Curly Crafty Mom: August 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Icebox Pie


I wish I would have had this recipe when we were having the HEAT WAVE, but it was still a really tasty late summer treat. I tweaked the recipe that was posted on Move it 2011, since it was a little easier to find the ingredients. Also, Janna gave me some suggestions on how to tweak it (since she made it right before me) since it was being tweaked. LOL!


crust
First I made the crust, which was made of melted butter, flour and sugar. I put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set while I worked on the peanut butter layer.


peanut-butter-layer
The peanut butter layer consisted of peanut butter (of course), milk and a ripened banana. After pouring in the pie dish, freeze for one hour.


Auttie-adding-cocoa
Of course, for the chocolate layer, I had a little help.


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The chocolate layer was last and consisted of cocoa powder, milk and a ripened banana. Freeze for 1 hour.


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The kids with our refreshing treat.


Chocolate and Peanut Butter Icebox Pie

Easy to make, and no baking required!

Crust:
1 ¾ cups flour
¼ cup melted butter (I had to use an extra tablespoon to get the right consistency)
2 tablespoons sugar


Peanut Butter Filling:
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup 2% milk
1 large ripened banana
Large pinch of salt
(optional) sweeten with sugar to taste


Chocolate Top Layer:
1 large ripened banana
½ cup 2% milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
Small pinch of salt


Mix the crust ingredients together, they should have the texture of wet sand. Press into a nine-inch pie tart and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes while you prepare the peanut butter filling.

Blend or whip together the ingredients for the peanut butter filling. Pour into crust, and return to the refrigerator or freezer for an hour to set up before adding the top layer.

Blend all of the ingredients for the chocolate layer together until smooth. Pour over the peanut butter layer, and return to the freezer until the pie is set, another hour or so.

Grab some forks and share with your loved ones, preferably straight out of the pan before it melts.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Uncle Jeff is 40!!!

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Today Uncle Jeff had us over for a belated 40th Birthday Bash! It was A LOT of fun, and of course there was a Whipt Cream cake to go with the celebration!


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Jeff and my silly goofball kids :o)-


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Closeup of Jeff's beloved beamer


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The next two pictures show just how big Autumn's eyes can get when she smiles. Ha, ha!


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Such a cutie!

Lowes Build and Grow - School Locker

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Today I took the kids to Lowes again for their Build and Grow program. Nathan is REALLY into going to these right now, so I have been trying to make sure we go to as many as possible. This week the kids built a school locker, and the next two activities in the next month are a police car AND a firetruck! WOW!


Auttie-building
Even Autumn really enjoys going, she helps me finish hammering the nails in, and her favorite part is usually decorating with the stickers.


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This time there was an added bonus for Auttie, the locker had a CHALKBOARD! Whooo-weeee! She was really happy to practice her scribbles on it.


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Here is Nathan with the two finished lockers. Isn't it neat how the piece of chalk goes in the combination lock hole?


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Nathan wrote his name on the chalkboard, of course!


Kids-and-their-lockers
My two cuties with their finished pieces. Autumn was a little upset because they started cutting some wood nearby, and the noise was a little loud for her! Luckily, that was at the very end!


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And, of course, another patch for their aprons! I already have them sewed on. :o)-

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blessing of the Backpacks

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The weekend before Nathan started back at school, church had a service where they had the kids come up and get their backpacks blessed. Autumn, of course, had to bring her backpack, too, even though she won't be starting preschool until next year. So sweet.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Froggies

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Nathan begged and begged for a pet frog for months and I finally caved. I wish I hadn't of caved, but I did and now I am the owner (notice how I say that I am, not Nathan) of two frogs. Two frogs that croak unlike any frog I have ever heard at whee hours of the night. They are a little cute I guess, aside from the fact that they eat crickets that need protein powder sprinkled on them. YUCH!


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Both the frogs look the same to me... which, I guess doesn't matter because Nathan could never decide on a name for them. He sort of just calls them both 'Sammy' because Grandma Mary used to have a pet frog named Sammy.


