(Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. I brushed my hair that morning.)
Since we were out of bread and milk and peanut butter and all the other food that children live on, I went to the grocery store before she arrived. And there, I saw blackberries on sale! Score!
When my college roommate visited a few years ago, she made Pioneer Woman Cooks blackberry cobbler and it lives in my memory as a dish of sugar-crusted perfection. She also gave me her cookbook, along with a picture of them together! Whoohooo! She's met Pioneer Woman!
Since we had everything we needed, we decided to throw it together while her boys and my kids were chasing each other around the house with mini laser guns. (Thanks, Christalee. I'll get even with you someday...)
2 sticks (1/2 lb) of butter
2 1/2 cups sugar, and 4 TBS extra
2 cups self rising flour (or normal flour plus 1/2 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder per cup)
2 cups milk
2 cups fresh blackberries
Closer, closer... YUM. This is probably the easiest recipe I know for a dessert and next time I'd like to try a peach version. Not sure how it will be but I'll keep you updated!
And speaking of updates, here's a final picture of the book nook. I think the last time I posted, we weren't quite finished...
So, the bean bag arrived and at first I was worried. It was about 1 ft square and rock solid. The directions said to cut it out of the wrapper and put it in the inner bean bag pouch. It supposedly would start to expand over the next few days. Huh?? The bean bag was going to grow?
But, it was true! The environmentally friendly bean bag material indeed started to expand and soon, within hours, it was two feet wide.
By the next morning it was 48 inches wide and completely soft. We placed in the book nook, right under the origami dragons. (Here is Edward looking at St. George and his shiny sword.)
With all that reading, little boys need a bit of a nap. Minutes later, there was quiet snoring. Ahhh, double duty book nook! Napping and reading, what a life!
One more picture of the before, for contrast:
I do believe this wasn't a Pinterest fail, for once! Also, the kids had a great time working together to make their ideas happen. Okay, until next time!