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Wednesday nights at the Alpha Chi Omega house at the University of Alabama was always Chapter Night. It was always my favorite night to eat dinner! We usually had boneless fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and Zebra Cake!

Zebra Cake is simply a layering of Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers and Whipped Cream {flavored with a little vanilla extract}. I usually layer mine in a trifle bowl {some people make theirs on a platter or into a log}. I was short on time…so I used Cool Whip instead of making my own whipped cream.

Zebra Cake

The cookies are the hardest part to find. Walmart use to be the only store in town who carried them. I despise shopping there…so we don’t have Zebra Cake often. I was ecstatic when I noticed them at Publix yesterday {on the end cap with the ice cream toppings}! So tonight I created a new twist on one of my old favorites:

Zebra Cupcake

A Zebra Cupcake! I started with a chocolate wafer, added a dollop of whipped cream and repeated my layers…ending with a cookie. {I ended up with 4 cookies sandwiched between 3 layers of whipped cream.} You need to leave them in the refrigerator overnight so the cookies absorb the cream and become almost cake-like! You can then garnish them with chocolate curls, sprinkles or cocoa powder. I was lazy and since they were just for my family…I omitted the garnish! But if I was taking these to someone…they would definitely be garnished!

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Pepper Jelly

Between Debbie/Christopher’s garden and my garden, we had several green bell peppers that were ready for the picking. Christopher also had several jalapenos and habanero peppers. So this afternoon, Debbie and I made some pepper jelly using Paula Deen’s recipe. It was super easy and will be great to have on hand! We have some red peppers that are almost ready…so maybe some red pepper jelly next weekend!

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New Cousin

By brother and sister-in-law welcomed their second baby into the world this morning {and cousin Carter became a big brother}!

callen




She is a small fry compared to the rest of the bunch {weighing in at a pound less than Carter and Mary Reese and about 1.5 pounds less than Banks and Owen}. We can’t wait to meet her! Mary Reese can’t wait for her to play dress up and dolls!

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Bubba Beefcake

Owen has a new nickname around our house…Bubba Beefcake! The boy loves to eat and hasn’t been too picky! Tonight he discovered a new favorite…

YUM

Yogurt! I couldn’t get it in his mouth fast enough. He was grabbing my hand that had the spoon in it and shoving it towards his mouth.

Yogurt

Needless to say…he went straight to the bathtub after this meal!

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R & R

This is the view I woke up to this morning:

Lake

Isn’t it beautiful! We spent an almost fall-like weekend at the lake getting some R & R! It was so peaceful…the weather was perfect and we had almost all of our end of the lake to ourselves.



These two spent a lot of time doing this…

Best Friends

…nothing better than fishing with your dog by your side! He never caught anything, but he loved every minute of it.



Most of our meals were cooked on this…

Weber

…by these two…

Dumb&Dumber

Dumb and Dumber is what I called them all weekend {Dana and I decided they were somehow related}. It was a wonderful weekend…probably one of the last ones of summer! I can’t wait to go back in a few months to see the leaves changing!

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Baby Food 101

When Banks was little, my mom encouraged me to make my own baby food. It is super easy, not too time consuming and a HUGE money saver {especially if you know someone with a garden who gives you food}. Owen started eating food a few weeks ago. So far he has eaten these:

baby food 101

First I cut everything up and put it in the steamer basket of my pressure cooker. You don’t have to have a pressure cooker…any pot would do! I didn’t even peel the sweet potatoes or apples before steaming. I did peel the carrots but you could use baby carrots and eliminate that step completely. I just snapped the green beans {actually Popsy did before he gave them to me…even better}!

baby food ready to steam

I steam everything until tender {about 15 minutes}. Then I drain it, remove the skin {if I didn’t before steaming}, throw it back in the pot and use my hand blender to puree everything to baby food consistency:

mixing it up

If you don’t have a hand blender, you can use a regular blender or food processor {the only drawback is more dishes to wash}! Here is some finished product:

baby food

Apples, green beans and sweet potatoes

After I get the consistency right, I spoon it all into these…

ready to freeze

…and pop it in the freezer! Once it is frozen, I just bag it up in plastic freezer bags until…

all bagged up

…this porky pig is ready to dive in!

yumming it up

I like to make mine in bulk because I have been blessed with this chunky monkey…

chunky monkey

Here is a close up of those rolls and those thighs:
close up

He is eating us out of house and home! But I LOVE having a baby with tons of rolls {and I have been blessed with 2 of them}!

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Mystery Outing

Yesterday afternoon, we all loaded up for a mystery outing. Jody and I didn’t tell the kids anything about where we were going {partly because we weren’t 100% ourselves}. Let me give you a hint and see if you can guess what it involved…

owen

Did you notice the bowling balls behind Owen? We went bowling {and more} at The Station 2 at Bridgestreet. We had an absolute blast! The Station 2 has 12 bowling lanes, 2 rollerball lanes, pool tables, arcade games and a restaurant. When we got there only about 1/2 of the lanes were full, so we snagged one {good thing because by the time we were done, there was a long line for lanes}! The best part of bowling was new bowling shoes {not the nasty ones they have at our bowling alley}!




Here is Mary Reese watching her ball head for the gutter:

mary reese

Notice Banks and his perfect form:

perfect form

Too bad our scores weren’t reflective of our form…

final score

I don’t think any bowling leagues will be knocking at our door anytime soon! We looked over at the lane next to ours {on our last frame} and discovered they had their bumpers up. I think next time we will ask for the bumpers…we might even break 100! After our pitiful game of bowling, the kids played this:

rollerball

Banks even got one of these:

strike

By the looks of there scores…this was more their speed!

rollerball score

After rollerball, we gave them some tokens for the arcade games. Banks loved the deer hunting game and skee ball. Mary Reese loved a snow mobile riding game and skee ball. We ended up with 90 tickets but decided to save them to cash in next time! Mary Reese has here eyes set on some Disney Princess items for 225 tickets.



We were going to head next door to try out The Melting Pot but their wait was 1 1/2 hours {next time we will make reservations}! We opted for eating at The Station’s restaurant because there was only a 20 minute wait!

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