Friday, October 31, 2008

Apple Pie with a Granola Crust

Here is the recipe as requested (sorry it's a little late.)

I find recipes that sound yummy and combine a little from this recipe and a little from that recipe and add a little something of my own. So, repeating the same product twice is sometimes impossible. But, I am going to try to give the recipe for a yummy apple pie/apple crumble.

I purchased pre-made granola pie crusts (similar to graham cracker crusts). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush pie crust with egg whites and bake for 5 minutes; set aside.

I used apples from my mom's apple tree... mmm, they were delicious. Maybe 5-6 cups peeled, cored and sliced

I also don't really measure things so much. But I am going to give measurements to the best of my ability.
1 T lemon juice
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
3 T whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2/3 c whole wheat flour
2-3 T flaxseeds
1/2 c brown sugar
2-3 T wheat bran
1/2 c oatmeal, rolled - may need more if you think it needs it... I may have used up to a cup one handful at a time...
1/4 to 1/2 c applesauce (start with less and add more if needed)

Mix apples with all the ingredients listed before TOPPING. Spoon into pie crust. Next, combine topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Topping should be golden and bubbling.

I just thought of another variation of this recipe that I enjoy is Apple Cranberry Crumble. Yummy! I love to add cranberries to many different recipes - Cranberry Butter, Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Pineapple Jell-O... the list goes on!

Twitter ... Is it worth the work?

I have been trying to add Twitter to my blog and be cool and up to date and whatever. But I am only getting frustrated with it. I hoped it would help me add quick updates to my blog. Keyword - "quick". So far, nothing is quick about any of it. It is annoying, and I don't have a good stretch of time at one sitting to figure it out. I apologize if you are getting some strange log in request when you come to my blog. I am getting strange log in requests, and it is my blog! Hopefully, I can resolve this issue today. If you get the sign on pop-up, please close it for now, unless you have a twitter account of your own and want to sign in, I guess. But it isn't necessary. And, I plan on removing it ASAP... or later.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bradley Birth Reunion

We had our Bradley Method Class Birth Reunion yesterday afternoon. All of the couples from our classes minus two, I think, gathered with babies in tow at our instructor's house for a time of sharing our birth stories and meeting all the babies. There were six baby boys and two baby girls present. Some of the boys' names were Dennis and Daniel (ours), Elias and Vash; and the girls' names were Joy (shortened from Joyce) and Olivia with no middle name so her last name could be her middle name when she marries. (I had never heard of that before.)
What a neat experience! I enjoyed it a great deal. I always love to hear birth stories, and Scott loves to tell ours. We definitely rocked the "natural birth in a hospital." We didn't have any home births from our class which is a little unusual, I guess. Our instructor said she always has at least one couple who does a home birth.
Scott says we're done, but if we are blessed with another, I would move to Kansas and have a home birth. Yes, I said that. And, yes, I meant that! Of course, Scott would have to be on board, and so far, he's not... That is kind of an important detail.
However, Scott and I are considering becoming Bradley instructors in the near future. He really is passionate about natural hospital births at least.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Care & Keeping of "Little Puppy"

Today, after church was over and people were clearing out, Kynzie found an unclaimed little (stuffed) puppy (we are talking something likely from a McD's meal or similar). She said we better take it to the lost and found, but by the time we arrived at the lost and found location, no one was there to take said found item.
Kynzie came back to me with tears in her eyes. She said she was so sad that no one was there to take the item, and now what would the owner of this lost little puppy do? She was explaining the situation to a friend when I realized what the tears really represented.
Kynzie recounted that she herself had a little tiny puppy once and lost it and didn't want this puppy's owner to feel the same. Scott agreed that she could take the puppy home this week and bring it back to the lost and found next week.
At home this evening, she made a bed in a basket in which to carry the little puppy until bedtime when she decided the puppy needed to sleep with her. We have known her own little puppy (and spare cuddle blanket) have been missing for awhile, but this is the first glimpse of the impact of its absence.
She even mentioned going to the store to pick out a new little puppy. I wish we knew where we left it. Here is the blog post about her Little Puppy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

What is Mommy-Hair, anyway?

Max was standing behind me on the couch playing with my hair. He was quiet for a long time then thoughtfully said, "I think you a girl, Mommy." Then, a little more silence as he tried to pile all my hair on top of my head. And another comment, "You have Mommy-hair. You have short Mommy-hair." It was cute and sweet. He has never really played with my hair before and never really made comments about my hair, either.

Then the moment was over as his hands turned into an alligator, and the alligator "chomp, chomp, chomp"-ed my hair. And my earring became a doorbell that he "ding, dong"-ed over and over again.

In short order, my hair became a spiderweb, a basket for a basketball for a basketball player, and a pile for digging.