Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Not a Party Cow Party

Earlier this month, our baby turned one! A couple of months ago, I had asked Dan what he wanted to do for Emmett's birthday and he said "not have a party". I had to laugh but he went on to explain that he thought it was unnecessary since Emmett wouldn't remember it anyway.

So, we had an unparty party. Almost every Sunday evening, my inlaws get together for pizza. Emmett's birthday happened to fall on a Sunday so we volunteered to host pizza at our house, invited my family to join us, decorated it up a little bit and had cake with our pizza.

A few months ago, we were reading up on nine month milestones for babies and somewhere we read that a baby should be able to see a picture of a cow and say "moo." I personally thought that was really far fetched- isn't that like preschool material?! Dan made it his personal goal to get Emmett to "moo" when he saw a picture of a cow asap. He didn't make it by nine months but by golly, he had it down pat by 12. So, we thought it be fitting that he have a cow party.

Not a farm party.

Not a cowboy party.

Just a cow party.

And here's how we have a "not a party cow party":

Double layer 9x13 cake with cow spots made from sugar paper. What great stuff!
For the tshirt, I cut a "1" from cow print felt and used a red whip stitch around the edge.

And here's the birthday boy eating his cupcake. What a face. I could just eat HIM up!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All Things

For weeks now, I've been telling myself that I'm going to start blogging again. But someone has replaced my good sleeping baby with a one year old who likes to get up at 4:30 in the morning or babble happily for no reason from 12:30am until 3:30am.

Monday morning, he was up at 4:30. As I sat rocking him, I realized he was not going back to sleep any time soon. And, since Monday is grocery day, it seemed like the next logical step would be to do something productive and go grocery shopping. We were done and home, back in bed, by 6:45. But alas, the alarm goes off at 7:00 so that sleep didn't last long for me.

Today, Wednesday, I had plans to get up early so I could prepare food for the cook off at our moms meeting this morning. Emmett apparently had plans to be up for three hours in the middle of the night. Watching lightning (which was quite impressive, I must admit) and babbling away. For THREE hours. When the alarm went off at 7:00, I announced to Dan that I was not going to church this morning, hit snooze, rolled over, and went back to sleep.

I had to get up and get everyone ready and out the door and while I was working on that, I decided I WAS going to go to church after all. I'd really been looking forward to it and it was our last meeting. So, hurry up and get ready, get food in the oven, and get everyone else ready and surprisingly, I (we) made it without getting too frazzled. Only one kid almost missed the bus. Thank goodness Mr. Bill doesn't mind waiting a few seconds as my kid scurried out the door, one shoe tied, to make it on the bus (darn you Minecraft videos!)

At church, we did this really great craft:

I am going to hang mine on my picture wall. Which is currently just a figment of my imagination. But now I have a reason to create one!

And, as a extra special surprise this morning, I won best overall dish for the cook off! And to think I wasn't going to go.

What a fun prize pack! A folding chopping board, cookbook, apron (the boys and I love to don aprons when we bake!) paper and pen, whisk, and scraper. LOVE it!!
Here is the recipe that won the prize:
3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
8 medium green onions, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts, drained, diced
1 pouch (6 oz) ready to eat crabmeat, flaked
3 packages (15 shells each) mini fillo dough shells, thawed
Heat oven to 375.
In large bowl, mix all ingredients except shells with spoon until well blended.
Place shells on cookie sheet, fill with about 1 tablespoon crab mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until shells are puffed and golden brown.
Serve warm.
If I had known I was going to win, I would have taken a pic. And, needless to say, when I picked up my dish, they were all gone so not even leftovers to take a pic of. But trust me, they are delicious! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.
And, finally, baby is sleeping so I'm gonna go get me some of that, too. Have a super blessed day and remember, we can do all things through God who gives us strength (Phil. 4:13). Something I've been telling myself a lot lately.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Quiet Morning

Good morning, world! As I am sitting here trying to find time to write, I am quickly reminded partially of why it's been so long since I've written: my baby is now one year old and he keeps me hoppin'! I can't sit down at the computer without him wanting to pluck away at the keys. He's also down to one nap a day, which I typically join him for :)

Another reason why I haven't been posting much is because sometimes I lose sight of WHY I write. I want to encourage and inspire people but I have a tendency to get discouraged because I don't have a thousand followers or because only a hand full of people read my posts but you know what? Even if my post speaks to only one person, that's one more than if I hadn't written the post.

I read a great blog post the other day about living quietly that was a huge aha! moment for me. Like Micha, I have something to say and I enjoy writing. I cannot keep up with the mainstream blogging community but I can still say what I have to say and pray that it'll touch at least one person who reads it.

Now, in my trying to stay focused, I would like to know- what do you like to read about and/ or what would you like to see less of? Give a gal a hand and let me know!

Have a blessed day!