Havarti Cheese Snakes, I mean STEAKS, with Tomatilla Salsa

  Wanna tick Dale off?  Put fruit in his food.

Dale is like a garbage disposal when it comes to food, he really eats everything I put in front of him.  But he draws a pretty heavy line at fruit IN stuff:

  No pineapple on our kabobs, no Hawaiian crock pot chicken, NO Mandarin Orange Wraps and never, ever, EVER, smother his Steak in cheese of any kind. 

Cheese makes him gag.

  Oops! Guess I am in the dog house now between Friday’s Mandrain Orange Wraps (coming up soon) and today’s Cheese covered steaks.  Better make him some Sausage, Beans & Rice or Man Casserole to get back in his good graces.

  So, I gotta tell you, this was the best darn steak I’ve ever had. 

  Not because it was some amazing cut of meat, I don’t care too much about that, as long as I don’t have break my jaw chewing on a hunk of overly tough cow all of supper. 

  I love this Steak because it was smothered in CHEESEHavarti cheese, no less.

  If you haven’t figured it out, I am pretty into sour cream, ice cream, cheese, cream cheese, heavy cream…..you know, the usual creamy line up.  So when I saw this lovely steak was smothered in melty, creamy, Havarti Cheese….I was in!  THEN, to take it to the next level of goodness, it is drizzled with a Tomatilla Salsa.  Y-U-M!

Oh my stinkin’ word, was it ever good!  (Well, the kids, Nana and I sure thought so!)

HAVARTI CHEESE STEAKS WITH TOMATILLA SALSA

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Ingredients

  • 6 whole Beef Strip Steaks
  • 4 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning (Or Your Favorite Kind Of Steak Rub)
  • 6 whole Slices Of Havarti Cheese
  • ⅓ cups Green Chili Salsa (also Called Tomatilla Salsa) Per Serving

Preparation Instructions

Rub Steaks with Steak seasoning.

Send hubby out to grill them, usually medium heat for 8-11 minutes per side. (A medium Steak reads 160* on the thermometer.)

Top with Havarti cheese slices and cover, grilling 2 more minutes or until cheese is nice and melted.

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Let Steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving with Green Chili Salsa on top.

We served this with new potatoes and green beans. It was DELICIOUS!

  You must make this, and SOON!

  In other news, look at what Dale found slithering around underneath my clothes line.  Yes, it’s a snake, and yes it’s ALIVE!

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You know why Dale smiling don’t you?  It’s because he had just chased after me with said snake:

“Come on, don’t you want to hold him, babe??!?!?!” 

Hardy har har, very funny Dale.

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YIKES!

  Let me just tell you it is such a good thing I didn’t go get the dry clothes off the line….I would’ve come unglued!

  Dale took the snake across the road and released it, but not before a car drove by, slammed on its brakes, and backed up to ask what the heck kind of snake he was holding!?  LOL  🙂 

   Just a few weeks ago, the kids found a 2 foot black and red snake, that Dale said was probably a Garter Snake, in our shed.  He assured me it was not poisonous, but I didn’t know it at the time and I sure wasn’t taking any chances.  Destiny chased it into a box and I tipped the box up with a long broom stick, peeked in to make sure he wasn’t going to jump out and get us, then carried him off to “the forest”, as the kids call it, to let him free.  And I didn’t scream once, thank you very much.  But my heart was sure pounding!

  That’s enough snake encounters for a while, right Lord?!  I am starting to look before I walk through the yard and shed now.

CREEEEEEPY!

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Wanna know what was happening in this photo?

  Well, Dale was flaking off pieces of Snake skin saying:

“Look, he’s getting ready to shed his skin.”

  I was shrieking from behind the camera:

“Gross!!!!!!  Cut it out.  Go wash your hands!” 

{Shivers}

~T

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Whose Bright Idea Was This, Anyhow?!

  Today’s project was “Toy Closet Clean Up”. I thought it’d be a great idea to involve the kids, assigning a few baskets to each child, to be gutted, sorted and put back on the shelf.  It seemed so simple really.

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How is it that stuff like this always seems like such a good idea at the time, but then turns south reallyreally quickly?

