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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

20 March 2015

Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Sometimes cookies fill a need to use an over abundance of pantry items.  Like the time I bought a huge canister of oats only to look up and find a high BJ's sized box at the top of the pantry.  I mean we like oats but that is A LOT of oats.  
So these Apple Oatmeal Cookies were created.   Our fridge was still overflowing with apples that we picked way back in the fall.  And with some "help" from the little guy we peeled, chopped and tasted a bunch of apples for this recipe.  
Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 Butter, softened
3/4 C Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 C Flour
1 1/2 C Oats
2 C Apples, peeled + finely chopped
1/2 C Walnuts

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. Combine the butter and sugar and beat well. 
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix to combine. 
  4. Slowly add the flour and oats and beat until combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped apples. 
  6. Drop in 2” balls onto a cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
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My 3 Year Old Boy's Easter Basket (with no candy!)

19 March 2015

Spring really snuck up on me this year.  Not that I am complaining that winter is almost over, but it wasn't until the baby chicks were at the local Tractor Supply store that I realized Easter is coming.  And coming fast.  

So I did a little gathering and some shopping in preparation of Easter and put together Reid's Easter Basket.  

This year I kept things fairly simple... 
I might add a little chocolate bunny for Easter but again we are sticking with the "no candy" theme.  

To see our Easter Basket's of years past... 1 Year Old Boy Easter Basket and 2 Year Old Boy Easter Basket.


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Potty Training - Poop Edition

18 March 2015

Way back at the beginning of February I wrote about post about Reid being potty trained.  Well sure he hasn't had a pee accident in almost two months now but pooping on the potty was a whole different story.  

didn't push it at first, just reminded him about it and then talked while cleaning him up after.  But after just a short time, I was sick of it.  

I tried talking, time outs, threats, taking away toys, sticker charts, bribing with ice cream, etc, but nothing was working.  

Then one afternoon as I was gather up outside toys from the storage closet, I found a stash of Christmas gifts Reid had opened at Christmas but I had hid before we played with them.   Along with a few other little things that I bought on super clearance after Christmas and an idea hit me. 
I used an old rubbermaid container and created what Reid calls his "Poopy Bin".  It sits on the windowsill in the bathroom.   The premise is simple.  Poop on the potty and pick out a prize.

The first couple days when Reid was trying to go on the potty, I took the bin down and we talked about each thing in it.  But he couldn't touch anything until he used the potty.  
Now, it doesn't come off the windowsill until he uses the poops on the potty and is all cleaned up.  Then he can look through it and pick something out.  
It has been almost 3 weeks since we started with it and he hasn't had an accident yet.  He now tells us when he needs to go poopy and usually what he wants "I need go poopy.  I get legos." 
I plan on using the "poopy bin" for another couple weeks and then slowly transitioning the prizes to smaller things and then eventually just doing away with it.  But for now it works and it works great.  
It also works out since my mom cannot seem to go to any store without buying Reid something.  So when we see her and she has a new toy for Reid, it goes straight into the bin, so he can get it later.  
Some items that have been in our bin include:
Hotwheels
Sticker Packs

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