Friday, July 29, 2011

Cinnamon Blondies



Oh.my.goodness.

I found this recipe on Plain Chicken, although it just popped up on the side and immediately sparked my interest because I love all things cinnamon. Pretty obsessed with cinnamon actually. And who doenst love a blondie? Applebees anyone? Anyway, I decided to make some for us and for Baker's teachers as part of their end-of-the-year present. Well, I died, they were so good. The only disappointing part is that you use an 8 X8 pan and that just doesnt make much. I was so sad that I had to give some to his teachers.

These were pretty easy to make and I already had most of the ingredients in my pantry. I love when that happens.


Ingredients:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour¼ teaspoon salt2 teaspoons cinnamon1 stick unsalted butter1 ½ cups light brown sugar1 large egg plus one egg yolk, room temperature1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment and grease the parchment.
Sift the flour, salt and cinnamon together and set aside. Melt butter and brown sugar in saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Cook one more minute until the mixture bubbles, but doesn’t boil. Set aside to cool – approximately 10 minutes. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the brown sugar mixture and blend. Pour sugar and egg mixture over flour and stir until just blended.
Pour batter into the pan. Bake for 25 – 35 minutes until the center is springy; do not over bake. When it has cooled slightly, run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto a cooling rack. Carefully peel off the parchment. Let cool completely, then cut into small squares.



If you even think this sounds good, you wont be disappointed. YUM.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wuh, Two, FEE!

Cute little words we heard all weekend. I guess we count everything he does and so he will ask to do "wuh, two, fee" which can mean many different activities. We have to use context clues to figure out what he wants to do. If we are in our room, he wants us to throw him on the bed (counting of course). In the pool, he wants to jump off the side to us...
We had a swimming good weekend. I've discovered the best time is to go out at 5:00 pm when its not quite as hot and we don't have to wear sunscreen. We did that Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bake has grown braver and braver in the pool. He will just jump off the last step into the water like he is an experienced swimmer. He's not. Thats why God made parents.




Bubbles and Dexter think he has a popsicle to share.


Current favorite game is "Cwose door" and he slams it. Then wants us on the other side to knock loudly and say "Let me in" and then he opens it back up and laughs. Repeat.for.hours.Let me interrupt this post to say that I am fully aware that 99.9 % of my pictures are of Baker only, doing various activities. This is because I hate taking pictures. I usually forget my camera or don't care enough to get everyone posed together. I wish I was like that, but I never like to interrupt the moment to take a picture. It always feels like a buzzkill. Anyway, Bake is the only one I take the time to really photograph. He is also the only one that says "NO PICTURES MOMMY!"
On Sunday, we headed to the middle of nowhere for Brent's mom's family reunion. Guess who didnt want anything to do with the food or the air conditioner there? Guess who was ONLY interested in the food and the air conditioner there? Baker wins again. So we spent most of our time outside getting our red faces on.


Other notes from the weekend: I bought a Groupon with a friend to "All Fired Up" where you paint your own pottery. I planned for it to last about 1 hour or so on Saturday. 3 hours later, we were still there, unfinished and had to leave. Plan ahead for this one people.


Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre Tuscaloosa was FANTASTIC. The cast did an amazing job. Such a fun show!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

21 for 21

A mini-golden birthday if you will.


For those of you that aren't familiar with "golden birthdays" it is the birthday where your age coincides with the number of the day. For example: My b-day is 11-26 so my 26th birthday was "golden".




All that to say that Baker is 21 months today on July 21. His birthday is October 21st. His actual golden birthday will be his 21st birthday...You get it.


So, in honor of this special day that he knows nothing about, I will do a list!



Top 21 Things that Baker Loves (in no particular order)
1. The tunnel

2. Tyson Chicken Nuggets

3. "Helping"

4. Glasses

5. Raisins (as seen in picture above- 1 box was not enough)

6. Slides

7. Stickers

8. Pushing anything that will move

9. Yo Gabba Gabba

10. Elmo Cookie (which really just means "Elmo". I think he thinks his last name is Cookie)

11. "Ms. Bicki" (Ms. Vicki)- his lead teacher at school

12. Popsicles

13. Making "Biggie tents"- go under the covers while mom or dad makes a "tent" with their arm or leg. Everyone has to laugh while in the tent.

14. Movies- all animated movies, but his favorites are Shrek the Third (random), Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, Finding Nemo, Up, and Happy Feet- You know, all baby movies. Psych.

15. Books

16. Cheese Pups (which is Cheese Puffs)

17. Bubbles (preferably "Amazing Bubbles" from Target)

18. Play Dough

19. Special Agent Oso

20. Talking, Talking, Talking! He is a toddler of many words these days.

21. Eggs- of the scrambled persuasion

Monday, July 18, 2011

What I learned on vacation...

