Fun Times With The Beckers

All the fun, even if it's not always blogged…

Things my kids say — April 25, 2017
Things my kids say — April 6, 2017
Ponderment — March 3, 2017
Scary Show — February 4, 2017

Scary Show

Three things that let me know that AJ and I would be a good match:

  1. He doesn’t like Mushrooms
  2. He doesn’t like to Ski
  3. He doesn’t like Scary Movies

Thus and therefore:

  1. I will never have to purchase, nor cook, anything with fungus in it
  2. I will never have to suffer through a ski vacation
  3. “Date Night” would never leave me with the possibility of losing sleep for days on end.

12-ish years later, this has still held true.

Yet, after watching the SAG Awards, and also my curiosity to everyone’s Halloween costumes last year, I asked around (Facebook friend-sourcing) and determined that it was time to start watching Stranger Things on Netflix.

And AJ has been along for the ride… and he cracks me up everyday when I get a text that says, “Are we watching the Scary Show tonight?”…. Why yes, yes we are!

The key is that there are only 8 episodes, and we are already six-deep, so it’s fairly quick and digestable… SO DON’T TELL ME HOW IT ENDS! Hopefully tonight we can finish it….

oh, and for those of you that told me it’s not scary: YOU’RE LIARS!



Things My Kids Say — February 3, 2017

Things My Kids Say

Yesterday, I was driving The Littles to the Children’s Museum, when I received a business-related phone call.

Of course, THIS is the optimal time for the 2.5-year-old to decide he NEEDS my undivided attention.

“Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom! Mom. Mom. MOM! MOM! MOMMY! MomMomMom! Mom.”

When I was finally able to hang up, I attempted to use this time constructively – as a learning opportunity, if you will.

“Please do not bother me when I am on an important phone call!” (and then re-thinking my approach) “That is, unless, you really, really need me because it is super important. Was this super important?”


“Okay, what did you need to tell me while I was on the phone?”

“Mom! Look! I can do this!” (Makes a silly face in the rearview mirror)

Things My Kids Say — February 2, 2017

Things My Kids Say

This morning, as I grabbed the lunch bag to pack for the 6.5-year-old’s lunch. Inside was the small container of four carrots… carrots still inside.

I firmly reminded my son that, if I pack carrots, the carrots need to be eaten at lunch.

“But mom, I didn’t have time!”

“Okay,” I said, “Then please eat the carrots first, and then move on to everything else. I am going to pack three NEW carrots in your lunch today, please make sure to eat them.”

“Okay, mom. I will look in my lunch and see what is yummiest, eat that first, and then eat the carrots.”

Things my kids say  — January 18, 2017
truth:link :: productivity vs procrastination — July 15, 2016
humble pie — October 7, 2015

humble pie

I make toffee for a living.

…okay, maybe not quite for a living – more like for “fun” and I earn a little bit of “fun money” by doing it.

Yes, I would love to one day wake up and realize that it is actually my sole income which allows me vast amounts of time to actually SPEND with my boys, instead of spending my full-time salary for them to be cared for by others while I work full-time (see the circular reference of guilt there?)…. (and side note: I really do like my corporate job!)

… I digress.

I have made a lot of toffee in my years…it was my grandma b’s famed recipe, and when she stopped making it (about 15 years ago), I took it up and worked on perfecting my technique. Fast forward about 12ish years when I realized that people might pay money for this stuff. Two Holiday Seasons later, and I am now gearing up for the 3rd! I really love making it, and seeing the absolute JOY it brings to those that taste it!!

I lost count in how many batches of toffee I made last year around the holidays, but the number is somewhere in the mid-hundreds, for sure.

And the one true thing I have learned, is that toffee has a way of keeping you honest and humble.

Just as I think I’ve got this down, and I can multi-task while a batch is bubbling away on my stove… nope, I burn it.

Wanna know a secret? I’ve had two of those batches this week!!!

I guess it’s The Toffee’s way of reminding me to slow down. I have prided myself in the fact that this little business relies on a small-batch process, and I need to continue to be true to that. I need to remember why I am doing this: for the fun of it, for grandma’s memory, for the dream….

And you would think that two not-quite-right batches within a 48-hour period would be enough… but apparently not.

Tonight, I took some time to finally transform those black bananas into banana bread, and then, while that baked, the plan was to try a new recipe with those peaches taking up space in my fridge.

Now, with all the toffee making this week, most of my measuring cups were tied up in a wash cycle. so I trudged ahead with my trusty 1/4 cup measure. This worked well, until I had to count out three-and-one-half-cups of flour, as per recipe, and I mistakenly thought i was measuring with a 1/2 cup…. to which, I didn’t realize until the banana bread was half-way cooked…. thus, I resign myself to the fact that we have entered the “Science Experiment” zone. Let’s just see how this turns out.

THEN, i soldier on and attempt the peach thing. some interesting steps, and I was trying to track the recipe on my phone… I sliced the peaches. I made the batter, I blended the sugar topping and I even added the boiling water before sliding it into the oven (on the rack above the bubbling-over-banana-soup-bread). Next step, tidy the kitchen…. oops, there on the counter is the melted butter that was supposed to be mixed into the cobbler batter….


soooooo… what’s that make me: 0-for-4 this week? shall I quit while the universe is ahead?

A Becker Experiment — September 21, 2015