Annnnnd ... Break

I had zero interest in watching the Presidential debate, in part  because I've already made my decision, but then Alexis happened.


She is really super interested in this election. She's been researching issues on her own and forming her own opinions and, um, Hillary? Do you need a tiny campaign manager? Because I think I have the right 10-year old for the job. This happens to be the same 10-year old who tonight asked a series of questions that basically led her down a path that I'm not sure many adults have found.

Alexis, and remember, she's TEN YEARS OLD, was trying to understand why people say that homeless people are just lazy and need to get a job. Something about it has always unsettled her, and a few of the questions during the debate caused her to be more bothered. In trying to untangle the mess, she asked me to explain the process for getting a job. I explained that you have to fill out an application in person or online, go in for an interview, and generally present yourself as the person who is most qualified for the open position. And then Alexis took that bit of information and analyzed it.

"But how can you fill out an application if you don't have a computer? Homeless people don't have computers."

"But how can you go apply in person if you don't have a car?"

"Okay, so maybe you live in your car or can take the bus, but how do you take a shower? You can't go to an interview if you haven't showered."

"How can homeless people have nice clothes to wear when they go apply and interview?"

"But you can't get a phone call to go for an interview if you don't have a phone."

One question piled on top of another and then another. Before long, Alexis looked me square in the eye and said, "It seems to me that if you're poor or homeless, it's really hard to change that."

And then Little Miss Gets It went back to focusing on the debate, complete with play-by-play of what the candidates were saying, and my head exploded. HOW IS THIS ELECTION REAL LIFE?

Maybe your head exploded, too. Maybe you deserve a break. Here, have a photo of a cute toddler wearing crazy Minion pants.



Caramel Apple Fries

Alexis is in full-on "make all the apple things" mode, so of course she asked for caramel apples. They are, after all, one of the greatest things ever invented. There's just one problem - Alexis isn't the only kid who lives here.


Thou shalt not enjoy sugary goodness without Mila. Bad things happen when you do. But, Mila isn't big enough to really chow down on a normal caramel apple, and even if she were, she would eat all of the caramel and leave a nearly fully intact apple behind.

Alas, I decided we should make something more toddler friendly.

At first that "toddler friendly" thing was going to be beautifully caramel-coated apple pieces, but then I realized half the fun of "toddler friendly" is letting the friendly toddler help make things. Thus, we threw Pinterest perfect photos to the side and went for something completely practical.


I cut the apples into french fry shapes (with this thing). Alexis drizzled the melted chocolate. We all drizzled the melted caramel. Mila topped things off with an entire jar of sprinkles.

It was perfection. Messy, beautiful perfection.

Caramel Apple Fries

2 apples, cut into fry shapes
10 wrapped caramel squares
1 teaspoon heavy cream
1/4 cup chocolate wafers
All of the sprinkles

1. Part of the joy of this is that you can make as much or as little as you want. Use the quantities as guidelines and make less, if you want.

2. Unwrap the caramels and place them in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and check to see if they're melted. If not, go for another ten seconds. Repeat until total meltage has occurred then stir in the heavy cream.

3. Place the chocolate wafers in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds and check to see if they're melted. Feel like you've heard this before? Great. Repeat it in the same way, but skip the part with the heavy cream.

4. Drizzle the caramel and chocolate over top of the apples. Top with sprinkles.

5. It's sliced up apples. They won't hold for long. Guess you will just have to eat them all now.


Bring On The Pumpkins