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Sweet Potato Cookies
January 4, 2012, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Just for Fun | Tags: , ,

 

Sometimes I swear I need a holiday from the holidays. It’s not that it wasn’t a great holiday season, because it was (this was the first year since my husband and I have been married that we’ve been able to spend every holiday together.) It’s just all the fun trips to restaurants, staying in pj’s all day catching up on Top Chef and exploring the island have made it hard to get back into our weekly routines. But we must.

 

Well, my husband has gone back to work and I feel like I was thrown back into our routine, in that almost right away it was our turn to host our playschool group. A while ago I asked “M” what topic she would like to learn about when it was our turn to host. She promptly told me, “Cooking! I want to learn cooking!” I’m sure it had something to do with the fact that when I asked her we were in the kitchen peeling garlic, but none the less, I had to figure out how to turn cooking into a lesson plan for preschoolers. I started brainstorming about teaching the kids the difference between whisking and folding; how to deglaze a pan; and of course, the wonders of a mandolin. I quickly came to my senses and thought I better keep to the basics: fruits and vegetables.

I think the basics were the way to go. We talked about different kinds of fruits and vegetables, pretended to make vegetable soup, and used poster paint to make fruit/veggie prints. But of course, restraint is not my strong suit. I had to do a little something extra for snacks. A fruit and cheese plate, vegetable crudites with hummus, banana chips, and sweet potato cookies. My mom sent me a recipe for sweet potato cookies not too long ago, so I thought it would be fun to show the kids that veggies don’t always have to be those mushy green things you push to the side of the plate.

 Everything that could go wrong making cookies did. First, I go to gather all the ingredients and realize I have no eggs. Ok, fixable. Then I roast the sweet potatoes and when they cool, I peel them and discover that half are rotten. Frustrating, but workable. Finally when I have the first batch in the oven, I see that they are spreading too much and I realize I forgot to add all of the flour. Forget it, unforgivable.

But hubby reassures me and tells me to just add flour to the remaining batter. I did and they turned out thinner and chewier than I would have like, but still pretty good. I would make these again, but next time, make sure I add the flour and have enough sweet potatoes. But I can’t complain too much as “M” is still running around talking about all of the vegetables she’d put in her soup…including sweet potatoes!

Sweet Potato Cookies

Adapted from my Mom and We Are Not Martha

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup oatmeal

 1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

1 cup butter (2 sticks) (softened)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2/3 cup sweet potatoes, mashed

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup dried cranberries

Preparation:

Combine the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, salt in a bowl. Cream butter; add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and sweet potatoes, mixing well after each addition. Stir in morsels. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet 5-7 minutes at 350°.

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Cindy-Lou Who Christmas Wreaths
December 24, 2011, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Just for Fun, Snacks | Tags: ,

 

When I was a kid, I used to love Dr. Seuss books and much to my delight, my children love them as well.  I’m sure part of it is the fact that I’ve been reading One Fish Two Fish and Oh the Places You’ll Go, along with many others since they were babies; but none the less, I love that they love those stories.  Naturally because it’s Christmas time, we’ve been reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  I’ve read the story to them at least once a day, every day pretty much since Thanksgiving.  We even downloaded the TV special on iTunes (the original, not the Jim Carey version.) 

Some time ago I came across a Dr. Seuss inspired cookbook, aptly named, Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook and I decided to order it for myself the kids for Christmas.  After it arrived, I read it cover-to-cover (as I do with every new cookbook) so now that Christmas time is here, I knew the kids would have fun with the idea of making Cindy-Lou Who Christmas wreaths inspired from the cookbook.  I kind of felt like the Grinch when I was making this.  No, not because I was going to try to steal Christmas, but rather, like the part of the book that goes:

Then he got an idea!
An awful idea!
THE GRINCH
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!

It was a wonderful, awful idea.  We made these sugary wreaths at 9am (and they had each eaten one my 9:15 am.)  Giving preschoolers that much sugar in the morning was an awful idea, but it was so wonderful to watch them get so excited about it.

There really is no recipe; I just followed the directions for crispy rice treats on the bag of marshmallows, except used corn flakes instead of rice crispy.  I added a few drops of green food coloring (the book’s recipe doesn’t do that, but I thought it would make them more festive)  used my mini doughnut pan to shape them, add a few craisins on top, and enjoy.

*I’ll be taking a break from blogging over the next few days to fully enjoy the holiday with my family.  Peace and Love to you and yours and I’ll probably see you again before the New Year!



Gingerbread Play Dough
December 17, 2011, 8:30 am
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I saw this recipe for gingerbread play dough on Pintrest not too long ago and added it to one of the hundreds of pins of things to make with the kids.  We were stuck in the house all last week, “C” was sick and my husband was out of town.  “M” was getting quite restless because we weren’t able to go out and play with friends, so I thought it was the perfect time to pull out this recipe. 

This was so great!  The house smelled like freshly baked ginger bread cookies all morning and I didn’t have to worry about my waist line (the stuff smells great, but just like all play dough tastes like crap.)  “M” happily spent the day making cakes, cookies, and pies. 

Gingerbread Play Dough

*Slightly adapted from Gingerbread Playdohfrom the Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon. ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon all spice

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Preparation:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Stir in the wet ingredients and transfer mixture to a sauce pan.  Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly.  The mixture will clump, but just keep stirring until a dough forms.  Remove dough from the pan and knead until smooth.  Store in an airtight container

 

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