Wednesday, November 30, 2011

41 Weeks!

Brooklynne is 41 weeks old today, and she has a cold, it's sad to see her with such a runny nose, but luckily she has a good attitude about it.  
She is really trying to stand all by herself while holding on to nothing.
She's so much fun!!

Tuesday Tutorial: Tomato Cage Advent Calendar

I knew I needed to get this project done and posted before the 1st, and I guess I'm cutting it a little close.  I changed this a little from my original idea because Hobby Lobby didn't have what I needed (did you know they order once for Christmas, and that's it...for all Christmas stuff!) (they're out of most of their Christmas stuff and it's not even December).  I had wanted to use the plastic ornaments that separate in half and then have candy or a present in each one, but I think I might do that next year for B.  Anyways, with that all out of the way, let's get started.

Here's what you'll need:
Tomato Cage (Lowe's was the only place to have them right now)
Ornaments (I used cheapy plastic ones)
Glitter Glue
Thin Ribbon
Think Wire Ribbon (optional and not pictured)
Spray Paint
Tree Topper
Wire Ornament Hangers (not pictured)

First you will want to cover your surface with newspaper.  Stand up your tomato cage with the pokey legs up, take your spray paint and spray it well, allow to dry for 15 minutes.  Turn upside down and spray the undersides of the cage, then stand it up again and let dry for at least 2 hours.

Number your ornaments using the glitter glue, or you could use acrylic or if you have a fancy cutter you could cut out vinyl.  If you want you can dress up the topper a bit (we got this at IKEA last year, and I didn't like it on the tree).  Pull the three legs of the tomato cage together and push the topper onto the legs.

Cut an 8 inch length of the thin ribbon and tie it in a bow on the ornament.  Slide the ornament hook onto the ornament and hang on the tomato cage.  Take a 24 inch length of thick ribbon and tie it in a bow beneath the topper.  Stand back and gaze at the beauty.

You could do so many things with this, wrap the cage in Christmas lights, wrap it with tinsel or garland, have fun with different colors and many more things! 
Go get crafty!!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday

Hi everyone, today's tutorial will be posted tomorrow. I'm so sorry for my horrible blogging, but I will be better, but for now, I am off to work. Thanks for understanding!!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekend Update {13}

Hello everyone, and sorry for being gone for so long!  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving up in Oregon, and it was such a blessing to see some of my family.  I worked on Wednesday night and got home at 4:30 Thursday morning, we finished packing up and headed out at six.  Brooklynne did really well on the six hour drive, but we stopped in Redding so she could have her oatmeal and we could get re-energized. 

 We got to The Running Y Ranch in Oregon at about one and I started cooking right away!  I made the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and everything was soo yummy!!

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at 6 that night and it was great to be with a lot of my family.  I decided to feed Brooklynne from the table for Thanksgiving instead of making separate food for her, and she LOVED it all!  I gave her mashed potatoes, yams, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce and she ate it all up!
B's Thanksgiving dinner

Brooklynne's Thanksgiving t-shirt

Friday morning I worked at the gym at the resort and then we went ice skating, and B was so cute all bundled up.

Brooklynne hung out with Poppie while we all ice-skated

Isaac loved skating with Uncle Matt.

Saturday morning, the kids all painted pictures for my moms wall

She loved it for a little while

and then hated it.

My brother and his family left Saturday afternoon and then we went on a walk

We left Sunday morning and it was so sad to say goodbye to everyone.

 Matt drove the entire way home (thanks babe), and we got to stop at Ikea.

Brooklynne had her very first completely processed meal, mac n' cheese, and we bought some fun Christmas presents for her.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving but we wish our whole family could have been there (missed the Masons and the Taylors)!

With four families there not one of us brought a real camera, just iPhone cameras, so not a single family picture was taken.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

40 Weeks and where I've been

I'm sorry I've been MIA for the majority of the week, with work and Thanksgiving, I haven't been able to write anything. I worked the graveyard shift Monday-Wednesday, then Matt, B and I headed up to Oregon on Thursday morning, but I will write more on that tomorrow in our weekend update.

At 40 weeks, Brooklynne loves to swim in pools, play with big kids and blow zerberts on my shoulders. She's biting all the time now, and not just me, she bite Matt's fingers. When she's about to be fed and her pacifier is still in her mouth, she'll spit it out so she can open her mouth. swim in pools, play with big kids and blow zerberts on my shoulders. She's biting all the time now, and not just me, she bite Matt's fingers. When she's about to be fed and her pacifier is still in her mouth, she'll spit it out so she can open her mouth.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Our Weekend Update {12}

This weekend was wonderful!  It started on Friday evening with Matt staying home with little B while I got to go hang out with some ladies!!  I'm involved with MOPS at a local church and one of the ladies hosted a craft night at her house, and it was a blast!  There was about 20 of us that were there and it was so nice to have lady time and not worry about what B was doing or getting in to.

