Friday, November 14, 2008

Rad Reed

Reed's great. Even though he works swings, and doesn't get home until 11:30, and not to bed until after midnight, he will still get up with our early birds (5:45 AM early birds) so his wife can go for a run and feel much better throughout the day...Thanks Reed!

I found Willie playing in his closet the other morning...he was seperating all of his toys according to color...

The boys in their jail-bird outfits

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween Recipes

Here are the recipes for the Halloween treats (all from the Food Network website):

Maple Cinnamon Spider Web Fitters
Vegetable Oil for frying
1 1/2 C flour
1 T sugar
3/4 t baking powder
3/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
3/4 C milk
1 egg
1 T maple syrup, plus 1/4 C for brushing
1/2 C confectioners' sugar

Pour enough oil in a large skillet so it's about 1 inch deep. Heat oil until hot (280 to 300 degrees)
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the milk, egg, and 1 T flour. Whisk until smooth.
Put into a pastry bag with a #3 or 4 tip. Squeeze batter into hot oil in spider web shapes (or whatever-names were fun). Cook until brown, about 2 minutes, turn and cook about 1 more minute. Transfer to paper towels and brush with syrup and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Caramel Pear Mice
4 small ripe pears (I would use apples next time)
wooden skewers for tails (or straws, or whatever you have at your house!)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
3/4 C dark brown scorn yrup
4 T butter
1 C heavy cream, divided
1 t vanilla
1/4 t nutmeg
pinch salt
Black sesame seeds for eyes and candies for nose

Line a pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut pears. Blunt side so they stand up on their own. Put in tails.
Combine sugars, corn syrup, butter, 1/2 C cream, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Slowly add remaining cream while stirring, keeping it at a boil. Cook over medium high heat until it reaches 240 F, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let sit a couple of minutes. Dip pears in caramel and add eyes and nose before the caramel hardens.
If the caramel gets to hard to dip, microwave at 20 second intervals to soften it up.
Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding
1 pkg gelatin
2 C whole milk
1 C sugar
6 egg yolks (resever 2 whites for topping)
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1 can pumpkin puree
2 egg whites
1/3 C sugar
1/2 t cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
Pudding: Put 1 T cold water in a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the surface. Do not stir. Set aside until gelatin softens.
Bring a few inches of water to a boil in pan that can hold a bowl above the water. Whisk milk, sugar, yolks, cannamon and salt in a heat-proof bowl. Put above the boiling water and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon and almost boils, 10-12 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and pour over the gelatin, whisking constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Whisk in pumpkin until combined. Divide mixture into small cups and refrigerate about 4-8 hours.

Topping: Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a mixing bowl above the water. Whisk the two egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter, and salt in the bowl by hand. Set about the boiling water and until mixture is hot to the touch, about 1 to 2 minutes. Bear with a mixer (or the whisk attachment on your mixer) until eggs hold a stiff peak, about 5 minutes. Put topping onto puddings. Decorate with candy eyes and refrigerate.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Catch Up

Just some pictures to show what has been going on in our neck of the woods for the past month!
We went down to St. George and we spent time hiking in Snow Canyon. I was by myself with the kids while Reed was at training, and I tried to get a picture of teh boys...
Sammy LOVES balancing on Reed's hands and will do it with a huge open-mouth smile on his face!

The boys

Smiley Sammy

Willie the Where's Waldo Ghost. He loved trick or treating and thought it was the neatest thing ever!

Here he is with the face paint that lasted just long enough for pictures, then he decided he didn't like it.

Here is our Halloween feast...ok, not really a feast. The best part was probably the spider-web cookie things. Not best for you, since they were fried, but most fun part. The orange thing is pumpkin pudding with a ghost on the top. It was good if you like pumpkin pie-very rich.

Guess who carved this!

Raking up leaves.