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The two frogs do seem to like each other... and, I am pretty sure they are male/male or female/female because I haven't seen any baby froggies yet (thank GOODNESS).


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I thought the reflection in the water of the frog is sort of neat in this photo.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Belated First Day of Kindergarten Post!

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I woke up at 5:00am sharp on the first day of Kindergarten for Nathan, and I was puzzled when I woke up and couldn't quite remember what was happening today that was such a BIG DEAL. Well, it only took a matter of seconds before it registered in my mind that today was NATHAN'S FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN. Oh my.


Nathan_poch
Where did 5 years go... My baby is no longer a baby... he's a Kindergartner! (Yes, I told him to pose with his hands in his pockets for this one. Ha!)


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Of course, Cars2 was his choice for backpack.


Me-and-Nathan
Here I am with my KINDERGARTNER. I was doing so well with keeping the tears back, until Mom told me she was surprised I wasn't crying after I got in my car to leave. I started to tear up then. Such a big day. I am so proud of all of the progress Nathan has made in his life. He went from starting Preschool 3 with sensory issues that he overcame and now he dives into finger paints and coloring. Preschool 4 was where Nathan really started asking questions, and mastered writing his name and all the letters. What will Preschool 5 bring? So far he has really been interested in addition, and how to spell words...


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I love you Nathan. Please promise me the next year will go by just a little slower?


Autumn-by-door
This little one has ONE more year until she starts Preschool 3.


Nathan-walking-into-class
Off he goes... into a new classroom where he will learn in God's light with all of his friends (new and old).


Nathans-classroom
Nathan at his table. He sits with 4 other classmates, all of which I know he gets along with really well from working as a Room Mother last year. So happy with who Mrs. M sat him with!


empty-classroom
All the classrooms at Nathan's school have smart boards, which I am very excited about. The green color? Not sure if I am excited about that. :o)-


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The back of the classroom.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lowes Build and Grow - Schoolhouse Picture Frame

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I hadn't taken the kids to a Lowes Build and Grow in awhile, so we decided to go this weekend. They actually have some really neat building kits the next couple of times, a locker and also a police car! So, I had to sign them up for the next two times!


Autumn-working
This is the first time that I let Autumn do it, and she really did good!


Nat-and-Aut-Finished
Both with their finished pieces. Nathan was SO excited about his... he can't wait to go back. They also get a little round patch for each one they complete that you sew on their apons, so Nathan has 3 patches now as the last two he did was a Monster Truck and a UFO.


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Here is the finished piece. This one is Auttie's. :o)-

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Fun at the Zoo


I went to the St. Louis Zoo with Mom and the kids today and we had a lot of fun. Nathan wanted to ride the train first, of course, and of course he noticed there were a lot of different engines. A blue engine that was too crowded that we didn't get to ride on, a maroon engine that we did ride on that was named Lewis and Clark, and we saw one other train and the color has slipped my brain. :o)


Nathan-on-bug
We went in the insectarium and Nathan was in love with all of the bugs. Yuck! Yuck! YUCK!


Nathan-petting-goat

Autumn-with-a-goat
Autumn's favorite was the goats, especially since there was two baby goats that were only 6 weeks old.

There is so much to see at the St. Louis Zoo, that there is no way you could see everything in one day. After the train, insectarium and Childrens Zoo, we headed out for a late lunch.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dentist Appointments and Pool

Auttie-Dentist
Today I took the kids in for their 6 month checkup at the dentist. It was Autumn's very first visit, and her teeth were in great shape! They sent me a book in the mail that I read to her that described everything they would do at the visit. Here she is posing for a photo that they added to her dentist visit book. Such a cutie!

Nathan (sigh) had 3 cavities... I have cut back on the fruit snacks, he mainly drinks ice water and we brush twice a day and floss. I am going to try to do the '2 minute' brush rule, I set a timer and I plan to brush top for a minute and bottom for a minute. 2 minutes seems like such a long time, though! But, I can't afford anymore of these cavities! I have no cavities and I am 34 years old! I was so disappointed, but what can you do?! I have to set up two appointments to get them fixed.


