I'm loving the little things right now......simple fall projects with the younger kids while Carter is at school.
First? Pumpkin painting. Every pumpkin that arrives at our house gets a good washing before finding its home. Yes, even the ones that go outside. Cleaning them removes some of the funk that naturally latches on in the patch that could cause them to rot sooner than expected. Plus, the rinse makes them shine a bit. We use mild soap and warm water. Scrub, rinse and dry.
Jack and Lainey worked on a handful of the baby pie pumpkins.....some for our mantle and one brought to Caroline at the hospital.
Notice their darling aprons, too. $12.00 each! Get yours here. We LOVE ours and already have one purchased for Maci Kaye for Christmas!
Most of their pumpkins end up a lovely shade of baby poop green due to over mixing. Totally fine with it. How boring to be perfect!
Hard working kiddos.
And, second, cooler temps always encourage me to bake more than normal with the kids. Here we are making simple blonde brownies. Added orange and black M&M's to give them a Halloween feel. And, it should be noted that Jack cracks ALL eggs in this house. If he hears two bowls clink together or the utensil drawer open, he comes running into the kitchen, "Cooking, Case?"
Guess who loves to measure the salt in his hand?
1 stick butter or margarine (4 ounces), room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
Cream together the butter and brown sugar; beat in egg. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spread batter in a greased and floured 7- X 11-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. These brown very quickly, so be sure to start checking at the 20 minute mark.
Everyone got a turn with the mixer.
Always exciting in our house!
I really like cooking with our children. I enjoy it as much as they do. Such a great opportunity for sharing and fun and showing our love for each other.