I'm sure you all remember the onesies I decorated long ago for Brooke & Joe's first son, Truman. Believe it or not, I have actually spent a good deal of time trying to figure out how I was going to out-do myself for their latest addition, Keen.
Well, never fear. After a bit of soul-searching (and a bit of Pinterest searching) I think I've done it!
I actually made the shirts themselves from scratch. From scratch!
Here is Hailey modeling my prototype:
Once I knew I had the pattern down, I could move on to the fun stuff: the decorating!
Here is Necktie Onesie 2.0. Complete with vest. I think it's pretty much amazing.
Since Brooke is a photographer, a little photographer's assistant shirt was a must! Could this be any cuter?!?
And lastly, a "K" for Keen.
Coming up next: An "H" for Miss Hailey, and something seriously cute for Thanksgiving!!
With all the posts I do about soup, maybe this should just be a soup blog.
But then there wouldn't be any pictures of my cute baby girl. That just won't do. In fact, here's one just for good measure:
Did you just fall over from cuteness? Because I did.
Anyway, back to the soup. I must admit: I stole this recipe from
Rachael Ray. It was really yummy and fresh. The name describes it
well because it pretty much is a soup version of salsa. It was great to cook
with so many fresh ingredients and it could be a perfect recipe to try with
the last of whatever remains in your vegetable garden before the weather
I served it with some Archer Farms blue corn tortilla chips from Target. They are quite possibly my most favorite chips ever.
If you would like to make it yourself, you can get the recipe here. The only thing I did differently was to omit 1 cup of vegetable broth and substitute in 1 small can of diced tomatoes with green chiles just to add a little extra kick.
The-Husband-That-Does-Not-Like-Soup said he would definitely eat it again, but only once or twice a year. So what is that? Maybe 3 out of 5 stars?
In any case, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Perhaps just don't make it for any husbands that do not like soup. :)
Well, it’s happened.The day has come when I have finally decided to allow a plasticy,
electronic, talking toy into my house.I
swore the day would never come, and it has.
This on the heels of my very sweet daughter nearly ordering
a $9.99 pay per view movie when I let her play with the remote the other
day.The remote is her obsession.She must have it.I thought since the TV was off it would be
harmless enough to just let her play with it.But whoops, the satellite was still on.We were one click away from ordering who-knows-what.
So that did it.Hailey now has her own toy with colorful buttons and sounds that she can
click away at.
Apparently I have a changed heart.Or at least a weak one.;)
Our friend & midwife Stephanie shared this cute DIY flip flop tutorial. When I found $1 flip flops at the mother ship Joann the other day, I knew I had to give it a try. I think they turned out really cute!
The only difference between my version and the tutorial is that I sewed my fabric so it wouldn't fray. They are really comfy!
Over the weekend the unthinkable happened in this
house.I made soup and my husband who
hates soup actually loved it and went back for seconds rather than
finishing his chicken.This never
We had a bounty of summer squash on hand from Brett’s
stepdad who has quite the garden going this summer.I must say that we both really enjoyed this
recipe, and it will definitely be added to the rotation.
I’m calling it ‘Spicy’ Summer Squash Soup because it does
have some kick to it.If you aren’t
super into spicy I wouldn’t be afraid, it’s not too spicy.
1 lb. yellow squash, sliced
1 medium white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs EVOO
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can Rotel, drained
8 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 tbs. hot sauce
1 tbs chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Sautee squash, onion and garlic in a large nonstick pan with
extra virgin olive oil.
Add 2 cups broth and simmer until squash is soft.
After squash has softened, blend with an immersion blender
Slowly add in cheese, blending until it has melted
Add in Rotel, hot sauce, chili powder and salt and pepper
I fight with
my dishwasher pretty much daily. Lately stuff just hasn't been getting
clean. I've had an impossible time trying to find a detergent that
doesn't leave my dishes caked in white crud. I've tried everything from
the eco-friendly to mainstream commercial (Cascade, anyone?). To top it
off, our hard water isn't making things any easier.
I can get on
board with pre-washing my dishes, but pre and post washing is just getting
rediculous. So, I set out
to make my own detergent! After a lot of Googling, I found a lot of
"recipes" that used borax. Since borax is... uh... toxic and
all, I kinda didn't want it on my dishes. I know people use it in
laundry and around the house all the time, but I don't eat or drink off my
clothes or my floor, so the standard is not the same.
couldn't find any sensible recipes (as in recipes that don't involve chopping
lemons for every wash load-like I have time for that!).
So, as I often do, I decided to fly by the seat of my pants. Here's what
1 bar of
You can find
this stuff at just about any grocery store: Vons, Albertsons, Safeway,
Hyvee, Kroger, Etc.
is supposed to work well with hard water, which is great news if you have hard
water like we do.
the castile soap on a cheese grater. The
smaller the pieces the better.
2 cups of
½ cup Kosher
of citric acid:
This is where
the magic happens. The secret is in the citric acid. If you find that your
dishes aren’t coming out clean and sparkly, you probably need to add more
citric acid, because the citric acid is what gives the dishes a streak free shine. Word on the street is that
you can get citric acid (also known as sour salt) at wine/beer making
stores. In a pinch, you can use powdered
lemonade mix (just be sure the main ingredient is citric acid). FYI- 1 packet = approximately ½ tablespoon.
handful of rice (optional). Insider tip
#1: (yes, we’re all insiders now) if
your detergent starts to get clumpy from moisture, add a handful of rice to the
mix. The rice will absorb any moisture
and wash away in the dishwasher.
all together and store it in some kind of air tight container and you are good
The best part is that it really works!
