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Gruyere Herb Puffs

I am always looking for something to make for breakfast. We enjoy our oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pancakes… but sometimes I just want something a little different. This morning I had some eggs and gruyere cheese in the refrigerator, so I looked for a recipe that used those ingredients.

These gruyere herb puffs were so light and delicious. We are going to have them again tomorrow! I changed the recipe a little, substituting whole wheat pastry flour for all purpose flour. I imagine you could also substitute other fresh herbs for the sage, but I happened to have some fresh sage on hand. These were easy to make and we all really enjoyed them.

Gruyère Herb Puffs

Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
4 eggs
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese, divided
1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage

Directions
Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 25 to 30 minutes

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Lower heat and beat in flour with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and beat in eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. (Mixture should pull away from the sides of the pan.) Stir in 1-1/2 cups of cheese and sage. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown on the outside and dry on the inside.

Makes about 48 puffs.

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Gimme an A!

JOHN: Gab, can you give me an A?

GENEVIEVE: I got you an A, Daddy!

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Christmas Beauty

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Gingerbread House

It was our first year making a gingerbread house together, but I am sure that it will become an annual tradition. It was so much fun!

(REALITY CHECK: OK. Sometimes it was fun. When we put the candy on the roof. Or when Genevieve was busy eating the gingerbread cookies that came with the kit. The rest of the time… well, let’s just say there may have been some candy thrown on the floor and possibly even a tantrum or two. But I still loved doing it and we will definitely do it again next year!)

Day One: Daddy and Genevieve assembled the structure of the house. I have a new found respect for carpenters. It was hard to get that house to stand up straight. Maybe wood and nails are easier to work with than gingerbread and icing though!

Day Two: These two cuties got to work decorating those houses!

There was a lot of precision work involved.

And lots of decisions… Should I eat it or put it on the house?

Mmmmm….. delicious! Good decision!

Excuse me, Genevieve. I think you have some frosting  on your chin!

The finished product!

Not only is it very pretty, but it also provides sustenance to giraffes…

and little girls!

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Genevieve’s birthday weekend was great!

It started out with lots of decorating Friday night. Uncle Peter made a Sesame Street mural for Genevieve.

Saturday morning was Genevieve’s birthday party. She has been looking forward to her birthday for weeks. We have been singing Happy Birthday every day and talking about her birthday. When Daddy asked Genevieve what kind of presents she wanted for her birthday, Genevieve responded, “Yellow presents are my favorite.” =) Well after much anticipation, the big day was finally here.

Genevieve had lots of fun playing with Jean Marie, Jonah and Nicholas. They did some dancing and music making.

They decorated some apple “cupcakes.” (just apples with the tops cut off)

Genevieve loved opening up her presents. She was even super excited about socks!! She really loved this Elmo doll from Uncle Peter. Here she is dancing with him!

Then it was time for the real cupcakes!

I think Jean Marie may have enjoyed that cupcake the most!

It was a fun day!

That was the party! More to come…

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