Saturday, July 19, 2008

We're all on a Sugar High

Cotton Candy, Elephant Ears, giant tenderloins, animals, rides, rides & more rides. It's Fair time around here! We , as a family, haven't been to the fair since the big kids were little. I guess in a way we figure we go to Disney yearly and ride the rides there, so how can carnival rides compare? So when Gma called to say that she was going to the fair (horse & pony competition nite) - did Drama Queen & Attitude King want to go- the kids were thrilled.. We were thrilled - Grandparents actually asking for the kids without us begging for a babysitter first? Alone time? For real? Cuz of course the little kids would be going to bed after while..

Daddy Chaos gave them both some money, then some extra money for cotton candy for him & and elephant ear for me-- in case you're wondering, they're even good cold and that's saying alot! As I walked them out to the car (to say hi to mom, because although I am a very over protective mother I do allow my 10 &12 yo walk to the car in our own driveway by themselves.. I'm not that anal.), Gma mentioned casually that Gpa was wondering if maybe Spoiled Princess could come too? Uhmm SURE.. lol.. Gpa & Spoiled Princess are like this. Yeah, they are connected :)

Amusing things learned at the fair- Spoiled Princess will NOT eat Elephant Ears because it's mean. She was tempted to break into tears that Gma & Gpa were eating some poor elephant's ears... until they convinced her to try a bite & then she was all over them. Screw the elephant, those were some good eats. Now cotton candy- she's all about that. When I spoke to Gpa this morning (at 9am mind you) he asked if she'd had her bag of cotton candy yet this morning.. uhmm no, I don't normally ply my kids with sugar the minute they roll out of bed. Not that she didn't try, cuz she gave it her best shot.. I'm just not that weak, yet..


After a quick internet search, I've procured a recipe for the infamous Elephant Ears.. I haven't tried it yet but here it is regardless for those that have never heard of them before :)

1 1/2 c.milk
6 tbsp. shortening
2 pkgs. dry yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 c. flour

Combine milk, sugar, salt and shortening; heat until shortening is melted. Do not boil. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and stir until dissolved. Stir in flour, two cups at a time. Beat after each addition until smooth. Put in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double, about 30 minutes. Dust hands with flour.Pinch off pieces of dough, about the size of golf balls. Stretch each piece into a thin six to eight-inch circle. Fry one at a time in oil heated to 350 degrees, until dough rises to the surface. Turn and fry the other side until light brown. Drain on paper towel.
Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle generously over top with the sugar/cinnamon.


  1. You'll have to excuse my ignorance, but what is an "elephant's ear"? Maybe we don't have them over here in Australia, or perhaps we call them something different, but I've never heard of them (except as I point them out in a picture book, when they're nicely attached to an elephant!)

  2. oh my goodness! I'm sorry, I didn't even think of people from places that don't have elephant ears! :) I'll go find a recipe but basically it's a yeast dough that is stretched out thin into a large circle & then deep fried & tossed in cinnamon & sugar.. Yummy !:)


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