Tuesday, January 14, 2014

We Love You Daddy!!

A little while back a wrote a post about why I still believe in marriage entitled the Happy Wives Club Blog Tour. In this I talked about how marriage is tough and that you have to stick together but it's worth it because life is so much more enjoyable when you have someone by your side.  I also talked about how Steve is usually the man behind the camera and I shared an old picture of the two of us on our wedding day.

I received very nice feedback about how many of you enjoyed that picture, so I thought I would share with you what I gave Steve for Christmas this year.  If  you know Steve it is difficult to figure out what to give him as a present even though he will tell you that is not the case.  He doesn't really like technical gadgets, says I always buy him clothes and my mom already got him tennis balls and my brother a gift certificate to his favorite Indian restaurant, so what was a wife to do?

So I got to thinking.  Even though I mean too, life carries on day by day and I never really tell him enough how much I LOVE him and how much the kids and I appreciate what he does for us!  So I wanted to show him all the great memories he has given us through the years.  

So I hope you also enjoy this little snip it of our life.  It was fun making it and reliving all the great memories we have had.  Hoping to share more great memories in the future.  We LOVE you daddy!!




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Monday, January 13, 2014

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate!

Fun was had by all tonight when we went to see Disney on Ice at the Q.  It was opening night. Thanks Grandma for the great Christmas present! The boys and I were accompanied by Grandma, Uncle Mike and Miss Cassy.

The theme of the show was Let's Celebrate and went through scenes from times of the year that celebrations would be had.  There was a Very Merry Unbirthday Party, Halloween and Valentine sequence and of course Christmas to name a few.

Check out the video of the opening sequence below.  It was really cute and held the attention of everyone, which can be tough when your talking about preschoolers!




Of course there were plenty of souvenirs and treats to be had.  We went with the combo deal of cotton candy with an alien hat from Toy Story. Two set me back $20.  But as I have said before, I am a sucker for my kids and memories don't come cheap these days!


As the pictures show, we had a blast!  It really was a great event. Something for everyone.  It included of course the classics: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto.  All the princesses you could want for the girls and a great villain sequence for the boys.

So if you were thinking about taking your kids to Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate, I would say stopping
thinking and get your tickets! This mom give it two thumbs up.  Go have some family fun!  And make some memories of your own.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Monkey Chip Muffins

So I am updating the site a little and trying to make things more uniform and more easily accessible. You will see small changes throughout the site the most prevalent changes will be on the What's for Dinner page.  With these changes I thought I would repost one of my favorite recipes, Monkey Chip Muffins.  These are the perfectly balanced banana chocolate chip muffins will satisfy any sweet craving and having coming back for more!

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Monkey Chip Muffins

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins












Ingredients:

Wet ingredients:
3 large or 4 small ripe bananas- peeled and mashed
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

Dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips
(We are a dark chocolate family. We like to use Ghirardelli bitter sweet chocolate chips. The
recipe would still be wonderful with semisweet or even milk chocolate chips.)
* If your family likes thing a little nutty feel free to also fold in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or
walnuts. We omit this ingredient because while Joel likes nuts...Jude not so much.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins. (I like to use Pam for Baking. It has a little flour
in it and it works great for recipes like this.)

In one bowl combine all of the wet ingredients. (No need for a hand or stand mixer for any part of
this recipe. Just a standard wooden spoon works fine.) In a second bowl whisk together the dry
ingredients. (No need to sift. Just whisk thoroughly.) Pour wet ingredients into dry
ingredients. Mix well. Then fold in chocolate chips.

Scoop heaping 1/4 cups on the batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes in the 350
degree oven. Check to ensure muffins are done by inserting a toothpick (Push toothpick into the
middle of the muffin. If the toothpick is clean when removed the muffins are done.)

Allow muffins to slightly cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the tins before removing. These are great
warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy Wives Club Blog Tour

Hi everyone. Just saw a Tweet about a new book soon to be released the Happy Wives Club: One Woman's Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage.  That tweet led me to search out Fawn Weaver's site Happy Wives Club and ultimately to the inspiration to for the post the Happy Wives Club Blog Tour.

So visiting the site and reading about this book got me thinking about my marriage.  Believe it or not my husband Steve does exist even though there really are not pictures of him on the blog.  He is usually the man behind the camera (he prefers it that way).  And while he supports me and the blog and takes part in most of our fun and sometimes unexpectedly outrageous activities, he prefers to remain behind the scenes enjoying the moments rather than memorializing them for the world to share.

In this day and age where it seems like most weddings take longer to plan than they last, we have beaten the odds.  We have been married thirteen years.  The product of this marriage are two wonderful boys, a lovely warm home and memories to last a lifetime.

Now don't get me wrong, not all the memories I speak of are good.  We have our ups and downs.  Life is stressful juggling raising kids, working, daily chores etc.  Then you add a "to death do us part" relationship into the mix and sometimes it spins out of control.  A good marriage is hard work, don't let anyone tell you differently.  But the love it brings into your life is worth all the effort into this world and why I still believe in marriage.

The world is a tough place.  It is nice to go through life with someone who believes in you by your side. Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle life throws out at you this gets lost in the shuffle.  Life takes over and the to do list over takes you.  Instead of a united front it becomes divide and conquer.  You need to step back and remember there is no "I" in "TEAM" and marriage is the hardest team sport that you may ever play.  The victory however can be the sweetest!

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(Fawn Weaver, the founder of the Happy Wives Club wrote a book about the best marriage secrets the world has to offer. They say the book is like “Eat, Pray, Love meets The 5 Love Languages.” I say the book is inspiring. You can grab a copy HERE).