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From the famous mouth of our youngest….

(Not wanting to look up the word “city” in the dictionary, he proclaims that he already knows the definition!)  “City – A city is a place that has lots of fancy clothes and has lots of stores, has airplanes, has a lot of bridges, and it has alot and alot of TOYS!”

The dictionary’s version:  “city – a large important center of population and business activity”

I would say he’s pretty close, wouldn’t you? 🙂

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Grandbaby Love Goo

Walking through the living room, I look down and right there they were!  Perfect little footprints on the floor.  Details of every toe visible and stopping me in my tracks.

What a joy and unexpected blessing to see this artful picture, a little piece of my grandson who recently stood there barefooted and full of some sort of “goo” that remained behind!

He is the sweetest little man and I am so blessed to have this special time with him.

While Mom settles into her new job, I have the privilege of caring for him for a few months.  He has the sweetest disposition and just makes us laugh constantly!

The way he holds a camera or cell phone up to his face and says “Cheeeeeeeeeeeeze” just makes me melt with happiness!  His little frustrations and expressions of personality often force a giggle from all who are near.  He drives his little car throughout the living room, but when bumping into various things, he just screams out of frustration and throws out little “hmphs!” and sighs.  Is this a sign of future “road rage” to come?! haha

I love the way he wakes up in the mornings, all smiles and ready to snuggle.  He carries on conversations that would convince anyone he knows at least ten different foreign languages.  Laughing and using his arms for emphasis, he spurts out tales of grand significance!

I wish I could have kept this footprint forever!  If it were up to me, I would have pulled up the plank and framed it on my wall.

I love this little man!

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Boys Birds and Bees

Son 1:  “Mom?  So if I want to find the right girl, I take a rib from my side, put it into some dirt, say a magic spell and then I get my perfect girl, right?  Is that how it works?”

Me:  “Well………..almost” 😉

(Several moments later….)

Son 1:  “So are yall going to have another baby?” 

Me:  “That’s up to God.  He’s the Creator.” 

Son 1:   “Mommmmm, we know how the system works.”

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Boys will be Boys

…even when there’s a dollhouse in the room!

I love that they will play house with the grandbaby!  They are such proud uncles and have already proven their love through numerous toe nail paintings, tea parties and even an occasional “rock the baby” moment.

What especially warms my heart today, though, is seeing them play with the dollhouse even though the grandbaby is not here!  At their ages, it kind of feels like the last time I saw my daughters playing Barbies.  Knowing they are growing up so fast makes me want to just duct tape all their favorite toys to their bodies and pray it stops time just for a while longer.

Boys play so “boy-like”, regardless of the toy.  From infancy it seems they learn car sounds and the “put-put-puts” of a motorcycle engine like it were a natural first part of speech.  (Which I believe it is!)

Though still maintaining a nice level of masculinity, they have spent the last 30 minutes moving cars and dogs throughout the dollhouse’s corridors.  They like to press the button that flushes the little dollhouse commode.

If you were here, you would experience the sounds of a “tornado” as it nears the dollhouse and the safety preparations of its’ inhabitants.  You would fear that at any moment the imaginary tree is going to come crashing down across the roof, killing the people, and splashing their blood all over the place.  (kind of morbid, I know…..sorry 😉

The little kitchen adequately provides make-believe snacks…every 5 seconds…just like my boys really demand.

The doll swing goes round and round just like what all little boys believe they experience on the playground, regardless of what limb or body part may be broken in the failed landing.

My boys still play “house”.  Yay!

And now I have this picture to use for blackmail during their teenage years!  (In my most sinister voice…)  Bwa ha ha haaaaaa!

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Sunshine and Sunflowers

Oh how bright the sun shines when there’s a pretty little girl and a chocolate cake!  I just couldn’t resist making this cake for our little “Boo”!  It’s the first thing she and I have made together.  I made the cake layers.  She “helped” me with the icing, tested the “Peeps”, and continued to “fix” the icing as I added the chocolate chips.

2000 calories and probably 5000 grams of sugar later, the cake was done!

Notice the little finger at the bottom of this photo 🙂

Whoops!?  How did that happen?

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Rant and Rave

Rant:

The Walmart checker who did not want to comp “Calabicita” for “Zucchini”.

The same Walmart checker who did not want to comp 1lb of broccoli crowns for 1lb of broccoli crowns wrapped in plastic and on a styrofoam platter.

Walmart comp policy period.  Why have the policy if you are going to give people a hard time when they try to do it?

Empty toilet paper roll on the dispenser.  Again.

I bought this cereal……..yesterday!?

Rave: 

A Hubby who would clean the house on his day off.

It’s March and I’m actually on schedule for my bible reading plan.

The granddaughter asking to go to “Mickey Donnells”.

Cooking new things for dinner — I love to cook!

Three seriously the-boys-did-not-have-a-meltdown-nor-even-hardly-complain great school days in a row!

The smile of my grandson while I was singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” via Skype!

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Peas and Crepes

Black Eyed Pea Soup

4 slices bacon, diced
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 med. onion, chopped
1 med. bell pepper, chopped
2 cans Black Eyed Peas, undrained
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or one can tomatoes and one can rotel tomatoes)
1 cup water
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste

Cook bacon over medium heat, until crisp. Remove to paper towels, reserving drippings in pan. Cook garlic, onion, and bell pepper in bacon drippings until tender. Add peas, tomatoes, water and seasonings. Mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes.

Strawberry Banana Crepes

1 cup Mascarpone cheese
2 Tblsp confectioners sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
BATTER:
3 eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons butter, melted
1 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
STRAWBERRY TOPPING:
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tblsp orange juice
1 teaspoon strawberry or vanilla extract
dash salt
4 teaspoons butter, divided

For filling, in a small bowl, combine the cheese, confectioners’ sugar, basil and lemon juice. Gently fold in strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the batter ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Let stand for 30 minutes.
For topping, in a small bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, orange juice, extract and salt. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Melt 1 teaspoon butter in an 8 in nonstick skillet. Pour about 1/4 cup batter into center of skillet; lift and turn pan to cover bottom. Cook until lightly browned; turn and brown the other side. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, adding remaining butter to skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels inbetween.
Spoon filling over crepes; roll up. Serve with strawberry topping. Yield 8 crepes. (Recipe from Taste of Home magazine, February & March 2008 edition)

If you are like me and have no idea what mascarpone cheese is and/or cannot find it in your local grocery store, try this substitute:
16 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I used half and half)

Blend all three ingredients together until smooth.

My family is all going to bed with full and happy stomachs tonight. Let’s just say we now believe that there are crepes in heaven!

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