Now, hear my
words: You do NOT need a ton of this
detergent to get your dishes clean. If
you fill your entire soap compartment on your dishwasher you will end up with
funky soapy dishes. We experimented a
bit and found ½ tablespoon of soap to be the sweet spot with our
#2: If you add a little vinegar to your
Jet Dry dispenser, your dishes will have never looked cleaner!
I am really
excited about this! I think I am going
to keep making my own dish detergent. It’s
cheaper than the store bought stuff, this recipe will seriously last forever,
and I know everything that goes into it.
It doesn’t get much better than that!
If you decide
to make some yourself, let me know how you like it!
*Warning- This post is about barf. If you do not wish to read about barf, stop
Oh, what a morning!
It all started off well enough.
Hailey woke up a little early for my taste, but what else is new. I was even blessed with a napping baby while I got dressed and hair and makeup-ed (it’s
a word) for our outing this morning.
Fast forward to me driving down a busy street in Chandler. Baby starts coughing in the back seat. Nothing out of the ordinary so far. Coughing
happens. I start to talk to her and
reassure her as I always do thinking that will be the end of it. Well, baby keeps coughing… no, wait a minute,
baby is choking. A
quick glance into my mirror and I see that my baby is barfing buckets and
buckets and buckets of spitup-it JUST.
KEEPS. COMING.- and baby is now choking. Enter mommy panic attack.
So, I quickly pull off the road, hop out of the car and rush
to my baby’s aid. I am fortunate that I
did not break something due to quickly and simultaneously braking, putting the
car in park, and setting the parking break (force of habit). By the time I get to her she of course has
already sorted out the whole choking situation.
Enter problem #2:
Barf. Lots and lots of barf. Barf on her face, barf ALL down the front of
her dress, barf on the carseat. Barf everywhere. My first thought: “Oh, I can just wipe it up, it’s fine.” Second thought: “Oh, no I can’t. I did not know babies could ever possibly
barf that much.”
But, never fear!
We’ll just change clothes! We are
only around the corner from our destination and we will just use the spare
onesie that I always have on hand and
change into that! That would work
perfectly. That is if the onesie were in
my bag where it always is except for
I ask myself if we should go home, but no. We both got up, got dressed, and drove a half
hour to get here. That’s no small feat
with a four month old. We’re going.
So there I am in Chandler, no clue where ANYTHING is but I
figure there must be a Walgreens, a Wal Mart, or if we’re really lucky a Target
somewhere in the vicinity where I can buy a onesie. As luck would have it, there was a Wal Mart
across the street from the coffee house we were going in the first place. Score!
Things are beginning to look up.
We pull into our parking space and I go to get the barf
covered baby. Now, what am I going to do
with the barf covered soaked baby between now and when we get our new onesie?
I shall wear her!
Nope, you don’t really want barf on your Moby, do you?
I shall carry her! Nope, too much barf.
I shall wipe her off and then carry her! Nope, not possible. You’re screwed.
I shall carry her in her carseat until I get a onesie!
(Ironic since we were on our way to a babywearing meeting). Nope!
Still too much barf.
Have I mentioned that I’m a huge sympathy barfer? You have no idea the amount of willpower it
took for me to not contribute to the situation.
Not a good scene for me.
Well, that settles it.
The dress has got to go.
So, there I am walking through Wal Mart looking like a hillbilly carrying my baby that is wearing
a diaper and only a diaper. We locate a onesie and grab a bottle of water because
I have had no breakfast at this point (its after 10 am) and did not bring a
beverage because we were supposed to be at the coffee place 30 minutes ago.
In typical Wal Mart fashion there were only two checkout
lanes open and at least half a dozen people in line ahead of us. Listen up, people: If there is ever a frazzled looking mom
standing in line holding a half naked baby and buying a onesie and not a bunch
of other stuff, just let her go ahead of you.
The universe will thank you later.
minutes later we arrive at the coffee shop around the corner from where this whole episode began in the first place. I am wearing my Moby because, you know, we are going to a babywearing
meeting; but because it was 110 degrees today, it is hotter than H-E-double
hockey sticks in that thing. So, in another
fit of irony, I remove my babywearing device the minute I get to my babywearing
Now we are off to take baths. And hose off a carseat.
I made some Ebelskivers over the weekend! These are also known as "pancake puffs." My dear sweet grandma gave us a handy dandy electric Ebelskiver maker the last time we were in San Diego and I am now completely addicted to making them! It's really a lot of fun.
The Ebelskiver Cookbook has so many neat ideas from breakfast to appetizers. I am totally inspired and will probably be bringing them as a dish to the next several potlucks I attend.
The first ones we tried were the Cinnamon Ebelskivers. Topped with a little maple syrup and powdered sugar they were delicious!
How is it that our little baby girl is four months already?!? It's amazing how much she has changed in such a short time. She has gone from teeny tiny newborn to a baby who is rolling over, sitting up with help, and scooting (not crawling, but scooting) her way around on the floor. Time just flies by-- and she just keeps getting cuter!
A born and raised San Diegan currently living in Mesa, AZ by way of Daveport, IA. Wife of a chiropractor. Stay-at-home mommy to the sweetest little girl in the whole wide world. I spend my days cooking, crafting, and fantasizing about cooler climates. :)