Plum Pudding – Sweet Eats Series

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Plum Pudding

Sweet Eats Series – Plum Pudding

To celebrate National Plum Pudding day, here’s another fun idea from our Sweet Eats series. We, at Sweet Retreat Kids, love to encourage family time.  Here’s a great recipe that will be easy for the kids to help with.  Enjoy and be sure to send us pictures of your creations!  This Sweet Eats comes from The Prepared Pantry, who is committed to providing over 100 of the finest baking mixes available.

Plum Pudding Recipe

2 cups dried plums (prunes), 1/4 to 1/2-inch diced
1/2 cup very hot water

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs

1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons milk or as needed for the right consistency batter

Caramel Plum Sauce

1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon rum or vanilla flavor

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 x 8-inch pan by greasing and dusting with flour or lining with parchment paper.

1. Place the diced plums in a small bowl. Heat the water to boiling in the microwave. Pour the water over the plums and set aside to rehydrate.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together in another bowl. Set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
4. Add the plums and water and the nuts and combine. Add the dry ingredients and combine. Add enough milk—about two tablespoons—to make a soft batter.
5. Remove the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the pudding tests done when a toothpick is inserted in the middle. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for five minutes then invert the pudding to remove the pan. Continue cooling on a wire rack.

For the plum sauce:

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the sugar, cornstarch and milk.
2. Heat until bubbling and thickened. Remove from the heat and add the flavoring.

Serve the plum pudding topped with sauce.

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Strawberry Santas

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Strawberry Santas

Sweet Eats Series – Strawberry Santas

Here’s another fun idea from our Sweet Eats series. We, at Sweet Retreat Kids, love to encourage family time.  Here’s a fun idea that will be easy for the kids to help with.  They will love taking them to their class party or displaying them on Christmas morning.  Enjoy and be sure to send us pictures of your creations!  This Sweet Eats comes from Driscoll’s, who is committed to growing only the finest berries and has been a family owned business for over 100 years. Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
12 large, flat chocolate cookies such as Famous Chocolate Wafers
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
12 large Driscoll’s Strawberries, hulled
12 small Driscoll’s Strawberries, hulled
24 Driscoll’s Blueberries
24 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
24 mini white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

For a step by step guide, click here.

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small, wide, microwave-safe bowl on low setting until smooth. Place coconut in wide, shallow, small bowl. Place cookies in single layer on serving platter.

Combine cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a medium bowl and mix to create thick frosting (add more sugar as needed if too thin).

Place cream cheese frosting in sturdy, resealable plastic bag and snip one corner off bottom to create disposable decorating bag. Alternatively, use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Refrigerate 10 – 15 minutes or until firm.

One by one, with strawberry tips pointing up and hulled base pointing down, pipe beard shape with cream cheese frosting at center of strawberry. Press strawberry into coconut beard-side down to adhere coconut to beard. Attach hulled end of strawberry to cookie base with a small dollop of melted chocolate.

Dip blueberries half-way into melted chocolate and affix two to each base of berry on cookie to form Santa’s boots.

Pipe cream cheese frosting around strawberry tips to create heads. Use white mini chips for noses and semi-sweet mini chips for eyes.

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Christmas Tree Eggnog French Toast

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Christmas Tree Eggnog French Toast

Christmas Tree Eggnog French Toast

Sweet Eats Series –

Christmas Tree Eggnog French Toast

Try this idea for breakfast this weekend.   We, at Sweet Retreat Kids, like to encourage family time and this is the perfect season for just that.  Grab the kids and a few Driscoll brand berries and you’ll have yourself a fabulously fun breakfast idea the kids will be so excited about.  Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand.  They have over 100 years of experience growing the finest berries on the planet!

