Tuesday, February 26, 2013

8 months today

he wants to be standing at all times! The kid is gonna walk before he crawls!

his first bite of a french fry... it didnt end well at all. 

hi there!

he loves that little fish 

haha, Abigale was trying to scare him

crawling all over and up the couch! 

sleepy bubba

i just love his little hands 

and sweet little feet 

i just want to keep him so small and sweet.

Monday, February 25, 2013

two things i love!

Know what i love?? Tacos! Know what else i love?? Bountiful baskets!! Put them together and you get dinner!!

I'm a pretty simple gal. i like simple easy GOOD food. i love to cook, but i love to cook simple things. You wont find me making meals that take hours to prepare (unless its in a crock pot!) Tacos are my favorite for so many reasons! They are easy to make, easy to clean up, dont require utensils, and you can put just about anything in them!! 

if i use hamburger meat i do usually use that good ole packet seasoning, but i buy one that contains natural spices, no MSG, and no artificial flavors or colors (crazy that you actually have to TRY to avoid those)

Here are a few of my favorite preparations! 

BB flour tortillas, ground beef with taco seasoning, mozzarella cheese, green bell pepper, onion, and lettuce 

*corn tortilla, chicken fajita meat, shredded colby cheese, black beans, corn, onion, and tomato

*corn tortilla, beef skirt steak, cilantro, queso fresco, tomato, and onion

*flour tortilla, fajita meat, spinach, bell pepper, onion, tomato, cilantro, and lime juice  


It occurred to me the other day at Abigale's birthday party that my son is 8 months old (will be tomorrow) and still has zero teeth. He was playing with the adorable little miss Piper who is a few weeks older than him. She has 3 teeth, he has none. It's nothing to be concerned with as far as development goes. Some children get their teeth later, and actually from what i have read late blooming seems to be a good thing. BUT Owen has been teething, drooling, and fussing for MONTHS! He wakes up with his teeth hurting in the middle of the night, and teething tablets are a joke! He wont chew frozen teethers, or frozen rags, or frozen anything for that matter. When i have some, he likes chewing on celery and thick pieces of cucumber. He also likes chewing on my purse handle, but it's sad. He just whines while he chews. I feel bad for him. His teeth are beginning to make their way to the surface, i can see them under his gums. I see several teeth in there actually, and now i'm so afraid that they are all gonna poke through at once. The past few days he has been in super drool mode, and super whine mode. Unless he is being fed he is whining (or thats how it feels anyway. Unfortunately it looks like he could potentially have 8 teeth coming in at the same time!! OMGGGGGGG I'm trying to keep my sanity and think that if they all do happen to come in at the same time i will at least get it over with!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

George Jones

George Jones is playing a farewell tour and just so happens to be coming to greenville to play downtown. i wish Mamaw were still here to see him. She loved George Jones. I have all of her old records and she had a TON of his albums and they're all signed. i wish they weren't in storage so that i could post a picture. I've never necessarily been a fan of his, but now that he is coming and mamaw is gone i keeping feeling like i want to go just for her. i miss mamaw. I miss dinner at her house, black eyed pea cornbread, mashed potatoes, and meat loaf would be so good right now. So many things remind me of her, and of the times we spent together. i know everyone has a time, and she lived a long and hopefully happy life, but it's hard not to be sad sometimes. She was such an amazing grandmother to my sister and I. i hope i am half the grandmother she was to us. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

chocolate chip cookies for one please

Ever since i got pregnant with Owen i've had a sweet tooth. I've always liked sweets in moderation but now its like GIVE ME THAT COOKIE!! If i am wanting something sweet i will literally eat everything in my path in attempt to satisfy the craving. We dont keep many sweets in the house so for me a craving for sweets usually means i have to bake something. My loverly husband gets upset when he comes home to tons of cookies or cake because he has zero self control and will eat them all up ruining his hard work at the gym. SO to in an attempt to satisfy my sweet tooth AND keep a happy husband I have finally after a few attempts created a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that makes a perfect dozen!! I'm also lazy and hate washing dishes after baking so i have managed to create these cookies using only 5 items that need to be washed :) 

i use unbleached flour so they look slightly darker than golden 

The perfect dozen

1/4 cup room temp butter (i buy the cute half sticks) 
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup+2T flour
1/4t salt 
1/4t baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or whatever yumminess you want to add to the batter)
1/2 egg*

*i know, i know... how to get half an egg?? I have used the white of one egg and it works great! or, if you are crafty enough crack the egg and only allow half of it to ooze into the bowl. 

Preheat oven to 375

1. in a bowl combine butter and sugars 
        *i use a spoon and press the mix against the side of the bowl until it forms a consistent buttery dough 
2. add vanilla and egg and stir with spoon until incorporated 
3. in a second bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda
4. slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until dough is formed
       * if the dough looks too thin add a touch more flour
5. add chocolate chips and stir to combine
6. scoop spoon fulls onto cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes until golden and delicious!!! 

so total i used 2 bowls, 1 spoon, a cookie sheet, and a 1/4 cup measuring cup. For all of the tsp ingredients i eyeball it :) 

These are so dang good! i always eat a few, then store the others in a ziploc bag and hide them in the pantry!!! YUMMMYYY