Our last family canoe ride was a disaster, it was too hot, our daughter was miserable, Sam was really young and I couldn't keep him happy in life jacket so I had to hang onto him for dear life and the fiber glass canoe had lost it's finish so we all got really itchy.
With Charlotte gone for the interim, we decided to try the canoe ride again; the weather is also much better.
But first - Sweet Potato Pancakes with Brown Sugar Butter (if you want the recipe I'd be happy to share), awesome start to the day!
Moving onto the canoe ride:
Things were going well, I hovered behind Sam for awhile to catch him if he happened to lean to far. Finally stopped to take a drink of water after he proved himself stable. Just as both hands were occupied he tipped head first into the water! It happened so fast! Fortunately he had this awesome life jacket with a big handle on the top that makes it easy to pluck a child out of the water and back into the boat. He cried for less then a minute and was right back at it but with feet farther back and exercising more caution!
Cute nature photos:
PS. Here's that recipe:
First, go visit "Take Back Your Table", she's brilliant and creates wonderful healthy recipes (used to work for Rachel Ray). Here's her original recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes, I substituted sweet potato puree for the pumpkin. I used about 1/2lb of sweet potato, cut up and put into a steamer bin for 20 minutes until soft, puree in my handy dandy food processor.
The Brown Sugar butter is really simple, just leave out one stick of butter until it's room temperature, then add a few spoonfuls of brown sugar, mix with mixer, put into butter container and after it's re hardened, use cookie scoop to make neat little ball of butter on top of pancakes. Make night before you plan to make pancakes.
Pure bliss! I promise!!!