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Today was Lily’s last day of preschool. There is a small graduation ceremony tomorrow night and then next year she’s off to pre-k. I am happy to report that I actually remembered to continue this tradition, which I just started last year. I am brushing off my post and re-sharing it with you in case you haven’t seen it before.
Several years ago, a friend mentioned this tradition to me. I thought it sounded like the sweetest idea, and as Lily Bean closed out her very first year of preschool last month, I got the ball rolling.
I picked up a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.
At the end of the school year, I left the book with Lily’s teachers and asked them to sign the inside cover for her.
My goal is to have her teachers sign this same book every single year (and can include other important coaches, mentors, etc as needed). I will then gift the book to her at her high school graduation. (Which of course I don’t even want to THINK about because she’s only 3 and time already feels like it’s flying.)
Her teacher and teacher’s assistant wrote the nicest little notes to her, including a couple of their favorite memories of Lily.
This is the sweetest!
I should have known that the kid was being too quiet.
I knew that she was in the kitchen.
I knew that she was sitting at the table.
I called to her from the other room as I cleaned up this and that. “Hey Lily! What are you up to?”
“I’m just making a craft, Mom. It’s a picture for little Lily – my friend at pony club.”
I didn’t have much cause to worry. Lily is, after all, a well-behaved kid for the most part. I knew that she had plenty of paper and various coloring books to attack with stamps, stickers and markers.
About 15 minutes later, I finally made it back to the kitchen. Lily proudly held up her artwork – a creation that she no doubt labored over and poured her heart and soul into. Look closely. Can you tell what she used?
That would be my oil bill.
All sealed up, check enclosed, ready to mail.
I’m not sure which was worse – telling Lily that she couldn’t keep this exquisite example of modern art to give to her friend or making the decision to actually put a STAMP on this thing and put it in the MAIL.
Unfortunately, a copy of our bill was carbon copied onto the inside of the actual envelope, so handing it to Lily’s little friend was not an option.
Hopefully it gives whoever is in charge of receiving payments at Farm & Home Oil Company a smile.
Though I did add this disclaimer:
More coffee please.
Thank you to the silly,
and creative little girl,
who makes Mother’s Day something to look forward to celebrating every year.
This Hallmark holiday went from a day I dreaded every single year after my mom died…
to a day I cherish and spend loving on my sweet girl just like every other 364 days of the year.
I love you, Lily (more than you will ever possibly know)!
For Easter dessert this year, we made two desserts that were new to our traditional menu. One was the Lemon Poke Cake that I posted about earlier this week and the other was cheesecake and chocolate filled strawberries.
And O.M.G. were they DELICIOUS!
This recipe was inspired by my trusty Kraft Food and Family Magazine (Spring 2013 issue). The original recipe called for white chocolate pudding mix but when I saw a cheesecake variety at the store I just had to try it. Instead of using Baker’s Bittersweet Chocolate, I used semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
You will need:
45 large fresh strawberries (around 2 lbs)
1/4 Cup Cream Cheese (feel free to use a reduced fat variety)
1 Cup cold fat-free milk, divided
1 package Jell-O Cheesecake Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding Mix
1 Cup thawed Cool Whip Sugar Free Whipped Topping
1 tsp lemon zest
1 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels
How to make:
Cut stems off of strawberries.
Cut an “X” in the bottom of each berry and spread pieces apart.
Whisk cream cheese and 1/4 cup milk in a bowl until well blended.
Gradually whisk in remaining milk.
Add dry pudding mix and whisk for 2 minutes.
Stir in Cool Whip and lemon zest.
Spoon mixture into a resealable plastic bag.
Cut a small corner from the bottom of the bag and pipe the mixture into the berries.
Melt chocolate morsels as directed and drizzle over berries.
Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.