please treat yourself to these today.

s'mores are one of my favorite flavor i knew it was only a matter of time before i made some form of s'more cookie. 

i started with a recipe from "the girl who ate everything"...and made some changes.

here's how to make changes noted:

11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 ½ cups flour
1/2c chocolate chips (i used 1 cup)
1 cup mini marshmallows (i used 2 cups)
2 – 3 regular sized hershey’s bars, broken into pieces
graham crackers

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to combine. 
Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with both sugars until light and fluffy.  
Add egg and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine on low speed.
Fold in chips and marshmallows.  
Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight. 
(i did NOT do any chilling and they turned out more than wonderful)
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Line baking pans with parchment paper (i used wax paper) 
Lay out graham crackers side by side on the pans as close as possible (they should be touching).  I used cookie sheets...
Place tablespoons of chilled dough on graham crackers in the center of each graham square.
Press down slightly with fingertips.  ping-pong sized balls of dough.
Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces on to the top.
I put one rectangle per square.
Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Once they are cool I cut them into squares using the graham crackers as my guide.  
let them sit for a day.  
they taste WORLDS better the next day...though the first day they still tasted wonderful.

wonderful wonderful summer cookie. :) perfect for picnics.  

i think the extra mallows and chips i added makes them even more awesome. 

have fun! :)


lazy. {or a post about my vacation with 30 photos}

between vacation and house stuff...i am still not in reality.
i am getting very little done besides keeping my house clean between visits.
so i'm going to document my vacation, okay?
can you hang in there for a lot of photos?
just some thoughts and moments i don't want to forget.
above is hoho's first look at the ocean.
he loved it.  and it's sand.
no fear of it whatsoever. 
totally the opposite of moses last year.
but this year, moses totally kicked that fear to the curb.
he loved the ocean and waves.  
going in as far as his chest.

 his first day there he found the worlds smallest hermit crab.
we kept it for the day and then released him to find his mommy.

 hoho played shuffle board.
a short drive from where we stay in florida is the worlds best playground.
enormous. fun.  family friendly.  and FREE.
there are all the normal playground tunnels and activites and loads of fun things.
it's one of our favorite places in boca.
 more playground.
more playground.
see doug?
across the street from where we stay is an inlet to the inter-coastal water way.
we would go there every day to see the tropical fish.
it's like this huge aquarium right there for you.

the best part of our vacation this year was the boys LOVE of the water.
both boys were fearless and loved jumping in and swimming around.
without us.
they didn't seem to care if we were in or out of the water.
they had their floaties on and did their thing.
some days we spent more the four hours at the pool.
it was wonderful.
i love vacation with older kids.

this was taken with the boys IN the pool.
this is how relaxing it was.
seriously laid back and wonderful.

 like my enormous $1 sunglasses?
 imagine this 1oo's of times. :)

many afternoons were spent at the beach.
then we would shower off the sand and go back to the pool.

 lots of digging in the sand.

 lots of jumping in the waves.

on our last day we went to our most favorite zoo ever.
moses got to pet a two year old alligator.
the zoo was our big outing.
we really didn't want or need more than the pool and the beach.
and our condo was stationed right between the two.
some asked where we went.
every year we go to boca raton in florida.
doug's grandparents own a condo down there that they are gracious enough to bless us with the use of.
and doug's mom goes with us.
and i love my mother in law so it is a wonderful, good, blessing.
we are a block (maybe) from the beach and even closer to the pool.

it is wonderful and heavenly.
we got to go on dates alone (thanks to the wonderful mother in law).
we went for walks everyday.

i learned that i LOVE vacation with older children.
next year we won't have to bring DIAPERS OR A STROLLER.
imagine it?!
convinced me even more that i am perfectly content with two OLDER kids and that i am more than ok being done with babies.
the boys were old enough to make vacation enjoyable and relaxing again.
i loved it.

we had a great vacation and we plan to go back every single year for as many years as we can.

we are thankful for grandparents who are generous.
we are super thankful for my fabulous mom (in law) in NJ who goes with us and lets us enjoy some time together.
and we like being with her too.

we are blessed and spoiled.

and i can't wait to go back next year with my three and five year old.



The traditional quilt swap is being reinvented by Modern Quilters. Chrissie Grace and her contributors explore the different types of swaps with 10 different quilt projects. Each project is stepped out with clear, concise illustrated instructions on making the quilt as well as setting up a swap for that particular quilt. Each project features a photographed skills tutorial that will help the reader in making the quilt project, and will increase their skill set for use in future projects. The community aspect of quilting is brought to the book by the incorporation of popular swappers and bloggers insights into this exciting realm of shared art. 
When Chrissie asked me to be part of this book...I may have asked her (or at least I thought to) if maybe she asked me by accident.  You know, meant to email someone else but emailed me instead.  Because included in the group of contributors to this book are some AMAZING quilters and bloggers.  I feel so out of place but SO honored and excited to be part of this creation. 
The book is FULL of amazing projects and ideas...beautiful colors and amazing work.  You won't be disappointed. 
You can pre-order it on amazon HERE.  
I feel like such a big dorky deal. :) 
I can't wait to show you more!!  


i'm trying to regroup back here in reality. 
we've been gone for nine wonderful happy days.
we had THE best vacation ever.  EVER.
we are so so spoiled.

we came home and IMMEDIATELY had to get our house "show" ready.
like we got home at 7:45pm.
put the kids in bed.
and doug was cutting grass by 8pm. 
we cleaned until 11:30pm.
and then woke up and cleaned for two more hours.

but we are prayerful that it will all be worth it.

we are ready for big changes.
because, if i am being honest, i did NOT want to come home.

i am FINALLY sitting down.
and i am exhausted.

so i hope you can understand if i'm a little lazy for a while.

and pray for me as i recover from my husband going back to work.


flower num. 7 double fold roses

 this rose is similar to the one we learned yesterday...with one little difference...
 you start again with the 2in by 40-44in strip...fold in half once...
 ...and then again...
 ...and then roll up the end until it's about 1/2in wide or so...
 ...then same as are going to twist, roll, glue...twist, roll, glue... takes some practice...and the look will depend on how tightly/often you twist, roll and glue...
 ...but you can't really go wrong.
 ...continue until the end of the strip...fold the end over...
 ...and glue onto the bottom.
 ...trim the excess and you are done!
...see how an extra fold and a bit of rolling gives you a totally different look?

i hope you've enjoyed flower week as much as i have!
we'll do it again sometime with all new flowers. :) 
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