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Day 59 {Portuguese pancakes}

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Well, today was Portuguese pancake day at our house. Portuguese pancakes are something that my grandmother (who was Portuguese) used to make for us on Pancake Tuesday. It is a recipe that she got from her mother.

So the kids and I were up bright and early to prepare. There are two types of Portuguese pancakes - sonhos (we call it soonyage) which is the kind we make and malasadas (we call it malasaditch) which is another variation that contains yeast. Keep in mind that our Portuguese roots are there but pretty far back so we could be pronouncing it wrong.

Here's the recipe with my grandmother's beautiful handwriting.



Ava was immediately in a bad mood because I wasn't paying attention and put the boys in the wrong high chairs (Ethan is on the left, Owen is on the right).



Then I realized there was a quirk I hadn't yet captured. I decided to push her buttons a bit and mismatched her sippy cup. (I later felt guilty as she was wearing her I Heart Mom shirt which she picked out herself).



All is right with the world again:



Then my mom and I got to baking. First step was to get the syrup boiling on the stove.



Bring 3 cups of sugar, 1-1/2 cups of water and three cinnamon sticks to a boil on the stove.



Put 2 cups of water in another pot.



Add one dessert spoon of butter,



and a pinch of salt (this is an 1/8 of a tsp - good to know) and bring it to a boil on the stove.



Add 1/2 lb of flour (this is 1-3/4 cups - also good to know) and mix with a wooden spoon.



While this is going on, a crowd of onlookers start to form:



and Ava and Grandad are watching Thomas.



Cover the syrup and turn off the heat. Remove cinnamon sticks. The syrup is going to crystallize but that's okay.



Stir the flour mixture on a low heat to cook it. Let it cool.



Get a taste tester to check the syrup. Quality control is of the utmost importance. :)



Add the six eggs one at a time and mix with a mix master/hand mixer until bubbles form.








Looking for the bubbles:



Cover and set aside the mixture for two hours.



So we took a lunch break. This picture sums up our house on any given day. If I am in the kitchen making something, somebody is always at the gate. And that someone at the gate usually gets something to snack on. And Scarlett is usually there keeping a close watch to make sure it isn't dropped. While this is going on, the boys are milling around in the background putting anything and everything in their mouths.

Ava killed me today. She had my mom do her hair and told her exactly where to put everything and how to do it. She looks like she escaped from Woodstock.



After two hours is up, heat about an inch of oil in a large pot. Drop 1/4 tsp dollops of batter into the oil. Make sure the oil is on a low heat so they don't burn. Flip them over to cook them evenly on all sides.



This just in. Grandad has fallen asleep on the couch. I turned around to find Ava had covered him with a blanket and was giving him a kiss. This is going to be a favourite picture of mine for years to come I suspect.



Once golden brown, pull from the oil. See? Just like a TimBit, only lighter and more hollow.





Heat the syrup on the stove or in the microwave and drizzle over the pancakes.



Enjoy.





Well that was it! Thanks mom for a great day. Love you Nana baby. xo

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Two months down...

and ten more to go. Here is my page for February. This page was made with the quick pages add on from the Life 365 kit from Weeds & Wildflowers. The font is Pea Bonnie Script.

February 2009



Thanks for looking! P.S. Stay tuned for Portuguese pancake pictures.

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Day 58 {climbing}

Well I sat down a little while ago to get my pictures ready and I decided to put my head down for a minute on the desk while the pictures transferred to the computer. It wasn't particularly comfortable, but I was out like a light and as a result this post is late.

These pictures are terrible but it was a work day today and not much to take pictures of.

This week we entered the phase I have dreaded the most (cue ominous voice): the climbing phase. Here is Owen (the much busier and more adventurous twin) entertaining Jason. He kept pulling him off the toy in the corner and carrying him back to the couch and then Owen would try again.













Ava watching some tv before bed.



That was about it for today. Tara - Mom and I are making Portuguese pancakes starting bright and early at 9 tomorrow morning (I guess today now). Feel free to join us - we'd love to have you. :)

Thanks for looking!

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Day 57 {shake shake}

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Here is Ava at breakfast. She insisted on wearing her tutu to breakfast and brought treasures to the table including her favourite book, her golden retriever Tia and a package of microwave popcorn she swiped from the cupboard.



Later in the morning we went to the doctor. I took some pictures with my cell phone but they are really bad so I'm not posting those. On to the rest of the day.

Ava and I played paper dolls:



Unfortunately the paper doll was almost decapitated by the boys two seconds after she was punched out.



The paper doll's wardrobe. Since when do the outfits not punch out? I had to cut these all by hand. Thanks a lot dollar store.







As usual, there was some dancing. This is Ava dancing to her new favourite song: Shake It by Metro Station. I'm pretty sure I have pairs of shoes that are older than the boys in this band, but I must admit it's pretty catchy.





Auntie M came for a visit and she brought treats!



Unfortunately the search for my free car continues. Something tells me it won't fit three car seats though...



M played pat-a-cake with Owen.





That was about it. Sorry for not posting Portuguese pancake pictures yet, Tara! Hearing how much work they are, I have decided not to make them until Saturday. Pictures and recipe to follow on the weekend. I meant to mention that last night but I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open and went to bed right after I posted my pictures.

Thanks for looking!

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