Pyper Pea’s 10th Year Interview

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Pyper is 10!  


So it’s that time of year again, I can not believe my little pea is 10.  Time has seriously flown by.

 Py loves her interview and was 6 when we started, she read all of them today and just cracked up over herself.  In preparation she said! Gotta love her so here we go!!

Pyper What is your favorite song?  John Legend , All Of Me Why? I don’t really know (and the pre-teen years are starting with these kind of answers LOL)

Who is your best friend?  Everybody, Everybody? Yes, Why? Because I want to be everyone’s friend and I want everyone to be mine.  Not to be left out at all. (I love this kid) 

What is your favorite game at recess?  Swings, my friends and I have contest on how high we can go!

What is your favorite Breakfast food?  Sausage Gravy and Biscuits (now that’s a change)  Lunch? Pizza (Ha brought back from year 7!) How about dinner?? Spaghetti (another year 7 come back!)

OK how about your favorite movie? I want to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, but that wasn’t the question., Yeah I know (ok fine)  and Book?? How to Train Your Dragon, it’s a hard cover chapter book, Yes I know I bought it HAHAHAHAHA right…..(what a goofball)  and your favorite tv show? Psych (Thank you Netflix (-:)  OK how about ice cream ??? what’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Reeses Chocolate Peanut Butter, yeah finally a flavor we both like! 

Py what is your least favorite thing? Tomatos, Onions and Asparagus.….how about non food…Bugs. Fair enough

Favorite thing to learn?? Same answer and my same comment! Science  that’s my girl I would like to thank our mutual love of Dr Who (:

What would you do with a million dollars?? I would by everyone gifts, Oh how nice what would you buy Phoebe? A ticket to Michigan, Why Michigan?? To send her on a trip, away, WOW Py really??  

OK quick answers!

What is your favorite:

color – green   smell – roasted marshmallows   clothing – dresses, shape –a heart (finally a shape!! the last few years it’s been a symbol not a shape)

Who is your favorite boy?  Daddy…. why is he your favorite?  Because I love him so much (so sweet) and he is the only boy in the house (still sort of sweet) 

If you were a baby animal what would you be?  A cheetah (same as year 9!) why because its super cute and I love cheetah print (there it is)

OK my favorite question…what is your favorite thing about sissy??  I do love her very much, she can be nice and is super cuddly, would you like to not send her to Michigan then? no, she is still going (oh geez and why Michigan I have no idea)

What is your favorite type of music?  Pop and no not like Diet Coke (she got me)

What is your favorite flavor of gum?  Extra Strawberry Shortcake and the Apple Pie ones,  ME TOO!

I love doing these interviews with her and I know one day she will out grown them, but for now I enjoy the answers.  I see the way things change ( at least 100 more freckles !~ ) and the way the stay the same (that zany hair).  I just love everything about this girl.  Happy Birthday Py, my  first pea I love you so very much!


(you can look back at old post to see her previous interviews)

Using Resources Wisely (CDs)/End of the Cookie Season Party

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At the end of every cookie season it has been a tradition in out Troop to have an end of the cookie season party.  We go year round so we don’t have an end of the year party.  Because of this I try to make it extra special.  This year I made each girl a CD scrapbook.

Supplies are as follows:  

Paper Cutter

Exacto knife

Glue Dots and Strips

Glue Runner

Old CDs

Scrapbook Paper


Crop-o-dile Hole Punch


Book Rings (cheaper in the office section than the craft section)


And small wallet size pictures 




 I used my Creative Memories Circle cutters for the paper to cover the CDs, you can easily use your exacto knife too cut around the CD after you attached the scrap paper.







Once I get all the paper on I punch the hole.  making sure each one is the same measurement from the edge. If they aren’t it looks really weird when the CDs don’t line up.



I made three different versions Daisy, Brownie and Junior so as you can imagine it was a mess!



Once done with adding the pictures and bling attach together with the book ring and add ribbon.






 I also made small bags for each Scout used fabric markers to put their name on them and ironed on a wordle mix with all the girls names.  Since we had camp coming up as a reminder I made s’more baggies with the details of our trip and sealed with an owl that I found at Micheal’s.  Added their badges and more candy and was ready to give to the girls !



