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  1. Museum of Flight

    January 24, 2015 by Victoria

    One of the nice perks about Brent’s job is that it comes with a Prime Card, which is basically a discount card good at tons of local restaurants and attractions. We don’t use it for restaurants, but it is fantastic for activities to do with a toddler. We used it to check out the Museum of Flight this morning. While I’d probably be hesitant to pay the $20 each adult admission fee, for $4 each, it was a lot of fun.


    I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was huge and Cormac loved it. Seeing his face as he immediately ran around pointing at all the planes, “big red airplane!” “little yellow airplane!” “big green airplane!” “spaceship!” was absolutely hilarious. The Great Gallery was our favorite part. It was a huge open area with basically a history of airplanes, from a replica of the Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine, to a passenger plane, to one of the retired Blue Angel jets.


    Cormac wanted to point them all out to us.


    And he even got to test out a few cockpits.



    The Flight Zone was the toddler/kids area and had mini planes the kids could climb in, as well as elementary school kid explanations about flight.


    Cormac was all about pushing as any buttons as he could find.




    I thought the Space exhibit was really cool, which has the replica of the International Space Station’s Research Lab, but Cormac wasn’t as into that section, probably because of the darkness and the loud sound of all the rocket launches.


    We also checked out the air traffic controller tower, which Cormac manned for a bit.


    I was surprised how cool the museum was. I was mostly just trying to entertain Cormac, but Brent and I both agreed it was actually really interesting. We’ll definitely be back sometime.

  2. Marshmallow Peppermint Pretzel Bark

    December 10, 2014 by Victoria

    Cormac and I made a super easy edible gift for some of our playgroup friends on Monday. It took all of 5 minutes, and when I say Cormac helped, I mean that to mean that he stood on a chair next to me eating pretzels and occasionally throwing one onto the bark. The bark is made up of 16oz of bittersweet chocolate and 16oz of semisweet chocolate melted together over a double boiler.

    IMG_0219I’m going to hope for your sake that your stove is cleaner than mine. I’m not a neat cook by any stretch of the imagination, which Brent likes to frequently mention. While the chocolate melts, (stir it occasionally), line a 12×15″ jelly roll pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.

    Once all is melted, just dump the chocolate out and slightly spread with a spatula (and try to keep your toddler’s fingers out of it!). Toppings can be whatever you want, but I really like the combination of pretzels, marshmallows, and crushed candy canes. We used 8oz of chopped marshmallows (I recommend mini ones to avoid chopping but I needed them to be vegan and I only found big vegan ones at Whole Foods), 8oz of mini pretzels, and 8 candy canes, crushed.

    IMG_0221Then just sprinkle everything onto the chocolate. I also added a sprinkle of 1/4-1/2tsp of sea salt flakes just because I love salt and chocolate. I just let everything set for a couple hours on the counter until it was hardened, and then it was time to dig in.

    IMG_0225I roughly chopped the bark into large chunks. No need to be neat about it. And then stick it in some cute little treat bags and make everyone’s day.

    IMG_0228Perfect. Easy. Delicious. I’m glad I gave most of it away. This is even easier than making Christmas cookies, but it looks nice and it takes only 5 minutes to make a huge batch of it. I kind of want to make another batch and go even crazier with the toppings, like maybe with some kettle cooked potato chips. That would be amazing, right?