February 11, 2017

Yummiest Chocolate Cookies Ever

If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe-look no further.
If you are looking for quick, easy, AND THE BEST CHOCOLATE cookie recipe EVER-here ya go!

My friend always treated us with these fantastic chocolate cookies when she would come over.  They were literally the best cookies I've ever tasted! 
I finally decided to try my hand at making them and now we are addicted. lol
It only takes 3 ingredients!  THREE!!!!!

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
Bake 325 for 8-10 minutes

That's it!

Mix the three ingredients to get sort of like a thick brownie consistency.
Put small spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Because of the vegetable oil, the cookies sort of form perfectly into these little dollops.
Bake for about 8 minutes to ensure they are super soft all over...10 minutes for them to still be soft in the middle, but have a little harder perimeter.
I like them all being chocolate, but my kids and hubby love adding peanut butter.  So, I make half the batch with peanut butter chips.
Bake them the exact same way...325 for 8-10 minutes...8 minutes for more of an overall soft cookie.

Told ya it would be the easiest recipe ever!

February 04, 2017

Trier Roman Amphitheater

Trier is known as the oldest city in German and dates back to the Roman Empire.
What I didn't find out, until my 3rd year living here, is that there is actually an amphitheater and underground Roman baths that you can tour.  After I found these 2 places, I asked around and a lot of people didn't even know that they were here. 
So, the following is a must see when you visit this city!
I'll be writing about the amphitheater in this post.  But, stay tuned for my post on the Roman baths.
Here is the amphitheater's official website (there is an English option).
There is so much space for kids to run around and explore. 
You can see to the right of the picture, there are small doorways. 
Inside are rooms set up with displays, such as gladiator armor.

There are multiple levels to run around and explore different views of the amphitheater. 
(note:  the upper and lower levels are not stroller friendly.)
 Underneath the amphitheater you can explore and see where the gladiators waited to battle.

On a beautiful day, you can spend a couple of hours enjoying walking around the grounds.

Things to know:
Bergstra├če 45
54295 Trier
There are free bathrooms at the entrance of the amphitheater
Parking:  FREE parking directly in front of the amphitheater
Opening hours:
April - September: daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
October and March: daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November - February: daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Single admission to Amphitheater (price per person):
Adults: € 4.00    
Adults in groups (10 or more persons): € 3.50    
Children and adolescents through age 17: € 2.50    
Children and adolescents through age 17 in groups: € 2.00

January 29, 2017

DIY Lego Play Tray

A few Easters ago, instead of giving the kids lots of candy, I decided I wanted to  make something for their Legos.
I started by looking on Pinterest to find fun ways to display and/or store Legos.
I found things like:

These were great, but not quite what I was looking for or wouldn’t work for our needs.
So, I went to the craft store for inspiration and found wooden trays-the kind that look pretty on a cart or counter displaying wine glasses and such.  So, I thought-why not make them each their own Lego play tray!
The got the last 2 trays on the shelf.  They were natural wood, so I painted them when I got home.  Blue for my son and white for my daughter.  I chose these colors because of the vinyl colors I had available to make their names on my cricut, which was my second step after painting them.

After the trays were painted and the vinyl letters applied, it was time to make the trays officially for Legos.  I had ordered 10X10 Lego pieces from amazon.com.  I measured and laid out the 10X10 Lego squares- to see how they would fit, and how I would need to cut and piece the Lego platform inside of the tray.  This worked out easier than I thought due to the dimensions of the tray itself-WIN!
One LEGO 10X10 fit perfectly!  I just needed to cut a second 10X10 to fit in the remainder of the space.
The Lego squares are thin enough that all I needed to do is cut them with my kitchen butcher scissors and super glue them to the bottom of the tray.

After that, it was done!  This had to be one of the easiest and well received DIY gifts for the kids I’ve done yet.  It’s been 2 years and the kids STILL use them.
It’s great because they can pick up the entire tray, without disrupting what they’ve built, and move it from place to place.

What are your Lego creations?
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