 We had pizza, chips, juice boxes and cookies of course (-:



We had the girls write on paper what they were happy for with all the intentions of making a “happy” video with them dancing around carrying their signs……that didn’t quite work out.  They were happy for so much you wouldn’t be able to see the writing on the paper!  (not to mention of couple of older wallflowers LOL)






 All my happy girls (-: 



PS….here are out TOP sellers Miss Alexis (Brownie) was #1 an Miss Phoebe (Daisy) was #2 by only 8 boxes (-: ~!  


Using Resources Wisely – Cookie Cases



Look at all those boxes!   Surely there is something clever we can do with those…..


WP_20140304_006This year as you know we added two Daisies to our troop, we started to work on Journey books at our meetings but after two meetings and two leaders trying to work with three groups…well, it just wasn’t working.   So I sat down and looked at all the other earned patches and petals that the girls could work on together.

So for our first unified meeting we worked on the Junior Drawing, Brownie Painting and Daisy Using Resources wisely patches.

What we did was use all but one end of the cookie boxes talk about using resources wisely!  I used a box cutter of course


I was careful but still ended up tossing a couple of the ends because I cut wrong, good thing I had a ton!

So basically you are are tossing out the two small side on one end and keeping all the rest…..for what you ask?

Sketch Books and Easels! 


I went ahead and pre-poked the holes in the books and paper for the sketch books and made kits for each girl with a sharpened pencil too.


 Pretty easy to assemble just make sure the writing is on the inside cover so the outside cover can be decorated.


Then for the easel …. I found that the tagalongs and dosidos were the best for this one. I used the bulk of the box for this again with the writing on the inside.  Simply attach the boxes on the top so that they stand up.  I used duck tape to keep it together and heavy plastic sheets recycled from reports I get everyday.  Normally tossed in the recycle bin I justs kept mine.  Here it is in stages…..First duck taped closed….second glued the plastic sheet on the box so the paint wouldn’t run through to the cardboard and third with the clip holding the watercolor paper on to the easel.


It took a few hours getting 12 together and of course making sure it worked LOL!  I got each girl her own water color paints (97 cents each at walmart), and brushes.  


All set to take to the meeting…..Our project was this taking the part of of the law that states “Be  a sister to every girl scout” sketch something that shows this action and then paint it.


I mixed the girls up too, split up the three groups to sit with each other and if they went to the same school, they didn’t sit together.  It’s a constant struggle with girls to make sure every one of them get along, I try not to stand in from of them lecturing instead trying to incorporate this principle in our meetings.


It was a great meeting, I took 5 pictures of the above and still couldn’t get them all to smile at once LOL! maybe next meeting will be photography???

Pie for Py on Pi Day!

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Not too long ago the oldest pea helped me pull off a surprise night for Phoebe who had been missing Pizza Planet at Disney World.  (See that here ).  So for Pyper who we call Py, Phoebe and I wanted to surprise her with a special dinner too and what a better chance for this house of self proclaimed nerds than Pi Day!

What is Pi?

Pi is a name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. That means, for any circle, you can divide the circumference (the distance around the circle) by the diameter and always get exactly the same number. It doesn’t matter how big or small the circle is, Pi remains the same. Pi is often written using the symbol  and is pronounced “pie”, just like the dessert.  ( )  Also known as 3.14  Therefore Pi Day is March 14th (-:

Knowing how picky the girls are we knew Py would love a broccoli, chicken and cheese pot pie.  I looked for recipes on line and Pinterest of course.   Like always nothing looked right so I looked at a few and just made my own and hoped it would work!

Starting off with chicken breast  ….


While the chicken cooked, I steamed the broccoli …..


Shredded Cheddar, two bags one mild one sharp, 2 cans of cream of broccoli, and two bags of frozen broccoli and a cup of milk.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl so easy Phoebe did all that by her self…


Cut the chicken in cubes or even shred it I sort of shred it LOL (this part I did obvi!)



 Once all of the ingredients were mixed together we put it in a already made pie crust…I didn’t have time to try and make homemade but I will try some day!   This was the part she was waiting for filling the pies.


She did this herself too! I did flatten the tops a bit to add the top of the crust.


