Jack and John had a Boy Scout Trailblazer camping adventure so we Long girls (and Isaac!) took off to the Kite Festival! The weather called for rain and storms but thankfully, the morning was beautiful and BREEZY! Blue skies were the perfect backdrop for high-flying, colorful KITES!!
There were freebie t-shirts for the kids -- they even had Isaac's size!
There were kites to color and decorate... notice Lexie's frowny-faced determination.
...after Sarah untangled herself from it.
Our favorite was the giant monster kite -- it was MASSIVE and quite colorful!!
And we found Waldo...
My brother and nephew caught up with us too. Here Allen is flying his first kite.
Sarah helping Lexie get her new kite in the air...
Next time... Trailblazer Camping Adventure (wild animals included!!)
Everyone in our family has Fall/Winter birthdays except for Sarah -- she is a March "Blizzard Baby" after having been born during the Blizzard of '93. She asked for me to make a carrot cake with cream cheese icing for her special day. Isaac looks as if he'd been dipping into the frosting... and he had!
John had surprised me with a special outing! A guild member had dropped a stack of flyers by the museum which advertised an event in honor of National Quilting Day. Once he saw just who the speaker was going to be, he cleared his calendar to be here with all of our little ones so that I could go!! I was DELIGHTED -- what a gift!! @Quiltingal's lecture was fantastic and I learned so much!!
I really enjoyed our quick little visit and meeting her friend, Joyce.
I still can't leave Isaac for terribly long so I hurried home after lunch. I walked in to find this on my porch...
...and heard John call out, "Jack and Lexie! Have you seen Isaac? I haven't seen him since before lunch!" Of course, I know better than that! At least I think I do... hmmm... Later that day, John gifted the little ones with a racecar that belonged to him when he was a little chap. They think they are hot stuff -- all except Isaac who didn't enjoy his ride one bit!
Jack and Lexie were so tuckered out, they thought a little snooze in my hammock would be nice. I think they're playing 'possum...
My cousin had a delightful visit with relatives a few weeks back and was able to scan LOTS of old family pictures to preserve and share. In the lot there was a picture of my grandfather and his younger brother...
Then, Jack made this face which reminded me of my brother Richie who used to make the same face... looks just like him too!! Check out that mustard bread -- it's Jack's favorite lunch. Bleck.
Brothers can do impish things to one another... Isaac sure is a good sport!
I LOVE this picture!! Perhaps they'll both share their dad's love of the Sunday funnies!
Perhaps when Isaac is bigger, he'll be the kind of brother to come to the rescue!! I was too busy grabbing my camera -- doesn't every kid at one time or another get their rump stuck in a bucket? Or in Jack's case, my soup pot! (There's that Uncle Richie face again.)
Jack showed little sympathy when his poor, unsuspecting brother was given peas for the first time! Bananas make him... SMILE! (Look closely and you can see two brand-spankin'-new teeth shining!)
Peas... not so much!
Have been doing a little sewing -- trying to get back into the swing, or the stitch -- of it. Aren't these the cutest things?? They are reversable but I chose to make a coordinating fleece liner to keep Isaac's sweet piggies cozy. They take no time at all! Found the tutorial here: http://www.maked.ca/shoetutorial.pdf
I am finally settling into my basement sewing space. My sweet husband had lights put in for me this week, fixed a drafty window, and helped me to arrange my sewing triangle. It's beginning to feel like home...
Finally, we are beginning to see pumpkin back on the shelves of our favorite grocery stores! I almost did a cartwheel in the middle of Kroger when I saw the seasonal display of delicious fall goodies a week or so ago. Bad weather during previous seasons has brought about a national pumpkin shortage (or so they say); thus, it is only recently that stores are stocking the yummy squash. I won't begin to speculate why there are a gazillion available for carving; instead, I'll just continue to grab a handful of cans each grocery run in hopes of having enough stored away until this time next year. Jack, a brand-spankin'-new Tiger Scout, had a badge assignment for tonight: help make a healthy snack to share with the rest of his pack. Pumpkin-Chocolate Muffins!! Perfect. They are tasty, low in fat, and hide the "healthy" behind a handful of ooey-gooey chocolate chips
You only need a few ingredients -- any chocolate cake mix will do and a fistful of chips of your choice. When I first stumbled upon this recipe, I couldn't imagine mixing pumpkin and chocolate -- blah! However, low-fat and antioxidant rich had me intrigued -- it has since become a family favorite. I thought this would be an excellent healthy snack for a Tiger's food pyramid requirement -- the little guys would have no idea their chocolate-chip treats are actually good for them!!
First, whisk together the egg and pumpkin...
Next, you add the cake mix. Look at the sheer determination on Jack's face!! It gets a little more difficult to stir at this point.
Finally, fold in the baking chips of your choosing and you are ready to spoon the mixture into muffin tins. Did you happen to notice there were cute little baking cups in the previous pics? I figured Jack would never hit those little jiggers with the scooper -- we'll save them for another time. Usually, we make full-size muffins but little boy scouts would be way too busy to eat all of that!
Top with chocolate chips and you are done! Lexie got in on the fun too.
Isaac even got to help by sleeping through the entire process... SHEW!
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes (20 min. or so for full-size muffins) and enjoy!!
Chocolate and healthy all wrapped up in one sweet little package!! A girl's dream come true
Note: Plain, no sugar added applesauce can be used instead of pumpkin.