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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Today our littlest one turns the big SEVEN!  Want to read about her crazy entrance into this world?  Go to the Long Walks/Talks tab, scroll through the escaped cows story, and get ready for one wild and crazy baby delivery story!

We started the big celebration this past weekend with a three-way birthday party.  Three of the girls in her class have birthdays within two weeks of each other, so this year we three moms decided to combine the fun and take the class bowling!

Love her facial expressions!

 Getting a few tips from Daddy

and Miss Julie

She hasn't rode on her daddy's foot in a long time!  Might be the last time according to Daddy!

But how can he resist that smile????

The whole crew

 The birthday divas girls

One kind of fun thing we did is ask all the guests to bring books for the girls.

At the end of the evening, each girl picked three books to take home, and the rest went back to their school as a donation.   I feel so much better about this kind of gift-giving, and the kids were excited too!

Our wonderful little town has a six lane bowling alley that is perfect for such gatherings.  We all made some goodies and decided to buy pizza for the main course.  I made Puppy Chow!  Here's the recipe!

Always have more ingredients on hand if you make too far in advance.  This stuff tends to "disappear," and everyone blames good ol' "Not Me!"

Puppy Chow

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups Crispix cereal (any flavor)
3 cups powdered sugar
1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Microwave for one minute then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir well.
* Obviously I went the old-fashioned way with this batch and cooked it all on the stove, med-low heat!
3. Place the 9 cups of Crispix cereal in a very large bowl.
4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.
5. Place the powdered sugar in a large zip-lock type plastic bag.
6. Add the peanut butter-chocolate cereal mixture to the bag, leaving enough room for the puppy chow to be shaken (you may have to divide the mixture into smaller batches, coating one batch at a time).
7. Shake the bag vigorously to evenly coat each piece of the puppy chow with powdered sugar.
8. Once the mixture is fully coated, place in a large serving bowl.
9. Coat any additional pieces by shaking the mixture in the powdered sugar filled bag.  Add powdered sugar to the bag as needed until all the mixture is coated.

That is a TWO GALLON BAG of PUPPY CHOW! (which is the recipe times three!)

(Yes Tink, Yours is next!)

P.S.  Due to a snafu that I will tell you about later, the AG will not be here for the celebration.  Sigh..... She will be here next week.  UGH!  I'm trying to not let it bother me any more!  Breathe in... Breathe out...Breathe in... Breathe out......hmmmmm..... still need to repeat several more times!


  1. Happy 7th birthday to your youngest... She's just so pretty!!!!

    Love your idea about taking the class bowling ---followed by their party...

    The book idea sounds so neat... I'm sure it was hard for Bear to choose just 3 books... ha

    I'd eat that puppy chow until I got sick... ha

  2. Happy Happy Birthday, Bear!! What a cute bunch. I love what you did with the books. That's a great idea!



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