Peanut Butter Banana Pudding Pie with Wayfair

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Peanut Butter Banana Pudding Pie

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I recently got an email from Wayfair about entering their Battle of the Pies and I was sold before I even read the whole thing. Something about this fall has really brought out the domestic side of me. I am already pretty domestic but lately I have been borderline obsessive. I have been baking and cooking and freezing food for the last month with no signs of tiring out or getting bored. I’ve made soups, jams, pickles, crisps, brownies, muffins, and pies! My husband was thrilled at first but at this point I think he is starting to wonder if I need an intervention to save our grocery budget.

And then I got the email. And then I made this peanut butter banana pudding pie. And my husband had no complaints as he licked his fork clean. I’d like to think it was because he realized my recent baking craze had prepared me for thiiiiiiiiiis moment.

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Now, you might be wondering how I will manage winning a virtual pie bake off where nobody will actually be tasting the pies…that’s where you come in. If you think my pie should win just let me know here, here, or here. Likes, loves, favorites, comments, shares, repins, regrams, retweets, you know the drill. The pie with the most social engagement will go down in history as the Wayfair Battle of the Pies CHAMPION!!!

With out further ado, here is my entry in all her sweet, slightly peanut buttery, wonderfully banana-ish glory.

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Peanut Butter Banana Pudding Pie

Yield: Two 9″ pies + extra pudding filling

Crust:
2 2/3 c. crushed vanilla wafer cookies, divided
1 stick butter, divided, melted
1/2 c. sugar, divided

Preheat oven to 375 F. In two bowls combine 1 1/3 c. crushed cookies, 4 Tbsp. melted butter, and 1/4 c. sugar. Mix well. Press into bottom and sides of a 9″ pie dish. Bake 5 minutes. Cool completely.

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TIP: Use the bottom of a drinking glass to press the crust into the dish. I tried using my hands on one pie and a glass on the other. The glass was easier and less messy!

Filling: adapted from my favorite banana pudding recipe, here
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 c. smooth peanut butter, at room temperature
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (5 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
3 c. cold milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed, divided
2 bananas

In a medium bowl beat together cream cheese and peanut butter until combined. Add sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix, milk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Fold in half the whipped topping.

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TIP: If you can’t get the pudding smooth try an immersion blender. “Room temperature” in the cooler months can still be too cold to get the cream cheese really smooth but the immersion blender got all my lumps out, quickly!

TIP: Forgot to thaw your whipped topping? Remove the lid, place in microwave, and defrost it for 30 seconds. Gently stir and defrost in 10-20 second intervals, stirring gently after each, until it is thawed.

To assemble the pie, slice 1 banana and place the slices evenly across the bottom of a cooled cookie crust. Pour half the pudding mixture over the bananas. Top with half the remaining whipped topping. Garnish with crushed cookie crumbs. Repeat with second pie crust. Chill before serving.

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Don’t forget – if you want to up my chances of winning this Pie Bake Off then head over to my social media posts (here, here, and here) and show them some LOVE!

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Check out my posts on Wayfair (here and here) and the fun posts they have sponsored here at Rad Mom Cool Kid (here and here).

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Fall 2015

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It has been a long while since I posted about what we’ve been up to! We bought a home just before summer and have been spending lots of time rearranging furniture, discovering drawers we didn’t know we had (seriously, I found a kitchen drawer I hadn’t noticed, after 4 months of living here!), and saving up for extra furniture we need.

We have also been doing a lot of financial planning. This stresses me out. I know, I’m preaching to the choir! I have spent so many hours in our Excel spreadsheets. I just have to keep reminding myself of all the blessing we have and not dwell on the rougher parts of our plans!

We have been getting into extra-curricular activities. Noa and Isca both take piano lessons from a friend down the street. Noa doesn’t like lessons or practicing the same songs over and over but he LOVES to sit down and play by ear or compose his own music. Isca is the opposite. She loves to practice and do the lessons. I think she will be a great pianist but I wonder if she will ever ‘feel’ the music like Noa does. I wonder if he will ever be able to ‘feel’ the music when he feels forced to play. I’m interested to see how Hollis does when she starts!

