Friday, July 03, 2015

Flashback Friday: My favorite Dessert wins!

I have a nice cold iced coffee and I am sitting here blogging.  I mean power blogging.  Why don;t you go grab your favorite drink. . . I'll wait.  That way it will be like you and I are having coffee together.  It's one of my favorite things to do. 

Did you get your drink?  Oh, good.  I hope it's a good one. 

This week has been a strange week.  I had things planned to do with my boys this week: the movies, patriotic crafts, possibly some water play (but we are in a drought and it's so stinking hot and muggy here it's just more fun to  never leave the house!).  Unfortunately the kids have been sick with a nasty cold/fever bug.  The TV has been on non-stop.  Never have I been more thankful for Netflix!  I think my oldest has watched an entire season of Mighty Med.  But between TV, random naps, cough medicine, and saline spray, I think we ill be back to the land of the living in time for our vacation next week.

Anyways, late last week the hubby forwarded an email about a dessert competition for their annual symposium.  This year the theme was a hobbit themed and I had all these grand ideas of getting fondant and fudge striped cookies and making doors or even making  a blackberry pie, but I seriously forgot about it until Monday night when I was reminded about it.  Yep, with our anniversary and Weston getting sick, it just got forgotten.  I felt so bad.  So, Monday night I ran to Target to get supplies for my eclair torte. . . My husband loves it and it always goes over well. 

He even made this really cool sign for it.  He was pretty proud.  In fact, he did most of the work himself, which was so nice!  I love easy desserts that make it seem like you put sooo much time and effort in them.  That afternoon, he texted me saying that it won!  And, seriously, this recipe has been my go-to recipe since before Jon and I had even met (we just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary!). It just does not lose it's popularity. 

So, click on over here to the original post (from 2010) to get the recipe! 

And hey, tomorrow's the 4th of July. . . this would be super yummy for your BBQ! 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Magazines are cool and so is Chocolate!

I like magazines.  I like them a lot.  My favorite ones are centered around food and crafts.  I am sure that isn't surprising.  However, sometimes they get stacked up until I have time to read them.  This week, I have started tackling that stack. . . and boy does it feel good to sit, relax, and read.  This week, my kids are fighting a nasty cold and so in between cuddling and taking temperatures I am getting some reading done, and this obviously leads to baking. . . despite the fact that it is incredibly hot here!

I blame my bff for this recipe. . . it's her fault for subscribing it to me.  But seriously, I love my gift, and I think my family does too, because the cookies are getting rave reviews from all my test tasters.  
But, despite the heat, chocolate sounded so good and this recipe looked yummy!  And so, while my kiddos were taking a nap this morning, I whipped these up really quick.  They hit the spot, especially when my littlest sickling was whining at exponential proportions.  I mean, these things are sooo good.  I think that you should make some.  soon.  in fact, today, maybe.

 Triple Chocolate Cookies
adapted from allrecipes magazine, feb/mar 2014

8 oz. chopped semi sweet chocolate, metled
1 cup flour
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup dutch cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5  TBS butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt chocolate chunks in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.  Set aside.  In your mixing bowl cream together butter and sugars until nice and creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in melted chocolate and then add dry ingredients.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Let sit for about 30 minutes. . . if you can. 

Using your medium cookie scoop, scoop balls onto silpat lined baking sheet and gently press down balls with your palm.  (I find that you are more likely to get the crinkly, perfectly round look rather than a pile of chocolate that closely resembles a pile of poop. . . and please tell me that I am not the only one who thinks that/!?!) 

Bake for 10 minutes and then let sit for another 10 minutes . . . if you can keep away for that long, that is! 

Then eat. . . and maybe save some for a friend. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Welcome Summer! {random thoughts and link up}

Summer is in full swing and these triple digit days are definite proof! On the bright side, we've passed the longest day of the year, which means fall is just 1months away!. This is our third week of vacation and so far it's been unlike any year.  First of all, nobody has killed each other. . . yet.   And, 2nd, we have been really busy. . . this summer is going to fly by!  I'm already struggling to believe that July is this week!  Craziness, I tell you! 

Even though we have been unusually busy, we are really enjoying life and taking advantage of vegging.  In fact, we have spent a lot of time in front of the T.V.  and I'm okay with that.  We've installed "Quiet Time" into our daily routine and while it is flexible in when it happens, it WILL happen daily.  Ethan has a quiet time box filled with some legos, coloring books, word searches and other activities.  He camps out on our bed and chills while his brother hangs out in their shared bedroom and plays with legos, trains, imaginext, etc.  I get to do things like read and relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.  I think that this is one tradition we will keep into the school year.  I think it has really kept us from having major meltdowns in the afternoon when things normally get hard. 

I have several projects going on right now.  I am determined to finish my kitchen cabinets before the end of summer and Ethan's 7th birthday needs to be planned.   I am also working on some house projects since we just got our flooring done. . . it's still a mess in some places.  I also need to start planning Weston's preschool program for next year.  I can't believe that one more year and he will be in kindergarten!

I am seriously considering doing this.  My boards are driving me crazy!

I have a lot of unfinished projects that really, REALLY need to be finished.  I should probably stop pinning things until I finish what I've started!  Anyone else have that problem. 

She Reads Truth is having a wonderful study this summer! 

