We headed to the Mall of America to do some shopping and along the way Marissa got to go on some rides. Grammy (my mom) took her on most of the kids rides that she was tall enough to go on! Here's some pics from our fun day!
My best friend, Jody & her husband Brian welcomed their first baby girl into the world, Emmy Jo, on January 20th! I just got some pictures of her so I just wanted to post them! They live in Salt Lake City so we haven't met her yet but we hope we can soon! Congratulations Jody & Brian!
Valentines Day 2009 was our 10th Valentines we have spent together! So in the spirit of celebration, we got to spend a whole 24 hours together uninterrupted :) It was fantastic! Marissa went to G & G Holgrimson's and we spent the day shopping, drinking coffee at Caribou, going to the movies, looking at magazines & books at Borders and finishing off the day with a yummy dinner at Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse! Of course, it is always so fantastic to get to sleep in so that is very much a highlight of the weekend!
We spent Sunday with my brother & his family. The kids got to play at the indoor playground at the Maple Grove Community Center and we got to eat lunch at PF Changs. What a fantastic weekend!
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so we didn't get a lot of photos but here are some we did take!
TGIF! Marissa & I just finished making our Valentines Day cards which was then followed by baking Valentine's Day Cupcakes & heart-shaped cake! She did really well "helping" mommy and when we do bake together it just creates one of those warm-fuzzy feelings in my heart. I can see us doing this many, many more years in the future. Hanging out in the kitchen, talking and baking, it is so fun!
I heard this week to not "wish" your life away. As a mom of 2-year old, I sometimes catch myself thinking, "I cannot wait until she's older so she can do _____ and fill in the blank." Most of the time it's when I'm super frustrated and it's been a long day that I find myself thinking this. This mom that was giving this talk about not "wishing" your life away was just a great reminder that I need to be thankful for each day we have together and not long for the days where she doesn't need me as much. I'm sure when those days come, I'll wish that she was younger and needed me more.
Tomorrow, Valentines Day, Tony's parents have graciously offered to take Marissa overnight so we are SUPER excited to have the day & night to ourselves. It is always such a blessing even to just eat dinner with no interruptions :)
S'mookies.....Half Cookie, Half S'more! What's not to like!
MAKES 2 DOZEN
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE: 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar 1 large egg, beaten ¾ tsp vanilla
FILLING: ½ cup chocolate chips 2TBS unsalted butter ½ cup marshmallow cream
Preheat oven to 375. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Mix flour and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside With a spoon, mix butter, peanut butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add flour mixture, and stir until combined. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and flatten with a fork; bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes, then place cookies in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. While cookies cool, place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl; heat about 1 minute, until just melted. Let stand for 30 minutes, or until slightly stiff. Heat marshmallow cream in microwave for 10 seconds to soften. Spread marshmallow on a cookie, chocolate on another and sandwich together. Store finished cookies in fridge.
1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar, plus 1 Tbs 1 cup packed light-brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 2 ½ C flour, plus ¼ cup ¾ cup coca 1 tsp baking soda 2 heath candy bars 1 bag Rolo Chewy caramels
Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, mix 2 ½ cups flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture a little bit at a time and blend well. If the dough feels too sticky, sprinkle in a little extra flour. Cover and chill dough in fridge for about 30 minutes. Chop Heath bars into small pieces. Place in a small bowl and toss with 1 Tbs sugar. Once dough has chilled, wrap a piece around each caramel, forming a 1-inch ball and covering the candy completely, Dip top of the dough ball into the candy topping and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Cookies will look quite soft, but do not overbake. Cool in pan slightly, then move to a rack or the counter to finish cooling. Store in a covered container.