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Chocolate Pudding




  • 3 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar (I prefer my pudding less sweet and use 1/3)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch. Use a fork or whisk and stir it until it is smooth and all of the lumps have been incorporated.

  2. Combine 2 1/2 cups of milk and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture.

  3. Cook over a low heat, whisking as necessary to prevent lumps from forming.

  4. When the mixture begins to thicken add the chocolate chips. Continue stirring until the chips are completely melted and the pudding is smooth and thickened.

  5. Pour pudding into one large or 6 individual bowls. To prevent a skin from forming, place plastic wrap on top of the pudding and smooth it gently against the surface before refrigerating.

  6. Refrigerate for at least 3 – 4 hours before serving.

**To make a thicker, pie-like filling, reduce milk to 2 1/2 cups.

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Room Redecorating


When I picked out the crib set we have I liked it because it was brown tones (chocolate, and a lighter tan) and red, and worked for both a girl and a boy, plus the company had twin, full, queen and king size comforters that matched as well as fabric by the yard.  Fast forward 1 1/2 – 2 years and I look to find that comforter for the bunk beds, only to find out that they no longer carry that pattern in anything other size that crib and they also no longer carry the fabric by the yard.  BOO!

So what is a person like me to do.  I want what I want, so it has been frustrating me.  I went back and forth thinking of buying the curtain panels (but they are kind of ugly in my opinion), finding other fabric that kind of matched, but more coordinated, to make my own comforters, looking for other sets, but nothing was really THE thing I wanted.

Fast forward another year and I found online a reversible red comforter at Target.  Red on one size, a tan color on the other.  The price $19.99.  Couldn't beat the price.  They had them in stock at our local store, so we went and looked and thought they would work well.  We bought two (not making that mistake again) for the bunks, and took it home.  The red matches PERFECTLY and the tan goes really well with the other brown tones in the valance.  Plus it is a little shimmery so it looks almost like the satin fabric the original set is, and is machine washable.  Check, check, check.  So for now, Lauren is using hers and she and loves it.  The extra mis-matched smaller blankets have all been put away (less clutter).  Evan likes them too but anything soft and smooth is cool by him.  Next projects will be to buy sheets and pillow shams from our sheet company in the chocolate brown that matches the brown again and will finish the bed.  I love that we order our sheets from a company so we can buy individual pieces.  Twin fitted and flat with a King size sham.  Lauren likes that a king size pillow goes across the whole bed.

I also want to make a canopy for the top bunk and frame for the bottom of the top bunk with some sort of fabric with stars, because Lauren wants to sleep under the stars so I told her I would.  I figured I should do both bunks or when Lauren transitions from bottom to top bunk she isn't going to like that Evan then gets the stars.

Also because there is College back to school "stuff" (read junk) everywhere they had something useful!  Crates for $3.50 that fit perfectly under the bottom bunk in colors that matched the kids rug (pink, green, turquoise, but not brown or white).  And in went blocks to one, wooden toys into another, cars into a third, and tucked nicely under the bed clearing up the floor space.  Momma is happy.

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Bad blogger


Yup that is me.  I try and make a go of it, and then…two posts in 6 months!  OUCH.  There is so much going on, and often times I want to write something really well thought out and articulated, and after a long day and struggling with bedtimes and just trying to relax the thoughts fly from my head and my fingers like butterflies stretching their wings.  I feel bad for my youngest, his baby book is mostly blank.  I have notes here and there, but I don't Viagra even really know when you started crawling!  Early is all I know.  Before your 6 month doctors appointment.  First steps.  True first steps.  I think I missed them.  You took some proper steps in the grass last night, but you've been practicing when you think no one is looking.  I am going to try and do things a bit differently.  Perhaps more of a "status" or "tweet" style.  First new category; Quotes from the Backseat.  The funny, odd, profound, beautiful things my children and those around me say.

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