08 December 2016

Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

My sister made this scrumptious dessert as an early birthday treat when the were visiting for Thanksgiving (no Angel Food cake here, heehee!). It reminds me a lot of peanut butter pie and was one of my favorite birthday treats to date!


1 cup flour
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 12 ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
2 2/3 cup cold milk
1 package (3.9 ounce) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 package (3.9 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup crushed Heath candy bits

Preheat oven to 350F. Place butter and flour in a food processor and chop until it resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over crust. In another bowl, whisk milk and both pudding mixes for two minutes. Let stand two minutes or until partially set. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle Heath bits over the top. Cover and refrigerate about an hour before serving.
Thanks to Taste of Home for the recipe inspiration!

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06 December 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me.
As most adults know, the magic of birthdays kind of fizzles the older you get. I guess it's that more candles to blow out on top of the cake isn't as fun as it used to be (how'd I get to be thirty-three?!). One redeeming thing about birthdays is that the kids and Jack make it exciting with all the pampering, surprises, and special treats.
The day started out a lot the same way. I got the fire stoked, fed the animals, packed lunches, did my chores, sent kids off to school, ran errands, took a nap, worked on some home improvements...
Yay! A  new floor vent!
 ...painted nails...
 ...baked Christmas gifts for the girls' teachers...
...and was happy that everyone made it home safe and sound. After dinner, we had cake and ice cream and I opened presents, which were quickly assembled...
...and tested. Henry approves.
Jack always outdoes himself when it comes to presents, too. He picked up on my not-so-subtle complaints about not being able to find decent, comfortable maternity clothes and found a few stylish outfits for me. But, that was only part of his surprise. Wrapped inside my suitcase, along with a few beach towels, while blaring The Beach Boys' "Bermuda, Bahama, C'mon Pretty Mama..." in the background, I found the travel info for a cruise to the Bahamas for our upcoming tenth anniversary. Talk about a Happy Birthday to me!
We're going on a cruise!
Jack apologized for combining a birthday, Christmas, and anniversary present but I gladly reminded him, no apology needed. This is an acceptable instance of gift combining.

(And to think I got him work shoes for his last birthday...)

Thirty-three is off to a great start!

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04 December 2016

Creamed Turkey on Mashed Potatoes

Like every Thanksgiving, we were lucky enough to have some leftover turkey, which we enjoy. But, once the sides are gone, I have to find other ways to eat the meat. This recipe is great because it's quick, everyone enjoyed it and is loaded with veggies!


1 small onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups diced or shredded cooked turkey
1 cup frozen veggies
2 cups hot mashed potatoes

In a large saucepan, saute the onion in the butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Then add the milk and stir until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently and boil for two minutes or until thick and bubbly. Reduce the heat and add the turkey and veggies. Cover and simmer until heated through. Serve over mashed potatoes.
Thanks to Taste of Home for the recipe inspiration!

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03 December 2016

A Kitchen Table

My newest pride and joy.
Ever since finishing our kitchen renovation this past summer, I've been longingly looking at the space where someday, we'd have a nice long table that would comfortably fit us, our guests, and then some. Up until Thanksgiving, we had a dinky round table with two wobbly chairs.
I managed to convince some family to visit for Thanksgiving and I bought the wood and helped make the Thanksgiving meal that kept us fed through the weekend. While they were measuring how big to make it, I was a bit skeptical that an eight-foot table would comfortably fit but once it was in, I was a believer.
After some consulting with my mom and sister, I decided to polyurethane the top and paint the bottom so that it'd look similar to the island. Thank goodness the table was big enough that I could put the benches on top to paint them. It was just a few hours worth of work and it looks great.
And perfect timing, too! Claire had a party and we squished all the kids there for crafts, pizza, and cupcakes. Plenty of room!
Thanks for the awesome new kitchen table, guys!

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01 December 2016

The Next Baby...

Looks like a girl to me!
The next baby is going to be...


I know I've already received a few condolences for Jack and myself but for one, I rather enjoy being a girl and for two, Jack's got five sisters. One more girl is nothing he can't handle--he's a pro. As far Henry's concerned, he doesn't know anything but sisters and he has an awful lot of fun with them.

We're looking forward to another girl joining the family! Now someone just needs to tell Jack it's spelled Z-O-E and not Z-O-E-Y. ;)

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