I just got home from babysitting and zapped a piece of yesterday’s leftover vegetable pizza. Chloe is currently leaning over the couch onto the coffee table licking my plate clean. Is it bad that I don’t really care? It was just vegetables left on the plate after all… and less scrubbing for me…


(This would SO not be happening if Brian were home.)

First of all, big news that I’ve been bursting to tell you guys! My little brother, Zach, and his girlfriend, Laura, got engaged this weekend!!! They finally updated their Facebook statuses to reflect the engagement, so I feel safe in revealing the news to the blog world. So our family will be gaining TWO new members in the near future!

Congrats to the happy couple:


I had to babysit at 9, so it was one of the rare mornings where Brian and I actually got ready together. Usually on days that I nanny, I’m out the door before he’s up… and on days when I don’t have to work, I’m definitely not awake before he leaves. Last night was rough. Despite the beloved Snoogle pillow, my hips are KILLING me. You’re not allowed to sleep on your back past 20 weeks (stomach either, obviously), so I keep waking up with hip pain on one side, switch sides, then wake up an hour later with that side hurting, too. Back and forth all night long. Sucks.

Needless to say I was a little groggy this morning. I did manage a nice bowl of oats, though.


Cooked with 1/2 c milk, 1/2 c water, 1/2 banana, and topped with blueberries, almond butter and sliced almonds.

The kids and I played Life today. Remember that game? I ended up as a hairdresser, living in a trailer… with 4 kids. Awesome.

For lunch I had leftover Three Cheese Baked Ziti with Eggplant:


Brian was supposed to have a softball game tonight, but it was cancelled at the last minute (apparently last night’s rain = messed up fields). We took the opportunity to check out the new Buy Buy Baby store in Plano. It was a little overwhelming but much nicer than Babies R Us. On the way home we stopped at the Richardson location of Twisted Root Burger Co.

We LOVE this place. It was the first place I wanted to go after finishing the marathon- for a cold Blue Moon and a giant burger. Tonight I had my usual turkey burger, along with fried green beans:


So once again I’m jumping on the bandwagon- LATE. Everyone and their mom in the blog world seems to be raving about this Banana Soft Serve, which as best I can tell was created by Gena at Choosing Raw. It’s a really complicated recipe… ready?

Put two frozen bananas in the food processor:


Turn on the food processor. If it’s anything like mine, it will make a scary noise and then stop running. If so, take the bananas OUT and break them into even smaller pieces. Restart food processor.

Then just let it run for 5 MINUTES. It will look crumbly at first, then clump up into a big dough ball, then get all rich and creamy:


Voila, topped with chocolate syrup:


DELICIOUS! It tastes just like banana ice cream! I also added about a tsp of vanilla to the food processor while it was running. Andrea added frozen cherries to hers and it looked delicious. Maybe I’ll try berries next?

Off to watch a movie. Brian and I are on a mission to watch every old Harry Potter movie before seeing the Half-Blood Prince. Yeah, we’re dorks.


What’s your favorite board game?
**Oh yeah- and I haven’t forgotten about that Taco Joint review!!! Working on it right now… check back this afternoon.**

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14 Responses to Hooray!

  1. Andrea says:

    Chloe! We let Basil do that some times too :)
    My cousin and I would visit each other in the summers and we would play the you-know-what out of Sorry. We’d get in so many arguments cuz we were so cut throat and wouldn’t talk for the rest of the day, but then wake up the next morning and play Sorry again. We still play every now and then :)

  2. gammypie says:

    Candyland was always my favorite growing up.

  3. RunToFinish says:

    ok i seriously ahve to try the banana this weekend, I mean I think everyone has tried it now! i’ve never had fried green beans very interesting

  4. Tammy says:

    Oh man, banana soft serve. Now there’s a recipe you couldn’t screw up, … I think.

    We played Monopoly and Life at home. We would also go up to the recreation center and play whatever board game wasn’t checked out at the time. You never knew what you were going to get. Now that’s what I call a summer vacation. :)

    Congratulations to Zach and Laura!!!!!

  5. klemons says:

    I need to know – can I use my blender instead of a food processor (since I don’t have one)? That looks DELICIOUS and it’s def gluten free! OH and congrats to Laura and Zach, so exciting – your mom is probably on Gina overload what with a wedding and a baby:) Such excitement in the Niesman/Baker house holds.

  6. Brian says:

    I’m a trivial pursuit and scategories guy, boardgame wise.

    That Harry Potter thing would be less dorky if you didn’t have to put on your cape and glasses everytime we sat down to watch the movies…

  7. Rose says:

    Oh my god, Chloe. It kills me.

    I let Scone do stuff like that all the time… must admit.

    Congrats to your bro and his honey!

  8. Hangry Pants says:

    That’s almost as good as Erin’s pooping picture. :)

  9. Evan Thomas says:

    Mine would definitely be Monopoly although it never seems like I can find 4 people willing to spend 5 hours of their life playing it.

  10. foodnfit says:

    We made this last night for the 1st time, the banana ice cream! WOW love it!

  11. Erin says:

    Oh Heather! I’m so sorry your hips hurt :( That certainly does suck. Poo poo.
    I have to admit…I LOVE SCATTERGORIES! But I don’t think anyone plays that anymore. I also like Portland Monopoly and Apples to APples!

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