Thursday, December 22, 2011

candy cane mud pie

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Doesn't this pie just look delicious?  I assure you it is.  I've made it the last few years around Christmas and it is always a big hit with with kids and adults alike.  It's also very easy to make.  Here's what you'll need.

     *Carton of Mint and Chip Ice Cream
     *Bag of Andes Mints
     *About 5 Candy Canes
     *Oreo Cookie Pre-made Crust
     *Hot Fudge {Optional}

1.  Let your ice cream sit out for about 10 minutes or so to soften, but not melt.

2.  Meanwhile, unwrap your mints and candy canes.  Rough chop the mints to the size you'd like {I like them kind of big, but it's up to you}.  Then put your unwrapped candy canes in a big ziploc bag, get out a mallet or rolling pin and beat the heck out of your candy canes.  I'm serious, go to town on them.  Great therapy.

3.  Put softened ice cream into a large mixing bowl with your chopped mints and candy cane.  Don't use all of the candy because you'll want to reserve some of the candy for the top of the pie.  Mix with a wooden spoon until the candy is well incorporated into the ice cream.

4.  Spoon ice cream mixture into crust.

5. Top with remaining candy.

6.  Put pie back into the freezer for an hour or so to harden.  When ready to serve, top with hot fudge.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

why owning a spider may not be such a bad idea

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Ok, so I get that some of you may be rolling your eyes at me and even gagging right now.  I get it... spiders are ewwwwwwww.  I completely agree.  I once stared at one that was lurking in our hall cupboard for about 25 minutes before I mustered up enough courage to kill it.  And when it finally did meet its fate {death by shoe} I did the ewwwwwwww dance {I know you know what I'm talking about} while cursing my husband for not being home to do the deed.  Rest assure it was a large, chunky spider, so my behavior was completely condoned...obviously.  

With that said, Sugar, as we call her, is not a bad idea as far as pets go.  Now if you're looking for a creature to cuddle and bond with, Sugar is not for you.  But if you're searching for a pet that's unique, interesting, extremely low maintenance, and will outlive old Fluffy, Sugar is indeed your gal.

She is a Chilean rose tarantula.  We know she's female because that is what the spider guy at the pet store told my husband.  She is very mild-mannered and can even be handled by us.  Her diet consists of a cricket every week or two.  In the summer we hunt our own crickets, and for the rest of the year, we spend a whopping 10 cents a week on her diet.  On the rare occasion we get the cool guy at the pet store to retrieve our crickets, we pay nothing.  She doesn't smell, we rarely clean out her dwellings, and she has even molted once {little man took that one to school for show-and-tell}.  

So for now, because husband and I are not ready for a furry pet, Sugar is perfect for us.  I don't hold her or talk to her or anything like that, but I will admit I love observing her through the glass and even sometimes watch her eat, but who wouldn't?  I promise you would.  You may say you wouldn't, but the temptation to watch is just too strong.  It's impossible to look away.  I-M-P-O-S-S-I-B-L-E.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

car rides

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Sometimes car rides are pretty awesome. Especially on the way to the little guy's basketball game, and most definitely when our sweet girl finds those sun glasses that have been hiding on the floor of the car. And the sunshine is coming through the windows just right.  And I have my camera.  And the moment is caught and recorded just in time.

10

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Little man turned 10 last month and we celebrated in the most simple of ways: pizza, rootbeer, football.  I've got to say that boy parties are so much easier to throw than girl parties.  We gave them a frisbee and football and they entertained themselves.  With so much going on right now, the simplicity of this party was really needed.

Now on being 10.  My husband kept remarking on the days prior to his little man's birthday that he couldn't believe his boy was a decade old, a decade old!  Yes, time does certainly fly, especially when you're raising little ones.  Sometimes I just want to put them in a jar, and halt their growth for a little while, but of course that wouldn't be fair.  They're meant to grow.  That's what they do.  It's up to us to enjoy every inch of it.  And to marvel at it.