Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Dance mom deets, new cookie bar recipe, midweek hum-drum stuff


When you are shopping with a 3-year-old who is pushing her own tiny cart, you buy a particular kind of impulse item.

Also we had to take a break on a bench after we checked out yesterday because she was REALLY HUNGRY FOR MY COOKIE. MY TUMMY IS SO HUNGRY.

She dressed herself, by the way, and I am loving her style POV. (I mean, she picked out her clothes— still needed help with the shirt and tights).

We mainly just go to the store for Valentine sugar cookies these days because Minnie is super into them, and then the other kids eat them, too, and then Minnie asks for one, and we start all over again.

I was really feeling my new $3 jeans— until Minnie asked if I had a baby in my tummy. Honestly,I should have bought a size down, but they are final sale, so **shrug**’

The waist is like under the boobs high, and they get SUPER STRETCHED OUT— I forgot how stretched out non-stretch jeans get by the end of the day. But. Guys. $3.

A fellow dance mom showed me how to use a topsy tail to wrap hair around a ponytail holder without using bobby pins or hairspray (Dorothy had 2 dances that call for high ponies with the hair tie covered by hair, and last year, I would make the ponytail and leave a piece of hair out to wrap around and be pinned in place, but this was always kind of fraught and would sometimes be loose by the end of a dance and then required so much hairspray that it would be hard to change her hair to a different style for a different dance. This year, she has 3 high pony numbers and 2 bubble braid low pigtail dances, plus one double Dutch braid routine— depending on scheduling at competitions, she could need a new ‘do for each dance, so a lower hairspray option is awesome).

(You just make a pony like normal and then choose a small section to wrap around the tie. When you are done wrapping, thread that section through the big loop of a topsy tail and use the device to pull the hair under the wrap and band, back into the pony.)

Now I just need to work on gettin the ponytail IN THE CNETER OF HER HEAD, which is hard when she is constantly moving. (Also the style sheet says it needs to be SLICKED BACK, which this one is obviously not).

Minnie is Very Into making Valentines now and has developed an interest in greeting cards more generally. She was OVER THE MOON to get a Valentine in the mail from her Florida grandparents and is so excited to send the one in return—- it’s pretty adorable.

I made the most awesome cookie bars the other day! I didn’t feel like making actual cookies, but I was dying for something ridiculously sweet, so I made up this little gem of a recipe:

1 stick butter, softened to room temp (I throw it in the microwave for 20 seconds on defrost)
1 cup peanut butter (I use a particular store brand that is super cheap for baking, and when I bought a jar of it years ago, Be asked WHY DID YOU BUY THE PORN PEANUT BUTTER, and I honestly have not looked at him the same way since)
1 1/4 c brown sugar 
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
(Mix these together)
 (In another bowl)
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
2 tsp corn starch 
2 1/2 c flour
(Whisk these together. Add to mixture and mix until combined)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup M&Ms
(Mix in gently)
(Bake in parchment-lined glass baking dish (mine was 9X11) at 350 for 15-17 mins)
So chewy! So perfect! Not super pretty, but SUPER DELISH



  1. I love a good lager! And I am familiar with that type of child-accompanied-shopping-trip impulse buy.

    The dance hair FASCINATES me. And terrifies me. HOW do they have so many hair styles? What is going on behind the scenes of these dance competitions? Do they just... expect every mom to know how to do a "double Dutch braid" (which... wth is that????)? I have never in my life executed a slicked back ponytail. Wow. You have a lot of skill sets, Sarah!

    Love Minnie's style and how well she is in tune with her tummy.

  2. I can't wait to get back into all your older posts because where did you score the 3$ jeans? I've been meaning to get back into jeans for a while myself after years of pull-on pants and tights.

    Also, you can't just say "porn PB" and not give us a picture or anything :D

  3. Ah, the many hairstyles that dance moms need to know! I had a girlfriend whose three daughters were into Irish dance and I asked how she always had their hair so curly. Turns out, the answer was wigs.
    Jeans that stretch out during the day are a bit annoying to me. I have been wearing the Mott and Bow jeans which are not $3, sadly, but wow, do they ever keep their shape AND THEY ARE STRETCHY AND COMFY. How this is the case I do not know.

  4. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is like the ultimate treasure hunt in life. Usually disappointing and unfruitful but, occasionally, one uncovers pure gold!

  5. I send mail to my nieces and nephews all the time and never get anything back. Maybe Minnie should be my pen pal.

    I don't know how you know how to do any of the hair things. I literally know two styles and if it's not one of those, I have to pay a professional.

  6. I'm still stuck on new 'do for each dance. Yikes. Your notes on doing dance hair is activating my PTSD from years of Irish dancing. I read Nicole's comment - wigs, yes. So stressful. Putting a wig on correctly without causing the dancer to be in constant pain is an art. I hated covering Curly's hair with a goofy wig.

    The bars sound amazing. You just made those up?

    Ah, the happiness brought by getting mail in the mailbox. So fun!

  7. Your dance mom notes are making me glad that is something I won't ever have to deal with. I mean I can't do anything cool with my own hair so doing a daughters hair was just never going to be my place to shine! But yikes, that is so many different hair styles and such specific instructions! Eeks!

    Mail is so very very fun. There is a little mailbox at Taco's daycare for parents to put Valentines for their kids in. I need to try to find a Mickey Valentines Day Card. For about 30 seconds I debated making something but then came to my senses and remembered I have no artistic skills whatsoever. So store-bought card w/ his fave character it is!

  8. Oh wow. I consider myself lucky that my daughter isn't into dance! I would never be able to manage those hairstyles! And her hair is curly- I wouldn't even know where to start.
    Those cookie bars sound insanely good. And you made up the recipe? Nice job!

  9. Oh my goodness, the dance hair! Thank god for YouTube, I guess, because I would be lost if I had to try to do that myself.