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Kids do the strangest things.

It’s no doubt that kids can be strange.  They tend to do things that grown people would never do.    They attempt feats that no sane adult would try.  I’ve witnessed both of my children perform things that just boggle my mind.

Nora is quite the stunt woman.  She thinks that she can defy odds and walk on water.  She’ll be sitting on the couch and stand up and think that she can take a step and just be on the floor again.  It doesn’t seem to click in her small mind that the couch is 2 feet off of the ground.  She tries to climb everything and can’t seem to grasp that certain objects weren’t meant to be stood on.  This results in quite a number of boo boos.  She has mastered putting her hand on her head and announcing to us “boo boo”.

However, what really drives me crazy lately is her eating behavior.  Now maybe her taste buds aren’t fully developed yet or something but the manner in which she consumes food often grosses me out.  Case in point:  Last night for dinner we had tacos and Mexican rice.  She loves this meal.  I piled her tray with seasoned beef, shreaded cheese, rice, olives and pieces of taco shell.  She shoveled the food in her mouth so fast I doubt she could even taste it (which may have something to do with the following)!  She finised her food before anyone else was done.  At that point she was twisting and turning in her high chair and exclaiming “uck, uck” (stuck).  I kept telling her, “No, you’re not stuck.  You’re sitting in your chair while we finish eating.”  Realizing that she was just going to keep trying to get out of her chair, I decided to give her something to keep her quiet.  Enter popsicle!

I opened up a green apple flavored mini pop and handed it to her.  She devoured it in about 2 minutes.  Not quite enough time for Scott and I to finish our food.  I assumed that she’d go back to trying to get out of her seat and yelling “uck, uck” but instead she did something that sort of grosses me out.  She picked up some small pieces of beef and rice off of her try and ate them.  Then she asked for more.  So I gave it to her.  It sort of bothered me that she had just finished eating a cold, sweet, popsicle and was now putting pieces of beef and rice in her mouth.  That is something that I’m pretty sure a grown person would never do.  This is also not the first time she’s done this.  She’ll finish her food and have “dessert” and go right back to eating whatever the meal was.  Maybe I’m the strange one, but I can’t stomach eating spaghetti and meatballs then having some ice cream and going back to eating the meatballs.  GROSS!

Really, Burger King? Really?

I’m not Team Edward OR Team Jacob.  In fact, I don’t even know which one is which.  I’ve never read any of the Twilight books or seen the movies.   And I don’t plan on it.  Ever.  But all of that is really beside the point that I’m about the make here.

This past weekend we were on a road trip and stopped at Burger King for a quick, unhealthy lunch.  Of course the entire restaurant (if you can even call it that) was plastered with Twilight and Eclipse posters and paraphernalia.  I understand that big chain places like BK are going to market hot movies and do promotions based on them.  It’s always been that way.  It’s a money maker for both parties.  I have no problem with that.  What I do have a problem with is that Burger King continued the Eclipse marketing in the form of their kid’s meals.  WTF!

To me, kid’s meals are just that, meals for kids.  And when I say kids I’m implying someone under the age of 12, most likely even younger.  Most teenagers I know can and do consume much larger quantities of food than are given in a kid’s meal at Burger King.  So, if kid’s meals are geared toward kids under 12 then why would BK put an Eclipse “prize” in the kid’s meal?  The movie is rated PG-13 due to some violence and scenes of sexuality (according to IMDB.com) so it seems very counter intuitive to me for BK to do this.  I know all they’re doing is seeing dollar signs but still.  It’s not like there aren’t any other big blockbuster movies that they could use in their marketing.  How about Toy Story 3?  Of course, I’m not a marketing expert or anything and I’m sure one has to offer the other the deal.  I’m sure they don’t just get to choose what they want to use for prizes, but I simply can’t understand this.

After bringing this topic up with some of my family and friends I have heard that some Burger Kings offer an alternate “toddler prize” for the kid’s meals upon request.  However, I was unaware and the cashier who took my order at BK clearly saw that I had a 3 and 1 year old in tow.  Obviously they had no idea what Eclipse was.  I was never offered a toddler prize and I didn’t see any signs anywhere that they were even available.

In reality I know that BK and [whoever produced this movie] do not care about whether or not my child actually likes the prize.  I know they just care about the money, but really Burger King?  Really? (a la Seth Meyers on SNL)

Image borrowed from www.bellasdiary.com

The “prize” we received was the mini tote bag.  Seriously?  It’s a little piece of fabric with a handle on it.  It’s not even big enough to hold a pack of gum.  Oh and I love how the poster says keepsakes for girls and guys.  It’s clearly not targeted toward kids, otherwise it would have said girls and boys.  Ok, rant over.

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!

Ingredients:

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 jar caramel topping

1 carton whipping cream

1 bag crushed Heath bar pieces

sugar

vanilla extract

Directions:

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!

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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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