G.W. Exotic Animal Park

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During Spring Break we decided to take a quick trip to Oklahoma to go the G.W. Exotic Animal Park. Of all of the choices we gave the girls, Taylor said this was the only thing she HAD to do. Great choice! She is already asking when we can go again.

It only took us 2 hours from Frisco. The park is located in Wynnewood, Ok. The staff was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. They are currently working on a reality show. I was worried when we got there and saw the sign that said you could possibly be on tv. Megan was ecstatic, I was thinking why in the heck did I wear my yoga pants.

We chose to do one of the behind the scene tours. It was 2 hours long and gave you all day admission to the park as well.

First stop was the miniature donkey and ponies. We had our picture with the donkey.

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Next stop was Chester the kissing camel. I can scratch that off my bucket list now. :/ (if you are wondering they taste kind of salty) He was actually one of my favorites. He has a goat that lives with him. I couldn’t focus on the donkey and ponies because I was watching Chester play with the goat. They were so cute together! Turns out they raised them together and now if they separate them, Chester cries the whole time. :)

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We saw a leopard! :)

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A black leopard! :)

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Held a baby alligator. (Don’t ask me about Megan’s “glasses” because I have no idea)

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Played with a pack of hybrid wolves.

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Held a python. Taylor wasn’t thrilled with this one but I told her she couldn’t play with the tigers if she chickened out. She survived. (and even managed to smile!) – Speaking of chickens, there was a tiger that is terrified of chickens. That cracked me up.

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Played with Irwin the Kangaroo. He likes to watch Sponge Bob and he posts on Facebook in his spare time.

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We held an albino skunk. He likes to be held like a baby.

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A baby bear!!! He was precious.

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For $10 you got to take your pictures with the mascots. The $10 goes towards saving the rhinos.

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The white tiger cub.

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He was so cute.

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The other tiger. Look at that little tiger butt!! So cute!

The photographer followed us around the entire time and took all the pictures since you can’t take your camera. All of the pictures were on a cd for just $24.99. My only complaint is that the pictures weren’t the best. Bad lighting, bad angles, lots of shadows. But for $24.99 it was worth it. We will definitely be back many times I’m sure.

Today’s leopard print find: Yellow Box Women’s Leopard Parker Flip Flop

Help Needed in Dallas Murder

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I haven’t quite felt like blogging this last week because of a tragedy in our family. I know this isn’t the kind of stuff I normally blog about, but I’m hoping that one of you might possibly recognize one of these horrible people. And maybe this was the reason I was meant to start this blog in the first place.

My wonderful Aunt Ava was murdered in her Dallas home last week. The police have released these pictures of two people using her credit cards.

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One man (or woman as some have pointed out as a possibility because of the small hands, narrow feet and possible Keds), has been spotted wearing different clothes in two stores, stands 6-feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds. The second man is about 5-foot-8 and weighs around 160 pounds, (wearing a horrible shirt that should be easily recognized). Police say they were driving an older model silver four-door compact car with a back right hubcap missing.

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The video shows the first man, wearing a blue baseball cap and a tan hooded sweatshirt, walking through a Walmart. Police also released two photos of the second man wearing a black, yellow and red striped shirt.

Anyone with information on the persons-of-interest is asked to call the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at 214-671-3674. A $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Thank you,

Beth

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

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Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year…the Daddy Daughter Dance. This was their 7th one. They only have 2 more to go to.  I cried when they left. They look so grown up! I still picture them like this….

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So while they were at the dance, I had my own party and watched Magic Mike. I have a new appreciation for Channing Tatum, but wow was that a horrible movie! Such a waste of a Matthew McConaughey. I’m still not even sure if the movie had a plot or not.

I know we are kind of past the pumpkin time of year, but I still had so much left! This will make 12 smaller muffins or 9 regular size muffins.

1 cup Flour
1 cup Oats
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1-1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Canola Oil
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 cup Walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffins cups.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats in a large bowl.

In mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, oil, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined.

Fold in walnuts.

Pour batter evenly into muffin tins.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Servings: 12
Calories 132
Total Fat 4.2g
Total Carbohydrates 20.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Protein 3.5g
Nutrition Grade B+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Vintage Pin-Up Style Beaded Leopard and Solid Satin High-Low Formal Prom Dress Pageant Gown Junior and Junior Plus Size

Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake

Yesterday I got to go on my first trip as a field trip chaperone. They went to Safety Town at the local Fire Station. It’s a really cute tiny town with a miniature Babe’s Chicken, Walmart, City Hall, Hospital, Bank, etc… They also do a really cute Halloween and Christmas event. But mainly they do field trips.

