On Friday we headed to my mothers for a BBQ. I should have snapped some pictures, because it was quite the spread. My mother even wrote out a little menu for the occasion.
My MIL brought over some cute garden tools for Laurel to use at my mom’s house.
My daughter is very much an outside kid. I really look forward to having a real yard someday that she can play in.
Friday evening was spent at home. I decided it was too difficult this year for me to walk the few miles that we usually walk to go see the big fireworks at Fort Vancouver. Laurel had trouble getting to sleep with soo much excitement going on. We took her outside for a while to watch some of the neighborhood fireworks, even though it was far past her bedtime. She was not pleased to have to go inside, so we compromised by turning on the live footage of the big fireworks on the TV, she fell asleep pretty quickly.
Saturday we attended a BBQ at my mother-in-laws house. My Sister-In-Law and her family was in town from upstate. It was a nice visit and the kids all had fun playing together.
Laurel had a few injuries, she’s such a thrill seeking wild child! She recovers quickly though.
Especially when she’s given her first icecream cone!
you may be able to see a tinge of a black eye from one of her face plants.
Sunday was a typical but lovely weekend type day. We worked on getting the house organized and cleaned. We did grocery shopping, and I did some meal prep for meals later on this week.
I also made bread!
Years ago I decided I wanted to be able to make bread, but have only had a handful attempts that turned out well. This one tops the charts though, my most successful attempt!
(Although bread elitists would probably say this is not “real bread” because it contains eggs)
I tried a Challah recipe I found online.
I did make a few modifications though, I added 1/4 brown sugar, about 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and about a cup of raisins and a few dried cranberries. I also substituted bread flour and whole wheat flour for the ap flour. (4 cups of bread and about 2 of whole wheat)
Risen challah braids
I omitted the egg wash and instead brushed with butter once the loaves came out.
I really may never buy raisin bread again. I’m so VERY proud.