Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Cream

I like this because it's a fun way to get the kids to enjoy the snow and I don't have to mop up after them stomping around in it all day. And since we rarely get a bunch of snow in Virginia Beach, there's no time like the present to try out this yummy treat.


- 4 cups fresh snow or shaved ice
- 1 cup cream or milk (I prefer cream)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl place about 4 cups of fresh (and CLEAN) snow. Mix the vanilla extract, sugar and milk or cream with the snow (you can even use coconut milk!). You can add more or less sugar  depending on your preference. Add your favorite toppings and serve immediately in bowls.
Unfortunately the batch was served (and eaten) too immediately so I had to jack this picture from Fox 17.
Because it was served too immediately, there wasn't much left for me, so I'll have to resort to some adult fun.
I wonder if I can use Bailey's Irish Cream to make it more grown up..? Someone try it and let me know!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Brownie in a Mug Recipe

I absolutely hate chocolate, (always have and always will) so of course my babies would be born loving it... I like this recipe because the little monsters get to enjoy their treat and I don't have to deal with tons of leftover chocolate cake to toss out.


- 1/4 cup self rising flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsps cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 3 tbsps water
- a scoop of your favorite ice cream (optional)
Place all of the dry ingredients in a small microwave safe mug, then mix in the oil and water, stirring until the batter is smooth.

Microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds, add a scoop of your favorite ice cream (vanilla was Johnny's favorite today) and enjoy!

Brownie in a Mug met Johnny's seal of approval!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Polar Plunge 2014

If you're not familiar with the Virginia Beach Polar Plunge, every February a bunch of crazy Virginians jump into the FREEZING Chesapeake Bay, all to raise money for the Special Olympics. And not just a few crazies, but thousands since its incarnation. There's a beach party, 5k,volleyball tournament, and for the bravest of the brave (or the craziest) there's the actual plunge where you jump into the Bay for donations towards the Special Olympics (silly costumes highly encouraged!).   My friend Genevieve has done it the last 2 years and this year she convinced me to do it, wearing our superhero costumes of course :) You can visit the VA Polar Plunge page here, and if you'd like to you can donate to my page here and look for me at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in my Captain America dress on February 8 :)

Of course I'll be posting photos of it afterwards :)

(maybe a few extra layers underneath, and minus the heels...) 
That water was DAMN COLD (38*)!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Time Out Chair

I saw this on Pintrest and then when I saw how cheap the materials were during my last trip to Ikea I really didn't have a reason not to make this. I think all together this little project cost around $14.

I bought a Mammut chair and the timer from Ikea, the metallic permanent markers and Velcro were left over from another project but you can find them at Walmart. I used an old take out container to trace out the clock face.

I used Velcro instead of just gluing the timer on because when Johnny is in timeout he likes to play with the timer, so I just detach it and hold it in my pocket until his time is up.

James was the first one to test run the time out chair (see arrow). As good an idea this chair is, I don't think it's very effective on 15 month olds (see mischievous smile).