Noa is playing soccer again this year. He seems to be hit or miss this season. Either he is on or he can’t quite get it together during his games. He has have a few goals and that always brightens up his day :) He wants to see if we can find an indoor league so he can play through the winter. I found one but it’s a Sunday league and we don’t do sports on Sunday.

Isca is dancing again this year but she is taking one dance class that covers ballet, tap, and jazz. She loves to dance and she has started using every surface of the house as a makeshift studio. The counters are her barre, she watches her reflection in the oven as she plies, she uses long stretches of floor to practice leaps.

Hollis and I go to the preschool story time and STEM lab at the library each week. She LOVES it. The STEM lab changes each week and has been so fun to visit each station and do some hands on exploring and learning together. We’ve flown airplanes, stacked cups, built toothpick buildings, played with play dough, sorted shapes and food groups, practiced cutting, looked at leaves through a microscope, etc.

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Noa also joined chorus at school. He seems to have joined for two reasons, 1. they MIGHT sing at a minor league baseball game 2. there MIGHT be a cute girl situation going on. Either way, he gets himself to school 30 minutes early once a week and has started singing the hymns at church with much more gusto than before.

Noa and I are also reading the Book of Mormon before his 10th birthday next month. We started in July. It has been a really great experience to read this book together. We are reading about Captain Moroni and Helaman and the 2,000 stripling warriors. Noa has been LOVING all the wars and strategies we’re reading about right now. He told me he feels like he has become a better boy since we started and that he feels like he has less temptations to make bad choices. I feel like it has softened a lot of my edges, too, and has helped me be more patient and understanding of other people when it seems like they can’t get their act together.

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Luke and I are getting old and our bodies are falling apart. Luke is currently going to physical therapy because he dislocated his shoulder a few months ago. Ironically, he was doing physical therapy on the shoulder when his theraband snapped and ripped his shoulder out of the socket. Fun stuff. I just finished up a round of treatment at the chiropractor for some hip/knee pain. Thank you, children, for all the damage you have done to my joints and ligaments. PS: There’s a huge dog that hangs out in my chiropractor’s office.

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Oh, and BYU football. We have watched a lot of that this fall. It is exhausting being on the east coast when the games are late starts in Utah. I’ve woken up at 2am to the sounds of cheering and announcing coming from Luke’s phone a time or two!

The other thing I’ve been up to is baking and cooking everything I can get my hands on. Soups, pies, crisps, pickles, jams… I just want to bake and cook all the time and fill my freezer and fridge with all the goodness.

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Luke and I are also getting ready for a trip to the Domincan Republic next month! I won a 5 night all-inclusive stay at a resort there so we are cashing it in and heading off on an adventure! I’m a little nervous because I have heard that the DR is not super safe. Luke speaks Spanish fluently and is really nice and charming so we are hoping that will help us avoid any sticky situations! I told Luke we are doing Europe next. Our 3 big trips since we’ve been married will have been Hawaii, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. I like palm trees and beaches but my melanoma-prone skin needs a break! Plus, Luke has never been to Europe and has been hoping to go forever! According to our new financial planning we should be able to go in exactly 1 billion months.

So that’s what we have been up to around here this Fall. Life is flying by! Here are some other things we’ve done:

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Fun with Jenga

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We recently had the chance to team up with Jenga® to show you guys one of their new products!

Most of you are probably familiar with the original Jenga – a fun block stacking game. This fall, Jenga introduced a few new products, including Jenga Giant Family Edition. We were thrilled to get to try it out over the last few weeks and wanted to share how we have used our Jenga Giant!

1. Purposeful Play

Noa (my 10 year old boy) likes to play solo and see how high he can get the stack before it topples over. He is really into building, designing, hands-on activities so this is right up his alley.

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The girls (7 and 4) love playing together, taking turns finding a loose block and building the stack higher and higher. We sometimes have to find a step stool for the 4 year old as the stack grows and grows!

