July 24, 2015

The New and Improved Deck

Hello and happy Friday! Hopefully everyone has lots of sun and fun in their future this weekend. I finally have that bigger post to share with you guys! It took me a bit to get the after pictures, but better late than never.

We love our deck, but we realized this year that it might not be that safe for an energetic toddler. The deck was close enough to the ground that steps weren't really needed, but high enough that Braxton could fall and hurt himself. It was between 6 and 8 inches from the ground, not something Braxton would look for while trying to get off the deck. Here are a few pictures from 2009:

July 22, 2015

Toddler Fun - Part One

Hello there and welcome back. Today I want to share a fun activity I saw on Pinterest forever ago and thought I would try with Braxton (the original pin is here, if you would like to take a look). We had a few super hot days where we didn't want to be outside for too long, so it was the perfect time to give a toddler activity a try.

You only need a few supplies: a plastic zipper bag (or two if you're me), some washable paint and some painter's tape (masking tape would work as well). I poured a large amount of the washable paint into a Ziploc bag, then doubled bagged it. With my history, one bag would have caused a large mess. Better safe than sorry.

Use the painter's tape to tape this bad boy to a window or glass door. I taped mine to our back sliding door, please ignore any drool stains. And I forgot to clean the toys and such from the deck, so please pretend they are not there. Thanks a bunch, you guys rock.

Then try to get your toddler to acknowledge that you even did anything. Seriously! It took Braxton about two hours to even pay attention to the paint bag, even when I started playing with it. He just ignored it and decided that we needed to wrestle instead.

Feeling my utter defeat, he gave me a few pity hits and went on his way.


No one can say I didn't try. Maybe it was the fact that I used white paint? Maybe I will dig out the red washable paint and give this another try. If not, oh well. Not all toddlers like the same thing. Back to the drawing board I guess.

Have you guys tried any fun toddler activities? Feel free to share. I want to gather a bunch for the upcoming cooler weather (boo!) and new arrival. Momma is going to need some fun things to keep everyone happy this winter! Wish me luck on my next adventure into toddler fun.


July 14, 2015

Vanilla Sprinkle Pudding Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Hello, hello. It's me again, with yet another recipe for you guys. I'm hoping to wrap a few things up to share with you guys, but it's hard going when it's so nice outside. Braxton has a love for swings, so he spends most of the day trying to convince me to take him back to the park.

I want to share another pudding cookie variation with you guys. The last recipe turned out so well I thought I would try to change the original recipe up again. These were originally made for an Easter get together, so I wanted to add some fun colour with sprinkles.

(Here are my Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies, and the original recipe from Pinterest.)

July 4, 2015

Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Hello again everyone, I told you I was going to try to post a little more often. First I have to get my butt back in gear and get some things done. As I mentioned, I have a few recipes that I did awhile back that I am going to share with you guys now. Hopefully this will let me catch up.

I stumbled upon a pudding cookie recipe on Pinterest that looked so amazing that I wanted to give it a try. But when I went searching through my supplies, I found that I didn't have all of the ingredients. So I tweaked the original recipe to work with what I had on hand.


Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies                                                                

1 cup butter, softened                              3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar                                 1 pkg. chocolate pudding
2 eggs                                                    1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour                                       1 tsp. baking soda
1 pkg. mint chocolate chips 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter, both sugars, vanilla, eggs and pudding mixture in a large bowl until smooth. In a separate bowl sift flour with baking soda.

2. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until just blended.

3. Drop cookie batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. As per the original recipe: "They may not seemed fully baked, but they are. Do not over bake!".

4. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheets and once cooled move to air tight container.

These cookies were pretty good, but I have to admit they were even better straight out of the freezer. Seriously, they lasted longer at room temperature than they did when I was trying to keep some for later.

I think this was a recipe tweak that ended up being better than I could have guessed. I was planning on using the mint chips for a completely different recipe, but I am so glad I used them here instead. I cannot wait to make these bad boys again.

Anyone else change a recipe and end up with something amazing? I always love it when that happens.


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