Meeting Neighbors

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby and I went on a baking campaign that began yesterday evening. I knew I wanted to make cutouts, but couldn’t find my go to recipe. I also knew I didn’t want to do my usual frosting with a baby as a helper. Royal icing is a project for bigger kids:) I remembered your recipe

Mr. Baby got to put all the ingredients into the stand mixer and push the buttons. He thought that was great!!! Then, I gave him a step stool so he could be next to me while I rolled dough and cut out the cookies. He loved splashing around in the flour and squishing his personal clump of dough. It took about an hour to make the cookies and another hour to clean up after all the fun we had. 

Recipe Review: 

Your mother-in-law’s sugar cookies roll out very easily, which is not always true with cut-out cookies. The cookie alone is not sweet, but it is soft and almond-y. The frosting itself, would be too sweet, but a thin layer on these cookies is perfect. When I don’t have time for royal icing, this is my new go to recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Also, it makes about 6.5 dozen medium cookies. Might make a half batch in future… or freeze some without frosting and thaw and frost when needed.


This morning we made heart shaped brownie bites and rice crispy bites too. And we whipped up a batch of icing and frosting the butter cookies from the night before. Everything turned out great! 

I used a silicone pan. The plastic pouches of brownie mix are just the correct amount of batter for one pan. We sprayed each cavity with baking spay that greases and flours in one step, added a tablespoon of batter to each cavity, and baked just a few minutes shy of the full package baking time. Then we cooled them 10 minutes before pressing them out of the pan. Our drizzle is candy melts. We didn’t have pink so we melted white and red ones together:)

For the rice crispy treats, we made a half batch of my usual rice crispy treats and mixed in a jar of sprinkles for festive appeal:)


During Mr. Baby’s nap I made calling cards with our names, street address, phone, and email. When he woke up we arranged cookie plates and headed out to introduce ourselves to our new neighbors. In the course of an hour and a half we knocked on a dozen doors. Half were home, and happy to tell us all about our new neighborhood. It was an afternoon well spent. Now we can really get to know everyone better when the cold goes away and we all start hanging around outside!

Love,

b

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Happy Birthday Grandma

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby is always getting cute notes from Grandma! Now she has special Grandma stationary:)

…and this cute crochet bird house that I got from Miss Patty, but I thought Grandma would simply adore.

Love,

b

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Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

We started the evening with a game of dreidel.

We used this helpful chart style instruction sheet to guide our game.

Then, Charlotte lit the Menorah while I sang the blessings.

Baruch ahah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, asher kiddeshanu b’mitzvotav, vitzivanu, lehadlik ner shel Hanukkah. Give thanks for the blessing of lighting the Hanukkah candles.

Baruch ahah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, she-asah missim la-avotaynu bayamim ha-hem barman hazen. Give thanks for the miracles performed for our ancestors.

I put the finishing touches on dinner, while Charlotte read The Chanukkah Guest to the three kiddos.

Menu

Latke Topped Salmon served with Applesauce and Sour Cream

Roasted Root Vegetables and Dinner Rolls

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Latke Topped Salmon
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pound salmon filet (thick end)
  2. 2 T butter or ghee, cubed
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 16 oz package shredded hash brown potatoes
  5. 1/4 c butter or ghee
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Place salmon in prepared dish. Arrange bits of butter on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, brown potatoes in ghee, in a hot skillet until moderately crisp and golden.
  4. Top salmon with cooked hash brown. Serve with applesauce and sour cream on the side.
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They don’t look glamorous because my photography is lacking a certain je ne said quoi, as it usually does, but I assure you… they taste glamorous!

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 3 beets
  2. 4 carrots
  3. 3 parsnips
  4. 2 sweet potatoes
  5. 1 red onion
  6. 1/2 c cider vinegar
  7. 1/2 c olive oil
  8. 1/4 c brown sugar
  9. 1 t thyme
Instructions
  1. Peel and thinly slice all vegetables.
  2. Preheat oven to 450. Line two jellyroll pans with foil.
  3. Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and thyme. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  4. Spread vegetables evenly over prepared pans. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pans halfway through.
Notes
  1. In future, I plan to by raw pre-cut sweet potato fries and half baby carrots to save prep time.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
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Pecan Cheesecake Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 refrigerated pie crust
Cheesecake Layer
  1. 2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, soft
  2. 1/4 c granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
Pecan Layer
  1. 2/3 c dark corn syrup
  2. 2/3 c granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 T butter, melted
  5. 1 t vanilla extract
  6. 1 c pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a springform pan. Center and press pie crust into pan.
  2. Beat together cheese layer. Pour over crust.
  3. Beat together pecan layer, stirring in nuts last. Pour over cheese layer carefully, so they don't mix.
  4. Lightly fold down any crust that extends more than 1/4 inch beyond filling. Bake 50-60 minutes.
Adapted from Inside BruCrew Wife
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With only 25 days left until the big move, it was biter sweet for us to talk as the children played into the night. They weren’t just neighbors, they were and are friends so wonderful they embraced us like family! We’ll miss Texas because of all the wonderful people and the strong sense of community we will be leaving behind, but we will work hard to recreate it in our next home!!!

Hope your Hanukkah was great like ours!

Love,

b

 

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Baby’s Produce

Hi Sis,

As you know, I have been having fun entering the world of amigurumi, otherwise known as crochet or knit miniatures…. which, is something I never saw a purpose in. But, when you asked for some stuffed toys for Mr. Baby, I ended up making a collection. I can’t  wait to give it to him after you guys move!

Some of the patterns

Tomato, Mushroom, Eggplant (I changed the top), Banana, Onion, Apple, Lemons, Strawberry

 

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Daddy’s Creation for Mr. Baby

Dear Sis,

This morning Josh had an epiphany, “I know what to give Mr. Baby for Christmas,” he exclaimed. Shortly after his declaration, he and Mr. Baby left to run some errands. Although, Josh highlighted their stop to price check rental moving trucks to me… it was also a materials run for his mysterious gift.

Throughout the afternoon, Josh stepped outside for ten to twenty minutes at a time. He was inside when Mr. Baby awoke from his afternoon nap. They cuddled for a bit, then Josh went outside again. Mr. Baby crawled to the door, stood himself up as tall as he could manage, and gave a good effort to opening the door. When he realized his attempts were in vain, he broke down into tears. I had pity on him. We shoed up and went out to find Daddy. We found him in the shed hovering over a piece of lumber, fitting a blade into the circular saw. When I asked what he was fixing, he replied that he was not fixing anything, he was making Mr. Baby something.

Mr. Baby felt better setting eyes on the Daddy, but now that we were outside he was taken in by his new surroundings. We set off for a stroll so the Daddy could work in peace.

We returned home to see this on Mr. Baby’s play mat:

Mr. Baby crawled right over to his new toy and got busy flicking his new shiny door stoppers. Door stoppers are one of Mr. Baby’s favorite things with which to play. Daddy’s creation is a show stopping winner in Mr. Baby’s book!!! 

Love,

b

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