Monday, March 2, 2015

Why You Should Post Recipes on Your Blog

We had a pretty spectacular weekend! All thanks to Beth! Well okay... not entirely but she sure helped even if she doesn't know it.

On Saturday we had our friends and their two kids over for brunch. A while ago, I remember reading about a breakfast dish that she made that didn't need very many eggs. After a little search it turns out it was almost 3 years ago but the recipe was still there and still great! It was very popular! We served it with a selection of fruit (grapes, strawberries and mandarin orange slices) as well as Cherry Almond Bread.

Cherry Almond Bread is pretty much delicious. It's moist and sweet with a really unique flavor. To repay the favor I will post the recipe here:

2 Cups Sugar
1.5 Cups Oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1.5 tsp Baking Soda
1 can Almond Filling (by pie fillings)
1 Cup Sliced Almonds
1 Cup Cherries
1/4 Cup Cherry Juice
12 oz can Evaporated Milk

Mix in order. Bake at 325 for 60 minutes.
Makes 2 large loaves or 7 mini loaves.

It is a really good brunch item as an alternative to a cinnamon roll or monkey bread. Not that those aren't good too, but it's nice to mix it up a bit. We had a really great time at our brunch. 

Then on Sunday night we had a roast, because when Beth posted about the Mississippi Pot Roast earlier this week I was sold. And it was just as good as she said. As it turns out, one of my favorite cookies to bring to events or just to eat is also one I found through Beth's blog. The power of suggestion is very real folks. So if you've ever wondered if posting a recipe is worth it know I click and read them always. And sometimes they become crowd favorites!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What Color Is the Dress and Other QT

Friday. (Nearly) Woot. Quick Takes with Kelly. Okay.

1. What Color is this Dress?!?!!!

There are polls. Posts all over the web. I don't get it. It's clearly white and gold. But when I asked Husband what color it was he immediately said blue and black. So did my mom. 

So... White and Gold? Blue and Black? 

I am losing my mind. I have no idea what people are talking about. I can maybe see the blueish tint to the white. But where's the black?! 

2. Dear Hair,

Please stop falling out. I know this is what happens in the postpartum but I'm over it. 

Love, Madeline

3. Hunger Games 

I find the movies so entertaining. I am currently rereading the books (for the I'm not sure which time) and find them just as thrilling as I did the first time I read them.They evoke terror and wonder and make me think the government is a conspiracy and we're headed for our own dark days. The movies just don't get me all on edge the same way.

4. I am Ready for Spring.

I don't really think this needs further explanation.

5. Growth Spurts

C had a growth spurt apparently because all of a sudden his jeans are looking a little short and his shirts are looking a lotta short.

So going back to take 4, I am ready for Spring because I need to buy new clothes but don't want to buy winter ones.

6. This Tee Shirt 

Tell me I'm not the only one. I may never actually get over the death of Dobby. 

7. Dear Mo Willems, 

We are probably your biggest fans. We love you. But the fold out spread in Knuffle Bunny Free makes me want to revoke your children's book street cred.

Except I won't because the last bit of that book makes me choke up every.single.time.

Love, Madeline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scenes From the Weekend

So broccoli was on sale this past week and it happens to be one of the veggies that all three family members with teeth agree upon. We tried the Barefoot Contessa's recipe and it was just as good as everyone says it is. C thought that the split up broccoli bunch was  actually the big tree with a dog party on it ala Go, Dog. Go!

He walked around with it and nibbled off it all night. It was very funny. 

M felt that being in front of the camera was fun but that behind the camera would be fun too. 

M's first picture.
She loves her newish jungle gym from her "Mama and Ompa." It really is fun! She officially started scooting today. She gets her little tush up in the air with her legs under her and inches forward ever so slightly. Between rolling and scooting she can get to any toy on the mat which is nice for sure.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Four? Already?

Well time keeps on ticking and my little girl is 4 months old today. Bittersweet I tell you. I miss my tiny baby. But I like her new adventures too.

So she can roll both ways which is good and bad. She can move across the floor a bit but it has really been a struggle now to get her to go to sleep. She just rolls over and gets stuck then screams until one of us comes to rescue her. I am hoping we get over that soon! This is of course when she allows herself to be put down while she is sleeping. (Not willingly if she has anything to say about it.) She does have this Velocirapter scream that comes out if she is displeased. Oh man. We try to avoid that if at all possible.

She knows exactly what she wants but it varies to the extreme. Some days she demands to be held all the live long day. Other days she wants to be free to explore the world and not be held at all. You never know what you're going to get in the morning. But then she smiles up at me with her big blue eyes and super duper chubby cheeks and I'm a goner.

No stats because our pediatrician is out of the office this week enjoying warmer weather with her family. But she is simultaneously really roly poly and slim. I know that makes no sense but it's true. She's in 3-6 month clothes and they have plenty of room. She moved up to size 2 diapers.

Enough blather. Here are some pictures from her photo shoot today:

Pretty much just love this little girl. 

She just adores her brother, her eyes follow him wherever he goes and the feeling is mutual even though I cannot capture it on camera to save my life. This is the absolute best picture of the two of them in existence and it's kind of odd but I'll take what I can get! 

