31 January 2018

Chess Master


They’re consulting Mister B for his thoughts on their chess moves. Cute and inclusive, but not very strategic.

30 January 2018

Tug-A-War


You should have heard the giggles during this tug-a-war.

28 January 2018

Asleep Sitting Up


He was so busy protesting his afternoon nap that he forgot to lay down before falling asleep.

27 January 2018

Falucca with a Friend


We love us a sailboat ride on the Nile! Even in winter it was lovely. (also A insisted on holding her cup of tea to her mouth like that because "I want to look like a Mommy." What? Do I do that?! Haha!)

26 January 2018

Rubik's Lessons


Cube lessons with a friend. And yes, it involves writing down and memorizing algorithms and using phrases like 'zero corners' and 'white inverted up' and other things way over my head.

25 January 2018

Maadi Island


Adventures at Maadi Island today. Having Atalie with us is such a joy!

Look at all the Toys!


Mister B sat staring at all the toys without touching for the longest time. I was so impressed with his self-control. Until he started touching and then throwing fits when he couldn’t play with everything. I didn’t get a picture of that... #toddlerlife

24 January 2018

18 January 2018

Snuggled with a Book


This kid is living my dream this afternoon... Snuggled on the couch with pillows and a warm duvet reading a Kindle.

16 January 2018

Y is for Yogurt Cups


‘Y’ is for yogurt cups... one if the first recipes I could make independently as a child. Here’s to training up the the next generation...

Oven Door Selfie


Oven door selfie with this love.

15 January 2018

12 January 2018

Keeeeyyyyy


He pushes the chair across the room first to the dresser so he can open the drawer and get the key. Then he pushes the chair to the door. Then he puts the key in the lock. It’s only a matter of time until he can actually open the door. He apparently really wants to make a break for it. Is it really that bad at home with meeeeee?! 😉

10 January 2018

Tried and True Recipe: Mint Chocolate Cookies

I started making these cookies many years ago. I love them. And just this year for the first time, my kids were asking me about them before Christmas. So I guess that means they are officially loved by the whole family and are now a Christmas tradition. I just had to google this to find out where the recipe I had printed out came from. And it’s Rachel Ray’s recipe. Well, thankyouverymuch Rachel Ray. This recipe alone is worth the hassle of finding/bringing candy canes to Africa each year!

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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 stick (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Two 3.5 -ounce bars dark chocolate , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes or candies
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until soft. With the mixer on low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and salt; add to the mixer about one-third at a time, beating at low speed until smooth.

  2. Lay a 16-inch sheet of parchment paper on a work surface; turn out the dough onto the paper. Using your hands, shape the dough into a 12-inch-long cylinder; wrap tightly in the parchment and roll into a smooth, even log. Twist the ends to seal and refrigerate for 30 minutes; reshape the cylinder and refrigerate for 30 minutes more.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350°; line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough; using a sharp knife, slice into 1/3-inch-thick rounds. Place about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets; bake until firm, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. (I often take them out early, while they are still soft because we prefer a soft cookie to a crispy one.)

  4. In a bowl, combine two-thirds of the chopped chocolate with the oil; microwave for 30 seconds, then stir until smooth. (If needed, heat for additional 10-second intervals.) Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until smooth.

  5. Using an offset spatula, spread a scant teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie. Sprinkle the peppermints on top and let stand until set, 2 to 3 hours.

At the Club


Happy outing to the club this morning.

08 January 2018

KiloMinx


Another Rubiks cube conquered. A 2x2 kilominx to be exact. Bring it on Poppi and @davelong23

03 January 2018

Tiny Coloring


My girlie loves to color together. On the same tiny picture. At the same time. ☺️
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