No Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Ice Cream | May 14, 2017 | By

I know!  You guys are all going to go into shock – what with two posts in a week! 

I hope you get why I wasn’t posting though…  This whole pregnant thing.  Well.  Let’s just say it hasn’t gotten easier.  I’m sicker, longer-every time, I swear.  Third trimester has me all happy and shouting for joy that I feel normal again!  (Other than the growth of my body in certain areas.)  Finally though, I have some motivation and focus back.  Feels great.

So!  We’re back in ice cream mode.  Kind of.  

We want to be anyhow.  The weather here teases us with a day of warmth and sunshine, only to get cold and damp for a week or two following.  

Ice cream is good, no matter what the weather though.  Especially if you can make it yourself, without a machine, and put the desired amount of cookie dough in it (ie – more cookie dough than ice cream?).  

Anybody else indulge in ice cream as a midnight snack, perhaps a bit too frequently?  Or is it just me, and my pregnant self?  I must say, cookie dough is probably my go-to.  If I don’t know what kind to pick (I’m a terrible decider-of-things at times), I fall back on good ole chocolate chip cookie dough.  Yum.  

Anyhow.  We’ve made this quite a few times, and normally, I don’t put the whole batch of dough in the ice cream.  This time, we put it allll in.  And there was bascially as much dough as ice cream.  Which, to me, sounds like a pretty good deal.  Hubby thought maybe I had gone a little crazy (a little MORE crazy, most likely).  But it’s up to you.  If you have dough left over, freeze it – use it in your next batch.  There’s totally enough for two batches if you are a sane ice cream + cookie dough eater.  I like the 1:1 ratio though.  It’s kind of like my 1:1 ratio for cake to icing.  It’s gotta be even.  Some of each in every bit.  Y’get my drift?

The recipe itself, well, it’s pretty darn close to my other no-churn recipes.  The dough is pulled from my Cookie Dough Ball recipe, but cut in half.  

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No Churn Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Smooth and sweet no-churn ice cream with as much (or as little) cookie dough as you want!
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Cookie Dough
  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. Pinch of baking soda
  4. 1/2 cup margarine, room temperature
  5. 1/3 cup white sugar
  6. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 Tbsp cup milk
  9. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Ice Cream
  1. 2 cups whipping cream
  2. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla
Cookie Dough
  1. Beat margarine and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Pop in the freezer for 10-15 minutes for easier handling.**
  3. Roll into 1/2" balls, or preffered size for in your ice cream.
Ice Cream
  1. In a large bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks. Fold in sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.
  2. Fold in cookie dough, and pour into a 9x9 or loaf pan.
  3. Cover and freeze, for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
Notes
  1. I used a chocolate bar with caramel pieces (chopped up) for the pictures in this recipe. I've made it with chocolate chips too, though. I'd say use whatever yummy kind of chocolate you can get your hands on!
  2. **If you run out of time, you don't have to pop it in the freezer, it just might be a little harder to make into little balls.
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Need more ice cream recipes?  Check these out:

No-Machine Ginger Ice Cream

No-Churn Blueberry Lavender Curd Ice Cream

Tropical Birthday Scones

It’s my birthday!

I was determined to have scones for breakfast on my birthday.  So I let my kids watch a show pre-breakfast, and whipped up a batch of scones!  Tropical birthday scones. 

I really loved dried fruit in my scones.  Take these Apple Ginger Scones, for example.  They are preeettty dang amazing.  I bought the kids bags of dried fruit for in their Easter baskets this year (an attempt to not have quite so much candy around).  Anyhow, I really love dried papaya and pineapple.  So, of course, those were two types that I bought.  

And when I was contemplating birthday scones, I was also dreaming about warm places.  Tropical places.  Places that people have been going to [without me] for the last few months.  These tropical scones were born of my contemplation and dreams.  

They’re very similar to the Apple Ginger Scones, with only a few, slight changes.  

I hope you get chance to make them, share them, and enjoy them.  With a cup of coffee or tea.  That would be the way to go.  

While I’m here, I guess I should let y’all in on that surprise I said I had in my last post….

We’ll be welcoming baby number four into the family the end of July, Lord willing!

I must say (I reminisce nowadays when I get a year older – a sure sign of age!), I’m not sure I imagined I’d be where I am right now 10 years ago.  But I’m so very thankful for where I am.  I have three great kids, am in my third trimester of my fourth pregnancy, I have a wonderful hubby of almost SEVEN years (HOW on earth did that happen?!), we are blessed with a house and a car, have lots of loving family around us, and live in a wonderful part of the world.  

