Archive for June, 2010

Conversations with Brinley

Yesterday Brinley asked me a question that I had a really hard time answering.  It’s not that I couldn’t think of an answer, it’s that the answers that I gave her were not satisfying her. I’m not sure where kids come up with these things.

She asked me, in the sweetest way, “Mommy, when you were a little girl, where was I?”

At first I didn’t think much of it, and I just said, “You weren’t born yet.”

Well apparently that was not good enough.  She asked, “Well where was I?  Was I in your bellly?”

I said no and that she just wasn’t born yet, not even though of yet, when I was a little girl.  But still, she wasn’t happy with that answer.  She continued to ask where she was and then began rattling off some ideas of her own…

“Was I in daddy’s belly?  How about Mimi’s?  Or maybe I was still in the hospital?  Was I your mommy when you were a little girl?”

No matter what I said to her, I couldn’t satisfy her curiosity.  I guess the only real way to answer it would be to explain the birds and the bees to her and I am totally NOT ready for that!

Better Than Sex Cake

I realize I’ve been quite the bad blogger lately.  We’ve really been enjoying summer with BBQs and visits from friends.  The girls have been staying up later and we’ve be outside a LOT!  It’s fabulous, really.  Anyway, I have lots of posts brewing in my mind and they’ll find their way to my computer soon enough.  But for today, I bring you my Momma’s Munchies recipe.

This week’s topic is favorite 4th of July recipes.  Like Lindsey, I’m a huge dessert fan.  Cookies, brownies, trifles, YUM!  And even though this is not a red, white, and blue concoction, it’s delicious nonetheless and one of my favorites.  The name of it should tell you just how good it is!


1 box chocolate cake mix

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 jar caramel topping

1 carton whipping cream

1 bag crushed Heath bar pieces


vanilla extract


Prepare the chocolate cake according to the box directions using a 9×13 metal pan.  Allow the cake to cool but do not take it out of the pan.  Take a wooden spoon and using the handle poke holes throughout the cake.  Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake.  Pour the caramel over the cake.  Whip the whipping cream adding a few teaspoons of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Lay the whipped cream over the top of the cake and cover with the crushed Heath bar pieces.

As the name suggests, this cake is UNreal.  Expect lots of oohs, ummms, and nomnoms when eating it.

If you try it, I’d love to know what you think.  Enjoy!

The best babysitter

I have the best babysitter ever!  She’s always available, always on time, and my kid LOVES her.  She get’s great reviews, does exactly what I expect her to do, and always gives undivided attention.  The best part?  I don’t even have to pay her.  I know what you’re thinking.. How on Earth did I find such an awesome babysitter?  Well, I’ll let you in on my little secret, but you have to promise not to pass judgment.  You see, you too can have a babysitter like this.  I’ll tell you how to find her.  Walk into your living room, playroom, family room or whatever you call it.  The babysitter comes in all different sizes so I can’t give specifics on what to look for though she’s usually black and quite thin these days.  Are you catching my drift here?

Yup, my babysitter is the TV.  It’s not what you think though.  I don’t put my kid in front of the TV for hours on end so I can take a nap or play on the computer.  The reason I use my TV is a babysitter is because there is just no way I’d be able to do some certain thing otherwise.  Like taking a shower for example.  Sure I could get up super early and shower before my husband leaves for work (and sometimes I do), or I could take a shower at night when the kids are already in bed.  The problem there is that I NEED to shower in order to wake up and start the day.  Night showers don’t work for me.  What has worked out perfectly for me for quite sometime now is this:  Nora naps at 10am (give or take) every morning.  This is my optimal time to shower.  There is virtually no way that I could leave her unattended while I shower, even if it were for 2 minutes.  She’s a tornado.  So, she’s napping and then there’s Brinley.  Sure she’d sit and read a book or color or something, but that is pretty short lived without her wanting me to read with her or her wanting to show me her artwork.  And I don’t want to risk her running down the hall looking for me and waking Nora.  So, here is where the babysitter comes in.  Brinley would sit in front of the TV for the entire day if I allowed her to (which I definitely do not).  It’s great because I know that she’ll sit there and watch a show while Nora is napping peacefully and I can get in a nice, quality shower and get dressed without a child pulling at my leg or screaming.

Aside from this time, we never have the TV on unless Brinley is watching a special movie or something with daddy at night.  Nora has zero interest in the babysitter right now.  So, I know you’re never supposed to use the TV as a babysitter, but sometimes there are exceptions to be made.  Either that, or I’m just a bad mom.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

It’s Monday!  Time for Momma’s Munchies over at Waking Up Williams.  I have the great pleasure of spending some time with Lindsey and Ryann today.  They’re in town visiting Lindsey’s family and they’re coming to my house for a playdate!  I know you’re all jealous, right?!

Anywho, this week’s theme is dips, one of my favorites!  I may have to post two today if I get around to it.  But this one is for Buffalo Chicken Dip.  This stuff is TO.DIE.FOR!  I could eat it with a spoon.  Again, not a healthy choice, but a very delicious one.


3 chicken breasts

1 block of cream cheese

1 Cup Ranch dressing

3/4 Cup to 1 Cup hot sauce (depending on how spicy you like it)

Monteray Jack cheese


Boil the chicken and then cut it into bite size pieces. Mix that with the Ranch dressing, melted cream cheese, and hot sauce.  Then spread shredded Monteray Jack cheese on top. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.  This works great with Tostitos Scoops Chips!

Who stole the fruit snacks?

Call me what you will, but I reward my kid with fruit snacks for certain things.  There was a point where she struggled with going number two and fruit snacks seemed to entice her.  You do what you gotta do, right?  It was my husband’s idea actually.  He was grocery shopping with Brinley and got to the fruit snack aisle.  At the time she was, capital O, obsessed with Dora and hubs spied a box of Dora fruit snacks as they strolled down the aisle.  The two of them made an agreement in the store that they could get the fruit snacks and Brinley could have them whenever she had a successful number two on the potty.  My husband is a genius (sometimes) and it really did help!

Anyway, it’s been quite a while now where going number two has been a non-issue.  However, the fruit snacks always seem to creep into the shopping cart each week.  The funny thing is, Brinley rarely asks for them at home and I’ve only ever rewarded her with them when she explicitly asks for them.  So it is always a surprise to me when the box turns up empty in the pantry closet.  What on earth could be happening to all of the fruit snacks?  I don’t eat them and Nora is too young for them.  Enter the guilty party, Scott!

I think suggesting we use fruit snacks as a reward for Brinley was all a part of his master plan to get them into the house.  Of course it’s silly for a grown man to request I buy fruit snacks at the grocery store each week but chewy, gummy, fruity snacks are one of Scott’s greatest weaknesses.  Gummy worms, gummy bears, those jelly fruit slices – he loves them all!  It took me a little while to catch on to the disappearing fruit snacks but when I woke up one morning and noticed an empty wrapper on the coffee table, I knew he had to be the culprit.  I usually sneak off to bed a little bit before he does at night and around that time, Scott is usually looking for a sweet snack.  I laugh when I think about a thirty year old man sitting on the couch at night scarfing down a pack of Dora or My Little Pony fruit snacks.  What’s even more hilarious is that sometimes he brings them to work with his lunch.  I wonder what his coworkers must think!?

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