When the Boys are Away

Saturday, October 22, 2011  ::  

Chad and Kyle are camping on Mt. Lemmon with 40 other guys for the weekend. Men on Mountains is a Second Mile tradition that happens every third weekend in October. Over the last five years, my girlies and I have developed our own little traditions to enjoy while the men are away.  

Each year during Men on Mountains weekend, we start Saturday morning by watching Elf and sipping hot chocolate. This is fun, different, and has become a tradition, and I love traditions. What's not to love in a movie about a man who thinks he's an elf? Right, Jenn??

After the movie we just hung out and relaxed. Esther started working on Spanish homework (remember Nerd Extraordinaire?), so Morgan, Carah, and I thought it would be fun to bake up some treats. 

I'm determined to not let Pinterest just become a time waster, but to actually try the recipes I pin to my boards. Today we made three recipes from my "sweet treats" pin board. 

We had so much fun! They were skilled at following directions, measuring ingredients accurately, and licking spoons thoroughly.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars were our first experiment.  

The finished product. Aren't they lovely? Next time we will add a lot less sugar and half the amount of chocolate chips. They are delicious, but a little over the top.  

Next up:  Iced Pumpkin Cookies minus the Iced 

Morgan carefully measuring cinnamon. 

Carah diligently mixing wet ingredients. 

The finished product. The girls described them as "delicious clouds of pumpkin."
 I agree, and you know I love me some pumpkin! 

Pretending to sample the goods and looking ever so cute. 

Actually sampling the goods...much more authentic. Carah's response? "Oh man, these are good." Morgan simply giggled and chewed.  

 And finally, Cinnamon Muffins. 

I have a feeling these are going to be delightful because the amount of butter in these crazy little bundles would shame Paula Dean. The girls and I agreed that we would only eat one for breakfast along with scrambled eggs and apple slices to make ourselves feel better about all the butter.  
Oh my. I can't wait until breakfast!

Today was great fun with my girlies, but maybe I should
 start thinking about my work-outs for next week.... 

7 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fabulous day with the girls! So fun :)

christy.anne said...

Yum! Can I join next time? ;) Glad you girls had some tasty fun!

grey rose (they/them) said...

so much fun!!
we LOVE elf.

happy weekend! xo

Emily said...

Love your girlies and love those treats! Glad you had a relaxing, quality time filled day with your girls. :)

Mary said...

that looks like so much {yummy} fun! :) we, too, make a point to watch elf at least once during the holiday season. sooo hilarious!

the world so sweet said...

Love this! These kind of moments are so special. Love it that you went all out and made 3 things! So much fun.

Jessica said...

the treats look so yummy! and i'm a sucker for tradition. love that you've started this.

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