Pushing our Buttons

As a mom and wife, there have been numerous things that drive us crazy and a few simple things that keep us going and happy.  Long gone are the days of sleeping in and enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee.  But we wouldn’t have it any other way!

What makes Bridget tick:

Pet Peeves
1.  Leaving crumbs in the bottom of a bag
2.  Not throwing away something you’ve already replaced with a new product
3.  When kids are at school sick spreading germs to my kids

Worst habits
1.  Distractions
2.  Procrastination
3.  Telling my kids, “just a minute” and then not following through

Things that make me happy
1.  Time alone
2.  Shopping (alone and without a time limit)
3.  Painting bisque pottery or on canvas

What makes Stacy tick:

Pet Peeves
1.  Dirty clothes being left on the floor in front of laundry basket
2.  When people make a mess and don’t clean it up
3.  When businesses don’t have a phone number on their contact us page

Worst Habits
1.  Procrastination
2.  Forgetfulness
3.  Yelling

Things That Make Me Happy
1.  Being appreciated.
2.  Hearing my kids’ laughter/giggles
3.  Having a plan/using my planner

Anyone else?

Tell us something about you — what is one of your pet peeves, worst habits, or something that makes you happy?

Have a great weekend!

*images from here

Caramel Apple Slices

Fall is here and what better sweet treat is there to make than caramel apples?  Miss Kinley has been asking since school started if we can make Caramel Apples.  We love dipping our apple slices in store bought caramel, so I figured why not.  I had saved this pin to my Pinterest page and thought it seemed easy enough for us.  Not only that but seriously, have you tried biting into a full-size caramel apple?  Not exactly enjoyable.  I wanted our entire family, including Maisyn, to be able to enjoy these caramel apples, so slices it was.

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If it were up to me, I would have completed these while the kids were still in school.  One, it would have been a fun after school snack surprise, and two, I wanted to prevent any gooey messes that were about to happen.  I decided since Kinley was the one asking to make them, I better let the kiddos help.  I did start prepping everything though prior to the girls arriving home from school.  I unwrapped the caramels and put them in my 4-cup glass measuring cup.  I then started slicing apples about 15-minutes before I knew they’d be walking through the door and decided to add them to a lemon juice & water mixture to prevent them from browning prematurely.

soaking-apples-processThey came home and rather than being excited about dipping apple slices into caramel, they chose to find a snack and veg on the couch while watching Arthur on PBS.  Talyn decided she would like to help so once the caramel had been melted in the microwave following the directions on the back of the bag of caramels, I showed her what to do.  Stick a toothpick in the apple slice, dunk it in the caramel, set it on the wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Easy peasy.

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Only it really wasn’t.  While dipping the apples into the caramel, the toothpicks pulled out of them, leaving the apple slices stuck in the bottom of the measuring bowl.  Also, once it was time to eat the caramel apples, the wax paper came with it as we tried to pull the caramel apple slice off the cookie sheet.  Whomp, whomp, whomp.  Seriously, so disappointing.

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Will I do this again?  Not anytime in the near future.  For now, the store bought stuff is perfectly fine for us. 😉

One positive thing from making these?  I’ve always wanted to try soaking apple slices in lemon juice & water mixture to see if it really truly does work to prevent them from browning.  Happy to say they stayed brown-free for at least 24 hours.  I forgot to check them after school the next day but quickly checked the apples around 10:15 pm that night and they were just starting to turn brown.

Questions for you:

  • Do you have a favorite caramel apple recipe?
  • Have you ever soaked your apples in lemon juice to prevent them from browning?

Lets Break the Ice

Hello, and welcome to our blog! We’re two sisters who weren’t especially close growing up, despite our 364 day age difference. For the last twelve years (and counting), we’ve been best friends. We’re midwestern gals who are living 1600 miles apart and wanted an outlet to share our stories. We survive the chaos of our crazy family life with a cup {or two or three} of coffee.

We’re starting the blog sharing a few facts about us.

10 Facts About Stacy:

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  1. I’m not a morning person, like at all.
  2. My first job, other than babysitting, was working at Dairy Queen.
  3. I don’t have a belly button.
  4. Favorite food currently is Chicken Pad Thai…but favorite food ever is PIZZA!
  5. Sports is not my thing. If it’s on our TV, most likely you’ll find me on some electronic device instead.  Did I mention we just signed my son up for hockey?!
  6. I need my morning coffee (refer to #1)
  7. I have a terrible problem with cussing. all.the.damn.time!  I’m seriously surprised any of my kids’ first words weren’t cuss words.
  8. I have a collection of penguins, which are in storage while I have littles running around with grabby fingers.
  9. I enjoy photography.
  10. I am makeup illiterate.

10 Facts about Bridget:

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  1. I’m a horrible multitasker, but continue to do it daily
  2. I’m a military veteran who’s deployed three times in support of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
  3. I always misspell two words; speghetti and defiantly {spaghetti and definitely}
  4. I care more about a clean closet than a clean room
  5. My favorite TV show is Ice Road Truckers
  6. My favorite movie is Save the Last Dance
  7. My favorite place {so far} to visit is Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  8. I sleep-talk about “pumpkin sales”
  9. I’m terrified of seagulls
  10. I’m guilty of farting at dinner
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