Yes, there are days I wish things were a bit different.  But I wouldn’t actually change how things have ended up.

Here’s the recipe!

Tropical Birthday Scones
Yields 8
A fruity, sweet, buttery scone. Make those not-so-warm mornings better. Make these.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 2 Tbsp sugar
  5. 3/4 cup butter
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 1/4 + 2 Tbsp evaporated milk
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 2/3 cup chopped, dried fruit (I used papaya and pineapple)
  10. 1 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing)
  11. Sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the first four dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, until the crumbs resemble small peas.
  3. Add in dried fruit.
  4. Pour in milks and vanilla, and stir lightly, until just combined. (Dough will be shaggy, but you can knead it together lightly in the next step.)
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a circle (about 9-10 inches diameter, 1 inch thick, or so). Cut into 8-10 pieces. Transfer to cookie sheet, leaving at least a 1/4 inch between scones. Brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes, and then either EAT or transfer to a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. I totally only made 6 scones with my batch. (Have you heard me mention that I love scones?) Do want you want, I won't judge.
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If you’re looking for some different scones to try your hand at, check out these posts:

Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones

Lavender Berry Scones

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For the Love of Lists – Week 20

Lists for Days | February 24, 2017 | By

I know, I know.  It’s been more than 20 weeks.  But this is the 20th list, anyhow. 

Last week we were basically storm-stayed all week, plus a bout of the stomach flu through 4/5 of us.  It was a crazy week.  All I wanted was comfort food (MAC AND CHEESE), and warm sweaters.  This week, we’re up in the double-digit temperatures and I’m thinking spring thoughts.  Weather.  Funny how it directs your thoughts, eh?  

This list is going to contain a little of both seasons.  Spring really is coming, maybe sometime soon, maybe not, depending on where you live/what direction the weather decides to take.

  1. Comfort food!  Meatballs.  This recipe is a freezer recipe – great for taking to new moms, or for yourself on a busy weeknight!
  2. Goulash.  I think this should be every kids most favourite food.  It was (and still is) one of mine.  So good.  So easy.  Definitely kid-friendly.
  3. Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.  Because: yum.
  4. I love a long sleeved dress.  Throw on a pair of cute tights or leggings and you are comfy and warm, and look dressed up!  I really kind of like the open-shoulder fad going on right now.  
  5. On the other hand, I also really love a great flowy tank with a sweet print for the feel of spring. 
  6. If anyone is in search of a great pair of winter/rain boots (two-in-one!), you need a pair of Bogs.  The Classic High Insulated boots are amazing.  I’ve had mine for a few years, and they are still in great shape, and keep my feet warm (winter) and dry (winter/spring).  They also have great neutral colours, or amazing patterned boots – depending on your preference.
  7. Any other moms out there have some hard days/weeks every once in awhile?  Give this a read.  Great encouragement.  
  8. Warm Molasses Milk.  Intriguing.  I need to get my hands on some blackstrap molasses so I can try this out.  If you don’t like molasses, try this Hot Sweet Milk.

**Throwback to my sweet little baby girl (who is growing up oh-so fast!)

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze

I told you I’d be back with something a wake-me-up, comfort-style recipe!  

Muffins.  Best breakfast ever.  I know, I know.  They’re basically glorified cupcakes.  But they’re so much more than cupcakes.  First of all, there’s generally some sort of fruit in them.  (Fruit=healthy breaky, right?)  Second, you get to warm them up and slather them with butter.  It’s not looked up well if you do that to a cupcake.  Though I’m sure it’d  be pretty dang tasty.  Butter helps all things.  Except acne.  Never put butter on your face.  Please. 

Anyhow.  We’re going to go citrus because it’s February and all things are citrus.  

I go with the flow.  Sometimes.

Then we’re going to throw in a bunch of poppy seeds, because: crunch.  They just make things better.  

Top it all off with a tangy orange glaze, and you have yourselves the best kind of good morning muffin.  Definitely enjoy with a warm cup of something.  It is winter, after all.  (And who doesn’t need a hot coffee in the morn?)

