Over Spring Break the boys and I made a smoothie. Then they asked for one the next day. And the next day. And then we were headed to the store to buy kefir, and frozen fruit, nuts, and such. Most of my ideas come from Weelicious’ awesome chart.
And I’ve found that I can put in pretty much any kind of tasty goodness in a smoothie and they’ll drink up!
Our favorite combinations right now are:
Oranges-Peaches-Hemp Seed-Vanilla Honey Kefir-Walnut-Unsweetned Coconut Milk
Raspberries-Blueberries-Strawberries-Vanilla Honey Kefir-Unsweetened Cocoa Powder-Chia Seeds-Unsweetned Coconut Milk
Peaches-Flax Seed-Cashews-Strawberry Honey Kefir-Milk
I’m planning on expanding their palate by adding veggies and other yogurt flavors soon!
While it’s incredibly windy here, it’s warm again which means the boys and I are out gardening. After making a morning run to Lowe’s:
We headed home, unloaded our groceries, and loaded up our garden supplies in our wagon to head to the back yard…
After standing around watching me try to begin to elevate the back of the edge of the flower bed the boys decided they should take pictures of me working.
And various poses of them helping me plant…
They did a pretty good job! And now our flower bed is a little fuller:
J and I headed to Lowe’s to start implementing our garden plan this past week. He is quite excited…
He wanted to load all of the plants in the car himself…
And dig all of the spots for the plants…
And after we were done…
We started small (thankfully) with cold hardy plants. Once we get past the final (hopefully) cold snap of the season we are going to add one more Japanese boxwood, and some spring flowers.
This year we don’t have plans to go out of town, so we planned a bit of a staycation with the boys. So far we’ve visited yogurt mountain…
Had dinner & played arcade games at Pints & Pixels…
Did some reading…
And started building a Lego set:
And enjoyed this lovely weather….
Maybe next year will be warm??
Otherwise known as, how the boys spent Sunday after church and before the Super Bowl;
The boys had the best time with the left-over balloons from J’s birthday party. I took off the weights and just let them float on the ceiling and they raced around trying to catch them and bounce them back and forth as they fell.
J is definitely in the Lego stage now. He completed one entire set by himself, and then most of his other Lego set over the next several days with some help from us. Once he has a Lego set (he got two for his birthday) he is absolutely determined to complete it as soon as he can. We worked on his Angry Birds castle set in the afternoon Monday, Tuesday evening, and Wednesday. He finally finished it and was super excited!
J was SO excited about his birthday and birthday party. He was definitely thrilled to be five.
He’s our gift excited child. A’s reactions to things are always much more subdued, but J is very excited about everything he opens:
He was also excited about cupcakes, providing his “smile face”:
And these four:
They’re pretty fantastic. It was fun day!
For J’s 100 day of school project they brought in 100 of a small item of their choosing (J chose marshmallows):
And dressed like they were 100 years old:
He’s such a ham! He picked out the item ideas himself and then I rounded them up.
This weekend was warm enough that despite it also being rainy the boys spent quite a bit of time outside. J is busily preparing for t-ball beginning this Spring, and while the boys were outside practicing I took the opportunity to whip up a batch of oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies. The recipe is below! Enjoy!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 1/8 tsp of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 + 1/8 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 regular size (I think around 4 oz) chocolate bars of your choosing chopped into chunks (it depends on how much chocolate you want….I used about 1 1/2 cups of Hershey kisses that I needed to use up!).
- Cut butter into tablespoon slices and place in the bottom of the mixer. Set your egg out on the counter. Do this first then prep the rest of your ingredients
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt. Set aside.
- Crack egg into a small cup and whisk with vanilla.
- On medium speed cream butter for about three minutes.
- Add sugars to butter and mix until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides and then add in the egg mixture. Mix until it resembles cottage cheese (so slightly lumpy, but well mixed).
- Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix just a little by hand (so it doesn’t puff out when you start the mixer), and then mix on low speed only until barely blended.
- Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chunks.
- Bake for seven minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for two additional minutes. Let cool on the pan for 2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-5 days. In our house they rarely last that long.
After little cups of dye sat out on a tool bench in our kitchen for a week, the were finally crystals and we got to see the finished product!
It involved rinsing the crystals:
And then setting them out to dry:
We displayed them all out for awhile and then let A pick one to keep long term in his room. This is the one he picked:
For Christmas A had several Lego sets on his list. However, I have not seen him actually put together a Lego set on his own in about a year. He likes the idea of the set, but then he just ends up playing with his box of random Legos and making his own creations. After doing some searching I got an idea and we got him these items instead of a set:
I have to say I was a little nervous that he would be upset because J got a Lego set and he got the items above instead. However, he LOVED it. And after seeing this:
And his finished creation:
Which was inspired by the Lego ideas book, I knew we’d picked the right present. Excited to see what he builds next!