11.12.2018

10 on 10 :: November 2018

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
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Here are pictures of our day on Saturday the 10th.
I woke up with a heavy heart..... Pray for California...2 big fires going on. 
One in Southern California and one here in Northern California about 2 hours from us. 
There is so much smoke. It smells like campfire outside and the air quality is horrible, no outside recess is allowed, all PE and sporting events cancelled were canceled Friday and for this weekend. Our eyes are burning even inside. 
We have family & friends near Chico who have been evacuated and who have lost their homes. Devastating. Pray for all the firefighters including my cousin who is out there fighting the fire here in Northern California.

This was our first Saturday in over 2 months without soccer games. Soccer ended last weekend, so we were really looking forward to a slow Saturday morning at home, plus with the air quality we had to stay inside.
Coffee in bed and watching College Football.
 After coffee, I was able to function so I made my Homemade Pancakes.
I am telling you...these are the best pancakes! So light and fluffy.

 The kids made cards for their cousin Megan who turned 25...we were headed to her surprise party later on in the day.

Since the kids couldn't go outside and play, they played soccer inside to try and burn off some energy.
Our sweet yellow lab Boulder...she is getting so old 13 years 8 months old.
 I had my race shirt & bib all laid out and ready to go for my 10 mile race on Sunday in San Francisco, but I got an email that it was canceled because of the smoke and air quality.
 I spent some time researching other races this month that I can do for my November race (I have a goal of running a race every month from May 2018 until I turn 40 in May 2019)

 Later that afternoon we headed to my niece's 25th birthday surprise party....look at all the smoke. So sad.
 It's about an hour and half drive....our kids all fell asleep! I don't know the last time all 3 fell asleep in the car driving somewhere. I have taken them on countless road trips....to San Diego and to Oregon and they didn't fall asleep on those long road trips!!!! What is up with that?!?
 I think the girls were tired because I let them have a sleepover in Claire's room the night before.
 We had so much fun at her surprise party. Can't believe she is 25...I met her on her 8th birthday! Now she is grown up & married.
 Her husband threw her this surprise party and it was a Friends theme....the cake looked like the door from Rachel & Monica's apartment. So creative!

After dinner he had a Friends Trivia/Jeopardy game that he made. It was a blast!
 We drove back home, put kids to bed and then I wanted to re-watch Friends again starting from the beginning.
 It was a good day, but a weird day since we couldn't go outside.
Please pray for California...the destruction is horrific.
My cousin's wifes parents lost their home and my other cousins wife has a brother & sister in law who lost their home.
Absolutely heartbreaking.
Hope your 10th was more exciting than ours!



11.08.2018

Prime Time & Winners!

I don't know about you, but I have an Amazon Prime Problem. 
 I thought it would be fun to do another post on some of the things that I buy on Amazon.
I did a post like this 6 months ago in May, you can see it HERE.
 I love seeing what people buy on Amazon!
 
Before I get to my Amazon purchases, here are the THREE winners of the Instant Pot-ober Giveaway!
Each of you wins an Insant Pot AND a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
The winners are:
Kendall J,  Linda T. and Cassidy L.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Leave a comment or send me and email to claim your prizes!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com


 I buy things on Amazon about 2-3 times a week. If we need something, I look on Amazon first...because FREE 2 Day Shipping!

Here are some recent Amazon orders:

Powdered Peanut Butter (perfect for adding to smoothies!)


Nuun!
Perfect to add to my water for electrolytes. Way better for you than Gatorade.

I love these for days I go on runs.

Butter Spreader!

 Holds your butter so you can spread on toast, pancakes, corn on the cob, etc! Comes in a 2 pack.

Lid organizer!!!

 Why didn't I buy one of these before?!? No more mess of lids in my kitchen!

Gift of Dyslexia:

If you have a child who is Dyslexic this is a great read & so insightful.
This would also be a great read if you are an Elementary school teacher.

When I went to NOLA in September  I needed a dress for our Gala....found this gem for under $25!
This is the Dress I wore:

Here it is on:

 I am 5'9 and wore a medium. I got the small as well but returned it because it was SO short!

For our Vegas trip, I actually bought BOTH of my dresses on Amazon...and they were both under $25!!!!

