Today was Harrison’s final game of the fall football season. I have to say that I am so tremendously proud of all the boys on the team. They won a few games during the regular season, and were able to make the playoffs. With their first game of the playoffs this morning, they faced off against a very good undefeated team. They played a really close game, and were leading at half time! But despite their best efforts, they ran out of time at the end, and lost 13-7. The boys played really well and in my opinion, had one of their best games of the season.
I told Harrison on the car ride home that I was VERY, VERY proud of him and everyone on the team. He said, “But we lost.” I said, “I know. But you guys worked really hard all season long. You listened to your coaches and tried your best. You were good sports and were always good teammates.” He said, “And I made friends, too!” Yes, that too. :)
We had such a good experience with the Flag Football team this year. Harrison enjoyed having fun with his teammates, and even some little brothers and sisters, too. The coaches were fantastic! Not only did they teach the kids the fundamentals of the game, but they encouraged them and celebrated their little victories both on and off the field. We totally lucked out with Coach Jason Glaze, Coach Prince, Coach Reggie and Coach Jason.
The other parents were wonderful, too! Everyone there cheered on all of the kids, and were very encouraging. It is really great to have such a good experience with your kids, and when you have other families that want the same thing, it makes it very worthwhile. And I have to say that its been great talking food, wine, cocktails, and a gamete of other topics with the moms during practice. I think I’ve made a few new friends, too! ;)
So even though the season is over, I thought I would make a celebration dinner for tonight. Maybe some steaks on the grill (Harrison’s favorite!), and some mashed potatoes. But for dessert, I made something a little extra special – White Chocolate M&M Blondies!
These were actually really easy to throw together. The combination of the white chocolate and the chocolate M&M’s is fabulous! The blondie batter is moist and flavorful, and has a great vanilla flavor. Your family will go ga-ga over these!
- ⅓ c. butter
- 1 c. Wilton white candy melts, divided (white chocolate chips, or almond bark works, too)
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ c. sugar
- 1 c. flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. plain M&M chocolate candies, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 8×8 baking pan. If glass or shiny metal, heavily grease. If dark metal, lightly spray and then line with foil. (This will make it much easier to remove from the pan once these have baked and cooled.)
- In microwave safe bowl, add butter and ½ c. of white chocolate melts. In microwave, heat at 50% power for 45 second increments. Stir. Repeat until completely melted. Set aside.
- In mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar gradually and beat to a creamy consistency.
- In seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to egg mixture, and mix until smooth. Add the melted butter and white chocolate and beat until smooth. Fold in vanilla.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle ½ c of M&M’s to top of the batter. Bake at 350 for 32-34 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the remaining ½ cup of white chocolate candy melts. Drizzle half on cooled blondies, sprinkle remaining ½ cup of M&M’s, and then drizzle the remaining white chocolate.
- Cool in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
**This recipe has been adapted and modified from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. You can purchase this or any other Southern Living publication via www.oxmoorhouse.com
Enjoy these the next time you want to celebrate a big or small victory with your family.
My heart is full knowing that my boy had such a great first experience on a team. I will say it again, I am just so darn proud of every single kid and coach on the team. Way to go, Grizzlies!
We are very blessed!