This recipe is adapted from Girl vs Dough (great blog, look around while you’re there).  She made grapefruit muffins, and she made them a bit healthier than I made mine.  (I’m guilty of hardly ever using whole wheat flour – it makes such a healthy tasting final product.  Generally whole wheat baked good that I make taste like dirt.  Nobody likes to eat dirt, amiright?  I eat whole wheat bread.  That’s it guys.  White flour in all the other things.)

I also didn’t use fresh juice.  I didn’t have any.  I’m never prepared.  I only had one egg, so thank goodness I only needed one.  Instead of fresh juice, we use a scoops of frozen orange juice concentrate.  I learned this trick from a dear friend to whose house I was taking these muffins.  I knew she’d appreciate the tang and unpreparedness of my baking.  It’s super easy, and adds such a nice zing.  She makes AMAZING scones using the same method.  Have I mentioned she’s brilliant?  

To the muffins!  You can seriously throw them together in about ten minutes, make the glaze while baking, and enjoy.  Totally doable for a fresh breakfast, or store them, airtight for 3-4 days and heat up for an on-the-run breaky.

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze
Yields 12
A winter wake-me-up muffin! Crunch and tang.
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Muffins
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  3. 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  4. 2 heaping tsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 1/2 cups flour
  8. 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 1/4 cup milk
Glaze
  1. 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  2. 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  4. 2-3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
For the Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line or grease 14 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, poppy seeds, and orange juice concentrate.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs. Stir well.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk.
  5. Fill muffin cups level to top.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the middle of the muffins has set.
For the Glaze
  1. Whisk melted butter, icing sugar, vanilla and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Add more icing sugar if too runny, or more orange juice (or milk) if too thick.
Notes
  1. You can definitely use a mixer or a wooden spoon to make these! Whatever you prefer.
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
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Also, if you have any glaze left over, feel free to cut a muffin in half, and drizzle it over the insides too. Please tell me if you do this. I need to know I’m not alone.  *Ahem…

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Valentines Roundup

Lists for Days | February 7, 2017 | By

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Hey again everyone! 

I am soooo sooo soooooo sorry I’ve been completely MIA.  I’ve been really missing doing this.  Christmas (and some other big things – news to come!) happened, and I’ve gotten just about zero baking done.  How about, I’ve hardly gotten anything done.  Period.  But I’m hoping to be back at it [more] regularly.  

I thought for today, we could do a hybrid list.  A Valentines Day list!  I know Valentines is a loved/hated holiday.  I never quite know how I feel about it, or what to get/do for hubby.  But I love the idea of it, and all the cool diy/baking things that go with it.  

Here are some things I’ve found so far this year:

  1. Chocolate is always good, for multiple reasons.  Lava Brownies
  2. Why go out when you can stay in and cook something amazing together?  After the kids are in bed, of course.  Ashley from Not Without Salt has some great, special menu ideas.  
  3. A cute heart wreath to do with the kiddos.
  4. Expensive, pretty lingerie?  Never a necessity, but always nice.  Anthro delivers.
  5. Amazon has a great selection of vintage valentines.  They’re super cute.  
  6. Hubby got me a cookbook a few years ago for Valentines Day.  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  The Vanilla Bean Baking Book would be an amazing option.  I’ve flipped through it, and every single page looks scrumptious.  
  7. Another great menu idea, with Maple Creme Brulee for dessert.
  8. Another great gift idea – Apricot Massage Oil.  I saw it at a local spa, I think it would smell fantastic.  
  9. Gift ideas for him.  Good Morning Handsome mug.  I keep thinking I should buy this.  I’ve been eyeing it for a year or so.  Tobacco and Vanilla Candle.  Sounds weird, but I feel like it would smell manly.  Better might be this Bergamot and Mahogany Candle.  Wowza.
  10. Another great chocolate recipe.  You can’t go wrong with cake.  You just can’t.

I think I’m Valentines-ed out for now.  But I’ll be back!  Hopefully with a yummy, comforting, pick-me-up of a recipe!

**Jude turned FOUR a few weeks ago!  We celebrated with a Zuma (Paw Patrol) cake.  

For the Love of Lists – Week 19

Lists for Days | December 18, 2016 | By

I can’t believe I almost missed a week!  I still might if I don’t publish this before Sunday.  Which, from where I stand is definitely a possibility.  

I always seem to remember that I need to make about 100 things for Christmas a week or two before Christmas.  Am I crazy?  Must you ask?  The answer will have to be a resounding yes.  

