Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PB & J Funk

(Disclaimer: If you don't have a) children, b) children eating PB & J, or c) eat PB & J yourself .... move along to the next post you have to read in your busy blog reading day.)

I don't know about you, but I grew a dislike for PB & J YEARS ago. Probably around the same age that my own children grew their dislike for it .... around the age of 4 or 5. However, as a mom, the timeless PB & J remains to be one of the cheapest, easiest, and healthiest things I can seem to be able to get my kids to eat. (Again, till about the age of 5. Provi (age 8) wants nothing to do with the childhood nonsense.)

However, as I was clipping coupons this weekend, I ran across a recipe to add a twist to the dying sandwich. I didn't write it down, thus this is just the idea.... If you need a real recipe for PB & J ... well, sorry. Perhaps you should just go buy the Crustables. :)

Anyway, grab the small flour tortillas. Layer one side with peanut butter. Sprinkle w/ granola (we had french vanilla almond granola on hand, so I used that), follow with some mini chocolate chips (yes, I realize this takes the "healthiest thing I can get my kids to eat" out of the equation, but oh well), layer black cherry jelly (I don't know why it called for this rather than grape, but I used it) on another tortilla. Smoosh sides together, cut in quarters with a pizza cutter. Serve!

Walla ... PB & J restored!

YUM! Even Provi loved them. More than that .... I loved them! So, be sure to make enough for mom!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Comedy of [Car] Errors and the Solution

This past Friday was a quit the comedy of car errors in the Britton household.

I went out with Aaron's car. He stayed home with the boys and the van.

Aaron left to get Eden from Kindergarten. Van battery was dead. No neighbors home to help.

I was 25 minutes away. I had 5 minutes to rush to get Eden from school.

Eden was sitting in the school office rather grumpy at our tardiness.

Dropped Eden off at home. Realized our jumper cables were missing.

Left to get new cables.

While driving Aaron's car, back left tire blew out. NOT "had a slow leak". BLEW OUT. Smoke filled entire inside of car. I didn't know what had happened. I was pretty sure the car was about to explode with me still in it.

Upon realizing it was a tire, I quickly remembered that, yes, I am that girl that doesn't know how to change a flat.

Neighbor came home, jumped the van. Aaron had to now get Provi from school.

I waited.

Aaron, with all kids in tow, showed up 40 minutes later to change tire.

Lug nuts stripped, couldn't get tire off.

Called tow company.

40 minutes later, he came with massive tools to get tire off.

Got spare on, and car to Walmart. Oh, and purchased cables.

Seemed like a bigger deal at the time. So, what does one do at the end of the day after such events occur? Chocolate and wine, what else?!?!

I had the wine, but was missing the chocolate. It was then, that I remembered my sister had posted a 4 minute chocolate cake recipe on her blog. That did the trick! So, I thought I would share such end of the day, chocolate neccessity, saving graces with you for if you ever find yourself in such a desperate postition.....

Here's the directions:
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

NOTE: I found it easier to mix everything in a bowl and then pour into the mug. I mixed the first time in the mug and it didn't get all mixed up.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

For those of you a little more adventurous, my girlfriend cut the milk back to 2 tablespoons and added a tablespoon (and a dash) of Bailey's Irish Cream.
****** I (Jody) decided to be adventurous. I used 1 T (and a dash) of Starbucks liquor. Yumm!!!!******

Oh, and because it is cooked in the microwave, it's a bit on the dry side. So be sure you have some ice cream laying around. :)

The result ----- yummy sweetness that did the trick!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I.Hate.Wasps.Period.

Today I was outside doing yard work to prepare for the spring/summer/gardening months ahead. As I was doing so, I stumbled across some hibernating wasps and the nests they live/plot their evil schemes against me and my children in. So ..... off to the store I ran for the wasp killer, then enlisted The Terminator and his trusty sidekick to take care of them.



We found 2 huge nests in this electrical box out back. It is the same box where the attack on my poor babies stemmed from this past summer.


Here is Sam, the trusty Sidekick. Notice the "mask" over his face. So tough.




The Terminator himself, with his Trusty Sidekick.


The Result .....
Dead, dead, and more dead wasps.
My hero!



I truly believe there is a special place in Hades for these creatures. Just sayin'.