Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hello Fall!

Look what we have in our front yard!






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Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Maple Oatmeal Muffins

Each week on Sunday afternoon or evening I typically do a couple things. Make bread for our sandwiches for the week, using the Oh so handy bread maker. Then I make muffins for breakfasts for the kids. I've tried baked oatmeal in the past and they weren't huge fans. But they LOVE muffins. So we started the year with almond poppyseed, banana and this week I realized I didn't have poppyseeds or banana so it was time to bust out the oatmeal.

I searched the internet and found a recipe for Maple, brown sugar and oatmeal muffins.
I thought they'd be worth trying. The kids sampled one and seemed to like it and I thought they were REALLY yummy.
I only had strawberry/applesauce on hand in stead of regular applesauce but it worked just fine as a substitute ingredient. Oh and no high altitude adjustments necessary!




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2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line twelve 1/3-cup muffin cups with paper liners. Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl and stir to blend. Whisk buttermilk, applesauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla in medium bowl until well blended. Add to dry ingredients and stir just to incorporate (do not overmix).
Divide batter equally among muffin cups (batter will reach top of cups). Bake until muffin tops are golden brown and tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean, about 28 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool.

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Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Outside the window:
It's raining, and has been all day...That NEVER happens in our part of CO. It's very dry where we live and we're lucky if it rains a total of two hours each month let alone one day.

I am listening to:
The rain hitting my roof and the white noise from fans, my family is falling asleep I will be too...very soon.

I am so grateful for:

A kind word well spoken. Its been a challenging week on many fronts and just in the past 24 hours a wave of encouragement has come my way. It's humbling and refreshing all at the same time.

I am reading:
Pride and Prejudice, I can't seem to finish it, I keep getting interupted with another book that is library scheduled... I. Will. Finish. It.

In the garden:
Everything is winding down for the year. Our growing season is short. Today it hailed for about an hour (the hail was as large as peas at one point) so my salvia bushes, russian sage and a few others were plowed down. I just bought a beautiful rust colored mum for my front porch and its calling for a pumpkin to go by its side. Soon.

What we're learning:
H: How to write her name grammatically correct. Tip: If you have a preschooler teach them how to write their name grammatically correct and teach them how to write their given name not their nickname. You'll thank yourself when they start Kindergarten. She's learning phonograms, the alphabet, some poems, and other preschool math skills. I currently homeschool her for most of her academics.
R: The big dive for him in 1st gr this year, besides reading, is Math. He's learning the concepts of addition and math problems. He's also learning a major lesson in responsibility right now. I am unbelievably thankful for the classroom teacher he has this year, what an amazing educator!
Me: Humility, patience, peace, and submission to name a few...what a loaded week I've had
Mountain Man: He and I had good long talk about patience with the kids a few days ago, so I'm going with that.

One of my favorite things:
Good Earth 'Original' Tea. A.MAZ.ING
Another favorite thing: Meeting new friends that are life-giving

H this week:
She started ballet and is in sheer heaven for 45 minutes each week when she can dance to her little hearts content. She is pretty much every sense of adorable when she's in her outfit.

R this week:
He is becoming SUCH a hard worker. We do alot of indirect learning at home whenever we can. And he has been such a trooper this week doing a little extra math or language arts in the evenings. He's starting to hit his stride with our school year schedule and so that's been very nice. He actually woke up early this morning.

From the Kitchen:
We get a farmshare every Tuesday. And last week I made Sausage Kale Soup with the kale we received. Talk about incredible. It will be a frequent flyer for as long as we get kale in the veggie share. I'm making it this week so I'll take a blog worthy picture and post the recipe!

Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A perfect conclusion

Lately, Mountain Man has been working on a few yummy things from the kitchen. Yesterday he tried his hand at making flatbread, which we then assembled into Indian Tacos. So delightful. You've got to try it. Frying the flatbread can be kinda messy so I would highly recommend you do it with a couple people. Sorry I don't have my husband on hand to give me the recipe but I'm sure you can google it if you want.

Then after the wonderful meal. We celebrated H's 4th birthday. It was with all the usual things like cupcakes, tutus and as much pink as we could fit into two hours. But after everything died down, at dusk we took a little walk to the park. My mom bought H four floating laterns. The pictures don't even come close to how special, beautiful and magical the conclusion to the celebration was. We shared four birthday blessings/prayers for her and she even helped some 'lift off'. They technically aren't fireworks and the cool night air helped the entire process and so everything went pretty smoothly and safely. It was altogether pretty amazing and I highly reccommend it! Great job mom!
Oh and sorry for the poor pictures, it was dark and my external flash wasn't handy so this was the best I could do what with the open flames and two children trying desperately to help.







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Til next time, remember to find beauty in your midst!