Marry a guy who makes you pancakes

PancakesIt’s no secret in our house who makes the best pancakes. B wins by a mile…and thus gets the job of making pancakes every time we have them. They are so amazing, I don’t even try to make them anymore. Know your strengths, people.

PancakesSee this amazing-ness? Golden deliciousness.

And in case you want the recipe…

Cornmeal Buttermilk PancakesWe used to make boxed mix pancakes, but due to B’s food allergies, we can’t. This is my very favorite recipe, that B actually got from a co-worker. They aren’t overly sweet, which means you can add more maple syrup! Yum!

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Lego Zelda Map

Lego Zelda MapA never ceases to amaze me with his ideas and creations. He spent most of this past weekend working on a series of Lego “maps” created after the map in the original Zelda Nintendo game. Because yes, we have the original Nintendo, Zelda game, and the map (that hangs in a matted frame on our wall). It amazed me the amount of detail and thought he put into each map, and his inclusion of the spider web was my very favorite. This kid. Love him.

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Lunchbox Cookies

Lunchbox CookiesThese are the boys favorite cookies. They are quick to make and a batch makes about 24 cookies, so it won’t over run you with baking time. I always hate how a cookie recipe says, “ready in only 8 minutes!”. Yeah that’s for one batch.

So for these you just need about twenty minutes of bake time and you’ve got lunchbox cookies for the week!

Lunchbox Mini M&M Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp of salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup mini M&Ms

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.

2. With a mixer, whip butter on medium high speed for about a minute. Then add sugars and mix until smooth (about three minutes). Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until blended.

3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the whole mix into the butter mixture and mix on low speed, just until it comes together.

4. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoon-fulls (I used a tablespoon size cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.

5. Bake cookies for 8 minutes, and then turn the pan 180 degrees and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely. Store in an air tight container.

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Weekend Wrap-Up

So, our weekend started with a re-visit of car line…

Weekend Wrap-UpWhere I have found the essentials are coffee, iPad for J, and patience…and good brakes!

Weekend Wrap-UpAnd then we spent Saturday morning practicing baseball and Tball…

Weekend Wrap-Up Weekend Wrap-Up Weekend Wrap-Up Weekend Wrap-UpAnd then I went and helped break a world record…

Weekend Wrap-Up For the most amount of people doing burpees continuously for two minutes…

Weekend Wrap-UpMy lungs were burning, but I didn’t stop! If you want to know how many I did, I will never know. I was trying to breathe, people!

And then I spent time snuggling with J to finish watching Big Hero 6…

Weekend Wrap-UpAnd on Sunday we headed to the library to check out a big stack of books…

Weekend Wrap-UpA had almost finished his goal of reading every Magic Tree House book. I can hardly believe he has read 50 books in two months. He’s a super star!

I don’t have a picture with me to show you to compare, but A looks so much like my Dad right here:

Weekend Wrap-UpAnd I spent the end of the weekend following J on a little walk/ride around the neighborhood…

Weekend Wrap-UpWhile we enjoyed a little bit of the beginning of fall! Happy Monday!

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Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesPlaying school.

After reading an interview of the new animated film The Prophet, I’m adding the book to my fall reading list.

Simple and classic.

Beyond passing down our Mario skills, a love of reading is B and I’s second greatest accomplishment as parents. Bwahaha.

Serious gray boots.

Avocado and lemon pasta, eat it while it’s still summer.

Beyond the cheez-it snack pack.

Okay, listen. I’m in no market for nursery decor…but this room was so sweet I had to share.

Dressing the boys for fall. To H&M!

Sandwich ideas that are beyond the typical turkey and cheese. I seriously still detest making lunch. What am I going to do, ya’ll? Is there a sandwich ordering service?

A lambie for J’s much needed piggy bank. I mean it’s not a piggy, but then A has a bear, so. Why did we ever get the idea that a bank had to be a piggy? Where pigs once used to store money? Or bankers back in the fifteenth century? Is that where they got the term “bringing home the bacon?” Or is that just a cruel joke on pigs? Okay, I’ll stop now.

Cargo pants: for less, for more, for casual Friday at work.

And finally, AHHH, not eye contact!!

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This kid

This kidEating his favorite treat, lollipops…

this kid

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This kid

This kidHolding an expertly crafted creature of his own creation…

This Kid

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Four plates

Of all the items at Mellow Mushroom, A’s current favorite is their french bread pizza. Easy enough to re-create for a weeknight dinner:

French Bread PizzaI picked up a bunch of french bread loaves from Costco, split them and then wrapped them in foil and baked them in the oven for 10 minutes at 350. We warmed up pizza sauce we had in the freezer (Dinner: A Love Story recipe), and then added the sauce, cheese, and toppings. About three minutes under the broiler and we had dinner on the table in less than twenty minutes. Easy and quick!

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Story time

While B would probably prefer me not share a pic of him in his glasses, I had to share pictures of J giggling while reading one of his favorite stories with B; “The Monster at the End of this Book.” This was one of my all time favorites when I was little, so I love how much J loves it and how he thinks it is so funny.

Story time Story Time Story TimeFor all J’s craziness (and believe me he is quite a wild man, although apparently only at home…thank goodness! Here’s hoping that doesn’t change), he is also such a love! At the end of long days (or any day), I’m always grateful for these moments!

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The week so far…

Our week has been filled with work, school, homework, and baseball practice. And with that jumbledness comes a hodgepodge post of the latest…

Starting with…you know you’re a Mom whose kid loves Minecraft when you are totally pumped to find this guy:

Minecraft Happyas the guy in the “random Minecraft hanger bags”. And you send your husband a text saying “oooohhhh snap!” and he responds with “sweeeeet!” Cause you get each other and why that’s a sound find. By the way, sitting on the floor of a Barnes and Noble trying to decipher if the bag I’m picking out is one A doesn’t have is not something I thought I’d ever be doing. It’s almost as fun as trying to figure out what Lego figure is in the Lego figure bags. One time we got THREE unicorns. Seriously. Now you understand my excitement.

This weekend A and I spent some time counting by 2s using mini M&Ms:

Counting by 2sA declared it “a delicious choice for math work!”

And after completely taking apart J’s room:

J's Room Re-doElmo looks panicked by the disorganization.

Calm down, Elmo. I finally got it put back together and re-did the wall by his bed:

J Room Re-doIf your thinking “oh how nice she lined up the peeps for the picture”, you’d be wrong. J did that. Yes, seriously. He even patted each one when they were done and said “now you’re nice and neat”. If only he’d use that commitment to orderliness in other aspects of his life. Like his shirt at dinner time.

On a side note, you’ll notice there is no headboard, and indeed I talked about getting a headboard a few weeks ago. While we were initially considering several different headboards (one was an inherited one and the other was the Pottery Barn one we were looking at), we decided to wait. Our inherited one was to small for the height of the bed, and I couldn’t decide if the Pottery Barn one would be too dark in his room. For all of our on-line shopping capabilities, I still have a need to actually go to the store to see stuff like that. And it’s not like he’s saying “hey, where’s my headboard?” HA!

However, my biggest victory was that I was patching some spots and needed a quart of paint. I could remember every other paint color name in the house, but J’s room. Finally B said “hey maybe it’s on your blog”. And sure enough it was. Pretty sweet.

And finally I’ll leave you with this kid:

Silly ASometimes I sit at night hoping that one day, A will have a little more personality. HA! Silly boy!

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