Veterans, Credits, Bed-time, & Upcycling #NaBloPoMo

*author breathes a HUGE sigh of relief*

Connor is finally done being sick, and I managed to pass my environment class (the only 4-credit class required for my degree) with a solid B- even though my professor is apparently suffering from multiple personalities. She was more than willing to give me an extension because of Connor’s illness, but took huge points off my final paper for things even my English professors said was okay…go figure. So today, there are two HUGE things I’m thankful for – that the class is over and I passed, and to all the men and women who have or are serving our country.

The other thing I’m thankful for is that Kyle is sound asleep in HIS OWN ROOM. His bed. Not ours. Not Connor’s…his own bed! They’ve both been sleeping in our room since Connor got sick a couple of weeks ago, and although I love cuddling with them, I’m looking forward to a night of sleep without someone’s head jammed into the middle of my back. It didn’t take long to get him to go to sleep (he’s in a big-boy bed now), and there was no crying or anything…just some tossing around for a bit, then he just made himself comfortable and went to sleep! YAY ME!

Last for today, I found an awesome way to store thin ribbon – the kind that ends up a tangled mess no matter where you keep it. Can you believe how simple this is?

A huge shout out to Cut Out + Keep for this awesome up-cycling idea!

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Banana Boat Vote #NaBloPoMo

It’s ELECTION Day! Any idea what I’m thankful for today? That’s right – my right to vote for who I think should be President. Don’t worry, I’m not telling who I’m voting for or getting political on you, just wanted to express my gratitude for my part in the process and remind you all to get out there and VOTE!

Yesterday, I was thankful for the glorious reaction Kyle had to the Banana Boats we made. He looked at me as if he was furious with me for “ruining” the bananas, and made me laugh my head off!

Our contribution to saving our planet for the past two days is that we’re donating a bunch of toys that are in almost-brand-new condition to the Epilepsy Foundation instead of throwing them away.

Here’s the recipe for Banana Boats…they’re super-easy and DELICIOUS!

  • 1 Banana per person
  • Milk Chocolate Chips or other small candy that will melt
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Leave the banana peel on, and slice along the inside of the curve of the banana twice (make sure you don’t cut through the peel on the other side!), and remove a thin wedge of banana. Open up the space left by the wedge you removed to make room for the yummy sweetness of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  3. Layer chocolate chips or whatever candy you chose to use along the bottom of the space in the banana.
  4. Layer marshmallows in the remaining space.
  5. Wrap banana in aluminum foil – I find it helps if you are able to stand the banana on the outside of it’s curve that it’s easier to get them out of the oven and makes them easier to eat.
  6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until warm and chocolate and marshmallows are melted.
  7. Enjoy!

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