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  I do believe at this point, he had discovered Mommy’s Trash Bag of broken toys:  “But they’re SPECIAL, Momma!”

  {Or, quite possibly, I snapped at him to quit playing and get his baskets done before lunch!}  (Sorry, Ty!)

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  I explained to him that in our family, we like to stay organized and keep things neat and tidy.  This means we don’t keep broken toys that just take up space.  This was a great way to make sure his UN-broken cars had room in their basket home.  Well, he thought that made some sense.  He dried his tears and got back at it, even working with Destiny to surprise me by organizing the Train Table.

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  It wasn’t long before Avery turned on the waterworks, although I cannot for the life of me remember why right now.  It was so close to lunch and nap time, who knows!!!!!

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Tylan, sweet boy, grabbed her by the hands and said something vaguely like what I had just said to him, about being tidy and working together to get the job done.

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  Phew. Disaster averted.  Time to make lunch!

When it was all said and done, the closet looked MUUUUCH better, and we had actually cleared enough space for 3 additional baskets! Yay!   🙂

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  My next project? The one I’ve been putting off for 5 months now…..

See that HUGE stack of white paper on top? 

All new recipes to try. 

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  029I need to gut and re-do my existing recipe folders, then place these new print offs in sleeves and add them as well.  Ugh.

As you can see, I currently have them shoved in my desk, so I don’t have to look at them each day.  How overwhelming!

Maybe I’ll get to it while the kids are outside playing and Pax is napping?

What’s that kids? You want me to come play in the Tee-pee with you?”

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Shoot, guess I am TOO busy right now to start such a large project.

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Or next year……

~T

Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Recipe adapted from Laughter and Latte’s

Original Recipe Credit: The Meal Planner

If you like the fresh taste of cilantro, this is the dinner for you! Fresh, easy and oh-so delicious!

Ingredients

Sweet Pulled Pork:

  • 3 pounds Pork Shoulder Roast (or Loin Roast Is Fine, Just Pricer)
  • 2 cups Of Your Favorite Salsa (you Decide The Heat)
  • 4 ounces, weight Canned Green Chilies
  • ¼ cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 15 ounces, weight Black Beans, Rinsed And Drained

Avocado Cream Sauce:

  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 2 whole Avocados
  • 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • ¼ cups Snipped Cilantro
  • 4 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

TOPPINGS:

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • Stand And Stuff Taco Shells

Preparation Instructions

In the bottom of a large crock pot, mix salsa, green chilies, brown sugar and black beans. Add the pork roasted (salted with Kosher salt) and cook on low for 6-8 ours or high for 4-6. Take the meat out of the crockpot and shred with 2 forks. Return to pot and mix with sauce and beans. Leave lid off as you continue making supper to cook away some of the juices.
To make the avocado cream sauce, slice green onions, mash 2 avocado, add lime, sour cream, snipped cilantro, garlic and salt.
To serve:
Scoop sweet pork into baked hard shell. Top with a dollop of avocado cream sauce and shredded lettuce and green onions.
Serve with cherry tomatoes on the side.
Dig in to these fresh, easy, DELICIOUS tacos! YUM!004

*My only complaint was that if I made 2 tacos at the same time, my second got the shell soggy while it waited. Just an FYI, not a deal breaker!

Your gonna want to make this one!!!!!

~T

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Ladies Man

What can I say? 

Paxton is a ladies man!

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They just um, “flock” to him. 

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He is good at sharing:

“Wanna snack?”

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He is Kind:

“Hey there ladies, don’t fight, there is plenty to go around!”

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He is quiet, often pondering life and all there-in….

“Hmmmmm. Now where did I put that other cracker?”

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He is friendly:

“Hi! Welcome, come have a snack with me!”

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He is strong:

“I have the power to feed these chicks right here in the palm of my hand.”

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He is generous:

“Here you are, ladies….cheese crackers for everyone!”

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He has a great “appetite” for life:

“Wait, I want one too!”

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He is fashion forward:

“Come here….”

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“….I want to fix your hair. It’s kinda sticking up.”

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“Comb you say? Yes, you DO need a comb!”

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Paxton has some pretty girls at church too…..

