The greatest cliché of motherhood: You blink, and another year has passed. Adie turns nine today and it's been a wonderful weekend. We've been so blessed to meet the greatest people here in Asheville and last night was a reminder about not only how happy we all are to have settled in this little patch of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but just how lucky we are too. Adie's friends - and thankfully their parents as well - are some of my favorite people on earth. We hosted a small sleepover for her closest girlfriends and it was our first such event. So can a group of girls really laugh non-stop for hours? Yes. Yes, they can.
We called the party "Camp DreamCatcher" - we grilled hamburgers, drank milkshakes from mason jars, hand-crafted dream catchers and friendship bracelets, slept under the twinkle lights of a make-shift tent - and laughed - a lot.
And a simple, but delicious dessert. I was inspired by the banana pudding served here in Asheville at Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack. They create theirs in - what else? A mason jar. I loved the idea of the layering here - I tried a quick chocolate peanut butter mousse that failed miserably and lucky had a back up plan - ice cream.
JARRED PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE LOVE
Bake these cookies (omit the oatmeal).
Set one cookie out overnight for each jar. When you are ready to assemble, crumble a cook in the bottom of each jar. Layer a thin topping of Nutella on top of the cookies; fill remaining space with vanilla ice cream (or chocolate!) and top with mini chocolate chips. Serve right away. You can freeze them to serve later, but the Nutella freezes into a hard coating.
This morning it was all about the homemade waffles with a plethora of sweet toppings - and more laughter. We are celebrating again this evening - quietly, just the family and Adie's favorites - more of that soon. Hope you had a lovely weekend.