Why We're Not Having a Birthday Party

My boy's birthday is coming up, and he's never had a party - well, not one where we invited non-relatives anyway. We always ask him what he wants to do and he's just never wanted a party.  This year, I sort of pushed it.

"Wouldn't it be so fun?  We could invite all of your friends!  We can even rent a bouncy house!"

Well, after all that, who could say no?  Bent agreed that a party would be fun, and after going from a LEGO party, to WWE, to Superhero LEGOs, he finally decided on a Superhero party theme.  We went to the party store and bought decorations - I even made the most adorable invitations using this photo:
It was all planned out.  Down to the Hulk Smash bean bag toss, Kryptonite Krispie Treats, and Spiderman's Web Shooting Station.

And then you know what?

He came to me and said, "Mom, I really don't want a birthday party.  I wish I could go to the hotel that we went to last year with Dad and you and Brother.  And go to the LEGO store to spend my birthday money."

How can you refuse that?

I know there will probably come a day when going to stay overnight with his family will be lame-o, and all he'll want for his birthday will be to hang out with his friends - and definitely not his parents.

So this year, we'll be doing a semi-repeat of last year, staying in a hotel in O-town and hitting up Downtown Disney for the day.  And I will surely cherish the snuggles and giggles at night in our hotel room, and be sure to mark and remember the excitement on his face as he gets to shop through his beloved LEGO store.

Until then, we'll be returning our party supplies - except for the items from the Dollar Tree.  It turns out they don't do returns.

Oh boo.  What ever will we do with 30 cans of "spiderman's webs?"
I think we'll figure something out...

Almond Joy Pie

**Let me start by saying I originally came across this Almond Joy Pieas a pin on Pinterest. Not wanting to forget to make it, I even made it the cover photo for my Sweet Treats board.  When I finally decided to make the pie, I clicked the link and BOOM - "you must be invited by the author to view this blog."  Seriously?!  I'd been waiting so long for this pie, and I wasn't going to get to view the post?
And then I thought about all the other people who saw this coconut-y goodness on pinterest and weren't going to get the recipe either, so I had to write a post on it.

This pie is to die for.  No joke.  I'm not even going to waste any time talking about it - let's just get to the recipe.

To recreate the slice of deliciousness- aka Almond Joy Pie you see above, you will need:

1 OREO pie crust
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups shredded coconut (sweetened)
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp melted butter
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp flour
about 1/2 cup almonds 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Begin by placing a layer of almonds on your OREO crust.
Melt half of your chocolate chips, and drizzle chocolate over your layer of almonds.
Place in the fridge to set while you continue with the next step. 
In a large bowl, mix butter, coconut, flour, egg, milk, vanilla, and sugar.
Pour mixture over your layer of hardened chocolate. 
*It doesn't have to be completely hardened.
Place in preheated oven for about 45 minutes.
Allow pie to cool, and arrange remain almonds on top.
Melt the remainder of your chocolate, and drizzle over top layer of almonds.
** Next time I will probably add much less chocolate on the top layer because although so yummy, it was a little difficult (ie. I almost needed a chainsaw) to cut through the thick layer of chocolate on top.  

Place pie in fridge.  You can serve cold, or take out an hour or so before you're ready to serve.
almond joy pie



Sometimes the best days are the days when you do nothing at all.

This Moment

This moment.  A single photo - no words, capturing a single moment from the week.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.  Inspired by Soule Mama.

*I'd love to see your moment.  Leave a link in the comments.

Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salsa

While the rest of the country has been dealing with blizzards and ice, Florida has been enjoying what might be considered t-shirt weather by the rest of the country.  Sure, we've been donning our boots and jackets, (Hey! 50 degrees is cold when you're used to flip-flops and shorts), but we don't have to worry about lack of fresh produce while we try to detox from our treat-filled holiday celebrations. 

Here in Florida, we have so many fresh, local options when it comes to produce year round, The farmers' markets are in full swing every weekend, and one of our major grocery store chains tries to carry as much local produce as possible.  

Last weekend, I recreated the Florida Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salsa Recipe from the Fresh From Florida website.  So fresh, and delicious!

Here's what I used:
About 35 minutes, and:

4 ears of corn
2 large tomatoes
1 large avocado
1/2 cup red onion (chopped fine)
1/2 cup bell pepper (chopped fine)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (hand torn)
1 lime
1 tsp powdered cumin
hot sauce (as desired)
sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Remove husks and silk from corn, and rub with butter

Wrap corn cobs individually in aluminum foil and place in oven for 35 minutes

While corn is roasting, finely chop red onion and bell pepper.  (I used my food processor).

Dice tomatoes.

Cut avocado.
Combine ingredients in a large bowl.

Add juice of 1 lime, teaspoon of cumin, and torn cilantro.*

*(There are 2 types of people in the world - those whole love cilantro, and those who - well, don't.  I'm one of the latter, so I chose to omit the cilantro.  It still turned out delicious.)

Once the corn is done, slice the kernels off the cob and to bowl of ingredients.
Add your favorite hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.

Yum!  This pairs great with chips for a party, as a topping for a Fiesta Chicken Salad, or even as a side for taco night.

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe?  Feel free to link to it in the comments.

You can find this recipe linked up at
The Mixing Bowl Recipe Party.
Put a Bird on It
Awesome Things Tuesday
Share It Link Party
Too Cute Tuesday


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