Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Addition to the Family!

On our weekend to Wichita last weekend, we also brought home a surprise new addition to the family!  That's right, a puppy!  We weren't expecting this to happen right now, but the opportunity arose and we took it.  

Here's the story as I understand it: Nick's Aunt Sherri used to breed dachshunds and knows someone who knows someone who breeds labs (which is what our current dog, Maggie Pearl, is).  Apparently, this man found out he had to move to Alaska and had about 2 weeks to get ready.  Out of a litter of 11 pups, he was able to sell some and had 6 left.  Then he started giving them away.  Now, these are registered labs that normally sell for around $350, so it was a great deal.  Aunt Sherri called Todd (Nick's Dad) to see if he wanted one.  He did, and we did too.  Nick's brother, Jake, happened to be in a nearby town in Missouri and was coming back to Wichita on Sunday and was able to bring the puppies with them.  Since we already have a female yellow lab, we opted for the last male lab left in the litter so we can possibly breed them someday.  

Let me introduce you to the newest addition to the Braschler house, Boone. 

Caleb's seems to like him.  He'll crawl over to wherever Boone is, but when we let Caleb pet Boone, he gets a little unsure but kind of excited and pretty clingy to me, or whoever is holding him.  

side note: Look at my little boy standing up!!!

Isn't he cute?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

It was our co-worker's birthday this week, so my boss and I each made this ice cream dessert.  It was super easy and oh so delicious!  You can find the recipe here.  Here's my version with pictures:

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

1 16 oz. can/bottle chocolate syrup
3/4 cup peanut butter
19 ice cream sandwiches (I used vanilla and my boss used PB ice cream sandwiches, and they were both delicious! Also, I bought two boxes of twelve sandwiches each and ended up using all but one, so I guess the number is flexible and probably depends on the size of the bar and how you arrange them.)
1 12 oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup salted peanuts 

Pour the chocolate syrup into a medium microwave safe bowl and microwave 2 minutes on high.  Do not allow to boil.  Stir peanut butter into hot chocolate until smooth.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  I went ahead and did this first step early and then did some laundry and other things while it cooled.  


Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch dish with a layer of ice cream sandwiches.

As you can see, I cut mine to fit into the small sections.  The recipe did not come with picture directions, so I'm sure you could just as well line the sandwiches in the opposite direction.  It will taste exactly the same.  And there is chocolate and ice cream and peanut butter involved, so I know without a doubt that it will be delicious (plus I've already tasted this sweet, chocolate-y, cool, mmm-mmm goodness, so I know it's true).

Spread half the whipped topping over the sandwiches. 

Spoon half the chocolate mixture over that.

Top with peanuts.

Repeat layers.  Warning: Maybe I made too much or packed it all in too tightly or something, but mine ended up overflowing (and so did my boss's I found out later), so keep that in mind as you go about your work.  

So, when that happens to you, you must scrap it off the side with your finger and give it a little taste.

You might have to do a lot of scraping and tasting.

I'm a little afraid of what damage that chocolate-y drip did in between the stove and the counter.  You that had-to-reach place?  Who ever really knows what ends up between those two things anyway?  

Then freeze until firm, 1 hour.  I put a pan underneath because it just kept overflowing.  And I froze it overnight uncovered and it did just fine.

Then cut into squares to serve.  And enjoy!!

This really is a great recipe for this extra hot season.  No need to use the oven and heat up the whole house!  Now go make one for yourself!  

Why are you still sitting there?  You won't want to keep yourself from this indulgent dessert for another minute.  It's a good thing I took this to work because it would have been a bad thing to have that chocolate mess staring at me and calling my name from the freezer.  :)  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pretty Prairie Rodeo

Be prepared...this post has a TON of pictures...

This past weekend, we headed back to Wichita to go to the Pretty Prairie Rodeo in Pretty Prairie, KS.  This is where Nick and I shared our first dance 6 years ago and that is the day we refer to as to when we started dating.  We stayed for the post-rodeo dance on July 22, 2005 and danced together to "Keeper of the Stars" by Tracy Byrd while the "Crawdaddies" played (name of the band...).  Here are some other pictures of us at the PP through the years. 

We'd like to make it a tradition to go to the PP Rodeo every year.  So far we've been to 4 out of the last 6 years. 

Here we are at my parents' house.  

Caleb's grammy has a special treasure box that he gets a prize out of every time he comes over. 

He was so excited about his little froggy toy!  (This happened to be a toy he already had, but we forgot it last time we were in town.) 

Caleb's new thing is knocking over stacks of blocks or cups or whatever you might find that is stackable.  He loves it! 

You can see in the pictures how many toys Caleb has over at his grandparents' house.  Can you say spoiled rotten?  :)  

We went to the shopping area New Market Square in Wichita because they have some little water fountains. We thought we'd let Caleb "play" around in the water since it was so stinkin' hot outside.

He wasn't the biggest fan of these fountains.

You can see the unhappiness in this picture.  

Nappin' with Nana.

At the rodeo with my two cowboys!

Caleb with his Great Grandma Goetz

Caleb with his Aunt Hollie.

The cutest cowboy around!!  We got those adorable little boots at our baby shower and they worked perfect!

With Nana and Grandpa Braschler

with Great Grandpa Willis

He loved watching the animals and cowboys (and cowgirls too!)!

With Grandpa Goetz

with Grammy Goetz

after church hanging out with Aunt Julie

The whole crew!  (minus Todd, who's taking the picture).