Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recipe a day: Day 4

Today I really need to focus on other baby prep and organizing so for today's recipe I decided to try a simple idea that's all over pinterest right now using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and a waffle iron.

Recipe # 4: Cinnamon Roll Waffles


My waffle iron is designed to make waffle sticks so I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but I was pleasantly surprised because it actually worked. I was a little skeptical just because everything on pinterest seems easier than it actually is, but this is actually pretty fool-proof.


On my preheated and oiled waffle iron, I placed four cinnamon rolls and let cook for maybe a minute or two. Once I could smell the cinnamon rolls and the sizzling stopped, I popped them out and drizzled with icing.


I thought these would be really adorable to serve at a small brunch or a breakfast bridal/baby shower because they're so easy and work well as finger food!

~Margaret

Monday, July 22, 2013

Recipe a day: Day 3

Today started out rainy and relaxing; perfect to get back to baking. I didn't accomplish as many recipes as I would have liked to last week, but I at least got cookies in my freezer so that makes me happy. I made mini cheesecakes Friday with a mini cupcake tin and they turned out great, but I should have doubled the batch because all of none of them made it to the freezer. opps. If I have time, I will definitely be making more!

Recipe # 3

This week I really want to focus on breakfast foods. Nothing makes my morning better than knowing my husband started his day with a good breakfast. I also know that once this baby comes having time and energy to make a decent breakfast for him in the morning will be next to impossible. A while back I saw the idea on pinterest to make breakfast sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them and knew I had to do this.


So I started with dividing English muffins.


I wanted to make a dozen this time so I used a muffin top pan to bake the eggs...of course an idea I found on pinterest.


The first time I tried this the eggs stuck really badly to the pan so this time I made sure really oil the pan. Also, I punctured the yokes so that the egg cooked through and there wasn't a runny center. I cooked the eggs at 350 degrees for about 13-15 minutes. I really wanted to make sure the egg was fully cooked because the consistency of an under cooked egg is really unappealing to Marshal, so I baked them until the edges were a bit brown and crispy.


Once the eggs completely cooled, I topped them with Canadian bacon and a slice of American cheese, wrapped them in foil and Voila! breakfast for more than two weeks.


I feel like there are so many options with these and hope I have more time later to make a few with sausage patties or bacon to mix it up!

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A picture from last week that makes me smile.


She put the hair clips in and was super proud!

~Margaret

Friday, July 19, 2013

Recipe a Day: Day 2

Recipe #2: The Best Peanut Butter Cookies You'll Ever Have

....but they weren't. They were actually along the lines of worst.


They looked decent and I didn't screw up the recipe, but they turned out being really dry, almost powdery. Anyways, they weren't the chewy delicious peanut butter cookies I had been dreaming of and I probably won't even take the time to share the recipe.


Now I'm going to obsess until I find a good recipe, so if you have a peanut butter cookie recipe you love, please SHARE! I want to have my freezer stocked with plenty of peanut butter cookies for my brother, Matthew, because he sticks to a dairy-free diet and I want to lure him into not leaving for college before the baby comes!

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A picture from a few days ago after leaving my grandma's pool.


He has turned into such a water baby, I absolutely love watching him plan in the water.


She lets me do her hair, which I know won't last forever, but for now I'm loving it. I'm not very good but it is so much fun!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A recipe a day: Day 1

A watched pot never boils just like a pregnancy count down never ends. I don't want to focus on how many days I have left because nobody other than God knows that...so I'm going to focus on stocking my freezer and trying new recipes. I did this towards the end of Johnny's pregnancy and really enjoyed it. I'm not saying I'm a super chef or that this is something to learn from, I'm just trying to keep myself from going crazy. 



Baking really isn't all that therapeutic for me and I usually stay away from the oven as much as possible in the summer time. However, this late in the pregnancy I really need to keep my mind busy. So to make everyone's life more enjoyable, while baking, I try to keep to two main rules before I start: 1.) begin with a clean kitchen. If I began with a mess, the end result is usually a mess. I also try to clean as I go so it doesn't become too overwhelming...if you don't have a dishwasher, you understand. 2.) make sure Johnny boy is napping. 'nuff said.


Recipe #1: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies



I know everyone boasts about finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and really how many times have you eaten one and was like 'well that was a mediocre cookie.' This one, however, is the best....or at least it's my favorite ;). I guess to me, the perfect cookie is a little bit crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I really don't like the whole take-em-out-early method, because a soggy falling apart cookie isn't what I crave. And I feel like with this recipe that's the results I achieve.

I found this recipe years ago from allrecipes.com and haven't strayed since. I actually love this recipe so much that I've written it out and keep a copy in my wallet. I know! Crazy! I don't know why...


I've definitely blogged about these cookies before, matter of fact right here if you'd like to go back and reminisce, so I won't go into every little detail of the recipe....also, I spent way too much time trying to take a picture of the cookies and now Johnny is waking up.


Not a bad way to get up from nap time...even though they look miserable being forced to eat a cookie.

~Margaret

Monday, July 15, 2013

My boy.

Johnny bear.


You are changing so fast. Before my eyes you've become this little man with such a huge personality. I still think of you as my baby but then you prove me wrong by shouting your independent favorite phrase, "myself!"

  
This past month your vocabulary has exploded and you've started putting little two word phrases together. I think your favorite thing to say is beach ball because I'll catch you walking around the house using the word for no reason other than just to hear it. You are also a champ at saying sorry even if it wasn't your fault!


Last night you woke up and couldn't fall back to sleep. You so rarely have kept me up at nights, being the amazing sleeper you've become, that I didn't mind the quiet time we had together. We watched Baby Einstein together and every time the Gorilla or Elephant came on you smiled sleepily, because they are your favorite.


You love wearing shoes and sweat shirts and being wrapped up in a blanket. I thought summer would teach you to love wearing nothing but a diaper, but I was wrong. Every time we head outside you still ask for your coat. Maybe it's just a stage but I think you just might love the cool weather like your daddy!


Hide-and-seek is probably your favorite thing in the world to play. I'm really not a fan of this game because it usually involves a blanket or something over your head, but I guess as long as you don't play hide-and-seek in Ernst Sporting Goods like your Uncle Max did then I'm fine with it! You are also really good at playing with puzzles. You surprised me the other night by finding the correct places for most of the alphabet puzzle pieces.


I know you don't fully understand the change that is about to happen around here, but with your laid back nature I know you will adjust to having a SECOND sister just fine.


I didn't realize how much having a little boy could change my heart. You can get away with just about anything just by looking up at me with those big blue eyes. It's so hard to say no to you because you do everything with a smile and a laugh, even if it's something you know will get you into trouble.


Johnny boy, you mean the world to me and your daddy and even though you won't be the baby of our family much longer you will always be my baby.

~Mommy

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

4th of July

The best part about Marshal's rotations being over is that we don't have to miss him on holidays anymore. It's nice just knowing that he'll be there for all of them now. It only took a few holidays apart to make me never take for granted the holidays we have together ever again.  


The weather really didn't want cooperate with my plans to swim all day and I was kind'of bumming about it but we ended up really enjoying our day together at home.


Between pop up rain showers and thunderstorms, we squeezed in a little cookout with my family.



Between all the popsicles and ice cream and undivided attention from uncles and aunts, Molly started to look a little strung out towards the end of the evening. But to me, dirty toes, sticky fingers and crazy hair means Fourth of July was well celebrated. 

And because we weren't going to see any firecrackers this year, we had to bust out a little sparkler fun.




Constructing a sparkler spectacular in the grass.


The end result.

I know I'm behind but, Happy Independence Day!
~Margaret