Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 47-Easy Homemade Microwave Mac and Cheese and Spaghetti-Ohs

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Hello! I came across two easy microwave recipes that I just had to try! Homemade individual microwave mac and cheese and spaghetti-ohs! How cool is that to be able to make these dishes in under ten minutes!  I found the mac and cheese recipe here and the spaghetti-ohs here.

To make the mac and cheese, I put 1/3 cup elbow noodles and 1/3 plus 1/4 cup water in a large bowl.  I microwaved it for 6 minutes and stirred it at 4 and 2 minutes and again at 1 minute.  I added about 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese and approximately 1 tablespoon milk.  I stirred it and put it back in the microwave for about 30 seconds. That’s it! The kids liked the mac and cheese (I thought it was really good) but surprisingly they liked the spaghetti-ohs better.

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Helping me cook

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To make the spaghetti-ohs, I made the pasta just like I did for the mac and cheese. When the noodles finished cooking, I added a few tablespoons of pasta sauce and a handful of shredded cheese. I put the dish back in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese and heat up the pasta sauce.  Harper and Will loved this dish! I do have to say, it was pretty tasty:)

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Enjoying my spaghetti-ohs!

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You should try out these easy dishes!

 

{park discovery // summer bucket list}

Summer Bucket List

Hello! I’m linking up with Jenny from The Chronicles of We, Courtney from Sweet Turtle Soup and several other bloggers for their fun summer bucket list link-up!

Since it’s summer, we’ve been spending lots of time at our local parks.  There are several parks within 20 minutes of our home and we like to explore all of them.  This particular park is lots of fun and the way it is set up, it makes it easy for me to watch Will when he explores on the bigger park set while Harper runs around the smaller play set.

This girl is very cautious about going down slides.  She refuses to go down any slide at the park but will go down the slide on our neighbor’s play set. Harper just likes to climb up and down the steps and swing.  She would swing all day if I let her, ha!

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Mr. Adventurer!

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For comparison (since I love taking pictures of Will and Harper doing similar activities each year to see how much they’ve grown and changed!):

Summer 2014

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Summer 2013-look how much smaller they both look!

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Swinging! I think Will’s a little too big for this swing!

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“Come on, Harper, let’s go see the ducks”

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At the park, there’s a fun bridge that we like to go on. There’s a great view of the river and of the ducks.  Harper was actually very resistant about going across the bridge. She kept looking down and was scared that you could see straight down to the water.

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“Up, Mommy”

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The view from the bridge…

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Will pretending to feed the ducks.

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“Look at the ducks, Mommy!”

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Now it’s time to explore more parks this summer!

{Thoughts for Thursday}

 

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Hello! I’m linking up with Annie and Natalie for Thoughts for Thursday.

I am helping out with VBS as a crew leader (Will was in my group) all week and am worn out! Chasing around a group of preschoolers will do that, ha!

Here are some things that are happening around our house…

Summer reading…I love Emily Giffin’s books and was excited to read her latest. My friend borrowed it from the library and passed it on to me (thanks, Ashley!), but I just couldn’t get into it. It focused too much on football.  I’m not into sports but was going to give it a try.  Well, I got half-way through it and decided that the sports talk was just too much.  Any recommendations for good summer reads?  Something light and fun?

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The adventures of potty training have started…we picked up some potty essentials a few weeks ago and have been working on sitting on the potty. Harper wakes up most mornings with a dry diaper so I immediately stick her on the potty. She also wakes up from her naps with a dry diaper, which is great! With Will, he was super easy to potty train. However, I waited until he was three and was ready for it. I’m not sure that Harper is completely ready, but we’re working on it slowly.

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Fixin’ cars…my husband and his co-worker were repairing my car last week, so Will decided he needed to “fix” his car as well.  Daddy gave him a few tools to play with and he had a blast! Harper wanted to get in the action, too!20140619-205219-75139693.jpg

Lilies…my husband has a beautiful lily garden and the lilies are in full bloom now.  He has a variety of lilies in all different colors–so pretty!20140619-205220-75140830.jpg

We have been grilling more this summer than we have in the past, yay! The other day I made some grilled honey lime chicken and roasted vegetables. Well, I just made the marinade and my husband grilled it, ha! It was such an easy and delicious meal! You just marinate the chicken in some soy sauce, honey, and lime juice and grill. How easy is that?!20140619-205220-75140531.jpgHave a wonderful {almost} weekend!

{summer reading} // It’s the Little Things

Hello! I’m linking up with Jess and Ashley for “It’s the Little Things.”

Last week, I took Will and Harper to the local library for a summer reading kickoff celebration.  We signed up for their summer reading program and enjoyed a variety of activities on the library lawn.  They even had pony rides (but the line was way too long so we had to skip this activity)!  The kids had a blast and I’m excited for us to start reading more books and filling out our summer reading logs! I love that my kids enjoy being read to and want to continue to foster this love of reading in them as they become readers.

