Monthly Archives: August 2017

MN State Fair–2017

On Monday, we went to the Great MN get-together!

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Luke has been every year and this was Jake’s first year.

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We had perfect weather and a great day hanging out as a family.

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But. . . the real reason we go, is the food!

Here are the highlights. . .

#1. Pie in the Sky sundae. From the Dairy Building.

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A sweet and tart mix of crunchy, spiced “airplane” cookies and lemon curd, topped with dark chocolate drizzle and served with vanilla ice cream as a sundae or malt.

#2. Mini Sconuts

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Buttermilk scone holes filled with chocolate, marshmallow and Nutella®, deep-fried and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar

#3. Cashew salted nut roll

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#4. Mini cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

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#5. Cheese curds #fairstaple

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#6. Luke’s ice cream cone

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#7. Scott’s vanilla and mint milk shake from the dairy barn #yum

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And if you go to the fair, do me a favor and take a pass on these. . .

#1. corn dog – just meh.

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#2. Honey puffs <-new fair food this year, but not worth it.

Deep-fried dough balls crispy outside and sweet inside, tossed in a sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

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And we had fun wandering around. . .

riding in style. . .

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Sharing his ice cream cone with Babe the Blue Ox.

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Giant slide. . . Luke and I are on the far right. . .

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Baby nap time

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Building at the Home Depot barn

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My boys. . .

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Already looking forward to next year! And having another Pie in the Sky Sundae! Smile

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Weekend vibes at the Lake

Oh what a weekend!

We were back at the Lake this weekend. And I want to go back! I cannot believe that the next time we will be at the Lake, it will be the end of summer for Labor Day ..  . seriously, where did summer go?

Speaking of time going way too fast, how is this baby 8 months old?! Somebody hold me.

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Anyway.. .  back to the Lake weekend.

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Playing cards with Aunt Jenny.

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Boat time.

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Doing “kung fu” in the new PJs Aunt Jenny and Aunt Laura brought from China.

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Hanging on the dock.

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On Saturday, we headed to Camp Manitou (the YMCA camp that I attended when I was younger). . . we got to do crafts (make bracelets)

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Check out the camp.

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Go on a war canoe

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And make s’mores!

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There were sink baths. . .

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And more boat time

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and nap time.

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and ice cream cones

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And when I downloaded my pictures form the weekend. . . I found a nice montage from Luke. Winking smile 

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Happy Monday friends!

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Weekend at the Lake with Magic Cookie bars {recipe}

*This post is sponsored by Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

This past weekend, we headed to the Lake for some time with friends.

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We had lots of talking, laughing, swimming, and time in the boat.

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I was recently sent some Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk to try in a recipe and share on the blog.

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I knew this was the perfect weekend to try my Mother in law’s recipe for magic cookie bars.

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And you guys, they are SO good!

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Magic Cookie Bars {recipe inspired by my MIL – Way}

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup each: white, milk and semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In 9×13 pan, sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over melted butter, combine and pat into bottom of pan
3. Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk evenly over crust
4. Top with chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans
5. Press down gently
6. Bake for ~25 minutes until lightly browned.
7. Cool completely and serve.
8. Accept compliments. Smile 

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And I already cannot wait for our Lake weekend next year!

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I’m still alive! Alternatively titled: Life as a #boymom. . . nothing gets done

Hey! How are you?? How’s the summer going? Can you believe that it is already the second week of August? Time. slow. down.

Also, you know what else I can’t believe? That I have an almost 8 month old and an almost kindergartener. someone hold me.

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Life has been life. and it’s been pretty wonderful. and busy. these days if I’m not doing something for Jake, I’m doing something with Luke and in between going to work, doing laundry, making dinner, teaching BODYPUMP, running, etc. Oh, and occasionally sleeping. Winking smile 

But it’s nice to check back in on the blog and reflect on life recently. . .

We’ve been soaking up family runs.

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Ice cream cones.

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Time at the Lake.

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And this boy and his smiles. heart. melting.

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And please send help. . . he is already crawling, pulling to stand and furniture surfing!

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I’m still teaching BODYPUMP 3x per week and CXWORX on Fridays. Working on getting my guns back. Winking smile 

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And soaking in the last days of summer before Luke starts kindergarten in September!

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While I can’t promise anything. . . I am hoping to start to get back to posting regularly again. So, with that, I’m off to pick up Luke from day camp at the YMCA. I took vacation time last week and this week to spend with the boys while daycare is closed, so this afternoon we are headed to the park and maybe for some fro yo!

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