Guilty Pleasures

Carbs. Carbs. More carbs. I know that I don’t need a giant bowl of carbs….but sometimes…..you just need a big pile of carbs, right?

My newest guilty pleasure…..waffle fries from Spud Heads with the Guns’ n Rosemary topping. I mean. Seriously.

Because sometimes when you’re spending way more time at the mall than you had planned on….and sometimes when you’re kids are going insane because they are tired/hungry/hangry…..and sometimes when you are getting frustrated because you just need to buy some shoes but can’t seem to find what you want…..sometimes you need a bowl of fries covered in yumminess.

What is your guilty (or not-so-guilty) pleasure food? Carbs? Chocolate? Carbs and chocolate?

Big Steps in Parenthood

Last weekend, I experienced two new exciting steps on my journey through parenthood. First, I am beginning to feel like a real dance mom because I purchased a bun maker and, gee whiz, this thing actually really works! I had been struggling and getting frustrated trying to get big girl’s hair to stay in a bun. Her dance recital is coming up and she has to have it in a bun this year. Well, bun maker to the rescue! I bought mine at Target but I know that you can find then in other stores (in the hair accessory section).

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This looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself. And this is before pinning any of it so it’ll look even better on recital day.

Second big step? Apparently, big girl and I are now at the stage in which I can give her one of my least favorite chores (sorting socks) and she’ll take care of it without any guidance. Now, I love doing laundry. I love fresh laundry. I love the smell of clean clothes. But, I hate sorting socks. I have been known to put away several loads of laundry and leave all of the socks in the laundry basket. But…….

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The sock pairs aren’t stuck together at this point but at least they are sorted together. Important to note, this picture was taken right before little girl picked up all of the socks and put them back in the laundry basket thus undoing all of her big sister’s work.  But. Still. It’s a big step.

My little girls are growing up so quickly. But at least that means that I don’t have to sort socks anymore.

Keep Going…Just Keep Going

I have noticed in just a short amount of time that my runs are getting easier again. But, I know that there will be things that will make it harder to keep up with my training. Grad school has started up again and that sucks up a lot of time. (But graduation comes in May!!!!!!) And the weather is still, well, winter. And, it’s not out of ordinary to walk in and find several piles of cat barf on the treadmill. (Thanks, Buddy….) But, I am determined to keep this going.

It’s time to start registering for spring/summer races.

What races are your favorites?

Ink + Doll = Disaster

Big girl got a big present for Christmas. An American Girl doll! She already has a Bitty Baby but this was her first doll “that has hair that can be brushed.” It’s a big deal. She’s wanted one for awhile  so she was super excited when she opened her new baby.

Well, this was all great until I found the doll under a blanket and she looked like…..

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AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! She looked like she had had a run in with an evil tattoo artist! At some point, little girl had found a pen in their bedroom and had decided to decorate her big sister’s doll…….

Honestly, I thought that we were going to have to send baby doll off to the doll hospital and get her a new head. But, three days of light scrubbing with a paste made of baking soda and water and then letting her air dry lying face down (I was really paranoid that her eyes were going to get rusted or something) and she now looks like……

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She’s not perfect but big girl is just so excited that baby doll now looks much closer to normal.

What did we learn from this? Well, when mommy says things like “don’t leave pens or markers or crayons in your bedroom” it’s best to listen to mommy. And, American Girl has a very helpful site with care instructions in case your newest addition to the doll family is attacked by a pen.

So. Much. Candy.

We are having an epidemic in our house. An epidemic of too much candy. We have Christmas candy. We have leftover Halloween candy. And soon, there will be Valentine candy. So. Much. Candy. Now, normally, I would say that that just isn’t a problem. However, there comes a point when it’s just too much and you know it won’t be eaten.

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Here’s the bowl of candy. As you can see, there is an abundant amount of candy canes. Like a crazy amount of candy canes. Now, I like candy canes. They are fine. But I won’t sit down and snack on three or four of them at a time. Nope. Just not gonna happen. I will, however, sit down and snack on three or four pieces of peppermint bark…..

And that’s just what I did. Get rid of those candy canes by smashing them and them topping them with white chocolate.

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Donut mind if I do

You know how every couple years there is some new food trend? You know how the trend now is donuts? Donuts! Yay! Donuts! One of our local restaurants (that we eat at at least once a week) has donuts on the weekends. Yep. If you want some of Stan’s Donuts you can pick them on on a Saturday even if you aren’t in the city. Yay!

So, because I have a hard time making choices about donuts, I got three and the girls and I had a taste test.  (That’s a lot better than me eating three donuts by myself!)

Our choices: Nutella (the one with an N on it), powdered sugar, and pastry creme filled.

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Although, they were all yummy, there was a clear winner for the girls and I……

The pastry cream filled one was delicious! That one was the winner for us. The girls and I also agreed that the powdered sugar one was second place. I really thought that I was going to absolutely love the Nutella filled one but it was really, really, really rich. Probably…..too rich if you are eating other donuts as well……

Snacking…endless snacking

Oh man. I love snacks. I snack when I’m happy. I snack when I’m sad. I snack when I’m bored. I snack and snack and snack. So, it’s important (especially to get the new year off to a good start) to try to snack on good stuff. And, that’s not easy. Especially because the not-good-for-you stuff is soooooooo good.

I’ve been trying to keep chickpeas on hand simply because I love roasted chickpeas to snack on. I haven’t been able to get the girls on board with this snack yet (I think they know that  it’s actually fairly healthy…or at least it’s healthier than many other options) but I love them!

  1. Open a can of chickpeas.
  2. Dry the chickpeas as much as you can.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  4. Toss the chickpeas in olive oil – lots of olive oil.
  5. Cook for 30-45 minutes. (I like it closer to 30 minutes so some pieces are a little chewy and some are crunchy.)
  6. Top with whatever seasonings you have on hand: sea salt, cayenne pepper, fresh herbs, whatever you think might taste good.
  7. Eat and enjoy!
  8. Repeat when you realize that you just finished off the entire batch yourself……
Yum!

Yum!