Last week at Scarlet’s birthday party, she got a card and a butterfly balloon from her friend. The card said that her gift was on its way and that the balloon was just a hint. Days later, we got a bunch of monarch butterfly chrysalises, a butterfly habitat, and caterpillars/eggs. It’s been fascinating to watch! Cassidy went away for four days to see Phish in NYC and I was single-handedly taking care of two kids, one dog, one cat, 11 chickens (although they mostly take care of themselves at this point), and then the butterfly chrysalises and baby caterpillars. What a weekend! I swear I only developed one twitch. Two?
I hadn’t wanted to pay so much attention to the caterpillars/butterflies, and definitely not enough to make the cat jealous enough to try to eat them and frame the dog, (don’t worry – they’re all fine) but they’re just so.. delicate. They’re so alive.
This Monday morning was SUCH a Monday morning. Cassidy was home after four days away, but we all overslept. Then I was figuring out over-scheduling problems for the week, where Des’ new shoes were (under the slide, obvs), how to work full time and care for Des, and also how to keep these delicate, fine creatures alive and thriving. There was an empty car seat box on the lawn, filled with the last of our five-point latch car seats.. SOB), and we are out of so many groceries, it’s embarrassing. It must have looked like a hot mess, after returning from four days away, but mainly – we held it together.
And now I’m trying to breathe. The first butterfly hatched without us, and the second one hatched overnight. When Des and I came home after dropping Scarlet off (AND figuring out the over-scheduling problems), we watched the third butterfly hatch together. Ah, peace. Then we missed the fourth while running around, but the fifth hatching looks imminent. The sixth one looks like it might not be meant to be, but I’m keeping hope alive. I REALLY want Scarlet to see one already!
I dropped Des off at a play date, in a town I’m obsessed with for its restaurants, and then I sat down to a breve latte and a slice of quiche. With home renovations, travel, the BIG KINDERGARTEN, and a potential job change looming closer, I’m losing it a little. So I’m focusing on the butterflies. Their every movement. Their every color. Their gentle tickle. Just them.
Chocolate Pretzel Butterflies
1 pkg. Pretzel Sticks
1 pkg. Pretzel Twists
1 Wilton Candy Melts, White
1 pkg. Sixlets Candy
Rope Black Licorice
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between times, until melted.
- Cut the licorice into about ¼ inch pieces.
- Dip pretzel sticks into the chocolate until all coated except about ½ inch that you’re holding, and lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Let these set and harden just about halfway, and then press on 5 colored Sixlets for the body and 1 White Sixlet for the head. Place 2 licorice pieces at the top of the pretzel behind the white head to look like antennas.
- Now dip the twist pretzels into the chocolate and fully coat them. Place 2 of these on each pretzel stick, one on each side, making sure they are firmly against it.
- Let these set so the chocolate hardens, then gently pull off the parchment to serve.