Friday, March 27, 2015


We are a reading family.  I love that we all enjoy books.  I especially love finding Lucy asleep at night with her little light on and a book open on her bed.  Currently she has been enjoying the Just Grace books. This week is literacy week at school.  One Tuesday night they had an author from Michigan speak, Maria Dismondy.  I really enjoyed her remarks, she had such a fun energy and wonderful message.  It was a busy night running from school to piano to Ikea for dinner back to school.  What a fun and nutty day.  Noah was a wild man at school.  
Kindergarten is going to be such a ball for him.

 My Street Urchins, geez, get a brush.

I think my backyard wants this.

The talented Maria Dismondy

For "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character," day, Lucy chose Pete the Cat.  I think it's pretty cute that she chooses by costume, not her favorite character.  I think she'd rather have been Judy Moody or Clementine but she didn't think they lended themselves to very creative costumes since they just look like people.  So, Pete the cat, again.

I did eventually brush their hair.  I keep threatening to shave it all off.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Festoon the Moon

I added this cute swallowtail cake topper to my Etsy store.
If you haven't already, check it out!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

White Bean Chili Dip

1 (14oz) can white beans
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 C sweet corn kernels, frozen or canned
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces Cheddar, mild or sharp, shredded
2 T chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic
1/2 t ground cumin
1/2 t salt

-Preheat oven to 375
-Prepare small casserole pan or skillet with cooking spray or olive oil.
-Divide the beans in half, and put half in a food processor along with the salt, cumin, and garlic. Process until smooth
-In a medium bowl, mix the peppers, corn, cilantro, and about 2/3 of each of the cheeses.
-Mix the now processed bean mixture with the corn and pepper mixture.
-Spoon into the bottom of the cooking vessel, cover with the remaining beans and cheese.
-Bake until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown. I turned my broiler on for the last 90 seconds.  It took about 20 minutes.

I served this with tortilla chips.  One 6th of the pan is about 300 calories.

**The original recipe calls for green chilies and chicken, which I would have added if I thought my kids would have eaten either. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mom Awards 2015

The Mom Awards!
They were last weekend and super fun and funny, as usual.

This year we told funny and embarrassing "mom," stories.  It was so great.  Everyone has's nice to know that what we think are our most mortifying moments aren't so bad and that we're not alone.  What happens at Mom Awards, stays at Mom Awards. :)

I had an epiphany and decided to make cookie spoons this year...they were so cute and yummy.  And then, coincidentally I won the Chef Mom Award.  There is steep competition so I was honored to be the recipient.  Jen is so creative, she named all the awards after TV and movie Moms, mine was the Paula Deen Award.  Jen won Fan Mom Award (meaning she is such a fan of all her kids activities) and it was the Beverly Goldberg Awards.  Do you watch Goldbergs?  You should.   It's the best show on TV right now.

We also did the gift exchange again this year, I gave my favorite ice cream, because really...curling up on the couch and watching Goldbergs after the kids go to bed is really a survival item for me.

Super fun night, super fun friends.

I painted on the gold with this stuff I found in the frosting section at Michael's.

Letters for a bunting.

The finished Spoonies

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

I made some green cookies for the lucky 'foilers.

Kids sharing a Shamrock shake.
Lucy had finished hers and talked Noah into letting her help him finish.

Corned Beef Hash.
I made Jigg's dinner and it was my best.  I wish I could say it was complicated and I slaved over the stove but I bought the brisket all ready to go, and on sale!
I put it in the crock pot with the seasoning packet and some water and after six hours on low it was perfect.  I could have probably eating the entire three pounds myself but I had to share with my husband and kids and I managed to save a tiny bit to make hash the next morning.
Yum, yum, yum.
The recipe for the hash is from Cooks Illustrated.
Here is the free version which looks the same to me.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dave and Busters

It's always a good day when your husband calls and says, "Have you started dinner yet?"
He surprised us by taking us to Dave and Buster's for dinner and games.  What a fun FHE.
Wholesome recreation at it's finest, right, right? ;)

The kids had fun playing games and getting tickets and cashing them in for fabulous prizes...I felt like saying that in the "Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino" voice.

Saturday, March 07, 2015


Tony makes the best spaghetti, so I asked him to make some to go with a recipe I had been eyeing in my new America's Test Kitchen Cookbook.

They turned out so great.
Here's a free version of the recipe.

Deep dish pizza, cooked in a cast iron skillet.
The pizza turned out good, but I know it can be better.  I'm going to play around with this recipe some more and get back to you.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

So Glad the Weather is Breaking!

 I go into school and volunteer for lunch and recess.
It's been indoor recess for as long as I can remember.
I'm so glad the chaos is coming to an end!
How many days of school left?

Monday, March 02, 2015

Some Random Items

Have you seen these?  Orchard Skittles?  Includes Red Apple.  I bought them a month ago, right when I started my diet/exercise routine, so I'm saving them for my birthday.  I can't wait to try them.

Lucy had her "Portfolio Picnic" at school.  It's a family event, where the kids showcase their work and the parents get to gush and ooh and ahh.  Noah took it real seriously.  He's going to be such a joy in Kindergarten.  He's so lucky to have Lucy.

Superhero day for spirit week.  Our homemade Wonder Woman.
Pretty good for before 7:00am, I'd say.