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The past few weeks have been really hard for me. Stress has been high, I’m not handling the stress well, trying to make it through school each day, and I’m always feeling behind these days.  All I see is this looming to-do list and nothing getting crossed off. Being goal driven, this is pretty much driving me insane!

Took another fall today, well, a half fall. I caught myself before slamming into our cement stairs while holding Shamus. I have never been this clumsy and I’m starting to think I shouldn’t hold Shamus until this baby is born. I’m in a lot of pain, worse than last time, but trying to work through it. I took a bath to try to relax my low back and in the process got stuck. Yep, got stuck on my back. Feel free to laugh, I did. 🙂  Once I was in the water and layed down, my back locked up and I couldn’t move. How awesome is that?! After I was able to get myself back up, I decided to just take a shower and get out. THEN, I almost fell in the shower. Seriously!! The heat did help my back a bit but I’m now just sitting and resting and NOT moving for a while.

Before my wonderful afternoon, the morning was going pretty smooth. I got up on time, made breakfast and made a few freezer breakfasts. Got treats done for tomorrow and dessert for the weekend, (Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies!) and got most of school done with the kids. Science went on hold do to my clumsiness.

It was refreshing to feel so motivated after the past few weeks. My bi-polar and depression took charge so I really was doing nothing for what felt like forever. It literally took everything I had to get out of bed and just survive each day. Breathing seemed to hard, and often was having unhealthy thoughts.

I know I didn’t post on week 35 and I haven’t posted a pic in a while but maybe next week. I’ve been so scattered lately that I literally just remembered I didn’t post on Tuesday. Well, I better get these kids going on their chores so Dean can come home to a clean house and then I think I’ll kick them outside as it is super nice out today. I know it’s not Friday be have a great weekend anyway. I’ll post again next week.

My New Favorite Cookie…For Now :-)

Dean asked me to bake something chocolate last night and being the good wife that I am, I said yes.    😀 I found this recipe in my “favorites” cookbook and realized I hadn’t made them in a really long time. So, knowing they were super easy to make I whipped them up in no time.

WOW! Had I forgotten just how good this babies are. Here is the recipe. You really should go make them…right now! Just sayin.’ They are like a rich brownie in cookie form!

Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

2-sticks butter or marg

2-eggs

2 cups sugar

1-tsp vanilla

2-cups flour

3/4-cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1-tsp baking soda

1/2-tsp salt

Up to 2 TBSP of water if needed to soften the batter.

Make em:

1. Soften butter and mix in the sugar. Mix until light and fluffy. This works well if you have a mixer of some kind, I only have a handy-dandy wooden spoon so I don’t mix it that long.

2. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until well blended.

3. Add everything else and stir until well combined again. This batter is tough! Use your mixer if you have one, this will hard your arms to stir with just a wooden spoon. BUT, it is worth it! Oh, and don’t forget to add the water if you need to. I haven’t needed to but I also have Dean stir the batter to get it all mixed in well.

4. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes. It’s hard to tell when these are done so wait until they start to crack, then pull them out.

5. Let them “rest” on the pan for 3 to 5 minutes. They will crumble into a gooey mess if you don’t let them set for those few minutes.

6. Try not to eat them all in one sitting! Trust me, this will be hard to do! lol Enjoy!!

Caramel Bars

I recently made these bars for church and had several people ask for the recipe. I love when this happens! I love to bake and I love it even more when people enjoy my baking. So, thank you all who extra enjoyed them. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1-cup sliced almonds (It says to toast them in the over for a few minutes but I skipped that step.)

Crust:

2 1/2-cups flour

1-cup butter (real butter)

1/2-cup sugar

Caramel:

1-cup butter (real butter)

6-TBSP light corn syrup

1-cup brown sugar

1-can sweetened condensed milk

Make it:

Mix crust ingredients together and press in a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes. If you want thinner bars you can use a jelly roll pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Shortly before the crust is done, start the caramel. Put all caramel ingredients in a med sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil on med heat for 6 minutes. You need to stir this the whole time or it will scorch.

Pour the caramel over the crust, top with almonds and let it cool. After about an hour I put it in the fridge to cool completely. Store in an air tight container…if they last that long!

Labor Day Weekend

I got a text from my husband this afternoon. My sister had run into him at work and asked what our plans were for Sunday. Like most Sundays we had nothing planned and I had totally forgotten it was Labor Day weekend. Dean talked about maybe going to the farm (his parents place) and mentioned that if I wanted to go hang out with my mom and sister for the day he’d take all the kids but Shamus. Sweet! I’ll totally take him up on that!

Of course, my mind went straight to “what should I bake?” Since I had been on Pinterest literally all day I figured I’d make a couple of the treats I’d repined earlier. After waiting for a couple ingredients to get home, I started baking. I haven’t tried them yet but they sure look yummy. I made Meltaways and Carmel Fudge Brownies.

 

 

 

 

Zucchini?!

I have never had zucchini before. EVER! My wonderful cousin brought over two very large zucchini and told me she had a lot more. lol What the heck am I suppose to do with it?! I mean really? I’d never even seen a zucchini before. Ok, don’t laugh, but I hadn’t. the only thing I’ve known about the stuff is it grows like crazy and that for a short season, everyone is talk about and making everything zucchini.

The two I first got were literally two and three times  bigger than the one here in the picture!

So, with zucchini in hand, I look up recipes. Here are the recipes we’ve tried and loved so far…

http://southernfood.about.com/od/zucchinibread/r/bl00819g.htm This is seriously the BEST bread I’ve ever had!! You HAVE to try this one!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-cookies-vi/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=chocolate%20chip%20cookies%20vi&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page  These are now a family favorite. Oh, I also added more chocolate chips then it calls for. Just so you know.  🙂

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-zucchini-cookies/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=chocolate%20zucchini%20cookies&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe These cookies were also very good. I know I’ll make these again too. I thought I had a picture but I don’t. 🙂

I still have some zucchini so I’ll be making and posting more recipes in the near future.

Pistachio Cake

I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest lately. I’ve found so many yummy recipes I want to try it’s making my head spin! I found this cake recipe and it looked good so I’m giving it a go. I’ve never made pistachio cake before but really like pistachios, so as a cake it should be pretty awesome. Here is the link for the recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pistachio-cake-iii/

My thoughts: Very good! it was a nice change from the heavier chocolate cakes I normally make. It’s similar to Angle Food Cake. I would defiantly make it again.

Peanut Butter Reese’s Brownies

Nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter. For real! I’d do just about anything for them. I found this on Pinterest and almost crawled out of my skin when I saw it. Heaven in a pan is what I saw. Three layers, totally simple.

What you need:

1 package peanut butter cookie mix

8 packages Reese’s peanut butter cups (yes, I said 8)

1 package brownie mix

This was all that was shown on Pinterest, and only in picture form. I had to guess on the temp to bake it at and for how long.

What I did:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Make cookies according to package, press into a 9×13 greased pan.

3. put layer of Reese’s down.

4. make brownies according to package and carefully pour over Reese’s and cookie mix.

5. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes or until middle is set. I had to eyeball it and prayed the edges didn’t burn.

Results: Not bad. The edges turned out fine but I was a little disappointed in them. I’m not sure what made them not as delicious as the picture did, but they just didn’t rock my world like I thought they were going to. Plus they are pretty pricey. I don’t think I’ll make them again unless requested by one of the kids for a special event.