Monday, November 5, 2012

Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars

Another Monday here. Gosh I hate Monday's! The nice thing about this Monday is that Connor did not have school today, so only one person in the house had a "Monday" today. Tomorrow Connor will have his "Monday" but at least mine will be over, so it shouldn't be to bad. Monday mornings are usually pretty hectic with trying to get ready for the week and then usually everyone is pretty crabby, so it's nice to have a "slower" paced Monday to start off my week.

So a few weeks ago for dinner at Aunt Missy's I made a dessert that I found off of Pinterest. The original recipe came from HERE and the moment I saw it I knew I had to make it. OMG. I have now dubbed this dessert "fat kid heaven". Not to offend anyone, I like to joke around and say that I eat like a fat kid because I love desserts, and if I let myself I would eat way to much all of the time. This is by far the best thing I have ever tasted. It has such a great combination of crunchy/salty and lots and lots of peanut butter (my favorite thing of all time). However, the downfall is the price of making this. I usually try to go fairly inexpensive when making things, but in order to really try this out I followed the name brands and everything. Next time I make it I'm going to try and go a little "cheaper" and make my own peanut butter cookies and maybe even brownies too. Hopefully it'll be just as good!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat

Ugh. I think I'm getting a cold, and I know exactly who to blame it on - Miss. Savannah! I've been sneezing like crazy today and now my nose is starting to turn red - fun stuff, just in time for Christmas pictures tomorrow. Going to try and not make it worse until at least after the pictures, lol.

So it's Halloween - yay! Gotta love getting tons of free candy! Not that me or my children really need any candy, but it's still fun. Savannah dressed up as a pink Dinosaur (not what I wanted her to pick, was really pushing for the cupcake or Little Red Riding Hood, but that's what she wanted, so that's what she got) and Connor dressed up as Thor. Both kids had a lot of fun going around with Buddy & Ella and all the rest of the gang for about an hour or so then we loaded up and headed to Waunakee to see John & Carol and do a little more trick or treating. Although it was pretty cold outside, I think the kids were dressed warm enough cause neither of them complained about being cold (they had 3 layers underneath their costumes). Well now that Halloween is done, onto the next holiday - Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Wow, what a crazy last week it's been. The kids have been sick on and off, which means horrible sleep, which means a super crabby Amber. Tonight they seemed pretty good, so I'm hoping this sickness is finally leaving this house! (crossing my fingers and toes)

So for breakfast yesterday & today I decided to try a new recipe off Pinterest (originally came from HERE) . I've been eating really crappy food lately, so I really need to get back in and focus on eating healthier. I love banana's and I love peanut butter, so what other better way to start the morning than a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie! I followed the recipe exactly, except I used Vanilla Almond Milk. OMG, I think I've found my new signature breakfast. I didn't think it would keep me satisfied, but it filled me up and kept me going until lunchtime! I will definitely be making this again!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Both kids are sick - not fun! Savannah got sick on Monday, so I ended up staying home with her that day. Tuesday she was well enough to go back to Grandma's, then today Connor started getting sick at 3 a.m. and Savannah got sick at about 7 p.m. Both have been fine since then so I'm hoping (cross fingers & toes) that they are both going to be done with this! I hate when my babies are sick but the worst is when you can tell they don't feel good because their eyes are all watered up, that was the look on Connor's face all day today.

So on Monday I decided to try a new recipe that I found on Pinterest. The original recipe came from HERE. The only thing I changed in the recipe was how I cooked it. Cooking things on high for only 3-4 hours in a crock pot really isn't an option for me, so I turned it on low at about 7:30ish a.m. I took the first bowl and ate out of it at about 3:30 and it stayed on till 5:00ish when everyone was done eating. I thought this tasted really good however I felt the kale seemed a little overcooked. The potato's and sausage seemed perfect, so if I were to make this again and it was an option, I'd probably throw the kale in about 1/2 way through instead of at the beginning. Either way, I'm sure I'll make this again! It's not quit as great as Olive Garden's soup (but maybe that's because I didn't have the yummy bread sticks to go with it), but it's definitely good enough to make again!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Meagan & Jeremy

Wow, I've been absolutely horrible at posting for the last several weeks. Just noticed that I only made 4 posts in September. There is so much that has happened, recipes I've tried, things I've done with the kids, but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to catch up at this point. So maybe I'll just skip over the last couple of months and start over? Not sure, lol.

