Saturday, July 25th, 2009 | Linda Curtis | 3 Comments
Melt 1 stick butter with 3/4 cup white sugar. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Mix together well: 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt. Beat 1 egg with 1 tsp vanilla. Cool butter mix, and then combine with eggs. Combine this with the flour, and spoon 1 tsp size balls of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees. Try frosting these with an espresso icing.
For mint wafers: add 1 tsp mint extract into egg mix before combining with butter…
Lace Oat Cookies:
Melt 1 stick butter, combine with 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tbsp molasses. Cook for 5 minutes and then let cool. Mix together 1 egg with 1 tsp sugar. In separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp cocoa, 1 1/2 cups oats, 1 tbsp whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt. Mix cooled butter/sugar with eggs. Then combine with oat mixture and spoon 1 tbsp size balls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes at 350.
These are really yummy made into sandwiches with either vanilla ice cream or a marscapone filling.
Friday, July 24th, 2009 | Linda Curtis, Quentin Curtis | No Comments
Busy week, work, play, hikes…
Dinner with friends…
Lot’s of fun cooking…
I had a fun time this week with Quentin, it was rainy but we still managed to get outside a bit. We also had a lot of fun with friends at inside activities. We made it to the toddler group this week, read books at the library, had a couple of play dates, our usual morning routine with Sydney/Sonia, dinner at sarah and alex’s one night and demian and emily’s another. The last time we got together, Elias Schane was still a little baby. He is a walking talking person now, so it was fun for the boys to play and run around the house. I also picked up some crab at the harbor and had a fun time making stuff out of it. Fave was a beet crab salad with wasabi served on beet leaves. Tasty.
I was inspired this afternoon by one of my favorite book characters ( a catering detective – somehow someone always dies at her events) and made a bunch of cookies. We are going to a birthday party tonight, and I am going to arrive with some treats. Chocolate lace oat cookies with a marscapone filling, and vanilla wafer cookies with chocolate filling. All done while Quentin napped.
This afternoon was especially fun. Our friends Mary and Ellen had been away for a month, so we were so excited for them to come over for a visit. OH, and earlier in the day we went to the pool and met Elyas Taylor, Clara and Addy. Like I said – we have been busy. Speaking of which – i need to get ready for the birthday party!
Friday, July 17th, 2009 | Family, Linda Curtis, Quentin Curtis | 1 Comment
Quentin and I had a very busy day today. It was friday, which is my day off from work. Jill and I took the kids out berry picking/hiking in morning. We didn’t manage to collect many berries, as the boys mostly ate them as we went. They both did really great walking the trail. It was a beautiful morning, and the air smelt so wonderful. It was very nice to be outside with the kids. On the way home from the walk, Quentin fell asleep in the car. It was kinda early for sleep, but nap he did. While he slept I picked berries in our yard. The salmon and blue berries are really great this year. I managed to get enough for a crisp while he slept. In another week the berries will be even better. I hope I get to them before the bears do!
When Quentin woke we went to the park and played for a bit. He had a great time playing with the other kids you happened to be there. He also spent a good chunk of time on the swing. His fave. After the park, we came home and had a snack. Some crisp and yogurt! Yummy! Then a little calm time watching a dvd before it was time to take the bus into town for an evening musical performance. Oh, never has a 2 year old enjoyed public transportation like my son. He usually will point out all the main parts of the bus. The Wheel! The Steering Wheel! The Door! The Mirror! Then he brakes out into his version of The Wheels on the Bus. This consists of a couple bars of mumbling followed by a couple of very loud “BUS” lyrics. When we got to town, we popped into the library and found a DVD called MEGATRUCKS! Can’t wait to watch it.
Next up was the evening entertainment. There was a toddler music concert in the park tonight, it was about an hour. Quentin enjoyed it for the first half. He did a couple of his famous dance moves, and also sat sweetly with his friends. Then we wandered around the park, Quentin trying to run down the boat launch ramp, and me trying to keep him from falling into the water. I must say, that was not very relaxing for me. It was also a bit frustrating for Quentin not to be able to go check out the floating docks. Someday.
Next we met up with Bud/Daddy, and came home. We spent the rest of our evening watching pictures on the TV. Bud has set up the computer/tv screen saver with a slide show of our lives. It was fun hang out and look at pictures. Now I am exhausted, and better get to bed.
Thursday, July 16th, 2009 | Quentin Curtis | No Comments
Dear distinguished family and friends, I am proud to announce that in just sixteen days I will be turning two years old. This is a big milestone for me and I’m sure it is a very big day for everyone else as well. I have learned a lot over the years, and most notably-how well I can make a blog post for one. I can now say the word “No” with much more conviction and obstinacy than I ever could before. I have learned that everything in fact does belong to me, which is great by the way. I’ve also developed a fine sense of humor using a stylized form of irony when I scream at my parents every time they say, “Use your inside voice please.” LOL, that never gets old.
