Tiramisu Stuffed Cupcakes

   I am doing a second post today for those who have no interest in reading today’s first post about “Mommy Stuff”.  The deliciousness I am about to present to you, should at VERY LEAST, redeem me for mentioning female organs in the other post! 

Ok?

Good.

I’m glad we had this talk.

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  Oh my stinkin’ word are these Cupcakes ever GoOoOoDSo good I was up all night thinking about them. 

  Oh wait, that MAY have been from the caffeine-induced buzz I got from eating one of these too late at night. 

Oops. 

Guess its been a while since I’ve had any caffeine.  You know being pregnant and nursing, pregnant and nursing, pregnant…you get the idea.

  I thought these were delicious, and I don’t even like coffee.  My hubby loves Tiramisu, and he thought they were killer.  I think you’ll agree.  This recipe has a quite a few steps, but don’t let that overwhelm you, it comes together quite easily and the end results?  Worth the time!

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Tiramisu Stuffed Cupcakes from Eat, Live, Run on Tasty Kitchen

  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • ¾ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • ¾ cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Milk
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  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 8 ounces, weight Marscapone Cheese
  • OR if you are like me and can’t find it: do 8 oz cream cheese, whipped with 2 T. butter and 1 T. milk then add…..
  • 1-½ cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Instant Coffee Granules
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  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 1 stick Butter, Softened
  • 2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Instant Coffee Granules
  • Cocoa Powder, For Dusting

Preparation Instructions

First, make the cupcakes.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar and then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

Alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk, starting and ending with the milk. Scoop batter into greased cupcake molds and fill 3/4 full, I was able to do 11 cupcakes. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

While the cupcakes are baking, make the filling. Beat together the marscapone012 cheese or substitutes listed above, powdered sugar and instant coffee until smooth. Scoop into a small plastic bag and cut off the tip for easy piping. (I used my Easy Accent Decorator from Pampered Chef)

027Once cupcakes are baked and cooled, take a small spoon and press down into the center of each cupcake, twisting to create a hole in each of the centers. Brush out any crumbs. Pipe filling into each hole. You will have leftovers, dig in.

For the buttercream, cream together the butter with the powdered sugar. Once smooth, add the milk and coffee granules. Beat until light and fluffy.

  Frost cupcakes, swirling extra overflowed filling from your cupcakes centers into your frosting as you go.  Dust with cocoa powder before serving.

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Happy Baking!  And thanks for still clicking over to read this second post even after I said Uterus in the first one. 

Oops. 

  There’s that word again, sorry!

~T  🙂

This recipe linked to Made It on Monday.

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"Prova i miei tre pizze!" (Try My 3 Pizza’s! )

Betcha didn’t know I spoke Italiano. 

Oh wait, I don’t.  But Google does!   🙂

  I mean it though, you are going to want to try these 3 pizza’s, ‘cause they are deeee-licious!

  Let me just tell you, due to some crazy circumstances and a whole lotta interrupting, it took me 3 1/2 hours to get dinner on the table. Yes, THREE AND A HALF LOOOONG HOURS.  The kind of hours where Mommy wants to scream and pull her hair out.  This is not a hard meal, not at all, just a bit of dough rolling, veggie chopping and cheese grating but I had a LOT of interruptions.

These Supper-prep interruptions included, but were not limited to:

