Thursday, December 15, 2011
I wanted to surprise the kids with a good snack when they came home from school today. They love the soft pretzels from the shops at the mall so I thought I would try and find a recipe similar to those.
THIS ONE came pretty darn close. Even Glenn said they were the best he's ever had. Wow, thanks honey.
I love how AllRecipes has the comment suggestions at the bottom. After reading through a dozen or so I took a few of the suggestions including decreasing the flour from 5 cups to 4. While not as good as the mall pretzels, they were really soft and yummy. And easy! I'll have to keep practicing.
I love prepping food in the morning. Better yet I love prepping and cooking food so that when dinner time comes all we have to do is sit down and chow.
I always lose steam as the day goes on. Especially in the winter when it becomes dark, I always get anxious that I should be putting kids to bed, not starting on dinner. So I adore my crock pot and use it a lot.
Seeing how I only have about an hour and a half of daylight by the time the kiddos are all home, I want to spend that with them at the park or on a bike ride, not in front of the stove.
I stumbled upon Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup on Kath's blog and thought 'oh yeah, split pea soup, why haven't I made that lately?'
So I did.
Plus a hearty healthy soup balances out all of this............
Physically the kids have 1 more day of school. Mentally, they are already on Christmas break. No homework tonight meant we could all snuggle up and watch Elf. My kids loved it!
At the end a reporter says "I guess we'll never know what happened on this Christmas Eve" (or something similar). Ethan said "I know what happened!" (meaning he knows Santa came)
Emry's in the know, Lila's not letting on if she's in the know. But Ethan............he believes with his whole heart. To see that wonder, there's nothing like it. To experience Christmas through a child's eyes is the most wonderful experience. I know it's only a matter of time. But for now......these next couple of weeks and for a few Christmas' to come, I will bask in his wonder & awe.