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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…(Father’s Day Weekend)

15 Jun

Today we had such a great day celebrating dad…
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and one Grandpa (the other is out of state) who we surprise visited this morning.

yes my daughter has fake doodee on her knee.......!!!!

yes my daughter has fake doodee on her knee…….!!!!

But the weekend was so happy because our fabulous town pool opened, and this for me is a glorious time because it tells me summer is coming!  The kids raced in on Saturday and were the very first in this entire town to utilize the water slides.  Let that be known people!

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And on Friday night we did a quick spontaneous trip to the beach for dinner which was so cool.  We were the only people there because the day had been a little weather iffy.  The kids were so thrilled to get their ocean fix.  It was something a little different.

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We had a great meal tonight for Father’s Day where all my kids decided they hated lobster……WHAT?! How can that be?!  It’s been my favorite food in the world since the age of 4!  My parents are native Bostonians where “Lobstah” is loved by all! But then I remembered as a child my dad never got to eat his lobster as he spent his time cracking mine………..maybe sticking to burgers and steak isn’t such a bad thing after all. :)

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Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

Microwave Fudge

9 Jun

Need a quick dessert?

My buddy posted this recipe on Facebook last night and it was perfect timing.  I have to bring a dessert to work and it’s pouring out so I don’t feel like shopping.  But with this easy and simple recipe I already have all of the ingredients…total prep and cook time is 5 minutes and it is ready in 15 minutes!!!

I cut the pieces nice and small because the fudge is sooo rich!

I cut the pieces nice and small because the fudge is sooo rich!

Ingredients:
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:  In a microwave safe bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. Pour milk over mixture and place butter in bowl. Do not mix. Microwave until butter is melted, 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla and stir vigorously until smooth. Pour into prepared 9×9 dish. Chill in freezer 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Tips: Mix up the sugar and cocoa well to avoid lumps. I lined the prepared dish with aluminum foil to make it easier to remove the fudge.  I also kept it in longer than 10 minutes!

This recipe could not be easier! It’s a keeper :)

Bunnies in Dirt

22 May

My soon to be 7 year  old has her school birthday tomorrow.  She requested her cupcakes in cones and  if I could incorporate one of her two favorite things in her life…rainbows or bunnies…she said she would be super thrilled.  Well, I did the rainbow cupcakes a few years back and while I did outdo myself that was not happening again!

I happened to score a load of PEEPS bunnies on sale after Easter for inspiration.  I prepared a box mix for cupcakes and filled ice cream cones halfway, which I had positioned in MINI cupcake pans.

After they baked and cooled I frosted in vanilla, pushed those bunnies in and they looked horrible! The frosting was all pushed around and messy.

SO………..then I crushed up some OREOS (literally put them in a Ziploc and took a mallet to the bag…felt so good!)  I used my OREO “dirt” to fill in the bad spots and it started to come together.

I’m really not creative but when the kids came home and I asked, they immediately said “Bunnies in Dirt”!  I got the idea from when we go to TGIFridays  and they serve the kids a dessert consisting of pudding, with the crushed Oreos and gummy worms in it and they call it “Worms in Dirt”.

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My kitchen floor is covered with Oreo crumbs but otherwise they look okay, I think…?!

What do you think?

 

Mother’s Day and Piercings

13 May

While I feel very blessed on Mother’s Day, I do feel for those without Mother’s, or those so desperately trying to be a Mother.  I am a cognizant of the fact that Mother’s Day is a tough day for so many. And while I relish in a day where we celebrate our Mothers, the commercialization of this holiday, like so many of them, really does get to me.  Truly we should celebrate our Mothers everyday, right?

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But I will step off my soap box to say that I did have a beautiful day.  My mother was with my sister, and that was fine.  The day was about just the five of us and the sun was sparkling which always picks me up.  I have laryngitis; that was my gift to the family as I received their beautiful gifts. :)

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My husband and I love Indian food so we decided to introduce the kids to it.  Needless to say we were the only non-Indian family in the Indian restaurant on Mother’s Day!  The kids did put forth a good effort and tried a lot of the foods, but I’m not sure we will be returning with them anytime soon. :)

The other big news is that my little one got her ears pierced.  She was told she would have to wait until age 7 but that’s only 2 weeks away.  She begged and gave me this card in the morning which sealed the deal on early piercings!

