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  • mesbijoux mesbijoux's Avatar 10-11-05 | 11:47 AM
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    [size=1]Suggestions for this week:[/size]

    (This week's craft is an edible one Hope your little ones enjoy!)

    These arachnid treats are easy to make and they look positively lifelike crawling across your child's snack plate.

    For each:
    2 round crackers
    2 teaspoons smooth peanut butter
    8 small pretzel sticks
    2 raisins

    With the peanut butter, make a cracker sandwich. Insert eight pretzel "legs" into the filling. With a dab of peanut butter, set two raisin "eyes" on top. Makes 1.

    (I know....the craft IS a snack...but this just sounds SO yummy )

    On a fall weekend morning, you and your child(ren) can make these light waffles--flavored with a touch of pumpkin puree--and enjoy a healthy and leisurely breakfast.

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 cups milk
    4 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/2 cup canned pumpkin

    [size=2]1.[/size] Set up the waffle iron on a countertop or table within easy reach of the cook. Plug in the iron to preheat it. (Remind your child never to touch the surface of the iron; she should touch only the handle and always cook with adult supervision.)

    [size=2]2.[/size] In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter, and pumpkin. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and stir just until combined.

    [size=2]3.[/size] Coat the preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour the waffle batter onto the center of each section of the iron. (You will need 1/4 to 3/4 cup of batter for each waffle.)

    [size=2]4.[/size] Cook the waffles for about 4 to 5 minutes or until they are crispy and light brown. (Read the manufacturer's directions for details about how long you should cook the waffles in your particular waffle iron.) Serve immediately with maple syrup and butter. Serves 4.
    [size=1]Spider Cracker & Waffles Originally published in [/size][url=""][size=1]FamilyFun magazine[/size][/url][size=1].[/size]

    [size=3]TODDLER TALK[/size]
    So, how goes toddlerhood for everyone? Any new things you want to share? For discussion purposes, what kinds of activities are you currently enjoying with your toddler during the day, or after work? Is there something they particularly enjoy (games/coloring/play dough etc.).
  • savannah33 savannah33's Avatar 10-11-05 | 12:11 PM
  • Brooke loves to color these days. We're spending lots of time outside and going for walks. It's nice temp wise so it's nice for the entire family to be outside for at least 1 hour every afternoon after work / school.

    Brooke is doing great with the potty training and she is starting to like watching movies.
  • Ellie Bellie Ellie Bellie's Avatar 10-11-05 | 12:28 PM
  • audrey's big thing lately is combining words with names - so she'll tell you who the item belongs to ... "ah-dee's shaw" = audrey's straw ... "doe-gee boe" = doggie's bowl ... she'll point to things and tell you who's they are all day long ... ... like my mom's sewing machine .. b/c she saw it at ma's first she knows it's ma's ... everytime she sees the machine she says, "ma!" ... actually, she sees a picture of a button and also say's "ma" b/c we had sifted through an old button box at her place, too ... ... lately audrey and i do a lot of shopping - that serves as part of our entertainment ... she learns from it though by asking "whatsat?" to everything and she loves going out! we also make lunch and take it to dadd-o at work, so b/w that and running errands we don't have too much specific activity time ... we have playgroup on thursday morning so that gets her out w/other kids ... we'll probably head over to the farm again soon ... audrey's big love still are her baby dolls and eating ... "mo chees pleeeee!" = more cheese please and "mo apple jee-jee plee ah-dee" = more apple juice please audrey ... those are her favorite sentances!
  • smking17 10-11-05 | 01:34 PM
  • Sophie is learning so many new words and is asking for things, naming many objects and learning more verbs (eat, drop, fall, sleep, stir). She is out of the high chair and in a booster since about a week ago and is liking being at the table with us like that - although I can't get over how grown up she looks at the table like that. She still insists on the strap though - "stapp". Even while sick she is full of energy and a sweetie. She is very linear - likes to do things step by step and repeat the same sequence each time (potty routine, bath routine, getting ready for bed, getting up routine, making coffee, getting the paper).
  • Mellie Mellie's Avatar 10-11-05 | 02:14 PM
  • We've been getting in some quality Mommy-Abby time with Jacob at school. Makes it a little easier to run errands with just one munchkin. She loves "craft time". We try to do 2 or 3 crafts a week. Last week's big hit was her "shake shake" (two paper plates stapled together filled with pop corn kernals). She loves to color too. She's also doing a lot of the labeling of objects.

    Oh, she told her first "joke" this week. We were in the car and she said "Knock Knock!"
    We asked "Who's there?"
    "Bob who?" (she still hasn't mastered the format )
    So we repeated "Bob who?" back.
    Answered with "Bob, Bob Blacksheep" (Ba-ba-blacksheep) Then started cracking up. Now she's doing lots of variations on the "Knock knock" format- none of them actually make sense, but she's trying.