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Friday, December 14, 2012

A Gingerbread House and Sugar Cookies!

Dustin went to "Deer Camp" for a whole weekend.
So we found lots of fun things to fill our weekend without him!
Grandma Sue has bought a gingerbread house the past few years and we have loved helping her decorate it!
We had a few more  helpers this year that made it even more fun.
I said, "Peighton, can you look at me?"
This is what I got...

Preston was very precise with where he wanted his candies to go.

Peighton liked making patterns with the candy.
We decorated sugar cookies too but I guess I was having too much fun decorating to take pictures!

All of our helpers!
Someday everyone will pay attention when we want them to look at the camera!!!!!
I guess three out of four isn't too bad.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Potty Training Boot Camp

Preston is attending Potty Training Boot Camp this week.
He's doing a great long as there are skittles and M & M's for motivation!!!!!
We also have a basket full of "Potty Prezzies" as he calls them.
(It's a basket full of small treasures from the Dollar Store!  He thinks it's fantastic.)
We set our timer and every time it goes off I see this fabulous face:

And in between our potty sessions we play LOTS of tractors.

He makes the best tractor noises.

We got a little more creative today and made some roads with tape on the floor.
This little farmer is LOVING it.
Hopefully someday soon we will wear pants again....and maybe leave the house too!
We can only hope.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sourdough Bread- In the Bread Machine and NO starter!

We LOVE sourdough bread.
It's so yummy with soup or made into paninis or french toast....I could go on.
One time,
 (when I had a lot of time on my hands...a.k.a. no kids)
I made a sourdough starter that I kept in the fridge.
I made a loaf every few weeks or so and when I wasn't using it I had to "feed" it.
It made FABULOUS sourdough bread.
But it took a lot of "feeding."
A few years and a few kids later I know I would NEVER remember to "feed" something that didn't whine, cry or throw a fit when it needed fed. ;-)
When I found a bread machine recipe for Sourdough bread I was a bit skeptical.
No starter?
It doesn't have to sit for a few days before you use it?
I figured it was worth a try.
And it was pretty good!
It does taste different that a normal loaf made with a starter.
But it's still pretty good and has that distinct sourdough taste.
Sourdough Bread (made in the Bread Machine)
2/3 cup water (70-80 degrees)
2 T white vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature (I used plain greek yogurt)
1 T sugar
1 1/2 t salt
3 Cups bread flour
2 1/4 active dry yeast
Add all ingredients in this order.
(wet ingredients always in the bottom, then dry ingredients and the yeast last)
Choose the Basic cycle.

Super yummy and very easy!
We're having ours with soup tonight!