Monday, December 26, 2011

Headed South

We're off! We've packed, we've cleaned, we've left the keys with loved ones. Puerto Rico here we come. Looking forward to sand in our toes soon.

So this is a parting gift to any other breakfast lovers out there. My gal Leya asked for this recipe so now you all get it. We schemed up these waffles (or pancakes if you wish) back when it seemed like Osh would never get into solid foods and he loved these right away. These are superfood waffles, and this recipe is for a crowd (or we mix it up and store the batter over a few mornings).

Sweet Potato Zucchini Waffles

3.8 ounces all purpose flour
3.8 ounces spelt flour
2.5 ounces oat bran
heaping tablespoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
scant 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
scant 3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
2 eggs
11 ounces buttermilk
6 ounces milk
4 ounces oil
1.3 ounces molasses
4 ounces grated zucchini
6 ounces cooked, mashed sweet potato

Combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients, gently mix wet into the dry. Depending upon the consistency of your buttermilk (we get a kind that is super thick), you may have to tinker with a bit of milk or flour until they are perfect.

Ok so I know not all of you own cooking scales - I think you can find equivalents out there on the intertubes pretty easily. However: we lovelovelove our scale. We use it constantly, and avoid so many dishes by doing so. This is the one we have, not pricey and it has been humming along for years now.

Diets and Osh

Oscar hanging with Aunty Diets last week. Kid was absolutely mad for her. Mad, I tell you. He is still asking about her. She and I baked and made art and walked and generally did not do much while doing quite a lot. The Squish has been loving our guests. My very oldest girl and her boy were also just here, and he was pretty darn psyched about that (more on what they brought for him later).

Be well out there. Catch you in 2012.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wrap wrap wrap

Gah! Blerg! So busy! End of semester! Everyone just got a little sick but we all got better real fast! It is super bizarrely warm here! The straw mulch we bought it full of seeds and I am mad as hell about it! Yah, can you tell it's the last day of classes here? And that my BFF is headed this way for a visit as I type this? And that I just performed some serious ass kicking on stuff in my office that I'd been strategically avoiding all semester? Darn that feels good.

I have been so completely suckface about taking photos, there is no excuse, but I am putting up two that my mom took at the wedding we went to in DC. How hilarious is a toddler in a dress jacket?

Fwow- ers

People at this wedding that I had not seen since I was a girl kept thinking that I was my mom. So funny.

Love this Girl

What can I say? Oscar is talkingtalkingtalking. Gone are the days when we can keep track of what he knows. Today he dunked his spoon in my tea and pronounced "Dipping!" Who taught him that? He is crazy about helping, I tell you: a request for help will pretty much avert any meltdown. He helps us unload the dishwasher, puts things in the recycling, can be coaxed into moving clothes from the washer to the dryer, and will generally just about burst with joy if you ask him to put anything away. In fact 'away' and 'back' are two of the busiest words around our house.

We have been cranking out holiday goodies like crazy. With one exception (ok, and a few babies), we committed to giving only food this year. Our holiday toasted-sesame-chocolate-almonds are insane, but the peppermint bark came out a little squishy. Sorry folks, get prepared to lick your fingers.

Did I tell the intertubes that we are going to Puerto Rico? Can I get a wtf on US spellcheckers everywhere having a problem with that word? Anyway, yes, headed on our biggest adventure yet, coming soon. But first, some eat, drink, and merriment with a couple of rounds of guests.

Enjoy out there, enjoy.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Oooooo boy, we had family in town and it was grand. B and I had a date and even got around to playing some tunes. Our uke player has excellent rhythm but kind of has trouble sitting still for longer than five minutes. Right.

Also, there is a Christmas tree at our house. Makes my day about fifty times a day.

Family Band