Friday, May 27, 2011

A Big Scoop of Heaven

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love malted milk balls-- malted anything really, but mostly malted milk balls.  I also love ice cream, of course.  I really don't associate with anyone who doesn't.  When we're out of ice cream at home, I usually get two boxes.  I tell Joe, "This one is mine, and the other one is mine, but you can ask me if you want to have some."  Imagine my glee (can't stop using the word since I started watching season 1) when I found this at our local grocery store:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rainy Day Kid Fun

With the weather being the yuck-fest it has been over the last several days, my brain has been drained of all interesting and creative thoughts.  Thanks to High-Five Magazine and Williams Sonoma Kids Baking cookbook for providing some basic entertainment for my girls while I helplessly stared out the window.  Ok, I didn't really just stand there and stare.  I pouted over the stove while the girls put these tidbits together:

Paper Bag Town, complete with preschool and diner, among other favorite landmarks, as well as the addition of several dollhouse toys, a community piano, and three pools for local enjoyment.  Apparently the sun is shining in PB Town.

And on to this most-awesome, and equally most-easy, Puffy Apple Oven Pancake, which Addie made for breakfast AND for dinner.

What you need:

an apple
4 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp vanilla

Stir together 2 Tbs sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and peel and chop up the apple.  Stir the sugar mixture and the apple together, then dump the apples in the bottom of a greased pie dish.  Bake it at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.  While that's baking, mix everything else together until it is smooth an frothy.  The WS recipe called for use of a blender, but I didn't feel like getting that dirty, so we just stirred the stuff like crazy, one kid at a time, until it was frothy.  Pour this into the pie dish with your apples after they've baked for 5 minutes, then cook for another 25 minutes or so.  The pancake should be puffy and turning brown.  It should look like this:

If you want, sprinkle confectioners' sugar over the pancake.  We didn't have any, so we used regular sugar.  Not as pretty, but it did the trick.  The girls loved it-- for breakfast AND dinner.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring and Other Stuff II

Signs of spring at our house...
Boogie pointing at this bumble bee for 45 minutes before learning his lesson.
Peeps Casserole a la Keith
Front porch masterpiece painting on Daddy's face.  (I think he actually took a nap.)
Confidently wearing sunglasses Ruby picked out for me at Reny's.  Oh, and publicly showing off the new paint job.
Ruby doing all the labor involved with making dandelion jelly.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Secret SO Big

I brought Sour Fiddlehead Pickles to the Kennebunk Farmers Market this past Saturday.  The market was a big success, and I met a ton of awesome people.  A lot of people asked what a fiddlehead is and where you can pick them.  Truth be told, I needed help finding some fiddleheads myself, and in  differentiating them from their unedible neighbors, so I reached out to family, begged and pleaded until I got answers (and used some blackmailing techniques), until I finally got what I wanted:  Fiddlehead foraging with the family.

No, I will not let you in on the location of the fiddleheads found below.  I will be banned from all future family happy hours if I divulge any information on the whereabouts of local fiddleheads.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, a fiddlehead is a fern just like all other ferns, except it's a specific fern.  Confuse you enough?  It's officially called an "ostrich fern," and you can tell it apart from other ferns by the "v" shape of its stem and the papery stuff  on the outside of the head.  I won't go into more detail.  More detail is all over the internet.  (Thanks Keith and Ed for not making me look all over the internet.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kennebunk Farmers Market

It's a sure sign of the season when the summer farmers markets start posting their "Open" flags all over Maine.  I myself am a newbee in the market world and am SO excited to head down to Kennebunk with a whole boat load-- well, Fiesta-load really, of jam and pickles this Saturday.  I'm thrilled to be outside (hopefully it will be beautiful), and equally as psyched to be a part of something that was voted Maine's Favorite Small Farmers Market by the American Farmland Trust.  If you'd like a glimpse into the Kennebunk Market, check out their web site or facebook page for a list of vendors and upcoming events.    Oh, and look forward to Saturday's Kennebunk May Day Festival, including a parade and face-painting, among other fun stuff for kids!  See you on Saturday from 8:00-1:00.

This is what I'll have to offer on opening day:

Strawberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Low-Sugar Triple Better (also known as Dam Fruity), Maple (no-sugar) Apple Pie, Peach Habanero (best seller), Dam Hot Pepper, Chocolate and Raspberry, Strawberry Basil, among other specialty jams.  Oh, and Bread & Butter Pickles.  How could I forget them???

No-sugar varieties are SO beautiful.  Do you think Crayola would consider creating a new color called No-sugar Raspberry Jam?