 

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How was your Mother’s Day?

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies!

25 Feb

Today the little one had a cookies bake-off in her Girl Scout Daisy troop.  What this meant was that I she and her peers had to bake cookies for the meeting today that were judged anonymously with the winner moving on to the next round of competition within the Daisies.

Because my little one loves peanut butter cups and because we thought there would be a plethora of chocolate chip cookies (which really there were not), we decided to go a little unconventional and try this fab recipe.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

 

Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ready In: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Servings: 40

“Peanut butter cups wrapped in a peanut butter cookie for the most peanut buttery of treats.”

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

40 miniature chocolate covered peanut

butter cups, unwrapped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

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A few notes…freeze the peanut butter cups before you use them so they don’t melt when you put them in the balls AND cool the muffin pans in the freezer as they will start to melt.  We used mini muffin baking cups too!

My baby girl didn’t win but these cookies are most definitely winners in our house.  We will be making them again. :)

Have you ever seen anything like them?

Creative Ways To Eat Your Vegetables

18 Jan

Found my 6-year-old doing this the other night…

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My children love that Pane Italiano I get at Trader Joes and I always encourage them to dip it in their soup, their gravy, etc.

I guess the little one took it to a new level…but there were no veggies left by the end of dinner! :)

Do your kids struggle to eat their vegetables?

Pumpking Picking and Wine Tasting with Friends

15 Oct

So funny I was just looking back to a couple of years ago when I posted this about going pumpkin picking with the kids and how miserable it was!
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Once again last long weekend we made the long drive out to the south fork of Long Island and it was also another freezing day. We were with the same family from a few years ago and another and the kids were excited to be racing around in a different environment with their friends. When we all get together there’s always a lot of laughs and I’m always in heaven because my friends both of have babies and I have to live vicariously through them and soak up all that babyness!

pretty impossible to get this shot!!!

pretty impossible to get this shot!!!

It was chilly but the kids are older now so it wasn’t as stressful tracking them.  Before we let them loose we sat everyone down and did a big kid pose and then some separate family poses. And then they were off to roam.  This year I also chalked up 3 bucks for each of us for the hayride.  Sad to say the kids weren’t even that thrilled which is a sure sign that they are getting older!

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these 2 were chatting like teenagers off on their own, about boys no doubt!

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who knew this guy could carry a pumpkin so well and carve one so skillfully later on?!

who knew this guy could carry a pumpkin so well and carve one so skillfully later on?!

The best part was after we got our overpriced pumpkins and headed just across the street to a winery!!!  Though it was very windy and I was still chilly (I am so a warm weather person, don’t forget!) I had so much fun sipping on some wine to taste with my friends.  When we decided on some bottles we went outside and drank while the kids ran through the rows of the vineyard.  It was so nice.

cheers to good friends! we all met when our 3rd graders were in nursery school :)

cheers to good friends! we all met when our 3rd graders were in nursery school :)

These are the days I hope the kids will remember…I sure will.

Did you do anything fun over Columbus Day weekend?

Just Enjoy Your Family, She Said

3 Oct

The other day I found myself near a restaurant I used to frequent with my husband.

When the twins were babies I had a sitter who would come 2 afternoons a week for a few hours each day. Sometimes my husband would get home and we would have an hour left with the sitter so we would race out to this local Korean restaurant to enjoy some of our favorite Korean delicacies.

So here I was on Tuesday near this restaurant when I found myself salivating right around lunchtime. My growling stomach pulled me through the door where I was greeted by the lovely owner….a delightful middle-aged Korean woman, who, though I hadn’t been there in many years, clearly remembered me and right away began an inquiry and wanted to know how my kids and husband were doing. She had always been so taken with the photos of the kids I had shown over the years and today was no different.

She told me her son and daughter were now 23 and 25 and hustled along to prepare some food.

