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Easter Projects, Egg Hunts, and a New Car

I have a few partially written blog posts that I just haven’t had the time to complete. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. We bought a new (used) car last week. It took a few weeks of research, looking up cars at dealerships, and going in for test drives before I decided on the one I really wanted. My husband traded in his very old Pontiac Grand Am, and he is now driving my old car, a Chevy Trailblazer. I am now the proud owner of a 2012 Dodge Journey SXT with AWD, and only 26,000 miles on it. So far, I love my new car. It’s one of those crossover vehicles that kind of looks like a SUV, but it handles like a car. It has plenty of storage space and can seat up to 7 people. This thing is about as close to a minivan as I’m ready to deal with at this point in my life. I’m looking forward to having this car for the next 5-10 years.

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Since Easter is right around the corner, I’ve been doing Easter projects with Kayla and my nephew. Today, they did a do-a-dot egg picture, a chick hatching coloring page, and they decorated foam bunnies. Kayla already did a foam bunny last weekend, but she was still excited to do another one with her cousin. They always like doing projects together.

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Last weekend, I took Kayla to an Easter Egg Hunt hosted by a local park district. The weather was actually decent outside that day, so it was great to get out and enjoy some fresh air. The only thing Kayla was really interested in was going up to the Easter Bunny and giving him/her a big hug. As soon as she saw the bunny, she kept pulling me until we got close. Then after she saw the bunny once, she had to go back again before we left. I was happy to see her excited, since last year she was a little unsure about the extremely tall bunny we saw at a local mall. Of course, the bunny from last year wore glasses and clothes, so maybe that seemed odd to her. This bunny was just a simple white bunny with no attire. Maybe she prefers the Easter Bunny to be in his/her birthday suit. Who knows.

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This has been a fun week preparing for Easter. We’ll be attending another Easter Egg Hunt this weekend with some of my husband’s family members. Kayla should have a blast hanging out with some of her cousins she doesn’t see as much. I’m currently trying to make out my grocery list so I am ready to start preparing food Saturday night. Thankfully, my sister has offered to host Easter at her house this year, so all I have to do is bring a few dishes. I loved hosting it last year, but we just have too much going on this year. Happy Easter!

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Homemade Coco Wheats, and some winter fun.

food and snow 001The Midwest was just hit with a snow storm yesterday. I think when it’s over, we’ll have about 9 inches of snow. That’s on top of the couple inches we already had from last week. There is something about a cold winter’s day that puts me in the mood for a hot breakfast. It’s nice to wake up in the morning and warm up with a bowl of hot cereal. My personal favorite is Coco Wheats. Not everyone is a fan of this chocolate flavored morning treat, but it was one of my favorites when I was little. My daughter isn’t a fan of the traditional boxed version, but she does enjoy my homemade version. It’s quite simple to make, and doesn’t take much time.

Coco Wheats Recipes

2 cups water
2 – 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 – 1/2 cup farina/cream of wheat
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon butter (optional)

1. Whisk the cocoa powder into the water in a pot.

2. Heat the water over medium heat until boiling. Add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Whisk together.

3. Add in farina/cream of wheat slowly and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes. This will prevent lumps. (Add in farina/cream of wheat to your desired thickness.)

4. Turn off heat and cover with lid. Let sit a few minutes.

5. Uncover. Stir in milk, sugar, and butter. I like to add just a little milk at the end to make it creamy.

This is a tasty homemade morning treat. If you don’t like using sugar or brown sugar, you can use honey to sweeten it up a bit. And you can always skip the butter all together. My mom always made ours with milk, sugar, and butter…so that’s how I prefer mine. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Since it’s been cold and snowy out, Kayla and I have enjoyed some fun indoor and outdoor activities. We’ve made homemade butter cookies, and we’ve gone outside to play in the snow. Kayla absolutely loves making cookies. She gets super excited and likes to watch them cook. She’s a little impatient, but what can you expect from a two-year-old? To take her mind off of the cookies, it’s fun to take her outside and let her run around in the snow. It’s amazing how much she has changed since this time last year. A year ago, she was afraid to even walk in the snow. Now she takes off running as fast as she can manage. As a mom, it’s bitter sweet. I miss my baby from a year ago, but I love seeing her grow up and explore new things.

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Yes, we used a Christmas tree cookie cutter.  It was the only one I had out that I didn't have to go find.

Yes, we used a Christmas tree cookie cutter. It was the only one I had out that I didn’t have to go find.

You can find the butter cookie recipe we used at: http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/2217/best-ever-butter-cookies

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Two of my dogs standing on the back porch unsure about going out into the snow.

Two of my dogs standing on the back porch unsure about going out into the snow.

The third dog who loves the snow was having fun barking at people outside shoveling their snow.

The third dog who loves the snow was having fun barking at people outside shoveling their snow.

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