Monday, May 23, 2011

Made It: No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

 
 (original recipe from Food.com)
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 cups Quick Oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Lightly grease a 11x7 baking dish.
  • In a large bowl combine the Rice Krispies cereal, oats and coconut.
  • In a saucepan stir together the honey and brown sugar and bring to just a boil.  
  • Immediately remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter.  
  • Pour over the dry ingredients.  
  • Mix to combine.  
  • Stir in the chocolate chips. 
  • "Pour" the mixture into the baking dish and press into place.  
  • Slice into "bars."  
  • Chill until firm.
  • Yum!


We LOVE these because they are super fast and easy to make and they disappear like hotcakes. 

Beza likes them, too.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Funnies: Weekend Hijinks

"Hey, guys, come here!"

Uh-huh.  Yep, this happened.

And then this...

And this...

We take our Transformers quite "seriously" around here.

T is also the proud owner of his very own Bumblebee, while M possesses Optimus Prime. 

Why Optimus Prime when she had the choice of any Transformer, you ask.  Well, as she tells it, Optimus Prime is the leader and she couldn't not get him because he tells everyone else what to do.  True words. 


And just a few random "in their words" that I don't want to forget.

1.  While cutting up some vegetables for a salad with M, I asked if she would make healthy salads for her kids someday.  Without missing a beat, she said, "No. But the babysitter can.  I'll be in outer space (being an astronaut)."

Along those same lines:
2.  We were talking about astronauts one afternoon and I said that there really weren't very many.  With unwavering confidence, M said, "Don't worry, Mommy, (pointing to herself and T), soon there will be 2 more."

3.  We were out and about yesterday and T shouted, "There's a Mustang!"  He was right.  How?  I have NO idea.  He's a quick learner I guess.  (related post)

And this isn't so much funny, as sweet:
4.  While talking about our "favorite things" with M, she asked what my favorite food is. I said something like Pumpkin Pie.  We supposed that T would say Vanilla Cake.  And M said Chocolate Cake.  Then she said that it makes her a little sad when our favorites aren't all the same because she imagines that it divides us each into different rooms full of that "favorite."  And she wants us to all be together.  That's pretty sweet...

Hope that you had a great weekend! :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Flowers and Bad Guys

A few favorites:

The irises from my dad are stunning.

Their fragrance is enticing.

The colors and patterns are mesmerizing.

And today the blooms were more than plentiful.

Seriously, they are amazing.

On an entirely different note, the little people around here have had a clear favorite this week.

Dear little T has had a fascination with superheros and bad guys for some time now.  Every time we pass a book display he is immediately drawn to the covers with scary monsters and, well, big scary bad guys.  

Last week I caved a bit and we snagged this book at a yard sale.


My personal expertise with the subject matter is quite limited, to say the least.  But within the first day M and T had most of the words memorized.  Now the words "decipticon," "autobot," and "allspark" have entered our everyday vocabulary.

And illustrations.

Two versions of Megatron.

Someday, far, far away from now, they can actually watch the movies. :)

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday Morning Carpet Makeover and Spa Treatment

Or something like that... ;)

After being out all morning, I started to make Beza a yummy lunch of rice cereal mixed with peaches and formula.  (Sounds mighty enticing, huh?)

I pulled the ready-made formula out of the refrigerator and gave it a good shake.

Too bad the lid wasn't twisted on.

I covered myself from hair to toe (including right down my shirt) in formula.  I also covered the refrigerator, cupboards and majority of the kitchen floor.  And might I add, a once again, freshly mopped floor.

Scene of the incident.

I laughed, called for towels, and re-mopped.

And this morning during Mopping Round 1 to remove the crusted yogurt, among many other things, off of the floor, T was playing so nicely in his room.  I was so proud. :)

Five minutes before we had to drop M off at preschool I hurried to his room to get him dressed.  This is what I found...


He had decided that the carpeting looked like paper.


He drew life-sized lines in a rainbow of colors over every square inch of exposed carpeting.  (I kid you not.)


Pretty much left me speechless.  Wow... Crayon on carpet...  That is going to be hard to get out.


I did a little research.  I read about de-natured alcohol, ironing it out and then using stain remover to get out the residual color, using ice and butter knives.  There was a lot of floor to cover and none of that sounded like the way I would like to spend my afternoon.

(Photo courtesy of Emily--seems to fit the crime.)

Before running out to grab some Fels-Naptha (another suggestion), I decided to try our secret carpet-care weapon.

Allow me to introduce the Bissell Spot Bot--aka, Floor Stain Miracle Worker.


Almost all of the crayon is gone!  Whoo-hoo!  The blue is being a bit stubborn and I had to stop for nap time.  But by tonight, that floor should be gleaming (if carpet can gleam, that is.).

Little Dude is giving me some excellent material for a future book that I might just have to call "Parent's Guide to Keeping Clean."  (Please recall the recent silly-putty incident.:)  And I'm sure this is JUST the beginning!

Off to wash my formula-encrusted hair. :)  Here's to a spotless Thursday evening! ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Look Who's...

Standing!  

All by herself.
 She's starting to add a bit of a bounce to that stance.

(Don't you love that face?:)

And this is what happens when you have an older brother.  :)

Little Beza will be 11-months-old on Sunday.  Whew--that, of course, means that we are just one month away from the big ONE!

We're still working on eating.  She loves her bottle!  But with food, she's keeping us on our toes.  She devours a food one day and won't touch it all the next.  We'll keep trying. :)

A typical dinner.  She loves to play peek-a-boo at the table.  (That's pizza.)

