Daily, Madeline

Maddy Draws

I have been so impressed lately with the way Madeline has been drawing.  When she colors she stays in the lines, and now when she draws I can usually tell what it is she is drawing. Her favorites are hearts and people.  She loves to draw her family.  Last night she drew mom, dad, herself (and she said she was painting her nails in the picture), grandma, Uncle Jeff, and Aunt Cathy.  I think Sophie might have been in there too.


My little budding artist hard at work.  IMG_1116IMG_1117IMG_1118IMG_112017309570_10100846904154749_4352159649760347921_n


Pi Day – S’mores Pie

It’s Pi (3.14159265359) Day, and Patrick decided we really should have pie to celebrate.  I wasn’t really planning on making a pie this week, so my options were a limited as far as what ingredients I actually had on hand since winter has decided to return and I really didn’t want to have to make a trip to the store just to get stuff to make a random pie.  So Pinterest to the rescue and s’mores pie it is!  I made a few modifications, and it turned out pretty good considering it was a last minute decision.


S’mores Pie


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

7 tbsps butter, melted

1/3 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup heavy cream

6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1 tbsp plus 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme

4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened

1 cup heavy cream



For the Crust, mix graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter in medium bowl. Press into bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate. Set aside.


For the Filling, bring cream just to boil in small saucepan. Pour over chocolate in medium heatproof bowl. Let stand 1 minute then stir until smooth. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Pour into prepared crust. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.


Beat marshmallow creme, cream cheese and 1 tablespoon vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. In stand mixer add whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix on medium-high until stiff peak form. Gently stir marshmallow creme mix in to whipped topping until well blended. Spread evenly over chocolate layer in crust.


Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with mini chocolate chips or chocolate curls and/or toasted marshmallows, if desired.

Daily, Madeline

Just Playing Around

Today we got to go hang out and play at Main Event an arcade and bowling alley with Patrick’s co-workers and their families.  Madeline had a blast getting to play game after game.  She loves to play arcade games.

Madeline and daddy having a ball playing games together.


Madeline also got to go bowling for the first time while we were there.  We weren’t quite sure if she would like it or if she would want to stick with it for a whole game.  Boy were we surprised when she played two whole games!  She loved it.  Between the bumpers and the little ramp that they had for kids to help guide the ball, she did pretty good too.  We will definitely have to take her bowling again sometime soon.  She had a lot of fun, and it was pretty fun watching the little dance she would do each time after she would take her turn.

Her personality just keeps growing bigger and bigger everyday.  I am constantly amazed by her.  She is just such a happy, silly, fun kid to be around.  It makes days like this extra fun.

Madeline played hard.  By the time we got home she was passed out in the car and didn’t even wake up when I got her out of her carseat.  Love this kid.