10 years later

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10 years ago today I woke up in my mom and step-dad’s home.  I had just finished my final sleepover.  I gathered  up some of my closest friends and went to breakfast.  We laughed, reminsiced and enjoyed our pancakes.  They went home and I began to get ready.  I showered and moisturized, did my make up, all while watching friends on my laptop at my feet. I gathered up my dress, my shoes, packed up my remaining things. We headed to my hairdressers and then to the venue.  I was giddy and excited, peaceful and in love.

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Today I woke up at 6:30 to a child’s cries because he really needed to sleep until 7:30.  I brushed my hands over my husband’s back and mumbled happy anniversary.  He went to shower for work, I went to gather up our toddler.  I spent the day dealing with tantrums and a child’s refusal to eat.  I did laundry, left a pool early, cleaned, did yoga.

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10 years ago, my family gathered around me, ushering me into this new chapter.  I took pictures  and waited to walk down the aisle.  The music started and everyone rushed to their places.  I waited, waited for my moment, my moment to see my husband.  Came around the corner to a man with tears streaming down his face.  I saw no one else. We said traditional vows, vows that have been joining people together for years. We were joined as one and shared that first sacred kiss.  We breathed a giant sigh of relief. We were one and the planning, the prepping, the trepidation, the anticipation had come to pass.

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Today I watched an animated Christmas movie, held a sweaty, nap weary little boy as he conceded to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I loved on our family dog and didn’t make dinner.

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10 years ago, we ate meatballs and veggies, cut into the wrong cake, drank champagne and danced to Copeland’s cover of Take My Breathe Away.  We celebrated in 117 degree weather and couldn’t wait to leave.  Planning a wedding takes so much time and has the involvement of so many people, we wanted to get to our life together, the reason for the celebration.  We left in a car covered in such words of wisdom as “they’re gonna hump.” We drove through a car wash and headed home to an apartment that smelled of curry to begin a life together as husband and wife.

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Tonight, I’ll drop my son off at my husband’s work and head to work myself. While my husband and son spend time watching movies and eating non-mom approved food, I’ll be waitressing and closing down a restuarant.  When I get home, the house will be silent as my whole world sleeps soundly.

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On Sunday, we will get dressed up, take family pictures for the first time in 10 years.  We will ditch the boy for an afternoon movie and maybe even sneak in a nap.  I’ll rest in the arms of my beloved and give thanks over and over again for the blessed life we partake in.  Reading over the differences between this day 10 years ago and this day 10 years later, it is the perfect dream come true. What I planned was a wedding, what I got was a marriage.  A marriage to a man that always remains steadfast and strong in his commitment to me and the life we’ve created.  A marriage that has been trying, a marriage that has been magical, a marriage that continues to refine and mold us into better versions of ourselves. The difference that 10 years have shown me; is in knowing that after the low, there is always a high, so while we may not celebrate on the day of, we will celebrate.

To the man that puts up with my constant needs for 5 minutes of attention and being carried from room to room, you house all my favorite moments, all my best memories and the promise of all my future dreams.  I love you endlessly.

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Eli Update!

Eli is coming up on 2 and half years now and it is unreal!  Should he know all the letters of the alphabet? Be good at using utensils? Who knows, who cares?  Here’s a look at life with this particularly rambunctious toddler.

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Instead of saying please, he says nicely. Example:

Eli: “milk”

Me: “ask nicely”

“milk nicely”

“can you say please?”

“milk peas!”

It’s too adorable and I’m tempted to not correct him at all.

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Sometimes we hold hands in the car. If he is throwing a fit in the car, I’ll contort my arm to the back to hold his hand and calm him down, sometimes he just asks for my hand.  “Mommy hand, mommy hand! Hand!”

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Eli loves to jump into the pool, over and over and over again.  Shouting out “I swimming!”  Such a sweet little water baby!

He falls at least 7 times a day.  He is always in a hurry, running, jumping, being crazy.  He also has a 14 second recovery from said fall, and then onto the next accident.

Still just partially potty-trained.  Still.

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Eli is so very friendly and concerned with other people.  When he sees kids laying on the concrete at the water park or splash pad, he goes over to check on them “you okay?” When he sees a baby, “baby crying?” He offers a hi to everyone we pass on our walks.

He is affectionate and so damn kissable.

