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Weight For Me!

You may remember the documenting of my weight loss (and how dieting sucks). And you may hove notice a lack of those posts recently…ya. well. That’s because I totally fell off that wagon. And then it ran over me. And apparently there were lot of chocolates and other yummy things under that wagon that fell into my mouth as it was rolling over me.

I’ve gained a little more than 1/2 the weight back. So technically, I’m still lighter than I was 2 years ago at this point, but I’m definitely heavier than i was at this point last year. And I’m disgusted with myself.

I can’t seem to stop eating! (She says as she puts another Girl Scout cookie in her mouth…) I love all foods that I shouldn’t be eating. And when they’re around, I have no control over the amount that goes into my mouth. None.

SOMETHING (besides my pants) needs to give. I need to get back on my Wii. I need to start monitoring what I put into myย  mouth. I need to stop buying all this CRAP.

And I thought if I wrote it all down, I might actually hold myself accountable. Or at least have you guys to hold me in check…

So…Wagon!! Hold up!! Wait for me!!

Prolos!

The PTO ladies brought snacks to the session last week. One of the treats that disappeared quite quickly (with good reason!) was called “Prolos” – A Rolo sandwiched between two pretzels. HOLY COW, Yu-um. And easy enough to make with your kids!

I lined 3 cookie sheets (mine are stoneware) with parchment paper and put one in front of each kid. Then I put a pile of “heart pretzels” (as Burke calls them) by the cookie sheets and told the kids to spread them out over the cookie sheets.

Placing Pretzels

Once Logan realized he wasn’t supposed to just eat the pretzels, he got in on the fun too.

Then came the Rolos. We unwrapped them and placed one on each pretzel. (Again, Logan had a hard time with the “Don’t eat them yet!” heh)

Rolos on Top

Rolos on Top

Maggie liked putting them on up-side-down. Not sure why… ๐Ÿ™‚ After a few tries, Logan would chant “No eat.” each time I handed him an unwrapped Rolo.

Put them in the oven (at 350) for about 2 minutes. Just enough to get them squishy.

Making the Rolos Squishy

2 Minutes is STILL a Long Time to Wait

Be careful when you take the cookie sheet out – squishy Rolos tend to slide a bit…

Sliding Rolos

While the Rolos are still warm, place another pretzel on top and press down slightly. (I did this while the kids watched … Hot stoneware plus 3 kids makes me nervous!)

Pressed Pretzels

Put in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate. After an hour or so, you can transfer them to an air-tight container.

Store in the Fridge so the chocolate doesn’t melt too much, but be sure to take them out a little while before you want to serve them. (Otherwise the caramel is a tooth hazard…)

Saturday Snapshot: Brunch with Friends

The awesome What A Card invited us over for Brunch today. YUMMY!

The food was great, the company was wonderful, and I’m pretty sure that all of the kids had a really good time…and you should have seen/heard Logan wailing on their drum set ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish I had gotten a picture!

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Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this chilly Saturday.

Thursday Theater: The Art of Sharing a Lollipop

Burke and Maggie received lollipops for cleaning up the living room…and decided that they *might* share with Logan.

(1 minute 55 seconds)

And the pictures to match ๐Ÿ™‚

"That looks good..."

"Is this how you do it..?"

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"mmmmm"

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"Finally!"

Fx4: Baking

The kids baked some Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies with Jessica (the nanny) yesterday. Jessica captured some really cute pictures…and a really funny video.

Watching the Cookies Bake

Watching the Cookies Bake

"We made cookies!!"

"We made cookies!!"

"Are they done yet?"

"Are they done yet?"

And the funny video of Burke trying to hug Marjorie…

(1 minute)

Candid Carrie sponsors this one โ€“ head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers whoโ€™ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

Fx4: Octopus

Candid Carrie sponsors this one โ€“ head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers whoโ€™ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

I know I saw this on another blog…Cat’s maybe?? …it was a while ago and I’ve been meaning to try it out ever since I saw it. . .ย  Let’s just say I heard a lot of “More!”s ๐Ÿ™‚

Hot Dog Octopus

Thread spaghetti through cut up hot dogs

Thread spaghetti through cut up hot dogs

I use the HUGE Hebrew National hot dogs so they’re nice and fat…lots of room to poke the uncooked angel hair pasta through. And it took me a few tries to get into the groove of threading it through without breaking it!

Boil

Boil

I boiled it for the amount of time the pasta needed to cook.

Remove carefully!

Remove carefully!

You don’t want the tentacles to break ๐Ÿ™‚

"What is this, Mom?"

"What is this, Mom?"

"Yum!"

"Yum!"

"Octopus??"

"Octopus??"

Random Updates: Dancing, Grapes, Birds, and Fish

I have all these pictures and updates that relate to nothing but themselves, so I figured I’d just do one big post about them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dancing
Remember last week? Marjorie wanted a skirt for dance class? Well, mom that I am…I couldn’t say “no”

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(Yes, she has crocks on…we’re still in the car here ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Grapes
Remember the grapes we found in our back yard? They’re now ripe!

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And Jessica – my nanny – peeled and seeded them and then had Marjorie help her bake a grape pie! Holy cow. It’s delicious!!

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(I also learned something…if your fruit pie looks like it will be runny, just add an egg and it will firm right up while cooking. Who knew??)

And a little story. Marjorie had a few blueberries in her hand and told Daddy that she wanted to make a blueberry pie. He kept telling her that we didn’t have enough blueberries for a pie, so she became thoughtful … apparently she remembered the bucket full of grapes we had picked earlier in the day and said, “Grape pie!” We’d never heard of grape pie before…

Birds
Remember Marjorie’s birdhouse? I finally got around to taking a picture of it hanging up.

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Fish
Remember Fishful Thinking? Logan can’t wait to learn more fun activities either. ๐Ÿ™‚

Logan Borrowed Mommy's Fishful Thinking Hat

Logan Borrowed Mommy's Fishful Thinking Hat