Once we got the top crust on I cut the Pi sign on top .


Once Dad of Two Peas got home with our Py it was ready to pull out of the oven (-:


She was pretty excited and the whole family loved the pot pie!


So we had to top it off with more PIE!


This recipe will make two deep dish pies (-: and is very cheesy next time we will use only mild cheese too the girls loved it but thought it was rich.  We will just keep trying I can’t wait to cook with the peas again!


Two Peas and Pigeon Roost Farms



Every year we take the peas to pick their pumpkins at Circle S Farms and it was wonderful and fun! This year we chose to go out and see what other adventures we could get into.  We wanted something bigger for our growing peas and boy did we find our new spot!  Pigeon Roost Farms in Hebron Ohio, yes it was a bit of a drive but not too bad and after posting we went there on Facebook I saw a ton of friends follow and they had a blast too!


The day we planned to go was an awful rainy day but we figured it may stop by the time we got there so lets go!  The girls wore their costumes (something Circle S doesn’t allow for some reason) because it was kids day and they encouraged it the girls LOVED that and so did I finally getting to wear costumes more than once is great.

Once we got there I was in awe I love crafty things and they had several barns just packed with things to enjoy and buy if you wanted too.  But that had to wait….the peas and Dad of Two Peas were there for one thing….The Great Pumpkin Fun Center!


So big they had a map!  What to do first?? 


Well to get down to where we needed to be …


Py and Phoebe decided to go the fun route…


Did I mention it was rainy?


Once they slid on down they ran to see the farm animals goats, chickens and rabbits OH MY!


More chickens …Phoebe wanted to get IN the coop for a closer look when that didn’t happen she ran off to the enchanted  forest !


Now this was going to be interesting what enchantments did this forest hold??


Just all thing fun! With a little warning we are in the forest after all BIGFOOT !


Py spotted the first thing and took off running ….”NO RUNNING”!  But you can rope walk (-: Phoebe chickened out no farm pun intended  (:


Phoebe then took off….”NO RUNNING”!  But how could she not look at this thing!


The rain had pretty much just stayed an annoying mist and the trees kept up pretty dry in there not to mention they had so much to do.


We even had photo ops EVERYWHERE so this was one camera happy Mom


MORE for Mommy!


Look who we found ! 


After walking around and finding more and more we decided to leave the forest and see what else there was it was a fun center after all.  Spook Straw Tunnel anyone??


Just Pyper (-:


Phoebe found the corn pit


then Dad found something and it was all over from there!




These were so much fun I had to bribe them to let other kids play!


It took awhile …..


They had these…


Little pea would not give up until she got on one!


It didn’t last long LOL!


We decided to take our hayride next….BUT not before this!


Spin your partner round and round! Do Si Do !


HEHE  Not sure if I am prepared if this one is driving the hayride!


Hayride ready! So was the rain….


On the hayride we were able to see all the pumpkins, and the whole farm land and heard the history of the farm (they raise honey bees and make their own pumpkin honey!) it was wonderful even on a rainy day.  Hey Py let me get your picture…what is it Mom?   Oh you’ll see!IMAG0062

“MOMMY!”  We cried we laughed so hard I am very grateful to have kids with a sense of humor!


It was raining harder and I just wanted to get to the craft barns….but there was no stopping this Pea crew!


Could not walk past something without trying it!


At least they were dry in there!


We even learned some things too!  (not just on the hayride)


We had to skip the ginormous Corn Maze this year just too long and the rain was getting cold, but this year HECK YEAH we are doing it!  Who knows what it will look like in 2014, 2013 was the Aliens Among Us…SO COOL!


Now can we please get to the barns!


I love this stuff, they had barns filled all over the place!  


Phoebe was “caught” by one of the nicest employees for wearing her costume and got a ticket for a free pumpkin!


Of course sissy had to run over too (:


But not before we hit more barns!  We looked for bats but saw none….




AAAAAAAAAAAAA! Oh it’s just you Peas…shoooo!


We saw some of the honey bees pretty cool!


And the honey ***big cheesy grin***


We saw so much I couldn’t even begin to describe it all so off to pick our pumpkins…”Grab a wagon Daddy!”