  • Dale wanting to know where I wanted garden plot #3 planted. (Why are we planting plots 3 & 4, when we can barely manage 1 & 2, I’ll never know!?)
  • Walking cleeeear out back to “ok” said garden plot.
  • Paxton dumping out the contents of the lazy-susan.
  • Paxton destroying my center island décor, twice.
  • Paxton crying at my feet.
  • Tylan having an “Oops” in his undies, as well as on the seat of the toilet. (Yes, he was sitting. This should tell you what substance I was dealing with in particular.)
  • Baby Pax crying at my feet, while I try to keep him out of the doo doo and getting Ty cleaned up. (Ew. Not working.)
  • Washing my hands.
  • Getting Ty in the bathtub to soak the stink off.
  • Scrubbing the toilet before someone else needed to use it.
  • Washing my hands, again.
  • Sophie, the dog, whining to be let out. (The high pitch ultra-annoying kind of whine that grates on your last nerve.)
  • Avery bursting in the back door to announce she was poopy and it was “itchy”.  (That child needs to POTTY TRAIN already!)
  • Changing Avery’s stinky diaper.
  • Washing my hands, yet again.
  • Pax crying at my feet during her diaper change. See, we are trying to get him to “push through” and skip evening nap, so he can go to bed earlier. (Who’s bright idea was THAT?! Oh wait. Mine.)
  • Avery stinking like her poo and needing a bath also.
  • Draining Ty’s poo-poo water, sanitizing the tub, and running fresh water.
  • Sticking Avery in the tub.
  • Destiny complaining that I made her come in and wash up to help me by feeding sobbing Paxton his dinner.  Child labor, poor dearie.
  • Destiny needing to stop feeding Paxton a few minutes after she had begun, to go “Number 2”.  (DID SOMEONE FEED MY CHILDREN PRUNES today?!)
  • I am up to my elbows in flour and pizza dough at this point, so when sweet Avery offers to take over the job of feeding Paxton, who will now wear the majority of the bowl of squash, I say yes, because I HAVE to get these pizzas in the oven!
  • The dog is whining to be let back in.
  • The phone is ringing.
  • Finally, both pizzas in the oven, the 3rd on the counter, waiting.  Paxton is done eating and crawling around.  But wait, what is that smell?  Eww! Deja poo’!  Paxton!!!!!!!!!  JEEPERS! How many times do I have to sterilize my hands tonight? I have practically scrubbed the top layer of skin off!

  Needless to say, it was a late but delicious dinner.  Here are the recipes:

Goat Cheese Tomato Bacon Pizza

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  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 whole sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 whole fresh pizza crust (I used a 1/4 oz. pkg. Fleischmann’s Pizza crust yeast, very simple no-rise steps!!!!)
  • 2 whole Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese (Shred the real stuff, you won’t be sorry!)
  • 2 oz plain goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled ( I like to bake mine at 400* in my Pampered chef bar pan)

Preheat oven to 450*. 

Saute’ chopped onion in 3 T. melted butter over medium low heat, add the balsamic vinegar and cook 2 minutes longer.  Set aside.

Following directions on yeast packet, make pizza dough and roll out on your favorite pizza stone.  Season with garlic powder, rosemary, basil, whatever you like. Par-bake 5 minutes. 

  Pull from oven and press thinly sliced roma tomatoes down into dough.  Top tomatoes with mozzarella cheese, cooked crumbled bacon, more mozzarella and top with goat cheese crumbles.

  Bake 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is done.

Cool slightly before cutting.

YUMMMMMM!

Next up…….

Herb and Garlic Asparagus Pizza

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  • 1/4 oz. package Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust yeast + ingredients to make dough
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella
  • 2 oz herb and garlic goat cheese
  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed, halved and cut into 1 inch sections
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Misc. Italian herbs for seasoning crust

Preheat oven to 450*.  Make pizza dough and shape into 2 balls.  Spread one ball of dough on a rectangle or circle stone, nice and thin.  (Set other dough ball aside for another use)  Drizzle with olive oil and season with Italian herbs of your choice, plus garlic powder & a bit of kosher salt.  Sprinkle shredded mozzarella onto dough, layer on sliced asparagus.  Crumble goat cheese onto asparagus layer. 010

Top with more mozzarella and one last sprinkle of basil.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until crust is just turning a golden brown.

Loved this! Mellow delicious flavor, Dale didn’t even MISS the meat!  It’s a MIRACLE!

And last, but totally not least…….

Dessert Pizza Al La Tonya

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Ok, so this is not a real recipe, but I had that extra ball of dough since the Asparagus pizza was thin crust and only used half.  Here is what I did:

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Spread dough into some resemblance of a circle.  Melt 2 T. butter.  Drizzle and brush over crust, then shake on white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon to taste.  Dig in the back of your fridge for that container of canned frosting (Gasp! canned frosting?! What a sacrilege!) that you have leftover from that one time you couldn’t possibly manage making frosting yet too and bloop it all over the top of your sugar layers.  I had vanilla frosting leftover, but I imagine chocolate or cream cheese would be good too!

  Bake pizza at 450* until crust is golden brown.  Let cool slightly before cutting.

This dessert pizza turned out AMAAAAZING if I do say so myself.  Pretty good for a last-minute finale to a 3 1/2 hour supper-making extravaganza, right?!   🙂

Enjoy! These are simply divine.  Gourmet Pizza flavors all the way! We loved them!

Cottura felice! {Happy Baking!} 

~T

 

An Afternoon Scooter Parade

  It was such a beautiful day today!  We decided to go visit my Grandparents after school.  Tylan wanted to drive his scooter with his Great Grandpa, so we loaded up 2 scooters and a trike, and headed over.