It was obvious to me that though so much was familiar with this scene something was also glaringly different…her equally sweet and smiley husband, usually positioned behind the sushi window, was nowhere to be found. Intuitively I was instantly troubled by it.

When the owner appeared again I tentatively asked how her husband was doing.

She shook her head.

I learned he had died in July of last year from cancer. I told her how sorry I am…that I always loved his warm greetings and smiles. I recalled how he sometimes would whip something up for us to try “on the house” to get our approval.

By this time my sizzling pot of dol sot bi bim bop arrived, but I was no longer hungry and excited for it. As I mixed the egg, rice and veggies around in the clay pot, I watched the wife circling about with her tasks in the restaurant, some of them, having once belonged to her husband. When our eyes met I told her again how deeply sorry I am to which she replied, “Just enjoy your family.”

To honor my Korean friends, I plan to be more diligent at doing just that.

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Family Trip to Cancun Part 2.

28 Aug

If it were up to me I would live on the beach. And that beach in Cancun? Well it wouldn’t be too shabby! The color of the water is just amazing and it’s not loaded with seaweed and rocks like we are used to here in NY. It felt so warm and inviting and the kids seriously would have stayed in it all day!

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But the pool had something the ocean did not…the pool bar!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen my children were blown away by the finer things in life during this trip, namely the pina colada, the strawberry daiquiri and the Miami Vice, which if you didn’t know is a combo of the two!

me drinking a Miami Vice!

me drinking a Miami Vice!

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Not only did the kids hang out at the pool bar but they also frequented the hotel bars with us, gleefully indulging in 5000 glasses of soda daily…groan!

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Yeah did I mention that we ate and drank constantly?!

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escargot!

clearly I don't feed these plate lickers enough!

clearly I don’t feed these plate lickers enough!

hitting the wine at the adults only restaurant...yay!

hitting the wine at the adults only restaurant…yay!

It’s all-inclusive so there was food everywhere which meant we were hungry all the time! Oh my god I easily gained 10 pounds.  And then we were constantly obsessing about which restaurant to eat at that night? Do you ever find yourself doing that on vacation?  I’m not kidding when I tell you I ate tacos for every meal!

Oh and I did something life changing with my girls…we went on a skyrider parasail ride…crazy!!!!

that's us in the sky!!!

that’s us in the sky!!!

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All in all it was great hanging with family.

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Have you ever gone on vacation with a large family group? We had a blast :)

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and it was all brought to us by these lovebirds!

 

 

Cadbury™ Ice Cream Bars ‘High Tea’ Party #CadburyHighTea

28 Jul

I wrote about the heat wave we experienced here and though I was loving spending everyday at our pool, I felt it was probably a good idea to give my fair-haired sweeties a break from the sun. And what better way to do that, I thought, than by having a tea party, not just a tea party, but an ICE CREAM tea party!?!

Since my girls have been so into their American Girl Dolls, I thought it would be extra fun for them to invite their friends to bring their dolls too. So a plan was set in motion! The girls were so excited and were discussing it for days. They were completely wowed and delighted when I surprised them with the beautiful porcelain tea party set and hats that Cadbury sent us to have the party.

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It was fun that we were having our English style tea party as the world was abuzz waiting for a new prince to be born!

Instead of tea we had lemonade and milk…lots of cookies…and of course….ice cream! Who knew that Cadbury even made ice cream?!   The Cadbury Ice Cream bar features the newest indulgent flavors:

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Cadbury® Caramello™, Cadbury® English Toffee, Cadbury® Royal Dark™, and the party favorite…Cadbury® Vanilla Chocolate!

The girls had so much fun… with lots of giggles and licks!

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My parents even stole a couple of Cadbury bars and were chowing down in the kitchen while I was distracted with the girls so they must have been good!

My daughter’s sign says it all…

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And those beautiful hats? Well the party was long over, and my little one kept hers firmly planted on her head….while we went to dinner, while went to shopping, etc…but then we know she has a thing with hats!

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*Thank you Cadbury and MomSelect for sending us the promotional party kit to have this awesome party!!!*

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