Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering, Again

On the way to school this morning, Josh told me that he saw on a "mom and dad show" (Tony had the news on this morning) that some planes flew into some big buildings. He wanted to know why. So what has always been one of my favorite parts of the day turned into a simplified story of evil and hate. I thought it was important to be as honest as I could be with a 5-year-old, but I also didn't want to scare him. So when the story was done, we started to count flags. Flags on houses, buildings, lamp posts, cars, schools. And then I told him a simplified story of love, sacrifice, honor and duty. I hope it's the one he remembers.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sam's Challenge

Sam is a pretty serious kid. So when I asked him this morning if there was anything I could do to help him today, I was shocked when he said,

"Give to fundraisers, restore peace and balance to the universe, and bake a pie".

One out of three isn't bad is it? I don't think I'm gonna ask tomorrow.

No-Bake Nutter Butter Nutella Pie

24 nutter butter cookies
1/4 cup butter

2-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nutella
1/2 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup nutella
1/4 cup cream {or more if you like a thinner ganache}

Spray 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Place nutter butter cookies into food processor and grind until they are fine crumbs. Stir together with melted butter. Press into prepared pie plate. Place into refrigerator to chill. For the filling, whip cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Stir in vanilla and nutella. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in cream and then increase speed and whip 3 minutes or until very thick. Pour into pie crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours. To serve, prepare nutella ganache by microwaving nutella and cream together until a thin sauce forms. Drizzle over pieces of pie.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Josh got in the car after school today and promptly asks,

Josh: "Mom, are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Me: "I don't know. What are you thinking?"
Josh: "I'm thinking you want to take me to McDonalds for lunch."

Not what I was thinking. I let him play Angry Birds on my phone as a compromise.