Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Moving on from pumpkin cookies...

The pumpkin cookies were a success!  They turned out really well and tasted even better.  Mayhem loved them and will shovel them in with both hands.  However, Mischief refuses to try them.  It may have something to do with her tasting the spoon with the pumpkin puree.  She hated the puree and rejected our cookies.

So, we are moving on from pumpkin cookies and on to eclairs.  This week is "E" week for school, and it is Mischief's snack week.  So, we are making snacks that start with the letter "E."  Today, we had English muffins with strawberry preserves.  For tomorrow, I made eclairs.  I am struggling coming up with snacks that start with the letter "E."  She had better like the eclairs.

What I don't do for my kids...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Things I Say to my Children, cont...

Only in my house, would a mother have to say to her children, "Stop hatching your brother!"

In response to this comment, I hear, "No, it's not going to hatch.  It's rotten."

Before the shell is complete

Sitting on her egg
He and his kangaroo have now hatched!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pumpkin cookies

Today, we made our first round of pumpkin deserts.  The first pumpkin that met its death was used for pumpkin cookies.  Mischief assured me that she would let me make something out of her pumpkins that she got, and she chose the cookies.  I have never made anything from real pumpkins before, so this was a first for me.  The extra two sets of hands really helped me out!

To start with, we had to butcher the pumpkin.  Mischief picked the pumpkin to be used for the cookies, and said, "Here you go.  Use this one, but be really gentle because I'm gonna miss him."  Then, she turned to her pumpkin and said, "I'm sorry, but you're gonna taste really good in those cookies!  But, boy am I gonna miss you!"  And, she gave it a little pat as she was handing it over.  So, I cut the pumpkin and had a lot of help cleaning it out.

He really just wanted to play in the goop.  
 Then, we put the pumpkin on the cookie sheet to bake.
After the pumpkin was baked, I peeled the skin off and put it in the blender.  When the blender makes noise, the kids go running and screaming into the other room to be goofy about the noise.  Then, I asked the kids if they wanted to push the button on the blender, and that only brought a few tears when they got scared!
yummy pureed pumpkin goo
Then we made counting lessons out of adding all the ingredients together.  When we finally got everything blended, the kids got to mix it all together.
And they only made a slight mess of stuff flying out of the bowl!
 At last, we got all of the stuff mixed together, and it was time to make the cookies.  When the cookies came out of the oven, I heard, "oh pumpkin!  How I missed you!  But you sure are tasty!"  I believe she has a weird way of mourning...
yum yum
I think we should call it a success!  They sure are tasty!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Things I Say to my Children

Today added a few phrases to my new book:

"Stop licking the bark of the tree!  You are not a brontosaurus!"

When Mayhem did not want to lay down for bed, my response was, "Down, Doggy, down."  When he popped up, "Stay!"  So he laid down and stayed down, after he barked at me.

All in a day's work...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sealed with a Kiss

And so it begins...

Mischief has been having issues with a friend in her class who is not always nice to her.  Well, on the other hand, she tells me she has these other little boys who follow her around helping her when her other friend is not nice.  There is one little boy who told his mother and grandmother he always tries to sit next to Mischief, and is unhappy because all the other little boys sit next to her.  He also told them that he likes to make sure Mischief is, "ok."

He must really think that Mischief is something special, because, today, when her friend stepped on her lady bugs and smashed them, this little boy gave her a kiss so she would not be sad about her lady bugs.

He was bragging about it when they left school today, but Mischief will not say anything about it.

I guess she is not one to kiss and tell.