Me

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It’s a funny thing, wanting to feel pretty when you’ve got a toddler in the house. I wake up some days and think, “hhmmm maybe today I’ll get dressed up” and by that I mean put on a “not stretched because it’s been worn for the last two or three days” shirt and wear my hair different. I try that for about ten min. and then it’s right back to the old standby of messy bun and stretched shirt. Today though I decided I needed to just “experiment”, and then edit my experiment. I had fun with it and maybe that’s all I really need sometimes, to just play dress up for a few minutes and get it out of my system. I like me, whether it’s the tired me or the dressed up me.

Becoming a Character

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The best part of watching my cupkeiki grow up, is watching her character take form. She is a funny girl, a charmer, a snuggler, a girl with a big imagination and a fighter. Today she put on her hat and sunglasses and danced across the dinning room and kitchen floors, she was a rock star and it was fun to watch.

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Something I love to see

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I walked into the kitchen earlier today, after my cupkeiki decided to venture off on her own in the house for a while, to see this: my cupkeiki and her uncle, cooking. It was a happy moment and also an appreciative moment. I was happy to see her being apart of the cooking, as she usually is with me, but not really with anyone else in the house. I was also appreciative because it was a thoughtful act, as simple as it may seem, to include her in on the cooking; to pull up a chair and to involve her in the process.

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Super Moist Brownies

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Ingredients:

1/2 C. Sugar

2 Tbs. Butter

2 Tbs. Water

1 1/2C. Semisweet   Chocolate Chips

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2/3 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (or all-purpose)

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 C. Semisweet Chocolate Chips rolled in 1 tsp. of Flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 F. and grease an 8×8 inch square pan

In a medium sauce pan bring sugar, butter and water to boil, then remove from heat, add chocolate chips stirring until smooth; allow to cool. Add eggs and vanilla to cooled chocolate mixture. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and add to liquid mixture. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Spread remaining chocolate chips across the top of the batter. Bake for approx. 25-30 min, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean/dry crumbs. The key is to not over bake them!

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They were so good, I had to sneak a little with my morning tea!