Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Little Willis

We ate dinner at Culver's the other night. The toddler's meal came with a free scoop of frozen custard and my husband when to the counter to pick it up for us to share.

A: "Where Daddy go?"

me: "To get our ice cream."

A: "ooo!"

Daddy returns and as he approaches A says: "Super ice cream!"

Daddy: "It's all for me!"

A: "What you said?!"

As if she didn't hear him the first time. It was the cutest thing. I don't know who taught her that kind of attitude, but boy.... don't you mess with that girl's ice cream!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Toddler Wants to Bake Pie UPDATED


For two days now, A has been begging me to make a pie. I have no pie fruit, no cans of pie filling. What to do?! I scrounged around in the cupboard and found two boxes of instant pudding. Can you make a decent pie out of INSTANT chocolate pudding? We'll find out!

Without further ado, the "Toddler wants to bake pie and the cupboard is bare" Pie recipe:

A's Chocolate Pie
10 graham crackers, crushed
1/3 C butter (or whatever's left in the tub in this case)
2 Tbs sugar
2 boxes chocolate pudding
2 squares of baker's chocolate, melted
2 cups milk

Melt the butter in the pie pan in the microwave.

Add grahams and sugar and press into the pie pan to make a crust.

Blend pudding mix with 2 cups of milk with an electric mixer.

Fold in melted chocolate and scoop into the pie crust.

Refridgerate for an hour.



It's cooling right now so we don't know if it's any good, but the spatula tasted wonderful! A went through three clean shirts while licking various chocolate-covered tools, so it will probably be a hit.


UPDATE: Served chilled with cool whip on top, this pie is definitely a repeatable experience. It disappeared and the adults fought over the last two pieces.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Finally a Favorite

When our older daughter was 4 months old, we tried to introduce to her the lovey of our choosing. It was a white lamb head on a blanket with nubs. We had bought two of them, based on the old piece of advice that you should never have only one of the child's favorite sleep item. A was kind enough to take to "Wooboo" as she calls it with no problems, but she has always been very flexible about it. She never behaved in a way that required us to have a backup Wooboo so that she could go to sleep.

Hooray, we thought.

Introduce to the scene Lulu, a Build-A-Bear dog. A went to BAB with her friend B for B's birthday and picked out Lulu. I really liked Lulu, and thought she made an excellent choice. So maybe it's my fault that she likes her so much, as I encouraged A to play with Lulu those first few weeks we had her.

Lulu is missing her underwear, pants, and ear bows, but still retains her shirt and collar. Lulu is well-loved and sleeps with A every single night. She'll sleep without Lulu, but not without compaining.

Here are some of the places that Lulu has been showing up:





And my personal favorite, On the Potty:




The only real drawback to this situation, well, okay, the only TWO real drawbacks are as follows:

1. Lulu was not inexpensive, and to have TWO Lulus would not be advisable, despite the advice.
2. Lulu has a voice box in her paw. She is not machine washable. Oh dear.

Overall, I have to say, though, that I am pleased with A's choice. Lulu is small enough to travel well, and cute enough to not be an embarrassment now or later when she comes along for the ride. Good Job, A!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

The toddler informed me, upon picking her up from daycare, that she wanted to make cookies. So, we went home and put together some peanut butter chocolate cookies with dark and milk chips. They're in the oven now and I can only imagine that they'll be delicious. The original Dark Chocolate and Chip cookie recipe has been easy to adapt to a number of different variations over the years and all have been fabulous. 8 minutes until we know!

The Chocolate Cookie
1/2 C butter
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
2tsp vanilla
2C flour
1/2 C cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 C chocolate chips, mixed milk and dark
1/2 C peanut butter

Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

Add cocoa, baking powder, salt and flour, mix.

Fold in chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Bake at 350F for 11 min.