Monday, March 31, 2014
Ahhhhh the sun is shining again!!!
Josh and I pulled into our driveway last night after a nice weekend out and saw the first blooms in our front yard. It was snowing when this happened but HEY it's 65° out today so I'll take it!!!!
Yesterday our little gal turned ten months old. Double digits. 2 months away from a whole freaking year old. She's officially been out of the womb longer than she was in it. It's all too crazy!!!! I can't take it!!!!
She's walking more and more every day. Feeding herself finger foods, babbling more often, playing with Cali. I found her today playing behind our bed. She had crawled between the head board and wall. Exploring little monkey!
ooh la la onesie babyGap last year || leggings
I love you so much little Hadley!! You make every day better than the last.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Happy Friday my friends!
I am slowly but surely coming out of a Scandal haze. I've watched almost all 3 seasons in a matter of days. Some may see that as a problem/embarrassing but I like to think of it as an accomplishment.
And now that I actually know what the date is and am not just living in Shondaland with Oliva Pope... I've realized Easter is quickly approaching! Time to gather some fun Easter basket goodies.
I'm so excited to put together a little basket for my girl! With some candy for me... hehehe. But seriously. We all know Easter egg holiday Reese's are the BEST. I've been eyeing that Alice in Wonderland book for a while now. The Babylit board books are so awesome for kids! They tell so many classic stories such as Romeo & Juliet, Sense & Sensibility, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with beautiful and fun illustrations for children. I can't wait to build a little collection.
We most likely won't do an Easter egg hunt this year since she doesn't quite get that concept but I know it will be so much fun to do with her next year! I've also been checking out this colorful garland for a little Easter decoration.. so simple and cute.
Yesterday our little gal took a header to this annoying step we have into our family room. Surprisingly, it wasn't even while she was practicing her new found mobility. Her head swelled and bruised up so fast it freaked me out... and I don't freak that easily!
As everyone keeps telling me, this is just the beginning of bumps, bruises and crocodile tears :(
My mom reminded me yesterday of the time I hit my head when I was two and actually cracked it open. I remember playing in one of those miniature plastic chairs... rocking back and forth like they tell you not to do. Lost my balance and hit the corner of a chest. She had to call an ambulance because she couldn't drive with my six month old baby sister and hold my bleeding head together. Two stitches in this noggin, badass alert.
I don't know how she dealt with all of that craziness as a single mommy!
I guess that makes her the real badass.
Here's to the last weekend in March, reunions with old pals and many, many beers.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Holy hannah, we've got a walker!!!!
Hadley has been dabbling in taking baby steps the last week but yesterday we captured the official first steps!!
The concentration. The caution. It's all too good.
So now we'll be dealing with a terrified doggy and Hadley's sea legs. She looks like such a big girl, I really can't believe she's walking now. Mind blowing!
And because one video just isn't enough... here is her latest venture in fake laughs.
I love her little personality and can't wait to see it grow more and more over these months :)
Monday, March 24, 2014
Josh, Hadley and I took a spur of the moment trip to visit family down in Tennessee this past weekend for my granddad's birthday. Josh and Hadley had never met this side of the family before so I was very excited to introduce them to everyone and meet another new baby in the family, little Waylon!
Waylon is a few months older than Hadley and watching them play together made me want more babies. And definitely a little boy. But I'm gonna have to wait on that!!!
Hadley has been to a few play groups with other babies but she has never played one-on-one with a little pal for this long. She basically tackled him when we first got there but slowly learned what personal space means. Sorta. They had so much fun!
My dad, step mom, brother and sister also made the trip down with us. It was so nice to spend time together as a big ole, wacky family.
We also got to eat at the restaurant my Aunt works at for my granddad's birthday dinner. She's the executive chef at a historic Inn and I've never had the chance to eat her food before. It was AMAZING. And I'm not just being biased! I had her goat milk braised chicken over sweet potato mash, spinach and ratatouille. It was as ridiculously tasty as it sounds.
I also ate a bite of everyone's dish because I'm annoying like that and everything was so incredible. I am so proud of you Ash!!! Your food is da bomb!!!
Yesterday we made the long, 9 hour trek home. Hadley actually did pretty well in the car. Josh and I were a little terrified about how the road trip would go but we managed to survive with only a few meltdowns. I think she's going to be much happier when she can face forward and see everything around her.
