Monday, October 29, 2007

For Family Night, we created a haunted gingerbread house. Not as easy as it seemed especially with children eating the decorations! Aar is good at these types of projects and did all the detail work. Notice the progression in photos from white teeth to black teeth as the icing was licked off fingers!

It isn't even Halloween yet, but the candy is are flowing into the house! After Kent attended a science experiment birthday for Wells Cook, we went to a Halloween party at the South Royalton chapel. Evelyn was looking beautiful as Sleeping Beauty, Kent had a good "Arrrg" as a pirate, and Oliver bounced along cooperatively as Tigger. We visited with Elizabeth and Travis new baby girl, Anna Lee. As always Rebecca Wilson provided a helping hand with the kids. She was in a particuarly good mood after the Harvest Dance the night before. Anson Cook was "Super Why" from our new favorite show on PBS!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

We have gotten so much use out of the fallen leaves--raking, jumping, rolling, throwing. We especially love raking them to the bottom of the slide and sliding in them!

Apple-Cheddar Soup---This taste like Autumn!!!

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 sausage links, chopped
1 Tbsp. butter
2 medium baking potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups apple cider (try to use the real stuff)
1 tsp. snipped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash cayenne pepper
1 medium cooking apple, peeled, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
Fresh apple slices
Green Peppercorns

1. In large saucepan cook onion in hot butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in potatoes, cider, thyme, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Add chopped apple; simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender. In small bowl combine milk and flour; stir into soup. Cook and stir until bubbly. Slowly add cheese, whisking until cheese is melted.

2. Divide soup among serving dishes; top with apple slices and peppercorns. Makes 4 to 6 side-dish servings.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I finally got a great photo of Oliver smiling!!!

Here is a great basic recipe that brings a smile to the lips:

Apple Crisp
You will need 8 large apples, sliced thinly. Place in bottom of buttered 9x13 inch pan.


1 c. sugar
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. nutmeg
¼ t. salt
1 t. lemon juice

Sprinkle over apples in pan. Pour 1 cup water over apples.


1 ½ c. brown sugar
1 ½ c. flour
1 ½ c. oatmeal
1 c. melted butter

Mix together. Distribute over top of apples to make a crust. Bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender, approx. 45 min to 1 hour. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

This is the house Grandpa built. . .
It takes talent having cheeks this pinchable!
Oliver is now two months old--he wieghs in at 13 pounds and measures 23.5 iches. That's some good eating! We have been enjoying the last few weeks of leaves on the trees. We have been hiking a lot in the town forest--imagine 7 kids running way ahead of their moms along narrow trails! We took a drive upto the Canadian border for some leaf peeping. I have made way too many cider donuts and have been hitting the gym to make up for it! Aaron decided he didn't have enough to do, so he ran for County Chair of the Republican committee and won:). Kent's life currently revolves around HOT WHEELS and writing. He handwriting has improved a ton! Evelyn has made 3 good friends and we get together often to play. She loves the "Fancy Nancy" book series and is always on the look out for something fancy to decorate her room. Tonight at Walmart we let the kids choose something for $1. Kent got a HW car and Evelyn got fancy silk flowers for her room. Oliver has developed cooing down to an art form and has a flirtatious smile!