  My country kids could hardly believe all the sidewalk at their disposal! 

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017In fact, 2 of my 3 had wipe-outs and the pavement-skinned knees to prove it. 

  Next, it was time for a Scooter Parade!

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  It is so special to have Great Grandparents near-by.  We sure are happy they moved from Phoenix to be near my kids, I mean their children and families.  🙂 

~T

 

Weekend Fun

  With May comes the end of school, and the beginning of a busy time of year full of weddings, graduations, graduations, graduations, plus a few birthday parties to boot!

  We had a very, very busy weekend going from one great party to the next!  Call us party poopers, but we are EXHAUSTED!!   I was asked to photograph a 1st birthday party for some friends from church, as well as Senior portraits for Dale’s cousin, Matt, whose Graduation Open House we attended this weekend as well.  It’s one thing to take pictures of your own kids, but someone else’s, yikes!  No pressure, right?!  🙂

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Hope you all had a great weekend!  This is our last week of school, how about you?  I am ready to have my girl home with me again! 🙂

~T

Ade’s 1st Birthday Party:

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Happy 1st Birthday, precious girl!

 

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Congrats on your Graduation, Matt!

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  Destiny’s dream came true this weekend, she got to ride a real live pony at her friend, Kolby’s 6th Birthday party!   🙂  She wants a Cowgirl themed 8th birthday party SO bad!  We’ll see if Boots the pony can make an appearance at her party too.

  See her big quilted jacket?  Yup, it was THAT chilly!  Gotta love Kansas, 103* one week, 56* the next! And doggone it, if I didn’t already pack up all the children’s “warm” clothes.  Brrrr…….

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   We attended several more Open Houses, but I didn’t feel it necessary to take my camera.  I WILL show you however, what our Sunday night looked like.

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I’m with Paxton, time for bed! Good night!

Brats & Tots Kebabs

  We took a trip down to the mailbox bright and early this morning.  The birds were singing, the sun was shining through the trees, the kids were in great moods! It’s moments like this that put a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

  As we walked, we found a birds nest! An itty bitty one. 

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Ty thought he spotted a bird looking for it, but then decided it probably would be ok if we took it inside with us instead.

  This is our front gate, we open and shut it with a garage door opener as we come and go. 

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The kids think its super cool to ride on it but much to their dismay, momma couldn’t get the code to work, so no fun rides this morning.  Sorry guys!

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  The recipe I want to share with you today is one of my favorite “Summer is coming” meals.  It’s really unique and fun and makes for a colorful platter for your dinner table.  Naturally, my kids go for the brats and potatoes first, but we make them eat it all, even the Green onions, and they’ve learned to like it! Oh, and the creamy mustard dipping sauce is a must, even my mustard haters LOVE it with this meal!  Click on the title to be taken to TK to print.

Brats and Tots Kebabs

  • FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE:
  • ¼ cups Mayonnaise
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • 6 Tablespoons Stone Ground Mustard
  • Splash Of Vinegar For Kick
  • FOR THE KEBABS:
  • 1 pound New Potatoes (about 15)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Dill
  • ½ teaspoons Each, Salt And Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch Green Onions
  • 10 whole Johnsonville Brats
  • 2 quarts Cherry Tomatoes

1. Prepare the grill. Make the mustard sauce by mixing the mustard, sour cream, vinegar and mayo together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. For kebabs, cut potatoes in half and place in water on the stove. Cook until potatoes are just barely fork tender; drain and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil, add garlic and seasonings, mix gently.

3. Cut green onions in 2-inch long sections, add to potatoes and gently stir.

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4. Cut brats diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Alternate brats, potatoes, onions and cherry tomatoes on 16 skewers.

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5. Grill kebabs, uncovered for 6-8 minutes, or until brats are browned.

6. Serve kebabs with mustard sauce.

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These are SOOO good!

Enjoy your weekend….

~T

This post linked to Angie’s Big Love of Food

And to Smockity Frocks.

And Lark’s Country Heart: Made It On Monday.

Tasty Tuesday

Bestie Banana Bread

  A lot of you have been inquiring as to how my children have handled the “Toy Closet Lock Down”. 

  Um, surprisingly well?  I don’t know whether to be proud or disappointed at how well they adjusted.  It’s been eye-opening to say the least.  They played WONDERFULLY today!  They read books, painted the bricks with water, made race tracks with the 1 lone race car that escaped lock up and played with the Train table.  And when it was lunch time and time to pick up? Scarcely a mess to be seen.

