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Happy 24th of July

It's a HUGE celebration in Utah. And my contribution to the festivities is sharing with you a new (to me) and really great treat.

From Abby... to me... to you. Enjoy!

7 Layer Brownies

1 stick melted butter
1 box brownie mix
1 cup coconut
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Spread the melted butter in 13x9 pan. Sprinkle brownie mix over butter. Add coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts. Pour sweetened condensed milk on top.

Bake @ 350 for 30-35 minutes

I doubled the recipe and used Betty Crocker's Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix. And after it was done baking, I sprinkled it with the semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of using them earlier.

Post Party Notes: I would add more butter, or use less brownie mix next time.

We haven't left for our party yet, and I'm already eating them. Tacky, but delicious.


Also, KM is planning a trip to Bakersfield in the fall for a photo shoot. I'm just …

Preparing

(something like this... but worse) For the most part, I am new to all this parenting stuff. Yes, I have 2 bonus children that we've had full time since they were 7 & 10. But Aaron is a totally hands on dad. Doctor's appointments, parent-teacher conferences, permission to hang out with friends or have sleepovers... it's all him.
Of course, I help out when and where I can. Being at home when they get home from school. Driving to soccer and volleyball. Pushing for piano lessons. And just being generally supportive of the best dad in the world. (He totally is).
But back to what this is really about. This post is really about back to school shopping. And backpacks. And how this is my first time taking a child- my actual child- to buy a backpack for his first year at school. Maxwell starts kindergarten in August, and while I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for that HUGE event that might make me cry tears of joy and sorrow... really what I am focused on is "t…

When He Was 23 Months

I made the executive decision to lose the bottle on our vacation. My fat baby is almost two, which means he's not so much a baby anymore. And on our summer vacation, he turned into a toddler. Sad days for me. I totally understand how the baby of the family stays the baby of the family. Because in my own little mom world... I want him to stay my baby forever.
In our family, we usually have The Terrible Threes. I think Jack is doomed to just be terrible. While he's been a really good baby, he's also been a monster. Monster. Not only does he get into stuff, but he destroys the stuff he gets into.

A few weeks ago, he turned the bath water on, and then chucked everything within reach into the bath tub; his Thomas The Train toy laptop, a Nintendo DS, my bottle of Lovely perfume, contacts, my eye glasses, a towel, and a new bottle of baby bath soap.

In one day, he managed to break both the Wii and the Xbox.
He dumped his apple juice all over himself while watching TV on Aunt Abby&…