Tee hee. This video makes me giggle. My family doesn’t quite get why it’s so funny, but they enjoy that I enjoy it. When I watch the replay and Grant (4) dumps the pumpkin on the counter, I roll on the floor laughing and then back it up and watch it again. Maybe because I was there for the original moment, trying to balance a camera and helping Grant with the cooking at the same time. How the pumpkin on the counter shocked us both and I got the giggles, which I tried to hold in making weird background noise. Grant, relieved that I wasn’t upset said, “We better clean that up.” Which made me giggle all the more.
After we made quite a mess but got most of the stuff in the bowl, I said “What should we do now?” I thought Grant would say, “Let’s clean up!” but he said “SMILE.” Which made me giggle all over again.
This boy is the joy of my days. The sleepless nights, messes, tantrums, and battles are all worth it. I had the option to spend this year in a classroom blessing other people’s children, while I earned money that my family needed. I would have had to let someone else be with Grant during the day, and I just couldn’t. It’s his last full year at home and I fought for my chance to be the one to clean up his messes and talk him down from the ledge of toddler insanity. It was selfish and selfless at the same time. He needs me as much as I need him and there’s something priceless about that.
For those who prefer a written recipe here you go:
- 2/3 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
Put all ingredients in the order listed in your bread machine. Set for the dough cycle. When the cycle is ended, divide the dough into 10 balls. Poke your finger through the center and make a large hole. Let the bagels rise for an hour or until doubled. Pour 8 cups of water into a stock pot, boil bagels for 1 1/2 minutes, turning once. Remove to a dish towel to drain. Place bagels on a greased baking sheet. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden on the top. Cool on a wire rack.