Monday, May 27, 2013

Baked Blueberry French Toast - A Mother's Day Treat

This year was my very first Mother's Day!  Both my husband and my daughter did a fabulous job of making me feel extra special, I don't think I changed a single diaper that Sunday!

In addition to being spoiled myself, we hosting a Mother's Day brunch since both of our mom's (and my husband's Grandmother) are in town.  We ended up with a total of 16 adults and 2 kids! But that's how my family rolls, the more the merrier.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Lazy" Sundays

You know what has really changed since I became a mom? Lazy Sundays.

Before we became parents our lazy Sundays consisted of laying around the house in our PJ's, getting buried in a good book, watching countless movies, eating whatever happened to be in our fridge (or takeout), and taking the dogs to the puppy park at some point.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fluffy Cheddar Cheese Bread

When I was younger my Grandma always had fresh bread at her home waiting for us when we came to visit.  It was the best thing to have for breakfast; we would toast it and then slather it with butter and peanut butter and just chow down!

Sadly back then I had no interest in baking other than the occasional batch of cookies.  Now that I can appreciate how delicious homemade baking really is, I regret that I never took the chance to learn how to bake from my Grandmother.  Luckily my husband's grandmother lives right down the street from us (how lucky are we?) and she indulges me with my random questions when it comes to the baking basics.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Our Baby Girl - 6 months!

Can you believe that our little Lilly is already 6 MONTHS OLD?  That was by far the fastest 6 months of my entire life.

It is really amazing how much they can grow and change in such a short amount of time.  Our baby girl already has two teeth, is trying to crawl, yammers up a storm, is eating solids like a champ, and has the best giggle in the world.  I know people always say this, but I don't even know what we did to keep ourselves busy before she arrived!

So here are some shots of our cutie.  I just can't get enough of her 

Do you think she has enough pink? Yeesh :)

November 17, 2012

Monday, May 13, 2013

Princess Cupcakes

Recently I made some pretty pink princess cupcakes for a 4th birthday party :)

I stuck with vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream as those tend to be the favourites with a younger crowd.  I used my favourite Vanilla Bean Cupcakes from My Baking Addiction for the cupcakes and the classic Wilton Buttercream recipe (sans shortening) for the icing.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Couch to 10K - Workin' it out!

Our baby girl is already 5 and half months! Only a couple short weeks from the big 6 month milestone, can you believe it?  This has easily been the fastest 5-6 months of our lives!

Now that we are starting to get things figured out around here, I've decided it is time to work some 'me' time into my schedule.  Time to get myself back into shape and try to find that 'before baby' body that hasn't been seen since last February/March, (about when we went on our amazing trip to Southeast Asia).  I am determined to fit into those old bikinis when the warm weather arrives :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Recently I was gifted with a large bag of delicious raisins all the way from California! My husband's grandmother (my grandma-in-law?) brought them back and I was lucky enough to snag some.

And what better way to utilize these raisins than in some tasty cookies?  

Of course the first place I looked for a delicious recipe was Two Peas and Their Pod; they are the best when it comes to tasty cookie recipes!  These are classic: oatmeal, raisins, and a bit of cinnamon to bring it all together. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Photo (& thoughts) an Hour

I have seen a few of my friends take on this little project (most recently by Rachel from The Avid Appetite) and figured I would give it a go!  This is from this past Monday, enjoy this little peek into our life!

6 AM - Alright you win.  It's times like this that make me wonder why I don't drink Coffee

7 AM - I can't seem to get Bango (the husky) up for breakfast. Even he knows it is too damn early to move. Chloe on the other hand is always hungry