Thursday, July 17, 2014

bubbles in the coozi.

Some of my favorite memories of all time were spent at my Grami's house.  Grami knew how to make us feel loved and welcomed and I always felt like she was so glad that I came.  

We had a ritual in the summer time:  We would go to Grami's, swim in her pool, come inside and eat lunch and watch "Days of Our Lives"  (Grami's favorite "program") Then we would head back out swim in the pool, then go in the Jacuzzi.  The best was when Grami let us have bubbles and they spilled out everywhere.  

Bubbles and hot snickerdoodles, it doesn't get much better. 

Now my Mom is passing on the tradition of bubbles in the coozi and my kids are always overjoyed when the spa turns into a big white fluffy marshmallow. 


Bubbles on Memorial Day










More bubbles from a few years back.





Where it all began... 
bubbles in Grami's pool around1989
(Check me out with my amazing hole cut out in the middle swim suit.  I was hot stuff!)


Grami's pool circa 1987



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

H&M SALE. Family shopping.

Check this out: Something for everyone in a family of 7 at H&M.. total: $96.  Yep, my kind of shopping.  Just checked out, and I am pretty impressed with my purchases, all made while everyone sleeps.








For Kate: black sandals
For Asher: airplane shirt
For Levi: high tops
For Tay and Kate:  Baseball jacket
For Taylor:  Tankini
For Me: Black Heels
For Jackson: Checkered Shirt
For Chad: Shoes

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Outrageous Brownies



OK people, these things were quite amazing.  A person, that will go unnamed for security purposes, actually had 6 of them in one day...

Listen to the directions though and refrigerate them when they are cool.  We ate them warm, and they were fine, but the next morning... THAT was when all reason went out the window and the unnamed suspect ate a whole lot more than they should have.  The recipe makes a ton, which is awesome considering most brownie recipes call for an 8x8 pan. Really?  As if you only want 9 brownies?
Anyways, make these and you'll thank me later.  Enjoy!






I purchased the cute melamine green/teal stand at Target, but I just looked and it looks like it's sold out. It's part of the Oh Joy! Collection though, and there are still some darling plates and other items that match. Or, check your local Target to see if they still have them. 




OUTRAGEOUS BROWNIES

Ingredients

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups chopped walnuts

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/outrageous-brownies-recipe3.html?oc=linkback
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1-inch baking sheet.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.


**  "Rap"  means to pick up one side of the baking sheet and let it drop down and then pick up the other side and have it do the same thing.  Evidently it makes for a fudgier brownie, or a more fudge like brownie if you prefer correct grammar.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Independence Day 2014


This 4th of July we were in fabulous San Diego enjoying family time and amazing beach weather.  We started the day off at the beach with family and friends and then, thanks to a great tip for our "Carlsbad local sister" we headed to an awesome golf course and watched truly some of the best fireworks I have ever seen, especially so up close.  It was a beautiful day celebrating our country and freedom.












Monday, July 7, 2014

Crewcuts sale!

OK.... seriously though, this sale is quite amazing right now, and I am having a bit of a hard time not purchasing everything I see.  40% off the sale at J Crew with the code SHOPMORE.  Here are just a few tastes of the great deals.  




Outfit 1: jacket, tee, pink shorts

Outfit 2: floral sweatshirt, hi" sweater, eyelet shorts

Outfit 3: yellow tee, striped tunic, light jeans

Outfit 4: awesome tee, striped polo, camo shorts