Kids-together
After the dentist, we went home and had lunch... then, headed to the POOL! Nathan is really interested in learning how to swim, and we went around the lazy pool a few times and he kept his head above the water but still isn't 100% there as I had to really watch him. Autumn was SO brave, she actually went down a water slide right after Nathan! But... it scared her and the poor thing cried!


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Nathan suntanning. Ha, ha!


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And, here is Autumn alllll bundled up in her towel. Her naptime was approaching, so I let her have her binky. And, WOW, she was out before I even pulled out of the parking lot. Gotta love how swimming does that to kids!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My 34th Birthday


Today is my 34th birthday, and it was sort of a bittersweet day. A lot has happened in 2011, and I really cannot wait to put this year to a close and start 2012. This morning my lawyer fought for me in court over a motion that my (soon to be ex) husband put out a few weeks ago that has caused me a lot of worry and money. Today she settled it with the new Judge and it was a huge sigh of relief for me. However, it is still not over...

Jer had the kids give me these cute little Nathan and Autumn magnets for my birthday. It was nice to get something from the kids for my birthday, and they are already hanging on my refrigerator.



Today was a fun day, we did the concert at Tower Grove, then the playgounds and water play area. Then, we came home and I had my alarm on the house updated to radio waves, which allowed me to get rid of my land line and now my cell phone will be notified if the alarm goes off. Yay to saving money! I have a device that will let my regular phones in the house ring now when my cell phone rings, so it will be similar to having a landline but it will really be my cell phone. Also, there is a 'P' button that Nathan can hit on the wall for 'Panic' if something were to happen to me and he needed 911 to be called. After that, we headed to Penzeys Spice store which my coworkers have been raving about and I got these spices:

- Pacific Sea Salt (Extra Course)

- Penzeys Hot Chocolate Mix (hey, it will be cooling down SOMETIME soon!)

- Sandwich Sprinkle (I love taking sandwiches to work, and I am always looking for a way to make them extra yummy!)

- California Sweet Basil

- Garden Salad Seasoning (Good on mashed or baked potatoes and salads)

- Original Taco Seasoning (Homemade taco seasoning, much healthier! We eat tacos once a week around here so YUM!)

- China Cinnamon (They had about 10 different kinds of cinnamon and I LOVED the smell of this one, very sweet but not too sweet)

- Trinidad (Lemon Garlic Marinade for porkchops or seafood! YUMMY!)

This store was very kid friendly, we enjoyed 'sniffing' everything on the shelves. They even have a little area for kids to color if you need to distract them. The spices are very inexpensive, I spent $25 WITH tax for all of these! Their vanilla extract was a little pricey though, so I had to pass on that.

After Penzeys I took the kids to Happy Joe's for pizza and games. That was fun and then we wrapped up the night with an evening walk around the neighborhood.

Tower Grove Park (again)

palmer-house
So, I decided to take the kids to Tower Grove park again, it is such a neat park and our visit was cut short from the storm that came in last time. They have kids concerts in the Piper Palm house on Wednesdays at 9:30am, so I decided to take them. It was OK, probably something I would not take them to again.


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Nathan during the concert. Look at those brown eyes!


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Autumn and her baby. She must have a baby with her at alllll times.


pony
After the concert, we stepped outside and saw a PONY. Big excitement!


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There is a BEAUTIFUL garden outside the Piper Palm house... a great photo opportunity!


Jumping
I told them to... JUMP!


Nathan-swing
Then we headed over to the playgrounds... there is two, one for toddlers/preschoolers and one for 5 years and up. I love that the playgrounds have fences around them, especially since I have a Autumn the Explorer on my hands. Here is Nathan on the swing.


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I couldn't believe Nathan climbed up this!


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My two cuties


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After the playgrounds I let them play in the spray jets. Nathan LOOOOVED this part, it took Autumn awhile to warm up to it and she didn't get drenched like Nathan!


Sissy-resisting-water
Hah! See, you can tell she isn't so sure of the water jets!
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