Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weekly wake-up call

My 4-year old daughter has some speech issues. They're nothing too out of the ordinary, but her pediatrician and I agreed that early intervention is best.

In addition to her working on her sounds, it serves as a weekly wake-up call to me to count my blessings. You see, we were referred to a facility off-post that specializes in working with children and adults with cerebral palsy. No matter how I feel each week when I drop her off, by the time her 30 minutes are up, I once again feel blessed to have two healthy children.

I hope the universe sends you a reminder of how blessed you are!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

S'more cookie bars and some qt with my cutie

While D took his afternoon nap, Samantha and I baked up some yummy treats to bring to CT this weekend. I originally found a recipe on Pinterest but it called for a lot of butter, cinnamon, etc., some of which I didn't have on hand. So, we improvised a bit and it came out great!

Without further ado, here's the recipe:

1) Heat oven to 375.

2) Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper, topping with graham crackers.

3) Make cookie dough (Nestlé toll house)
2-1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 C granulated sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla in large mixer until creamy. Add eggs, beating well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips, 1 cup at a time

4) Add one cup of mini-marshmallows to cookie mixture.

5) Spoon 1 tablespoon of cookie mixture on top of each square of crackers. I found that I had extra, so I made a small batch in a loaf pan, lining with parchment and crackers just like the first.

6) Bake for 8 minutes.

7) Remove and press one square of a Hershey's bar into cookie mixture. It took approximately 2-1/2 full size Hershey bars to do both pans.

8) Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown.

9) Let cool completely and cut into bars. I find a pizza cutter works best.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Another food adventure

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm a semi-homemade kind of gal. I do occasionally make things from scratch but with two small kids (and a tendency to mess up recipes) if I can use something pre-made I will.

With that said, tonight I tried another Pinterest inspired recipe -- corn dog muffins. I've been a big fan of using my muffin tin to make individual portions. Plus, they're easy to freeze!

All you do is make cornbread batter according to the package and then chop up hot dogs and add to the batter. My cornbread package was for 6 muffins so I added 1-1/2 hot dogs to it along with a 1/4 cup of shredded Mex blend cheese and baked according to the cornbread package. They came out great and D loved them too. Unfortunately, I forgot how crumbly corn muffins are, but Hershey certainly enjoyed the pieces that fell off of D's clothes as he got down from his high chair!

Here is a pic. Enjoy!