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2. Imaginative Play

Hollis (my 4 year old girl) loves to use the blocks to make houses and roads for her cars and small toys. Sometimes the kids will each make a long road of blocks and race cars against each other.

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The Jenga Giant Family Edition is 6 times the size of the original Jenga game and stacks up to over 3 feet high! It is geared toward kids age 6 and above but our 4 year old has lots of fun playing it, too!

3. Craft

I haven’t done this yet but the second I saw this pic regrammed in Jenga’s Instagram feed I put it on my To-Do list! I’m thinking black + white… and maybe a metallic and… some neon.

Con un poco de color todo es más bonito! #jenga #art #home #deco #colores #DIY

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This game is fun to play outside on the patio or indoors over a carpeted area, as the wooden blocks are very sturdy and hard. Be sure to play away from walls and any surface that might get dented or damaged when your awesome stack finally topples over!

Check out JengaGiant.com and be sure to follow Jenga on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest!

Here are some other fun Jenga games and a cool Jenga-inspired table!

Sofa Forts

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One of my friends at Wayfair recently turned me on to an awesome Sofa Fort Guide they have on their website and I had to share! To find it click here then scroll most of the way down and click on “Read More.” It is located just under Site Feedback and just above Sponsored Links. You’ll find forts like “The Classic” and “The Dreadship Blanket” among others!

Classic Sofa Fort from Wayfair.com

Dreadship Blanket Sofa Fort from Wayfair.com

I loved making sofa forts when I was a kid. I remember using cardboard boxes to make all kinds of tunnels and secret rooms. It was so fun to get lost in the design and work with the neighborhood kids to build a fort of epic proportions!

Wayfair’s guide has some really cute ways to transform your sofa into a really fun fort! They also have an option for those of you who might not want to use your sofa as a jungle gym!!

It took my kids about 10 seconds to start construction on their own sofa fort after looking at the guide…

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We decided there are 5 things every fort needs to be totally awesome:

1. Tunnels. Wide ones, skinny ones, and ones that are dead ends.

2. Rooms. We like to build forts where each kid has their own special space to work on. The rooms are all connected by the tunnels :)

3. Levels. We stack tables and chairs to give our forts height. They also provide little nooks for stuffed animals and books.

4. Pillows. We have wood floors so pillows and cushions are a must in our tunnels and rooms. We are big fans of being cozy.

5. Secrets. All our sofa forts have to have something secret! Secret tunnels, secret rooms, secret entryways, etc. Everybody knows about them but they are still a secret!

All this pillow and blanket talk reminds me of an episode of Community from a few years ago…it’s called Pillows and Blankets and the whole school makes an enormous fort that covers the campus. It’s a good one, you can watch it here!

When’s the last time you made a sofa fort?!

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Infant Occasional Constipation with Enfamil Reguline

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Today I’m excited to share a new product with all you mamas and papas! This post is sponsored by Enfamil® Reguline™, a new baby formula that can be used daily. It is designed to promote soft, comfortable stools and help support digestive health.

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Occasional constipation happens with most babies and it is so tough to know your baby is uncomfortable and not be able to help them. One of my kids had an especially difficult struggle with staying regular. It would always last a few days and boy, were those days sad! Trouble sleeping, trouble eating, and lots of crying ruled our lives. We tried prune juice, warm baths, pumping their legs, anything to get them to go to the bathroom! When they were finally back to normal in the digestive department we would then spend the next week getting everything else back on schedule. The struggle lasted well into toddlerhood and made potty training difficult. Occasional constipation can really put a wrench in things! I wish Reguline had been around to give us another option to keep my kiddo regular and help them learn what that feels like earlier in life.

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I really love that this is a formula that can be used everyday and is designed to help keep babies comfortable and producing soft stools on a regular basis. Reguline has two prebiotics. Prebiotics are a type of carbohydrate that feed the good bacteria already in your baby’s digestive system. It also has easy-to-digest proteins, DHA, and choline so you can feel safe to use this formula to provide your baby with important nutrients to grow and develop.

