Topic-Changing Thursdays: Leaf Painting (and more)

Something simple for today. Obviously we are in Winter and there aren’t leaves all around to do this now. Sooo, this will have to be something you save. Or you could use other objects and do the same idea. Basically, the Fudgelet and I picked up some leaves on our way home from a walk (we had gone to a toddler activity in the neighborhood). I wrapped them in plastic wrap to keep them a bit fresh and flat until we were ready to use them.

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And then…

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Flying with a Toddler

I’ve talked before about flying with the Fudgelet. It’s never easy. It’s never fun. Do you ever enjoy flying? I didn’t even when I was single. There is always something to worry about, I feel gross before/during/after, there are so many lines and so much waiting around, and it takes so long (mostly because our trips tend to be cross-country). But, as the Fudgelet has gotten older, some of it has gotten easier. Thankfully, he is able to entertain himself a little and I imagine this will only continue. So, I can give him a toy, maybe provide a little demonstration/instruction, and then let him play.

How we all felt when we heard our flight would be 6.5 hours long.

How we all felt when we heard our flight would be 6.5 hours long.

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Friday Favorites 24

I am writing this from my in-laws’ house. Being away from home generally means I have more time to do random internet browsing because I can’t/don’t need to do some of my regular activities I save for Fudgelet’s sleeping hours. Unfortunately, we have been here for four days now, and today was the first day he decided to nap. Ugh. I am hoping the napping trend will continue and that his jet lag gets better, but I should also add that it is 9:40 pm and he is still awake (he is usually asleep by now at home). The one saving grace on his sleep has been that he is still mostly sleeping through the night here, and since I am right next to him (his mattress is on the floor), I generally just have to hand him a stuffed animal or tuck him back in if he gets distressed, then return to bed. I’ve been waking and struggling to fall asleep myself this visit, so it’s not just him.

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Chicken with Olives, Garlic, and Bell Pepper with Pasta

This was a recipe I made up as I went. I had some leftovers from our Halloween party that needed to get used (yes, I am still blogging about posts from the end of October/early November…sorry?). We had olives and red bell pepper for the black bean/hummus dip I made. I haven’t actually shared that recipe on here, either, although I have now mentioned it a couple times. I also had some leftover pasta but not enough extra sauce, so this was a way to throw it all together.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Chinese New Year Toddler Crafts

This year, I managed to find a couple Chinese New Year books from the library in the toddler section. The Fudgelet loves reading them, and he also loves learning new Cantonese phrases/songs/etc. I figured doing some crafts related to the holiday would be perfect since he is also missing Christmas activities and decorations. Initially I was going to check out a craft store and grab some pre-packaged crafts kits. Then, I looked online and found a few sites with easy crafts. After we made them, we went to the craft store to get other goodies …. and apparently they didn’t have ANY Chinese decorations anyway! Unheard of! So, it’s just as well we did it ourselves.

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Another Brownie Recipe

That’s right. I’m here to share yet another brownie recipe with you. In case you couldn’t tell, I happen to love bars and brownies. More than cookies. Not that I don’t love cookies. And really, you shouldn’t make me pick between them, but I would pick brownies and bars. Now, if I had to decide between peanut butter and chocolate, I couldn’t do it. Just couldn’t.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter Swirl

Let’s say you’re in the mood for a more low-key recipe. And that cold weather makes you crave ice cream like a certain husband of mine. Well, I have a … “recipe” for you. Really, it’s just my normal vanilla ice cream with some add-ins. But we need something simple sometimes.

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