Ken is off this weekend, and it has been a splendid day! He woke up with a bug to play in the kitchen, so we did some “bonus” baking which included a double batch of the Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies and a triple batch of sourcream muffins (The muffins freeze well and we enjoy them for Sunday breakfastsalternating with Breakfast Burritos and the Craisin Almond Cinnamon Bread).
With Ken and the girls helping, Ive filled the freezer with yummy and healthful treats! We even adapted the muffins and replaced the refined sugar with honey! Yum!
I also mixed up some more of my own Herbs De Province blend. I'd given some to everyone at church as part of their Christmas baskets, and our organist says her daughter's family enjoyed it so much they wanted the recipe to make her own. Of course I'm happy to share my recipe, but some of the ingredients are hard to find in our stores. Today I made up another large batch so she'll be set for a while while she tracks down (or grows) things like the lavender blossoms. I'll post the recipe at the end of this entry as well. It is lovely, delicate and adds French flair to soups, poultry, fish or cheese dishes. I added a bit to our cheese fondue last night and it was delicious.
This evening Ken is giving the girls a special treat! Once or twice a year we brave the junk food and the playland germs and take them to McDonalds. Because few of our days provide fair weather for going to a park, they eagerly anticipate these semi-annual excersions to the indoor playland! Im staying home to give Keegan a little one-on-one time. He needs a bit of extra training. (That baggie drawer is just TOO enticing to him.) Keegan and I will read his Big Truck book, and just generally enjoy a quiet(er) house.
I'll finish the laundry this evening as well, and hope to read First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Minda book on teaching Grammar by Jessie Wise.
Herbs De Provence Mix
2 tablespoon dried basil
2 tablespoon marjoram
2 tablespoon summer savory
2 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon zest
2 crushed bay leaves
2 teaspoons lavender
1 teaspoon fennel