Now that Amara is 10, I think we look forward to her visits even more than before. Last weekend was certainly no exception. It was just your typical sleepover full of lots of fun.
Amara is lucky to have so many grandparents that love her and that live so close by. I am the luckiest of those grandparents because I get to see Amara the most. I don’t work and I often go with Mommy to take her to school or to pick her up. Jenna and I recently joined the gym and our goal is to go 3 days a week — the 3 days that Amara goes to school early for band and computer club. Plus, I often volunteer at Amara’s school, all of which means I get to see her the most! I am the luckiest!
In addition, Amara often spends the night with us. Since we see her so often our visits can’t all be trips to Disneyland. It does mean I keep my eyes out for fun things that we can do together that won’t break the bank! I love that cooking together is now our go to activity! I keep my eyes out for recipes we can make together and breakfast has certainly become one of our favorite meals! We have experimented with many monkey breads and colored pancakes are a regular in our repertoire. We’ve made all shapes and colors and used every imaginable sprinkle. She has become very “flip confident”! She told her Mom the other day, “I could make pancakes for you and Daddy sometime.” Does a Grandma proud.
I had gotten some fresh blueberries in our CSA box last week and had begged Sandy for the Blueberry Muffin recipe. I was thinking Amara and I could make them together Saturday night but instead she arrived with her brand new Ponopoly game so we changed plans. It was actually her new My Little Pony version of Monopoly but she thinks it should be called Ponopoly and so it is! We had a blast playing until dinner was ready.
We went through our usual bedtime rituals after our movie and dinner. Jenna says our bedtime rituals need to stop as they are rather long and involved but we don’t do it every night, only on those special occasions when Amara sleeps over! Anyway, Grampy had been in, kissed her good night, and turned off the light for us so that I could sing her one last lullaby — keep in mind I am laying on the bed with her. Grampy went back to the front room to watch TV and wait for me, or so we thought! He had “low crawled” back into her room next to the bed and while I am singing he just pops up and says “So, how’s it going in here?” Amara and I both jumped and she tried for a few futile moments to act scared and upset but she was laughing so hard she just couldn’t! Grampy already regrets having done this as Amara has now made it her mission to “pop into the office” and scare Grampy every chance she gets — and she’s succeeding!
Sunday morning we planned to get up and try a new recipe that I had found and saved for her. It was for an Apple Pancake that Maggie at This and That had posted. She is from Canada and this is a copycat recipe for a breakfast dish that is served at the Canadian Pancake House. You can find Maggie’s recipe here. I had never heard of the dish before but it looked easy and yummy and I thought Amara could do most of the work, which she did! I had planned to peel the apples for her, do the slicing on the mandolin and let her do the rest. I did peel the apples but after having done the first half of an apple on the slicer, she wanted to try it. She was extremely careful and had a great time doing it. You will notice I said apples and the recipe only calls for one apple. Grandmas know stuff and I knew that a lot of pieces of apples were going to be nibbled on while we worked and that at least a few would be delivered to Grampy at his desk. I was right!
We had fun peeking in the oven as the apple pancake puffed up out of the pan! Amara had done most of the baking but I did the flipping as it was very hot. It was wonderful and not too sweet. There was even one piece left over. Later when Mommy called to tell us they were on their way to pick her up because they were starving — Amara cut the piece in half and warmed it up for them to tide them over until lunch!
I am loving Amara being ten!