Looking Forward to February . . . Birthday Fun . . . a Recipe . . . & an Impossible Question (and oh yeah, some pics)
Whew, it looks like you could be in for a long read!
Well, it's hard for me to believe but February is here! Wow! Does it seem to you like it should be February already?
I have always really loved February for some reason; I like celebrating the "season of love," and March madness and softball is fast approaching. Mostly, though, I think I like it because it's getting toward the end of winter and I can anticipate the Spring coming. Just a good time of year!
This February, I'm looking forward to . . .
* The Super Bowl (Go Colts!)
* Our big Scrapbook Day (fundraiser for McKenna's SLU Europe trip) on Feb. 10! (Come if you're nearby!)
* Family Life Retreat at Camp Sumatanga (this is our weekend retreat with friends from church and it is always a BLAST!! As soon as it's over, we're ready to go again! At a beautiful rustic location, with some great spiritual moments, plus lots of laughter and fun with friends. Can't wait!
* Valentine's Day (I know some people are anti-Val Day--but I love having a night to have a good excuse to go on a date with Gary and I love making little goody baskets for the girls and I just really like pink and red!)
* Softball is getting closer and closer!
* I'm teaching two classes at Scrapbook Mania. A "Things I Love" mini album class and a Heidi Swapp calendar class. Fun!
* "Lost" is coming back! (HURRAY!!)
* It's pretty much our one last good chance for snow. Pretty Please, I want some snow this year!
* You can pretty much eat chocolate all month long!
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Last night we finally got the chance to celebrate my mother-in-law Clara's birthday. She had knee and leg surgery last week and came home from the hospital on her birthday (not a fun way to celebrate the day!); she finally felt like us coming over, though, and we had a really great time.
Clara is just a sweetheart and a wonderful mother-in-law. I always say that those of us with good husbands should have a lot of gratitude toward our mother-in-laws; you can also tell a lot about how a man treats his mother and Gary has always treated her with love and respect (and, in turn, he treats the girls and I the same way). So--Happy (late) birthday Clara!
We also celebrated Gan Gan's birthday, also a few days late. This is Clara's mom, Gary's grandmother, but ever since Gary was about 3 years old and said everything in doubles ("dog-dog," "ball-ball") she has been "Gan Gan."(And now EVERYONE calls her that!) We celebrated her 82 birthday! She is a wonderful woman. We love you, Gan Gan!
Gary's sister, Angel, and I prepared a dinner for the whole crew. I made huge pots of spaghetti and fettucini alfredo; she brought a yummy salad and garlic bread; and I also made a delicious Peanut Butter Pie (I actually made it in a 13 x 9 inch pan, so I called it Peanut Butter Pie/Birthday Cake). For some reason, I have become the Designated Dessert Baker in the family but I don't mind at all. I love to bake desserts and try out new ones.
I thought you all might enjoy the recipe I used last night for this super easy Peanut Butter Pie. I like tripled this recipe to make a big pan, but this is for a single pie. (And I'm just warning you right now--this is GOOD!!! LOl)
Peanut Butter Pie
1 (3 oz.) package of cream cheese
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) cool whip
1 graham cracker crust
In large mixer bowl, blend together first three ingredients; blend in cool whip. Pour into crust and chill. Enjoy!!!
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How about an Impossible Question?
At one point, I was posting an "impossible" question almost every Friday but I tend to skip a week pretty regularly. But I thought I'd bring it back today.
Remember: if you think you know the answer, post it in my comments section and when someone answers correctly I will pop on here and edit to add the answer!
The Question is: 90% of kids will eat THIS, but only 10% of adults will. What is it?
Well, Jeff you Smarty Pants--you commented and got the right answer!! The answer is SNOW!!! (If you all needed a hint, it was going to be that I mentioned it in my post today. But Jeff got it before I had to! I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that he is surrounded by snow up there in New York City!! Jealous down South where we still haven't gotten any!!) So... do any of you adults eat snow? If it ever actually snowed, you bet I would!! My head would be tilted way back, trying to get as much as I possibly could! And I'd even make some Snow Ice Cream!!
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Now, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures from our festivities:
We didn't have candles, so we lit matches on top of the pie (and had them blown out REAL quick; lol) . . .
(I'm trying to be better about having my own picture taken. Now if only I'll remember next time to brush my hair and put on some makeup before asking Delaney to take a shot of me. ugh!) . . .
Scout, of course, had to help Gan Gan open her gifts (next time, I need to make sure I brush Scout's hair too; double ugh!) . . .
Along with some other gifts for Clara, I made the cutest little photo cube for her. SO easy, but SO cute! I found an acrylic photo cube, took out the insert, then put pictures of each of us in it and embellished with some patterned papers and stickers . . .
I used another one of those fun Heidi Swapp blingy frames on top . . .
It was a school night, so McKenna spent most of the time back in the bedroom working on Biology (what kind of looks were those? oh yeah, I think it was the "Why are you taking our pictures?" looks LOL) . . .
This is who really runs Larry and Clara's house. Daisy . . .
Lori and Delaney . . .
And then Scout found her jump rope while she was there, and proudly showed us how she could do it. It was TOO cute, because she never actually got the rope over her head. She just jumped up and down while swinging the rope up and down. (Look at the bubble gum in her mouth here! lol) . . .
(She certainly entertains us!)
Do any of you have exciting plans for the weekend? Are you excited that February is here?
I hope all of you have a FANTASTIC Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend! Talk to you soon!