INGREDIENTS:

6 thick slices dense, stale bread (country white or wheat bread)
2 cups eggnog
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups Driscoll’s Strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup Driscoll’s Blueberries
1/4 cup Driscoll’s Blackberries
1/4 cup Driscoll’s Raspberries
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
Dash freshly ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

If bread is fresh, allow slices to sit uncovered for a few hours to dry out. Mix eggnog with eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Line large, shallow baking pan with bread slices. Pour eggnog mixture over the bread, turning the slices once to coat both sides. Cover pan with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Heat a greased griddle over medium heat. Cook bread slices about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from pan then cut the 2 bottom corners off at an angle leaving the top crust intact. Bottom of the slice should now be in a V pattern. Place slices on a platter and create a berry Christmas tree by layering berry slices V side up to form pyramid shape. Arrange a single blackberry as a stump, sliced strawberries for the tree skirt, 6 raspberries as a tree topper, and then create a garland of small blueberries as decorations.

Top with dusting of powdered sugar for snow and nutmeg.

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A “Pear” of Berry Turkeys

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Berry Turkeys

Berry Turkeys

Sweet Eats Series – A “Pear” of Berry Turkey

Here’s another fun idea from our Sweet Eats series.  We, at Sweet Retreat Kids, want to encourage family time and what better time then around the holidays and Thanksgiving.  Spend some time this week making these fun Berry Turkeys for your holiday gathering.  Your kids will love you and your guests will be amazed.  This Sweet Eats comes from Driscoll’s, who is committed to growing only the finest berries and has been a family owned business for over 100 years.  Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand!

INGREDIENTS:

2 firm but ripe pears of any variety
1 package (6 ounces each) Driscoll’s Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries
1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll’s Strawberries
1 small carrot

DIRECTIONS:

Gently wash and dry all of the above ingredients.

Gather the following tools: 24 short (approx. 6 inches long) bamboo skewers, several toothpicks, a paring knife, and a cutting board.

Thread berries onto skewers by starting with a blueberry (to anchor the end of the skewer), then adding raspberries and blackberries until all but the last inch of skewer is covered. You’ll need approximately 12 per bird, depending on the size of your pears.

Insert your berry skewers across the back of the pear in arcs to mimic a turkey’s tail feathers. As your pear gets waited down on the back, insert skewers at a lower angle to keep the pear standing upright. Once your tail feather skewers are inserted and your pears are steady, it’s time to work on the faces.

Using a paring knife, carve two cone-shaped beaks from the carrot (alternatively, you can use the very tips of two whole carrots). Depending on the firmness of your pears, you may be able to attach the “beaks” just by pressing them into the pears. Otherwise, break off a toothpick tip and use it to attach the carrot beak to the pear.

Use similar toothpick tips in order to attach two small blueberries for eyes. If trying to avoid the use of toothpicks for care-free consumption, use a plastic drinking straw to carve out holes that are large enough to implant the eyes and beak.

For the turkey’s waddle, slice a thin sliver of strawberry and place with the cut side against the pear, just below the beak. The natural moisture of the cut edge will be enough to hold the waddle in place.

For the feet, remove the calyx of a strawberry and slice berry in half lengthwise. Use the tip of your paring knife to cut away a few wedges from the thick edge to form claws. Place the strawberry “feet” up against the base of the pear, cut-side down.

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Strawberry Ghosts

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Strawberry Ghosts

Sweet Eats Series – Strawberry Ghosts

Here’s another fun idea from our Sweet Eats series. Gather the kids and have fun family time creating Strawberry Ghosts for your next Halloween party.  Your kids will have a blast and your guests will be amazed.  This Sweet Eats comes from Driscoll’s, who is
committed to growing only the finest berries and has been a family owned business for over 100 years. Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand.

INGREDIENTS:

1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll’s Strawberries
10 ounces white chocolate chips
Candy eyes
Fine-tipped black icing tube
Decorative twigs from a craft store
Broom fibers or wheat bundles from a craft store
Black twine

DIRECTIONS:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Rinse the strawberries and dry them well with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Melt chocolate by placing in a double boiler over simmering water. Be careful to keep water from getting into the pan or chocolate may seize. Alternatively, place chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave for 20 seconds and stir with a fork. Repeat microwaving and stiring until chocolate is not-quite melted. Shorten microwave time to 5 seconds and stir. Repeat if necessary until completely melted.