It. Was. Awesome.

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You know, this re-motivates me to really work on “crowd control” so to speak.  We used to have a “One Toy Basket Out At A Time” rule and it had to get picked up and put away before you could get the next basket out.  Well, that worked perfect with 1 kid, by 2 kids, we had to loosen up a bit and by the 3rd…..A one-at a-time basket rule, what’s that?

  Hmm, wonder how many more days I can keep those toys locked up before it’s just plain mean????? Maybe through Friday? hee hee 🙂  I’ll keep you posted if anything new develops, and to those who asked, Avery has YET to cry about the whole thing.  She walked up to the toy closet looked up at the sign, removed her hand from the door knob and said very matter of factly, “Nope, no toys today” and marched away to do something else.

Stubborn child, just like her daddy!

“I tan’t heo you.” 

Translated : “ I can’t hear you {cause I am stubborn like my daddy}.”

Haha, not really, she was just telling me “It’s LOUD!”  And it was. 🙂

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I have a delicious recipe to share with you today.  This recipe, along with my kiddos picture and short “interview” are featured on Picture Me Cooking today.  How FUN!  Please take time to check it out!

064  This Banana bread recipe was given to me by my best friend, Kasey, who insisted it was the best she had ever tasted.

WELL.  You know how we all have a favorite banana bread recipe?

  I was a bit skeptical that it was the best EVER, but once I read sour cream on the ingredient list, decided it was worth a shot.  Well, that and the fact that my best friend was going to ASK me, “Sooo, did you make it?”

  Yes, I made it.  In fact, I’ve made it like 6 times, since.  This is in fact the BEST banana bread I have ever had. 

  My little chefs are usually pretty eager to help when it comes to a baking project!  When I asked them if they wanted to make banana bread, they raaaan to get their aprons on. Tylan insisted he needed his Chef’s hat too!

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Where’s Paxton you ask?  Oh, you know, getting into trouble, as usual!

“I want to come help! Sitting in this highchair is boring!!!”

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For my first trick, I’ll balance on the tray, while looking adorable…..”

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“Oh dear. You seem a bit worked up, mommy. You don’t like my trick? What does ‘SITDOWNSITDOWNSITDOWN’, mean?”

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“That was a cool trick, huh mom?! 

Yeah. I’m big stuff you know.”

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*Excuse the “naked” high chair, Pax got food all over the cloth cover,
go figure, so it was in the wash!

  SOOOO, without further adieu, or any more of Paxton’s antics, I give you…..

“The BEST Banana Bread“ 

Here-by dubbed: “Bestie Banana Bread”!!!! 

(Click on the title to be taken to Tasty Kitchen to print.)

Bestie Banana Bread

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  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter, Softened
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 whole Mashed Over-ripe Bananas
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt

Mix ingredients in your Kitchen Aid in the order listed. Bake in a Pampered Chef loaf pan (or two 6×3 metal ones) at 350* for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy! It’s SOOOO yummy!

Look, it’s so moist it’s falls apart!

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Happy Baking!

~T

Updated photo, 11/30/12:

Bestie Banana Bread Collage

Closed Until Further Notice

  It’s a sad, sad day at the Ferguson house. 

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  After several days of “difficulty” in the area of toy clean up, meaning an hour of me telling the 2 “middles” to quit donking around and just clean up…….

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Momma hit her limit today. 

The announcement was made that the play closet is CLOSED until further notice.

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Let the theatrics unfold…….

“{sob sob sob} But my swords and cars are in there!!!!!! {sniffle sniffle sob}”

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Only Ty was devastated by this announcement!  Stubborn Avery just watched in serious contemplation, as Tylan opened his mouth and wailed.  008

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Oh the life of a mother…..

Gotta love it! 🙂

Before you feel TOO sorry for my toy-less children, you should remember how many toys live OUTSIDE the Toy Jail, I mean Play Closet.

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~T

Ten on Ten: 1st attempt

The Ten on Ten project:

“This project has grown to be a fun and interactive way for blogger’s from all around the globe to document a snap shot of their lives, once a month on the tenth, taking a photo an hour for ten consecutive hours. Finding much life and beauty amongst the ordinary things of our day!”

My highschool friend and fellow blogger, Sarah told me about this a few months ago, and she is going to try it as well.  Her friend, Keely participates: http://keelysteger.blogspot.com/2011/03/ten-on-ten.html I was interested, but just kept forgetting to do it or it fell wrong on the calendar.  FINALLY, here we are on the 10th and I am giving it a go.

