Monday, September 24, 2012

my habit

I just came upon this site this morning and had to share.

Most of you, I'm sure, are familiar with all those deal a day sites.  A big fan here!  Well this site, my habit, seems very comparable and it offers FREE shipping in the U.S. AND returns!  That's a big deal!  A lot of these deal a day sites and such aren't such a deal after paying shipping.  At least for me anyways...shipping can make or break it for me.

There are adorable Halloween costumes available on my habit, along with plan toys and some Melissa & Doug things.  Definitely go check it out and see what you think!

If you have an amazon account, you can sign-in using that information. So one less thing to remember!

Happy Shopping!
xo, logan

Friday, September 21, 2012

mini birthday cakes

My mom's birthday was in August, so as a surprise I wanted to bake her some cake and take it over to her house so she'd see it when she got home from work.

I had seen several ideas of this type of cake (like this one and this one), but didn't really follow any directions.  I just made it up as I went along.

I used a box yellow cake and store bought vanilla icing.  I baked the cake in a jelly roll pan, let it cool, and then using a biscuit cutter, I cut out my layers.  Then I piped icing between each layer to build the cakes.  I added some sprinkles and made a small bunting to hang over the cakes.

Sadly, one kind of went lopsided and then fell over on the ride to mom's.  It was a good idea, but my execution could have been better, at least in my opinion.

It was a fun and simple project!  We had a few left over, so of course I made one for G!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

last night's dinner: california burgers

We didn't eat these last night, but we've made them several times during my maternity leave.  They are super yummy and will probably be our go to burger recipe from now on.

California Burgers
**recipe from emeals

1.5 lbs ground chuck
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1 egg
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp red pepper*
1 pkg hamburger buns
1 tomato, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
5 oz. pkg sprouts*

Combine beef, oats, egg, garlic salt, pepper, Worcestershire, and red pepper.  Form patties and grill over medium heat to desired doneness.  Toast buns on grill.  Serve with ketchup, mustard, mayo, tomato, avocado, and sprouts.
*We did not use the red pepper or sprouts.

Super easy and super yummy.  and toddler approved!  For a kid that doesn't eat much meat, we were happy!

xo, logan

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

tiny feet and hands

Back in July I attempted to make baker's clay.

It looked good before I baked it, but afterwards it rose slightly making it hard to define everything.

Maybe I'll try a polymer clay next time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

orange cream popsicles

Enjoy these easy popsicles as summer comes to an end.


[recipe via NY Times]

Friday, September 7, 2012

green smoothies

...or smoosies as G calls them.

I've always struggled getting vegetables into G once he gave up eating purees, so I've turned to smoothies. This was the first green smoothie I made for him. I followed this recipe, exactly as written. I'll include it below as well. He definitely enjoyed it. I hyped it up a bit saying it was a special drink just for him. The left overs were perfect for the Zoku pop maker. So now I have a stash of popsicles in the freezer for an afternoon treat that as a bonus are quite healthy!

Green Smoothie
**recipe from two peas & their pod
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup ice

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

It's so easy and quick! and you can freeze for later. We'll definitely be exploring the world of "smoosies" the rest of the summer and fall.

xo, logan

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

the best peach pie

G helped me make a peach pie! and it was a very yummy peach pie! At least my husband said it was the best he's ever had, and that I'm more than welcome to make the pie whenever I feel like it. The funny thing is, I don't really feel like I baked a pie...I used a store bought crust (Aldi's, which was very good) AND frozen peaches. But it was delicious and that is what counts. It also could be that I added the whole half a cup of sugar into the filling instead of the divided amount (1/4 cup in the filling & 1/4 cup sprinkled on top of the crust). It's still 1/2 cup of sugar in the end...mine was just all inside.

It really was a great pie. Not too runny and definitely something to make again (when I can eat butter).

Here's the recipe if you feel up to baking a tasty pie.

Grandma’s Peach Pie
**recipe from Homesick Texan

For the crust:
2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk

For the filling
1 quart (4 cups) of peeled and sliced peaches, uncooked (if using frozen, let thaw a bit)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
5 tablespoons of butter, sliced
1 tablespoon of flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and salt. Mix oil and milk. Pour oil and milk into flour and salt and stir until combined into a dough. Can add more milk if dry.

Separate into two balls. Roll out one ball between two sheets of wax paper, and line a pie pan with crust. Roll out other ball and set aside.

