Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekend Fun...

Giving some brotherly "advice"

 Today was a completely gorgeous day!  After spending a few days of Spring Break with us... the kiddos finally got to play outside and try out this new game :) 
Practicing the run by high five.
 These two play together so nicely!
 When you're a 9 (almost 10, tear) year- old boy- a diving catch is essential!
 She agreed to a quick photo shoot... Her brother didn't like the idea near as much!
 This is the look of pure joy when she finally caught the ball. 
 After she made a catch, they took off running circles around the back yard... 
These two are absolutely amazing. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Homeade Granola Bars...

I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE granola bars!  I especially love Quaker chewy granola bars. 
So, when I decided it was time to find a good recipe, of course I took to Pinterest.  Seriously, how did we live before Pinterest... and Google?  
Anyhow, I found this super simple recipe that took about 10 minutes to put together and tastes fantastic!  

Start with 2 cups of quick oats and 1 cup of Rice Chex.
The original recipe calls for Rice Krispies but I only felt like running into Walgreens so I decided the Chex would suffice and just broke them into small pieces.
Mix these together in a big bowl. 

 In a small pot, mix 1/4 c butter, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/3 cup of Brown sugar. 

 Melt these goodies over medium heat and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, until it looks like these.  Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla.  Pour this over the oats mixture and stir well until everything is coated.
 Finally, line  cookie sheet with parchment paper (or grease if it you'd rather) and press the mixture onto a cookie sheet.  Be sure to really press it down so everything sticks together.  Let it cool for a couple of hours then cut into bars!  
My thoughts: 
1. They taste DELICIOUS and I will probably leave out the chocolate chips next time- doesn't need em! 
2.I'd like to use a smaller cookie sheet so they can be a bit thicker and easier to shape next time.
3. I will get 12 bars and they'll be about 120 calories each.  

Finally, I found this adorable little thing at Kohl's today and thanks my Momma for a 30% off coupon it was a steal!  It's replacing the dry erase calendar that hadn't been updated since October.  Clearly, that wasn't working for me :)  

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Back in Action...

Let's give this blog thing a try... Again.  It has been almost a year since I last posted.  Yikes!!
So I know my track record isn't the best when it comes to keeping up a blog and, truthfully, I'm not going to try to go back and update on what has happened. I'm just going to start with now! 
Last weekend I visited Indy, along with my parents.  Carson had his final Pinewood Derby as a Cub Scout.  Brooke was prepping for her father/daughter dance- which she has truly been looking forward to for an entire year!  
 This handsome boy will be 10 soon!
 She thought she could fly... As she said "It didn't work out so well." 
 Caught up in a you tube video about cats and dogs.
 The cars in "quarantine" ready to go.  I had no idea how serious the Pinewood Derby is!
 So it's a fuzzy picture but the Crest car is Carson's.  2nd place for most humorous car!
 3rd place in his pack!
 She has discovered a love for girl legos.  They are pretty amazing :) 

We clearly had a wonderful time! These two are growing up far too fast for my taste.