One thing that does stick out over the last several weeks is my awesome weekend with Meagan, Jeremy & all their wonderful friends & family (now which some are my friends :) ) I drove over to Michigan on Tuesday night and spent the night at Amanda's house. Wednesday I went to lunch with Jon and dinner with Amanda & Jarrod then met up with Meagan & Lauren to go out for her bachlorette party. We went to a karaoke bar and had an absolute blast, then went over to a friends house and played beer pong and got back to Meagan's mom's house at 4 a.m. Thursday was nails and rehearsal then Friday was the wedding. Got our hair done, took pictures then partied the night away! The wedding was beautiful they did a great job with it. Afterwards we even got to take a limo into GR and had a blast going to a few different places. I was so nervous about going to a wedding without a date but it was by far the most fun I've ever had a wedding. It was so much fun I really think they should do this for their anniversary every year (hint hint guys, lol).

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Hunger Games

What a good weekend. Good time with friends, old and new, and a great time with the kids today. So very thankful that the kids finally cooperated (after awhile) and we all took a nice nap this afternoon. Now I'm starting to make dinner and the kids are watching Monsters Inc.

So last weekend I finally had the chance to watch The Hunger Games movie. I loved the books and was really hoping I wouldn't be disappointed with the movie. I got it from The RedBox for free (gotta love finding coupon codes online) and watched it with a friend. Although there were obvious changes made from the book to the movie I believe they did a great job with it (unlike Water for Elephants - that was just to many changes, which ticks me off).  Now I can't wait to see the second one (just starting to record it if I remember correctly).

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chili Dog Casserole

So I've decided I'm going to start skipping around in the blog, instead of just going in order of things happening. Why? Because some of the things I forget how I felt about them (recipes, movies, books, etc) more easily than the really cool stuff that me & the kids do together. So in order to do a better "mini" review on things, I am giving myself the right to skip around once and awhile!

On that note, last night for dinner I made a Chili Dog Casserole. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest, which originated from THIS blog. Ingredients: 2-15oz cans of chili (I used one "normal" can of chili with beans and one can of spicy without beans), hot dogs (yes, I buy the $.79 ones at Woodmans cause I'm cheap, lol), tortillas, and cheese (I used a mix of Colby & cheddar). Okay, I know this definitely is not the most healthy thing I've ever made but on a lazy Sunday night it was just what I needed. With having the one can of spicy chili in there it gave the whole thing a nice little kick without being overbearing, so the kids could still eat it. Justin ended up coming over for dinner and I still have enough for 2 lunches (well 1 now since I ate one today). This recipe will be put in the "make again" category!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

That's What I Am

Not much to report on the home front. Just getting use to the new schedule of everything - it's weird having so much time to myself. Most of the times I don't know what I should be doing. I know I should be cleaning the house more and probably working on homework but honestly I don't feel like doing it. Last night I watched a movie I haven't seen before and then talked to a friend on skype.

So a few weeks ago we picked up from the library That's What I Am. The main reason we picked it up was because of Randy Orton being in it (WWE wrestler that Connor really likes - and I think he's pretty nice to look :) ). I didn't really know what to expect from the movie but I really enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone. It's a great story about sticking up for yourself and others, even in the case when people believe something completely not true about you. I know most people probably haven't heard of this movie, but it's worth checking out.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Peanut Butter Dip

I know, I know. It's been FOREVER since I've posted. I'm sorry. There has just been a lot going on lately. But I will try to get things updated as quickly as I can. School started last week, and although I dropped one of my classes, I still have 2 fairly high demanding classes so don't hold it against me if I slack once and awhile!

So a few weeks ago I find a recipe on pinterest I knew I just had to try. The recipe originally came from HERE and I knew the kids would just love it and I was right! I also enjoyed it (but when don't I enjoy something with peanut butter in it?). It is such an easy quick dip to make for your kids to dip their fruit in and it is now something I will keep stocked in my house.