Add to the crust-lined pie pan the peaches. Sprinkle on top 1/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add slices of butter.

Take other rolled-out crust, and lay it on top of the pie, crimping and sealing the edges. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar on top of pie, and poke holes in top crust with a fork.

Bake in oven for about an hour, or until crust is golden and pie is bubbling.

xo, logan

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

settling in...

As my maternity leave is coming to a close, I finally feel like we're settling into this new life with two. It has definitely had it's ups and downs, but we're hanging in for the long run. Each day will get better.

I haven't been able to blog (at all), since both kids keep me pretty busy, and we fought a long and tiresome battle with jaundice that kept us going back and forth to the doctor. But we are finally done with that! Thankful!

We have managed a little fun too with a family beach trip and some visits to IKEA.

So even though I'm very behind on blogging, I wanted to share some of the things we've been doing lately. A lot revolve around food, because really what is better than eating :)

G has helped me bake some goodies (at least until I had to cut out dairy from my diet).

He was such a good little helper! and of course he enjoyed helping us eat them too.

I used this recipe, but I substituted white and dark chocolate chips instead of m&m's, mainly because I didn't have any on hand. and chocolate is chocolate right? The only thing I would change would be to not add as much vanilla. I thought it was a little too much. Obviously we didn't have any problem eating them all, they were still delicious!

Hope to be back sooner than last time!
Happy baking!!
xo, logan

Thursday, July 19, 2012

meet our girl

She arrived 4 weeks early on June 22 at 5:37pm. She was 6lbs 3oz, 19 inches long.

To say we were ready would by lying. We had nothing ready. My bags weren't packed, no nursery, no crib...but we made it. And we are very slowly getting things together. We put her crib together! But still need her mattress, and a dresser. One small step at a time.

I'll be back to share more - birth story (still writing this) and how we are all dealing with becoming a family of 4.

xo, logan

Friday, May 25, 2012

week 32 of 40

Getting close! Less than 10 weeks!

and yet, nothing has been done in preparation for this baby. I guess that's how it goes with a second baby?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

50th star!

Yesterday I earned my 50th "gym" star.

My goal for this pregnancy is for it to be a completely different experience than my first. So to help with that goal, I wanted to stay committed to going to the gym. A good friend of mine challenged me to go 50 times starting January 1st. and yesterday I met that challenge.

It feels good! I know it may not seem like a lot, but I am still very proud. I started this pregnancy at a higher weight than I ideally would have liked, so going to the gym has definitely helped to keep the weight gain curve less drastic as it was with the first. In fact, I've only gained 7.5 lbs since my first appointment. I'm very pleased, because I know being heavier at the beginning of pregnancy can cause problems later, and since I gained 40 lbs in my first pregnancy, I was worried it would cause issues with my VBAC birth plans. So hopefully that's not the case!

Anyways, I will continue to go to the gym as long as I feel comfortable (my OB said it was completely fine), so maybe I can get my star count up higher...maybe to 70?

and yes, I work for stars :)

xo, logan

Friday, April 20, 2012

week 27 of 40

Almost into the 3rd trimester! Can't wait to meet our little girl.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

an easter basket

I never got around to blogging this, but I made an Easter basket for my little man this year! It was a last minute thing that I started the day before Easter, but I got 'er done!

I followed this tutorial. It didn't take me too long and it was something that I actually finished. I'm pretty notorious for starting a project and never finishing it, so it felt good to have a finished product after a day. It was a fun little project and I love the way it turned out.

I stuffed it with some bubbles, a coloring book, a plastic concrete truck, and a little sail boat. Little man's reaction wasn't huge...actually, he didn't really even care. He just liked the concrete truck. Boys!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

wedding invites

Lately I've been working on my sister's wedding invites. They're finally in the mail!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

strawberry lemonade popsicles

I recently received a zoku quick pop maker from the hubby. and I LOVE it so far. It's perfect when you're craving something sweet and you can have a finished popsicle in 10 minutes!

These are the first popsicles of the season.

Strawberry Lemonade Quick Pops
**recipe from Zoku
Yields: 6

1 cup lemonade
4 oz. hulled strawberries

1. Add lemonade and strawberries to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain through a mesh sieve into a measuring cup, using a spoon to push it through faster. If the mixture is foamy, let it sit for 20 minutes to settle down. Then give it a gentle stir before assembling pops.

