We had great times dining together during our visit. The children spent a lot of time eating on the porch watching the boats and airplanes.
We had a few fun snacks, one being Avery Mae's first tasting of popcorn. She liked it and she was good at sharing with her greedy cousin.
We made cookies together. They turned out wonderful. The four did a great job, under the guidance (and measuring) of Tia Karen. We used a recipe I have had for close to twenty years that an old friend had given me. It is a cookie that uses no sugar. The texture is dense, but they are still very good along with being healthy.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
One cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 egg whites or 1 egg
3/4 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable cooking spray. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, mix, then blend in dry and stir. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool on sheets. Can be frozen. Makes three dozen.
We made homemade pizzas one night. They turned out good, but the one below was by far the best. It was a lemony goat cheese squash pizza from one of my favorite food sites: smittenkitchen. We also used her whole wheat pizza dough recipe.
Karen and I also made a whole wheat bread from scratch using starter. The recipe is from a novel I recommend reading. Woven throughout the novel is all sorts of information about baking bread: By Bread Alone by Sarah-Kate Lynch.
One of our most fun activities was the whip cream shots the four did. Avery had done them before. Our three had to watch a few times at first, but once their comfort level grew, they really got into it.