What are you up to this summer?  Have you baked anything or created anything?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What's for dinner? (April Edition)

I'm getting a late start, but here are some of our new dinner favorites!  April was super busy, but we managed to try some new recipes, which makes this foodie-mom super happy!  And even more, these recipes were super easy!  What new recipes did you try last month. . . share in the comments! 

Asian Lemon Chicken
This chicken was super yummy and not as much work as this orange chicken.  If you haven't cooked with cornstarch. . . it really is a life changer!  It also has pineapple juice. . . so don't forget to pick up a can when you head to the store.  I highly recommend adding a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce up, because it was runny side.

Baked Sesame Chicken
You might think we were on a chinese food kick, and you'd probably be right.  But, really, I am feeling way more comfortable in my Oriental food making than I used to.  It is so easy and equally yummy!  This recipe, came on a night towards the end of the month, where I was almost out of anything worthwhile.  We had chicken and rice and not a whole lot of anything.  It was also carnival week, and there was absolutely NO time to go grocery shopping.  My poor family suffered that week!  But, I found this recipe and I had all the ingredients!  That was a serious win!  So, I baked these guys up right in the skillet I browned the chicken in (yes, I was lazy and yes, it's a cast iron skillet, so it can do both. . . you should buy one if you don't).  My husband can't wait to have this one again! 

Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
I had originally bought the pork tenderloin sitting in my freezer for a different meal.  I will probably try that recipe a different day, but last month it was used for this.  We really liked it, and it was super simple.  I might even do the rub and slice it before freezing it and make a freezer meal with it.  That way the flavors have more time to marinate and make it super easy for a weeknight meal! 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Meanderings & Link Up

  I saw the beach this weekend.  I touched the sand with my own two feet.  My heart is happy.  My to do list is getting smaller, which means commitments are coming to a close and summer is near!  I may not be looking forward to the summer heat, but I am looking forward to sleeping in and quiet days and so are my boys!  3 and a half weeks and it will be here!  I've got lots of planning to do (I'm a planner, but you knew that. . . I think!).  

As the to-do list is getting shorter, I've been having time to read things. . . this post is the result of that. . .

My bff is awesome and even more so,because we have kids at similar ages and stages. This post said it all! 

I've been digging into 1 & 2 Thessalonians with a wonderful group of ladies and we are celebrating in the morning.  I made this.  I am going to have to make more, my husband was super sad that there wasn't any for him.  In fact, we may be seeing this a lot!  

Since, Children of the Day is over, I've gone back to doing the She Reads Truth study.  If you are in need of a good study, do this.  Go buy a notebook and some fun colored pens.  Get into the Bible.  Study.  Journal.  Grow.  

This post was so encouraging.  It seems like whatever way you turn there is mommy guilt from some blogger making you feel like you are not doing enough or doing to much or something.  I am anti-guilt.  This post rocked. 

This is heartbreaking.  Utterly heartbreaking.  

 And to end on a happy note, this.  Go watch the movie now.  You can't watch it too many times!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Teachers need Hugs (and a free printable!)

Teacher Appreciation Week is almost over (and I am just now getting to this post. . . craziness!).  We have been so busy spoiling our teachers that the week has flown by!  It is so much fun!  So, if you are looking for something quick and easy to do for tomorrow, I have one for you.  All you need to do is make sure your color ink is stocked up, that you have a sandwich or snack sized bags, and pick up a bag of hugs when you are at Target or the grocery store getting last minute groceries for tonight's dinner. 

Then, go print it out, cut it, and staple it to your bag full of hugs.  An instant gift that will definitely bring a smile to that special teacher in your life!

Also, if you don't really want spend even a small amount of money to say thank you to your teacher, please consider making a card for them and telling them they are valued.  A little bit of encouragement goes such a long way!  Another way to do little things, is to get involved in some capacity with your schools parent-teacher club.

Click here to get your printable. 

Please feel free to share how you used this, but please don't use it as your own.  Please link back to this post. . . it's the nice thing to do. 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week Inspiration

Ahhh.   I am determined to get this post out today.  Things are a bit crazy around these parts. . .and crazy in an absolutely wonderful way.  The school carnival was Friday Night and it was amazing!  And, tomorrow starts Teacher Appreciation Week.  Excitement is high!

So, because Teacher Appreciation is coming up soon I thoughtit would be a good time to flashback to some previous posts that make great gifts for teachers.  These things really don't take that much time, or even much money, and a little bit goes a long way to make your child's teacher's day.  If you are new to this blog. . . encouraging teachers is something that I take very seriously.  As a former teacher, I know how much work they put into your child (whether you think so or not). I highly recommend taking the time to spoil that teacher in your life at least one day during teacher appreciation week. 

Muffin to do but appreciate you!

Bake some yummy muffins and click over to this link for a free printable to make the gift complete!

Last year's wrap up

A week's worth of inexpensive and fun gifts with links to print each one out. 

Movie Night

This as fun and super easy!  Check the post for all the details

Coffee Sleeve Love

You know me and coffee sleeves.

Check here for more on these. . . also, those dollar reusable cups they are promoting work awesome as a gift and so does filling it with a Starbucks card.  Awesomeness in a cup!

So, that's all for now.  If you need more inspiration, there's a ton on Pinterest.  Let me know what you're doing for the teacher's in your life?


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