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Just like everyone esle I always have totally lame-o resolutions.  You know the ones I am talking about…

  • I will lose 5 -10 lbs this year
  • I will stop drinking as much coffee
  • I will stop drinking diet coke
  • I will workout every day

But this year I am throwing the lame – o resolutions to the wind and going for something HUGE.

Yes It is a challenge I have never tried to undertake before and this is the year to make it happen.  Do you remember target go phone #4?  The one that replaced target go phone # 3 when it broke to pieces?

Well, sadly go phone #4 has gone.

I dont know where, but it has.

Which leads me to my brand new resolution: 

 Keep ONE cell phone for a whole year.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

Happy new year 🙂

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The Christmas Mom

Merry Christmas. 

Behold my first book – The Christmas mom.  I wrote in when I was in first grade. It is hillarious.

the mom wasn't certain about Christmas

mom still liked it a little

the mom had to do all the work...she was sad

Help me!

I asked mom if she liked christmas...she said NO.

NO.

Mom got some presents because she was special

the christmas mom liked it better
the end

What I’ve been up to…

Hey all.  I know its been a while.  It is much easier to keep up with the blog when I do not have a full-time job/internship.  I am not as good at time management as I would like to be. 

Several of you had commented about the internship so I wanted to give you a brief update on it despite the fact that it has nothing to do with food/chocolate or puffins.  I know – even I am impressed that I am writing about something different.

I cannot go into detail, but in general I work with deaf kiddos with special needs to help develop their fine motor skills (grasping, cutting, writing, buttoning, ect.).  Last year I decided to learn sign language on top of getting my masters degree in occupational therapy in order to be able to do my internship with the deaf population.  I learned a lot of sign, however as with all languages it takes time and practice to develop.  Therefore my signing is still a work in progress. 

What I love the most is the little things, like a few weeks ago when a three-year old chewed me out in sign because I was signing the word “ready” slightly incorrectly.  She had a good point, but I could not help but laugh to myself as she re-taught me the sign. I have to respect such audacity in a three-year old.

I love working with kids.  I feel completely in my element when I am around them. 

I am still going to keep up with the blog when I have the opportunity.  The chocolate and puffins will be returning soon.  I still have a chocolate covered puffin recipe to share.

I am also still working on my book which is coming along well.  I will share more about it later.

I hope everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving – we have so much to be thankful for.

Hello all! 

I am happy to announce my return to blog world.  I missed you peeps.

I took a break from blogging, but my chocolate addiction and puffin obsessions have remained in full force.   My internship at the School for the Deaf is going very well.  It is challenging and exhausting but I do love it.  Puffins even came in handy the first day of my internship. 

obsession in action

I had emailed my supervisor a few weeks before I began to ask what curriculum she wanted me to be familiar with and what I needed to do to prepare.  Her only request was that I please bring my lunch the first day.

The night before my first day I packed a feta, mustard and humus wrap (the bomb) with carrots and an apple like a responsible kid.  I shoved the lunch bag in fridge, it was totally ready for my big day.  Unfortunately the next morning my LEA  (lose everything always syndrome) set in and I forgot the lunch.

When I got to School and I met my supervisor she asked if I remembered my lunch, her question made me remember that I hadn’t.  Bummer, I hate LEA.

Lucky for me lately I am so puffins obsessed that I keep a box in my car.  When lunch time rolled around I marched out to my car and grabbed a box of peanut butter puffins (a flavor that has since grown on me ever since I dissed it in one of my blogs).

I went into the teacher’s lounge with my cereal box and poured a huge mound of puffins on my napkin.  Turns out PB puffins make as great of a lunch as they do a breakfast and snack.  I am fully aware that I looked ridiculous but painful hunger was avoided.   Thanks Barbara the puffin maker.

Barbra also send me something fantastic in the mail: a sample of a possible future puffin flavor.  Guess what it was?

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE!

And she sent me two coupons for totally free puffins products – they lasted me a week.

I tried two separate pb chocolate puffins flavors and took an internet survey on them.  I wanted more, but the flavor is not out yet so I made my own chocolate pb puffin bites in the mean time.  Talk about AWESOME.  Recipe and pics are on the way!

a blogcation

I have decided to take a blogcation for the time being.  I am not planning on it to be permanent, but I have a lot on my plate at the moment.  I just started a wonderful internship at Texas School for the Deaf and I have decided to focus my writing energy on two different books that are in the works.  I will still be around to read whats going on in the blogsphere here and there and prehaps in a few weeks I’ll be back!

– B

The incredible edible egg

Just want to share a quick recipe.  I love eggs and Quiche is one of my favorite ways to eat them. 

Spinach Ricotta Quiche

  • 1 pie crust (see mom Cindy’s recipe below)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 10 oz package of frozen spinach, dethawled and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 3 large eggs, beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and saute until tender, about 8 minutes.  Mix in spinach, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Saute about 3 minutes.

Combine ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses in large bowl.  Mix in eggs and add spinach.

Spoon mix into pie crust.  Bake until filling is set in center and brown on top, about 40 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!

Mom Cindy’s pie crust:

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of shortening or butter
  • 3 tbs ice cold water

Directions

Combine butter/shortening and flour with fork until the flour is crumbly.  Then add salt and the water a little at a time.  Mix into a ball and roll out.

The chocolate mess returns

I am thinking that it has been WAY too long since I have shared a recipe with you all.  And what better way to follow-up a weight loss post than with a post about weight maintenance pancakes. 

My new favorite is berry ricotta pancakes – have you tried them?!

 

Does it get any better than that?  Oh yes it does…when you make a chocolate mess version:

 

These are loaded with ricotta, blueberries and cocoa.  Yum. 

Recipe:

  • 1 cup pancake mix (i used a clean whole grain one)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (i use all natural)
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce (i used a strawberry applesauce)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • *for chocolate version add 2 large tablespoons of cocoa powder

Directions:

combine all ingredients and ladle on to skillet (use medium heat)

Makes about 12 pancakes 🙂