For Activity Days tonight we made ice cream in a bag. The weather was so bad outside we did it inside and it was a bit messy to say the least. I was missing a lot of girls this activity due to vacations and some were running the halls during the photo. But all in all it was a fun night. This summer will mark my 3rd year as Activity Days Leader.
In Activity Days I invited a retired Paramedic in our ward to come teach the girls CPR and general first aid. It was a blast. He brought all the CPR dolls. It was so informative. I think the girls loved it. I brought sugar cookies for the girls with little band aids made out of marshmallow fondant . I also made a little first aid kit for the girls. I put their names on the bags and filled them with band aids. They turned out super cute.
Tonight I made fajitas. They are my absolute favorite because of how healthy they are. So many colorful vegetables. The only thing I hate about them is that they make my house smell like Fajitas for weeks. In fact, right now it smells like they are still on the stove. Later today I will be opening all the doors to try to get rid of the smell.
Then to get in the Valentine’s spirit- Mickey Rice Krispie treats. Molly has a valentines party on Wednesday to attend. I thought we would bring a festive treat. Although, after I made them I realized that the party is on Wednesday not Tuesday… oh well. I just used the original recipe and then put food coloring in the marshmallows before adding the cereal and who doesn’t like Mickey?
I got these little glasses and mini spoons for christmas ( I bought them for myself). I have been waiting for a chance to take them to a party. I went to a neighbor’s baby shower and made a chocolate cheesecake mouse with an Oreo crust on the bottom topped with coolwhip and a raspberry. I rimed the glass using corn syrup and sprinkles. Next time I make then I will put the Oreo crust in the middle of the parfait. They were a huge hit. I love these glasses and spoons. They class up a pudding.While I am on a baking kick, I have had no desire to cook dinner. This is our 4th night going out to eat. We ate at Mimi’s Cafe. Eh it was ok. But Molly LOVES slurping out of a straw. She is pretty good at it too. We are expecting her front teeth to come any day. She is showing all the signs.
I made a gluten free chocolate cake brownie for Becky. I got the mix and special chocolate chips. I forgot to take a finished product photo but it looked good. I topped it with fresh raspberries and a chocolate ganash frosting.
I had high hopes for this brownie. But when I took my first bite I wasn’t a fan. The texture was awful. When it hit your mouth it turned into a grainy mixture. Poor Becky. I think just sticking to things that are naturally gluten free rather than trying to substitute ingredients is best. Now we know.
My sisters and mom came over and we had a cookie decorating party this morning. We made sugar and gingerbread cookies with buttercream frosting and ate pizza. We let Brian go to the movies while we had sister time (We missed and wished Katie was here!) After some serious cookie decorating we opened gifts that Aunt Shelley gave to Molly. She spoiled Molly with a giraffe rocking horse. Molly is getting better and better at rocking it herself. Isn’t it the cuties thing you have ever seen? So thoughtful and generous -Thank you Aunt Shelley!
Later in the evening we went to our neighbors house for dinner. It was fantastic. We grilled chicken, steak and shrimp right at the table on raclette grills they are a tradition from Switzerland (and something I will be asking for my birthday- they make dinner
parties a breeze). Maggie had her homemade bread and below the grills there are trays that melt cheese in and then pour it on your bread or potatoes. We all wore our ugly sweaters. Then had a white elephant exchange and ended with chocolate fondu.
We are having some friends over for dessert tonight. I decided to make apple pies. We still have some honey crisp apples left over in the garage so I thought that would be perfect. I got mini pie tins and the Pillsbury pre-made crust. I have never been able to make a good crust. As you can see the two pies that are done I forgot to add the pats of butter in. So I had to push little pats of butter through the cracks of my weave. But, don’t worry the other two I remembered the butter.. plenty of butter.
I can’t wait to cut into these little babies. A scoop of vanilla ice cream will make these perfect. Although, they are mini I think they are huge. Our friends the Tufts will love them tonight. Now, I have my Thanksgiving fix for the year and can continue to prepare for our vacation.
- 12 Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 2 disks Simply Perfect Pie Crust dough, cold
- egg wash (one egg beaten with a tablespoon of cold water)
- Roll out one of the disks of pie dough to about 14 inches in diameter. Place the dough in the bottom of an ungreased 10 inch pie plate, and refrigerate.
- Place the apples, sugar, flour, spices, and salt in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly.
- Fill the chilled pie shell with the apple mixture, working carefully to mound the apples evenly and with as few empty spaces between apple slices as possible.
- Dot with butter and refrigerate.
- Roll out the second disk of pie dough, large enough to overhang the sides of the pie by at least an inch. Drape the dough over the pie, pressing lightly to conform to the shape of the apples.
- Trim off any excess dough, leaving about a one inch margin all around the pie.
- Roll the top and bottom crusts under, around the perimeter of the pie, and crimp.
- Cut steam vents in the top crust with a sharp knife or kitchen shears, and brush with egg wash.
- Refrigerate the pie for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Bake the pie for 1 hour + 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden, the juices are bubbling, and the apples are softened but still a little firm (not mushy).
- Cool the pie for at least an 1 1/2 hours before cutting.
fFirst the crust. Which is just 40 Oreos crushed. Then add a stick of butter melted. Mix and press into a 9×13 baking dish. Then thaw some ice cream (half gallon) just enough to spread on top of the Oreo crust. freeze. Then top with fudge and garnish with peppermint. (I forgot to take a picture of it complete- but you can imagine)
This ratty old Festival of Trees tree was found in our basement. I gave it a quick makeover and revived it. But now that it is all cute and festive I have no place to put it in the house. Much better. In january I will catch all the christmas stuff on clearance and add some more decorations to it.
In Molly News- I am trying to wean Molly. I went two days without nursing her but I am having second thoughts about it tonight. Formula isn’t going so well. Nursing made her so happy- It feels mean stopping.
Apple Crisp Recipe (Ina Garten)
5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the topping:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.
Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish.
To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm.