Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Made Crack

Let me introduce you to, Crack:
Probably, the most addicting things I've made in awhile. 
Almost as good as the Christmas Crack I make every year. 

The brown sugar shortbread crust adds moisture without having to use tons of butter. Pair that with sweetened condensed milk (yes, you read that correctly), chocolate, and toffee...well need I say more?

Preheat oven to 350 F
Line 9x13 pan with foil and coat with cooking spray

3/4 cup room temperature butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, not packed
1 3/4 cups flour

1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 T butter

2 cups chocolate chips
1 8 ounce bag of toffee bits

Beat butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes,
Add flour and combine.
Press mixture into prepared pan.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes (shortbread should look golden)

Let cool for a bit.

In a saucepan, heat remaining butter and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
Pour over shortbread crust and put in oven for another 15 minutes (should be bubbly and brown, like a light caramel).

Take out of oven and spread chocolate chips. Put back into oven for 2 minutes (or until chips are glistening). Take out of oven and spread the melted chocolate. Lastly, sprinkle toffee bits evenly and lightly press into chocolate.

Let cool completely before cutting into bars. I like to refrigerate the whole pan, then lift foil out and cut into bars. I also store my bars in the fridge too.
Adapted from Cookies & Cups

Friday, May 27, 2016

Catching Up with The Halls

We have had a jam-packed couple of months and I am so ready for summer break! Here is a little catch-up . . .
Golf Pros & Tennis Hoes
40th surprise birthday bash for Todd.
Marcy pulled it off!
 A quick trip to Fresno and impromptu lunch with
these special gals - friends for over 20 years!
Our school's Spring Luau themed Gala kept me pretty busy the last couple of months.
Love these fundraising ladies!
The only time I saw David at the event (the beginning).
Duty calls!
Chris Stapleton concert at the Bowl


A little snack at Benchmark before the Adam Sandler show
On the way to the show . . .
Feeling the Journey vibe:
 I swear the Bowl is the best venue!
I don't when I laughed so hard!
So surprised and a little teary-eyed to have received an Honorary Service Award 
for this school year. I truly love being at the school with the girls.
 I am a better person because I can give back to all our amazing teachers.
I want to be the most important role model (along with David) 
in Sophia & Kalista's life. And I can't be that person without our teachers.
So really, it is a win-win!
David just had his annual office party for their referrals.
It is always a themed party and this year was the best . . .
Super Heroes!
The food was so yummy. Omni Catering did not disappoint! 
I loved the roasted veggie platter. Beautiful, colorful, and scrumptious!
 And this antipasto platter was gorgeous!
 Favorite bites came from the stations: Sliders, empanadas, and gourmet grilled cheese.
My personal fave was the bacon, mozzarella, tomato, and pesto. 
 Me and Captain America :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Age is Just a Number


It's just another day. It's just a number. Some people get all weird about getting older. I mean really, one day you are 43 and the next 44. Did anything change overnight? It's kind of like being 17 one day and then one day later you have a birthday and turn18. You can vote now because 24 hours haveI have passed. Are you any wiser than the day before and have clarity on our government system? Or one day you are 20 and then twenty-four hours later . . .  BAM! 21. Can you handle your alcohol better than the day before? Will you make better decisions? It's just a number!

I think if people really thought about what was giving them grief around their birthday, they would find it's not because they were turning a year older. It's because of a reflection or reflections. Or maybe even because of their foresight(s) of what might be in store for the future.

So the fact that I am feeling a little bluesy about having an upcoming birthday isn't because I am going to be 44. It's because of the reflections I have been having. Or really reflection. I miss my dad. 

Birthdays are not the same without him. My life is not the same without him. And that will never change. No dramatization behind my words. Just the truth.

Despite how I feel, I do know I have a pretty good run going on in my life. And I don't ever and will never take that for granted. I just want what I can't have. And so even with getting older & wiser, that part never changes.





Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Birthday to Our Favorite Guy

Happy Birthday David!
(I love this photo, even if it is blurry)
The perfect day with our guy!
Seriously, THE BEST SCRATCH CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER!
And the Marshmallow Fluff Buttercream frosting was to die for.
 No birthday in our family is ever complete without a dinner and a sundae

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Break

This year we spent our break in Park City. We decided to get our last skiing in before the warmer weather made its' debut. This was also the first time I flew solo with the kids; David met us a few days later.
The flight was like this:
 The girls were a little worried about the Easter Bunny not finding them, 
but that clever bunny figured it out:
 On the other hand, this Easter bunny looked more like
an Easter rat.
When you have a swimmer...FOOD is a big deal:

Sledding in our front yard:
An epic day to ski!
Our favorite guy finally arrived:

 We were so lucky to have 3 days of fresh snow!
Is this not the coolest wall?
 And this was my favorite meal...Chicken Pot Pie (to die for!)
A little ice cream and shopping for books:
Best Friends (when they aren't fighting)
Thanks for a great time Park City!
Our first full winter was fabulous.
See you soon for the next season!