The dress I wore Friday Night:

Here it is on:

 I wore the small. It was a little short, but we were in Vegas, so I fit right in. LOL!
The medium was way too baggy. This dress was so comfy. That night we had dinner/drinks in our friends suite, went to Beatles LOVE, then the Chainsmokers concert at club XS. We were at the concert until after 4am and I danced the night away in that dress and it was so comfy! I loved that it looked like it was a skirt/shirt, but it was actually a dress!

The dress I wore Saturday Night:

 Here it is on:

This is the same as the NOLA dress, just in black instead of the gold/silver color. 

I love that I got cute/fashionable dresses without having to spend an arm and a leg...don't know the next time I will have a need to wear sequins/flashy dresses like this, so Amazon was the perfect option :)

Lightweight Leather Earrings. 4 for under $20!


Claire's Halloween Costume:

Kate's tutu for her Halloween costume:

Sweater I wore for our Family Photos:

Cute shirt for under $20

Pencil Grips for Luke...he holds his pencil wrong, so needed to get these for him.

They are helping so much!

I love all the colors & I color coordinate my grade book, so these are the best :)

Avocado Slicer....this thing is AMAZING!


It cuts the avocado open, gets the pit out & slices it! I am obsessed!
 
This laundry detergent!

My friend Jen told me about it....it is amazing. 
You soak your workout clothes/clothes/towels or sheets in the detergent in your bathtub and then wash in your washer with regular detergent....look at the after of the bathtub water....EWWW!!!
 
Front loading washers don't get things as clean, so this stuff is a miracle worker.


(Meant to give this to Claire for her birthday, but I forgot so it will be a Christmas present)

Lego Advent Calendars...our elf brought these last year and my kids loved them!
 Got new ones for Elf to give them this year.

Kate's:
So, there you have it...some of my Amazon Prime finds for the past few months.
What are your favorite Amazon finds! Do you buy clothes on Amazon?
Do you have any dash buttons? Tell me more about them if you do! 
 



11.05.2018

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

Did your kids get a lot of Reese' Peanut Butter Cups for Halloween?
Do you need a delicious recipe idea to use up that extra Halloween candy? 
Here is a decadent dessert that is a crowd pleaser!
Reese's are my favorite Halloween candy...my kids know that I will raid their stash after Trick or Treating :)
The past few years they have picked Reeses Peanut Butter Cups when trick or treating and this year they gave me a HUGE stash of them. I didn't want to eat all of them, so thought I would make a dessert out of them. This dessert is inspired by one of Kevin's co workers. She made something similar a few months ago & I knew I had to recreate it! 
Here is what you need:
 - 2 packages of 12 count pre made chocolate chip cookie dough (the big cookies)
- Your favorite brownie mix
- 18 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Directions:
Spray Cupcake Sheets with cooking spray:
 Press the pre-made cookie dough into the cupcake tins
Make sure you press the dough into the tin so the bottom is covered.
 This recipe makes 18 cookies, so you will have 6 leftover pre made cookie doughs, so you can cook those separately or eat them ;)
 While you are pressing the cookie dough into the cupcake tin, have one of your kids unwrap the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and put them UPSIDE down on top of the dough.
You want the larger side facing down, so that they don't sink.
Next, it's time to make the brownie mix. Make it according to package directions.
 Luke loves helping me bake :)
 Once your brownie mix is ready, get a cookie scoop & use that to drop the brownie mix onto the Reese's. THIS is the cookie scoop I have.
 Luke insisted on helping with this also :)
Bake at 375 for 18 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean)
 Once they are done baking, let them cook for 15-20 minutes.
 
 Once they have cooled, use a butter knife around the edges to pop them out of the muffin tins.
 Look at these amazing layers of goodness!
 What's not to like? 
Say in your best Joey Tribbiani voice...
Chocolate Chip Cookies...good.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups....good.
Brownies....good.
 These are so decadent & delicious!
 If you want to be really over the top with this dessert, add a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.
You won't regret it!

You can also freeze these Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies in ziplock bags...the batch makes 18 so I like to freeze some and take them out when I want a treat!

Hope you love these as much as we do!
Enjoy!

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Just a reminder that my Giveaway ends tonight at midnight!
I am giving away an Instant Pot and $100 Amazon Gift card to THREE people.
I'm so excited about this giveway!
Enter HERE if you haven't already!



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