Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Here's the icing recipe:
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
So I have been hearing everyone's advice on teething. Everything from bourbon (don't think I haven't considered that if there was any in our house) to give Chase a pork bone to gnaw on. Two people at work told Justin to do that. Never heard that before. Then my friend, Erin, commented below on random advice she got from her little girl's "Old Mountain Woman" great grandma.
So, what's the most random advice you've gotten to help with teething. I love hearing them. They make me laugh.
I went to a baby shower this morning while Justin stayed with Chase. It was so nice to have "adult conversation" and Justin loves having alone time with Chase. They get to do "guy things."
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
One thing that did cheer me up was that I got to hear Josh Davis speak at my nephews chapel today at their school. He won three gold medals for swimming in the 1996 Olympic Games. He was a great speaker and was very motivating. He told us how when he was in the 8th grade his swim coach told him he wasn't that good and should consider a different sport. He didn't quit--he got a new coach. Isn't that amazing? Had he listened to that first coach he may have never gotten gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics. My favorite was that he took his pic with Chase and put the gold medal around Chase's neck. I will post it as soon as I get the copy. It's on my sister-in-laws camera.
Okay...enough randomness for today. Got to go tend to my crying baby.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
These are some of the pics from our busy day. We took Chase to the Austin Rodeo for the first time and he loved it. He did perfect. He rode a carousel for the first time. He drank his bottle while we ate Fair food. He snoozed for a bit and then just let us hold him. We ended the night with a relaxing bath. It was such a fun day! We are so blessed to have such a great baby. We love him more and more every single day.
Hope everyone also had a great weekend!
p.s. my nail polish is not black--it's "Russian Navy" by OPI. It's a blueish/purplish color. It didn't photograph too well.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So instead of waiting to get home to pee on it, I thought I would just go in the Wal-Mart restroom and do my little number on the stick. I would then have 2 hours to be by myself and cry my eyes out because I wasn't getting pregnant. Well, low and behold, it turned positive instantly! HOLY CRAP!!! I am pregnant! I now had a million thoughts running through my head. I couldn't wait to tell Justin. I had to get back to Alpine ASAP! Then it hit me...I just found out I was pregnant in the bathroom of a Wal-Mart super center in Odessa!!!! I could have at least gone to Target. My poor baby is going to think he's being born into a total white trash family.
I can't believe that was a year ago...it seems like yesterday. Now I have my perfect little boy and I could not ask for anything else. I am so happy with my little life.
Maybe this time next year I will be pregnant again...who knows!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (say it with me like my grandma---I-talian)
1 cup (packed) coarsely chopped slices of pepperoni
12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Warm marinara sauce for dipping (optional)
Prepare roll mix like it says to do on the back of the box. I have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with a dough hook that I use to knead the bread. It really helps.
After you let the dough rest with a bowl over it, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a 12"x16" rectangle. Sprinkle dough with Italian seasoning. Top with chopped pepperoni and then shredded mozzarella.
Carefully roll dough, jelly-role style, starting at one of the shorter (12") ends (not at the wide, 16"sides). Pinch dough on ends to form a "log"
Using a piece of dental floss (approximately 18" long), cut log into 8 slices. To do this, slip the strip of floss under the log and then bring both ends up, crossing over to the other side and pulling taut to cut.
Carefully place the 8 rolls in a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Cover lightly with a towel and set in a warm place for about 25-35 minutes, until almost doubled in size.
Remove towel and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until lightly browned and dough is completely cooked. Cover loosely with foil during baking if dough starts to brown too quickly. Serve with warm sauce if desired.
1 Large and 1 Small box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 can Eagle Brand Milk (I use HEB Brand)
1 container Cool Whip (I use HEB Brand)
Box of Vanilla Wafers
Combine boxes of pudding with 5 cups cold milk. Mix with mixer on low for 3-4 minutes. Add Eagle Brand Milk and continue to mix for another minute. Add Cool Whip and mix for another minute. Cover and let chill for at least 2 hours.
Serve pudding in a bowl with sliced bananas and vanilla wafers. I got the mini vanilla wafers. They are so cute. I also do it this way because if you combine it all in the beginning the wafers get soggy. I don't know anyone who likes a soggy wafer.
So my point is that I want to print my own cute stationery with my monogram or something cute. Does anyone have suggestions on how to do this???
Sunday, February 15, 2009
- 1 (19.5-ounce) box milk chocolate brownie mix (recommended: Pillsbury)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons creme de menthe liqueur, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped creme de menthe thins, about 18 (recommended: Andes)
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened (recommended: Philadelphia)
- 1/2 cup sugar
Lightly spray a 1 1/2-quart souffle dish with butter-flavored cooking spray.
Make a foil ring, 1-inch thick, for souffle dish to sit on inside a 5-quart slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, 2 eggs, vegetable oil, and 1/4 cup creme de menthe. Stir using 50 strokes or use a hand blender on medium speed for 1 minute to combine. Fold in chopped mint thins. Transfer to prepared souffle dish and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, remaining egg, sugar, and 2 teaspoons creme de menthe. Using an electric mixer beat on low speed until smooth. Spread over brownie mixture. Use a butter knife to cut cream cheese mixture into brownie mixture for a marble effect.
Place souffle dish on top of foil ring in slow cooker. Lay 8 paper towels over top of slow cooker bowl and secure with lid. (This helps to trap steam.)
Cook on LOW setting for 4 1/2 to 6 hours. (Do not lift lid to check brownies for the first 3 hours.)
Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting.
FYI...I didn't have any creme de menthe liquor so I just added water to the brownie mix and omitted it from the cream cheese mixture. You can also use mint extract. To substitute the 1/4 c creme de menthe use 2 TABLEspoons water and 2 TEAspoons mint extract. Also, I didn't allow it to completely cool. We ate it warm.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Justin's sister stayed with Chase. I think she was more excited than we were! We stayed out until Midnight and boy am I tired today.
Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday. We are finally getting rain. Thank God!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I'm so excited. All you mom's out there....let me know if it works!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Chase woke up at 11:45pm, 12:45pm, and 2:45pm. He cried for just 10 minutes--then I would check on him. Just like Ferber instructed :) After every wake time that I checked on him, he had put himself to sleep before the next 15 minute check.
I was so thankful that this method works! Last night was much better!
We will see what tonight holds.....
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
So we did his normal bedtime routine at 7:30--bath, lotion, bottle in the glider and swaddle. But this time I put him in his bed drowsy--not fully asleep. He then awoke at 12:55am just like clockwork. I let him cry it out and he did eventually put himself to sleep. I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I just laid in bed and cried my eyes out. I have to also give credit to Justin. I could not have done it with out him. He just reassured me over and over again that everything was going to be okay.
This morning Chase woke up a little later than normal. I was so nervous to go in his room. He is always so happy in the morning and I was worried I would go in and he would not smile at me...just look at me with those eyes that say, "There you are. I thought for sure you had left me to be in here all alone for the rest of my life." Well, I walk in and start singing and he gives me his huge, gummy grin. I started crying again! He still loves me!!!
We will see how tonight goes. Hopefully the crying will be a little less tonight. We will let you know......