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Paxton’s mine!                                                No, he’s mine.

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We are currently working with their parents for an itemized list of their dowry’s so we can make an informed decision on Paxton’s arranged marriage. 

Ok, ok, maybe not, but he sure has some great future choices!!!!! 🙂

~T

A Weekend Without Daddy

  My hubby was gone all weekend to a Men’s Encounter.  It went faster than I imagined and the kids did great!  Only fighting over who got to have a Slumber Party in the big bed with Momma first.  I even got them all ready for church on time all by myself, thankyouverymuch.  (If you know me, you know I am notoriously 10 minutes late, and that’s WITH Dale’s help.) 

  Funny, I usually hate when he leaves, but this time I knew we’d all benefit from letting him go get re-charged and rejuvenated.

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Encounter weekend is an opportunity to connect with other guys just like you and to spend some time in self-examination to see where you are in your walk with God. Over the weekend, we look at 14 areas of our lives to discover specifically how God wants to use us. We will experience worship, testimonies, teaching and ministry times.

It is for freedom that Christ has set you free! Gal. 5:1

  The kids and I enjoyed a fun weekend at home and had a special Saturday date with Nana. 

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Paxton got to taste his first ice cream thanks to Nana.

She wants to know how you can say “No” to a face like this?

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You can Nana, trust me, I do it ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  🙂

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Hmmm. What is it?

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Whatever it is sure is COLD!

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Oh PLEASE can I have more, Nana?

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The final bite.  (Momma cut him off.)

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He spent the rest of the time begging, like a puppy to Nana.  She stayed strong and told him NO.

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Good to the last drop!

  We went to the library for new books. I didn’t have my camera along in the library, but you have good imaginations, so picture me this……..

Nana sets down Paxton near our basket of books to help Avery get a book from a shelf near by.  When she returns, Paxton is standing, no, make that teetering on the edge of said basket, clinging to the book shelf and grinning up at us with the most PROUD look on his little sweet face!

I have NO idea what made him decide to climb up onto the book basket, or how he managed to balance on that thin edge (think basket like the ones you can carry around the grocery store when getting just a few items) without tipping the whole thing over.  Stinker!  He just grinned that sweet little wrinkle nose grin, oblivious to my shock and horror and what could have happened next.

Oh, I have a photo for you on this same topic:  Look where I found him tonight after I left for a SECOND during bedtime Bible story. 

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Yes, that’s the bunk bed ladder. Yes, he was going for steps 4 and 5 when I chucked the camera to stop him.

Oh. My. Goodness.  This child is giving me grey hairs!

  Maybe Paxton’s long running “Tank” nickname should be changed to “Lil’ Monkey”? 

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   By Sunday we were really missing Daddy, so that afternoon was spent making Welcome Home signs in anticipation of his homecoming. 

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  With tears and a smile, he greeted us.  Oh how we missed him!  What a powerful weekend, what life changing moments as big, tough men, stepped on stage and could scarcely talk through their tears.  Dale had so much to share!  Man I love seeing grown men cry at the feet of Jesus, it’s a precious moment to share in.  As I sat there listening, tears in my eyes, I once again realized we are in a battle…..

A CONSTANT battle to keep our eyes on Jesus.  With satan working overtime throwing things at us left, right, left, right, chucking things under our feet to make us stumble.  Shrieking with glee when he succeeds.

We MUST keep our eyes on Jesus. 

We MUST not break our focus for a mere moment. 

We MUST not let anything divide our families.

Our packed calendars rob us of family down time, devotion time, prayer time….

Clear ‘em!!!!

Clear those calendars. Make family dinner a non-negotiable.

Nothing is more important than family.

No job more important then pointing your kids towards Jesus.

We MUST not let Social Media rob us of conversations during home time…. leave the cell phone on the charger in the laundry room when you walk in the door, the texts can wait.  Don’t answer the phone during dinner, if its important, they’ll leave you a message and you can call them later after the kids are down.  We MUST not let TV and Computer steal precious playtime moments…leave them off until nap/bedtime.  Wherever you are, be ALL there.  I am not preaching to you, I am preaching to ME! I needed to hear this!!!!!!!

