What I Have Got In My Pocketses

Today I had a dentist appointment. For those of you who are moms, you know this involves logistics — in our case, Ian took the car in the morning to drop Benji off at Grammy’s house, while I rode my bike to get my teeth cleaned. I decided that, while I had some time and the forecast looked tolerable*, I would follow up my teeth cleaning with a bike ride from the dentist office. To that end, I brought water and some on-bike snacks (not something I usually bring on a 2-mile commute). At the last minute I noticed it was actually raining, so I rode my rain bike and wore my rain jacket. Continue Reading >>

Applesauce “Cupcakes”

This is the recipe for the “applesauce cupcakes” that Benji love/hated earlier this week.

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Apple Crisp Muffins

1 1/4 C. flour
3/4 C. quick-cooking oats
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 C. milk
3/4 C. applesauce
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.50 C. peeled, finely diced apples (2 medium-sized apples; peeling optional)

Heat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a muffin pan. Try not to think about how two hours from now, you’ll be laboriously scrubbing out that very same pan. Continue Reading >>

Having a Moment

Me: Benji, I have an applesauce cupcake (ie, muffin*, but he has an irrational dislike of muffins) for you.

Benji: No! No! Nooooo! I HATE it! It’s YUCKY!! I want a chocolate cupcake, not applesauce! (Lots more in this vein.)

*I hand him the muffin.*

Benji: Yuck! I don’t like applesauce cupcakes! (Without pausing or even taking a breath) Oooo, yummy, this is delicious! I LOVE this cupcake!

*Proceeds to swiftly consume an entire muffin.*

In unrelated news:
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*I’m going to share this muffin recipe some time. It’s actually amazingly wonderful. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I ate five of them today. Continue Reading >>

Planting a Rainbow Garden

Today Benji and I planted a rainbow garden. At least, it might, if we’re really lucky, grow into something like a rainbow garden. What is a rainbow garden? It’s what you get when you plant seeds for these flowers.

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We started with red up by the house and ended with purple/blue down by the sidewalk. Goodness knows what will actually happen — we picked everything from nasturtiums to delphiniums, entirely based on color (and light/soil requirements). So we’ll end up with a really interesting front yard this year, I’m thinking. Continue Reading >>

Exploring the Woods

We met up with Benji’s “friend” Will at St. Edward’s State Park today. This is one of my favorite parks, but we almost always stay right at the play area — which is super cool, possibly one of the coolest I’ve ever seen, but still not that much fun for mommies. But this time, after hanging out in the almost-empty-of-sand sand area, I managed to coerce Benji and Will into the woods to explore.

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See? Hardly any sand.

They pretended to be construction trucks, and had a delightful time for a good 15 minutes. When you’re in preschool, that’s a long time. When Will discovered a hole in a tree that he could stick his stick into, he and Benji entertained themselves for a good while looking for other holes and sticking sticks into them.
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