Fall Festival

Today was Cutie Pie’s preschool Fall Festival.  I was so impressed with kindness, generosity and flexibility of all the volunteers who made this event possible.  We had not only parents show up to help but many grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends as well.  It was the best Fall Festival yet!

Now if I could just figure out how to change the weather…  It was about 90 degrees out today.  After 10 minutes of setting up my shirt was drenched!  But it was totally worth it to see the smiles on the faces of the children.


New Driveway Part 1

This weekend was full of manly fun in the form of breaking ground on our new driveway. We need a place to park the boat.  Parking it on the grass isn’t working out very well.  It’s so heavy that it sinks into the ground and is very difficult to move.

Big Red loaned us his sod cutter which he tells the kids is actually a candy cane maker.  I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff but the boys are fascinated.  They are expecting a fresh batch of candy canes any day now.

J and his friend, Ricardo, spent most of Saturday cutting sod and hauling it off to the landfill.

The side yard was completely bald by the end of the day.

Sunday was spent excavating 6″ of dirt, leveling a hill in the front yard, relocating a palm tree and reconfiguring a landscape island.  Things got real interesting when they guy who built our pool showed up with his Bobcat!  I’ll be uploading those photos soon.

It is never a dull moment around here.  Once again we are the spectacle of the neighborhood…

PB&J Cookies for Bake Sale

Last Thursday was Mad Science Night at Wildman’s elementary school.  The PTO asked for bake sale contributions from each class.  Several families from Wildman’s class, including ours, signed up.  I wasn’t sure what I was making until the night before though!

I ended up putting together these sweet (both literally and figuratively) peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies.  Wildman insisted that we buy one at the event.   he wanted to try one for himself because I made sure he kept his paws off  the bake sale cookies that sat temptingly on the counter at home!  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are Wildman’s most favorite lunch choice so I knew he’d love these.

Here’s the recipe:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Prepare and bake cookies according to the package.  I had just enough dough to make 24 cookies.  Mix peanut butter with icing in a small bowl.  When cookies are cool, spread the bottom of one with the icing mixture and one with the preserves or jelly.  Sandwich the two cookies together and enjoy!


So easy and sooooo good!

I wish I had pictures from Mad Science night to share with you but I left my camera at home accidentally.  It was a huge community event.  I loved how many families came to check it out.  There was pizza, soda and baked goods for sale.  A DJ was hired to play all sorts of fun party and Halloween music.  The principal dressed up in her best alien witch costume.  Many of the classrooms were open to teacher hosted science experiments.  The cafeteria had hover craft rides and crazy noise balloons.  It really was awesome!

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