How in the world do I begin to share all the absolutely crazy events that have happened to the family this past week?! Needless to say, I have been craving chocolate like it’s going out of style. Maybe it’s my way of coping with all the stress or just my excuse for eating something I really enjoy. Haha!
Here’s just a quick list of all the crazy things we’ve been dealing with. I’ll just give you the most recent events because going back to even the beginning of last week would be too much to put into one blog post. Yes, it has been that much!!
Friday: Packed up the entire family since Tim needed to go into town to pick something up at the hardware store. It was my idea to pack a picnic and have lunch and play time at the park on our way home. Made it to the hardware store and asked Tim if he noticed the van shaking all the time. It had been doing it for the past week whenever I was driving and just seemed to be getting worse every day. Tim got out and looked at the tires and found that there was a hole in the middle of the back driver’s-side tire. Yes, a HOLE! I had been driving around like that on the interstate going 70-75 mph with all the kids in the van with me!!! SCARY!! Praise the Lord for His hand of protection. So we took the car to Wal-Mart for the tire to be changed and it ended up taking several hours. Tim ended up having to argue with the manager over being charged for the new tire when it was confirmed to be a manufacturing default. Thankfully, there was no charge but we still lost out on spending a relaxing afternoon at the park.
Saturday: Kept hearing a loud gushing noise every time I would empty the sink and discovered that the pipes had come unattached under the sink and water was flooding the cabinet and all my extra small appliances I had stored underneath the sink.
Sunday: Dropped Tim’s car off at Wal-Mart on our way to church so that he could get his tire fixed (was still driving around with the donut on). After church I dropped him off at the door to pick up the keys to the car and then follow him home since his dad was meeting us at the house that afternoon to help with mowing our huge lawn with his riding lawn mower. Tim ended up getting stuck at the Wal-Mart for several hours because first one of the auto repair employees quit. Then the woman who they had come back to work at the register had no idea what she was doing. She couldn’t find Tim’s keys and had to go ask the mechanic. Then as Tim was walking out to the car, he noticed that she had failed to put the Hazard Road Insurance on his ticket. You have to understand that this year alone we have had to replace 6 tires on the van and at least 3 tires on his car and 1 tire on his dad’s truck all because of glass or nails ruining the tires with driving on our property. The insurance has saved hundreds of dollars on replacement tires.
So Tim turned around to go back inside and noticed the line to the register was wrapping around the counter. He gets up to the front finally and the employee doesn’t know how to adjust his ticket to show that the tire is insured. Tim asked to speak with the manager and was told she was on her lunch break. So he waits another 20 minutes for the manager to return. At this point he had been waiting so long that they very generously gave him a $25 gift card for his trouble. Then the manager goes outside to look at the info on the tire sticker so she can add the insurance info to the computer. She comes back inside and whispers something into the employee at the register’s ear. The woman then looks up at Tim and says, “Oh no! You’re not going to like this.” Come to find out the wrong tire had been put on Tim’s car. He told them to change it meaning he had to wait even longer. The blessing is that the manager felt so bad about everything and kept thanking Tim for his good attitude that she gave him a complete refund for the tire.
While Tim was dealing with that, I was at home trying to handle all four hungry children. I had just unwrapped two frozen pizzas to throw into the oven and while it was preheating the electricity went out. With screaming children hanging on my legs and a baby crying to be changed and fed, I grabbed the first thing I could find (Pop Tarts) and got all the boys started on eating while I rushed upstairs to take care of baby girl. Never did get to cook the pizzas since the electricity still wasn’t on when we left for church that evening.
Monday: My blood sugars dropped drastically in the night due to H’s change in eating schedule, and I ended up having a bad hypoglycemic attach. Tim found me in bed convulsing a little after 5 a.m. and it took until almost 8 a.m. for me to snap back to consciousness. The really scary part of it to me was that I was holding H in bed with me when I passed out. God again showed great mercy and protection with waking Tim up so that he was able to take care of H and me before things got critical.
We thought that was going to be the worst of the day but then I got a phone call around 9:30 from Tim saying he had been in a car accident. A lady had run a red light at an intersection just a few blocks from his office. By this time, we both couldn’t help but laugh because it seemed like it just another episode that we have come to expect.
Tuesday: Tim can’t take his car to work because the accident has caused some engine problems although the body of the car doesn’t look to bad. Then E wakes up crying because his stomach hurts. I spent the rest of the day cleaning up throw up and diarrhea.
Now do you understand why a chocolate fix seems to be a much-needed stress reliever?!?!?! Hahaha! All that to say that God really has been showing us grace even in the midst of these unpleasant events. Things could be so much worse! I have found myself quoting my husband’s phrase he used on me when I was having an extremely emotional time over certain events, “You should read “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.'” His meaning was that no matter how bad I think my own circumstances are, when compared to the suffering of the saints, it is one small drop in an ocean of suffering.
I’ll give you the delightful recipe I stumbled across this morning that I added my own twist to thanks to Ree Drummond’s marshmallow inspiration over at The Pioneer Woman blog spot.
To get started you will need one box of chocolate cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, chocolate chips, graham crackers and marshmallow creme. That’s it! Takes just a few minutes to whip together and you are done. Forgive me for using a boxed cake mix, but the beauty to this little baking experiment came from the fact that I needed to use up the graham crackers and marshmallow creme which I had picked up on the Manager Markdown at Kroger a while back for $0.49 and the cake mix was on sale this week with a coupon for only $0.50. Made me feel better indulging in my chocolate fix knowing that I was also cleaning out the pantry at the same time. Haha!
Mix the oil, eggs and cake mix together just until combined.
Next stir in the chocolate chips and crumbled graham crackers. Must admit that it was a little tricky getting crumbled pieces without crushing all of them!
Drop by the teaspoon full onto greased baking sheets and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 11 minutes (or until done).
Remove from oven and gently press down on half the cookies to flatten the tops. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
Just LOVE the site of those graham cracker chunks!!!
Thanks to Ree Drummond for the idea of using simple marshmallow creme straight out of the jar for the filling instead of trying to make my own from scratch. Genius! Simply drop a teaspoonful of the creme onto the bottom part of half the cookies.
Place a rounded topped cookie on top of the creme-filled bottoms and ENJOY! It’s the goodness of a campfire s’more without the smoke inhalation, bugs, screaming children (Oh wait! That one still applies in my kitchen!), or gathering all the wood. 🙂 It’s happiness in a mouthful of this ooey-gooey piece of chocolatey heaven.
Cake Batter S’more Whoopie Pies
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 2 eggs
- ½ C. vegetable oil
- ½ C. crumbled graham crackers (not crushed
- ½ C. chocolate chips
- 1 jar marshmallow cream
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix eggs, oil and cake mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and graham crackers. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and gently press down on half the cookies with a spatula so the tops are flat. Let cool on wire rack. Drop teaspoonful of marshmallow cream onto the bottom part of the flattened cookies. Place a rounded top cookie on top. Yeild: 15 whoopie pies