It’s true.  I’m a bit crazy.  Ask my poor hubby. 

I had about a zillion food post ideas for Christmas, but they just haven’t come together.  Time and energy are waning.  I am going to try to pick my favourite idea and have it ready for you mid-week, just in time for Christmas, okay?  For now, enjoy this compilation of random things that I call my List.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy putting it together.  

The list:

  1. Do you talk to yourself?  I do…  Super interesting article on the conversation in your head.  
  2. A few  last minute gift ideas.  Candles are always great.  This one is called Fir and Firewood.  Betcha it smells pretty great.  
  3. Anthropologie always has the prettiest bakeware.  This baking dish and rolling pin.  So pretty.  
  4. Holiday Pillow Covers from West Elm.  One for me, and one for you.  (Isn’t that how you’re supposed to shop?)
  5. I’m going to participate in this online retreat, “Hibernate“.  It looks really cool.  Cheese making, soap making, knitting, cooking.  All sorts of cool tutorials and ideas.  You should definitely check it out.  Get some inspiration rolling on these cold winter days. 
  6. Did you know Toms makes slippers?!  I saw some when we were Christmas shopping.  They look pretty amazingly comfy.  
  7. These Cookie Dough Balls are a MUST MAKE for the holidays.  They’re a definite hit.  Who wouldn’t want to much on chocolate covered cookie dough?  (They’re egg-less, no worries.)
  8. I know a few people with owl obsessions.  These pinecone owl ornaments look so cute!  Something to do with the kids!
  9. And lastly, Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Vegetables.  To get some kind of healthy in there.   

I hope you all have a great week leading up to Christmas.  Hopefully there will be a post before then, but if not, have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

*Briar was being really quiet one day this week, and I came to find her like this.  It’s such a great thing when they’re being quiet and good.  Because much of the time quiet=mischief.  

Dark Chocolate Espresso Shortbreads

Squares and Cookies | December 16, 2016 | By

I know, I know!  Christmas is coming and you need some darn-tooting-awesome cookies up in yo mouth.  These are they.  

Chocolate.  Like, very chocolate.  Plus coffee.  Chocolate + Coffee = Love .  Or something like that.  Mostly fireworks on my taste-buds.  So good.

These are sweet as a dream to whip up.  Wooden spoons only, people.  Only a handful of ingredients, and there you have it!  Really great Christmas cookies.  

I’ve used Nescafe for these cookies, because I love it.  And I would definitely recommend using it.  But any other instant coffees or espresso powders would work fine too, I’m sure.  

Just try to make sure your two year old doesn’t get a hold of them right before bed.  They do have coffee in them, and they might make that kid a little bit crazy.  (Take it from me, I’ve been there.)  😉

Dark Chocolate Espresso Shortbreads
A deep chocolate mixed with coffee combo, in a really great, traditional shortbread.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 3 cups flour
  4. 1 cup cocoa
  5. 2-3 Tbsp espresso powder, or instant coffee
Instructions
  1. With a wooden spoon, mix together butter and sugar. Add in flour, and cocoa. Rub the coffee between your hands to make it into a powder, and add that too. Mix until everything is combined well.
  2. Preaheat oven to 350.
  3. Roll dough out into a 3/4 inch thick square, on a lightly floured surface. Cut into squares. I used a pizza cutter. You could definitely use a cookie cutter too. Put on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and prick a few times with a fork (for that traditional shortbread look).
  4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. The middle should feel soft, but not dent when you touch it lightly.
  5. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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I hope you make these and love them. Try not to eat all of the dough. It’s pretty yummy.

Here are some progress pictures.



For the Love of Lists – Week 18

Lists for Days | December 8, 2016 | By

Hey hey hey!  I feel like it’s been forever, but it hasn’t.  Every day just seems so jam packed with things to do that each day seems like a week.  I wish I could tell you a story about something that happened this week, but I really cannot remember.  Anything.  There’s a blank slate in there.  

Oh!  Remembered something.  We went to a White Elephant-type gift exchange (the kids had their own one too).  Jude knew what I had wrapped up for the kids.  So when I went to see what they had each gotten, I discovered that he had chosen his own gift.  Gummy worms.  Smart kid.  😉  

I will post a recipe very soon.  I have one ready to go – promise.  

Your list for the week.  Christmasy, and lovely. 

