Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's Cut! And A Quick Apple Galette and Chocolate Muffins

Okay, got Sam's hair cut today.  I knew it was time for a trim,




but come on, I could not cut off those curls!  Some may not even be able to tell it's been cut, but I sure can.  I love his curls!  (Mom, I don't care how mad he may be at me someday, these just can't be cut off!)

He looks just a little bit more like a little boy and not my baby, but since he still acts like my baby in every way, I guess it's okay.  The curls actually curl up a little more now, instead of hanging down in ringlets!

Our friend, Tes, cut his hair at the JCPenney salon she works at.  He was so thrilled at being there and so in awe that he sat so nicely in the booster chair and just let her snip away.  All the ladies getting their hair done thought he was just the cutest thing ever!











Sorry for the picture overkill, I couldn't resist!  Sam was thrilled to death that Tes gave him a sucker when he was done.  I don't think he's had a sucker before and he loved it!  He wasn't, however, thrilled with his sticky hands while we were on our way to pick Taylor up from school!


Now a couple quick recipes.   Chocolate Muffins with Yogurt

Anna at Cookie Madness, made some chocolate muffins yesterday and they sure looked good.  She wanted me to try them, so I did!  (I'll always take an opportunity to bake!)  I only made ONE change to the recipes she used on the link above and that is instead of 3/4 cup sour cream, I used 3/4 cup plain yogurt.  The muffin is good.  I'm not sure I'd make them again, but only because if I'm going to have something chocolate, I would rather have a chocolate chip cookie or even a brownie and can't really talk myself in to having a chocolate muffin for breakfast.  These aren't as sweet as a cupcake, well, because they are muffins, but they are chocolatey, they rose up nice and big and they make a great "treat" for the kids.  I actually baked some big ones (15 min.), some mini ones (13:30 min, should have just done 12) and a few "cookies" or muffin tops (10 min.) and just for kicks, I sprinkled a few with some sliced almonds.  Crunch is good and I would actually love them with nuts inside.  I also think a banana mashed up and added to these would make them more moist and just that much more tasty!



Tonight for snack, I put some leftover frosting on them with a few sprinkles and the boys gobbled them up.  Well, except Parker, he took a few bites and said he didn't want it and asked if he could have an apple!


And then, I made the pot pie yesterday and mentioned that I had leftover crust.  So I made a quick Apple Galette with it.  There isn't a recipe.  I threw it together in a matter of minutes and baked it for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.

I rolled out the dough, this dough is whole wheat (pastry flour) and was just a tad dry and a bit crumbly to work with, but was still workable.  I transferred it do a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  I sliced up 3-4 (can't remember) small Granny Smith apples and laid them around the crust in circles until they filled the crust, leaving about an inch border.  I sprinkled about 2 teaspoons of xylitol (the natural sugar I've been using lately, so you could use sugar).  I then sprinkled a bit of cinnamon over that, folded up the edges and brushed them with some milk and baked it.  So the crust does have some butter, but overall it's not a bad, lower fat, lower calorie treat.  Again, it's not the prettiest thing, but tasted great!


And then, I'm so silly, I found this cute plate today and had to get it.  I've started a new hobby with all my baking and am buying up lots of cute dishes and plates to take pictures of all my goodies on.  So I saw this plate and thought it would be great to make an apple dessert and serve it on it and take pictures.  It wasn't until I plated up a piece of this APPLE galette with a bit of fat free vanilla frozen yogurt that I realized the plate is in the shape of a pear, not an apple.  DUH!  I totally was thinking it was an apple the whole time since I bought it today.  I'm losing my mind, I'm telling you, people!  SO, no harm done, the plate is still super cute (on clearance at Target) and let's just pretend the galette was made with pears, not apples! ;)   Later.....still going to post the yummy banana cookies I made recently, next!



Unknown said...

Such a cutie! I LOVE his curls. That gallette looks so good...and the plate is super cute even if it is a pear.

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Ah, what an angel! The ladies were right to go gaga over him. Boys rock. The plate "de Target" is sweet, and goes perfectly with your (wink) pear galette.

alexandra's kitchen said...

this makes me excited for fall. I love apple galettes. And your child is so precious!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Lol! Goo, I was thinking that I was the one loosing my mind, cause I saw a pear straight away there you were talking about apple galette and how it matches the plate, lol!
Sam looks as cute as allways! And what's wrong with chocolate for breakfast? My housemate from last year used to have chocolate bars for breakfast washed down with hot chocolate. And she was so thin... Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

RecipeGirl said...

What a cutie! I wouldn't have cut those curls off either. With my son, it's all about the sucker afterwards.

The chocolate muffins look terrific. Anna posts the best ideas, doesn't she?

Pamela said...

Just wanted to say that the haircut looks cute and I love that you left some of his curls! I wouldn't care if he was mad at me later, either. They're only this little for a little while! The muffins look good and so does the chicken pot pie!

Judy said...

Sam reminds me so much of my David, especially with the curls and also with the crying. So cute.
I made chocolate zucchini muffins that are to die for. So good. And tomorrow I'm making a peach frangipane gallette for company. We must be on the same track. I'm hoping to make your banana-zucchini-pumpkin muffins as soon as my banana gets ripe.

Darius T. Williams said...

Gotta love a great hair cut - right? Too cute!

that galette..yup, with the ice cream? two yups - lol...I want some now.


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

How cute! Those are some nice desserts!

Sarah Beck said...

Sammy is ADORABLE!!! I'm sad you cut his hair, but after seeing the finished product, he looks so cute! I'm so glad he still has curls!

Cookie Madness said...

Adorable child!

Also, your muffins look better than mine. I'm glad you stuck with the all purpose flour. Next time I make these I will use all-purpose rather than white whole wheat.

Jaime said...

mmmm i love apples...and that galette is to die for!

love the hair cut pics too - too cute!