Friday Eve Randoms

Wow!  This week seems short to me!  I can’t believe it is already Friday AND that a full week of November is almost over!  Tomorrow is my sister’s 25th birthday.  Hard to believe!  Although I won’t be celebrating with her tomorrow (she really should move closer to me!  Selfish perhaps but true!), I’m looking forward to next weekend’s festivities including a birthday dinner for her.  An excellent excuse to cook up something chocolately.  She is a serious {perhaps even more than me} chocolate lover.

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The top picture was in 2010, and the bottom picture was in 2009.  Wow!  Time flies.  Happiest of birthdays to you, Dee!  I (+Jake+Holden+Roscoe) love you!  Here are some dessert ideas for Dee’s dinner…

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Glaze

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Salted Caramel Brownies

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Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Indoor S’Mores

So much deliciousness!

As a sidenote, I found this stellar picture when looking through my old albums on Facebook…

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Daddy was enjoying my bee costume that made a reappearance this Halloween.  A timeless accessory.

In other recent developments, I’ve been cruising through the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury.  I’ve finished the first two books and am anxiously awaiting my third book to come into the library.  I also read another of her book this October.  Look at me!  Three books in a month!

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I was thrilled to get a half-caff coffee from Starbucks this week and jump on the red holiday cup bandwagon.

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I’m so excited to be in the holiday season.  Can you believe it is here already!?!?  I’ve got all but one of my family’s Secret Santa forms.  We do this every year, and I’ve blogged about it here.  This year, we’ve bumped the limit down from $150 to $100.  I’m all about the savings.  It seems like miscellaneous expenses sneak up so much these days.  Hello car-going-to-the-mechanic next Tuesday!

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Holden had a bit of homework this week from daycare.  Speaking of the holiday spirit, he will be contributing to the turkey at daycare with his own decorated feather.  Markers, stickers, and random purple painter’s tape were his choices.  We added the pictures which he “trimmed” with the decorative scissors with LOTS of supervision.  Lest you think everything was fabulous, there was this lovely dinnertime meltdown this week.

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I’m pretty sure this picture captured him trying to bite his arm to demonstrate his absolute annoyance with me and my “dinner rules” in general.  Lovely.

And for my last act of randomness tonight, I thought I’d share my sweet new parking space.

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Look at me!  On the front row!  I also noticed these pretty flowers out by the front door to school.  Totally missed these as usually am coming out another way.

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Slightly blurry but you get the idea.

I hope you have a great Friday!  Only a few work hours standing between me and the weekend.  🙂

Natalie

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