Friday Favourites

Ok – so I can’t think of anything today.  I’m tired.  Being back to work for the most part hasn’t been too rough – but it has been physically tiring.  I’ve been running around much much more, and staying up much later than normal.  I still have to work tomorrow too which will leave me with a one day weekend – but I will survive… right?

I’ve just decided what I’ll post – a favourite recipe: Hummingbird Delight Rhubarb Muffins. I discovered this recipe in Cottage Life magazine. It won first prize in their recipe contest in 2000 – and they sure are winners around my house (ok – that was really cheezy – but I’m tired – deal with it)   🙂

Ingredients

Batter:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (625 ml)
1 tspbaking soda (5 ml)
1 tsp salt (5 ml)
1 tsp cinnamon (5 ml)
1 egg
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (375 ml)
1 cup milk (250 ml)
2/3 cup vegetable oil (150 ml)
1 tsp vanilla extract (5 ml)
2 cups rhubarb, chopped

Topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar (125 ml)
2 tsp cinnamon (10 ml)
1 1/2 tbspbutter, melted (22 ml)

Instructions:

1. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
2. Beat egg, brown sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl until blended. Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing with a whisk just until smooth. Stir in rhubarb.
3. Scoop batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling about three-quarters full.
4. Combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle about 1 tsp (5 ml) per muffin over batter.
5. Bake in preheated 375ºF (190ºC) oven for about 20 minutes, or until set. Makes about 2 dozen muffins.

If you use frozen rhubarb, thaw and pat dry before mixing with batter.

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Friday Favourites

Today I thought I would share Alex’s 3 top favourite books so far.

This one isn’t much of a fav now – but it was huge when we first brought him home: Perfect Pets from the Bright Baby series.  This is a touch and feel book that goes over various pets that one may have and has tactile sections for the child to tough – the goldfish scales are really cool!  We have quite a few of the Bright Baby books and Alex really enjoys all of them.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.  This fun book goes over all different wild animals, seeing what they might see – in the end it is a dreaming child watching over them.  I like to say it with a bouncy rhythm.  I just love all Eric Carle books – I think it is the nostalgic feelings I get from remembering reading them as a child myself – especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

 

And last by not least – Bunny’s Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown.  This has to be Alex’s all time favourite so far.  He sits very still while you read it to him.  He is also now doing some of the actions that I put into the book like stretching, scratching etc.  It really is just a cute, well written story by an amazing author.

 One that I’m newly fond of too is Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge. We have it out from the library right now – but I have to get our own copy – it is just adorable.

What is your child’s favourite book?

Favourite Fridays

I thought I would start sharing some favourite things on Fridays.  Some products, some web sites, some recipes – you get the idea.

Today I have 2 favourite sites to share and one favourite product:

Homemade by Jill – http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com  This is a crafting blog by a girl named Jill in NYC.  She has an adorable little boy and quite often her crafts are focused on children.  For instance, today’s deals with uses for baby food jars – including a cool matching game.  I think I might go buy some baby food again just to make this craft!  She also has giveaways every so often.  In the fall I won a cashmere sock dog – he is too cute. 

Old Navy Coupon – http://www.oldnavyweekly.com/  If you haven’t discovered this site – try it out!  In the advertisement you have to click around and find coupons.  Today I received a 25% off coupon!  It says it is US only on the bottom of the site – but the coupon says it is valid in Canada and the US.  Lots of fun!

Kushies Bibs – http://www.kushiesonline.com/Bibs-s/12.htm  These bibs are great!  They are large, they are waterproof taffeta so they can easily be cleaned (including in the washing machine), and some even come with arms.  They also have a large pocket on the bottom to catch those morsels that miss the mouth.  Alex uses them almost daily and I just love them.