Monday
Sep192016

Magic Mom

It seems that if I work late a few nights in a row, Mila will rebel. She went from mostly sleeping in her crib to HECK NO, YOU AREN'T LEAVING MY SIGHT, WOMAN. It was an instant transition that is mostly fantastic because seriously. Two-year olds. I pink puffy heart two-year olds.

Really.

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- two is one of my favorite ages. It's funny and excited and cute and curious and all of the things.

I should probably straight-up say that "confusing" belongs in that list of descriptors. Two-year olds are confusing. SO CONFUSING.

The story that I will tell that perfectly sums up Mila at age two is one that I tweeted about, but deserves a few more words. It began with a request for a snack. While Mila will put down every bit of junk food you can deliver, she can generally be distracted with fruit.

Fruit is good.

As luck would have it, the fruit bowl is currently full. I took Mila over to the bowl so she could pick something out and she decided a banana was the apple of her eye. She grabbed the banana and began trying to peel it.

And she tried.

And she tried.

It didn't go so well. After a few minutes of frustration, Mila turned to me and said, "Open it, please!" The sweetest of requests ...

So I started to peel the banana. As you do.

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Mila yelled. "PUT IT BACK!"

She was serious. She was all of the serious that I should put the banana back in the peel and undo everything I had done. Which, well, I don't know how to do that. I explained as much.

Mila burst into tears.

She was all of the sad as she told me to put the banana back. I tried to fake putting the peel on, but she rolled her eyes at me, called me a worthless failure, and went back to demanding that I figure out how to put the damn peel back on the damn banana, right now thankyouverymuch.

We went back and forth for several minutes. Mila kept insisting and insisting that I needed to put the banana back in its peel. I kept telling her I am not a magician and I couldn't do that. No trickery or slight of hand would work, so I figured I might as well admit that I'm a mere mortal.

She called me out on that "mortal" stuff.

"MOM DO IT."

That. That right there is the motto of two-year olds. They think mom can do everything, for better or for worse.

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Sunday
Sep182016

Easy Apple Crisp

Today's meals included zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and plums from our yard as well as potatoes and onions from a local farm. Then we went and picked our own apples at a cute little orchard, so basically you can call me Laura Ingalls Wilder because I am all up in this farmer life.

Or something. Why are bugs a thing? That's always my question when I've been outside.

While I won't be living off the land anytime soon, picking apples was pretty fantastic. It's always fun watching kids figure out where their food comes from and Mila was all sorts of ::MindBlown:: when she discovered that apples come from trees and she can pick them.

She was so enthused about the whole thing that she picked ALL of the apples. She's faster than any machinery every could be, which means I ended up with more than enough apples to make applesauce. WAY more than I needed.

Way, way, way, way more.

So while I peeled and sliced the 8 million apples Mila picked, I suggest that Alexis make Apple Crisp. I figured it's time for her to expand her culinary skills beyond eggs and Rice Krispies and HOOBOY did it make her happy. Independence is fun, n'at.

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The biggest trick between this and other crisp recipes is that the butter is melted. I didn't want Alexis to have to figure out how to use cold butter just yet. Next time, maybe. (Probably not. I like the melted stuff better in the end.)

Easy Apple Crisp

8-10 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup water
1 cup quick oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place the sliced apples in a 9x13" glass baking pan.

3. In a small mixing bowl, combined the sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon, and water. Spread over top of the apples and toss lightly.

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4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and baking powder. Whisk to combine then add the butter and stir until well blended.

5. Spoon the oats and such over top of the apples.

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6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the apples soften and the top is lightly browned.

7. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve with vanilla ice cream. Make sure to hide while you eat yours so that you don't have to share it with children.

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Saturday
Sep172016

Best. Day. EVER.

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