Making bracelets.  This was Will’s favorite activity…he made two beaded bracelets!

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Petting the kittens from the SPCA

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Blowing bubbles

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Water play

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Fishing

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More bubble fun!

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Beanbag toss

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{weekend happenings}

What a fun weekend! My in-laws (Mimi and Grandaddy) came on Friday morning and spent part of the weekend with us! Will is always so excited when anyone spends the night because that means he gets to “camp out” in the bonus room (our play area) while our guests sleep in his room.

They brought us yummy homemade desserts (both with from scratch crusts!)-fudge pie and rhubarb pie (this happened to be rhubarb from my parents’ garden) and three bags of blueberries from a local farm.

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When they arrived on Friday, they took Will and Harper to a nearby park so I could have some “quiet time.”  It gave me the chance to organize our bonus room closet and sort items for a consignment sale and items to donate.

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Fresh blueberries! All three bags are all gone! My kids eat these like candy!

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Playing with Mimi’s phone and tablet. On Friday evening, they took the kids out to dinner while my husband and I went out for a nice, relaxing dinner sans kiddos.  We went to one of our favorite restaurants in town and had a great time! We called this our Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and birthday celebration all combined into one for us, ha! The last time we went on a “date” was back in December.

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On Saturday, I made breakfast and we headed out the door to our local farmer’s market.

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I gave Will the task of selecting some green beans for us.

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Petting the dogs at the market.

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We love to walk across an old bridge and up to a seating area that has great views of the town.  Will and Harper ran around for a while, splashing in puddles and burning off some energy!

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A trip downtown is never complete without a visit to Pufferbellies, our favorite toy store!IMG_5442

For lunch, we headed to a local pizza place for a quick bite to eat.  Harper was having a meltdown and refused to sit in her high chair for lunch.  Will was getting tired as well, so as soon as we were finished, we headed home for naps.

After naps, we played more with Mimi and Grandaddy and enjoyed a yummy beer can chicken and grilled vegetables for dinner.  The kids were sad when Mimi and Grandaddy had to leave that evening.  We had a blast! Happy summertime:)

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 46-Magic Shell

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Hello! I have a tasty summer treat for you today! Magic shell! I never had this stuff growing up, but I had it recently at a grade level ice cream party at school.  That night, I came home and got on Pinterest in search of a homemade magic shell recipe.  I remember seeing one a while back and wanted to try it.

This magic shell is so, so easy! All you do is melt one cup of chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips) and two tablespoons of coconut oil together.  Melt for short increments (30 seconds), stir, and repeat until it’s completely melted.  You can use any kind of chocolate chips, including white chocolate.

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This was my first time using coconut oil…any suggestions on what to do with the rest of it?

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Our neighbor happened to make homemade vanilla ice cream so we tried out the magic shell with it.  Since the homemade ice cream was melting fast, it worked best to stir in the chocolate.  This way, there were hardened chunks of dark chocolate…so yummy!

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I bought some small mason jars and made some magic shell for a friend of mine. I decorated the jar with a cupcake wrapper, some ribbon, and a wooden spoon with washi tape.  20140608-204400-74640964.jpgYou should try this easy and super yummy ice cream topping! I plan on trying it with different types of chocolate chips:)

{first dentist visit!}

I took Will to his first “official” dentist visit last week! Will went with me last year to my dental cleaning just so he could see what all happens at the dentist.  He had a blast and was thrilled when the hygienist let him try out all the tools.  So cool!

When I took him last week, he wanted to play with all the tools again and asked tons of questions about how the tools work and what they are used for.

Checking out the tools with Harper. I debated not taking her but decided that she needs to get familiar with the dentist as well.  I was armed with snacks to keep her occupied in case I needed them, ha!

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Getting ready for his teeth cleaning. He was reluctant to have his teeth cleaned, so she did the best she could. The hygienist said that with each visit, it will get easier and he will be more willing to have his teeth cleaned.  20140619-205537-75337488.jpg

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Waiting on the dentist.

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Checking over his teeth.

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After the dentist appointment (who schedules their kid’s dentist appointment for 8am in the summer? Me, I guess!), we headed to Panera for breakfast. Yum! I hadn’t been to Panera for breakfast before, but it was yummy! I had an egg and cheese on ciabatta and the kids shared a bagel and cream cheese and some fruit.20140619-205539-75339970.jpg

The super nice thing about our local Panera is the kids’ play area. There is seating right beside the play area, so we ate breakfast and the kids played while I finished my breakfast and read a few blogs. 20140619-205540-75340242.jpg

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