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Eleanor’s Third Birthday: Part Four – A Hanukkah Dinner Finale

Posted by: Maggie

Eleanor’s very last birthday celebration was a combination birthday party with Josh’s family and Hanukkah dinner. We did separate parties for my family and Josh’s because they don’t get along. Just kidding! Our apartment is just too small for all of the family. Just my immediate family is twelve people! So with Josh’s extra six, it’s just too many. So we decided to do separate parties and combine it with our annual Hanukkah dinner with Josh’s family.

After reading this post, by one of my favorite photographers, I decided to make an apple pie for dessert. I have said repeatedly that I don’t really bake very well, but I like to try to get better at it. I’ve never made a pie of any kind before, but making an apple pie seemed so incredibly simple I totally thought I could do it!

I started by peeling a bunch of apples.

Then I threw on some sugar and salt as per the recipe in Jasmine’s post.

Then I ran into a little trouble. I started making the dough, but discovered that I was out of regular baking flour. All we had in the house was whole wheat flour. I thought, well, I’ll just make a healthier pie crust (I don’t know anything about baking). It started out okay, it was looking pretty good. Until I started to roll it out. Then it just crumbled into pieces. Woops!

Oh well! At least I tried. I didn’t have any time left since I had to get the latkes ready for dinner, so I sent Josh to the store to pick up some white flour (for next time) AND some frozen pie crusts.

The pie crusts worked just fine.

After I stuck the pie in to bake we prepared the rest of the dinner. I made latkes and Josh made some delicious veggie dishes (a garlic broccoli and a green bean gratin) that everyone raved about.

After dinner Eleanor opened her presents.

She got the most awesome light-up fairy wings and wand and the Tinkerbell movie from her Aunts Beth and Jenny! Such good gifts!

And from Grandpa Gross and (soon-to-be-Grandma) Raisa she got a collection of Dr. Seuss stories and a Jessie doll! (I say soon-to-be because after being together as long as Josh and I have been, they are getting married the day after Christmas! And I’m shooting the wedding! Wish me luck!)

After presents we had my very first ever apple pie!

And, you know what?! It was awesome!

I guess I can bake something! Sorta! At least I tried to make the crust! I think I’ll make another for Christmas and actually make the crust myself this time!

Thanksgiving Part One: Baking Cookies with Eleanor

Posted by: Maggie

Thanksgiving went by much too quickly this year. First thing in the morning Eleanor and I baked some chocolate chip cookies. Just because I knew she would love them!

We had three other dishes to make to bring to Thanksgiving dinner at my mom’s house that afternoon. So I wanted to start out making something fun with Eleanor. And she loved it!

I forgot to put aprons on us! Don’t worry, we changed into our special Thanksgiving outfits before heading over for dinner! Thanksgiving photos tomorrow!

Cranky Cooking: Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

Posted by: Maggie

I mentioned that I’m no good at baking. Well, that doesn’t stop me from trying! Over and over again. I don’t like to be bad at anything and I don’t really like to accept when I’m not good at something that I want to be good at. So, I keep baking. I also think it’s kinda fun, even if my baked goods never quite turn out right.

I also am not really a fan of sweets. They’re just not really my thing. I mean, I recognize that they taste good, but I don’t ever crave them. What I do love is ice cream and will take ice cream instead of any other sweet or really any other food when I have the choice. So I don’t do baked sweets very often, because I’m not interested in eating them.

I did have the occasion however, to bake for other people recently, which I am always happy to do.  Andrew & Amy came over for a scary movie night back in October. And, knowing that the two of them like sweets I decided to try a new fun seasonal recipe.

I found this recipe for Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies from Martha (we’re on a first name basis). I think they turned out okay. I thought I should have baked them a little longer, but Andrew & Amy said they were good. Andrew ate two. They were definitely fun to make. Here are my baking photos (please ignore the state of my pot, we have a serious hard-water problem at our apartment):

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