My feet were killing me after two days of slogging around Disney, but it was totally worth it. Josh had his first ride on Space Mountain, and loved it. Now I have a buddy to share my favorite ride with! Then we went to Newport beach. We visited lots of family – the kids’ cousins, my cousins, my sister, my aunt, my grandma. It was a great trip!
Audrey has two teeth and she is practicing using them. We have officially entered my least favorite phase of nursing – where I shudder in fear every time it’s time for her to eat. Looking for a vampire teeth binky? Go to http://www.billybobteeth.biz.
I’m not what you would call a green thumb, so I always find it quite miraculous that you plant things and they just grow. This year it’s even better because Josh is very interested in gardening. He checks on it and waters it almost everyday. If anything, it may die of too much water this year! Looking forward to some delicious tomatoes in a few months!
If you’re trying to be healthy, look away. If your European tastebuds don’t appreciate the salty deliciousness of peanut butter, come back tomorrow. But, if you think chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven, then you’ve come to the right place!
Making brownies from scratch is really easy. I made these ones from scratch, but in all honesty I prefer Ghiradelli triple chocolate brownies from a box. I don’t know what kind of voodoo magic they put in those boxes, but they’re far better than anything I could make from scratch. So, use any brownies you like, the real star here is the peanut butter frosting. And it’s so easy.
First, I have to give a shout out to my husband who found this recipe for a men’s cooking competition at church. He didn’t win, but he should have.
6 Tbsp softened butter
3/4 c peanut butter
1 c powdered sugar
Cream the butter and peanut butter and then mix in the powdered sugar. That’s it! This makes enough for an 8×8 pan (if you don’t eat too much of it before it makes it to the brownies!) You can also sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt after they’re frosted.
You know you lead a pretty boring life when you’re writing about cleaning supplies. But I got some of this Windex touch-up cleaner at the store yesterday and the bottle is already halfway gone! Between Kate taking it around the house and cleaning just about everything she can reach, and me using it throughout the day to wipe a shelf in the fridge, clean the buttons on the microwave, or wipe our white (and therefore always somewhat dirty) kitchen cabinets, it’s been used a lot. It makes my life easier, and that makes me happy!
I’m not sure how I came to be following Kelcey Parker’s blog. It was just one of those happy accidents of the internet, I guess. I bought her book of short stories, “For Sale By Owner,” and I loved it! I found myself wondering why I’d never gotten into short stories before (I think I’ve read one book of short stories before by Ray Bradbury, and it was probably for an English class). There’s something so wonderfully refreshing about short stories. They’re impactful and to the point. Now, I can’t tell you that I loved every single story she wrote. One was a little too creepy for my taste and a few were a bit too stream-of-conscious in style. But some were quite remarkable. My favorites were Domestic Air Quality and Maugham’s Head. The great thing about short stories is that if you aren’t loving it, that’s okay because pretty soon you’ll be in an entirely new story. Reading this book has even inspired me to try my hand at writing a short story, and I have a great idea for one (although it’s still just floating around in my head). When I have a spare minute (ha ha – what’s that?!) I’ll write it down. I definitely recommend checking out this book, or another book of short stories you might be interested in. I think we should all take a minute and read a few short stories!