Thursday, May 28, 2009

Peanutbutter Cornflake Treats

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanutbutter
6 cups corn flakes
1/2 bag chocolate chips

Put corn flakes in a large bowl set aside. I medium saucepan over medium heat combine sugar and corn syrup just til boiling. Remove from heat and add peanut butter until combined. Pour over corn flakes. Stir gently to coat. When coated add chocolate chips and gently stir to combine. Spoon spoonfuls (however large you would like them I use a tablespoon) of mixture onto waxed paper. Don't crush together. Let cool. Store in airtight container. Makes about 60 more or less depending on the size you make them.

This recipe is quick and easy if you need something fast. With the end of school coming up and all the things going on with right now I'm into quick and simple dinners and desserts.

If anyone knows of some great quick and simple dinners or freezer meals that I can make let me know. I have baseball 4 nights a week right now and I really don't like to eat dinner at 9 o'clock every night.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shrek has nothing on me

Things have been quite a mess around here. We were becoming like Shrek, living with a "swamp". That's what I liked to call it, it sounds so much nicer than a sess pool. (Not sure how to spell that never had to before)

Okay I need to STOP right here and issue a WARNING!!! As you may have guessed while you were reading above the next few posts are going to talk about really smelly stinky stuff mainly POOP.

When Shrek said he was like onions and Donkey said they get all brown and smelly and Shrek said no they have layers well they were both right. There are a few layers to my story and it starts out nice then goes to the inside which is smelly and brown maybe black.

So now that I've issued my WARNING!! We can continue...

Let me take you back a little. We started noticing our grass in the backyard was getting a little squishy, then getting a little swampy. Anyway my "no more than you" teen would mow the lawn and the lawn mower started to sink. My husband went and checked it out and yes, you guessed it our leech lines from our septic tank were having problems. Plugged, broken, I don't know but were had a little swamp starting in our backyard in the grass.

So fast forward about 2 weeks. My husband had been really busy with work and we had been having lots of rain and bad weather so the "little swamp" just stayed put. Well more rain, more ground saturation "bigger swamp" started. Then my 5 year old had his birthday party. We had to tell the kids to stay away from that part of the yard. We told them not to go into the tall grass. My "no more than you" teen quit mowing the grass in the "swamp". My husbands aunt thought we had snakes so all the kids heard her say that and stayed away.

Fast forward again. Well the weather all of a sudden cleared up and started to get warm, really warm and the smell started coming from the "swamp". (I forgot to tell you at the birthday party my cousins husband offered to help fix the "swamp") So this is about a week later...
I have this in my backyard

I'll spare you the really gross and smelly details and just end with 6- 10' pipes, two big deep trenches and a load of gravel later and now part of my backyard looks like this
Well Shrek still lives in his swamp and mine is all gone (hopefully it all worked) I don't think he has anything on me except he can make a mean weed rat stew and pull wax out of his ear for a nice romantic dinner but I'm "swampless" now I just need to smooth out the dirt and plant some more grass....

I forgot to mention the previous owners of the house put carpet and vinyl flooring in the sand box. We started digging and found the carpet. To our amazement we found the vinyl flooring in there also so while we had the backhoe we dug that out too. We had tons of "puncture weeds" in the sand box so now its just dirt and a pile of carpet of vinyl.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Quest for organization

I've noticed with this baby and 4 kids I'm having a harder time keeping my house cleaned. I don't know if its the 4 kids or what but it seems like it shouldn't be this bad. My kids have have to do some adjusting having a new baby in the house and also my teenager that has helped me so much before has decided friends are more fun. Who new?? Just kidding I was the same way.

In my "quest" to become more organized I have a question. Is it better to have one surface area clean than no surface area?

What I mean is I'll ask my "friends are funner to be around than you mom" teenager to clean off the table for me. He moves all of the stuff to my hutch. So the table is clean but the hutch has more stuff on it.

In the "real world" I would love to have the hutch and the counter and the table cleared of everything. It will happen one of these days again. I know it!! I would love for him to find a home for the stuff on the table, which he is also a culprit of putting them there. He'll sweep the floor and toys will be on the floor so on the table they go. I wish he would put them away. I've asked and asked now I'll I ask for is a clean surface area.

No CLUTTER is coming my way soon!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crazy morning

I can tell the school year is winding down. The kids are getting more forgetful or at least mine are. My preschooler has movie day today for his last day of preschool. My kindergartener has a walk and carnival this evening and he needs to take a sack lunch and treats for a field trip tomorrow and my high schooler well, he forgot he needed treats for school today. UHHH!!

I was just getting the baby down for bed. She was really fussy and my high schooler had just got out of the shower it was a little after 10 p.m. He said I forgot that I need treats tomorrow for one of my classes. I just wanted to scream. I had just gotten back from the store. My husband said he could run to the store and get a bag of candy. But he didn't want to go last night that he would go in the morning. My son tells me its better to have homemade or something like that.

Now I'm thinking in school your supposed to take store bought stuff but I guess for this particular class they can bring whatever. He tells me one girl brought Bugles covered with caramel stuff and someone else brought cookies. I told him I could whip up and some cornflake peanutbutter balls. He said ok. My husband said he would go get the cornflakes in the morning for me. Well needless to say he forgot, got up late. I was totally out of it. The baby woke up at 2 then my 4 year old was up and I don't even know what time that was.

So we were off to the store at 8 this morning. I bought the kids a BK breakfast and ran into the grocery store for corn flakes. Dropped off my kindergartener to school got home made the corn flakes balls, my neighbor (luckily it was her turn to drive for preschool) picked up my preschooler and I drove over to the high school with the treats. I was only 5 minutes late.

I was pretty proud of myself. So now off to the shower and clean up my house. Maybe I'll have time to visit a few blogs.

I was going to post the recipe but I forgot to take a picture plus the baby has had it so I'll do that tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Race for the Cure

Saturday we walked in the 5k for the Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer. It was a lot of fun. There were thousands of people.

My kids did pretty good. My 6 year old walked most of the way. It took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to finish.
It was fun to see all the people and the different t-shirts and hats and signs. It's a great cause.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spring Cleaning

It's Spring Cleaning time. Time to air out your house and clean away those winter blues (and cobwebs).

Check out the Spring Cleaning Party going on.


Also Tip Junkie has a lot of spring cleaning tips so head on over and get a cleaning.