Saturday, September 08, 2012

Finally, The Harvest Comes In...

Here is a few fun pictures of our biggest and nearly only garden harvest of the year.  It happened today.  These are Alma's Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes and Pac's Pear Tomatoes that those boys picked out and planted in our garden.  Pac says that he LOVES his pear tomatoes and that they are the ONLY tomatoes that he likes to eat.  Then there is a picture of Pac and Alma who helped me document our harvest.  Followed by our two taste testers: Sam looking a little sleepy, and Ty enjoying that he snuck a second pear tomato before I could wipe the first off his chin! And lastly, but not leastly, the final picture today is of Patrick's two missing two front teeth!  I wonder if they will be back for Christmas?  Hee hee hee.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Imitation Reese's Brownies

This was our delicious attempt at recreating the yummy looking Reese's Brownies that we saw floating around Facebook recently.  It started as a chocolate cake mix that I brownie-fied by adding more oil and less water and then I added a whole bag of Peanut Butter Chips!  (I added them to the batter, but next time I probably will try to sprinkle them on top just before baking.  This time's try resulted in a yummy result of a thick layer of peanut butter mixed with chocolate at the bottom, but I was hoping for them to be spread  throughout the cake more.)  For the topping I made a peanut butter ganache from peanut butter and some powdered sugar and some butter and heated and stirred until it was shiny and smooth (the sugar is necessary to make it taste more like Reese's peanut butter, which we didn't have any of).  Then I made a chocolate drizzle with semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips that I heated with butter until it was all melted and shiny (this made it stay soft but still very chocolatey).  The result was...well, just look at Tyler's face!  I think the cake mix made it a lighter texture, but the flavor was just as intense and complimenting to each other.  We love it and will probably make it again!  Happy baking!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

First Day of School 2012

Aren't they cute? Alma: 8, Pac: 6, Sam: 3, Tyler: 1 (22 Mo)