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The Lawn Jungle

AL finally finished up the first pass over our yard. Since our lawnmower was broken and it took a while for us to give in and get it fixed, our yard had turned into a jungle. It was so bad, we stopped going to the playground. But starting Wednesday, AL mowed the front, then half the back, then the rest today. It was tough work, but now it’ll be easier if we keep it under control. Here are some before and after shots:



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Italian Pasta Salad

You know a meal is going to be good when it starts out like this:

But it’s even better when it winds up looking like this:

Then again, I love sausage (cue inappropriate AL joke), so this meal wins me over in many ways. I think my favorite part was the homemade Italian dressing, which I improvised with Ricotta cheese. Oh yum!

And my sweetie and I have made it a weekly date to make fresh-baked cookies. This week is Apple Oatmeal Cookies. She has to add sprinkles to them, no matter what kind they are. Fine with me.

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Sad Sad Cookies

I’ve got to post my failures as well as my successes, right? Thalia wanted some cookies yesterday as we were driving home from school. I said, sure I’ll make some when we get home. I pulled out an easy kid-friendly recipe to make with her then discovered we were out of baking soda. So I had to find another recipe that didn’t use baking soda. She wanted “sprinkle cookies”, so I picked out an easy sugar cookie recipe. Well, something went terribly wrong. I halved the recipe, because I didn’t want dozens and dozens of cookies around the house for no telling how long. The recipe said that it would be dry, but my dough was wet to the point of being soggy. I added more flour just so it would stay together. I used kitty cookie cutters to punch them out, and Thalia decorated them all with sprinkles. Once they were cooked and cool I took them off the cookie sheet…. and all their heads fell off. It was a sad day for kitty cookies. Thalia loved them anyway.

And AL made a beautiful awesome delicious Cobb Salad for dinner. Delicious salad you say? I know! Who’d have thought a salad could be so yummy. But it really was. Link! http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/cobb-salad

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Bunches of Lunches

I’m playing super-mom this week. I’m making Thalia the best lunches. I also created my own sandwich holder for her. I’m in heavy crafting mode lately. It’s made out of a plastic milk container… see?

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Yesterday, I prepared homemade mini-pizzas for her… along with melon jello and strawberry yogurt and blueberries.

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The shark Easter egg contains goldfish. She decorated her own lunchbox with princess stickers (one of her back-to-school countdown gifts).

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NayNay’s Graduation Goodies

Hooray, Renee! We are all so proud of you! But this isn’t a post about how awesome you are and how wonderful your graduation was. This is a post just to show my crafty attempts at making an appetizer and centerpiece… since I like to keep track of my craft endeavors on my site. I’m not trying to brag, I swear!

I found a wonderful recipe in a kid’s cooking magazine. It’s a pool ball setup (cheeseballs) with cues (breadsticks). It turned out very well. The numbers got smudged after covering it in the fridge, but you could still tell what it was. Each cheeseball has a different topping. There were red onions, white onions, green onions, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese dyed blue, black olives, green peppers, yellow peppers, and beef jerky.

Next I made a couple of centerpieces, which turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated. First of all, lemons float. And getting them to stay put required a bit of patience and luck. One turned out very well.

I’ve learned over the past several years of throwing parties with AL, mainly Halloween parties, that the more patience you have and the more time you spend on party details, the better they turn out… and the more like the picture. So I try not to rush through these things anymore. The cheeseballs took over 2 meticulous hours. But it was fun.

Congratulations again, Renee! We love you!

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Thalia’s First Back-To-School Week

It’s actually happening. My baby is starting school in one week. I’m so excited for her! In preparation for the big day, we’re having a back-to-school countdown. Every day this week, Thalia gets to open a school-related gift. Things like lunchbox, soup container, Dora freezer paks, a craft, stickers, rubber bands… She’s pretty excited about school, and this just makes it all the more exciting.

Sorry it took a while to get this up. My site kept crashing. So they moved my database to more stable servers. So we’ll see if it worked.

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