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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apple Picking with the Goose

These pictures are from this past weekend when we went apple picking and to the farm. I love how one of the gourds looks like a "GOOSE"!

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs MTM

Well I finally made a muffin tin on Sunday. (Shhhh!) I always am so busy on Monday's I never get home from work till about 6:30pm. It is just too much work! (even for a muffin tin meal)

On to the Tin: I wouldn't say I love this tin, it is okay sometimes it is harder to think of something to do when the book has food in it. Does anyone have that problem too?

The Town was created by searching miniature buildings on ABOUT.COM. They have many buildings on there that you can download or purchase. I also made two signs from the book (Meat Street, and Welcome to Chewandswallow). I just placed them on straws and taped them to the top. The height was created by taking a box of tin foil and placing the "grass" scrapbooking paper over it.

Now for in the tin:

Jello Mountain- I bought these today when I went to the store. I don't know how they work because when I made jello it never fully set but he ate it anyway. ??? I will have to test it out again later. Do you leave the lids on or keep one off???

Giant Meatball

Big Noodles in a Tomato Tornado

Cream cheese and jelly on bread circles

Giant Pancake (thank goodness I make a whole box of mix once a month because I was in no mood to make pancakes. Yup that's right! I take one day a month or every two months and make a hole box of pancakes then place them each in a bag and freeze them. Then just microwave and they come back to life ;) They taste just as good as if you made them that morning. I also put a little mashed banana and syrup in the batter so that it is a bit more moist.

Oreos- mainly because I would want them to fall out of the sky if I had a choice.

Craft: Cloudy With a Chance of Food Falling From The Sky

I just printed out a picture from the book and cut around it. Also I cut food out of the sunday ads so that he could paste them on the paper above the umbrella.

It really came out cute, I will have to post a finished picture.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Apple Themed Printables

This week I found this GREAT website that has a "bushel" of Apple stuff. I didn't get to make all of these that I planned for the week due to my Goosey being sick. I hope you enjoy!

Click the link below each picture to print your own.

Apple Feelings Printable Book

emergent reader Apple feelings -

Parts of an Apple Worksheet

parts of an apple -

Picture to Picture or Picture to word Match!! All Apple things.

Very Cool!! Even with the chinese apple juice.<
apple_stuff_no-labels.doc -

Apple Picking Book with Recipes and Crafts!!!
It's Apple Picking Time! -

Apple Calender Numbers (I was thinking number match with these)
Apple Calendar Numbers thevirtualvine com apple graphic by tickledpinkgraphics -

Apple Craft
apple craft template -

Apple Unit
Apple unit -

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FNCCC #3 Alexandra Guarnaschelli- Linzer Cookies (sort of)

The chef for this week's Food Network Chefs Cooking Challenge is Alexandra Guarnaschelli.

Okay so I noticed that the "deadline" was today for this challenge, I already had dinner in the crock pot and I was thinking I am not going to the store AGAIN today. I made these cookies with a slight variation as you can see. I had no jam or anything or time to make any, and as you remember from the perogies I lost my big circle cookie cutter to the hands of the Goose. I wanted to keep with the Apple theme that I am doing all this week for my son, so the apple cookie was born. This dough is so buttery and the nutmeg and cinnamon make it the perfect "fall" dough. For my variation of the cookies I just did everything mentioned below except before I baked them I rolled the edges in red sprinkles, when they came out I put 4-5 chocolate chips and piped on some green icing for the leaf and brown for the stem.

Linzer Heart Sandwich Cookies
Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Prep Time: 40 min Inactive Prep Time: hr min Cook Time: 15 min Level:
Intermediate Serves:
2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies, about 1 1/2 inches Ingredients
2 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for rolling the cookies
1/2 cup slivered almonds, ground
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
Powdered sugar, optional
Special Equipment:
2 heart-shaped (or round) cookie cutters: 1 about 1 1/2 inches and 1 about 3/4-inch
Waxed paper (or parchment)
Rolling pin
3 baking sheets
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and continue mixing until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine and mix the flour, almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Note: because this dough has a good amount of butter, it needs "resting" time and needs to be rolled fairly quickly. Lay 3 large pieces of waxed paper in a single layer on a flat surface. Sprinkle each with a light coating of flour. Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, blend the flour mixture in with the butter. When the ingredients are fully integrated, place 1/3 of the batter on each piece of waxed paper. Coat dough with a light layer of flour, and top with another piece of waxed paper of the same length to make 3 batter "sandwiches". Place 2 of them in the refrigerator and work with 1 at a time.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll the first batch into as neat a shape as possible. What matters most is avoiding creases or cracks and getting it to about 1/8-inch in thickness. When the first is rolled, refrigerate it and repeat the same process for the other 2 pieces of dough.

