S’more Cups

This is my favorite Pampered Chef recipe (also, the only one I’ve ever tried ;-)).  Easy to make, a little too easy to pop like popcorn when you’re sitting on the deck or around the fire pit.

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What you need

6 tbs butter

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup powdered sugar

4 Hershey bars

12 big marshmallows

Mini cupcake pans

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Melt the butter in a midsize bowl.  Add the graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar.  Press into the mini-cupcake pans (makes 24, so make sure you don’t put too much in or you’ll be stealing from the first ones to make the last ones).

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2.  Bake for 4 minutes.  Break apart two of the Hershey bars and cut the 12 marshmallows in half.  Top each crust with one chocolate rectangle and one half marshmallow.  Bake for another two minutes.

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3.  Let cool in the pan for 15 mins and then another 5-10 on a cooling rack once you take them out (I used a spoon to pop them out).  When they’re almost cool, melt the other two Hershey bars on the microwave…30 seconds, stir, then another 20.

4.  When the cookies are cool, dip them upside-down in the chocolate.  Let them sit till the chocolate hardens, or throw them in the fridge (I think they’re even better cold!).  Enjoy!

See the original recipe here: http://www.pamperedchef.com/recipe_search/recipe.jsp?id=91599

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Des’ Season – Episode 3

I’m just starting up the bachelorette at almost 9pm…I have a text from my pal Laura saying she hopes I use the word “palpable” in my summary, so that sounds interesting.  And I can’t WAIT for the other woman to show up!!!