IMAG0108Photo Op


there is always that one guy!




Coolest pumpkin tree ever!


We had such a great time we can not wait to go again when the weather is perfect! 


Until then we will flute our way home ! 


Thank you to Pigeon Roost for making fall so fun even on a rainy grey day! We recommend this place to everyone, not just for kids it has something for every body my pictures do them no justice imagine on a sunday fall day go visit their Facebook page and see!  I have tons more but the post would go on forever so be sure to check them out visit their website and check out a calendar of events.  Hope to see you there!   We will be the ones bribing our children to let someone else have a turn at the Gerbil Wheel (-:


Two Peas, Friends and Enchanted Apples

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I miss summer it has been one heck of a winter in Ohio….not that I am complaining but it made me want to blog about summer! So here it is (-:  

For the last two years my friend Jennifer has invited us to apple pick with her family at Fruit-Full Acres in Marysville, OH.  The girls and I love it here the owners Beckie and Thomas Congrove are always so helpful and so kid friendly.


Their trees are pruned as such that little hands can pick the apples easily, this is why Jen always goes here not to mention the apples are the best! 


They encourage you to try the apples just make sure you dispose of them properly  in buckets they have at the end of every row of trees to keep down the bees! 


These two may have filled a bucket themselves EEK 


While our littlest pickers enjoyed that part WAY too much our oldest girls were helping the Moms find just the right ones to make all things apple when we got home!


Pyper had plans BIG apple plans she loves to cook and bake so this was pretty cool for her to get her own ingredients.


What a lucky boy with all those girls around LOL!  SO off we went home first up would be apple pie filling YUM! 


We took buckets in the car and transferred our bushel bags into them so they wouldn’t bounce all over the car. Easier to clean too! 


We cut the apples, and filled the jars 


then started the process  I looked at over 30 recipes all different so I decided to take from each and do my own…..

I used approx 8-9 pounds of apples we mixed Jonathan and MacIntosh about 40 medium sized (some were eaten as they were cut gotta love those little peas) 
I did not boil them half the recipes showed to boil half didn’t I like simple so I DID NOT boil the apples.

I ended up with 7 Quart jars full 

For the syrup (or whatever they call it LOL) this is where I got creative…

 9½ cups water; 4½ cups sugar; 1 cup cornstarch (most call for Clear Jel I admit they were out at the store so I had to do the starch I hear Clear Jel is a lot better!);  1 teaspoon salt; 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon;  ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg;  3 tablespoons lemon juice and here is what NO one had and I understand its because we added most on the spices individually but I added MORE ….


I love it it’s right next to the pumpkin pie spice and I had to try it….later I looked on Pinterest and saw where you can make your own and I will this year!

Put all the filling ingredients together in a large pot and simmer until thick 


Once it has thickened you pour the mixture into the jars to the top if you have a funnel that will make it easier and less messy then place the lids on….make sure the sides are clear of any of the mixture or they may not seal correctly.


Once the jars are filled start the canning process (that guy in the back was looking up the apple butter recipe!) 


Since I do not have a canner, I simply get the largest pot I own and fill with water making sure at least two inches of the jars are immersed.  Bring to boil for at least 20-30 minutes you may or may not hear the tops pop.  Once the time is over wipe the jars clean they will be hot! place on a towel overnight you may hear the popping once they start to cool down.  Leave over night to cool down properly and if they “popped” you can store up to a year in a cool dry spot.

Next we made Apple Butter and Apple Sauce (more on that in the next post)  ….. this years apple recipes turned out amazing! I was so happy with the result we are currently down to 4 apple pie fillings from this first batch we ended up making about 14 jars, gave some away and ate some too! 

Troop 1391’s Investiture, Bridging and Re-Dedication Ceremony 2013


If you are a regular reader of my blog you know just how disappointed I was with the program part of our ceremony last year, therefore this year I was on a mission.  I searched Pinterest for ideas and saw the color scheme My Co-Leader and I love! Then the hard part LOL  I sat and thought about everything….Our Troop has three levels and we have new girls I saw nothing that appealed to us in a traditional ceremony.  Therefore, we had a Scout’s own or Leader’s own either way you look at it, it embodied everything our Troop is.