  I have my camera in my hand A LOT, but 10 straight hours?

  Way harder than I thought.  I did awful! I kept getting busy and realizing a couple of hours had passed me by unaccounted for.

  Oh well, can’t say I didn’t try!  On we go with ten-on-ten…..

First pic: morning chores. Making beds, doing dishwasher etc….as you can see I got one photo of this before I had to set the camera down and run from kid to kid; dressing, changing, sheet tucking, hiney wiping, helping with the dishwasher, you know, the usual! 😛

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Next up: Brushing teeth while trashing the formerly clean mirrors, getting dressed…..

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Oh, and keeping Paxton from playing in the bathroom.

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Chores are done, now it’s play time!

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And time to keep Paxton out of the bathroom…….over and over and over again. 

{What is it about that toilet that seems so fun to him? Gross!}

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Ty thinks it’s hysterical that Pax clacks his sticks together while playing the drums like a real drummer.029

Already Lunch time (too busy to take a photo) then nap time!  We were down by 12:30 today on the dot…..

Aahhh, peace and quiet!

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Time for this momma to get some stuff done!  Coupon clipping and supper prep are first on the To Do list, followed by bread making.  Fingers crossed it turns out, I have no buns for tonights Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches otherwise!!!!!

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{sigh}  Look at my lonely lawn chair out there.  I desperately want to head out and soak up some Vitamin D……Hurry hurry hurry!

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I ALMOST get everything done in time to go sit out front, but just then, who do I hear?

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Paxton calling.  “Dadadad bababab mommomomom pfffffft.”

Nap time goes by SO quickly! 

I go ahead and wake Tylan while I’m in there, so he’ll for sure sleep tonight. He was NOT pleased.

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Avery was still sleeping when it was time to go get Destiny from school.  The good news? Daddy was just done fishing and was headed home, he’d swing by and get her for me. 

Poor poor sun-burned daddy.  Can you tell he was wearing waders?

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Snack time, then homework and play!  We miss big sis when she’s at school!

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I think Mr. Monkey Butt deserves a photo or 2….

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Before I know it, it’s supper time! 

{By the way, I made my best rolls EVER today.  SUPER EXCITING! Yeast and I have a love-hate relationship, but tonight?  The perfect fluffy huge rolls I wanted for our sandwiches. YAY! 🙂 Wonder if it had something to do with that fact that it was over 100* today and we are trying not to turn on the AC until J-U-N-E, so my house was the perfect temperature for good bread rising!!!!!!}

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Clean up supper dishes, oops, forgot the camera again.  Everyone hurried, Daddy has a surprise for the kids after they got their jammies on…..

Fire Crackers!

The String pop kind.  The kids were nervous but excited!

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Bed time prayers and a song in the girl’s room…..then lights out for everyone.

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Sweet dreams, my lovies!

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Goodnight my sweet baby!  I adore how heavy and limp they go when they’ve hit the “full button”. 

Tomorrow morning?  Repeat all.

  Sometimes I feel like my life is straight from the movie “Groundhog Day”!  Good thing I love what I do so much, because we basically do the same tasks each day over and over and over again!!  🙂

  So, what’s my goal for next Ten-on-Ten Day? 

10 photos, 10 hours in a row, no words.  I’ll get this figured out sooner or later!

Happy Ten-on-Ten Blog Day!

~T

 

I Think I Am Out of Words…….Or Not.

  I think I am out of words.  Seriously, this never happens to me!!!  I have nothing to say!!!!  After pouring out my heart and soul into last weeks posts, I’m pooped!  So, this week will be a light one, I have loads of delicious recipes I’ve been wanting to share with you, so be watching for those in the days and weeks to come.

  We had a GREAT Mother’s Day weekend, but super-duper busy! The kind of busy where you are home just long enough to trash the house before leaving again.  The kind where you throw your kids to bed, exhausted at 9 pm every night, even though 7:30 pm is closer to what we shoot for.  The kind where even though we said no to a few activities, we had something going every single day. 

  Oops, this is getting long, I thought I was out of words? Hmm, guess not!  🙂

  We started the weekend off, by helping set up and decorate for our Sunday school’s annual “Fancy Dinner”.  Dale and Destiny (and cousin Brooklyn) were kind enough to let me check my camera lighting on them….I was disappointed that the lighting was much harder to deal with the night of the party, and I had many a blurry, orange photo. How frustrating!

