Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sugar and Cinnamon and Donuts, OH MY!

So today started out a little frustrating. I tried to run a few errands, which ended up taking me much longer than I had planned, and sadly were less fruitful than I had hoped. Not to mention, we have been passing around a little head cold so I just haven't been feeling too spunky.
After I got home and had lunch and got the little ones settled for naps, it started raining. Not raining like "I might need an umbrella" raining, but more raining like "I might need a paddle boat". Then it started thundering...a lot. Again, not the mild, gentle, rumbling kind of thunder, but the scary kind. All in all, I started to feel that urge that I always start to feel around this time of year, the urge to hibernate. Basically I want to crawl into a space in my house and hide...hide with food...good food...buttery, warm, soft, chewy food...like donuts.
Well, why put off to tomorrow what you can eat today? I broke out the donut maker and cooked up these little beauties.

Mini pumpkin donuts...genius! These guys are so sweet and soft and they are baked instead of deep fried, which makes them a little healthier, unless of course you dip them in butter and then roll them around in sugar and cinnamon like I did. But it's so worth it and we are hibernating after all. You can find the recipe here:


Enjoy! I certainly did. Oh...and good luck not eating the entire plate in one sitting.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dare to Dream Part 2

I promised you pictures and I deliver...ENJOY!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dare to Dream

Last night Suzy and I got to go on our second annual trip to see the Disney Princesses on Ice "Dare to Dream". I can't even tell you how much we have been looking forward to it. I bought tickets months ago (firstly so that I could get us good seats and secondly so that I could use the tickets as bribery to get Suzy to behave. If you don't bribe your kids you should really try it sometime.)and we have been anxiously awaiting this day ever since.

This year was even more special because we got to go with some friends of ours. I remember being little and being able to go to see shows with my mom and best friends. There is something about being with a girlfriend that just amplifies the excitement of an event...by like a thousand. We had two very happy little girls...two very happy mamas too!

So, a few highlights from the show. First, I think it is a gross mis-justice the way that these skaters are represented. It is always depicted that the performers in these shows are the ones who are past their prime for professional skating. Kind of like, this show is for skaters who didn't make it in the big league, type of thing. This is utterly ridiculous. There were hundreds of people in that stadium last night and I didn't see a single one without a smile on their face...not too shabby a career if you ask me. Basically, I think they have the coolest job ever.

Next, one of the coolest things about last night had to be our seats. We went all out and got front row seats...as in, I could literally reach my foot out and touch the ice. I am not even kidding. We were also in the corner, so when the skaters did their little dances on the platform they were right in front of us...AND...Prince Naveen (of Maldonia) winked at me. I know what you're thinking..."he could have been winking at anyone"...but just trust me, he looked right at me and he winked. That's the story. Evidently this old girl has still got it, eh? I even texted Brother Ramsey to tell him about it. I may have also asked him if he would wear frog tights for me...he said "no". Oh well.

So here is my advice about Disney on Ice, if you haven't gone, you really, really, REALLY need to. Is it worth the money? TOTALLY! Is it worth the extra money to sit up close? EVERY PENNY! Put aside $10 every month and get the good tickets, I promise you won't regret it. Don't expect Naveen to wink at you though...he might still be pining over me. It hurts me to break his heart but come on, I'm a happily married woman.

A few things you might want to take with you? A snack, because you will get hungry and unless you want to spend $30 on concessions, you will stay that way. I watched one guy walk up to the cotton candy vendor and ask if he could get a different bag because the one he bought (for $12) was mostly air and had very little cotton candy. The vendor refused and told the man that "they are all like that", which was true. Oh yeah, be prepared for those vendors too...there are about seventy five of them within a ten square foot space and they swarm over you with their glowing swing sticks and princess crowns and good-smelling popcorn because they know that you want your sweet princess to have all those nice princessy things. Twits. Aside from food, you might also want to take a sweater, it is ice after all.

Oh, and when you leave, don't put your trash on the floor. That's rude. Throw it in a trash can so that I don't step in it. Gross.

Seriously though, it was so much fun and we fully intend to go again next year. It is a tradition worth keeping. I didn't have my camera but my friend is going to send some pictures. Once I get them I will post them. Note: Fussing at me will not get you your pictures any faster.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Last night Gavin came downstairs and was unhappy because he couldn't find his stuffed "Boog Bear". I didn't take him too seriously because he isn't devoted to Boog in the sense that he has to have him every night. He will go for weeks or months without mentioning Boog, then have a spell where he sleeps with him. It's not a serious relationship...or so I thought.
This morning I came down and found this poster:

Well, to the victor go the spoils, and I was getting that hug! Mike actually took a quick break from work to come home and look for it. He wanted that hug too...but I was not going to back down on this one. Gavin hugs are pretty amazing after all. We seriously tore the house apart trying to find that thing. Just when I was thinking we would NEVER find him...I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT!! Go Jenny...go Jenny...WOOT!WOOT!!

Okay, seriously, I don't like to brag...but I totally FOUND IT! Because I was the winner and that is what winners do...they find things first. There is nothing wrong with being a loser, which I wouldn't know because I didn't lose. I won! Sorry, forgive me my indulgence. If you had been married to Mike Ramsey for ten years you would understand how nice/rare/miraculous it is to actually beat him in something...anything! And that hug was mine for the taking!!

It was a fantastic hug and boy and bear were reunited at last. What a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

And...Back to Public

Yes, I am moving my blog back to public. Why you ask? Well, because once upon a time I got comments on my posts. Lots of comments. Some were witty, some were nostalgic, some were loving, some were creepy (which is why I went private in the first place, but hey, at least they were comments). But ever since I made the move to private, the comments have become few and far between. And a blog without comments is a sad blog indeed. It's like a boat on dry land, a movie without popcorn, a dry turkey, a dead plant...you get the point. Ergo, I am making the move back to public. Now my friends and family have no excuse not to read and comment (insert menacing tone).

To lure you back into reading my blog I decided to break my personal code and post pictures (don't get used to it). One of the fun things about my older kids being in school is that I feel like I can actually leave the house again. So today I called up a few girlfriends and asked if they wanted to meet for lunch at Sweet Frog, this divinely amazing frozen yogurt shop. My friend suggested we go at 12:30, so that it was after lunch. Evidently some people don't think that frozen yogurt is a proper lunch...I know, weird huh?

So we met up at Sweet Frog and let me just say, an afternoon of good company and frozen yogurt might be the cure to most of the world's problems. Perhaps the next political sit-down needs to take place at Sweet Frog.

As promised...here are the pictures. Check out all these cute kids!! And now that my blog is public again AND I posted pictures, you are all going to come and comment right? Right?!?!