When I scripted the program I really wanted to showcase each of the levels and what they had accomplished so far. So for the Junior’s and their Road to the Bronze I had them read an excerpt from their Anti-Bullying Campaign speech. ( I will blog more about that soon!)  Our Brownie’s would showcase their  WOW Journey by telling their families how they have saved on water and showed pictures of how they would save water.  I would introduce the Juniors having worked with them on this journey and Ms. Erin would introduce the Brownies as she worked with them. Our new Daisies were super good waiting (-:


Next, I had Ms Erin call the girls to Re-Dedicate, I called the girls to Bridge (My 4th grade Pea included!) and as much as I wanted to call over the new Scouts I had Ms Erin do it, my youngest Pea was among the three and I would have lost it…that being said I will admit I read through a script a million times that I wrote for the whole program, and I still read it off the paper.   NERVES!


Once this was done, we called over the girls who where Re-Dedicating, gave them their patches and had them move over to the Friendship Circle, the same with the girls who Bridged and finally the girls who Invested.


Since I had a new Co-Leader this she Invested too, the Leaders then joined the circle and sang the whole Make New Friends song not the short one we do in the meetings!


Then we had the girls read out loud what they loved most about Girl Scouts I had them write this out along with a picture of themselves in uniform at one of the meetings.  I taped them together so they could show the picture while they read, after the were done they took the picture to their family, gave hugs and came back.


To finish up the program we had some announcements then we recited the law and the pledge all together instead of individually when we invested etc…. The Program went really well! We were so busy with planning for camp that we literally had one meeting to get the girls with the program, where to stand, when to speak etc, etc.  But the way I planned it if they listened to what we said they would be perfect, I literally put instruction to them into what I was saying to the families. ( I stuttered and almost cried but they all got it LOL)



I used a lot of the print outs from she was nice enough to create a pink and green Girl Scout theme that my co-leader and I fell in love with!

We used all green, pink and white table clothes to match then I used Bird’s creations to make photo blocks (from Oriental Trading Co) I used her print out for two sides, used the same pink, green and white card stock and printed out our girls names and the occasion for the other two sides, added ribbon and that is what was used as center pieces.  I had taken pictures when the weather was nice and we were meeting at the park, (our Daisies got their own since they were not in the troop yet) so we added those and that was the take home gift.


We put their patches that they had earned in little organza bags and used tags from Bird too!  We placed them in my girls Easter baskets that just happened to match!


Now the most time spent on the decorations….I made posters to showcase almost everything we had done in 2013 for all the families to see.  I will be honest I did not sleep at all the night the night before the ceremony,  I made a ton of  posters and it took forever so you may want to start more than a day ahead of time (-: ! Here is just a few we were so lucky that the place had so many windows we put one poster in each one!  We even had our posters from the Booth sales we had to showcase the one we did win the Bling Your Booth Contest after all!


We also made our own bridge I used the same flower pots from last years and put foam in them I spray painted dowell rods pink (in a snow storm yes that is dedication!) and I dyed rope with jello to make it pink, used card stock to make grass and constructed it at the party center.


I loved Bird’s Law and Promise print out as like others before I framed them for our table up front where us Leaders stood for the program.


Last but not least I made the programs Program you can open it here if you would like to change things around and make it your own (: Just copy them onto two sided paper, or print out as two sided and fold in half add a ribbon if you like make it fancy!


My Co-Leader loved the photo booth I did last year and wanted to do it again. So she got the cutest polka dot material and we used the removable hooks and put it on the closet door.  I brought last years props, and she made brand new ones for the girls.  It’s always fun! (our bat is an homage to our camp out)!



We had asked that our parents bring two dozen cookies, we had a sign up sheet to ensure we didn’t get nothing but chocolate chip LOL !  We made sure the ceremony was not at lunch time we made it at 2:30 so that the girls would have already eaten. 


I even tried to make one of those big cookies! (this was taken before the parents got there we had plenty (:


Here is just a few more pictures of where we had it, The Eagle Pavilion at Rotary Lake it was snowy and beautiful!


2013/2014 TROOP 1391


Thank you Bird’s Party for your printables they were gorgeous!

Now to start thinking about 2014!