I've never shied away from sharing a recipe that flopped or went wrong. And while this one wasn't an actual flop per se, it just didn't live up to the expectations I had for it.

Have you ever had the Snicker caramel apple salad? I don't make it often but I love it so when I saw this recipe for it basically in pie form I got pretty excited. (Plus her pictures are lovely and I'm a sucker for good food photography.) But I found mine to be underwhelming, and it didn't really set and sloppy pies just aren't my thing. I'm totally copping to user error and personal preference though since I heard no complaints and my pie plate came home empty. But I think my Snicker salad is going to stay in a bowl from now on.

What you'll need:
1 graham cracker pie crust
3 granny smith apples, chopped
15- 20 mini Snicker candy bars, chopped
1/4 caramel ice cream topping
2 1/2 cups Cool Whip
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
4 oz cream cheese, softened


What you'll do:
Place chopped apples into pie crust and top with Snicker pieces.
Drizzle the caramel topping on top.
In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Gently fold in  cool whip and sweetened condensed milk, stirring just until combined. *
Spread over the apple and Snicker mixture in pie plate.
Sprinkle a few more Snickers pieces on top and drizzle with caramel sauce.
Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.


*It's been a few weeks since I made this so my memory is unclear, but I am wondering if I used the mixer the whole time and that is why my pie never set? Maybe I caused it to be too thin. Like I said, I can't recall exactly but that would make sense.

So, you know, don't do that and yours will probably turn out fine :-)

Some interesting things come across the Internet and here are a few that caught my attention. Enjoy!

I'm really surprised this story didn't get more attention since it solves decades and decades of debate. Pictures from the first patent for perforated toilet paper from 1891 clearly settle the over or under argument for good. Over is the only way to go.


This Kelly Clarkson cover of Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason". The girl can sing! But what in the world is going on with her hair?


And lastly, just how cute is this necklace? Penelope's Porch is the etsy shop where this whimsical goodness is found. Lots of other pretties there too.

So what interesting things have you seen around the www?

One of the things I love about photography is how easily I can change the story I want to tell just by shifting where I am standing and what direction I am shooting. Last week I shared some images of Abby that were full of golden sunlight and sun flare, two things my soul doth love.

But then we moved over a little and turned just slightly in another direction and the pictures we captured are some of the loveliest I have ever taken of this sweet child who is usually so uncomfortable in front of the camera.

It helps too that we live in a rather diverse place of beauty. Most people would be surprised that these were taken at Fort Pickens but they were. It just goes to show you that we can overlook the natural beauty that surrounds us because we get to used to it and stop looking for it.






Looking at these makes me want to do some more sessions like this! They also make me wish I had a huge wall space to print all of these some of them  one or two of them nice and large.

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You might remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that Claire woke up with a fever and she missed out on a special day at school. Second grade studies ancient Egypt and the study culminates in a huge feast where the kids dress in costume and do some crafts and enjoy Egyptian food. Needless to say Claire was devastated to miss it.

This is where 3rd grade teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Phillips, saved the day. She offered to come to our house and celebrate Egyptian Day with Claire. It was so much fun! Mrs. Phillips even came in costume! It is not a day Claire is likely to forget.

She loaned me the stuff the school has on hand so I could set our feast table.


There were books to look at and discuss as well as games to be played.

Mrs. Phillips helped Claire make a cartouche by carving her name into clay using hieroglyphics.

Claire's favorite was making her face mask. She'll join the other kids in painting and decorating it at school.

They also did basket weaving. Long thin reeds are soaked in water and woven together.

Back at our feast table we enjoyed Egyptian stew, cucumbers and yogurt, raisin, grapes with honey, honey carrots, and pita bread with humus.

All in all it was a wonderful morning and we couldn't be more thankful for someone like Mrs. Phillips! She went above and beyond and helped give Claire an Egyptian Day like no other!
Thank you, Mrs. Phillips! We love you and can't wait for Claire to be in your class next year learning all about the Greeks!

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