apple stamp art

Hello friends,

     Have you been apple picking yet this season? My grandma happens to have apple trees in her yard! We have been lucky enough to have (basically) unlimited access to apples this season! I have the perfect activity for apple abundance. If there are no apples to spare, just use the apple ends that nobody will eat anyways. I often find use of our scraps. I use them for Saylors sensory when it applies to the current lesson. 

     Saylor used his fine motor skills and hand eye coordination to create apple inspired art! I encouraged him to stamp apples on his paper using green and red paint. I would have included yellow too, but we were all out! 

     You’ll see that he decided to turn it into a little finger painting session as well, so we rolled with it! That’s just what you have to do with the little one activities!  He is pretty young still and learning structure as we go. Doing little lessons like this now will make it easier for him to follow instruction later, when he has the focus to go with it.


     I talked about colors, shapes, sizes, and textures out loud while Saylor created his art. I also encouraged him to count the apple slices on the paper. (of course he can’t count yet- however, he can begin to recognize numbers as separate beings/begin to listen to their patterns.)

     This activity is easy to put together- and didn’t require a trip to the craft store! Even the kitten joined in!
Alright, time for a cliche mama coffee break. Enjoying your remaining week!

Adrihens 

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Quick Quinoa Soup

Hello there,

Winter is coming! (that was me trying to be hip and cool using what I think is a game of thrones reference?) I have tried watching the first episode three times now. I can’t be that hip. Anyways, winter! It’s here! I am not usually one that has sweets around the house constantly but December is an exception for me. Frosted sugar cookies are a must. Even though I am LOVING the sweets I occasionally feel like I need some actual nourishment. I put this soup recipe together a couple of weeks ago when I felt sick. It’s easy,quick, and so healthy! Soup with a description like that means you probably wont believe me when I tell you it ended up being DELICIOUS as well!!!

 

ingredients

2 cups red quinoa

4 cups water

4 carrots

2 celery sticks

1/3 onion

1 box chicken broth

6 large mushrooms

2 chives

2 cups mixed greens

salt and pepper for taste

 

directions

1.minnce the mixed greens,onion,and chives. I used my ninja machine. they need to be shavings sized. this allows the flavor to spread out in the soup broth. also, it hides to chunky texture without eliminating flavor!

2. cut up carrots,celery and mushroom and bring to a boil in 4 cups of water.

3. when vegetables are boiling add quinoa and let boil until vegetables and quinoa are soft enough to melt in your mouth. (not in your hand)

4. add box of chicken broth and minced greens

5. add salt and pepper for taste

6. let simmer for 30 minutes

7. yum!

 

 

 

This is how your minced greens should turn out. I use my ninja chopper for things like this! Easy prep and cleaning! 🙂

For the most healthy version of this soup use organic items. Buying all organic is not possible for all of us, but this soup has only a couple ingredients and they go a long way! It’s worth it for me to just go organic with it. It’s also the yummiest way.

 

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enjoy! 🙂

 

-Adri

Quinoa Veggie Chili

Hello again!

My husband brought home a new coffee brew today so I am all hyped up and ready to share my chili recipe from over the weekend! It can be vegetarian friendly if you leave out the meat but that’s optional. Perfect for a quick easy meal on football Sundays!

I try to use as much organic product as possible for this meal since it’s pretty simple and lasts a few days. Obviously being straight organic all the time is not affordable for most of us so use your own judgement.

I will also add a corn bread muffin recipe at the end! If you like corn bread these are a wonderful addition to any chili meal!

Chili Ingredients

  • 16oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 12oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 1 1/2 Cup Quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Onion
  • Water
  • 12 oz Can Spicy Black Beans
  • 12oz Can Kidney Beans
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Chili Powder
  • 1 Cup Cooked Ground Turkey (optional)

I keep cooked quinoa prepped in the refrigerator for each week. It’s a quick shot at protein if you need to eat but don’t feel like cooking. It doesn’t get soggy and gross so I like to keep it handy. If you have never cooked quinoa just follow the instructions on the package. The quinoa can be cooked while you are starting the pot of chili.

I like to cut up all of my veggies and open all of the cans before hand. I have been known to burn my garlic if I am doing a lot of multitasking. I cut my peppers into very small pieces and that is of course optional for you depending on how you like them. If you are adding ground turkey you will want to cook that ahead of time as well. I like to cook it with chili powder to ensure flavor.

