Monday, August 24, 2009

The kids are back in school and I think I am back to work!!?

This is my youngest child and and last two weeks have been spent getting her to college. She came to us as a 3 week old baby from Korea and has been a wonderful part of our lives from the day I saw her picture at the adoption agency. She is my wonderful daughter and I know her big brother Ted will keep a watchful eye on her at the U.

I sometimes wonder about how wonderful it is that I was given four such great kids. Love you guys.

She got help from grandparents, brothers, friends and mom and dad on the move. It has been something. She is roommates with my son's girlfriend and another sweet girl. It promises to be a wonderful year for her. I hope the best for everyone this year -- including my kids.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's never too early to plan that perfect meal!

Looking forward when everyone gets together and the house gets loud again!!!!!!

Enjoy this pie and each other!

Cranberry Apple Pie

A touch of color and tartness sets this apple pie apart from the classic standby. Mixing the crumb topping makes a fun job for young helpers.
Cranberry Apple Pie
1 refrigerated pie pastry
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 cups fresh cranberries (thawed if frozen)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons flour

Crumb topping
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
Step 1
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9-inch standard (not deep-dish) pie pan with the pastry, fluting the edge.

Step 2
Thinly slice the apples crosswise and combine them in a large bowl with the cranberries. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and flour, mixing well. Transfer the filling to the pie shell, smoothing the top of the fruit. Bake for 30 minutes.

Step 3
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the topping. Add the butter, rubbing it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 4
After 30 minutes, remove the pie from the oven and reduce the temperature to 375 degrees. Spread the topping over the pie and bake it for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden and the fruit thickens and bubbles around the edges. Allow the pie to cool for 2 hours before serving. Serves 8.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Christmas for Kids Monday

Found a great website for keeping the kids busy on those upcoming cold winter days and evenings. You know the evenings when it gets dark early and bedtime stays the same. What to do with those hours. Every Monday I will have some ideas for you and the kids to sit and relax. enjoy the season and the weather.

Here is a link for a fine selection of pages to print and color. So get out the crayons, colored pencils, some hot cocoa, and pretzels and enjoy the family.

Have fun getting ready for Christmas!!!!!!