Hold berries by stem or leaves and dip into melted chocolate. Swirl until coated. Leave about ¼ inch of red showing below leaves. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Place berry on prepared baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining berries.

Meanwhile, create decorative broomsticks by cutting twigs into 2 ½ inch lengths and fibers into 3 inch lengths. Gather broom fibers into a small, rough bundle. Loop twine around the bundle, but keep it loose. Slip twig into center of bundle. Adjust the twig and fibers to look like a brookstick. Tighten twine and tie a small knot.

Once chocolate is set, press broomstick handles down into strawberries through top center of leaves. Pipe a small amount of frosting to the back of candy eyes and attach to berries. Finally, use frosting to add a smile, a spooky mouth, fangs, or other fun ideas you have.

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Raspberry Lemon Cake with Blueberries

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Raspberry Lemon Cake with Blueberries

Raspberry Lemon Cake with Blueberries

Sweet Eats Series – Raspberry Lemon Cake with Blueberries

Here’s another great idea from our Sweet Eats series. Sparkle this Labor Day with this fabulously fun Raspberry Lemon Cake. The kids will think this is great fun and what a sweet treat to eat during the party. This Sweet Eats comes from Driscoll’s, who has over 100 years of experience growing some of the finest berries on the planet. Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

INGREDIENTS:

Filling
3 cups Driscoll’s Blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons water
5 teaspoons cornstarch

Frosting
12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Topping
1 1/2 packages (6 ounces or 1 1/3 cups each) Driscoll’s Raspberries (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces or 1 1/4 cups each) Driscoll’s Blueberries (about 2 cups)

Cake
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks

DIRECTIONS:

Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottoms and sides of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Line bottoms of each pan with a round of parchment paper. Grease paper and dust each pan with flour, tapping out excess. Set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside. Combine buttermilk, lemon zest and vanilla in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, with mixer on low speed, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture in several additions, starting and ending with flour mixture, mixing just until combined.

Spread batter into cake pans and bake 35 minutes or until golden and cake tester or toothpick inserted into center of cakes comes out clean. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire racks. Remove and discard parchment paper and let cake layers cool completely.

Filling
Bring blueberries, lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes or until blueberries have burst and mixture thickens, stirring frequently. Combine water and cornstarch in a small cup. Stir cornstarch mixture into blueberry mixture and return to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool completely (refrigerate if necessary).

Frosting
Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until blended. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until combined.

Assembly
Place one cake layer on a cake plate or stand. If cakes have rounded top, gently trim with serrated knife to make flat. Spread cooled blueberry filling on cake layer. Place other cake layer on filling, with flat side up and press down gently to secure. Frost top and sides of cake with frosting. Using blueberries, create large star on top of cake. Fill in remaining white space with raspberries. Line bottom rim of cake with blueberries, pressing gently into frosting to secure. If not serving cake immediately, refrigerate until ready.

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How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Active

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I’ve mentioned once or twice that we have two sets of kids, the grown up “blue set”, and our twins, “the pink set.” I remember being a little girl, the middle child with a brother on each side of me, and declaring one day, “I WILL NOT have sons, only daughters, because boys are awful!”

Funny that I grew up and gave birth to two boys. But life in the blue world was amazingly fun, always active, and never dull. It was a life filled with pedal cars and trikes and every sort of outdoor toy for kids imaginable. I knew the blue world. I rocked the blue world.

So imagine my surprise when God decided to plop down twin girls into our lives. Initially I thought, “This is going to be great! We can play dolls, and watch Disney princess movies together. It’s going to be amazing.”

And it was. Until I realized I was creating couch potatoes with all that doll playing and Disney movie watching. I needed to get those girls MOVING.

