Saturday, July 31, 2010

Chef Sam - Back in the Kitchen

Sam has always had an interest in helping out in the kitchen and in cooking {go here}. As part of his birthday present, we gave Sam Paula Deen's My First Cookbook. We've looked through it a couple of times, and he has been bugging me ever since to make something. I told him we'd have to wait until we went to the grocery store for a few things.

Fast forward to this morning when I woke up to Sam telling me that he, Grace & Daddy were making Cinnamon Rolls from the cookbook {apparently they'd found something that didn't require a trip to the store}. He practically did a Tigger bounce back to the kitchen after he told me. I looked at the clock...it was almost 8:00. I decided I should get up & see what they were up to.

I walked into the kitchen & found that the kids had their aprons on. They were ready!




We gathered the needed items...


A cookie sheet, parchment paper, crescent rolls {we used reduced fat}, large marshmallows, sugar & cinnamon.


After we gathered our ingredients, we pretty much let Sam & Grace do the rest {although we did help some with the crescent dough. I'm not sure how long they carried the tube around in their hands before we got started, but it was a little harder to work with.}


These are super easy, & I can't wait for Sam to make them again.


  • Separate the dough into 8 triangles.
  • Put 1 large marshmallow on each triangle.
  • Mix together 1/2 cup sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle some over marshmallows.
  • Wrap dough around marshmallow making sure to seal it well. {Some of ours weren't sealed good & lost the marshmallow}
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over rolls.
  • Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. {The recipe didn't call for it, but the kids sampled a marshmallow while the rolls were baking - just to make sure they were good}

A big thanks to Paula Deen. This recipe is kid approved. Grace asked Pete as he was tucking her into bed tonight... "Can we make the cinnamon rolls we made last year {Grace speak for any time in the past - see this post} when we wake up in the morning?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Workin' the List

So, we've been a little busy working our Summer List. Hopefully some posts will come in relation to all the fun stuff that is keeping us busy.






We've been so busy that I need to go & update the list again. More checkmarks to make...until later...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Vacation at Rosemary

When our plans to go to Gulf Shores got nixed because of baseball {and the condo was booked for the rest of the summer at the time}, we booked a carriage house in Rosemary Beach.


We got settled in on Saturday & had an action packed day on Sunday. We shopped at the outlets in Destin, ate an afternoon ice cream snack at Sugar Shak & had some evening beach time. The day was perfect!
































Most of the rest of the week, we ate in at the carriage house. Inspired in part by Once a Month Mom, I had a menu planned for the week & even cooked some things ahead of time to bring with us.





We were glad when we woke up to RAIN Monday morning that we'd spent Sunday like we did. Especially glad that we had gotten in some beach time. It ended up raining at least part of the day for the rest of our week, which was okay. It allowed us to really take it easy.



We snuggled under blankets to watch TV & movies.



The kids had their moments of sweetness where they really got along - no fighting - and even had us giggling with them.


We played games.


We went back to Sugar Shak. {And even made homemade chocolate ice cream at the house.}




We swam when the weather allowed - usually once a day, sometimes twice. {We also decided Grace might have a future in a science lab since she LOVED wearing her goggles so much. Or maybe she'll just be a good swimmer. Same difference...right?}




Pete & the kids made a trip or two to the Donut Truck. The truck with hours of 6:00-12:00 which is really 6:00 until they sell out. Get there early or you don't get any...







We spent a few hours at Pier Park one afternoon when we had a long rain-free stretch. We shopped some, ate ice cream {vacation, remember?} and walked out on the pier to watch surfers and fishermen.



I enjoyed watching surfers when we were in Hawaii, so to see the waves were big enough to bring out surfers was exciting. I caught this series of shots about halfway out on the pier.



Sam had a great time splashing around in the puddles...something he doesn't normally get to do...


Once it seemed like the weather would cooperate for us to ride bikes, we rented bikes.
We went on several bike rides around Rosemary Beach. And even rode in the rain. That was fun! Over a few days, Sam got a good bit of practice riding. He's riding his new bike {that he got for Christmas} at home much better now.




The weather was finally good enough at the end of the week to get another day in on the beach. Pete & Sam worked hard to build a castle. Grace worked hard on tearing it up before they could finish. And Sam & Grace worked hard to not smile when I tried to get a picture of their castle. Maybe they were over vacation by then? Or maybe just tired of the camera being in their faces...


Like I mentioned, we mostly ate in while we were there {well, other than the ice cream...}. For a change, Pete picked up pizza & tomato/mozzarella salad at Wild Olives one night. It was really good! No fussy kids, no dress up required. {We did dress up one night & go out though.}


Did I mentioned that we napped? Every day. Even the grown ups. It was nice!




We had an awesome week. It was just what we needed. And I think we've found our new favorite {non-Hawaii, haha} beach. We'll go back...Rosemary is calling.