Last weekend we crossed of a final winter “To Do”…ice skating. With the added bonus of skating outdoors at Crown Center with Clifford! It was Genevieve’s first time to skate.
Genevieve and Liam needed a bit more help than Ginger so I didn’t get as many photos of Ginger. Because Genevieve was new to this, she took more breaks and got to talk to Clifford at least three times.
I happened to see Liam and Ginger holding hands and skating together, but by the time I got out my camera they had lost their balance.
A friend of mine also happened to be skating with her kids, her oldest went to preschool with Liam. She is so sweet and told me to tell the kids to skate like little ducks with their feet at an angle and it helped SO much. She even skated around with Ginger. I am so thankful because that really helped them out and by the end of our skating time they were all able to skate without holding on to someone or something
Warming their cold toes after sledding on this snow day!
Ginger brought this home from school. I love that she said Genevieve was always talking about Jesus! Made my day.
Just a quick post of pictures of the kids with their stockings this morning. They were up around 5:30 and begging to open them–yikes! We have a fun and busy day planned so I hope they make it through! Happy St. Nicholas Day!
We had a wet night of Trunk or Treat yesterday, but it was great fun to see friends from school!
It was so wet that we didn’t take pictures together! We had a great night in the neighborhood tonight with our cousins. The kids picked out their costumes weeks ago…Catwoman (third year as some kind of cat), Pikachu (which he had planned since last year), and Doc McStuffins (but she was also wishing to be a Mermaid!)
I have been trying really hard to make “no sugar” more of a consistent healthy habit. A lifestyle change maybe. Still, it is fall and I sure do enjoy desert! So I was wondering one day if I could sweeten pumpkin pie with only bananas and a quick google search brought up this fantastic recipe. I have made pumpkin pie without crust many times so I wouldn’t have even thought to make an oatmeal crust! Of course, I tend to tweak things so I did change a few things.
1. I pulsed the oats in a food processor just a bit.
2. Didn’t use peanut butter in the crust, just olive oil butter spread. Maybe natural peanut butter next time though because I am curious how it would taste.
3. I didn’t have coconut milk on hand so I just did skim milk. You could substitute whatever type of milk you drink. I am sure the coconut milk would be tasty though.
4. I used egg whites only for the crust and the pie.
5. I omitted the salt. This is just my personal war against so much salt in so many foods.
6. Definitely two bananas (!) and I puréed everything with my immersion blender instead of mashing the bananas.
It was delicious! Not like a full-cup-of-sugar-pumpkin pie, but still cold and creamy and with a crunchy crust. The pumpkin pie spices were also quite tasty. A dessert to feel good about and a recipe worth sharing. I think I will make it for Thanksgiving!
WARNING/TIP: Don’t try this unless you have been off of all types of sugary foods (including honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners etc.) for awhile. Your perspective and taste buds change a bit :).
We went for our annual cider donuts at Dunn’s Cider Mill this morning. It was fun and Liam had a lot of fun with the apple face cut-outs. We are seeing some leaves turning red at out house, time for fun fall traditions!
We are currently watching Cars for Movie Night (Liam’s turn to pick, obviously). I walked into the family room to find Ginger punching out a deck of cards from a “Kit Just for Fun” American Girl activity book that I got for $.50 at a church garage sale yesterday. She said, “Look, Mommy! Blackjack cards!”.
In case you are wondering, the kids have been learning how to play, I am pretty sure they have had three lengthy lessons from Bill so far. The first night it was counted as math homework :). Fun times at our house! I checked the book to see if it had blackjack instructions, but no, the directions were for a game called Stinky Inky.
My grandpa (Grandpa Leo to my kids so as to not confuse him with Bill’s dad aka Grandpa) just celebrated his 91st birthday. His actual birthdate is today but we had a very wonderful family reunion and birthday party on Saturday and Sunday. He had great-grandchildren as helpers with the candles. I think they loved that he shared that with them
So many candles…you can warm your hands :). The cake is angel food with chocolate peanut butter frosting because that is the kind Grandma used to make for birthdays.
On Saturday afternoon the boys enjoyed some mini hockey in the garage. The older cousins were so helpful in teaching the younger ones how to play. Liam liked being goalie.
More mini hockey…
Caught a bunch of the older cousins holding still as Saturday evening wound down.