  1. The kids and I made these easy ornaments the other day.  Super cute.  They may have added googly eyes.  (Which kind of takes away from the Christmasy look, but they’re funny!)
  2. Another holiday dress for you.  Gold.  It would look great with this bracelet.  
  3. Don’t you hate it when you take the time to make cutout cookies, and they lose all their shape in the oven?  And end up looking like Flubber…  We made this gingerbread cookie recipe this week – and it’s a winner!  No Flubbers in the whole batch.  Just nice, neat gingerbread men, trees… and a snail or two (Jude had to be different).  
  4. While we’re on the topic of Christmas baking, how about these Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties?
  5. That chill in the air?  It calls for Salted Caramel Eggnog.  No doubt, no doubt.  Get it on!
  6. Or this Pumpkin Nog.  It looks A-maazzing.  
  7. Need a super yummy appetizer to bring with you to a Christmas Party?  CRANBERRY BRIE PULL APART BREAD.  No more words are needed.  Just go get the brie. 
  8. We need a little reality here.  We do still have to make supper.  Even though it’s December.  So how bout this White Garlic Pizza?  Or this Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt?  (<—I know that might sound weird, but wow – I think it would be pretty dang awesome.)
  9. Have you guys discovered Spotify yet?  It’s a great way to listen to music, and find new music.  Love it.  Anyhow.  I have a Christmas playlist, if you need some o dat Christmas music – head on over and follow it.  

That’s all for now, folks!  Hope you have a productive, and joyful week!  

*The boys decorating their little tree in their bedroom. 

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Dear Moms – Part 2

Motherhood | December 5, 2016 | By

Mom-ing is hard.

This may not entirely fit in perfectly with the last Dear Moms post, but it’s definitely a continuation. 

This is not a “pity me” post.  It’s simply an “I can resonate with you – you are not in this alone” post.  

I just wanted to confirm to you all that being a mom, well, it’s the hardest job there is.  

I know I would have scoffed at that sentence before I had kids.  Even during my first pregnancy.  But wow.  It’s literally 24/7.  Even when they aren’t home, you’re washing their clothes, cooking their meals, or worrying about them.  Do you know what I mean?  It takes a toll on your brain.  I think that’s probably why I can’t seem to remember which day is what, or why I walked into the dining room in the first place.  Why am I here?  What am I forgetting?  So many times!  I know other moms feel the same.  I’ve listened to them about it.  It’s not just me.  And it’s not just you.  

The last post was about moms with newborns.  This is for moms who are moving past that stage, and are trying to figure out how to have some normalcy in life.   Each stage is hard.  Just different kinds of hard.  Having three kids in about three years – I was exposed to all of the earlier stages at once.  I can honestly say that I can’t remember so much of the last 5 years.  I was either so tired, frazzled, or busy with the little ones that my brain just decided that it couldn’t keep with inputting memories.  It was too busy trying to stay awake, or to focus on any one thing (instead of trying to think of everything all the time – which happens more often than not).

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From having a literal line up at the change table (why would two of them decide to poop at the same time?), to nightmares (“Mommy is so tired, can you please try to stop thinking about bad things?” <— Do I sound/feel selfish much?  Yes.  I will reiterate that last Mom post.  Motherhood shows you how selfish you really are, and bring out lots of other less-than-lovely things about yourself, that you may not have realized.).  We’ve got spills happening at least 3 times a day, sometimes more.  The patience it takes to not explode when someone spills the fifth cup of whatever (or somehow manages to slop their entire bowl of stew on the floor before taking a single bite), is immense.  So much patience required.  

There are so many things that try our patience, that help us grow, to become better parents along the way.  And the best part?  Our kids love us.  No matter how many times we might lose our patience a little bit too quickly, they forgive and forget.  They don’t understand how hard it is, but  they do have little innocent hearts, that love quickly, and immensely.  They know we will not stop loving them if they somehow manage to spill every drink in one day.  They somehow have this great mechanism for forgetting that we were mad at them.  Especially if we humble ourselves enough to ask their forgiveness for exploding a little bit too much.  Those little hearts are so precious.  

