Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oh my... October.

I don't know why, but October is always the busiest month of the year for the Dennelers. So many things to do, places to go, and people to see. Here's just a few photos of the month's activities that have kept us on the move.

Eric's Prairie Fire Half-Marathon - He finished in 1:36:05 (Gettin' faster in his old age, believe it or not!)

Applejack Pumpkin Patch - The kids' favorite, it never disappoints.

State Tennis - Watching our niece get 8th place at state. Hooray Abby!
2nd Grade Fall Music Concert - Bea was all smiles as she sang and played the rainstick at her school concert.

WSU Pumpkin Run - Eric finished in 19:57. He was 11th place overall and 1st in his age group!

Preparing for Halloween - making things sufficiently spooky around here. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

You're Eating Me Out of House and Home!

Come on.... every parent has said it, and every kid has heard it: 

"You're eating me out of house and home!"

Here's a clever lunch box creation that illustrates the famous phrase. Sandwiched inside of a long metal pencil box, is a row of healthy, home-shaped bites. And even some broccoli trees to tickle young tastebuds.

Experiment with your own simple ingredients to make an edible row of houses, or see how I put mine together in my tutorial for SheKnows.

Cupcakes for lunch? Yes, please.

What kid wouldn't love to have a lunchbox filled with cupcakes?

These mini cornbread cupcakes cover all basic food groups - protein, grain, vegetable, fruit and dairy. (Don't forget dessert!) They go from savory to sweet, and would be a real treat.

Hot dog & mashed potatoes
Broccoli & cheese
Blueberry & cream cheese
Chocolate chip & chocolate frosting

Pack them for a school lunch or surprise your family with cupcakes for dinner some night. They're guaranteed to make a mmm...memorable menu.

You can find my super-simple, step-by-step instructions at SheKnows.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Go Gus, Go!

Gus just finished his first season of cross country as a 7th grader at Stucky Middle School. He hasn't participated in any kind of sport before now, so this was new territory for all of us. And I have to say, we're quite proud of our little athlete. He never complained after any of his long, hot, exhausting practices. He never stopped running during any of his races. And he improved his time at every meet, finishing with a personal best of 7:30.

It just puts joy in my heart to see him cross the finish line each time. I hope he liked it enough to go out again next year. We'll see.

Here are some my favorite photos from the season. 
Completely exhausted after his first race in 98 degree heat.

A huge group of runners!

Trying to beat someone at the finish line.
Teammates and classmates
Our Stucky Storm on a field of blue sky.

Finding his position at the start of a race.

Finishing strong!

Like father, like son.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oven Lovin' Cookies

When I was growing up - and there wasn't any dessert in the house - my mom would put frosting between two graham crackers and call it a "cookie." She was typically just trying to use up leftover frosting in the fridge. But truthfully, we liked that delicious, make-do dessert.

For these kitschy little oven cookies, I combined my nostalgia for graham crackers and my love of 3-dimensional food crafts. After I assembled my first one, I realized that a mini cupcake would fit perfectly inside. Bonus! 

Wouldn't these be fun to make for a "bun-in-the-oven" gender reveal party with pink or blue cupcakes? 

You can find my step-by-step instructions and photos at She Knows.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Eight is Great!

Bea turned eight (great) years old this week. For the last three years, she's celebrated her birthday making stuffed animals with friends at Build-a-Bear. But this time she wanted to get manis and pedis with her best pals, Peyton & Morgan. (Amazing how quickly they grow up, huh?) So that's what we did.

There was also lots of celebrating with cake, presents, laughter, a sleepover, and more cake.

For her birthday treats at school on Monday, Bea asked me to make calico cat cookies. Halfway through baking them, she expressed her disappointment that they were sugar cookies and not chocolate chip cookies. Apparently, I missed the memo instructing me to make them out of chocolate chip cookie dough. But she graciously agreed to take them to school anyway, and all the kids said they loved them. (Thank goodness. Sometimes, there's just too much pressure on this mom to get the birthday treats right. I guarantee my own mother never suffered this much angst over a cookie.)

The next Denneler birthday in this house is mine. I'll take one just like Bea's, please - manis, pedis & cake!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Flower Girl

A few weeks ago, Bea got to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding. Casey and Grace Denneler got married in Colby, and they had two flower girls and two ring bearers. It was just too, too cute.

Our little girl doesn't get dress up very often. And very rarely does she wear hair or jewelry accessories, so I took as many photos of her as I could to remember the moment. I'm pretty sure she felt like a princess-for-a-day.

The wedding was absolutely perfect. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, fantastic friends and family. And a reception that was so much fun. I don't think Bea stopped smiling until she fell asleep that night. What a special day to share with loved ones.


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