So, this year if anyone would like to join me in my second year birthday by getting me a gift, I would be so grateful. I am starting to out grow my old baby toys and I have a few things in mind that I love playing with when I am over at my firends’ homes, yet I don’t have anything like it at my own house. In addition, I have been growing quite a bit lately. I can almost reach the counter now, which means my clothes are starting to get too small for me.
Let me preface the items listed below with, if anyone finds a good deal at a garage sale or thrift store, that would be just as appropriate, and you could probably even get more for me for the money you spend. I know at garage sales you can find old matchbox & hot wheel toy cars, and at thrift stores or consignment shops you can find toddler clothes in 3T or 4T, and even shoes in size 6 or 7. However, below are a couple items I’ve listed for ideas if anyone is interested, or you can check my updated Amazon Wish List.
Thanks again! ~Quentin
Saturday, July 11th, 2009 | Bud Curtis, Family, Linda Curtis, Quentin Curtis | 2 Comments
We have had another string of incredible days here in Juneau. Quentin has taken full advantage of it and spent some time hiking and at the beach. Early in the week, after some time frolicking naked with his friends Sydney and Margo, we joined them for a glacier swim. There are pools near the glacier – not actually glacial lake – that juneauites go crazy for. It is not easy to get to. Not that it is hard to find or anything. But it entails a walk through the glacier visitor center. In the heart of the tourist season – this is no easy feat. Yet, we made it past the crowds and down to the swimming pools. On the day that we went half of Juneau had the same idea. It was great seeing so many folks – young and old swimming.
Last night Bud gave Quentin his early 2nd year birthday present, only because for Q’s birthday this year we will most likely be up in Haines at the Haines Fair and there really won’t be much birthday partying happening, so he might as well play with his b-day present now. Quentin got a toy front loader and boy was he besides himself. In fact, last night he wanted to take it to bed with him at night time. And later that night he even screamed out “tractor!” in his sleep. This morning he mostly would set it up on the couch and admire it rather than play with it. Everywhere he goes his “tractor” has to be near him.
Today was our friend Laura’s birthday, so a bunch of us went out to the boy scout beach. It wasn’t warm enough for us to go into the water – but it was great for playing in the sand. We brought Quentin’s stroller so we could bring a bunch of his toys out to the beach. He won’t go near the stroller – but it makes for easy trail packin’. Until 2 days ago, Quentin was a super hiker. It was quite a shock on friday when he wanted nothing to do with walking on our afternoon stroll. I wound up carrying him on my hip as I have gotten out of practice bringing a baby carrier with me. Today he did the same thing. This time I had my trusty ergo – so in he went. Although my little guy would prefer to be in my arms.
Quentin and Meadow had a great time playing in the sand and Meadow helped Quentin learn about sharing toys. After a time, some more friends came and there was more playing and a bunch of snacking. I must say, there was also a lot of sand eating during the snack time. It is really hard to keep sand out of kids snacks. I thought I was really smart this time and brought Quentin pancakes. I figured they would be easy to hold and not sticky if they fell. Not so much. Oh well, what’s a little sand. Grapes also hold a surprising amount of sand.
This evening, Sydney came over and her parents went out on a date. I wish I had the camera out for the dance time. They were getting down to some MJ. Bud brought out Thriller and the babies were groovin’. Lots of raspberries were eaten, and both kids like to pretend they are walking off the deck. This is not my favorite game, but Q and Sydney think its hilarious to stick their feet between the deck railings. I have to keep a keen eye on those two. After Sydney had to go home I was able to film Bud & Quentin dancing to Billie Jean.
Sunday, July 5th, 2009 | Bud Curtis, Family, Linda Curtis, Quentin Curtis | No Comments
Sunday morning we headed up the Mt. Robert’s tram. Lisa came with us, and we had a very good time. Quentin seemed to enjoy riding on the tram, but was a bit cautious at first. He has a bit of worried look he gets sometimes. He had it on the way up, but it was gone on the way down. We walked around and acted like tourists. Then we ate at the tram restaurant. Actually, quite a mediocre meal. But the view was wonderful. It is almost 80 degrees out right now, and after a morning walking on the mountain in it – I am enjoying some time inside. I am just not used to heat. Quentin is napping, and it is nice to get a break. This afternoon, I am planning on taking him to his favorite park. Hopefully, he will get a nice long nap and be in the mood for swinging and sliding.
Saturday, July 4th, 2009 | Bud Curtis, Family, Linda Curtis, Quentin Curtis | No Comments
We slept in a bit on the fourth. Hung out at the house, and then went on a hike to our friends house. I carried Quentin for a bit while he napped, and then he walked for about an hour on the trail by himself. It was very impressive.
Earlier in the week we had a visit from Quentin’s friend Margo. As you can see, they both like to be naked.
Friday, July 3rd, 2009 | Bud Curtis, Family, Quentin Curtis | No Comments
Quentin and I headed down to Savikko Park in Douglas, AK on the 3rd of July before all the festivities of the 4th took over the area. However, the weather was so nice many people were already out. Q had a blast on the swings and slides.
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