Dessert Pizza (And V's 2nd birthday!)

This weekend we celebrated my son's 2nd Birthday by having a few friends over for a DIY pizza party - dessert pizza included!

To say the cake was a hit would be an understatement. It was super easy for the kids (ranging from 14 months to 2 years) to eat, the adults loved it too and it was full of delicious fruit. While not totally healthy, I would like to think it's slightly healthier than a baked cake with icing.

Dessert Pizza

For the "crust":
Rice crispies
1 bag of marshmallows
vanilla extract
Note: I only added in 5 cups of rice cereal, instead of the recommended 6. I find this makes them extra soft. 

For the "Sauce":
1 jar marshmallow fluff
1 container cream cheese

Assorted cut up fruit - whatever is in season
I chose mostly berries, as that is my sons favourite!

Make rice crispies the same way you would make squares (recipe is on the box)
Pour onto a cake stand or plate...I found the cake stand easiest so I could cut them into slices later. 
Once it cools a bit, use your fingers or a buttered spoon and press the rice crispies down flat, while pressing the edges into a "crust". This will also help hold the filling. 

Whip cream cheese and marshmallow fluff together, and pour onto rice crispies. 

Assemble fruit toppings

It's that easy!!
(Paw patrol toppers options ;)

Here are a few photos from the party. Happy birthday, little man!


Christmas memories

Merry (belated) Christmas, my friends! Hopefully everyone is enjoying some relaxing time off. I certainly was feeling ready for a break!

We kicked off our holidays with a fun day of making french toast, lounging in our PJ's and watching christmas movies (Home Alone was a huge hit with Vince. Die Hard was a huge hit with Dad).

Vince and I baked cookies for Santa, while Daddy wrote a sweet note for Vince to colour.

Everyone was spoiled by Santa, but even more so by the " Bad Grandma's" - Bad for spoling Vince so much!

Kids are too funny. The first gift to be opened was Marty's, and in it Vince found a ball. He then proceeded to play with Marty forever and ignore all his own gifts!

 Vince carrying a gift to Dad in the kitchen..."Daddddddyyyyy"

 Spoiled with Love

 Christmas dinner at Grandma's

Nothing beats a happy toddler :D
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Cheers to the New Year!

Mini home reno

A couple months ago we started looking into renovating our basement. After alot of back and forth with a local company, we decided it just wasn't quite the time to undertake such a large change. SO...instead we took the plunge and replaced all our main floor hardwood to laminate.

Our enigneered hardwood was starting to show alot of wear and tear from our toddler and 70lb dog. Not a huge deal (life is life) but my husband and I love our home and are very proud of it, and at the end of the day it just looked...unkempt and rough. 

We've had a while to live with it and adjust, and I can honestly regrets!

It wears so well, looks just as "real" as our hardwood and is so easy to clean. We have tested the durability with Vince's massive push car, and Marty's race to the doorbell. No scratches!

We had narrowed it down from our top three, to this 'Walnut' colour. I originally had wanted to go with something a little more rustic and gray toned, but our warm toned brown furniture made the floor show more green than a true gray.

I absolutely love this colour! It is slightly lighter than our engineered hardwood that came out, is still wide plank and slightly rustic.

We hired a local small business to rip out the floors, replace with new and also paint and install all new (taller) baseboards. They were amazing to work with and very accomodating to this detailed orientated client!

For reference, here are the floors before. So still very similar, just fresher and lighter :)