Monday, May 26, 2008
1 box of Chex rice/corn cereal (17 oz box)
3 cups of milk choc. chips
1 cup peanut butter (creamy)
1 stick butter (or 1/2 cup)
1 pound powdered sugar
Melt choc. chips, peanut butter and butter in microwave. Melt 2 minutes and stir. The choc. chips will melt last but once the butter is completely melted, just keep stirring until the chips melt. Be careful not to microwave too much or you'll burn your butter.
Pour cereal into large bowl and coat with melted choc. mixture. This is messy, you may want to use your hands to get all the cereal pieces coated. Pour cereal into a large brown grocery bag or you can use a small plastic bag (I used a 13 gallon trash bag liner). Pour powered sugar over cereal, close the top and shake gently a few times coating the cereal with the powered sugar.
NOTE: I have always used a brown paper bag. Yesterday I didn't have a bag so I used the plastic bag and I really liked it better. After I mixed the contents, I then cut off about 3/4 of the bag and it was very easy to pour. I'll use a plastic bag from now on. This can be stored in a sealed plastic container for many many days. I put a small measuring cup in the bowl so the kids (and adults) can easily pour some in their hands or a cup.
Monday, May 19, 2008
1 box brownie mix (the box that makes a 9x13 pan)
1 big box of instant choc. pudding (I think it's about 5.9 oz)
3 cups milk
16 oz. thawed cool whip (I use a lite variety)
Make brownies according to package in the 9x13 dish and bake. While baking whisk your big box of instant choc. pudding and 3 cups of milk. Let set up a bit, about 10 minutes. Fold in about 1/3 of the tub of cool whip, set aside. Once the brownies have cooled, cut into 1" cubes. Depending on the shape of your bowl, layer between 1/3 to 1/2 of the brownie cubes on the bottom of the dish/bowl. Layer half of the pudding mixture, layer about 1/3 of the remaining cool whip, and repeat. As the bowl gets bigger, you need to use more, so plan ahead. So it goes brownie, pudding, cool whip, brownie, pudding, cool whip. Smooth the last layer of cool whip on the top. You can sprinkle jimmies or shaved choc. on top, or leave it plain like I did. It just depends on my mood and for the age of the crew I'm making it for. It will be a hit for young and age. Enjoy.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Archer Farms granola which Sophie is loving in parfaits right now. Brock also likes my parfaits, Cole is partial to them. A bit of strawberry yogurt, fresh strawberry slices, a sprinkle of granola, vanilla yogurt, sliced bananas and a bit more granola. Served in a cute vintage soda fountain glass, it is very pretty and oh so healthy and best of all fun to eat.
True North peanut clusters - OH MY - if you like peanut brittle, then you will LOVE these cluster. They are better only because you don't have to worry about breaking a tooth while eating. Lots of different flavors, including Pecan Almond Crunch. YUMMY.
Cute swimsuit for Sophie, gardening tools & gloves for me, flip flops for Brock, Lego Raiders of the Lost Ark series birthday present for Cole to give, cute hotdog holders in the dollar section, along with a couple metal pails that I'm going to decoupage from the dollar section, and Best of All .... STARBUCKS. Actually that's an empty cup because I'm giving Sophie's preschool director a Starbucks Gift Certificate and wrapping it up in the cup along with a cute coffee cup sleeve I purchased from on etsy.
Any Etsy seller looking for an inexpensive packaging for their buyers needs to check out the dollar section at Target. Look at these great tissue paper packs, 20 sheets for $1. And even better, while you're there, you can pick up one of these cute 2 packs of the Little Mermaid ice packs because you never know when you're going to fall off your bike and need one.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
So Norm was going into work late yesterday. I mentioned I needed to go to my wholesale ribbon place because I was low on several colors of ribbon. He said he wanted to tag along. Well, little did he know that this wholesale place just isn't about ribbon, it's everything you could possibly think of, he was in heaven with Sophie on his shoulders going up and down the aisles as I puttered around the ribbon section. It was funny to say the least. He couldn't believe all the crap this place carried, and I mean lots and lots of crap. I think people buy things wholesale at this shopping mega and just turn around and sell it and claim it as their own homemade item. So this is what I came home with, my ribbons and tulle and buckets for a future project.
Does anyone else have a daughter who constantly does this? Watch me, watch me, mommy, watch me. Neither of my sons ever have done that. When Sophie starting doing this about age 3, I thought what in the world. Then checking with other mamas of little girls, I realized this is the standard, the norm, something to be expected. Now I just laugh .. and, of course, watch. And don't you dare look away for a split second because it will just start all over again. This is Sophie "backwards flip" on the monkey bar, speaking of monkeys .... she is one.
It was just one of those beautiful days. I was in my son's room, picking up and glanced out the window. There was my sweetie. mismatching crocs and all, just happily swinging. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos from the bedroom window. How carefree .... and utterly happy.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
This is looking to the left of my closet. And yes, I have a window. We had our builder dig our basements extra deep so most of ceilings are 10'. We both hate feeling like we're in a basement with the low ceilings and dingy lighting. You really don't feel like you're in a basement, which is exactly how we wanted it to feel. Can't wait. Walls are just primed white, but my colors will be kiwi green, black and cream. I'll post more when we get closer --- fingers crossed by summer.