I’m hoping this Sleep Fairy will watch over Chase as he sleeps and take away the ‘sleep walking’. This is something new for Chase and just started Labor Day weekend. The first time it happened I was completely freaked out however, we have checked it out and it is all pretty normal (if any sleep walking is normal). It happens within the first few hours of him going to bed and is very common in boys betwee the ages of 11 and 13. Shew…please say we don’t have two years to get through. The past few times I have still been awake when it happens and know right away that he is really ‘asleep’ (although that really doesn’t make it much easier). In the morning, he doesn’t recall any of it. Wow.
So, say a little prayer for Chase for him to get a good night’s sleep!
What started out like a fairy tale with hair that grows like Rapunzel….
Turned into a princess that loved to have her hair curled….
Then she grew up and became a beautiful young lady that loves to shampoo, cut and style other people’s hair!
Congratulations Brittany – she is now a licensed Cosmetologist!! Her actual graduation from The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partnership School was in February however she had to complete a written and practical test. She was detained a little bit while she had a few surgeries and recovered but now is back on track and took both tests, passing the first time around! We are very proud of her. She will be seeking employment in the state of Maryland however if she choses after an additional 400 hours is completed, can transfer her license to West Virginia. Who knows where she will end up but for now, she is just ‘plain happy’
So, this week is all about our favorite dessert recipes which is fairly easy for me. Our family loves desserts and I have always loved trying new recipes for our ‘outings’. First and foremost, I must admit that I stole this picture out of the cookbook only because this has been a really busy week and I totally didn’t have time to make this!! I promise to do better 🙂
But…this is one of my favorite dessert recipes and it’s really easy –
Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
1/2 package (15 oz) refrigerated pie crusts (1 crust)
1 container (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
1 package (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 package (5.1 oz) vanilla instand pudding and pie filling
1/2 teaspoon rum extract (optional)
2 medium bananas, sliced, divided
strawberries for garnish
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Let pie crust stand at room tempature 15 minutes
Gently unfold onto lightly floured surface
roll to 11 1/2 inch circle
place crust in pie plate
press dough into bottom and up sides, prick bottom and sides
bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
Place 1 1/2 cups of cool whip and chocolate morsels in microwave dish, uncovered for 30-45 seconds; stir
Remove 2 tablespoons of chocolate mixture to a small, ziplock baggie
spread remaining chocolate mixture over bottom of pie crust
place crust in freezer
pour milk into bowl and add pudding mix (add rum if you like)
whisk 1 minute or until mixture begins to thicken
fold in 1 1/2 cups of cool whip
slice bananas, arrange slices over chocolate mixture in crust
spread pudding mixture over bananas
refrigerate 30 minutes
to garnish pie, cut small tip off corner of ziplock baggie of chocolate mixture
squeeze chocolate mixture over pie
spoon remaining cool whip in dollops around edge of pie
top with bananas and strawberries
cut into ‘pie’ slices
Delicious and really great as a summer dessert recipe!
There’s pros and cons that come along with having ‘older’ children and ‘younger’ children from two different marriages. Since our ‘cup is half full’, we tend to focus on all those great opportunities we have been blessed with.
Chase loves to fish and would stay down at the pond all night if we’d let him. He tends to find ‘friends’ to come over however sometimes that just doesn’t work out. One evening before school started again, he didn’t need to find a friend….Jeremy (the older brother) called to see if he wanted to go cat fishing, ha! Of course he did! But…it was the monthly 4H meeting. While he begged and pleaded, the monthly meetings are an important part of belonging to a club. Anyway,isn’t cat fishing better at dark?! (keep in mind also that J is a complete night owl so the later the better). Chase didn’t have luck catching any ‘bait’ so J stopped at Wal-mart to pick up some goldfish (eww) so picked up Chase around 11 (pm). They fished until nearly 1:30 a.m. and actually caught some good ones! It was pretty neat seeing Chase sit by the window waiting for his older brother to pick him up.
Also that week Cierra and Chase had orientation for their new school year. Due to some meetings at work I just couldn’t work it out so Britt came to the rescue. She took Chase on Tuesday and Cierra on Wednesday. This summer she was able to spend quite a bit of time with them which worked out really good. Pretty convenient having an older sister, huh? (and they think she is pretty cool)
So as you can see, the older siblings are still an important part of Chase and Cierra’s life. As they get older, it’s often hard to find things to blog about that they want me to share 🙂 but….that doesn’t mean they aren’t still right smack in the middle of our life!
Dining with Debbie is hosting “Crock Pot Wednesday” so I thought I’d jump on board in hopes of grabbing some recipes that don’t require much work at the end of our work day. Don’t know about you but macaroni and cheese is always a hit around here and there are so many variations. Here’s one that my sister shared with me and I have taken it to many ‘outings’ where it is always a hit! I hope you enjoy –
1 16 oz box of macaroni shells – must be cooked!
1/2 cup of butter
3 cups of shredded Monterey Jack/Colby cheese
12 oz can of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups regular milk
I melt the butter in the microwave then add all the liquids including the eggs. I then ad 1/2 of the box of macaroni then 1/2 of the cheese. Next add the remainder of the macaroni shells then top with cheese.
Turn your crock pot on high for 3 hours and you’ve got some really tasty macaroni and cheese!
Ronnie checked in on Chase today and discovered he had gotten up at 4:30 a.m. and headed to Delaware to pick up some equipment. So, later this evening he called to be picked up. When we got there the chopper and dump truck were side by side trying to get as much done as they could before dark. I know, I’m pathetic but it is amazing to me. Everything I saw yesterday was gone – chopped!! (if you look really close you can see Chase and Jimmy’s little heads in the truck 🙂
So, he said goodbye to Jimmy and now he’s eating a bowl of cereal, getting ready for another week of school.
Chase was anxious for the games to be over today so he could change into his ‘farming’ clothes and head down to the Duncan’s. When I dropped him off Jimmy explained what they were cutting, why and where it was going.
So meanwhile Ronnie and I are enjoying an Italian dinner, Cierra and Zana are with Grandma and Butch, Britt and Brandon are up to something and Lil Miss Kayden has already gone ‘nighty nighty’!