Sleep Eating

Last night, my toddler insisted on having a snack. After some debate, he settled on a bowl of oatmeal at 9pm. He also wanted a cup of milk. It was quiet (the rest of his siblings were in bed – like they should be) and I didn’t want to just sit there and watch him eat, so I started reading. After a few minutes, I looked up and found him sleep eating. I started recording of course. Makes me wish I had looked up a minute sooner! HA! It was so funny to see him eating while half asleep. He had to have a change of Pj’s after this because apparently eating oatmeal while sleeping is a messy business. He also managed to get some oatmeal in his hair (he was freshly bathed) – not sure how he managed that!

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

 

I went to Safeway this morning (which I haven’t been to in months) and considered buying some cookies they had on their $5 Friday sale in their bakery. Then I remembered I don’t like store-bought cookies and told myself I would make some cookies when I got home.

When I got home, I remembered I had picked up several bags of Hershey’s Kisses for $1 after Christmas, with the idea of making these Peanut Butter Blossom cookies. So I decided to make them today.

I ended up just using the recipe on the back of the Kisses bag! I found others online, but the one on the bag had less sugar and more peanut butter in the recipe and I’m all for more PB and less sugar!

They turned out yummy! It’s been awhile since I have made these cookies (mainly because I don’t buy kisses that often! but for $1 a bag, it was worth it!).

 

Ingredients:

  • 48-54 Hershey’s kisses
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • granulated sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 375

Unwrap Hershey Kisses. Beat the butter and peanut butter together until combined. Add the 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix well. Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Shape into 1 inch balls (I used my handy cookie scoop). You can roll the cookie in granulated sugar if desired. I find the extra sugar unnecessary, but that is how they are “traditionally” made. (I find this step optional). Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. They will crack around the edges. Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool. Enjoy! Mine made about 54 cookies, but you could get more or less depending on the size of your cookies.

 

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Ingredients

  • 48-54 Hershey's kisses
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • granulated sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Unwrap Hershey Kisses.
  3. Beat the butter and peanut butter together until combined.
  4. Add the 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
  5. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  6. Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.
  7. Shape into 1 inch balls (I used my handy cookie scoop).
  8. You can roll the cookie in granulated sugar if desired. I find the extra sugar unnecessary, but that is how they are "traditionally" made. So I think this step is optional.
  9. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
  10. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
  11. They will crack around the edges.
  12. Remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack and allow to cool.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. Mine made about 54 cookies, but you could get more or less depending on the size of your cookies.
http://mismashedmom.com/2018/01/peanut-butter-blossom-cookies.html

 

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Albany Carousel

It took us months, but we FINALLY made it to the new Albany Carousel. They have been working on the carousel for as long as I can remember – MANY YEARS! Each of the animals has been hand carved and painted. They had the workshop open for years, where you could see the work they were doing. It was always a fun little tour.

Well, the carousel finally had enough animals complete to build the building and get the carousel up and running. It opened late this summer (like a day before we left for vacation) and we just finally got over there during Christmas break.

The building is beautiful! The door handles even have carved animals on them. There is a gift shop and a painting workshop. The big carousel area even has a snack shop.

The carousel is large and tall. They have lots of room to add more animals – it is only about 60%ish full. The entire building is beautiful and the carousel in amazing. I think it is even more incredible knowing how long it took them to make each animal, the craftsmanship that went into each one. The time and love that went into the entire project.

The kids quickly ran to the animal they wanted to ride (front of the line and thus first choice). #5 did not want to get off once the ride was over.

We went to the gift shop and then a volunteer asked us if we wanted a tour. Sure! Apparently, there is a downstairs! I didn’t know that. They have some cool old animals and calliopes. Then we got to go through the carving studio and see all the animals they are working on. They have so many cool animals to come. Can’t wait to see them completed!

The kids thought the tour was fun. #3 was like “Did you plan that tour?” Ummm no. Just got it by chance. “That’s so cool we got a fun tour!”

I just wish the rides were less than $2 or they at least had a multi-ride pass (like the Salem one). When you have 5 kids, 2 rides each is $20… Gets a bit expensive fast! Makes the one in DC at $1.25 a bargain (the one in Salem you can get for as low as $1)

If you’re in the Mid-Willamette Valley, I Highly recommend a stop to see this beautiful carousel and take a ride to see the remarkable craftsmanship!