But let’s get real. Wouldn’t it be easy for most of us to let our kids spend their days watching TV and playing video games? If we want our kids to lead active lives, we’ve got to help motive them to be active.

How To Motivate Your Kids to Be Active

Step One: Limit Screen Time

Okay, I know everyone “knows” this, but if you aren’t intentional about it, Screen Time (TV, Video Games, Computers, Notebooks) creeps up on you and takes over your day. Our rules at home are pretty simple.

  • No Screens in the morning, except on Saturday
  • One movie a day (unless someone is sick, including mom, and then all bets are off)
  • Two TV shows a day
  • We don’t do video games or computer games yet b/c I personally think 5 is just too young for that

That’s it! It doesn’t matter what your “rules” are, just set some boundaries and stick to them.

Step Two: Play Outside

It’s crazy that we had to be intentional about “Play Outside” but I guess it’s like anything else in life these days, if you don’t schedule it in, it doesn’t happen. So every day we are intentional about going outside. Of course, the girls would be content to blow bubbles, find bugs (true story) or play with sidewalk chalk, so we take it a step farther and actually have them play with outside toys for kids that make them move. (Think pulling wagons, playing in the sprinkler, hopscotch, you get the idea!)

Step Three: Move Your Legs

Yep, this is an actual goal. We try to do something every day that involves moving our legs. Your legs are the largest muscle on your body, so you want to make them strong ones!

  • Play chase
  • Ride Pedal toys like pedal cars or pedal planes or trikes or bikes
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Swing (yes, that requires your leg muscles)

And on rainy days, we break the rules and play hide-n-seek inside and live life on the crazy edge and run indoors! (Calm down. I do what I want.)

Step Four: Make Exercise Fun

As your kids get older, they won’t really “play” for exercise, and if they are like most adults, they’ll become inactive, stressed out slugs (okay, that’s an overstatement. I’m trying to be dramatic!) My point is teaching them to enjoy exercise at an early age is important.

Here are some great and simple exercises you can do with your kids.

  • Jumping Jacks or Jumping Rope
  • Squats (kids love to do squats!)
  • Running (I’m not talking a 5K here, but running is great for the cardiovascular system)
  • Yoga for Kids
  • Dance
  • Swimming (not just the bounce around in the pool kind)

This list could go on forever. But you get the idea. Help your kids enjoy exercising by setting aside some time each week for it.

Motivating your kids to be active helps them have a positive self-image, aids in brain development, and helps them develop a love for a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Red Barron Pedal Plane

Red Barron Pedal Plane

Deluxe Roadster in Pink

Deluxe Roadster in Pink

 

Fire Truck Comet Pedal Car

Fire Truck Comet Pedal Car

 

Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding

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Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding

Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding

Sweet Eats Series – Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding

Here’s another great idea from our Sweet Eats series. Surprise your little ones this summer morning with this fabulous Strawberry Rose with Dark Chocolate Pudding treats. Or spend the morning making them together this weekend. This Sweet Eats comes from Driscoll’s, who has over 100 years of experience growing some of the finest berries on the planet. Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand.

INGREDIENTS:

Pudding
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping
1 package Driscoll’s Strawberries (16 ounces)
8 fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Pudding
Melt chocolate. Whisk together 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch.

Bring remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar, cocoa and salt just to a simmer over medium heat. Stir cornstarch mixture then add to milk mixture in saucepot and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in melted chocolate and vanilla. Spoon into glasses. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming. Chill.

Topping
Before serving, hull 16 strawberries by removing the green calyx. Take 4 strawberries and cut the top of the strawberries off. These strawberries will be used as the center for the roses. For the remaining strawberries slice into 1/8: sections to use for the rose petals.

Begin arranging the sliced strawberries around the pudding making sure the ends of the slices are facing out and extend slightly beyon the rim of the glass. After the first circle of strawberries is placed, begin making a second circle of strawberries but position slightly more forward toward the center of the glass. Continue with a third layer. Once finished add the cut strawberry to the center and garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.

