Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Fair

Emery has been asking to go back to the State fair for 11 months (ever since we went last year!) He was so excited to go again. We has a blast!!

 Lucy lasted for about 2 seconds in the stroller this year! She waned to play!

 Both years this was one of Emery's favorites. A little maze/obstacle coarse with a big slide at the end. Daddy was a good sport and took Lucy through a few times.

 The petting zoo was fun. We bought a bag of sliced carrots for $2 to feed the animals.

We love the Ferris Wheel!

 Lucy was able to go on a few rides, but always had to have help from Daddy!

 Emery liked this big roller coaster much better this year!

 Lucy likes to be in control of the food and drinks!

And this year was even better because we went with our friends the Buelo's! 

This time I forgot to get my funnel cake :(  But we did have quite a spread of fair goodies: corn dog, pizza, nachos, turkey leg, lemonade, icee, cotton candy, and a candy apple! One funny thing that happened to Emery at the petting zoo. After feeding the antelope some carrots, Emery looked away for a moment and it licked Emery on the face! It had a very long tongue! Emery didn't know quite what to think! He was a good sport though and thought it was pretty funny!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups!!

As a child I had quite the sweet tooth! Now that I'm older, I have become more reasonable. However, I still have a soft spot for fruit roll-ups! I found a recipe for homemade ones and then adjusted it to what worked for me. Turned out delicious!! I want to run right to the store and buy more strawberries asap!! Here is my version

1.5 lbs strawberries (or other fruit)
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Puree fruit and sugar in a blender until smooth. Pour onto 2 baking sheets lined with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper sprayed with Pam). Smooth thin, about 1/8" thick.
Bake until center is no longer tacky, about 2 hours. Remove from oven and peel off baking sheet onto fresh piece of parchment paper. Cut into long strips and roll up. Secure with a piece of tape. Store in airtight container or freeze.

The place I found the recipe was from OurBestBites. I like not cooking the fruit on the stove-top first (as some other recipes call for), but I liked cooking it faster at a slightly higher temperature in the oven. Two hours sounds way better than 6-8!! You should try it; you'll love it!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day Play!

We had a fabulous Labor Day yesterday. My sister and her family were visiting for the day from FL and we took the kids to the children's museum. Fun was had by all :) Emery is only 6 months younger than his cousin Aleya and they loved getting some time together!