Today I am happy for lounging on the couch, continuing my Scandal marathons and recharging our batteries. Hadley is getting back into her schedule and just seems super happy to be out of a car seat. I'll be super happy when Winter finally exits stage left and lets Spring take center stage. The sun is supposed to return this Friday so I'll be hibernating until then.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Who loves chicken pot pie?
This girl does!
And even better, lets make individual serving sizes so I don't eat 3,000 calories in one sitting.
I was going to make an easy recipe from Cambell's but then I was watching Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network and saw her whipping up mini chicken pot pies. I took it as fate and decided to get ballsy with making my own crust. Thanks for the confidence Trish.
I only had 4 ramekins (of two different sizes...) so I cut the original recipe in half. If you have 8 ramekins or want to make a large 9x13inch casserole of this dish you can see the original recipe here.
What you need...
F o r t h e f i l l i n g
4 medium sized ramekins (about 10 oz)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup peeled and diced red potatoes
1/2 stick unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the ramekins
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
Ground black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup whole kernel corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 tsp celery seeds
F o r t h e c r u s t
1 cup self-rising flour or bisquick
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup grated parmesean
What you do...
Preheat the oven to 375°.
F o r t h e f i l l i n g
Put the chicken breasts in a large pot and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Add enough water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool on a plate. DO NOT TOSS THE WATER! Reserve that chicken stock for your sauce. Once the chicken is cool, cut into bite size pieces.
While the chicken is cooking, fill a medium-sized pot with the potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt. Fill with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook until the potatoes are tender (you can easily pierce with a fork), about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool.
Next, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add your carrots and cook those for 5 minutes. Next add your celery, onions, a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook these down until the onions are soft and almost see-through. Then add another 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has completely melted add the flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes. Next add the milk and 1.5 cups of your reserved chicken broth to the mixture. Continue stirring this for 7 minutes until the sauce thickens. Finally, add the chicken, corn, peas, celery seeds and garlic powder. Mix well and remove from heat.
Grease your ramekins with butter and place on a large baking sheet.
Evenly divide the potatoes among your ramekins. Pour the filling over the potatoes and leave about 1/4-inch at the top for your crust.
F o r t h e c r u s t
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the baking mix and pepper. Add in the melted butter and buttermilk. Whisk this until smooth. Lastly, stir in your parmesan. Pour the batter into each ramekin on top of the filling. Smooth it over. Be careful not to mix it in with the filling.
Bake your pies for 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown and crispy. Let them sit for at least 10 minutes before serving... the inside is so hot! Do not burn your tongue!!!
Mmmmmmmmmm these things fill your kitchen with the most delicious smell EVER. I wish I could share a smell through the computer!!
I hope you all enjoy these little delights as much as we did :)
Cheers to the freakin' weekend,
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
So the temperatures here are slowly but surely starting to rise and I'm desperately hoping
we are done with snow FOREVER. Or at least until Hadley can play in it next year!
Let the sun shine down on me!!!!!!
Sorry, that was so cheesy but I could not stop myself.
Hadley is growing like crazy these days so I've been on the hunt for some new clothes for her. There are so many adorable Spring and Summer pieces out there. I'm obsessed!
Baby infinity scarfs are pretty much the best thing on Earth. They serve as great food catchers too.
I also have a serious obsession with baby pajamas. In my mind, nothing is cuter than a little rascal in footie PJs and some serious bed head.
I think this Winter is almost done people! Fingers crossed!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Green greetings my friends!
Did you know it's improper to say "St. Patty's"? The Today show just informed me so now I'm all sorts of proper with my double dd's (not to be confused with my big ole breasts).
This morning I whipped up some green pancakes... Hadley's first pancake ever! I added spinach to get the green color and some extra nutrition in there (thank you Amy over at Little Hip Squeaks for the idea!) I couldn't taste a difference at all.
Just prepare the pancakes as you usually do (instant or homemade) and then add your spinach in last. If you use frozen spinach your mix may be extra runny so feel free to add a bit more mix in until you get the consistency you want. Serve them sweet or savory, whatever you choose!
Those flapjacks match the tea kettle perfectly. WHAT a cowinkydink.
These would be a fun little addition to a green eggs and ham meal too :)
In other news.. it snowed. AGAIN. There are about 7 inches on the ground now but the temperatures are rising so we are hoping to get some green adult beverages in our bellies tonight! Mama needs a brew-ha-ha!
headband Little Hip Squeaks last season
I hope you too will be enjoying some green beers in all your festiveness. Nothing makes a Monday more enjoyable than a reason to party.
Cheers you little leprechauns!!