And she signs "All Done" with great flair.  Love baby signs! :)
(Scrambled eggs and butter bread.)

In the sleeping department, she takes 2 naps a day and she usually wakes up at least once during each nap.  A little snuggle usually helps.  The same at night, she still wakes up a handful of times, but goes back to sleep after some snuggling (usually ;).

We've been home for 2 months (can you believe it?)  and we had our first post-adoption home visit almost 2 weeks ago--
time is flying!

Love you, Beza!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Made It: Inspired Meal

The lastest issue of Real Simple is popping at the seams with yummy recipes.  
Last night, on a very atypical whim, we whipped this up.


And it looked just like that picture. Actually, I think it really might have. ;)   
We made it after the little people went to bed and we gobbled it up before we snapped any photos.

Here it is: The Turf Menu
Yes, even the pickled onions were yummy.


Oh, and we started with this appetizer. (I know, even an appetizer.  On a Monday night.) 


We were so inspired that we thought it would be fun to try one of the cocktails.  We didn't have any pomegranate juice, but I did have a small bottle of cranberry juice stashed away.

All of the drink ingredients were mixed together just waiting for the juice to be added.  J added the juice.  It was a stunning shade of...brown.  Brown cranberry juice.  Yum.  Vintage July 2010 cranberry juice.  Double yum.

Our lovely dinner was quite delicious even without the extravagant cocktail. :) 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Funnies: Billy Goat Hands


 About a month ago we went to the park for lunch.  It's a fun park with meandering trails up steep hills.

When it was time to go, the little people weren't too happy.  To distract them and to get them to move a little faster I said, "T you go that way and go up that steep hill like a billy goat.  We'll go this way."

A minute later I noticed that T was running with hands out at his sides--kind-of like he didn't want them to get dirty.

I could have easily said nothing--passing it off as just a funny little running quirk.  But then I totally would have missed this.

"T, what are you doing with your hands?"

"These are my billy goat hands.  I'm a billy goat."  (Said with complete sincerity and pronounced "biwee goat.")


Billy Goat hands in action.


We love his billy goat hands. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Favorites: Heading to Ethiopa and Music

Well, I'm not going to Ethiopia, but Becca and Eric are--RIGHT NOW!!!!  On Saturday morning, Ethiopia time, they will be meeting their sweet little girl for the first time. :)  We are so excited for them (and all of the families traveling with them this week.)  Can't wait for little Alle to come home...

And on a completely different note, wanted to share my newest music favorite. 


I'm in love with this program.  We have the radio on 24/7 here and the music gets a bit predictable.  Under the Radar plays a little more artsy music that isn't typically on the radio. 

Offering gourmet music, Under the Radar highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated tunes from Christian artists. In this one-hour weekly program, host Dave Trout shares stories, spiritual insight, and exclusive artist interviews to discover the depth of faith and creativity found in the music. Listeners participate by suggesting some of the best hidden gems in their own music collections that the world needs to hear.
Love it! :)

Made Over

Welcome to our newly made-over blog. :) It's a work in progress, but after a year-and-a-half, it was time for a bit of a change. :)

I especially love all of the white space for photos.   Now all of the goodies that used to be on the sidebar are on the bottom.  Like my favorite, the blog list. :)

Have a great day!
~G


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 09, 2011

Made It: A Garden

Over the weekend we started our very own garden(s). 


Two 4x4 raised beds, fenced in to keep the deer away.  


One for vegetables: tomatoes, sugar snap peas, cilantro and basil.

One for assorted flowers, including African Daisies (we just couldn't pass those up). :)


Now just to keep it all alive! :)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day: You Will Never Believe What I Did Today! :)

Friends and family, if you know me well, then you better sit down for this one. :)

This morning I ran in a 5K race.  I kid you not.

Okay, three things.
1.  It was the Run Like a Mother race in Ridgefield, CT. 
2.  5K is ~3 miles.
3.  I can't talk about it with a straight face.  Me?  Run?  Hahaha!  Really it was more of a jog-when-I-think-my-family-is-watching/really-fast-mall-walk.

Did I train?
Um...sort-of.  I walked around our neighborhood a pre-determined number of laps pushing the double stroller (sometimes tripled up).  I also hit the pavement in the basement while watching HGTV--that was as exciting as it sounds.

And whatever in this world would possess me to do such a thing?

Plain and simple.

Peer pressure.

I ran bright and early (8:30a) on this beautiful Mother's Day with Becca and Emily.

Pre-race.

Post-race.  
Emily and I finished our walk/run in about 35 minutes. :)  Becca is an actual runner and beat us by a landslide. :)

Beza pre-race.

Post-race.

A very fun morning.  :)  Thanks Becca and Emily! :)

Happy Mother's Day!


Friday, May 06, 2011

Mom Favorite: How Have I Never Heard of This?

Amazon Mom.

I'm not sure where I found out about it--maybe on another blog?   Or in a magazine?  Anyway, it's AMAZING.

It's Amazon Prime, FREE, for up to a year!  Just for being a mom!

(3 free months and an additional month for each time you spend $25 for up to one year.)

That means FREE 2-day shipping (no way!).  AND additional discounts on baby-related items.  AND even more discounts if you sign-up for recurring delivery.

I am getting my diapers (LUVS) delivered, for free, to my door for less than I can buy them at my usual super-stores (which are 30 minutes away).

I also ordered these little gems with Amazon Mom right before we left to bring Beza home.

Teething Bling Donut Shaped Pendant Teething Necklace (more about it here) and Oh Plah Teething Bracelet (more here). 

Wearing the Teething Bling necklace on our trip to bring Beza home.

Loving Amazon Mom! :)