Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hula Hooping / Fish

Zoe's been interested in hula hooping lately so the other day I looked up some hula how-to videos (reason #789 of why I love the internet).

This lady is amazing.  She makes it look so ridiculously easy!

I got inspired to try to learn also so I bought myself a hoop, too.  So far, no luck.  And in a matter of days my hoop has two bends in it (children!).  Sigh.  Next time I should remember to store my hoop on the roof.

We've gone to PetCo for fun a few times recently and on a whim a few weeks ago we bought some fish there.

I knew betta fish could live without an air pump to oxygenate their water (they come to the surface to take in air), and I also knew you could only put one fish per fishbowl because otherwise they fight and kill eachother (I remember calling them "Chinese fighting fish" when I was a kid).  What I didn't know was that it's only the males who can't live together, whereas the females can safely co-habitate.  The females are not as showy as the males, but they are still pretty, and Zoe and I both preferred the idea of having atleast a few fish rather than just one.  So here is Hagical, Magical, and Bluey (and RIP Reddy, who did not last long after arrival).

I already got a nicer bowl for them (although the jar worked fine).  I'll update this post with a photo of their new home when I get a chance.

July - II

Zoe likes to sit in this chair with Neva "like two little twins."

Zoe helping me test a pattern for recovering the chair.  I'm still working on the new cover.  Almost done but ran out of the right color of thread!

Juicing lemons for lemon ice cream.

Bath time.

'Til next week...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July - I

(update: 4th of July photo)

Last week we celebrated both of the girls' birthdays.

Another trip to the splash pad / playground.

On a friend's recommendation, we tried out a new eatery, Fresa's.  Very good, and all pasture-raised chicken!  And a very cute sign.

That's it, back with more photos in about a week. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Morning glory muffins, some with blueberries on top.

This is a pretty fantastic muffin recipe, and I usually don't even care for muffins all that much.  Zoe and I made a batch last week.  She wanted to add blueberries, which I was not so keen on, so we agreed to just do half with, half without.  Recipe below (modified from this recipe).

Morning Glory Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded carrots (about 1 largish carrot)
1/2 cup chopped dates (I use the seedless ones that look like cockroaches)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 apple, cored and grated
3 eggs
1 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Blueberries for topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrot, dates, nuts, coconut, and apple.

In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture, just until moistened. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

These are best eaten the same day as they are baked, as they have a nice, crusty top that doesn't taste as good the next day, once its softened (anyone have any tips on keeping that crust crunchy?  I usually store them in a glass container with a snap lid...maybe leaving them outside a container instead?).  I really like adding extra spices...ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, but my favorite is cardamom.  So yum.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

June - II

Frozen blueberry slushy Zoe and I made in our ice cream maker.  It came out such a pretty purple!

More Deep Eddy days.

Eating a peach.

 Trip to a pet store.

We came home with some new family members.

Meet Hagical, Magical, and Bluey.

Zoe and I are trying to learn to hula hoop.

One-and-a-half liters of vanilla extract we made for my mom.

Eating something.

Popcorn together.

Making muffins.

Adding blueberries, Zoe's idea.