!!

I always pictured a the first Thanksgiving, corn. Lots of it. In big piles. But we never have it. In any form. And this year, I think we will.

While I was traveling this year, I watched a show where a woman made this wonderful corn pudding. She husked the corn and “milked” it with the back of her knife.  I thought it looked wonderful. But the while milking the corn on the cob was  little too much, so I figured out, you don’t have to do that at all.

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