Posted in Imaginative one, Pictures, Wee one

Aviation Tour – Air Force Museum

My best friend, Angie, suggested taking the Aviation Tour around my hometown.  When her daughter did it two weeks ago, she had a blast.  I had never visited many of the places, even though I’ve lived in the area for twenty-five years.  It’s been fun to visit the places, especially with the Imaginative One, because he is interested in history and how things work.

Yesterday we visited the Air Force Museum.  We have been here many times because it is close by and free to the public.  The Imaginative One had a blast looking at the different planes, trying to figure out how they kept the planes up in the air, and trying to figure out what type of material they used to make the grass and snow in a few of the displays.  The Wee One thought some of the planes were cool but really had the attention span of a gnat when it came to the museum.  He kept moving ahead, which really put a damper on the Imaginative One and me trying to learn about airplanes.

The Imaginative One was funny when he began to talk about one of the areas of the museum.  He told me that his memory was not fresh, but he did remember some of it.  It was amazing what he did remember. 

Here are some pictures from our trip:

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Here are links to our other adventures on the Aviation Tour:  Wright B Flyer and Woodland Cemetery, Carillon Park, and the Wright Brothers’ Interpretive Center.

Posted in Bread and muffins, Recipes

Cranberry Pecan Muffins

Two days ago, I posted about a recipe for an All-Star Muffin Mix that I found in Taste of Home’s Simple and Delicious magazine.  One of the add-ins I used in the muffin mix was dried cranberries and pecan pieces.  The original recipe called for either fresh or frozen cranberries.  Even though I didn’t have either in the house, I had Craisins, so I used those instead. 

After I baked a batch of those, I flash-froze them and then put them in freezer bags for later use.  These are great for quick breakfasts, which I will need when school starts in a week and a half.  I just put one in the microwave for a minute on 40% power.  They are especially great with a cup of coffee.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 and 3/4 cups of All-Star Muffin Mix
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

I omitted the sugar when I used the Craisins.


  1. Mix muffin mix, cranberries, pecans, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the egg, milk, and butter; stir into dry ingredients until moistened. 
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  4. Bake at 400° for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  6. Serve warm.

 For great recipes, visit Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Colleen’s Recipe Swap.