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Homemade Fruit Snacks

I made fruit snacks. Yeah, I’m awesome.

Fine, I’ll confess… 4 ingredients. You do have to measure stuff and squeeze lemons, but otherwise super easy.

Why did I make them? The 4 ingredients are: fruit(in my case, strawberries), lemons, [raw] honey, and gelatin. All of those things are awesome for you (although I won’t deny my mixed feelings on gelatin’s source).



Results: Aaron and I both like them. I’ve found myself grabbing a handful here and there throughout the day. Reed and Lena say they like them, although I packed them in their lunches, so I can’t verify. Gus also says he likes them, but won’t actually eat them. I think it’s more the squishy texture than the taste. They are bit lighter, squishier and less dense than regular fruit snacks, but they’re good!

And here’s the recipe.

Forced Creativity

One of the best parts about doing a Photo 365 so far is the forced creativity. There are so many days when I would not pick up my camera, out of laziness, lack of time, lack of inspiration or lack of light. But, committing to do it reminds me that I must find a few minutes every day to shoot something.

I’ve been hanging out by my back window, hoping to catch some cardinals. Today, I saw several!
Female on the left, male on the right. Someone, my mom I think, told me when I was very young that the male birds are almost always the more colorful, interesting ones.

I made two different kinds of soup for dinner. Ham and Potato Soup and Creamy Broccoli Chowder. I can’t give you a personal review of the Ham and Potato, but the Broccoli is so, so good. Andrei told me that it was new to him and very good. Lena, Gus and I all had seconds. Aaron told me he liked it better than the Ham and Potato. Oh, but it looks unpleasantly greenish brown when done, so Reed won’t touch it.

Back to the subject of photography, I had a huge pot of soup on the table and Gus discovered his reflection. He was very entertained.

Now. Star trails. I posted about my star fails a few weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to try it ever since. But, the truth is that I have to be feeling pretty dedicated to want to spend AT LEAST a half hour out in the dark to take these. So, I copped out. I mean, I decided to see what I could come up with in my backyard, where I could retreat to the warmth of the house.


I’m pretty pleased.

Mint or Caramel?

We had Aaron’s sister, brother and brother-in-law over for dinner tonight. With no time to grocery shop this week, Aaron working today and my lack of desire to take 3 kids shopping on a Saturday, I resigned myself to ordering pizza. And baking something that we had the ingredients for.

That left the important question.

But, as I pulled out ingredients, I realized that I did not have what I needed for brownies. No cocoa for my favorite brownie recipe. However, we did have unsweetened chocolate. I found this recipe, and decided to give it a try.

First, you have to melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler.

Melted buttery and chocolate goodness.

Meanwhile, I recommend setting your refrigerated ingredients out. Let them warm up to room temperature.¬†Always a good idea when baking. One of your eggs might even roll off the counter and then you can blog about it. Imperfect Saturdays. It’s a thing.

Add some sugar, but don’t make the mistake I made. Stop daydreaming and pay attention to how many cups you are adding. In the end, I figured it out, but boy was I worried for a few minutes there.

Once you’ve added all of the ingredients for the brownies, put them into pans. I decided that I can’t let anyone down and took a bit of the batter and turned it into mint brownies. You can do this with mint chips, mint Oreos and/or mint extract. Whatever minty stuff you’ve got. Except gum. Or toothpaste. Skip those.

You should definitely do all of this while listening to one of the Doctor Who soundtrack albums. Since today’s the 50th anniversary of the first episode today, that is essential.

Letting your kids watch a movie while you bake might buy you some peace.

While you wait, wait, wait, you can sit on the floor with your dog.

After you are done with the brownies, you still need to make the best part– caramel. At this point, I realized I had no cream. So, I followed this easy recipe for caramel with milk and butter. Yum.

After pouring the caramel on your brownies, you still have the difficult question left.

Mint or caramel?

Capturing October: Focus (and a Recipe!)

I think today’s topic was too broad. And, I had too little time. I really didn’t have much time to pull out my camera until 6pm, when the sun was already going down.


I do like this photo, but I’m not sure it captures focus. His main focus here was stuffing his mouth full of goldfish crackers.

I actually took two others that might fit the prompt a bit better, but I’m not sure anyone wants to see a leaf or a huge spider. In case anyone does: picture of a huge spider & generic¬†picture of a leaf.

Now, if you aren’t totally grossed out because you couldn’t resist clicking through to the spider photo, pumpkin muffins! A friend commented and asked for the recipe, so I will share.

Pumpkin Muffins

Just a note, this is not my recipe. It originally comes from a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. My mom made these pumpkin muffins for years and they’ve always been a hit. The original recipe calls for raisins, but I’m not a fan.

1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Mix wet ingredients separately from dry ingredients. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet, until just incorporated. Scoop into muffin tins. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 18-20 minutes for regular size muffins (10 minutes for mini muffins).

They’re really best just after they cool enough to eat. Still warm, SO yummy.