Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Time and the Livin' is Easy......

I am not a warm weather person but this winter was so long, dark and cold that I am soaking up as much summer as possible. 

Lettuce growing everywhere....

Celebrated my baby's 16th birthday........

Summer light late into the evening.....

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

S'Mores Bars

I can't get enough of these S'more's Bars and apparently neither can my family. 

I usually double this recipe and put it in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Trust me no matter how many you make it will never seem like enough. 
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
3 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Beat melted butter and sugar together until well-blended. Add the egg and vanilla extract; mix well. In another bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing until blended. Press half of the prepared dough into the prepared pan and bake 15 minutes.

Arrange chocolate chips over baked layer and sprinkle with miniature marshmallows. Top with the remaining dough and bake 10-15 minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars. Makes 16 servings.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Scenes From My Weekend

Who can't resist a double rainbow?  Maybe it means good things are on their way or maybe it is to remind me how blessed I am.  

I'm so in love with this sleeping space. It's so calm and peaceful and the leather pillow just adds the right touch of texture.   (Via http://www.jacquelynclark.com)  

I walk by this house everyday on my way to work, the pops of color perk up my mornings.  

Favorite easy meal of the week, salmon on the grill and mixed greens tossed with asparagus, candied walnuts, goat cheese and a vinaigrette.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Young Love

This is my son and his beautiful girlfriend, they are only 16.  I see them and I can't help thinking back to when I was 16.  I remember being that age and thinking that everything about my life and my loves were so important, they were not.  I also remember the dreams I had, in my case of becoming a lawyer and having a wonderful marriage and family.  Well, I'm not a lawyer and I don't have a wonderful marriage anymore but I do have three incredible children.  I work a regular desk job, struggle with money worries and I am sometimes overwhelmed taking care of three boys.  It may not be the life I planned when I was 17 but it is my life and I am so grateful for it.  However, no matter how old I get I will never stop coming up with new plans/dreams because change is inevitable.      

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

S'mores Cake

First off, I apologize for the horrible quality of these pictures. I would blame my phone but we all know the iPhone can take pretty great pictures if the user knows what she is doing. 
My family decided at the last minute to get together for Memorial Day, which was a nice surprise except that I was put in charge of dessert, since it was last minute I decided to use what I had on hand.  I made this chocolate cake using my favorite chocolate cake recipe, and added marshmallow fluff in between the two layers.  For the frosting I used this S’mores frosting from Betty Crocker just to keep it simple. 
The cake came out pretty good however next time I better keep it in the refrigerator.  The marshmallow fluff kind of began to melt and ooze out of the cake, which wasn’t pretty, but it still tasted delicious. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Weekend

I was reading this article about 12 Rituals Happy, Successful People Practice Everyday and even though these simple reminders seem so basic I was happy to be reminded of them.  I shall spend my weekend attempting some spiritual growth.