We’ve been tasked with the care of those little hearts.  To guide them and to guard them.  It is oh-so humbling to remember that every day.  That we’ve been blessed with these littles, not burdened with them.  Sometimes that is a hard thing to bring back to the forefront.  I know that sounds horrible.  But it’s truth.  They feel like a burden at times.  Mostly when they’re all screaming at crying and you want to go hide somewhere and cry too.  If you haven’t had kids yet – don’t let that scare you.  Every day is not like that, every moment is different.  You can go from screaming and crying to having a special kitchen dance party, or seeing your littlest ones sharing ever so nicely.  There are so many beautiful moments that happen.  When you see your oldest trying to help your youngest, or explaining to his brother why doing something was wrong (their logic is hilarious sometimes, listen closely to what they say).

Kids are actually hilarious.  They have the funniest senses of humour, and say the darndest things.  Quite literally, they are the best form of comedy.  And lame, though my jokes are, they think I’m funny too.  They also think that I’m a pretty special person.  Even though it may seem like they don’t hear you or see you (I think this happens a lot to stay-at-home-moms who are always with their kids), as soon as you are out of their sight for an hour, they are more than excited to see you when you get home.  They need a break from us sometimes, even as we need one from them.  

I laugh more being a mom then in anything else I’ve ever done.  Yes.  It’s hard.  I will never ever tell anyone that parenting is easy.  It’s heart-wrenching sometimes.  I actually don’t like it when people say it’s “rewarding”.  I didn’t have kids to be rewarded.  But there are moments that you wouldn’t change for the world.  Little spots in a day that you want to etch in stone.  Write those down.  Remember them somehow.  Then on the hard days, you can look back and remember that these are kids.  They aren’t just little crazies that are out to get you all the time.  They are little hearts, trying to figure out the huge, crazy world we live in, and how they fit in it.  Hopefully they are learning by watching you.  

You are not in this alone, Mama.  We’re all in this together, regardless of the different ways we approach things.  We’ve all got a few things in common – We love our kids, and want to do right by them.  We are human, and make mistakes.  We don’t know what we’re doing.  I will take every prayer, listen to advice (not necessarily use said advice), and love to talk to moms about what they’re doing with their kids – what works, and what they need help with.  Bounce ideas off of one another.  It helps so much.  

Enjoy those kiddos this holiday season, see the wonder in their eyes as you put up trees, as you pass beautiful light displays on the road.  Remember that they are the most amazing gift.  Those sweet children, who aren’t always all that sweet.  Remember the moments spent.  

Sorry if this was hard to follow at all – my brain is a bit scattered.  (Probably an understatement.)  I hope you were able to glean some encouragement from this.  Merry First Week of December!

 

 

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

 

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For the Love of Lists – Week 17

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How is it December tomorrow?!?!?!  I think that just about sums up how I feel about life right now.  I’m just floored that Christmas is approaching so quickly.  

We had our first snowfall on Sunday – it was so pretty.  Of course, hubby (who has to drive in it/shovel it more than the rest of us), took one look and turned to me with the most disgusted look on his face.  It didn’t last, so he didn’t have much to worry about.  Though it was a sloppy drive into town that morning.  

List time!  We have a smorgasbord this week.  It really ranges from one end of the spectrum to the next.  Some gift ideas, DIYs, articles about depression, and so on.  This is pretty much how my brain works.  It thinks of everything, all the time.  Welcome to my brain.

  1. Exercise might keep depression at bay.  I think it’s great that they’re doing research on it.  But seriously though – common sense, eh?  
  2. Laura wrote a great article on being tired of the Motherhood Martyr Act.  It’s  a really good read. 
  3. I follow this lady on Instagram, and she has the most amazing cookbook out – I would love it for Christmas.  Wouldn’t you?  
  4. On my Pies I Need to Make list:  Cranberry Gingersnap Pie,  Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie
  5. A few games for people on your Christmas list.  Both equally awesome.
    1. The Game of Things, my hubby gifted me last year – it was really fun, and funny. 
    2. Munchkin, original or Adventure Time versions.  It’s like a card role playing game.  It’s pretty amazing. 
  6. Here are some great DIY ornament ideas to do with the kids, or by yo-self.  
  7. Hubby doesn’t really like sparkles, but I love them every once in awhile.  Check out this sparkly dress with a really cute back cutout.  Or, if you really don’t like sparkles – check this really great sweater dress.  I might actually buy this one…  
  8. Also – American Eagle has sweater leggings.  I saw/felt them (I feel all the clothes when I’m shopping – is that weird?), and they looked/felt amazing.  

I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest, and you can keep up with all the lovely things that get pinned.  

Have a fantastic week!

*An October visit to a local farm.

For the Love of Lists - Week 17