The kids get to ride bikes and learn how to obey the traffic signals. Then they learn about tornado safety. The bike riding caused quite a stir in our house. The girls have no interest in riding bikes. They have only had scooters or bikes with training wheels. We all tried teaching them this weekend….me, the hubby, my sister, my nephew….no luck. They were both so afraid that the other kids would make fun of them. So when the Fireman asked them to raise their hands if they knew how to ride a bike, Megan raised hers higher than everyone there and then later told them that she decided to just be a pedestrian. It turned out okay. Two of her friends even decided to walk with her.

And once again on the pie front…here is Taylor’s turn….

1-1/2 cups Chocolate Animal Crackers, crushed
3/4 cup Sliced Almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla, divided
2 pkg (8 oz each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
13 oz Nutella
8 oz Whipping Cream, whipped

Mix animal cracker crumbs, almonds, butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla until blended. Press onto bottom and sides of 9″ pie plate. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large mixing bowl until combined. Add Nutella and remaining vanilla. Mix well. Stir in whipping cream. Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Servings: 10
Calories 465
Total Fat 32.3g
Carbohydrates 39.4g
Fiber 2.9g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Mud Pie Baby-Girls Newborn Leopard Faux Fur Booties

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Yesterday we went to the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm in Celina, TX.

This has been our Fall tradition every year since the girls were 1. It made me so sad to think back to when they were this little…

The girls love it. It has animals to feed, a hay maze, hay ride, really good hot dogs and lots of pumpkins to pick from.

Keeping with the pumpkin theme….pumpkin spice donut holes…

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Large Eggs
1-1/2 cups Sugar
15 oz Canned Pumpkin
1-1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp Salt
2 cups + 4 Tbs Cake Flour

Sugar topping:
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spice and salt together just until smooth.

Add flour, stirring just until smooth.

Spray cake ball pan with non-stick cooking spray and fill bottom side of pan to the rim. Place top pan in position. Bake for 13 minutes.

While the doughnuts are still warm, gently shake them in a bag with sugar mixture.

Servings: 36 donut holes
Calories 93
Fat 3.6g
Carbohydrates 14.0g
Fiber 0.6g
Nutrition Grade B-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Framed Rooster Print

Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie

Yesterday was one of the biggest games of the year for our house….the Red River Rivalry…TX/OU.

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It was a sad, sad day for us. But despite the humiliating loss, we still had fun.

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We had chicken tacos, homemade salsa, queso, taco salad, pumpkin rolls (coming soon) and this….Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up tightly and slice into 1/2-inch slices.

Press the cinnamon roll slices evenly onto the bottom and side of pie plate, making sure there are no spaces between the rolls. Mix the egg and water together and brush a little lightly over the cinnamon rolls. (You will only use a small portion of the egg mixture)

Place sliced apples on top of the crust.

In a large bowl, combine butter, flour and brown sugar to make crumbles. Sprinkle over apples. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

 

Topping:

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup Flour
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Sugar

Filling:

7 small Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced thin

Crust:

1 Refrigerated Pie Crust
1 Tbs Unsalted Butter, melted
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Egg
2 Tbs Water

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up tightly and slice into 1/2-inch slices.

Press the cinnamon roll slices evenly onto the bottom and side of pie plate, making sure there are no spaces between the rolls. Mix the egg and water together and brush a little lightly over the cinnamon rolls. (You will only use a small portion of the egg mixture)

Place sliced apples on top of the crust. In a large bowl, combine butter, flour and brown sugar to make crumbles. Sprinkle over apples. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar on top.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Adapted from Pillsbury

Servings: 8
Calories 330
Total Fat 14.3g
Carbohydrates 51.3g
Fiber 3.9g
Nutrition Grade C-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Polar Fleece Headband

Little Smokies

I’m pretty sure everyone in the world (+ any people they may happen to find on Mars this week) have this recipe, but just in case I thought I would share. This is what we quickly through together when we were afraid we weren’t going to have enough yummy pot roast this past weekend.

I’m constantly asking the girls what we can get rid of in their playroom and I’m usually thrilled with anything they offer up!!! Until this….somehow getting rid of their doll bed made me sad. Johnny hates keeping anything we don’t use, so I found a new use for it!

I covered it with some leopard and now Lily has another new bed and I don’t have to be sad.

Poor Randy Travis….it’s bad enough when you run into people you know at the grocery store when you aren’t fixed up, but to show up naked and have it make the news must really suck. TMZ said it best…If you’re only gonna wear one article of clothing during a naked arrest, might as well make it something that says “Longhorn.” Hook ‘em!

18 oz barbecue sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 (16 ounce) packages little smokies

Stir together barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and wieners in the pot of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 2 hours, or until ready to serve.

Servings: 12
Calories 359
Fat 22.7g
Carbohydrates 31.4g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Dog Bed …