Visiting & Packing

Dear Auntygoof,

Today we visited Mr. David. Mama decided to put the music up, so I wouldn’t touch it. I pulled out the chair and climbed onto the table to watch it, but I was good. I didn’t touch it:)

Later, the boxes Daddy ordered for Mama came and we started packing. Mama is super excited about the new house! She says I’m going to like seeing all my family more often:)

Drooly Kisses,

Mr. Baby

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Peanut Brittle & The Park

Dear Auntygoof,

Today I watched Mama make Peanut Brittle.

Boiling candy is fascinating. When it first starts to boil, it looks like it might boil out of the pot! Then it calms down a bit, into white foamy bubbles like these:

Then the foam goes away, but the bubbling continues, until Mama says it is time to put in the peanuts.

After the candy making, Mama and I walked to the park. I tried the rocking horse for the first time!

Drooly Kisses,

Mr. Baby

 

 

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Holiday Cards 2017

Dear Sis,

After weeks of work, the holiday cards are finally complete! 

The design came to me backwards this year. I made the inside of the cards first.

I used vellum to create a frosty look:) Next, the snowflakes had to glued onto the vellum and the rhinestones stickers placed. Then, the vellum was glued to the inside of the cards with a dab of glue behind the snowflake. 

After making 165 relatively identical snowmen, I am board of snowmen! 

I’m happy with this year’s cards. It takes much longer to do a big project with a baby around:)

Love,

b

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Our Little Pumpkin is One

Dear Sis,

We had fun celebrating Mr. Baby’s first birthday with our neighbor friends. Our menu consisted of some of Mr. Baby’s favorite foods:

Chicken Nuggets

Mac and Cheese

Broccoli

Fruit Salad in Jack o Lantern Bowls

(made by our neighbor Merrill; inspired by Pinterest)

Pumpkin Patch Cake

Mac and Cheese
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. small pasta, cooked
  2. 1/4 c ghee or butter
  3. 3/4 c milk
  4. 1 (10.75 oz) can Cream of Cheddar soup
  5. 1 c gouda, shredded
  6. 1 c sharpe cheddar, shredded
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain.
  2. Over low heat, stir in ghee until melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until cheese is melted and smooth.
Adapted from jamiegoof
Adapted from jamiegoof
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Pumpkin Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  2. 1 1/2 c granulated sugar
  3. 1 c avocado oil
  4. 4 eggs, beaten
  5. 2 c unbleached flour
  6. 2 t baking powder
  7. 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  8. 1 t baking soda
Frosting
  1. 2 (8 oz) pkg Neufchatel cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 c powdered sugar
  4. 1 T vanilla bean paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x13 baking pan.
  2. Beat together puree, sugar, oil, and eggs.
  3. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes. Cool.
Frosting
  1. Beat together all ingredients and spread over cooled pumpkin bars.
Notes
  1. If you choose to decorate your pumpkin bars, wait until the last minute, so the candies don't begin to dissolved and ooze. In the photos below you can see we learned that the hard way:)
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After our company left, Mr. Baby played with his new toys and shoes for a little while, I cleared away all the scattered packaging and added the new books to the shelf, and then Mr. Baby fell fast asleep. It was a big day of our little boy!

Love,

b

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Focaccia Bread

Dear Sis,

We had a new neighborhood Mama over for dinner last night. Her new baby boy is one month old. There was lots of baby and breastfeeding discussion over dinner:) I tried some new recipes for the occasion.

Focaccia Bread
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c olive oil
  2. 2 T minced garlic
  3. 1 T fresh rosemary or 1 t dry
  4. 1 T fresh thyme or 1 t dry
  5. 1/4 t ground pepper
  6. 1 c warm water
  7. 2 1/4 t active dry yeast
  8. 1 T honey
  9. 2 1/2 c unbleached flour
  10. 1 t salt
  11. 1 t garlic powder
  12. 1/2 c Parmesan, shredded
Instructions
  1. Heat oil and herbs in an iron skillet 5 - 10 minutes, take care not to burn garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a nonmetallic bowl, dissolve yeast in water and honey.
  3. Separate garlic from oil. Add to yeast mixture along with 1/4 c oil mixture.
  4. Stir in flour 1/2 c at a time and salt. Knead until smooth.
  5. Oil dough. Cover and rise 1 hour.
  6. Heat oven to 450. Grease 9x13 pan with 2 T herb oil. Press dough into pan. Spread remaining herb oil over bread. Dust with garlic powder.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and cool on wire rack.
Notes
  1. Stores airtight in fridge a few days.
Adapted from Inspired Taste
Adapted from Inspired Taste
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Focaccia paired well with Braised Beef Tortellini and Cesar Salad.

I also made Coconut Cream Pie for dessert but forgot to take a picture.

Coconut Cream Pie
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pie shell, baked
  2. 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  3. approx. 3/4 c heavy cream
  4. 3 yolks
  5. 3/4 c sugar
  6. 1/3 c cornstarch
  7. 1/4 t salt
  8. 1 t coconut extract
  9. 1 t vanilla extract
  10. 3/4 c toasted coconut flakes
Topping
  1. 1/2 c heavy cream
  2. 1/4 c powdered sugar
  3. 1/4 c toasted coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, cream, yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook stirring until thick.
  2. Stir in extracts and coconut. Pour into baked pie shell. Cool at room temperature. Chill.
  3. Beat heavy cream to stiff peak, adding powdered sugar 1 T at a time. Spread over coconut custard. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
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Love,

b

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Thanksgiving Favor for Classmates

Dear Sis,

We love our library story time friends and we love crafting, so we wanted to make them Thanksgiving Treats. Here is what we came up with!

Materials

Infant/Toddler sized gloves

Mini Raisin Boxes

Ribbon

Adhesive Wiggly Eyes

Happy Thanksgiving Printout

Cardstock/Tape Runner

Assembly

  1. Nest both gloves together, with one inside the other. 
  2. Place the box of raisins in the wrist opening of the gloves to form the base of the turkey as pictured below.

  1. Print and cut out labels. Mount to 2 1/4″ x 1 3/8″ pieces of yardstick. Punch corner with a hole punch. 
  2. Center label on ribbon and tie around fingers to create the turkey’s plumage.
  3. Place an adhesive wiggly eye on the thumb on the glove to create the turkey’s face.

My Tiny Helper

Love,

b

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