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You Are NOT Going to Believe This About November

Dear Kid,

Happy November!

I hope you remembered to reset your clock—that is if you have to be somewhere. I prefer to save my hour until later in the day. I generally use my extra hour in the afternoon. I love having that surprise extra time to use exactly as I please. Perhaps a nap. Perhaps a trip to the gym. Perhaps a nap at the gym. Whatever; it’s my extra hour.

November is full of crazy holidays. I envy the person who got to invent these. It seems like a job almost as good as the job inventing colors of nail polish.

November holidays include National Model Railroad Month, National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and International Drum Month.

There are LOTS of ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Seriously, who thinks of these?

Tomorrow (November 2) is a perfect example of the craziness. It’s Deviled Egg Day, Look for Circles Day, and Plan Your Epitaph Day.

I don’t plan to celebrate any of them.

Well, maybe Look for Circles Day. I think that might be fun.

If nothing else, it might be a good excuse to wander outside for a few minutes.

On the other hand, I think National Peanut Butter Lovers Month seems like a worthwhile celebration. Although it might re-spark the Chunky versus Smooth Controversy.

Where do you stand on the Great Peanut Butter Debate?

Love, Mom


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Puppy Conversations | Going to School and Going Work

Dear Kid,

Puppy: Mommy?
Me: Yes, dear?
Puppy: I was thinking…
Me: You were?
Puppy: …that maybe…
Me: Yes?
Puppy: …If you felt like being the Best Mom in the World…
Me: Yes?
Puppy: …that maybe…
Me: Yes?
Puppy: I could have a treat.
Me: You need a treat?
Puppy: I think I do
Me: Come on baby, let’s get you a treat
Puppy: That is a GREAT idea! I wish I thought of that!!


Puppy: That’s the peanut butter jar!
Me: Yes, it is
Puppy: What are you doing with it?
Me: Making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Puppy: I like licking the jar
Me: You get to lick the jar when it’s empty
Puppy: Is it empty?
Me: Not yet
Puppy: I could help with that, you know


Puppy: Where is She going?
Me: Pi is going to school
Puppy: Do I go to school?
Me: You did when you were a puppy
Puppy: But not now?
Me: No, you went to school for 6 weeks
Puppy: But She goes more?
Me: Well, yes
Puppy: Guess she is a slow learner, huh?


Puppy: Tell me about going to school
Me: When you were a puppy, you went to school
Puppy: What did I do?
Me: Well, you practiced heeling, and sitting, and things like that
Puppy: That’s just a walk! I didn’t need school to learn to walk.


Me: Goodbye, Puppy. I’ll see you when I get home
Puppy: Where are you going?
Me: I’m going to work
Puppy: Do I work?
Me: You clean up your toys. And you nap. And you’re generally very helpful.
Puppy: Is that what you do at work?
Me: More or less…

Love, Mom

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (vegan) for Breakfast

Dear Kid,

I had fudge for breakfast. This may not seem very important, I know. And it really isn’t. But here’s what happened.

The other night after dinner, Pi said, “I think we should make something yummy.”

Me: Don’t you have homework?
Puppy: I like yummy things
Pi: Just a little
Puppy: I can help! I can help!
Me: You’d best do your homework
Pi: Then can we make something yummy?
Puppy: I really, really love yummy things!
Me: Why don’t you finish your homework and then see what you think you’d like to make and come show me.
Pi: OK
Puppy: Ok! I will think of lots of yummy things. They all sound delicious! I think my head will explode.

About half an hour later, I was presented with a multi-post-it-noted cookbook. Pi took me through the options, with the Puppy explaining why each one was the Best Possible One.

Finally, we decided to make her #1 pick: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (vegan variety).

Here is how you make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (vegan variety):

Puppy: I love peanut butter
Me: I know you do
Puppy: Can I have some?
Me: We’ll see
Pi: But no chocolate for you
Puppy: Of course not. Puppies can’t have chocolate. I’ll just have two peanut butters please
Me: We’ll see

First you read the ingredients. When you realize you don’t have all the ingredients you turn your puppy eyes (“My puppy eyes?” “No, Pi’s puppy eyes” “Oh. I thought I was in the story” “You are in the story. Just not this part of the story.” “But later?” “Absolutely.”) you turn your puppy eyes on your daddy and implore him to make a trip to the super market.

Once you have Ingredients, measure 1 ¾ Cups of dairy-free chocolate chips into a cup. You will only need 1 ½ cup, but this way there are plenty for snacking on until you get to that part. Note: You can find dairy-free chocolate chips. It’s just not easy.

Have the child measure 1 cup of vegan margarine and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter into a saucepan. (“And I watch.” “Yes, you watch very carefully.”) Whisk the margarine and the peanut butter over low heat until smooth. (“Still watching!!”)

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Delicious. Does not last long! DearKidLoveMom.comMeanwhile, line an 8” pan with foil. Amaze child with the trick of molding it over the bottom so it fits on the inside.

Meanwhile, have the child get out the mixer. In retrospect, I don’t think a mixer is necessary at all, but we were (more or less) following the recipe since it was the first time we’d made it.

Measure 3 Cups of powdered sugar into the mixer bowl.

When the peanut butter and margarine are smooth (it doesn’t take very long), whisk in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Make a note to add vanilla to the shopping list.

Pour the vanilla-peanut butter-margarine mixture over the powdered sugar. Hand mix until there is little risk of a powdered sugar cloud engulfing the entire kitchen. Then turn on the mixer to finish mixing. If you’re using the mixer. Otherwise, just stir. Press the yumminess into the pan.

Pi: This is really good
Puppy: Do I get to taste? Do I get to taste? What about me?
Me: Maybe later
Puppy: I like now better
Pi: Oops. Dropped a little piece
Puppy: I GOT IT! I GOT IT! YUM!!!

Melt 1 ½ Cups of dairy-free chocolate chips (see how nicely that worked out?) and ½ Cup of almond milk (or soy or rice) and whisk over low heat until it’s all melty and smooth. (“And I watch.”)

Remove from heat and mix into 1 ½ Cups of powdered sugar and 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. The original recipe says to use the mixer to do it. We decided a whisk would work just fine. (“And I watch.”) Decide the mixture needs to be whisked a bit more and hand the job over to the child. While she whisks, offer the measuring cup that had the peanut butter to the puppy. (“I knew it! I knew it! I love this!!!!! I am a good boy!!!”)

Pour the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut butter stuff. If you’re following the recipe, top with ½ Cup of chopped roasted peanuts. If you’re us, don’t.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Wonder how you ever lived without this fudge.

Then wonder why on earth you just ate fudge for breakfast.

Decide to ponder once the sugar shock wears off.

Love, Mom

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