He puts himself in time out in his room.  Shouting the whole time.

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Eli is obsessed with the ownership of things.  Dad’s car, mom’s phone, pop’s truck.

Whenever Eli doesn’t like something, a noise, a food, an idea, he covers his ears.

Eli knows his colors, shapes and the letter “E”. One letter.

He’s become quite manipulative, knowing that I can’t really give up the opportunity to read a book, its a constant “one more” request over and over again.

Exceptionally Rich Chocolate Ice Cream: Finishing Touch for Rice Krispie Sandwich

This ice cream is my most favorite thing to consume. It is supremely rich and creamy.  Another boon? Practically fail proof!  Many people think that baking is a strict science, but I’ve never felt that way.  Last time I made this ice cream, I was out of cocoa powder and accidently added an extra egg yolk- still delicious!  This is David Lebovitz’s recipe and is my go to base for all ice cream.

2 cups heavy cream (the more fat, the better! Look for 36% fat content)

1 cup whole milk

Heat up the milk and cream over medium until warmed throughout.

5 large egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

Whip together the yolks and sugar until pale yellow.

Once cream is heated, slowly add to the egg yolks, little bits at a time.

Add everything back to the saucepan and heat over medium.

Stir continously, heat until 170 degrees or the mixture coats the back of a spatula.

3 TBLS cocoa powder

5 oz. dark chocolate

Combine the cocoa and chocolate

Slowly strain the ice cream base into the chocolate, slowly whisking everything together. (Take note, it’s best to take it very slowly and only do a little bit of liquid at a time so as to not have clumps of cocoa or chocolate.

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix in the vanilla.

Make an ice bath for your ice cream base and allow mixture to chill fully, preferably overnight in the fridge.  (Throughly chilling helps to prevent ice crystals from forming and produces a creamier ice cream.)

Freeze according to your ice cream makers instructions.

For ice cream to serve:  Once the ice cream is done in the machine, move it into a airtight container (if the container is much larger, place plastic wrap over ice cream as well as a lid).  Serve right away for a soft serve style ice cream or freeze for several hours for a more solid texture.

For Ice Cream Sandwiches!!!: Line the same springform pan from earlier with parchment paper and move the ice cream to it.  Spread the ice cream and form it into a disk, cover with parchment and let freeze for several hours.

Once frozen, remove from springform and place between the rice krispies discs, peanut butter side to the ice cream.

Cut into wedges and dive in!  These are best when allowed to sit out for just a bit, about 5 minutes.

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Rice Krispie Treats (Base for Ice Cream Sandwiches:))

Rice Krispies are such a gloriously nostalgic treat.  Few ingredients, very little time and almost no hardware required, they are always a win.  When I first got married, I started getting more into cooking and baking a myriad of things that required more skill.  Rice krispies took a backseat until my friend Emily made a pan of them and I could not stop raving about their deliciousness.  I finally got her to divulge her secrets, more butter!  Isn’t that the trick to everything good?

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10 oz. mini marshmallows (using the big ones mean they take longer to melt)

5 TBLS. salted butter

Combine in a stockpot and melt over medium heat.

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Once butter and marshmallows are melted, add in vanilla and stir to combine.

5 1/2 cups rice krispies

Mix into melted goodness

If making rice kripsies treats for general eating:

Grease an 8×8 dish and spoon into pan, pushing into corners. Let cool, slice and eat away!

If making base for tomorrow’s ice cream sandwich:

Line a 10-12″ round cake pan with parchment paper.

Spoon half the rice krispies into the pan and press into the corners, it will be quite thin.

Lay a second piece of parchment on top and spooon the rest of the rice krispies into it, forming a second round.

Once cool, spread a thin layer of creamy peanut butter on each layer of rice krispies.

Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until tomorrow….

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Next Steps

Let’s catch up, shall we?

I’m blogging over on another website!  Hellobee.com has hired me to write about motherhood and recipes and I’m super stoked!  I’ll be Mrs. Seashell over there.  The first couple weeks will probably be articles from here being republished, but soon there will be some new stuff popping up over there!

Eli’s play structure is almost complete! Yay!

We are starting to narrow down what we think our future is actually going to hold for us.  As an eternal planner, this is very exciting for me!

I have lots of goodies headed your way, first up delicious ice cream sandwiches!

This summer is getting busier and better every week, I’m in love.