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Cause guess what satan says?

Every time you are not talking to your kids…..

I AM.

When you are too busy?

I AM NOT.

When we don’t chose God every moment of every day, we automatically default to satan.  Think about that for a moment.

  I can tell you one thing, life is about to change around here…..

Bring it.

~T

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”   John 14:6

 

 

Mulberry Madness

  It’s that time of year again….

  The time where we have to be SUPER careful to take off our shoes before coming inside, since THIS is what we are walking on outside:

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A carpet of Mulberries 

And this, is how my kids come in after play time, which turns into snack time in our all-you-can-eat Outdoor Buffet:

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  Oh well, I can’t complain, they all love Mulberries and it’s a healthy choice.  Pax had 4 helpings tonight!  They are so nice and soft for near-toothless little ones. 026

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  So this may be TMI, but as you know, Mulberries stain little baby hands and faces……but, did you know that um, as time passes, the other end gets stained purple too?!  Just call him “Purple-hiney Paxton”!

Huh, you learn something new everyday!

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  What a blessing to have such good little berry pickers, and you sure can’t go wrong with free fruit! 🙂

~T

P.S.  Guess who took his first steps last night?

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Sorry they are blurred, that kid was really movin’, and this momma couldn’t get her act together fast enough!

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Remembered to switch to flash…..there we go! 

BIG boy!

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After an exhausted week of this:

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This:

Breakfast

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Lunch

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  It was nice to see him happy and more like his old go-get ‘em self. 

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{Sniff-sniff} Have I mentioned my last baby is growing up WAY too fast?

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All done, daddy! That was exhausting!

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Paxton and The Trampoline

  The kids wanted me to come jump with them on the trampoline today.  I love to jump with them, but Paxton was awake.  I tell you what, sometimes it is so hard to know what to do with that kiddo.  He sits on a blanket while I garden, in his wash tub when we swim, in his swing when we swing, but when we jump?  Well, I guess he gets to come with?  I figured it was worth a try, even if I didn’t get much jumping done.

  He was not too sure at first…….maybe because big sis was bouncing RIGHT behind him?!??!?!

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View from above:

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View from below:  LOL!!!!! 🙂  That kid puts everything in his mouth! Trampoline included!

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BTW, jumping with a 20 pound baby in your arms is exhausting!

~T

 

Tangled & Sausage Wontons

Playing Rapunzel has always been a popular game at our house….. 004Even more so now that we’ve seen the movie “Tangled”.

For those of you who haven’t been privileged to watch it yet, it’s a darling spin on the Rapunzel story.  We loved it!  In the movie, Rapunzel battles it out with a “bad guy” several times, using a cast iron skillet.

  Guess who has changed the way she plays Rapunzel?

“Ima gonna KNOCK doze bad guys!!!!”

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Watch out Tylan, Avery has a skillet and she knows how to use it!

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I love it!

  All that battling makes me hungry, so on to the Sausage Wontons……………a big thank you to my friend from church, Shanna for sharing the recipe for these tasty morsals with us!

  Oh my goodness, you’d never in a million years guess how much flavor is packed in these little cups of goodness. Comes together easily and makes for a beautiful appetizer platter!

Sausage Wontons

Ingredients

  • 1 package Wonton Wrappers
  • 1 pound ground Sausage, Cooked And Drained
  • 1 cup Chopped Black Olives
  • 3 cups Colby Jack Cheese Shreds
  • ½ cups Chopped Green Pepper
  • 1 cup Ranch Dressing

Preparation Instructions

Spray muffin tins and press wonton wrappers into cups. Lightly spray again. Bake at 350* for 6 minutes. While baking, combine cooked, drained sausage, cheese, pepper, olives and Ranch. Remove cups from oven to cookie sheet and divide mixture between them. Bake 5-8 minutes at 350*. Makes 48 wontons.

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Enjoy!

~T

4 Little Ferguson Fireworks: Fiasco or Fun? Um, yes.

  Ever year I get excited to see the fireworks, and every year I am shocked by my little one’s reactions.  Since I seem to be constantly pregnant (No, I am not right now, or ever again, thankyouverymuch) I forget that even though we get a couple of kids to the age where they enjoy it, there is always toddler or new baby that are SOOO not impressed by the “pretties”.

