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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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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Adding a Drawstring to Baby Pants

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby is long and thin. Last well check he was in the 13th percentile for his weight and the 97th for his height. The result… loosy-goosey pants that are too short before they fit in the waist!!! Carter’s is the best fit for our long tall baby and they do make some adjustable waist separates, but I find myself buying sets to save money. In past months, I was taking his pants in, but I thought, “There must be an easier way!” 

So, How did I do it, with no seam ripping, trimming, and sewing?

I used, a really BIG needle, some 1/4 – 3/8 inch ribbon, scissors, and a lighter!

Insert needle on the left side of the center of the waistband, in the space between fabric and elastic, to the center back. 

Thread needle with ribbon. Pull through. Reinsert needle in the same hole, again traveling between fabric and elastic, to right side of the center of the waistband. Retread needle and pull ribbon through. 

Holding the ends of the ribbon to assure that they don’t slip back into the waistband. Flex the waistband, and center ribbon. Trim ribbon tails a few inches beyond the crotch of the pants. Prevent fraying, but singeing ribbon ends.

Love,

b

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Outdoor Play Area

Dear Sis,

We have been seeing a lot of 100 degree days lately, so we haven’t been taking as many walks and playing outside as much as usual. Mr. Baby and I were both missing the out-of-doors, and thus, a plan was born.

The house we are renting has a screened in porch that has been nothing more than outdoor storage to us since we moved in. Yesterday, we shopped for a swing and patio mat. Today we did the hard work of hauling out all the stuff, vacuuming and hosing down the space, and installing our play space upgrades:)

I was so focused on cleaning, I forgot to get a before shot while everything was still messy, so our before shot is post-cleaning.

I transformed the clean space into our new play space during nap time. Mr. Baby must have known it would take a while, because he was generous enough to nap 1.5 hours. 

While we were shopping for supplies, we picked up a bubble machine. 

Love,

b

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Nursery Decor

Dear Sis,

Now that Mr. Baby’s crib is moved into the boy’s room, I felt like the space needed some cute baby touches. Best part… It was free! I used baby cards, 4 Command hooks, and some leftover 1/8 inch ribbon I already had on hand.

Love,

b

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