The other day they were laying together and they held hands and I just about died of cuteness. C is very doting and soothing when she cries he often comes to tell me that "Mer-ith crying." (Because I apparently am deaf lol) Then tells her "It's okay, Mom's coming. Mom's coming. I'm here." Heart melting I tell you. 

Seems hard to believe it's been 4 months already. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mush Brain Quick Takes

It's been quiet on my home front this week. Sorry about that. I haven't really an excuse except I've been figuring out my balance between caring for my children, myself, my house and my marriage and by the time I sit down at the computer my brain is mush.

I have mush brain.

So the quickest of quick takes...

1. My Valentine's Day was just as quiet as I expected. It was lovely. We had donuts and hot chocolate for breakfast, complete with tulips (I always get tulips for Valentine's Day and yet somehow they always surprise me.) Otherwise we hung out. After dinner we watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on TV. It was the first time C had been introduced to a Harry Potter movie. He liked what he saw. There's a lot of animals in it I can say that for a fact.

My girl Valentine

My boy Valentine

2. Did you hear about Oklahoma? Banning AP US History? If I am being honest history without the word "art" or "theater" in front of it bores me to tears but I don't think banning it for an entire state worth of students is fair, honest or healthy.

I'd like to say you're doing fine Oklahoma but... let's figure that out.

3. I've always had a good memory but I am incredibly impressed that C apparently has one as well. It astounds me what he remembers. Yesterday he asked to sing "5 Green Speckled Frogs" and I didn't understand so he just started singing and he knew all the words. And the tune. We haven't been to music class since October and it's not a major song in our repertoire. He amazes me daily.

4. I guess yesterday was just a big day in C's world. He has been able to tell me when he doesn't want something for a very long time. But usually when asked "what do you want?" he comes back with something from the not going to happen category. (A cookie, cupcake or special treat.) Yesterday when I was making his peanut butter sandwich he told me "No sandwich. I want peanut butter crackers." Well okay then. Our lunches usually consist of me putting peanut butter on a vessel so switching up the vessel was just fine with me. Communication is a beautiful thing.

5. I'm going to let you in on a secret, until I had kids I never really liked Eric Carle. Now we are deep into the Eric Carle world and I'm okay with that. But I still don't have to do Thomas the Tank Engine or Dr. Suess (With the exception of Green Eggs and Ham.)

Did you know there's a Very Hungry Caterpillar Netflix movie? There is. And it's very calm and nice.

6. Hey. Did you know Lent started? I wasn't sure but luckily the blog world helped me remember.

7. That was sarcasm. Happy first weekend of Lent everyone.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Not Your Average Baby Shower Invite

This is not going to be a post about Lent! Really!

Do you know about Minted? They are one of the coolest cards/stationary/fabric/art sites around. Seriously, their choices for personalized Christmas cards and the like are stunning. And you know why I like them? Because they have designers across the country submit designs in contests to be sold. 

For real. 

That's awesome. If you can't find something to love on the site you're probably not trying hard enough because all the different creative minds really cover all the bases. 

Recently. they had a Baby Shower Invitation Design Contest. Now come on blog world, you've seen your share of baby shower invites. There's your flowers, duckies, balloons etc. But have you ever seen an invitation like this?

I didn't think so. I'm not going to lie, I think this would be a fun shower to go to! 

This is a little something Husband put together for the design contest. if he wins, there's some prize money and his design will be available for sale. Which is pretty cool I think. Now all he needs are good votes! 

I'm not going to beg for votes here. But I'm going to let you know the contest is going on, and if you're a member of Minted (or want to be) and you think there is a mom or dad to be who would think this Space Invader Baby Shower Invite is way cooler than the normal assortment, then vote away! 5 is good, 1 is not as good. 

You do have to be a "memeber" of Minted to vote. But I'm telling you they have the coolest stationary etc. so it may be worth it. Anyway... there's a link over on the side bar or you can go HERE to vote too! 

You can vote on all the deisgns and there's over 1000 to vote on so it could also be fun!! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gotta Get Down...

It's Friday. Woo! Sometimes I jump in for quick takes but I know I haven't got 7 things to say.

I feel like the February doldrums are creeping in. I have a great desire to write an intellectually stimulating post about something but alas, no inspiration. I have no desire at all to discuss the 50 Shades movie or vaccines. I have opinions on both topics certainly but I don't feel the need to debate them or convince anyone that I am right.

While tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I am a lover of love, our plans for tomorrow are minimal at best. Which is fine. Sometimes the best thing of all is just a normal day celebrating love as a family. (Lame alert! But it's how I feel.) Besides, if I could choose my perfect day, it would involve them anyway because my minions and Husband are my favorite people. We'll probably Skype with my parents which is not a shocker since we do that most every day but mushy hearts day is fun anyhow!

I am ready for Lent. I am not looking forward to the inevitable quiet that will come over the blog world because of Lent but that's life. (Seriously, how many times can I lament that I think the blogs are dying? One more? Let's count this then.)

Ah okay. I'm going to keep binge watching The Amazing Race because I love it and I am grooving on the brainless television. Happy Friday!