“Love is a Battlefield” is the subject of the first date card – I hope they’re going to a Pat Benatar concert!  Nope, they’re paying dodgeball with the national team.  Looks ouchie.  Des likes seeing guys in their natural state – I think she thinks she’s at a hot guy zoo.  Brandon is so cute, I think he is too needy for her though.  Ooh and Drew, I like Drew (third episode is when I start to learn their names).  Now they have to go somewhere public to play, what a pain, I would Selma myself out of there.  OMG…in the scramble for the ball, Brooks pulled his groin or something.  Or wait it’s his finger, I’m not sure why he is laying on the ground and there is an ice back near is crotch.  Might as well put Brooks’ name on the date rose!  Oh Drew just said it was palpable (what was palpable, I’m not sure), now I get it Laura!  It’s down to Chris (red) and Zach (blue)…blue team wins!  But Des decides to take all of them to the party, I bet the blue team is pissed.
Here is the very dramatic images of the hospital, flashing lights…must have been a long drive, because it is dark now.  Now Brooks has got his legs apart, I’m not convinced it doesn’t have something to do with his groin.  But back to the date – XXX has a three year old son (I missed the name), he said he wouldn’t be there if anyone but Des was the bachelorette – wow, pulling out all the stops.  Ooh, and a domestic violence restraining order, yikes (for trying to stop his drunken girlfriend from driving, he says).  XXX is cute!  Des is REALLY impressed that Chris found the stairs to the roof.  Brooks is back, still in his red dodgeball uniform, which is funny.  Ah!  XXX = Brad, glad we got that cleared up.  And Chris gets the rose!  I’m impressed!  Des and Chris get a private concert, but it is not Pat Benatar.
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Okay, next day, Des is hanging out drawing or writing or something.  Chris has called – it’s “other woman” time!!!  Who is it who is it who is it…Brian?  I don’t know if I’ve seen this dude before.  Chris just walked the girlfriend through the group of men, this is awesome.  “Hi.  I’m Brian’s girlfriend” as she goes to shake Des’ hand, but Des goes right in for the hug.  OH!  He told her he was going to a business meeting!  AHHH everyone is talking – Steph is going off, even Chris Harrison can’t reel her in.  She said they slept together two nights before he went out there…and he confirmed.  Bye bye Brian.  One less boulder sized dude on this season of the bachelorette.  One of the dudes just said they have left daughters and sons to be there – whose got a daughter?  Okay, Kasey’s (the hashtag dude) date.  He confirms that he is, in fact, there for the right reason.    Brandon is in tears because it reminds him of his father figures that would disappear.  Very sad, I’m kind of worried about that dude.  I wonder how much Steph the single mom from NYC got paid to fly to LA and confront Brian.
Kasey’s date for real this time.  People are doing vandeloop (?), basically rappelling dancing on a building (what up Bachelor Pad!).  Soon Des and Kasey are the people, and they seem kind of bored with it.  At dinner, it’s real windy, and the water in the pool is cold – not going well.  He goes in for the kill, and they aren’t playing any music – ABC isn’t helping Kasey out at all.  They’re ending the date, but he does get the rose.
Small group date today – Juan Pablo is on this date, we haven’t seen much of him (my theory is because he is hard to understand, so doesn’t make for good air time).  Jeez, all five of these dudes are so bulky.  Des is on a deck in a dress, and she just threw a dude through the railing – Zak thought it was hot.  Des sees the dudes in their cowboy clothes and decides no more street clothes for them – Des is pretty cool.  Oh, the stunt team for the movie the Lone Ranger, more product placement.  Does the Bachelor franchise seem to be doing more of these these days?  So we’ve got Zak, Juan Pablo, Bryden, James, and Dan, whose pants split when he was getting on the horse (they’re acting like cowboys).  Juan Pablo does his whole cowboy scene in Spanish, including whispering in Des’ ear, not fair.  It does him well, he gets the extra one on one time with des.  The Lone Ranger is out July 3, there, that’s some buzz they can notch on their social media bedpost.  OH!  DES WENT IN FOR THE KISS!  That was amazing – I like a girl who goes for what she wants.  They look good together.  Night time now, and one on one time with Bryden and Zak goes well.  James is telling her about his pops, who is sick, and wants to know that he isn’t wasting his time.  That’s a risk, she can either say “oh, just keep being you,” or she can say “you’re so worried, you should go home.”  Luckily for James, it’s the former, and he gets the rose.  He gives her a daisy in exchange – that’s cute.
Chris Harrison has canceled the cocktail party for a laid back pool party.  Oh Ben, are you about to do something douchy…oh, he meets Des outside and asks for a 15 min car ride.  Now the dudes have seen them kissing and Michael is pissed – Michael needs to get over his Ben issues.  Chris (maybe Zach? not sure) just opened up a box of pizza that says on the top “Will you be my girlfriend, or is this too cheesy?” – these guys are funny!  Oh here is the douchyness – Ben isn’t admitting he already talked to her.  Mikey calls him out OH MICHAEL STOP TALKING.  Brandon is talking about not letting Des get hurt, I think they were right to make him the Casey “guard and protect” character in last week’s rap.  OMG OMG he just told her he was falling in love with her – too soon Brandon!
Rose ceremony time.  I vote for Drew, Chris, Zak, and Brooks.  And Bryden and Juan Pablo.  I think Brandon is going to take it hard if she lets him go, but probably even harder when she lets him go next week.  Bryden’s got one…Juan Pablo’s got one…Zak…Brooks…Drew (!), Zach, Brad, Michael (COME ON Des, are you kidding me?!), Mikey and…(I’m calling Ben)…BEN!  Oh no, Brandon, poor Brandon, he looks heartbroken, such a sad puppy.  Bye to Dan as well.  Des has followed a very upset Brandon out, and says she wanted it to be now, not later, because she didn’t feel the chemistry.  He’s in love with her (?!) but she didn’t feel it.  “Once again someone left me” – I think Brandon needs some counseling.  I am sad for him.  I hope the scenes from next week are good, ending on a downer.
Do they make people say “I’m not here to make friends”?  Every season!

Teag’s Progress – May Round-Up

This month was filled with ups and downs.  Well I guess only one down, which was pretty big…but sandwiched between two BIG ups, so we’ll try and focus on that.

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Teagan looking cute on the deck

Up number one…we’ve figured out a drug to stop her seizures!!  I haven’t seen one in at least three weeks now.  We started her on Kepra just after Christmas, which I believe is pretty regularly the first drug they try on kiddos with epilepsy because it is often successful and has the fewest side effects (common ones for seizure meds are tired, cranky, loss of appetite, loss of balance).  The Kepra didn’t cause any side effects…it also didn’t work :-(.  She had fewer seizures, and her doc thought they were less intense – but they only lasted a split second anyway (thank goodness), so I really didn’t see much of a difference.  We got as high as 4 ml twice a day before deciding this wasn’t going to cut it, so we started on Depakote.  For a while, we were on 8 ml of Kepra a day and 5 ml of Depakote, and the seizures stopped – and Teag was CRABBY.  If it was possible for the eating to get any worse, it did, she had NO interest in food.  Screaming every night at dinner.  So, we took the Depakote down by a ml a day and…finally…thankfully…she was happy again AND we still haven’t seen a seizure.  We’re now weening off the Kepra – down to 5 ml a day, with 4 of Depakote.  By the end of June, we’ll be done with Kepra all together, and my baby’s body will no longer be a chemistry experiment 🙂

