Morning Interrogations

I’m not a morning person.

At all.

If my alarm wakes me, I need a good hour-hour and a half before human contact. If I wake up on my own, I just need my coffee and I’m good to go. So, Monday morning after spending the weekend away for my birthday, I’m not the most alert person.

Sassy sees this time on our ride to school as a prime opportunity to interrogate me on random thoughts she had. She was one step away from water torture.

These are examples of the questions I was being asked, most of them staggered on top of other questions before I could answer anything. She remembers ALL the questions and expects ALL the answers.

“Who would win in a battle, Elsa or Splinter?”

“Do turtles have boogers like this one?”

“How do you spell sensei?”

“When will my elf come back? Exactly…what time?”

“Can you smell my feet?”

“Does my water taste like water to you?”

“How many hugs can I give Santa?  Can you call him and ask?”

“Wanna hear me burp?”

“What’s God’s favorite breakfast food?”

“Did you smell my feet?”

“How do you spell booger?”

“How much longer til I can hug Santa? Exactly.”

Most of these questions were in about a 2 block radius. Exhausting right? Then we get to school, and she won’t let me leave until I follow-up on all of my answers.

I’m not sure I have the energy for this day. Imagine the questions she going to come up with while she’s at school.

What are some of the questions your kids come up with?

 

Pumpkin Picking

Southerners are our own breed of people, especially when it comes to Fall. October 1st, you can start spotting people in boots and long sleeves, just trying to make Fall happen. They are a brave kind of people, appropriately dressed in the morning, sweating to death in the afternoon, all in the name of fashion. We love our pictures in front of cotton fields, enough porch decorations to be seen from space, pumpkin flavored everything, and taking the kids to a pumpkin patch.

Over the weekend, Sassy and I went pumpkin picking at Old Baker Farm with some friends. It was one of those perfect mornings, where you walk outside and the crisp cool air hits your face.

Fall.

I break out my boots and a comfy jacket, I FINALLY get to wear my comfy fall clothes.

We arrive at the farm and I’m noticing less of that perfect crisp cool air. We start walking, passing the vendors selling southern staples like BBQ, homemade kettle corn, monogrammed ornaments, and sweet tea.

The kids get their pictures made in front of corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins, and of course cotton.

The farm had a large trailer with picked cotton in it for the kids to play in. You saw every kid struggling to get their shoes off as fast as humanly possible, so they didn’t waste one more second not playing in that cotton.

Kids are weird.

Sassy was running around in the cotton yelling “It’s wet cot-tun, but I love it”.

She rode a horse for the first time. Stepped in horse poop for the first time too.

We then spent 15-20 minutes digging though troughs of corn kernels for 5 golden ones so she could get a piece of candy. The kernels are already gold. I would have enjoyed spotting the hot pink kernel a little more.

Hayrides.

I feel like this is another Southern thing. We sit on large bales of hay while being pulled through the woods by a tractor. It’s better than walking, since the crisp cool air lasted for the duration of the car ride to the farm. There were pools of my sweat in my boots. I was actively melting.

The hayride took us to the pumpkin patch, where we could walk around and pick out our pumpkins. For some reason, my kid kept wanting the ones that were either rotting, or 42 pounds. Luckily, I was able to find one that landed her approval, and I could easily carry. She named it Ted.

Everywhere you look, you saw smiling faces. Most of us were miserable in our boots and sweaters, slowly melting away, but we were still smiling. It’s hard not to smile when you are surrounded by a horde of children having the time of their lives. The vendors were smiling from watching all of the kids experiencing pure joy.

Us Southerners may be a little weird, but all the best people are.

Here’s to hoping Fall really does happen soon, and that everyone finds the perfect pumpkin.

Ted is already taken.

 

 

Monster Cookie Pops

We “said” we were making these for Sassy, but I’m not certain that’s true. These are super easy to make and ridiculously cute. She loves monsters so we made plenty of those, plus a few for Halloween.

Here is everything I used.

I decided to go with popsicle sticks instead of lollipop sticks mainly because I couldn’t find any lollipop sticks while I was shopping.

I also decided to use gel food coloring instead of candy melts.

First, you need to take apart the Oreos so you can secure the sticks in the middle.

Melt the chocolate you are going to start with. I started with about half of the bag in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals.

Take a stick and dip the end in the chocolate and press it onto one half of the Oreo and then add the other half. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.

Make sure you use parchment paper so they won’t stick once they are covered in chocolate.

Once the sticks are secured and set, start dipping the Oreos in the chocolate. We started with plain white chocolate and then moved on to the food coloring. You can dip the whole cookie in the chocolate or pour the chocolate over the Oreo with a spoon.

After they are covered, apply any decorations that will need to dry to the chocolate (eyeballs, sprinkles, sugar pearls).

Once all of your cookies are chocolate covered, and partially decorated, let everything set in the refrigerator. I probably let ours set for about an hour.

Apply the icing decorations and pat yourself on the back!

A few up close pictures of my favorites.

Jack Skellington

Mummy

Dracula and a Monster

Monster Oreo Pops

  • 1-2 bags of white chocolate morsels
  • 1 bag of chocolate morsels
  • Oreos
  • Gel food coloring
  • Popsicle or lollipop sticks
  • Decorator icing
  • Decorations

Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper for the chocolate drying.

Take apart the Oreos so you can insert the sticks.

Melt about half the bag of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until melted.

Dip the ends of the sticks in the chocolate and press into one of the Oreo halves. Add the other half, gently press together and set aside to dry. Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Dip the prepared pops in the chocolate or pour over with a spoon. If you need to add food coloring, add as much as needed to get the color you want and then dip the pops. You may have to reheat the chocolate while you are working.

Add any decorations like eyeballs that need to stick to the chocolate while it dries.

Once all the pops are covered and partially decorated, let them finish setting in the fridge for about an hour.

Take them out, finish up any icing decorations, and enjoy!