Chocolate makes me happy. So do these cake mix double chocolate zucchini muffins. Very little prep time and you've got healthy and chocolate together.
This weekend was a fun one. It's also a crazy busy one so I'm sitting here on the couch this morning enjoying eating some pancakes alone while watching Sweet Home Alabama. I love these quiet moments of the mornings.
Today two of the kids are talking in our local congregation and so enjoying a few moments of quiet prior to having to write two talks while watching Sweet Home Alabama is not only for relaxation but an absolute necessity.
And what made this weekend so busy?
Well, thanks for asking.
Except you didn't, but I'm pretending that you did. I'm practicing because for Friendship Group this week we are talking about one sided and two sided conversations and I'm definetely going to bring this up. Because seriously, having a blog is like having a one sided conversation with yourself a lot of days and you just hope people actually care about what you are talking about. It's like being blindfolded throwing a dart at a dart board. You hope what you have to say resonates but you're sometimes taking a shot in the dark.
I need to focus.
So this weekend brought one trip to a high school production of "A Night in Sherwood Forest" which my oldest said I "absolutely positively needed to buy tickets for the whole family to." I think the favorite part for me was the food. I'm usually not a mashed potato fan but these were delicious! The half eaten meal photo is courtesy of my youngest who is aspiring to take my place once she learns to read and write. So for now, she's been hired as my photographer.
Then it was on to incredibly long lines at the Halloween store while the two oldest figured out what they wanted to be for Halloween. I'm so glad they chose costumes that involve me applying intricate makeup for them. Fingers crossed they choose less complicated costumes next year. I miss the days they just threw a costume on and left for the school parade. Now they want fun, gory cosmetic effect costumes.
And after that it was time to get ready for a scary movie night for my daughter. I love when she says "11 people are showing up" so you plan enough food to feed an army of hungry teenagers and then 6 show up and they've all eaten and barely touch anything. I told her she absolutely needs to warn them to come hungry next time, especially the boys. While she was at her Dad's driving him nuts with all the noise and singing that drama and choir geared high school students will, my youngest got to go with her friend on a Halloween cruise while I took my son to hit the go kart track. And now I want to build my own go Kart track.
I made this mix for them. My son who took it to his party the night before said the best part was picking out all the candy. So next time I'm just dumping bags of unhealthy crappy candy in a bowl, calling it Halloween Trail Mix and letting them go crazy. And I'll side step all the cooking and prep work. Or I'll just send them with skewers and candy and food and they can make their own Halloween food.
So last night after a night of watching scary movies for her party my daughter came home and said to sleep on the couch because she was afraid of the TV after watching The Ring. So I got to wake up early with a back ache to watch Sweet Home Alabama and eat pancakes and then have her grump at me all afternoon because she was tired because she didn't sleep much last night because she kept having nightmares but was too afraid to go out to the living room because of the TV.
So now, I'm really, REALLY glad that as I pop some ibuprofen that I had my quiet moment to enjoy my pancakes and movie before writing talks and enduring cranky children.
Oh, and for dessert I'm definetely going to enjoy these cake mix double chocolate zucchini muffins. Chocolate just helps make me happy. If you can't get enough of how easy this is to make and eat, then you should try these cake mix pumpkin chocolate chip muffins too. They freeze well, so I say go ahead and make them both so you can alternate.
Have some double chocolate zucchini muffins today!