Up number two…we had our six month appointment with her geneticist, Dr. Mendelsohn, who is one of the best in the field from what we hear.  She was THRILLED with Teagan’s progress, couldn’t believe that she was only 18 months.  This up is kind of bitter-sweet – I get so excited when doctors, therapists, etc. are so impressed with Teagan…then I feel bad, because if they are that impressed with her progress, that means there are lots of other children who are dragging their expectations down.  Such an unfair world :-(.  We went to the zoo last weekend, and as we were leaving there was a 12 or so year old special needs child having a meltdown.  I felt for the child, as well as for the two women trying to calm her down…I wanted to tell everyone around her to stop staring and give them their space.  I suppose these are the type of feels Joel and I will have now that we didn’t have before.

On that depressing note, the downer…Teagan’s eye has started drifting again :-(.  It looked great for a week or two after surgery, and then one morning I was giving her her before daycare milk in her high chair, and noticed the drift was back.  I was hoping it was just because she had recently woken up and was very tired, since the doc said when she was tired or sick we might still notice it…but it hasn’t gone away.  There are times her eyes look great, but Joel and I both feel that she is probably going to need the surgery again.  Such a bummer, my poor girl.  Her doc says the healing process is 3 months, but I just can’t believe we would still see drifting this often :-(.  That makes us very sad, good thing we have…

Up number three – WALKING!  OMG, so fun and exciting.  The most steps we’ve counted so far is 13.  She’s been taking 3-5 for two weeks or so now, and I was itching to announce it to the world via Facebook…after she walked half way across the living room to her babysitter (Miss Tippy!!) last Saturday night I decided that was good enough, and I could call my girl a walker.  So happy about this.  It is so fun to watch her gain confidence and even take pauses in her steps and change directions.  She holds her arms up in the air (for balance I assume), Joel and I say she’s pretending to be a zombie.  I wonder if she likes turtles.

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Zombie walking Teagan

Sessions with her therapists/teacher have been great – we’re working on a lot of words now.  We have a bag of everyday items that we go over twice a day – cup, spoon, shoe, book, etc.  She LOVES books…my parents babysat her while Joel and I went to our friends Lauren and Rusty’s wedding, and my mom got a kick out of her always taking the book you were trying to read to her and pretending to read it herself (she flips through the pages while babbling).  As far as OT goes, her six month meal goal is to feed herself half of every meal, which would be AMAZING.  She did a great job tonight…hopefully we’re finally on to something!  Kristin (her teacher) commented last Friday on how she seems much more “with it” – I’m not sure if this is due to the decrease in meds, or just because…but I’ll take it!  She is so sweet and happy.  My favorite time of day is walking up the stairs when I get home from work, because when she sees me, she is so happy she starts laughing.  Or maybe she thinks I’m funny looking ;-).  So in love with my girl ❤

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Petting the goats – she LOVED them – at the MN Zoo

Des’ Season – Episode 2

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My first time writing the bachelorette blog post while using my treadmill w/ table, EEEEEEEEE so excited!  I feel skinnier already.