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Be sure to check out Enfamil Reguline at Reguline.com and always check with your child’s doctor before implementing a plan of actionfor occasional constipation!

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Back to You with Wayfair

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I love summer. Like LOOOOOOOVE it but my children broke me this week and for the first time in my life I am ready for them to go back to school something fierce. I need some “me” time!

I’ve had a few things on my mind lately about moving, making new friends, turning this house into a home, and taking more time to work on myself. This back to school time is also the perfect time for me to get back to myself and for you to get back to you.

So, here’s what I’m going to be working on this fall/winter:

1. Order.

I will continue purging our stuff. Most of it doesn’t spark joy, it takes up space, and I’d rather not have it in my life. Old papers, random things, clothes, etc. I read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up a few months ago and am slowly working on paring down…except q-tips, she says “get rid of the hoard” and I say “try living with 3 kids.” 80,000 really is the right amount to have under my bathroom sink.

2. Friends.

We bought a house, we have neighbors who bought their houses, we have church friends who are permanent residents. We made a few friends in Sykesville but we only lived there for 10 months. Also, Sykesville was a rough chapter in my book. I learned a lot and have a few scars. I need to make some good girlfriends here. I’d also like to make some couple and family friends.

3. Home.

We downsized from 1400 square feet to 950 when we moved from Utah to Maryland. Then we upgraded to 2300. Our new home now has all these great spaces that are totally empty and boring. I would love to try my hand at building a few things and refurbishing some second-hand pieces.

We are also nearing a decade with children. This means all our furniture is like, “No. If I catch you even looking at me I will break.” Oh, did I mention our TV stopped working? In related news, so many people give their old TV’s away. We are the proud new owners of a very free, very heavy, TV. It is deeper than it is wide.

4. Exercise.

As for getting back to me, I am hoping to get back to yoga. I stopped my practice when I had my melanoma scar revised and a questionable spot removed, ahem, a year and a half ago. I’d love to go regularly to an actual class but I think I’ll start small (and free) with some videos I can do at home.

5. Work.

I am also working on my work-life balance. I’ve been organizing all my blogging/crafting/creating gear in one place and working on a plan to be more productive when I am working. I hope that will help me feel better about powering down the computer more often and baking a ton of bread, or whatever else I feel like doing that isn’t work!

Are you planning to get back to you this fall? What are some of your goals and dreams?

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Cat Eye Sunglasses

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I am a big fan of cat eye sunglasses! Cat eye frames are just a classic, vintage shape and they work well on my narrow, child-sized face!

Sunglasses are a must for me because lots of bright sunlight exposure is one of my main migraine triggers. I don’t get them often but I can almost guarantee I’ll have one if I’m out for several hours with no shade. Wearing sunglasses is a game-changer for me and this is my current pair (the pic is clickable):

I picked a pair of frames I liked that fit my face and had polarized tinted prescription lenses put in by my doctor’s office.

With our upcoming trip to Punta Cana, DR, I have my eye on some amazing cat eye sunglasses! Some of them are outrageously priced ($650?! Yeah right!) but I love all the styles, how about you? Can you spot which frames are splurges and which are steals?

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Cat Eye Sunglasses


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Scroll through and click the pics for a closer look at each pair:

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Be sure to check out the swimsuits I have my eye on for our vacation here!

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Vacation Swimsuit Inspiration

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I mentioned in my last post that Luke and I are heading to the Dominican Republic thanks to a contest I won at Blogger Bash last month…

And now ALLLLLLLLL I can think about is this trip!! What are we going to eat, what are we going to do, what am I going to wear?? We really love trying the local food when we travel and I am totally unfamiliar with Dominican cuisine. The DR really wasn’t even on my radar for places to travel to soon so I’m grateful to have this opportunity to step outside my little bubble of a bucket-list!

I was just going through my swimsuits the other day and thinking that several of them have seen their last summer. A good suit is hard to find so I feel a little stressed and sad to have to retire them but it is time!