2. Remove The Quick Pop Maker from your freezer, insert sticks and pour the strawberry lemonade blend into molds until you reach the fill line. Let freeze completely, then remove the pops with the Super Tool and enjoy! Repeat with remaining 3 pops.

Super easy, and quite yummy. The little man even liked them!


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

baby elephant

I've started a new knitting project. I'm attempting to make a baby elephant! I've never done anything like this before - I'm usually just a hat and scarf kind of knitter. So we'll see how this goes...

Those are the ears. I've knitted 7 of the 17 pieces, so I've got 10 to go. I need to go buy more yarn though, I ran out tonight. Ooops.

Wish me luck! I'm especially nervous about sewing all the pieces together. I just hope it looks like an elephant when I'm done.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

last night's dinner: parmesan crusted talapia

We recently joined emeals and this was the recipe we cooked last night. It was very quick and easy, which is something we always like around here.

I think it could have used a little salt in the crumb mixture, but that's just my opinion.

Parmesan Crusted Talapia

1/4 cup breadcrumbs (we used panko)
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil
1.5 lbs talapia fillets, 4-6 pieces
2 tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400. Mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and basil. Brush one side of fish with butter and dip into crumb mixture. Place fish, coated side up in a greased rectangular pan. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

and done! So easy! and it was pretty tasty too. Like I said above, it could have used a touch of salt, but was still good as is. We'll definitely keep this in rotation.

We served ours with basmati rice and green beans, but you could choose any sides to your liking. Enjoy!


Monday, March 12, 2012

apple pie

This weekend I made an apple pie. It definitely put me in the mood for summer!

Apple Pie
**recipe from Adventures of an Urban Foodie, but I didn't make mine vegan

1 recipe pie dough
3 pounds apples (6-8 medium-large)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (for vegan version, use Earth Balance sticks)
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt

Line a 9-inch pie pan with half the dough. Peel, core, and slice apples a little thicker than ¼ inch.

Heat butter in a very wide skillet or pot over high heat until sizzling and fragrant.

Add the apples and toss until glazed with butter. Reduce the heat to medium, cover tightly, and cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are softened on the outside but still slightly crunchy, 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Increase heat to high and cook the apples at a rapid boil until the juices become thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes. Immediately spread the apples in a thin layer on a baking sheet, and let them cool to room temperature.

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the apple mixture into the bottom crust. Cover with a pricked or vented top crust or a lattice. Bake until the crust is richly browned and the filling has begun to bubble, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack, 3 to 4 hours.


Monday, March 5, 2012

surprise lantern

I wanted a fun way to reveal the gender to some of my best friends, so I attempted to make one of these surprise lanterns. It looked good and turned out quite well, but the confetti release wasn't quite as strong.

I'm not sure if it was too much fringe at the bottom, but hardly any confetti came out when we pulled the string. We had to do a little more shaking to get confetti to fall from the lantern. It was still fun and exciting, but I wish it was more of a confetti explosion.

I still love the lantern. It's sweet and pretty and will now make a new home in our baby girl's nursery.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

valentine's day

I know it's late, but I wanted to share the card I made for the grandmothers. I saw this idea on pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing ever. I was FINALLY able to wrangle G into letting me trace his hand (he says tickle the whole time) and made two of them. I threw some heart confetti into the envelopes and off they went...

Also, these are the cookies I made for the hubby. They were SO good! Thanks again pinterest for the idea to switch out kisses for dove hearts. I actually thought they were better this way.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

week 20 of 40

Tomorrow we find out the gender of our baby. I'm so excited!!!

At first I was all girl girl girl, but the thought of another sweet little boy has grown on me.

I can't believe we're halfway through this pregnancy!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm back!

I know it's been a long time since I've last blogged, or blogged regularly, but I needed the break.

Lately, I've had the urge to start blogging again. It is something I enjoyed doing, but I guess I was too hard on myself and the fun was taken out of it.

So I want to keep it simple and fun. Blog when I feel the urge to blog and share with you all the things that I'm doing - like growing another baby, cooking, and crafting. Oh, and chasing around an almost 2 year old.

See you soon!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

week 19 of 40

This week I have started feeling you a little more regularly. It’s the best feeling ever.

Your brother and I both battled a stomach bug, but I think we’re all finally getting better.

Next Friday we get to find out if we’ll be welcoming a sweet little girl or another little boy. We’re so excited. Hope you’re doing well in there! Continue growing strong and healthy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

3 + 1 = 4

Due July 19, 2012.