One can only eat so many pieces of candy corn before the sickeningly sweet, tongue-covering film inside the mouth requires the need for something, anything even remotely close to healthy. When the littles have OD’d on too much fall and Halloween goodness, here’s a snack that adds a little more fruit and a tad less sugar to their diet. Whipped cream optional, but oh so good!
Candy corn, the fall version of those blessed marshmallow Peeps, can bring forth some strong emotional reactions. Whether it be the greatest fall snack to enter our homes or the most disgusting, sugar-filled creation that ever came to be, it’s certainly a love it or hate it kind of treat. Luckily (or not, depending how you look at it!), this household loves to grab it by the fistful and nibble away until the bowl (candy corn-shaped, of course!) is empty. For you haters out there feeling that part of your autumn existence isn’t quite complete without having an affinity for the aforementioned artificial goodness, there’s no need to despair–you can enjoy the same yellow, orange and white goodness without dipping into the Brach’s bag! I introduce to you Candy Corn Jello– a fall treat for all to love!
This past weekend we celebrated the nuptials of my ‘lil bro and his beautiful wife Jolene. They have grown so much as a couple since their early going-out days, and it was wonderful reminiscing about what life was like during that stage in our lives. You know, the pre-kids, pre-soccer-mom-mini-van-driving-hoards-of-laundry-house-always-trashed-finger-foods-for-dinner-home-by-7 days. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change our daily chaos for anything, but it is nice to take a stroll down memory lane every now and again and be reminded of how few responsibilities we truly had ! The Diedrich/Prahl wedding was quite a party, and we have our invited kids to thank for the lack of hangovers and impromptu river dancing that did not commence as per usual. Best of luck to the happy couple, and best wishes for a long and happy marriage!
The leaves on our neighborhood trees are changing colors right before our very eyes. Packer season, pumpkin spice lattes and open windows have arrived! Running outside is finally tolerable without overheating, and the kiddos have to once again listen to nagging reminders about taking a coat with them before they leave the house. Shorter nights, soup suppers and everything orange are soon to come!
The sunshine was so warm and gorgeous when I brought the kiddos home from school Tuesday that we didn’t even make it into the house before scootering, chalking, and even completing our nightly reading requirement. Hubby returned from work and we decided to enjoy a cocktail on the front porch while the kiddos covered the driveway (and themselves!) with chalk. After three sips I needed to return inside for a jacket. I only got another three sips in before dusk and the mosquitoes were upon us. Gone are the 9 pm sunsets and lazy days of summer. Fall is here!
Need a snack to excite the littles before they realize their next 180 school days will be filled with homework and early bedtimes? My kiddos love the back to school anticipation. Seeing their friends daily, restarting their favorite school year extracurriculars and of course new back to school duds makes the onset of another school year not so scary. It’s amazing how different summer mode versus school year mode can be, and thank goodness for fun snacks to make the huge transition just a little bit sweeter. Happy new school year, kiddos!
spunky spirited sweet Sophie is four! And like most other four-year-olds we know, she is completely enamored with the movie Frozen. Yes, hubby and I are that couple who enthusiastically lip sync Love is an Open Door at the top of our lungs on every car ride, with Sophie screeching “Mom and Dad, stop singing! I can’t hear Anna and Hans’ voices!”. Sophie has asked for her name to be permanently changed to Elsa, has donned a coronation cape for months, and is this close to believing she may actually have ice powers. It could be worse. The Wiggles anyone?