Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The BEST toys

Isn't it funny that her favorite toys are the junk I find laying around the house??? And it amazes me how she knows what a "baby toy" is and what isn't.... those are the one's she always wants!





Monday, October 25, 2010

Menu

Since I've been at home with Ellie, one of the things I stress out about the most is our grocery bill and planning dinners. I know, it doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but I know I spend too much at the grocery store because I'm not a great planner. So, I am going to try something out. I am going to start posting our weekly menus on here. I think if I plan it out better, I'll only buy what I need, and I'll be able to look back to what we were eating when I can't think of anything to cook.

Also, I've found some our favorite recipes off of other's blogs, so hopefully y'all will find some new ideas and things to try. To some of you, these posts will be rather dull, but hopefully you foodies will like them! So this week:

Sunday: Celebration Dinner- Eric's home! (He was in Chicago a couple of days for a wedding)
Italian Pot roast and Tortellini and veggies: This is so good and really good for a special dinner or anytime. Put mushrooms and diced onions in a crock pot. Sprinkle a chuck roast with pepper and cook in hot oil in a large skillet 2-3 minutes on each side. Put roast on top of mushrooms and onions in crock pot. Sprinkle w/ one envelope of onion soup mix. Pour one can of beef broth and one small (8 oz) can of tomato sauce over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (I did high for about an hour and low for about 3 because I didn't have 8 hours) Take out roast and keep warm. Into the juice, stir in 3 tbsp. tomato pasts, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning. In a small bowl, mix2 tbsp. cornstarch w/ 2 tbsp. water then add to pot. Cover and cook for 40 min. on high. This makes a delicious sauce! Mix roast back in. I then cooked some tortellini. I sauteed some onions and frozen peas and mixed it with the tortellini. I topped it with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. yum!

Monday: White chili. I have never made this, but Pioneer Woman never lets me down! I'm serving it w/ corn bread.

Tuesday: Sweet friend is having me over for dinner! Night off!

Wednesday: Eat at church

Thursday: Salsa Verde chicken burritos! This is one of our favorites I stole of one of my friends blog! Put chicken pieces in a crock pot with cooked onions and garlic. Cover with salsa verde and cook on low all day. Cut up chicken and I make burritos with whole wheat tortillas, black beans, cheese, and rice. I also serve it with this salsa. Eric loves this!

Friday: BBQ chicken with roasted veggies. I dice up butternut squash, sweet potato, and broccoli and put EVOO on top, season, and roast in the oven.

Saturday: SS party- I'm going to make the pumpkin cookies I wrote about below!

For lunch: Tomato Basil Soup
Saute one onion and 2-4 garlic cloves in butter. Heat 4 cups milk, but don’t boil. Combine 1 tbsp. tomato pasts, 3 14oz. cans of diced tomato's, ¼ cup flour, salt and pepper in a food processor. Add to the milk and simmer for 15 minutes. Add fresh basil.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A day in the country

Today was a really fun, fall filled day! Little Ellie slept in until 8:30, so we were all really well rested and rearing to go. Even though the weather is still quite warm, we decided that it was time to get in the fall spirit, so Eric took us out to the pumpkin patch. It was really pretty out there. It was fun to watch Ellie take in new things. Here are some pics from the day.


There were tons of giant sunflowers everywhere. So pretty.







So we had a good time. Ellie got to go to the petting zoo and loved the mini horse, we rode a covered wagon out to the patch, picked out some pumpkins, and lugged them home. Good day! And speaking of pumpkins, I will leave you all with an amazing (if I do say so myself...) pumpkin recipe (I figure that I steal so many recipes off of other blogs, that it is time I start giving back a little :)
Pumpkin Cookies
These are SO yummy and they make a lot (60 small or 40 large). They would be good even without the icing, but I would not recommend that (it is really good!) I would put a picture of them up... but they are gone.
Cookies:
2 cups shortening (plain Crisco)
2 eggs
4 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups raisins (optional- I did not use, not a huge fan)
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin (not the pie filling, but pure pumpkin)
2 tsp. salt
Cream shortening, pumpkin, and eggs together. Add dry ingredients. Mix in raisins. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet using a teaspoon (for small cookies) or a tablespoon (for large cookies). Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. There color will barely change. Let cool.
Icing:
12 tbsp. butter (OK, so nut so healthy, but a special seasonal treat :) That's what I tell myself...
1/4 cup milk
2 cups brown sugar
3 cups powdered sugar- sifted
3 tsp. vanilla
Cook butter, milk, and brown sugar on medium heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Ice cookies on wax paper(it kind of just drizzles on.) The icing will harden in a few minutes. Enjoy!



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My favorite laundry







A little look into our day. Love hanging out with my (messy) little helper!

Friday, October 8, 2010

And so it begins...

Well friends, I have some BIG news for y'all! (No, Ellie is not going to be a big sister just yet :) But, I, along with my mom, having been working for the past couple of months to begin our own Children's Clothing business! Our shop is called Yellow Button Children's Boutique! This is such an exciting/scary time as we put ourselves out their and begin living out a dream!!!

We currently have fall, Christmas, and other just plain cute things! Some of them would be perfect for Christmas cards, flower girl dresses, and everyday! We also do custom work for no additional charge.

So please, check us out! We are just starting out and would love your support... so spread the word!

Here are some ways to get to know our new business!

Etsy (this is our "online store" so to speak): etsy.com/shop/yellowbutton
Or, you can become a fan of our page on facebook!


So, take a second and check us out! This blog will still be a family blog.

And, you know how I love pictures, so here are a few sneak peaks of some of our clothing!










Wednesday, October 6, 2010

7 Months!









Ellie,

You are now over 7 months old and we still can't describe how great of a blessing you have been in our lives. Being able to see you grow each and everyday leaves us amazed. You seem to be getting smarter, sweeter, happier, and bigger each day that passes. You also are beginning to show us more and more of your personality.

You are on the verge of crawling any day now. You have nearly put the two parts of crawling together...you just can't quite get both of them going at the same time. If your knees are pulled up into crawling position, your arms are laid straight out in front of you. And if your arms are pushed up ready to move, you can't quite get your knees pulled up. I'm thinking in the next month you are going to "officially" be crawling and we will "officially" be chasing you around! For the time being though, you are the fastest roller I have ever seen. You have mastered the ability to roll across the living room in 3.6 seconds. In fact, if rolling was an olympic event, I think you could be looking at a gold medal. If not the olympics, then at least the Pan Am Games.

As for food, you are eating more types of food each week. You are able to reach out and eat both snacks (cheerios and pasta) and also cooked food such as green beans. Your mom continues to make all of your food for you and you express your thanks to her with big smiles and the sound "mmmmm" as you eat. I still have not introduced you to cheese pizza, but I can't wait for our first pizza date. I may have to wait a little while to get the ok on that one. Not sure when the "Healthy Baby" book allows for cheese pizza, but maybe Dad will be able to sneak it in a little early.
You continue to make us laugh and smile with your ability and willingness to laugh and smile. You love to laugh at just about everything imaginable. You still smile at your reflection in the mirror, you think Harvey is the funniest dog out there...especially when he has your new baby doll in his mouth! You have enjoyed making new friends from the church nursery and the Mom's play group that you go to. And of course, your mom and dad are able to make you laugh....sometimes on purpose and other times when we arent even trying.

It is always difficult to summarize in a few paragraphs all that you are. We love you so much and always want you to know this. As we've said before and still see is true, being able to see you in the morning and lay you down at night makes us see how amazing God's gift of children truly is. We can't wait to see what this month has in store!