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The dudes are in the house.  There are many bro-comments and bro-backslaps.  I hope the dudes step it up in this episode – I was not excited after the last one.  There seem to be a lot of ken-doll hair styles in this crew.  First date card – and it’s Brooks.  Princess Desire is drawing to kill time before her date, and now she’s off in the product placement car.  Now she has to hug all 20 guys before going on her date with Brooks awkward!  Ooh, product placement car again.  Is Bentley trying to appeal to a younger, poorer audience?  The CRV from Ben’s season made more sense to me.
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Brooks’ date!  Wedding dresses on the first episode, ABC no one will buy the cow…OMG can you imagine if a chick suggested this as a first date in real life?  Another question…you know how people say there should be a drinking game where you drink every time someone says “journey” or “amazing”?  I think they should add every time Desiree references being a princess or in a fairy tale.  She’s fun, he’s nice, they’ve had relationships before, they’re making out on the L in the Hollywood sign.  Yawn.  OMG, THEY’RE LOST AND THERE IS GRAFFITI!! Now they’re moving road closed signs…this has got to be a joke…whew, it is.  Chandeliers on the bridge, a dinner for two, and a musician who I think I should know who he is.  These two do seem to be enjoying themselves, but they would be a snooze of a couple.  No future reality show for them!  He gets a rose, no surprise there.
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Back to the bro-ness – date number two is a group date, where they are making a rap video with soulja boy. “WHOOO?  YOUUUU!.”  The video is called “For the right reasons” – this is kind of hilarious.  Did Brandon pick that outfit for himself?  There are no pants involved.  Aaaahhh all the raps are making fun of past bachelors – awesome!  He has no pants b/c there is a tattoo on his man part – Casey!.  “My manager sent me to help me sell my single.  I’ll sing to you girl, if it helps me sell my jingle.”  Wes!  Love it.  Fake broken leg – Justin.  Propose and change my mind, cry so much it will make you sick – Mesnick.  Well done writers.  Fast forward to evening and one on one time – Zach W. is actually making a great impression following his shirtlessness last week.  Ben is talking about his kiddo…you know, I wasn’t sure how I felt about him bringing his son on the show, but after hearing him reference it getting him an edge in the last episode, I don’t know.  AH – he asked if he could kiss her – as a girl whose first kiss was post-ask I can tell you, this is not a good strategy.  The dudes do not like Ben, and I think they should stop drinking.  In the meantime, Bryden gets the date card…something about him struck me in the last episode, can’t think of what it was…military?  Back to the date, Brandon is telling about the family.  His dad left when he was five and his mom was a druggie – sad!  Des is trying to be all in for him, but I don’t know if she really is.  I do feel Brandon deserves the rose if she likes him, seeing as he had to walk around pantless for most of the day, but she gives it to Ben, which makes Mikey have feelers.  Impromptu rapping, make it stop…
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Bryden and Des are off on a California road-trip   They’ve stopped for snacks, waded in the water, few kites, ate fish tacos, now they’ve stopped to pick oranges…about now I’d be asking where the wine is (oh who am I kidding, I wouldn’t have made it past the fish tacos).  But now they’re in Ojai, and if what I learned from watching Brothers and Sisters is correct, this is a good sign.  Brayden brought pictures from a car accident to dinner.  That would be weird on any date…at least the accident taught him to have fun because you don’t know what will happen and you only get one shot at life.  DUCK!  Another cliche!  They’re flying around here…and it’s a rose for Bryden. Ooh, awkward pool time…this is awesome…we had a fun day…and Des says “Just kiss me already.”  I may just like her after all (and come on Bryden, man up!).
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Michael is the first dude with one on one time at the cocktail party, and he’s talking about his blood sugar.  Ben is stealing Des, and Michael is pissed b/c he has a rose already, but I think Michael should be glad he stopped him from talking any more about diabetes…Des seemed bored.  The dudes are really pissed, three on one in an argument by the pool, and I’ve got to say Ben is looking the best.  He’s lying pretending he didn’t know he was stealing her, but other than that, he looks better because he’s keeping his cool and Michael and Mikey are freaking.  I’ve lost track of who is bitching, but one of the dudes said Ben mentioned other bachelors coming on the show with one bar and then it turns into five – that doesn’t sound good (apparently he has a bar).
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ROSE CEREMONY!  Brooks, Ben, and Bryden have roses – the key to Des’ heart is a name that starts with B.  Oh hi So. American guy, where have you been all episode?  He gets a rose…ooh, stick to english Des.  Yay Drew, he’s a cutie.  Ugh, Michael, now we get at least one more week of whining.  A sweaty Brandon gets the last rose…he has got to chill, he’s going to make her feel smothered for sure.  Bye bye Will, he seemed like a good dude, I bet she was sad he couldn’t dance in the rap video.  Robert is going home too, I thought he was a cutie, plus I have a soft spot for the ad guys.  And bye bye as well to Nick M.
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NEXT WEEK SOMEONE’S GIRLFRIEND SHOWS UP!  YES!