Ginger Granola

I adore granola. I love trying all different kinds. Recently, I bought a ginger granola from Whole Foods. It was so delicious that I thought I’d try to create my own version. It tastes just like it, maybe even better! This would even be a great basic granola recipe if you left the ginger out too! Hope you like it!

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Homemade Clay

The other day, while I was putting some books back in Turner’s library, I came across The Little Hands Art Book. I started flipping through and came across some great ideas! I don’t know why I still feel like Turner is too little to do things like this, but it was actually perfect! I found an activity for Clay Hand-print Paperweights. It had the recipe for the clay and everything! I wrote out the recipe at the end of the post if you want to try at home!

I measured out all of the ingredients, and Turner poured them into the bowl.

He mixed the dough until my OCD kicked in and I took over. Then I gave him the rolling pin and the dough to play with. He loved that!

While he played with one chunk of dough, I’d knead the rest to get it ready for hand-prints! We rolled the three discs out, and then I pressed his hand into each. I used a knife to trace the edges so the hand-print wouldn’t get lost when the clay baked.

They came out so cute, and they actually were a lot of fun to make! Turner loved it too. Now I’ll have a little piece of him while I work everyday!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love this holiday. It’s an excuse to decorate with hearts and all things pink! It’s become so commercialized, but I still like our quiet traditions that have evolved over the years. We don’t do the whole “box of chocolates” thing, but we celebrate in our own way!

Stew had to work today, so Turner and I started the day going out for pancakes with my mom. Turner and I went to this same restaurant last Saturday because they do a $5 pancake special. We split a short stack, and they were amazing! So, needless to say, the first thing he said when he woke up this morning was “PANCAKES!”. So I called Gigi and we hit the road for our special Valentine’s Day breakfast!

After breakfast, we ran some errands, then came home for lunch and a nap. During Turner’s nap, I prepped for dinner. Stew and I have been making fondue since our first Valentine’s Day, nine years ago! Each year it’s a little different. This year, the main course was cheese fondue (recipe below) with apples, cherry tomatoes, yellow pepper, radishes, and crusty bread. For dessert we had chocolate fondue with shortbread cookies, orange slices, berries, and mini balls of strawberry and raspberry ice cream (I used a mini ice cream scoop to make balls and kept them in the freezer until we were ready to eat).

Each year it gets better and better, the food and the company! Turner had his own plate of fondue and dippers. He was a big fan!

Every year we say we should make fondue more often. It’s so good and so easy! I just might, considering the amount of veggies Turner ate tonight!

Cheese Fondue:
4 oz grated Gruyere cheese
4 oz grated Fontal cheese
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Toss grated cheese with cornstarch. In a medium saucepan, heat the chicken broth until it starts to simmer. Stir in cheese and whisk until cheese melts. Simmer until thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. BOOM! So easy.


Baking Cookies

The other day, I invited Turner into the kitchen to help me bake his favorite cookies. Here’s the original recipe, although I’ve made a few changes over time. I’ll put an updated recipe below so you can be the judge of which is better!

Usually, Turner drags his kitchen helper into the kitchen to play in the sink or play with dried beans (he likes to fill different size containers with the beans). But this time, it was to bake! He was loving it.

I’ve been dreaming of the day I’d have my own little munchkin to cook and bake with me! I really love this age. Turner is so much fun! He’s my little buddy. We do everything together. He’s turning into such a big boy right before my eyes!

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