 I had such a wonderful time and didn't get home till 12:15 that night (oops, sorry for not calling you, Matt).
This is the face I woke up to on Saturday morning...beautiful!

The majority of Saturday was spent baking and cleaning the house for the baby shower that evening.  Brooklynne took a long afternoon nap and then my mother in law picked her up and she stayed at their house for the afternoon and evening (thank you so much!).  
The party started at 7, and their we had 3 couples over so there was 8 of us and it was such a delight!  We started the evening by having dessert, I made vanilla cupcakes with strawberry filling, pumpkin whoopie pies, lemon cake pops, s'mores pops and mini pecan pies, and everyone loved all of it!

After dessert we started our first "game," each couple got a piece of fabric in a cape shape along with black and white puff paint and they had to decorate them for baby Dirk because every little boy wants to be a Super Hero!  

I was a bit nervous about what the boys were going to think, but they loved it, in fact all the boys did the majority of the decorating (Matt did ours...the crazy orange one).

For the second game we split into two teams, boys and girls.  Each team got a bowl full of different candy bars and had to write a story about Dirk, it could be anything.  Both stories were a lot of fun and very different!  Philip opened the presents and then we hung out a little longer and people went home.  It was a wonderful evening, but quite and exhausting day!

We skipped out on Skipped out on Sunday school again (I think I'm liking this a bit too much) and spent a few minutes at Starbucks enjoying some breakfast.  
Brooklynne was with us in church (not my fav), but didn't want to be quiet, so Matt took her out into the lobby where she climbed the stairs for the first time, here's a video of it:

After church we went to lunch with Matt's family and then headed home, Matt's brother Evan came with us.  They watched the football game and then played video games all afternoon and it was nice to have him here hanging out with us.  He went home at 9, and we went to bed soon after.  

It was such a wonderful weekend, but I am super excited to see half of my family this Thursday!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recipe: Rustic Pumpkin Tartlets

I was craving pumpkin pie the other day, but I really didn't want to make an entire pie (I would eat the entire pie), so I made some pumpkin tartlets instead, and they were super yummy!

Start by mixing the powdered sugar and flour together, cut the cold butter in with a pastry blender or two knives, you could also pulse it in a food processor, you want the butter and flour to resemble course crumbs.

Add in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time gently mixing to combine.  Add enough water to make a stiff dough that is not sticky.

These are the tart shells and the cookie cutter I used.

Mix the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and spices, whisk to combine.  Cook over medium heat until thick, about 5 minutes. Add the milk, cream and vanilla, whisk to combine and heat until just simmering and remove from heat.

Press dough into each tart shell and up the sides, press a piece of foil on top of the dough, and bake for  minutes at 375 degrees for five minutes.  
Crack the eggs into a blender and mix for 5 seconds.  With the blender running, slowly add half of the hot pumpkin mixture.  Stop the blender and add the remaining pumpkin mixture and blend until uniform, about 30 seconds longer.  Poor the hot mixture into the the shells and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Roll out a small amount of dough and cut leaves out of the dough. Use a knife to imprint "veins" into each leaf.  Once the tartlets have baked for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and place the leaves on the top of each one and bake for 10-15 minutes longer or until the centers are set.  

Allow to cool and enjoy!

You can also top with a dollop of whipped cream for a special treat!

Rustic Pumpkin Tartlets
makes 14

1/2 cup butter, cold
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
ice water

7 ounces pumpkin puree
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

1.  Combine the flour, sugar and butter in a bowl and cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender, two knives or pulse in a food processor until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time until you have a stiff, but soft dough.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and place a walnut sized amount of dough in each tart shell, press into the bottom and up the sides.  Place a piece of foil on top of each piece of dough, bake for 5 minutes and remove foil. Roll out a small amount of dough and cut out leaves from the dough, make "veins" in them with a knife if desired.

2.  Whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, spices and salt until completely combined.  Place in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring often.  Add the milk, cream and the vanilla and whisk to combine.  Cook just until it starts to bubble.

3.  In a blender or food processor, process the eggs until uniform, about 5 seconds.  With the blender running, add half of the hot pumpkin mixture and blend until combined.  Stop the blender and add the rest of the pumpkin and process 30 seconds longer.  Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees.

