Thursday, August 20, 2009
Successes in the Last Week of Summer
1. I took advantage of a rare (up to now) Tuesday off and had a baking day** with the kids. We made all this:
I made banana nut bread (with First Son's help), blueberry sour cream muffins (with First Daughter's help), apple muffins and mini M&M granola bars (which are really cookie bars, as far as I can tell). Most of these went into the freezer for quick snacks for the first few weeks of homeschooling. In the afternoon, we all made animal graham crackers. The kids, who were ambivalent before, gobbled these crackers up. I guess animals taste better than rectangles.
We had a new package of 50(!) animal cookie cutters from Grammy and I let First Son and First Daughter each pick three. First Son picked a shark, a whale and a dolphin. First Daughter picked a pig, a sheep and a T. rex.
2. I mopped the kitchen floor yesterday. This is really a huge success for me because I hate mopping more than just about any other household task. It doesn't help that sweeping comes first and I hate that most of all the daily chores. Kansas Dad usually does the mopping and the sweeping. In fact, yesterday is the first time I have mopped the kitchen floor since we moved to this house eleven and a half months ago. (Yes, Kansas Dad is that terrific.)
3. I recently opened and unpacked the last box from said move.
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** For those that are interested, my recipes were from these cookbooks: banana nut bread (beware, they change the recipes in these cookbooks; I had to tear the page out of a partially disintegrated book to save this one), graham crackers and blueberry sour cream muffins (and I know I've raved about this cookbook before, but these are seriously good muffins), apple muffins (I used the apple bread recipe; it has a little cornmeal in it, which makes all the difference). I pulled the granola bar recipe somewhere online and didn't save the link. It's the first time we've tried it and it's not a favorite, anyway.