  Case in point:

Friday evening, we decide to shoot off a few old fireworks we had found in the shed. (Dangerous much?!) 

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  I sat on the end of the sidewalk with all my 4 little Fergusons, watching daddy set up for the big (little) show…011

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Little kids:  WAAAAAAH!

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Big kids: “That was AWESOME!”

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For the remainder of the “show”, my lap was full of bawling babies.

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  Guess we won’t be attending the fireworks on the 4th after all?

  Sunday afternoon we found out there was a free Car show going on at a local park. Well, if its free it’s for me, and as the daughter of a motor head, I love going to these sorts of things!

  Tylan was SOOOO excited!  “Will we see Chevy Camaro’s and Ford Mustangs???”

  We did see Chevy Camaro’s and Ford Mustangs.  One Ford Mustang in particular….

MY OLD ONE!!

  This was my first car, a Christmas present from my parents.  I drove this puppy all through high school.  Awwwww, memories!   🙂

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New stripes.

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  Ty was in Heaven running from row to row trying to see it all at once.  He was SO proud when the owner of a Ford GT let him sit in his car. 

  Apparently it’s worth like $150,000, so I gently threatened Ty within an inch of his life and warned him NOT to put his shoes on the seat.

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He was SO proud!

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Avery ran up to a darling pink car and announced “This car used to be mine when I was big.”  The owner thought that was pretty stinkin’ cute, so he offered to let her sit inside his car too.

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(Destiny is not in any of these because she was at her 3rd ever sleep over at her cousin’s house.)

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Daddy and Ty, still going strong…..

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Pax, totally content chillin’ in the back of the stroller……

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Avery, getting bored.

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More fun cars, more time passes…..

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Now Avery is REALLY done!

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We headed over to the playground for a bit before loading up.

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For a special treat we decided to stop at Braum’s for ICE CREAM. Oh man, were they ever excited!

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  This is where my story ends because Dale is hollering its time to go!  It’s the 4th of July, and we are headed to his Uncle and Aunt’s for a BBQ tonight and we MAY be staying for the fireworks, but after looking at the photos from Friday at the beginning of this post, it reminds me that may not be the best idea we’ve ever had.  Oh well, hope you are having a great weekend with your family!

~T

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Better late than never, Pax!

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P.S.  It’s 11:30 pm, and we just got home. The kids are dirty and exhausted, but they had a ball.  No tears tonight over the loud booms! Yay! Avery says it’s because they are less scary at cousin Josh’s house. Okay, whatever works!   🙂

 

Sweets & My Sweet

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These Candied Popcorn balls were great! We decided to do Grape flavor, which tasted JUST like a Jolly Rancher. Except chewy. Oh man, was this popcorn good and not healthy at ALL, but hey, you gotta live a little, right?! 🙂

Being Grape popcorn balls, I figured they’d be a bit more, well, you know….

Purple.

Guess that’s what you come to expect from a society that adds dye to EVERYTHING!

Here is a purple tinted photo to put your mind at ease, that these popcorn balls do indeed taste like Grape, despite their non-grapey color in the above photo.

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Candied Popcorn

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup White Karo Syrup
  • 3-½ ounces, weight Flavored Jello, Your Pick!
  • 12 cups Popped Popcorn, lightly salted
Preparation Instructions

In a sauce pan mix the sugar, Jello and syrup.
Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly.
Bring to a light boil or until all the sugar is dissolved.
Then pour over popcorn. Form into balls or spread out on cookie sheet lined in foil or sprayed well. Store in air tight zip lock or Tupperware. Popcorn can also be easily formed into balls and wrapped in tight Saran wrap.
Enjoy! Tastes best fresh, as in that night yet!!

And here is MY sweet~

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  I sure don’t get snuggles as much as I used to pre-busy crawler stage.  SIGH, I love bedtime snuggles!

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He is SOOOO sweet!

Happy Independence Day!! Enjoy your family!

 

God Bless America……without Him, we are nothing.

~T

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  “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

~Erma Bombeck