4.  Immediately pour the hot pumpkin mixture into the tart shells, bake for 10 minutes and remove.  Place the dough leaves on the top of each tart and bake for 10-15 minutes more, or until the center is set.  Allow to cool before serving.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

9 Months!

Brooklynne is 9 months old already, that means only 3 months till we have a one year old.
At 9 months Brooklynne can pull herself up on everything, crawl like a crazy person and yell a lot!  She uses her pointer finger to point to things.  She loves Barley, and plays with him all the time.  When holding our hands she can move one foot in front of the other and "walk."
She likes to "help" put her seat belt on in the car seat.  She claps if you clap first, she plays drums on everything and she hates to sit still.  She loves to glide along the furniture.  She nurses 3 times a day and eats 4 solid food meals a day.  
She still sleeps through the night, typically going to bed at 7:30 and waking up between 7 and 8, and most days she takes two naps a day still, some days it's only one (those are the hard days).
She has two teeth and she likes to use them a lot, and I expect her to have another one coming in soon.
Happy 9 months birthday, sweet girl!

 Baby Stats:

Birth: 6 lbs. 2 oz.
1 Month: 7 lbs. 12 oz.
2 Months: 8 lbs. 14.5 oz. (weighed at home)
3 Months: 10 lbs. 11 oz.
4 Months: 12 lbs. 6.5 oz.
5 Months: 13 lbs. 6 oz. (weighed at home)
6 months: 14 lbs. 4.5 oz.
7 months: 15 lbs. 3 oz. (weighed at home)
8 months: 16 lbs. 8 oz. (weighed at home)
9 months: 17 lbs. 4 oz. (weighed at home)

Birth: 18 inches
1 Month: 20.5 inches
2 Months: 21.3 inches (measured at home)
3 Months: 23 inches (measured at home)
4 Months: 23.5 inches
5 Months: 24.5 inches (measured at home)
6 months: 25 inches
7 months: 26 inches (measured at home)
8 months: 27 inches (measured at home)
9 months: 27 inches (measured at home)

39 Weeks!

Daughter, you are getting old.  She just keeps getting bigger, and it's so much fun.  I love looking over at her while she's standing up hanging on to something because she looks so tall.  She loves to crawl all over the place and yell, she seems to like to yell all the time.
She has started biting me while she nurses, and holy smokes it hurts to bad.  I've been told to just flick her face if she does it to eventually teach her not to do that, but the two times I've done that she gives me this completely shocked face and then starts crying in the saddest sounding cry ever, like I've hurt her and she doesn't know why I would.  It's really sad.
She's also 9 months old today, so I will post her stats later this afternoon!

love you sweetness!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Holiday Tags

I am throwing a baby shower for my friend this weekend and while I was making some tags for the dessert bar, I figured I would show you all the easy tools I am using to make them! For editing pictures I usually use the website Picnik, and I love it! It has a free option, but I decided to buy the premier package for $24.95 a year so that I had more options with it.  Let's get started
For this project you will need:

Lollipop Sticks
Thick Paper (scrapbook)
Glue Gun
Glue Stick
Scalloped Paper Punch
Circle Paper Punch

It is not necessary to have the paper punches if you don't have them, you will just need to cut out the paper.

Start by opening up a "collage." I made mine 2 by 3, but with the basic plan you can only do 2 by 2.  Change the page color to white and press "done."

You will then be taken to the Edit page, click on Stickers and choose the stickers that you want to use, I used Thanksgiving themed stickers.  

I also made tags for some presents

I started with a rectangle and changed it to brown.

I then took another rectangle, changed it to white and put it on the inside of the bigger triangle, so it made a border.

I again used Thanksgiving themed stickers and added some text.  I love the way this one turned out.

Print them up onto a sheet of light colored thick paper.  For the small images, cut them into strips so the puncher can get around each image.  I simply cut the rectangles out with scissors.

Use the glue stick and glue the round onto the scalloped round.

Apply a strip of hot glue on the center back of the round, press one of the lollipop sticks into the glue and hold to set.  Apply glue to the back of the lollipop stick and press a second scalloped circle onto the glue (make sure you line up the images correctly).

You can use these in a cupcake, a tart, a pumpkin (as a place setting), or anything you want.

For the tag I glued it to a piece of ribbon and wrapped it around to pumpkin tartlets in a cello bag.

These would be perfect for Christmas tags for gifts and they would be customized to how you want them.

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