In San Diego, February is museum month! All the San Diego libraries have museum pass booklets that give you 50% off at most San Diego museums. It couldn't come at a better time. February is so cold and rainy here, that museum days are the perfect ways to fill the weekend.
Last Saturday Thatkid's baseball game was cancelled because of the rain. Which happens every year. with most of his early games and practices. We took advantage of the lack of plans to head over to the Natural History Museum, or as we call it here, "The Nat."
The Nat is one of the boys' favorite museums. They absolutely love the dinosaurs.
The kids also love the 3-D movies. This trip we saw one about the Wonders of the Arctic.
We made a quick stop in the gift shop, with the intention of picking up another rock or two to add to their collections, when I saw this.:
It's a pterodactyl that you can actually wear! I thought it was so neat, that I completely caved on my "no stuffed animals" rule and let Thatkid get it. Of course that meant that I had to let Thatbaby pick out a new stuffed animal too.
The museum passes are good for the rest of the month, so I'm excited to hit some more up. But Museum Month isn't all February has to offer. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! We're just about ready for it here, and despite the fact Thatbaby keeps asking me to buy him a chocolate heart, none of my Valentine plans include chocolate.
Before you feel too sorry for my poor, chocolate-less kids, know that they get plenty of chocolate other times. Like last weekend when I made homemade poptarts - filled with nutella! And while my kids may not be getting them for breakfast tomorrow, there's no reason you can't surprise your Valentine with these sweet treats!
Bacon Nutella Poptarts
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp salt
3 sticks butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup nutella
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp lemon juice
4 strips cooked bacon
- Combine flour, white and brown sugar, 2 tsp salt, butter, coconut oil, and 2 eggs in an electric mixer. Mix on medium until combined.
- Add 1/2 cup water to batter and mix on low speed for 1 minute until dough begins to stick together. Increase speed and mix until dough is smooth.
- Divide dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat oven to 375. Flour a large work surface and roll out one of the disks into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Cut the larger rectangle into 8 smaller rectangles and place the smaller rectangles on a baking sheet lined with a silpat.
- Make an egg wash with the remaining egg and a pinch of salt. Use this to brush the rectangles.
- Spread 1 Tbsp of nutella in the center of each rectangle.
- Reflour your work surface and roll out and cut the remaining disk the way you did with the first.
- Place each of these rectangles on top of the rectangles on the baking sheet. Seal edges by crimping with a fork.
- Brush with the egg wash. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely.
- While the poptarts are cooling, mix the confectioners' sugar with 1 Tbsp of the milk and the lemon juice until it forms a paste.
- Add the remaining Tbsp of milk and stir until smooth.
- Once the poptart is cool, spread the frosting on top.
- Crumble bacon on top of the frosting.