I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that my precious little boys turned two years old yesterday.
Two years ago we were truly blessed with these little miracles.
I mean truly blessed. God has spoiled us rotten. We had no idea how much our lives would change or how much joy and love these little guys would bring. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
Yesterday, my handsome boys turned two. They’re officially toddlers (and as a side note, they’re definitely entering the terrible two phase).
Yes, I’m talking about you two. Hey, they look a little surprised at how fast the time has gone too.
On second thought, maybe they were just excited about this birthday song.
(Um, yeah, I used to work at Red Robin and although I always hid in the back when I heard the someone say that they needed birthday singers, I sing the song now on a regular basis.)
If it wasn’t the song that excited them, it must have been the anticipation of helping me make breakfast.
Not just plain though, we doctored them up for the occasion.
(We also ruined those nice shirts in approximately 3 minutes.)
The rest of the day consisted of a trip to Target, the realization that the T-discs I need for my new fancy coffee maker are pretty pricey, a mediocre nap for the boys (while I ran on the treadmill), at least two altercations over a plastic screwdriver, and a special birthday dinner at BJ’s.
Some dinner highlights:
The restaurant being too dark to take any pictures (that was a highlight for everyone else, not for me).
Joaquin eating more than his fair share of calamari (“chicken”). (Can two year olds eat fish?)
The amazing BBQ chicken salad and vegetarian pizza (and the jalapeños they brought me on the side).
The mini pazookie that each of the boys got (and of course another opportunity to sing).
The fact that they boys were wound up for a good thirty minutes past their bedtime after we got home was not a highlight (and partly the reason I was in bed by 10 pm and didn’t write a post)
but, the leftovers we ate today for lunch were.
Since the adults decided against ordering any pazookies for dessert last night, I figured tonight I would recreate my own version at home. The recipe still might need some tweaking, but since I pretty much just licked my plate clean I thought I’d share. I also foresee a few lot more of these in the future (with different versions, etc.). I got the original idea from Chocolate Covered Katie’s “boatmeal”.
Here is a debut of my first Pazoatie. (I know, that’s a cool name, huh? I have to admit I’m pretty proud of that. He he!)
Banana Chocolate Chip Pazoatie
1/2 cup regular oats (40 grams)
1/2 ripe banana
1/4 cup nondairy milk or low fat milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze)
1 packet no calorie sweetener (I used Splenda)
cinnamon to taste (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I actually used vanilla butter and nut)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
small handful of chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Pour into a small baking dish or cup sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
Optional- Broil for 2 minutes after it’s done cooking to make the top and edges a little crispy.
I topped it with a little PB2 (mixed with unsweetened applesauce instead of water) and some fat free whipped cream.
Um, yeah, I’ll definitely be doing this again.
Have you ever had a real Pazookie? Oh man, it’s been years…..
Who needs one of those though when you can have this right?
See you tomorrow. Darn that Flat Kitty. I wonder what he’s been up to.