Make the cookie bottoms: Remove the first rolled sheet from the refrigerator and cut as many 1 1/2-inch hearts (or rounds). Reserve the scraps in the refrigerator. Arrange them neatly in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Repeat with the other two sheets, reserving any scraps.

Make the cookie tops: Cut a heart, with the smaller cutter, out of the center of half of all the cookies to create a heart outline. Roll the scraps in between 2 pieces of waxed paper and cut additional hearts, if desired.

Bake the cookies until they are lightly brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven and allow them to cool slightly for a few minutes before gently transferring them to a flat surface. In a small pot, pour in the raspberry jam and bring it to a light simmer. Remove from the heat to cool slightly as well.

Spoon about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon raspberry jam on each bottom and place a "top" heart on each. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

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"NO BAKE" Apple Pie

Last night I was thinking of things to do with Apples hmmmmm.... I was putting away the dishes and moved the paper plates and it hit me Paper Plate Apple Pies!!! I really like how these came out and so did the Goose.

Now here's what you need:

2 paper plates

Something to color the plate brown, (crayon, paint or this bingo markers that the goose is in love with)

Red construction paper or tissue paper ( oriental trading has them cut already for you for a really cheap price)

Cinnamon and or nutmeg


String or ribbon ( I left the string long so we could hang it in the kitchen.

hole punch

Directions: Take the two paper plates and hole punch them, ( Hint make a mark of where they line up because you will have a hard time finding the way the holes line up or save till end. ;) Then crumble paper and paste on bottom "crust". I cut holes in the top so it looks more like a pie, just fold "crust" like you would cut out a snowflake. Paint top and apply extra glue to "apple pie filling" and sprinkle with cinnamon mixture and string them together. Enjoy!!

Shaking on the cinnamon mixture.

Smelling the cinnamon and nutmeg! Yummy!

Putting the Apple Pie together.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We are going on a APPLE hunt!!!

Look what the "apple" really a cherry tree left for us this morning!!! I bought these pictures at the dollar store a couple years back and thought they would be perfect for this theme. We had alot of fun collecting all the fall apples, gourds and pumpkins.

For more Apple theme lessons and ideas keep checking back all week long.

Muffin Tin Monday Theme: Apples!!!

We read "Apple Trouble" It is about a hedgehog who wants to make a bed for the winter but has a hard time doing so because everything keeps sticking to his spikes when he is making it. This book is very cute and a wonderful resource for Muffin Tin Monday with all the food in it. I LOOOOOOVVVEEEE how this turned out!!! It is my best one buy far. The blackberries alone put in debt but it had to be done. LOL

Okay let me start with the Hedgehog: I molded him out of cream cheese then rolled him in crushed walnuts and finally added sliced almonds and chocolate chips for eyes. There is an apple, pear and 3 peanuts and 4 blckberries, I used fruit by the foot for the blue paper and then for the water lily I used 3 pringles and a slice of cheese??? I could not think of a thing for this one.

Check back all this week for apples themed lessons and ideas for your toddler!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

FNCCC Assignement #2

Aida Mollencamp

This week we selected recipes from Aida Mollencamp, who hosts the show Ask Aida. I picked Braised Paprika Chicken.

I wish that I didn't I made a special trip to the store because for some odd reason I was out of Paprika!!! I came home after a LONG and I mean LONG day of work and this was no treat. If you look at the recipe it calls for so much salt I thought I was drinking water from the ocean. Okay so this recipe had so much salt but the Goose loved it. After eating the chicken I bit into a piece of potato and that was the end-- I drank over two glasses of water just to get this down. Next week I will be making so kind of dessert (play it safe) LOL

Empty plate!! I took off his shirt so that the Paprika wouldn't stain.

Braised Paprika Chicken
Recipe courtesy Aida Mollenkamp

Prep Time: 10 min Inactive Prep Time: -- Cook Time: 55 min Level:
Easy Serves:
4 servings Ingredients
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs (about 6 to 8)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium russet potato, small dice
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Combine kosher salt, paprika, and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Pat chicken dry and rub the mixture all over. Place a 3-to 4-quart Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat and add oil. When it smokes, add chicken, skin side down, and cook until well browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and repeat on second side.

Transfer chicken to a plate and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Return to stove on medium heat, add onions, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until golden and softened, about 3 minutes.

Add potatoes and broth and scrape the pan to incorporate any browned bits. Add chicken, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and cover.

Bring sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired. Add chicken, turn to moisten in sauce, and serve.
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