Vacation Swimsuit Inspiration:

Diagonal Color-Block Bandeau One-Piece // Flounce One-Piece // Sweetheart One-Piece

Striped Bandeau One-Piece // Ladder-Back One-Piece // Color-Block Bandeau One-Piece

I love suits that have the option to convert to a bandeau neckline – no more strappy shoulder tan lines! I am also still loving the color-block trend…is that still going strong for everyone else?! I’m on the fence with the flounce top. Part of me says, “YES!” but part of me says, “JURASSIC PARK!” Which ones are your faves? Have anything I should add to my list?

Blogger Bash 2015 Recap

Blogging has given me so many amazing opportunities and last week was no exception. I traveled to New York City to attend Blogger Bash 2015 at Pier 60 and it was AMAZING! Here’s my recap of the events – I’m going to break it down by day!

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WEDNESDAY:

VIP Cocktail Party with Delta Children

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The first event was a VIP Cocktail Party at Delta Children. We were able to take a look at their showroom and they had the most amazing sushi spread. I was in heaven because Luke is not a fan so we never go! I really love the modern and modern-traditional nursery pieces Delta has coming this fall. After checking out the furniture we spent a lovely evening on their rooftop terrace. The breeze was perfect after a hot and muggy afternoon. And the view! I could have stayed there all night!

THURSDAY:

Care Bears Share Your Care Brunch

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The conference kicked off with the Care Bears Share Your Care Brunch. The food was delicious and it was so fun to see how much Care Bears has grown and evolved since I was a fan as a child. The highlight of the brunch was learning more about Zachary Kaplan, a young philanthropist from NYC. At the age of 9 he wanted to do something to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. With permission, he sold Kind bars in front of several grocery stores and after 6 weeks he was able to raise and donate $1200 to aide efforts. His next project is to help homeless children in the city have something soft of their own to cuddle at night. Care Bears is donating stuffed animals to his cause and I can’t wait to see the joy this will bring to so many!

Amrita Singh Jewelry Preview

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As a VIP I got to check out Amrita Singh’s upcoming jewelry line and meet Amrita. The looks are bold and solid and I am excited to wear the earrings I was given! She has some cool hair jewelry and awesome bangles and statement necklaces.

THE RIDE: NYC

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This was another VIP perk and it was so FUN! THE RIDE is essentially a tour bus with one full side of windows and it has stadium seating facing the window. Your tour guides take you on a trip around the city giving you cool bits of info about the architecture and other things that make New York City so special. As you go you get to see live performances outside the bus! There are actors, dancers, and singers placed around the route and they put on a little show when you go by. My favorite performance was the ballet in Columbus Circle! Isca currently has a dream to be “a New York ballerina” so of course I tried not to cry thinking about her and hoping she gets to do it :)

Sweet Suite 15

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Ok, you guys. This part was so COOL! It was like a giant party/expo with wonderful food and tons of sponsors! I was able to go an hour early with my VIP status and I’m so glad I did because I was able to really spend time checking out the toys and games and make sure I spoke with every brand. I am really excited to start sharing some of them with you so stay tuned in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for little glimpses!

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FRIDAY:

Disney Infinity Breakfast

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Again, the food was so good at the Disney Infinity Breakfast! I’m not very familiar with Disney Infinity because we don’t have a gaming console. If we did I’m sure my kids would be all over Disney Infinity 3.0! I love that you can play with so many different characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar in the games. It looks like some great improvements have been made for 3.0!

Baby Palooza

Baby Palooza was a small expo with lots of baby and toddler brands. Anne Geddes was even there to speak and sign books!

Speaker Session: How to Double Traffic Potential Through Simple SEO Steps

I only attended one Speaker Session during Blogger Bash – How to Double Traffic Potential Through Simple SEO Steps presented by Noodle. It was a lot of stuff I already knew but they were able to answer a question I’ve had for awhile!

Peanuts Keynote Lunch

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The Peanuts Lunch was so fun! We got to watch a trailer for the upcoming The Peanuts Movie and hear from the kids who voiced Linus, Pig Pen, Schroeder, and The Little Red Haired Girl. It looks like it will be a great holiday movie to see with family and I KNOW Luke will be excited to go! He loves Charlie Brown!!

