Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween {sugar day!}

Captain Rex and Obi Wan
Can it be ? it's Captian Rex and Obi Wan!!!

Captain Liam and his first mate Dex
Arrrg! Some scurrvy pirates! Captian Liam Blackbeard and his first mate Dex!

Cutest pirate ;)
My littlest pirate!

Friday, October 28, 2011

{fun fall treat}

made these fun acorns for our small group last night.
{or if you are Jewish you could sprinkle them with some blue glitter for Hanukkah! they also work as dreidels :}
So fun, so easy, so cute.

mini chocolate chips
bite size nutter butter cookies
Hersey kisses

1. melt about 1/2 cup of choc. chips in microwave. {only about 30 seconds, stir well }
2. I used a butter knife and put a little of the chocolate. "glue" on a nutter butter and stick on the kiss.
{I found it easy to have the kisses unwrapped ahead of time}
3. as you finish pasting the kiss and nutter butter together then start back on the first ones you made and put a dab of the
"glue" on the bottom of a mini chocolate chip and paste on top nutter butter.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{2 minutes}

When we get home from school in the afternoons I'm busy, helping with homework, getting snacks, folding get the picture, and when I'm deep into say folding said laundry and someone comes in asking for water I {apparently all the time} say; " Just give me two minutes."

Liam, 2.5 and apparently picking up every phrase I use has lately been using this one, which I didn't even realize until Justin pointed it out.

When Just says: " You ready to go?"
Liam responds: "two minutes."

Max asks; " Liam, could I have some pretzels?"
Liam: "yeah, two minutes."

Me: " Liam, you ready to go upstairs to bed?"
You guessed it...2 minutes.

{happy birthday}

10.10.11 004 by olives on a monday
10.10.11 004, a photo by olives on a monday on Flickr.

both of the boys grandmother's birthdays are this week. A fun e-mail to send.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

{ after school snacking}


When the boys get home from school they are a little nuts about scarfing whatever they can get their hands on.
Now I know this  is nothing new or revolutionary, but I thought I'd share it anyway.
I recently bought a few jars at IKEA  that I filled with pretzels, granola bars, raisins and on the bottom shelf of the fridge {green basket is leftover from some peaches I recently bought...need a few more of those fun things} I put easy to grab snacks that I replenish weekly. {cheese slices, carrot sticks,hummus, yogurt, grapes, apple slices, etc. }. I put them all in little baggies for them to easily grab.
Woohoo for making everyday things just that much easier! :)    

Monday, October 03, 2011

{better-than-crack- brownies}

made these last Friday get together at our casa...BIG hit with adults and kids! And I'm sorry {because they are so incredibly full of healthy goodness} to say it but these are quite possibly the best brownies ever.
Of course I won't be eating any sort of sweet treat until Thanksgiving. I'm trying a sugar fast...and let me tell you, it's only day three and ready to give up. However, I want to stick with it and since other friends are doing it along side me it makes the pain a little less painful :)

So if you would like to partake in this yummy goodness, now or down the road, I recommend these tasty little buggers. While I'm not very crack knowledgeable, I have a feeling these are better than said crack and let's be honest, it's a pretty funny name.

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Bake Time: 25 minutes

1 batch of your favorite brownie recipe for a 9×13-inch pan
½ cup salted peanuts
8 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped
1½ cups milk chocolate chips
1½ cups creamy peanut butter
½ tablespoon unsalted butter
1½ cups Rice Krispies cereal

1. Prepare the brownies according to the directions and bake for about 5 minutes less than the recipe states. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Return to the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes.
2. While they are finishing baking, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the cereal to evenly coat. Remove the brownies from the oven and evenly pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over top. Spread to cover evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
(Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is)