Friday, April 20, 2012

PB Dip Recipe

Today Hallie turned 7 and I let her pick our plans for the day. They included a picnic at a nearby beach area, so for a special treat, I made this dip to go with our apple slices. Super yummy and easy!

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Smucker's natural chunky)
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (didn't have greek; used regular)
2 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup non-fat milk (omitted completely)
2 tbsp. flax or chia seeds (I used flax)
Whisk everything together until you have a smooth, creamy dip. Serve with fruit such as apples or strawberries. 

Delish! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

life is good...

...and then it gets better! this was the email address of a friend of mine in STL. it's pretty long to type, but what a great reminder, every time you write your email address!

life has been good lately. busy but really good! i hardly miss facebook at all, and after i switched to blogging like a fiend to make up for it, i quickly re-fell off that bandwagon to the depths of no-social-media-ness. well except for words with friends. that i will never give up. ;)

i've been studying for my school and passing tests (i'm officially a senior now, woot woot!) and homeschooling my 1st and 2nd graders and sewing (i've finally finished a quilt i've been "working on" for about 6-ish years) and gardening (yes you read that right! all my beds are weeded and tilled!) and playing wiffle-ball with the kiddos and doing taxes and eating pints of ice cream (while doing said taxes-- it's the only way i talk myself into doing them!) and ... let's see... oh we're getting a puppy next weekend! he's a tri-color male springer, just like my first dog Tucker (who was the best dog ever) and i'm hoping to replicate that with this little guy. we'll see. i might be crazy but hey, you never know till you try!

earlier today i asked hallie is she wanted to play soccer this fall. she responded "no, i want to do gymnastics." i replied, "well, i know. but you could do both!" she flatly stated "no" and walked away. how can this child be genetically mine?! haha. she did just get moved up to the pre-competitive team for next session so i can't complain.

dan's in oklahoma/missouri till late tonight. sunday we head to florida to meet up with my whole family for 4 days! i'm soooo excited!! i haven't seen my sister emily since last june, and anna since new years! the rest of them have been gone since the end of feb., and we are all very excited to see everyone! i love family times. :)

guess that's about it. the kids (all of whom i kicked outside awhile ago) are all clamoring for me to come "do something" with them so i think i will. it's a gorgeous day (if a little chilly) and i love nothing more than playing outside! my next goal is to get a basketball hoop so i can teach the kids to play PIG and around the world. it's been way too long since i've had a hoop to shoot!

have a great easter everyone! i'm sure i won't be checking back in for awhile, but that's good right? that means i'm out being a mama and doing what i'm supposed to do. <3

remember, life is good but then it gets better!


Monday, April 2, 2012

In the last few days...

I went to Philly on Saturday and got my nose pierced. Never underestimate the power of a girls day out! :D

Hallie lost her 6th tooth and daddy the tooth fairy pulled through! Madeleine (the tooth fairy) has been less than consistent in lost-teeth-past (thanks to mama's memory.)

In Philly I went to Max Brenner's chocolate restaurant and had marshmallow-y hot milk chocolate from a "hug mug". My life is so much better having experienced that amazingness.

My wonderful in-laws left today after a week-long visit. I am so blessed to have the best in-laws ever! Seriously, you think yours are great; you have nothing on mine. My mother-in-law painted this for me while they were here, and it's hanging on our bedroom wall. Isn't it gorgeous?! I love it!!!

Having been off facebook for an eternity, I have picked up a new social medium addiction: Instagram. Follow me (mamasarah4) for on-the-go pics of my life! I love it-- I'm a pretty bad photographer, but Instagram makes me feel all hip and edgy and like I can snap random pics and magically have them turn out great 'cause I'm that good.

I wonder if this had anything to do with my nose piercing?! ;)