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Happy Monday everyone! Here is to a healthy, safe and peaceful week!

The Palouse remains the same except for fields that signal an impending blanket of snow that will replace wheat and canola. Pristine blue skies and trees draped with gold, red and orange dot the picturesque little town where we reside. Temperatures have dropped into the 40’s and 50’s and my phone weather-app forecasts snow on Saturday. The big old tree in our front yard just started turning yellow and now grass can barely be seen by freshly raked leaves.

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I love Friday nights and the anticipation of a weekend that might lead us anywhere. I am a planner, a list maker and organizer but having 9 kids means learning to accept all possibilities and planning becomes tentative at best. I can easily embrace spontaneity and look forward to the love and chaos of our large family.

This weekend was beautiful on the Palouse, we woke to a thin layer of fog and rolling hills marked by a portait like sunrise.

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We were blessed to have Foof and B around almost the entire weekend. They made burgers for us on Saturday and Fattima made individual chocolate lava cakes that she wanted to try. She also made an old favorite that we have been meaning to post for two years! She promises to get the recipe written and a post will soon follow. Little homemade buns, cream cheese or feta inside, baked to a golden brown, topped with a light Middle Eastern syrup. Everything was delicious. We watched movies, football and basically laughed and played all weekend.

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Saleeha was off to see Alayna, she could not get time off of work to head over there earlier so she went Friday and came back Sunday.

Sunday was spent getting groceries, picking up from our movie night and cooking dinner. It has been quite a while since I made Cous Cous, maybe a year or more. I felt confident and made it all by myself with a little taste testing from Soos. I then surprised everyone and popped fresh cream puff shells out of the oven, D and Soos filled and completed them. I felt proud that I had jumped over this hurdle and was able to cook for my family.

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The day was spent watching more football, other visitors came and went and then the house was silent. It was a weekend full of family, friends, laughter and food.

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Cream Puffs

When I lived in Seattle I had a good friend, Diane! She and I have stayed close throughout the years and she even visited me while in Saudi! I went to her house for dinner and she served this amazing dessert! I had never tried homemade cream puffs and had no idea how to make them. I asked for the recipe and she generously jotted it down.

A couple weeks later I had a dinner and invited her. I took out the recipe and started making them. As I watched them puff in the oven I broke several of the basic rules, I opened the oven to check them, I took them out when they looked very pretty, puffed and golden! It was like a cartoon as I watched my lovely puffs slowly fall into a blob! They were completely done and cooked but were just flat! I tried to piece them together and make what I could of them which was a big mess!

I didn’t give up which is what I tell everyone about baking and cooking, it isn’t an over night thing! The next time I made them I turned the heat down and let them cook longer until they were not pretty, but a brown, hard looking thing! I learned not to open the oven door and since then they have been fairly easy.

Ingredients

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter cut into pieces

1 cup flour

4 eggs

Filling

1 small container whipped cream

1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a sauce pan place water and butter. Turn on medium heat and let the butter melt and the mixture lightly start to boil. Turn heat off. Remove from heat. Add 1 level cup of flour and whisk immediately. This should form into something thick.

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Add eggs one by one and slowly incorporate

Do not mix, slowly fold.

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when the eggs are lightly mixed in you can mix more vigorously.

Place dough by spoonfuls onto baking sheet leaving a space in between.

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Do not open oven during baking time.

Bake for 40 minutes. Turn heat down to 300 and let bake for 10 more minutes.

Remove from oven and cool.

When puffs are cool, slice top off and take out soft middle, discard.

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whip the cream and fill puffs.

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Melt 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips with 2 Tbs. butter. when smooth using a fork drizzle on top of cream puffs. Sift powder sugar on top.

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