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Typical Dale pose

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Best Friends

This “Fancy Dinner” was held Saturday night at the church.  I wanted to wear this black halter pantsuit I wore to one of Dale’s formal work parties from back in the day, but alas, this momma still has some baby fat to loose from Paxton.  And doggone it, if I didn’t have to wear a regular church outfit instead. 

  Funny how something like that can totally make it or break it for how you feel for the night.  This giant flower-feather thing in my hair made me feel a little bit fancier…er, more fancy!?  (English anyone?!?!?!) 

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Yup, this is as good as it gets these days.  Funny how your level of “Made up” changes when you’re in sweats and tinted moisturizer 6 days a week! hee hee 🙂

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Here are some pictures of our awesome Sunday school class:

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We all had a great time!   Each year has a different theme, this years being Outdoor Café.  Super fun!  The food was delicious and served in courses.

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  I was too busy feeding my face to remember to take pictures of each course! {Sorry girls, I’ll do better capturing your lovely event next time!}

  Afterwards, Dale and I were in charge of “The Not So Newlywed Game”. If you have never played this, you need to.  We were in hysterics!  I’m talking shrieking with laughter until our faces hurt.  There were prizes awarded to two couples: 1) a semi-tame “bedroom themed” gift for the winning couple, who OBVIOUSLY do not need to work on communicating much.  2) A devotion book on communication and coffee mugs/coffee for the losing couple, who need to talk more.  🙂

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  The Not So Newlywed Champions!!!!

{Interesting tid-bit: this couple has been married the shortest amount of time, go figure!}

  Mother’s Day photos are next, but it’s after 11, so I am not going to explain or story-tell. Remember, I am out of words, haha.  🙂

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The Breakfast Circus Show begins…..

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  Family Birthday/Mother’s Day BBQ at my Uncle & Aunt’s house:

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  I hope you had a wonderful celebration with your family this weekend! 

  Oh, and did you hear the latest Mothers Day statistics?  Recent test data confirms that if your mother could not have had children, you could not either. 

Shocking, I know.

Happy Monday!

~T

 

 

What I Would Tell Them…

WHAT I WOULD TELL THEM……

If I knew what to say.

You are a miracle, straight from the hand of our Heavenly Father.

I have to love you this fiercely, so that you can feel it even when you are sitting in the Time Out Chair.045

Or after you leave for school each day.

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Or even while you are asleep.016

After your childhood becomes a memory, I want you to remember my love for you.

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You may forget all this when you grow up.
But it’s okay.

Being a mother means having your heart-broken.

And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together.

And it’s the best there is.

And also, sometimes, the worst.

Sometimes you won’t have anyone to talk to.

I am here for you.

Sometimes you’ll wonder if you’ve forgotten who you are.

You haven’t.

The person you are is there, way down, deep inside you.

Don’t change for others.  Be yourself. 

Shine for Jesus. Be a light to this dark world.

I love you, and I know you inside and out. 

And more importantly?

Your Heavenly Father knows you and calls you by name!

But you must remember this: what we do in this life matters.

And you have to be brave with your life, so that others can be brave with theirs.

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You have to stand strong for what you believe in.

Often, you have to show grace and give mercy,

That’s why I have to love you this way,

So I can try to give what I have to you.

So that you can carry it in your body and pass it on to your kids one day.

I have watched you sleep.

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I have knelt by your bed, breathing a prayer over your fevered, sweaty forehead.

I’ve kissed you a million and one times.

Brushed the hair from your eyes.

Picked you up when you’ve fallen.

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Lost sleep over your future.

And I know something that you don’t, yet:

That time is like dust, scattering in the wind……soon it is gone.

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And in every moment of every day, you are writing the story of your only life.

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And my greatest hope for you, sweet child, is that I can teach you how to write a good one.

One that counts.

One that honors God so that one day He can say to you:

“Well done, good and faithful servant.  Well done!”

Oh, how wonderful that day will be, when you are standing next to me, at Heavens gates.

Why I was chosen to be so blessed with such a difficult task as raising you up to know right from wrong, good from evil, even left from right, is beyond me.  But I do know this…..

It’s is the hardest, scariest, most rewarding task I’ve ever been given.  023

Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of Motherhood.

“For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath granted me that which I have asked of him.”  I Samuel 1:27

“Her children arise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

~T

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“No one else knows the strength of my love for you. 

After all, you’re the only ones who know what my heart sounds

like from the inside.”