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All-American Berry Flag Cake

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All-American Berry Flag Cake

All-American Berry Flag Cake

Sweet Eats Series – All-American Berry Flag Cake

Here’s another great idea from our Sweet Eats series. Planning a Memorial Day celebration? Have you been invited to a holiday party? You will have fun making this Berry Flag Cake and amaze your guests at the same time. This Sweet Eats comes from Driscoll’s, who has over 100 years of experience growing some of the finest berries on the planet. Although any berries and fruits will work for this project, we definitely recommend the Driscoll brand.

INGREDIENTS:

Cake
2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
6 large egg whites

Frosting
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
9 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Pinch salt
3/4 cup coconut milk

Filling and Decoration
2 to 3 packages (6 ounces each or 1 1/3 cups each) packages Driscoll’s Raspberries
1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/4 cups) package Driscoll’s Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Lightly grease bottom and side of 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Grease paper and dust with flour, tapping out excess. Set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine coconut milk and vanilla. Set aside. Beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture in several additions, starting and ending with flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third egg white mixture into batter until evenly blended. Fold in remaining mixture until combined.

Spread batter in prepared 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake 45 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert to cool completely.

Frosting
Beat butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add salt, coconut milk, vanilla, and half of the confectioners’ sugar. Mix on low until creamy. Add remaining confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, until creamy and blended. Increase speed to high and beat 1 minute.

Filling
Mash 1 package raspberries in a large bowl. Remove 1 1/2 cups frosting and stir into mashed raspberries until evenly blended. Set aside filling and keep frosting chilled until ready to use.

Assembly and Decoration
Place cake on a cutting board or large platter. Split cake in half lengthwise with a serrated knife. Place top half on separate board. Spread filling evenly on bottom half. Place remaining cake half on top of filling and press gently to sandwich. Frost cake completely on top and sides. Using blueberries and remaining raspberries, make stars and stripes of American flag. Fit pastry bag with large star tip (such as Ateco 824, 825 or 826) and pipe remaining frosting in between stripes of raspberries and in between blueberry stars as in photo.

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Ready for a Mom’s Day Out Hammock Style?

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The sunshine calls to you as spring makes it’s way out from under the blanket of winter. The kids are entertaining themselves sweetly. Dinner is simmering on the stove and that new book you just bought is waiting for you to turn the first page. As you look around at your life, you pinch yourself, thinking, “Is this really my life?” I’m such a lucky girl!”

And then you hear the blood-curdling yell of your kids screeching your name in a way that makes you want to change it to something they aren’t allowed to say. “Moooooommmmmmm! She took my toy. I just had it and now she has it and I want it baaaaackkkkk!” As you are mediating their skirmish, the faint scent of something burning hits your nostrils and you realize that your once simmering dinner is now burning. You run down the stairs and trip over the new book you laid at the bottom of the stairs when you made the mad dash up to handle the fighting siblings.

As you slide across the floor you think, “I need a day off!”

LOL. What mom hasn’t thought this? Let’s face it. Mommying is not for the faint of heart. It requires strength, stamina, resolve, and the ability to squash rebellions at a moment’s notice.

But just imagine for a moment that the scene in that first paragraph could happen. Wouldn’t it be great to grab a sweet tea, retire to your favorite hammock on a sun-bathed back porch and take a much-needed mom’s day off?

A girl can dream. A girl can surely dream. If you were planning your mom’s day off, it might not involve a hammock on a back porch, but we’d love to hear what yours looks like.

Kiwi Single Hammock with spreader bars

Kiwi Single Hammock with spreader bars

 

Aqua Blue and White Striped Classic Hammock Chair

Aqua Blue and White Striped Classic Hammock Chair

 

Caribbean Citrus Double Hammock

Caribbean Citrus Double Hammock