Friday, April 27, 2012

S'mores Popcorn

In my quest to cut back on sugar, I do have an out. It's called the weekend. If I make it through the week, I can have the weekend to splurge a few times. So yep, I made this! Funny thing is, I could barely eat any because it was so sweet. I guess that's what happens when you don't eat as much sugar. Ah-hem. So how to make it. You won't be sorry you made this!

 It took me a total of maybe 5 minutes and then an additional 30 minutes for the chocolate to dry. 

Grocery List:

box of Golden Grahams Cereal

bag of mini marshmallows

bag of milk chocolate chips

2 bags (or 1 large and one small) of microwave popcorn

1. On a large baking sheet, mix together half a box of Golden Grahams, half a bag of mini marshmallows, and 1.5 regular sized bags of popped microwave popcorn.
2. Melt the whole bag of chocolate chips (Seriously? You thought I was going to use half the bag of chocolate? Why would I cut back on the best ingredient?!) in the microwave in 30 second segments, stopping to stir until it is completely melted. (Mine only needed to be cooked twice at 30 seconds.)
3. Drizzle the chocolate on the mixed up mess and let the chocolate dry before crumbling up again.

It's good for you!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Outdoor Living

I love a good makeover--always. I love a well decorated room--always. I love outdoor family gatherings. Isn't that beautiful trifecta of things so well put together in this small backyard? You don't have to have much space to make an outdoor living atmosphere come alive. This yard was featured on one of my all time fave sites, House and Home. Isn't it great?! The color, the soft woods, and the flooring all make this a dream for a friendly BBQ get-together!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mr. Biggs

My neighbor, Mr. Biggs is somethin else. You might have heard me talk about him before. He's been to my house several times for different things including but not limited to:

2 hour talks about bugs
planting a tomato plant in our front bushes last summer--surprise!
planting rosemary in our front bushes
planting a rose bush by our front door
a cold root beer on a hot afternoon
1 cup of frozen (and covered with reynolds wrap) tortilla soup
a walmart sack full of ding dongs
a plate full of cut up watermelon
feeding our dogs chocolate covered donuts
feeding our dogs twinkles
feeding our dogs strawberry glazed donuts
feeding our dogs milkbones (after the talk Jonathan had with him about dog health & inconvenient night vomiting from them)
a $20 baby congratulations card

All good intentioned things right? Yes, I really do think so. However...yesterday night. Oh man. He just might be a little bit nuts.

I was sitting in Truett's room talking to Jonathan when I heard this really loud noise that sounded like a lawn mower outside the window. I didn't pay much attention to it because I knew Jonathan wasn't mowing, plus it was getting ready to rain. Who would start mowing? But the noise kept getting louder, so I checked to see what it was. Sure enough, there was Mr. Biggs in our front yard WITH A ROTOTILLER...digging a TRENCH in our front yard. I our front yard of green grass (and yes, some weeds), he dug a huge dirt ditch from the driveway to the street. I knew immediately what he was doing too, which makes it even worse. When we first moved in, he wanted permission from us for him to put in a cement water drainage system in our front yard. thank you, sir. And although our driveway does catch some rain at times, it's not a constant problem and it goes away as soon as the rain stops. He does not agree. However, ASKING YOUR NEIGHBOR BEFORE DIGGING UP THEIR FRONT YARD would be really awesome, Mr. Biggs! Gosh, I was even starting to like you a little! Oh wait, then yesterday I found a newly planted patch of miracle grow potting soil by our front door next to our bushes where he so nicely planted some seeds of who knows what. Can anyone say trespassing? What do I have to do to take control of a neighbor who never asks before doing...well...anything. I would hate to make him upset though, because quite frankly, I will never deny that that nosey man is the best security system we'll ever have! He meets and greets folks before they ever get out of their cars!

I guess you just give a take a little. He can take a little dirt from our yard, we'll take a new tomato plant every now and then, and maybe someday we'll understand each other. Well, maybe not, but we can at least be friends...I hope.
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