Gone are the days of a few crackers and fruit as an after school snack. My boys come home HUNGARY and it seems, eat our entire kitchen. I cannot even imagine what the teenage years are going to be like. I have been trying to come up with some heartier snacks for them to get them until dinner and these Grilled Peanut Butter-Banana Fingers from Cooking Light: Real Family Food did the trick. A little protein, a little fruit and a little sweet. They were perfect and not to shabby for me either. What is not to love about peanut butter, chocolate and banana? I will tell you. NOTHING.
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 slices white bread
1 small banana, halved crosswise
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1. Preheat pan or panini grill
2. Spread peanut butter evenly over 2 bread slices. Cut each banana half lengthwise into three slices. Layer banana slices over peanut butter on bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices. ( I actually put the peanut butter on all four slices because I hate when I have a grilled sandwich and it is not evenly spaced. Blame my OCD).
3. Coat outside of sandwiches with cooking spray and grill, about 1 min on each side.
4. Cut sandwiches into 4 slices.
5. Drizzle sandwich slices evenly with chocolate sauce. Serve with honey for dipping (one son liked this, the other didn’t. I did not think it was necessary and sweet enough without the honey)
I love this picture. I took it on our trip to Paris in 2011 and it is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to go back…
My younger brother just turned 30 which has opened my eyes to the reality that I am no longer 30 but almost 35 and on my way to 40. I am in no way opposed to getting older, it just feels slightly weird. I don’t feel like I can already be on my way to 40. In fact, I feel as if sometimes I am still in my 20’s…
Baby Girl changes her clothes 3 times a day. Remember when it was exciting to think that they could dress themselves? Now she insists that what she wore to one brother’s baseball game is not acceptable for the other brother’s game…
For some reason I slept horribly this weekend. That is always a bummer…
Middle Man has changed is name to Oz. I am not sure what to think…
I may have been a little too adventurous on a run yesterday. I am not sure that running massive hills was a good idea…
I never answer our house phone…EVER. If it is someone I know then they call my cell. Only sale people call it. I am not even sure why we still have it…
My Oldest received an award from his Principal yesterday for a random act of kindness. It is nice to hear every now and then that even though I think I am screwing my children up, I am actually doing something right…
Next week begins Spring Break and I CANNOT WAIT. Originally we were planning on staying put but now I am getting it itch to head out of town. A few days in the desert might be just what I need…
I recently watched Oz the Great and Powerful, Pitch Perfect, and Zero Dark Thirty. They were all fab and nothing alike. A bit of randomness never hurt anyone. Just like this post…
Sunday is Easter and ends the 40 days I gave up shopping. It is silly to me how hard it was in the beginning but how easy it is now. Silly me…
Even though I have given up shopping, I haven’t stopped looking. I love this, this and these…
You are welcome for all this deep insight.
As mentioned on Wednesday, I invited friends and their children over for our second “Give Back” get together. I have actually not titled it that but it works doesn’t it? Everyone had such a great time at the food drive that I thought we should keep it going. This month, we put together Easter baskets for underprivileged children. Each family was asked to pick up one basket per child and all the goodies to go inside. We needed practical items such as toothbrushes, pajamas, and socks, but we also wanted to include fun items such as coloring books and crayons as well. And of course, there MUST be candy!
This month was much smaller due to everyone’s schedules but we were still able to pull together some amazing baskets thanks to the creativity of our little ones. Yes, some baskets ended up with three sets of toothbrushes (which is funny because it was my Middle Man and he HATES to brush his teeth) but with just a little swapping here and there by the moms, we ended up with baskets stocked with items these children both need but would also want.
This is now my third month working with my little ones to give back to those less fortunate and I have to say, I am having so much fun getting them involved in this that I should have done it a long time ago. I am documenting each month here in hopes that perhaps others want to try some of the things we have done. Yes we are only three months in but by the end of the year there will hopefully be a number of fun suggestions!
Thank you C for being my partner in crime on this and for everyone who provided items, even if they could not attend.
Last night I hosted an “Easter Basket Stuffing” party (more on that later!) and thought that after all the kids hard work, they deserved a treat. I did not have a ton of time to whip something up from scratch so I sort of cheated and put together some Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Chip Cakes using some cake mix, pumpkin and chocolate chips, all that I had sitting in the pantry. In 20 minutes they were done and ready to enjoy…which I enjoyed right out of the oven because hey, if I am going to slave over cakes for kids, I am going to have one too…justified by the fact that I ran today….so pretty much played for the tie. But back to the cakes. I had an Easter egg baking pan (grabbed from Michael’s if you are interested) on hand which I used to get a tad bit festive but as you can see from above, the design did not come out as clear as I would have liked. And believe me, no frosting is necessary. These are sweet enough on their own (which is really saving calories right??).
1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 can pumpkin
2 cups chocolate chips (totally guessing here…add as many as you would like)
1. Follow the instructions on the cake box
2. Add the entire can of pumpkin and stir
3. Stir in the chocolate chips
4. Add to cake pan, cupcake pan, any sort of pan you would like!
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (if you are following my mini-cake recipe)
On Sunday our school rented out Boomer’s in Irvine for our annual Mother and Son event. This is one of my most favorite events of the year and I look forward to spending the day with my little men. Believe me, with sports, work, school and of course, having a little one, this does not happen as much as I would like.
The day was spent riding go karts, hitting in the batting cages, playing miniature golf and of course, endless video games. To top it all off, Middle Man won a raffle prize that sent him over the moon and of course, by evidence of the photo above, he would not put down for a second.
I know there is going to come a day when this event is “lame” and the boys are not going to want to go so I am taking it all in. For now, they are mine.
|If there was ever a look that I would call my staple it is the “black blazer, skinny jeans and black heels” look. I tend to wear it so often that I actually mentioned to my babysitter once that the items of clothing are different, even if it looks like I wear the exact same thing every time she comes over. It is about the easiest thing to put together and always looks effortlessly chic.
The look even made it as far as Paris Fashion Week…