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Meridian Temple Open House

In October, we took a quick trip to Idaho, so we could tour the Meridian Temple Open House. We rarely have Temple open houses within driving distance from us (the last one we went to was Vancouver BC – we only had 2 kids then!). We wanted to take all the kids, so we decided to torture ourselves with a car trip! We would much rather fly, but when under 8 hours, it is easier to drive. So drive we did. The kids actually did really well. We were mainly worried about #5, but he did ok! So it was a success.

The temple was beautiful. Other than us getting in the wrong tour group, a bunch got bunched up and somehow we got into an elevator group, which needed to be smaller, so we ended up in another random group passing by. Oh well! We still got to see the whole temple. It was so nice to be able to see and experience it with all our kids. It was well worth the car trip.

We also got Cafe Rio, so a Yummy success too! We also stopped by the Boise Temple, since we have driven by it and flown by it so many times, but never stopped! It was closed for maintenance, but we were still able to get pictures.

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New video laughter

We got the new video camera and my kids were dying to do something with it. So I suggested that I ask them some questions separately and see their answers.

My daughter came up with the funniest answer ever. Seriously, what she was was SO UNEXPECTED, I laughed so hard I cried (and almost peed my pants). Even thinking of it now makes me laugh. Seriously, if you know her at all, you know this is a totally out of character, unexpected answer. I think it is near minute 4 (You’ll know it from my laughter…)

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Instant Pot Lentil Sloppy Joes

I have mentioned my love of lentils. Well, somehow it didn’t occur to me to make them into Sloppy Joes until this week. Doh! Well, I made my favorite Sloppy Joe recipe, and just substituted Lentils and cooked it in the Instant Pot. So EASY! So DELICIOUS!

I decided to try to record it just before I started making it. Well, I need to work on my recording skills! ha! I’ll get better eventually, but hey, it’s my first try. If I can remember to hold it the right way for each clip, that would help a lot *eye roll*  Or I’ll use the new camera I got the kids that arrived tonight and I don’t have to worry about holding it incorrectly. Oh well.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups broth (chicken, vegetable, or beef) OR Water
  • 1 small chopped or grated onion
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I did not have one when I made the video. Tastes fine without it)
  • 1/4 cup brown Sugar
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or regular vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot. Turn Instant Pot on the Beans setting for 20 minutes. Either let naturally de-pressurize or manually depressurize. If it is too liquidy, simply use the saute button and saute until you get your desired consistency. It took me about 3-4 minutes of sauteing. Serve on hamburger buns!

Instant Pot Lentil Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups broth (chicken, vegetable, or beef) OR Water
  • 1 small chopped or grated onion
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown Sugar
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or regular vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  2. Turn Instant Pot on the Beans setting for 20 minutes.
  3. Either let naturally de-pressurize or manually depressurize.
  4. If it is too liquidy, simply use the saute button and saute until you get your desired consistency. It took me about 3-4 minutes of sauteing.
  5. Serve on hamburger buns!
http://mismashedmom.com/2018/01/instant-pot-lentil-sloppy-joes.html

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

 

I can’t believe that I have lived in Oregon for a majority of my life, and never been to the John Day Fossil Beds! In October, we had the opportunity to stop by on our way home from a quick trip to Idaho.

It was so cool! The kids loved the museum (FREE!) filled with fossils and things to explore and look at.  They even have a dedicated Junior Ranger room! We didn’t see any Rangers anywhere in the visitor center/museum, but they had plenty of books ready to go in the Junior Ranger room. Only an employee working in the gift shop. That’s why it’s nice we can mail in the booklets!

The hikes were easy for kids and had fantastic views. Nice to get a beautiful site with little effort (especially with kids).

We did the quick, but an uphill, hike to get the best view of the Painted Hills. You can easily see them from the car, but the hike was a great way to stretch our legs and get a different view.

Then we walked around the Painted Cove Trail, an easy walk around some colorful lava rocks. It was fun and easy for kids to do. Not to mention beautiful! Part of it is a boardwalk, which was cool.

I want to go back and explore some more soon! I am thinking we may go stay a night out there again, so we can check out the hills at sunrise or sunset.

We got the Junior Ranger booklets while we were there and just barely got to working/finishing them during our Christmas Break (yeah, we are behind!). I need to get them mailed in! When we get them back, I’ll add a picture of the badges 🙂

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