Thursday, February 14, 2013

valentines fun and recipes

Valentines was low key, but sugar filled around here.  Thanks to Pintrest and All Recipes for these amazing recipes.

Valentine tradition for us is heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.  This obviously is more for me than the kiddos.  When I gave Ian his (all decorated cutely), he quickly said, "No.  I want peanut butter & crackers."  Hmph.  I ignored him and he loved the pancakes.  I found the greatest (IMO) pancake recipe here.  I make up a batch of mix, and when it's pancake day, I just add the wet stuff.  It's like having my own homemade Bisquick, only better.
Shape compliments of hubby and a pizza cutter.  Maybe it's time to get a heart shaped cookie cutter?
They almost look too adorable to eat.  Almost!

Anyway....I also made up a batch of this strawberry Valentine Chex mix for a few special people.  Avery helped me with this one.

This was so yummy!

Looks even prettier in cute bags

For Avery's class I made a Valentine treat for their non-party.  I've always wanted to make these.  So easy!
Best if you can make them to eat the same day.  I was short on time
and had to make the cake part and put in fridge til next day to frost.
Cone isn't crunchy.  But no one in her class complained!
And finally (yes, I was a baking fool!) I made this Rich Chocolate Truffle Pie for my chocolate loving husband.  He doesn't know it yet.  And there's no pick because it's not set yet.  So, the website will have to do.  Hopefully it tastes good.  The batter sure did!

Jim and Avery went to her school's Daddy/Daughter Dinner/Dance this week.  They had a great time.  Wish I had more pics, but apparently the camera lost juice.  So the only picture he got was a self done one.  Better than nothing.  That's one handsome man and one adorable princess!

Hmmmmm, a little off.

Monday, February 11, 2013

So Long Norovirus

Yes, this is what our house looked like during our 2 week diarrhea and puke fest, thanks to the norovirus.  This was one mean virus for us.  I'll spare you the details.  Poor Benjamin got hit first.  He was out of school for a week.  Then came Ian and Avery.  They didn't miss as much school, but mainly because theirs hit on a Friday.  Here was the scene in our house the first night they were all affected at the same time:
Ian:  gets up out of chair and vomits on floor
Avery:  climbs over the back of the couch, screams all the way to her room, and stays in there the entire night
Benjamin:  stands and looks at vomit, vomits, and goes on his merry way
As a parent, I've decided I never really know what kind of pain my child is in until I have to go through it myself!   And I did.  Gives me a whole new level of compassion.
We have our furniture and floors back now.