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From Tadpoles to Sharks: Plunge into child development Meeting Friday March 1, 2013

Hello wonderful moms!

 I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy during the snow. We had a great time Friday at our MOPS and POPS event. We have some very athletic and coordinated couples! (My husband and I definitely not included.)
This week, we are plunging into deeper understanding of our children. Our speaker is Patsy Atwell, an educational consultant and professor at Regis University, who specializes in the twice-exceptional student. She has more than 30 years experience consulting with parents, educators and administrators.
Some more details:
_ MOPPETS, as always, begins at 9:15 a.m. Our meeting goes from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
_ Table 3 has breakfast.
_ Don’t forget to participate in the survey for our next Girls’ Night Out event.
_ If you signed up for a blog entry, the deadline is Friday!
See you Friday!

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The Warm and Fuzzy Jar- a precursor to earning money for chores/behavior

warm and fuzzy rulesWarm and Fuzzy fuzziesHi! This is half craft, half parenting:

We are implementing a warm fuzzy jar here at my house, as a precursor to earning money for chores/behavior. Every time Lorenzo does something we are trying to train him on (manners, sharing, patience, etc) he earns a fuzzy for the jar. Every time he does something he knows he’s not supposed to do ( running around at dinner time, being demanding, rude) he gets a fuzzy taken away. When his jar is full he gets a treat of his choice (probably ice cream).

~ Laura

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Chocolate Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti! A repost from timespenthere.blogspot.com

Hello, I have my own personal blog called Times Spent Here where I mostly post recipes but sometimes things about my life at home too.  I am currently working on my photography skills and since it is one of my joys along with cooking I decided to blog about it.  Recently I acknowledged how much I know when it comes to cooking.  I surprised myself when I started a list of recipes I wanted to put on my blog Time Spent Here!  So, most of what I am actually cooking at home is what I *sort of* have time to blog about!  Since the work is already done I figure why not re-post! Enjoy!  Jessica xo

Yes, Another Biscotti Recipe.  This one is good too.  Maybe Baking Biscotti should be a featured series. 🙂

I’ve decided to send some out to my little brother.  He apparently has discovered my father’s hidden stash.  Recently I found out that whenever I send biscotti to my dad he hides it to drink with his tea.  My little brother found out and is now also a biscotti fan!

This recipe is pretty similar to my other biscotti recipe but has just a few changes.  When I first tried it out it tasted like a brownie!  It just wasn’t chewy but nice and crunchy instead.  It is also not as full of sugar and butter!

Chocolate Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup
unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

1 stick of butter softened (1/2 cup)

2 large eggs

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/3 cup dried cranberries

To Prepare:

Preheat the oven again to 350°F degrees.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a
large bowl.  Then cream butter, eggs and sugar in a separate bowl. Combine and fold together all ingredients adding in the mini chocolate chips and cranberries.  I use the paddle attachment in my kitchen aid mixer but a good spatula and some elbow grease will do the trick.

Form two logs on a cookie
sheet lined with parchment paper (you will be glad you used the
parchment paper).  Press the log down to make about 1/2 in high.  Now, it’s a loaf.  The loaf should be about 12-14 inches long and about 2
inches wide.

Place the loaf in the preheated oven.  Bake for about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the loaves to cool on a wire rack.

Use a long serrated knife (bread knife) to cut the loaf into slices along the width.

Lay the slices on their sides on the cookie sheet again lined with
parchment (I reuse the same paper).  Bake at 350°F for about 10-15

Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

They last for at least two weeks!  Bring them along to your hostess in a nice tin or
decorated box.  Just be sure to seal them in an airtight container so
they will retain their crispiness and their fresh baked flavor!

Enjoy this delicious treat!

P.S.  There will be more Biscotti.  I just can’t resist.

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Meeting Recap Plunge Into Romance Part 2

Our own Linda Olsen, who will gave a presentation on “The 5 Love Languages.”  Gary Chapman a marriage and family counselor for over 30 years wrote a book called “The 5 Love Languages.”  During our meeting Linda presented a DVD featuring Dr. Chapman.  We all gained a little insight about how we give and receive love and how our spouses might as well.  To help us along we took a quiz to reveal our Love Language- some of us were surprised at how we tested out!
Linda kindly gave us a second quiz to take home to our spouse.  Some of you were unsure if you could get your spouse to take the quiz.  Did you get your husband to take the quiz ladies?  I did!  I guessed right too!  Let the rest of us know how it went for you in the comments below.
Don’t forget our next meeting is the first Friday of March.   That’s next week on March 1.  See you there.