All-Day Expo and Rite Aid Recharge Lounge

The expo was a great way to meet lots of new brands! I really loved the Rite Aid Recharge Lounge because sometimes I just need to sit down, recharge my phone, and take a break from being “on” all day!! I took a quiz then got a great goodie bag filled with products that match my beauty “personality” of Chic On-the-Go.

Check out Isca’s new video sharing one of the fun things I brought back from the expo:

Speed Dating

I had the chance to spend about an hour face-to-face with several brands during brand speed dating. It was great to get to know them and to introduce my blog and chat about how we could work together in the future.

Canadian Lentils Carnival

The closing party was a fabulous carnival by Canadian Lentils. There was a strong man, a contortionist, dancers, ladies pouring drinks from the chandelier, fortune tellers, magicians, a midway, and of coarse, food!! I had a lentil/beef burger, a lentil pretzel with a Gouda cheese sauce, and lentil fritters but my favorite was Dulce de Lentil Ice Cream! I have never had lentils taste so good!!

The highlight of the carnival came when they announced the winner of a vacation for two at AlSol Luxury Village in the Dominican Republic. To qualify attendees had to do a number of tasks on social media and guess what? I WON! I think I’m still in shock! I can’t wait to get to know a part of the world I’ve never experienced. I’m also looking forward to relaxing, resting, and hanging out with the best guy I know!

SATURDAY:

Blue Man Group

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The other Blogger Bash attendees went to see Blue Man Group on Thursday while I did THE RIDE so I got to go on Saturday after the conference was officially over. I saw the show at Universal Orlando last year but I was excited to see how the New York show was different! The theater was smaller and there were a few extra things in the UO show that I didn’t see in the NYC show. It was still really fun and I was glad to see a few other bloggers there so I wasn’t doing it alone! I had a long walk there and back because the subway lines I needed were under construction but I made it and am so glad I got to see the show again. It is so fun and family-friendly!

If you’re thinking about attending a blogging event, I would recommend Blogger Bash. It felt like less of a “learn how to blog” event (think Alt, Build Your Blog, or SNAP) and more of an event to make connections with brands and other bloggers. As a beginner I really loved going to classes and learning the nitty-gritty details of blogging but I feel like I’m now at a place where I know most of what’s being taught and I just want to get going with it and make friends who are doing the same!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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This summer the kids and I have been having some fun in the kitchen! Noa has become the master of scrambled eggs in the house and Isca knows the names of all the pantry and fridge ingredients and where all the cooking utensils are located so she makes a great assistant. Hollis stirs and is a professional step-stool dragger and shredded cheese thief.

Last week we held a family cooking competition similar to the tv show Chopped. I’m excited to share the photos and maybe some video, too!

This week we tackled homemade chocolate pudding. I was working on a guest post for My Mommy Style that will be published later this week and I needed pudding for it. I was NOT about to haul 3 kids to the store for 1 thing so we whipped up a batch of homemade pudding in no time! Consider this your warning: This pudding is really rich so go easy on the portions!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

adapted from Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

1/3 c. Brown Sugar
1/4 c. Corn Starch
3 heaping TBSP. Cocoa Powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
2 3/4 c. Milk
1 TBSP. Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla

In a large saucepan combine brown sugar through salt. Mix it really well and make sure there are no clumps or lumps. I just used my fingers to break things up!

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Whisk in milk and heat over medium until it boils. Once it starts to boil – whisk continuously for 2-3 minutes until the pudding coats the back of a spoon.

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Remove from heat, stir in butter and vanilla and let cool a bit before chilling. Before putting it in the fridge, place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding, covering all of it. This will keep it from forming that strange, gelatinous “skin” on top. Gag.

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We had some after dinner and Luke told us his grandma used to make it and while it was still hot she would serve it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream right in the center of each bowl. Um, thanks for telling us when we have NO ice cream, man!

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Make sure you have vanilla ice cream on hand before making this…

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