Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

This is a real gem of a post. Watch the video and be thankful. video

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Because...

Because Thursday was Veteran's Day. Because Thanksgiving is in a few weeks. Because I felt like it I decided to put together a small care package for my friend Dennis. He's in Afghanistan and has been there or Iraq or other scary place I don't like think about for a long time now. Thanks to him and others like him my girls are growing up in a country where they can be who they want to be, live how they want to live and believe what they want to believe. Baking cookies is a small way to say "thanks".

I wanted to make white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies and good 'ole regular chocolate chip cookies. Only when I started baking I realized I had neither white chocolate chips nor cranberries. So I improves and the result was scrumptious! I made pomegranate chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, recipe at the bottom.

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Some good 'ole fashion chocolate chip cookies

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Freezing the cookies before sending is supposed to keep them fresh. As is the individual wrapping.
Yai Yai and I also stopped by the Asian market and bought some Thai goodies. At one point the questions of "How Thai is he?" came up. There are a LOT of Thai snacks and candies that I wont go near but they're as common as potato chips to truly Thai kids (and some farangs who grew up there). I played it safe and went with stuff I like.
Tomorrow the girls are going to draw "Mr. Dennis" some pictures and then on Monday we'll ship it off. Unfortunately the box Tira picked out to send the goodies to him in was not big enough
I hope everyone took the time to thank a veteran they know this past week. And I hope that those thanks don't fade away because it's no longer the designated holiday.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:
(Adapted from an Ocean Spray recipe)

2/3 C Butter
2/3 C Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 C Oats
1 1/2 C Flour
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt
The seeds of half of a pomegranate**
2/3 C chocolate chips

1. Beat butter and Sugar
2. Add eggs
3. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients
4. Combine. Mix in pomegranate seeds and chocolate chips
5. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes (I recommend less time for a softer cookie)

**Here are directions for the best way to de-seed the pomegranate: http://coconutlime.blogspot.com/2006/11/how-to-de-seed-pomegranate.html

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Pumpkin Parking Lot... I mean Patch

Utah is notorious for bad pumpkin patches. Remember the Great Pumpkin Patch Adventure of 2009, where the pumpkin patch consisted of 10 pumpkins lined up? Yeah so this year I didn't get my hopes up. Instead I picked a place that had more to offer. It didn't even have a name, it was just on the corner of a major intersection that's on the way to Tira's ballet class. I picked it because 1) they seemed to have a large assortment of pumpkins, 2) because they were really close and 3) because they had a bounce house. #3 was my down fall.

Of course Tira fell asleep on the way over there - which was an indication of trouble brewing. We got out and discovered that the bounce house was $1 per go or $5 unlimited and that Lanna got to go for free. Let me back up because I'm deceiving you. It wasn't a bounce house as in just a big open area that kids jumped up and down in surrounded by netting. Ohh no that would have been too easy. Nope it was a blown up maze that you had to climb and crawl through then scale a wall and finally slide down to the end. Of course Lanna being a shrimp midget dainty little girl needed help, which meant mommy dearest (that's me) got to crawl, climb, squeeze, and scale her way through too. Ohh joy.

I had intended to let them go through once. Stupid me. We ended up going through at least 15 times, and by then my leg was cramping and my back was aching and I was beat. So I just let them do it on their own. For being do "dainty" Lanna managed just fine on her own.

Of course Tira threw the biggest temper tantrum EVER when I told her we were done with the bounce house from hell and it was time to pick out pumpkins.
We did eventually all get pumpkins and later in the week they girls got to paint them. Cause you know I'm not trusting MY little devils angels with knives.
I just realized we have no pictures of the finished products! Oh well.