Place large soup pot on a medium heat burner. Melt butter in your soup pot. Once butter is in liquid form add garlic and onion stirring until golden. Once garlic and onion have a gold coating you can add the peppers and corn then stir until soft. I use frozen corn and I am sure any type will be fine. Once veggies are soft you can add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. I also fill the 16oz can once or twice with water and add that to the pot as well. Add chili powder, quinoa,beans, and ground turkey if you chose to add that. Let this heat on low for about 30 minutes with a lid. After 30 minutes it should be good to go! Sometimes I let it simmer longer to make sure everything blends to the extreme!

Corn Bread Muffins

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Cornmeal Yellow
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees.Mix butter, egg, and milk together in a small bowl. Mix dry ingredients together in a larger bowl. Once both bowls are mixed slowly add them together in  the larger bowl. I use butter to grease my muffin pan but you could also use paper cups. Put mixture evenly into muffin pan. Cook for 15-20 minutes and let cool before serving.

Adri Apple Pie

Hello Friends!

I am sure you will find out sooner or later that fall is my absolute favorite season! Call it “basic” or whatever you want but it’s true! Ice cream is really the only meal that sounds appetizing to me during the summer. In the winter I just want to drink hot coffee all day and live off of my blubber from the comfort of my own bed sheets. During spring I am too excited to reunite with the fresh air to do much cooking. Fall is the happy medium where it is cool enough to step outside and enjoy the world but not so cool that I want to have at least five pairs of socks on before doing so. Its the kind of motivational weather that encourages me to cook,clean,run, and evidently start a blog! Lucky you! I will make sure to include Fall in my acknowledgements when I get discovered and publish a book or something.

My son Saylor helped me cook this so don’t be surprised if you find his feet lingering in the pictures. He likes to sit on the counter in his seat and kick me motivation! 🙂

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Ingredients

Crust ( this is not my recipe just an easy one I found online.)

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Ice Cold Water

Filling

4 Large Honey Crisp Apples  (I am sure any type will work this is just what I used)

1 Egg

3 tbsp Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/3 Cup Flour

1/3 Cup Sugar

1 tbsp Cinnamon

2 Dash Of Nutmeg

2 tbsp Butter

1 tbsp Cold Water

First I made the crust so it could be chilled in the refrigerator while I made the rest. Simply mix the flour and salt in a big bowl-cut your room temperature butter into little 1/2 inch slices and toss on top of the dry mixture-mix these ingredients with a fork until sand texture appears. When you are done with that get your cold water ready in a cup and add it to the bowl. Mix this together until dough forms. When dough forms separate in two portions. (one of top crust one for bottom crust) Roll out first portion of dough at about 1 inch thick and place into pie pan. Place pie pan into the refrigerator while you work on the filling mixture. Leave the other portion of dough on the counter until the filling is made.

Preheat oven 425 degrees. I rinsed my pie crust bowl out and also used it for my apple filling! Peel 4-5 honey crisp apples using a potato peeler. Then cut apples into size of your choice and place in bowl. (I chose very thin slices to ensure soft apple filling) Add lemon juice, cinnamon, flour, sugar, brown sugar, and nutmeg to your bowl and stir. Remove your pie pan from the refrigerator and place apple filling inside. Cut up butter and place evenly over apple filling. Roll out your other pie crust and weave over the top of your pie. I had leftover crust and decided to make a twisty outside crust. This is optional.

Whisk egg together with a tbsp of cold water. Use this mixture to coat the crust on the top of your pie.

When you are finished place your pie in the oven for 30-45 minutes depending on your ovens ability to heat.

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Some people prefer Cool Whip  with their pie but I myself am an ice cream lover! If you don’t prefer either that is fine too just know that you are alone in the world and you probably cant relate to most people. So eat your pie slowly because I imagine you are eating it alone and you don’t want to make yourself sick.

Who Are You?

caterpillar

Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’

DEEP stuff I know.

My name is Adrienne and I am just another Alice in the world. I am growing and changing everyday or so I hope. I have been living in Columbus Ohio for the past four years with my husband Mitchell. I just recently left my job as a daycare teacher to stay home with our son Saylor. I completed my child development associates while working there so basically I am a pro at kids. I am a big giver and I love taking care of people. In a different life I would have been a star on SNL. Creating laughter is important. In this this life I enjoy being with my family and raising our son far too much to take on such a dedicated career role. I also enjoy hiking,giving,baking,cooking, and a bunch of other things that a lot of other people also enjoy. If I hear the apartment building door slam one more time I am going to go out there and throw a shoe. I have a dry sense of humor and I’m already sorry that I offended you. I will most likely blog about kids,recipes, and whatever else my heart desires.  Just promise me you wont fall in love with me because I already have enough laundry to fold and too many in-laws.