Sunday, March 18, 2012

St Patrick's Day

There's something fun and light-hearted about St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, while the kids played outside with the neighbors, I made a batch of Shamrock Butter Cookies for them to enjoy. They were far from perfect looking - but I love this melt-in-your-mouth butter cookie recipe.

Saturday, I made a treasure hunt that I found on pinterest. I printed out these clues (with a little shamrock on each one...I couldn't figure out how to import my document to blogger). Anyway, I hid these for Tyler to find when he woke up yesterday morning:

There once was a boy who I knew
He looked a little like you!
He got out of bed,
“Good Morning,” he said
Then he found something new in his shoe.

Inside of that shoe was a clue
Written from me to you!
“To find lots of gold
Before catching cold
Go put on a glove or two.”

My treasure is oh so great
So hurry and do not wait!
I dress only in green
and never am seen
I’m hiding under a plate.

You found me at last, hooray!
Thank you for coming to play.
I’m Leprechaun Pete
I’ve brought you a treat.
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Attached to this last clue, was this treat.

Only instead of Rolos, I used Hershey's Nuggets.

Later, Tyler and Aubrey enjoyed Leprechaun Floats.

What a fun day, and a fun way to kick off Spring Break!

The Hole

About a week ago, we set some limits on TV time. I know, we're a little late to the party. Anyway, this nicely coincided with some lovely weather. Aubrey just loves doing anything outside, but Tyler needs a little more nudging. That changed this week when he decided to dig a hole. He spent several evenings this week working on it. Aubrey found her way to him on Friday evening and Wayne snuck in a few shots of the two of them.

Oops! Spotted by our camera-averse child!

We were rockin' our KU shirts Friday as they played (and won)! that evening. :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blueberry Pie

Yesterday, Tyler had his first soccer game of the season. Ted and Sue came down and helped us out by going to his game since Aubrey was napping and I had a haircut scheduled at the same time. Afterward, Ted and I worked on our taxes.

We offered our humble thanks for their help by making a dinner of lasagna, garlic bread, Italian chopped salad and blueberry pie a la mode. We ended our day by playing a game of Citadels while the kids played outside. I. Love. Saturdays. :)

I've made this blueberry pie lots of times. It's easy, I usually have the ingredients on hand, and Wayne likes it. Since he's not big on dessert, it's nice to have a go-to recipe that I know he'll enjoy.

As you can see, I have still not mastered the art of a nice-looking crust. I think I need to keep practicing making pies so I can master the crust. Sounds like a good excuse, don't you think?

Blueberry Pie

3 1/2 - 4 c. fresh or frozen blueberries (depending on size of your pie pan)
3 T. flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. lemon juice

Mix the above together and place in unbaked crust in 9" pan.

Top with crumb topping:
1 stick softened butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes and then at 350 for 35 more minutes.

Weather craziness

Our winter has been exceptionally mild this year. Tuesday evening, Tyler had soccer practice and it was was windy, but he could still wear shorts and be comfortable. So, we were a little surprised to wake up to snow on Wednesday morning.

We got another slushy layer on Thursday morning. But, Friday and Saturday the sun was back and we enjoyed time outside.

Yesterday for lunch, Tyler and Aubrey had a little picnic on the deck. (Tyler is such a big fan of having his picture taken, as you can see).

Last night, Aubrey and Tyler played outside as long as they could...

Star Student of the Week

A few weeks back, Tyler was selected as the Mon"Star" Student of the week. I meant to post this for my parents, and finally got around to it...


I found some pictures of Aubrey from the last month...

She has perfected the furrowed brow.


Burying her face when she's frustrated.


Climbing in...taking a rest.