Sunday, June 27, 2010

waffle morning........

I love my kitchen in the morning. The windows actually face west, but in the morning the sun is reflecting off the neighbour's house making it bright and sunny in here. Also, it's nice and cool so we can open windows and doors, in the evening we close the blinds and avoid the sun at all costs in here, it gets quite warm! (But in the winter we'll be loving that!)
Today we're making waffles, it's our Saturday tradition. Here's our flour, ready to be turned into crisp, yummy, deliciousness. I've used so many different combos of flour and they really almost always turn out great. Today these jars are full of brown rice, millet, and buckwheat. We grind them in a k-tec grain grinder that we keep exclusively gluten free.
Here's of course, my biggest waffle fan! He gets so excited when it's waffle day and sits on the counter to help me each step of the way.
Here's my second biggest waffle fan!
And here's the final product, yum!
Our favorite is real maple syrup, but it's not always in the budget so we get by with a homemade syrup that's easy and yummy. (Not healthy or anything, but hey, it's syrup!)
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 T light corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 tsp maple flavouring
In a small saucepan, combine the sugars, corn syrup, salt, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the maple flavouring. Cool to room temperature and pour into a serving bottle. Store in the fridge. :)
Here I am mixing them up in my new vintage pyrex, it makes them taste even yummier and sunnier!
And here's where our perfect waffle recipe comes from, you've got to try it, gluten free or not!
1 3/4 cup flour (I use about a 1/2 cup of each gf flour with a tsp of guar gum added)
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (this is my addition, it makes them smell so good while they're cooking)
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 cup milk (for gf flours, I only use 1 1/2 cup milk. Or kefir, yogurt, sour cream, butter milk)
1/2 cup oil
2 egg whites
Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl beat egg yolks with oil and stir in milk. Add to flour mixture and stir slightly. In another bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into flour and egg yolk mixture, do not overmix! Enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

garden greens.......

We've been enjoying fresh garden greens for a few weeks now! Yum! It's so satisfying to step outside my kitchen door and pick a salad (or grab a handful of romaine for a sandwich). These curly ones are kale. They're still babies, I'm just thinning them to make way for the big growth, but the thinnings are great to saute in a bit of butter or bacon grease, Yum! Tonight during dinner I decided my taco rice casserole would taste better with cilantro, so I took about 5 steps out the door and back to my plate with fresh herbs! Double yum!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

birthday week........

I feel like we've been celebrating birthdays all week. With G's last week, and Derick's this week, we're partying! Tonight we had homemade chocolate cake with candles (poor kid didn't actually get a cake on his birthday, I was going to make one and decided he'd rather have playdough, so I made that instead!).

Here's some pictures of present opening........

We celebrated Thursday night with a trip to Pirate Island........

It's hard to get pictures of a moving 4-year old!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Our little guy is 4 today! (It's crazy how four years can fly by!) We had a great day of celebrating, starting with pancakes and strawberries for breakfast and ending with an evening at Pirate Island! (He's been talking about going there ever since we went with Kate and Jordan for their birthdays back in March. I think it was as wonderful as he's imagined all this time!)

Happy Birthday!!! We're glad you bring so much energy and fun to our family! We love you!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sand Dunes!

Are we cool?!? We joined up with our fun Canadian family at the Sand Dunes a few weekends ago and had a fabulous time! There was lots of hotel swimming, building sand castles, riding bikes, and good food eating......our kids wanted to stay forever and live at the hotel.

Our little guy is a natural, he wanted on that bike whenever he could. Grandpa was so nice and bought him a cool helmet to wear!

E liked going on the bikes, but was a little more cautious about climbing those big dunes with Daddy and Grandpa. But she sure loved her sand toys!

Derick was awesome, and I kind of got a little crush on him all over again when he took me up and down the scary dunes and showed me how cool he is on a bike! (Maybe he'll ask me out!)
It was a bit windy and cold, but no match for Grandma's down blanket!

Grandpa's cool bike......

And of course, what are the sand dunes without sand? I think I still get a bit of sand coming out of every wash load, and it's been 3 weeks! But oh, was it worth it!