Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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Friday, May 25, 2012
Need I say more? I have found so many great ideas that I'm sure I'll never get around to, but that doesn't stop me from pinning by little heart out! Here are some of the pins that I actually have tried, the ones that turned out, anyway!
Key Lime Pie Sandwiches via Hungry-Girl
1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. lime juice (key lime, if available)
2 sheets (8 crackers) low-fat cinnamon graham crackers, broken into 4 squares
To make the filling, combine yogurt, sugar, and lime juice in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Cover and place in the freezer for 25 - 30 minutes, until it reaches a soft-serve-like consistency (very thick but soft enough to stir). Place two graham cracker squares on a plate with the cinnamon-covered sides down. Give filling a stir and evenly distribute between the two graham cracker squares, about 1/4 cup each. Gently place another graham cracker square over each filling-topped square, cinnamon-covered sides up. Place in the freezer until filling is firm, at least 1 hour. Enjoy!
These were refreshing, delicious, and perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up or late night sweet tooth. Remi and Marshall both liked them, always a plus around here! I might suggest using a liquid sweetener because the suger stayed too gritty when mixed in.
M&M, Pretzel and Chocolate Chip Bars via Grin and Bake It
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&Ms
1 cup pretzels, crushed
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Using a mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about one minute. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chip, mini M&Ms, and crushed pretzels. Spread the batter evenly in the pan, pressing down with a spatula. Sprinkle a few M&Ms on top, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the pan to a rack and allow to cool completely.
These were so tasty, but I couldn't find my 13x9 so I used something slightly smaller. It didn't worked out in my favor. The bars cooked on the outside, but were a little too gooey inside. Lesson learned. Use the right size pan.
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Cups via Delightful Bitefuls
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup smooth peanut butter
Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw), optional
Chopped peanuts, optional
Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the peanut butter and continue beating on low speed. Add the sifted dry ingredients and beat until just blended. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll balls in turbinado sugar (I used granulated sugar). Place each ball in a cup of a greased mini muffin tin. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are browned and crackled, the centers will not be completely set. Remove the cookies from the oven and use the end of a thick-handled wooden spoon make a small, deep well in the center of each cookie and fill with your Nutella. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top of Nutella. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
How I love Nutella and peanut butter combined! These are a bit labor intensive but so worth the effort!
Halloween Quesadillas via Monster Mama
HERE. If you haven't had a chance to check out Pinterest, what are you waiting for? Be inspired!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Hogle Zoo is starting to come alive this spring! They've started up their bird show, one of my favorite attractions. I find myself giggling at the bird's antics like a little kid. After the show, you can drop a dollar in the donation box, with the help of a smart cockatoo. Both boys bravely donated. I can't wait to get birds once we move to the country!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Today has been an emotionally trying one in our little Sano world. We had to say goodbye to our puppy children, the fine gentleman, Baxter and Niles. We held onto them for as long as we could after moving back to Utah, but our timeline for future plans hasn't matched up with our hopes and our situation.
Keith and I left the human kids in the capable hands of Aunt Katie while we drove them down to the Humane Society of Utah. While it's not ideal to take them to a shelter, we tried listing them privately and only weirdos replied. The Humane Society requires pages of paperwork asking about medical history, behavior, food and toy preferences, what kind of people and dogs they like, how they do with children, etc.
The pups were perfect for the ride down, alternating between my lap and Keith's, almost giving us equal attention so we could pet them and give them itchy-scratchies one last time. Niles kept looking over his shoulder and starting at me, doing his usual look into my soul eyes. Even though I was bawling like a baby, when we arrived I really wanted to go in with Keith so we could finish what we started together. The clerk was very kind and treated us well, being gentle and kind as she took the dogs from us.
We hope someone finds them to give them the home they really deserve. As Keith pointed out this morning, we really are their worst case scenario.
End of an era. Heartsick. 5 years, 3 states and lots of fun together. I'm grateful for my little companions, the source of much joy and laughter.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The perfect evening for flying a kite and playing a little soccer. Remi got a Red Baron kite for his birthday, a clever little reference to one of his favorite cartoon characters, Snoopy.
Marsh was feeling particularly defensive of his ball, making it extremely difficult to kick it around.
Remi was very goofy and gave me this grimace smile in about 20 different pictures.
Now that's love.
The wind made him bold enough to screech to his heart's content.
Once Marshall relinquished control of the ball, the boys started playing one of their favorite games: Baa Bah Hoop (basketball.)
Finally, they get the whole soccer concept and run off into the sunset.
Cool dude wanted shades to enjoy the sunset.
During all of these shananigans, Keith got the kite assembled and airborne.
A stunning backdrop for some fun family time.