Brent and I had a lovely, childless time in Seagrove, FL this weekend.


We left from my work on Thursday and took Baker to Dothan to stay with his grandparents. We left Dothan around 10:00 p.m. so we could go stay at the beach Thursday night and wake up at the beach.

I learned a few things from this trip that I would like to share.

1. Everything is easier without a toddler. I don't want to imply that I wish I did not have a toddler, because I love that boy more than life itself, but all things in one's daily life are easier when a toddlers needs don't dictate everything you do and how you do it.


2. I can, in fact, sleep past 6:00 if I'm allowed to.



3. Rain does not effect a good time at the beach.


4. Rain does not prevent one from going on the beach and relaxing.
Picture it: Pouring down rain, Brent and myself trecking down to the beach with 2 beach chairs, an umbrella, a cooler and a bag full of "stuff" as if it was 90 degrees and sunny. Then, having a "can you hit the stick with the koosh ball" contest for a while. I am not a big fan of super hot days on the beach anyway, so this actually might have been my ideal.

5. Baker Man does not like sand. (We met up with my parents in PCB to get Baker back and he walked on the sand for 2 seconds and then asked to be held.)
6. Brent's and my normal life run like a well-oiled machine. We are more scheduled than I even realized. So much so that when we are given tons of free time and zero responsibility, we arent really sure how to use it.


7. We cannot sleep without a TV. Period. Our condo did not have a TV in the bedroom so we had to resort to watching YouTube videos of How I Met Your Mother on Brent's phone. Really? Thats sad.


8. I have a karaoke max of 4 hours and Brent's is unlimited...


9. Singing with Brent at karaoke means your voice will be overshadowed. I'm just sayin'.

10. Flip Flops Grill is completely awesome. Our condo was 50 yards ( i'm not good at estimating distances..lets just say very close) from Flip Flops Grill and we ate all breakfast there and one lunch and we were sad we didn't eat all meals there, honestly. This place was once "Beach Java" which was equally great for us. This place made an impression on me so I bought a T-shirt. I.never.buy.T-shirts.anywhere. Even as a middle schooler when all my friends HAD to have that Fudruckers T-shirt or Billy's Bar & Grill or Hard Rock Cafe, I never sucumed to the pressure. Not sure why, I just never cared. Point is, for me to buy a T-shirt means that this place really means something to me.


11. You have to be a super model to eat at the Roly Poly in Seaside. This is actually a discovery made a few years ago, but I wanted to throw it in there because its always makes us laugh when we go back. Brent and I felt so ugly that day. HA!


12. Angelina's in Seagrove is worth sacrificing a seafood meal for Italian. We have loved this place for years and it just never disappoints.
Pretty sure my make-up didnt look this "clownish" in person


13. No matter how relaxing and nice it was, this boy is still wonderful to come home to. Thanks to Shug & Daggy for entertaining this boy all weekend. He came back looking relaxed, healthy and happy. Its always nice to know they are in good hands!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Weekend?

I say this as a question to mean, "Was this really my weekend?"



On Friday around noon when I got off work I started feeling sick. I immediately got in bed and stayed until that night when Glenn/Beth crew came back through town. I did feel better enough to at least hang out with them for a while. Saturday turned very ugly, very fast. Turns out I just felt so nauseated. I realized I probably had a stomach virus. So, that never quit for the rest of the weekend. Lovely way to spend it I tell you.

We had our friend, Shawn, coming in town Saturday/Sunday to help Brent with some handyman projects around our house (which is officially on the market, btw in case anyone wants to buy it). So, if Brent is working and I am sick, who takes care of Baker? Well, that was the trouble. We ended up hiring a babysitter to play with Baker Sunday even though we were both at home. Uggh.
So, with that re-cap, we somehow managed to get a family picture. I mustered up some energy to get dressed to bring Shawn to dinner Sat. night.
Favorite part of this picture is Bake's fake smile. At least he knows now to look at the camera.

I have to give Baker props though- He was an angel all weekend. I guess he knew we really needed him to be. He was just sweet and content and funny. His new thing is to say "Come on Mommy" as he leads me to a new room. Its really cute since he uses it in the right context.


Our favorite summer treat has been these little gems that they sell at Dollar General. Did I mention we live walking distance from a Dollar General? You think that sounds like an eye sore, but man, its oh so convenient.


At first sight you think they will be just like the popsicles from the skating rink, but then you realize they are so.much.better. Baker is obessed with them. Whenever we open the freezer he says "popsicle?" and we take it on the back porch and swing while we eat them....then I might sing a song I made up called "Baker and Mommy Swinging" but thats embarrasing so I won't go there.


Thursday, Brent and I are headed to Seaside for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary!! I can't wait. We are dropping Baker Man off in Dothan to stay with Shug and Daggy. He will have fun and so will we!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

If Not For You

I want to share this song that I have been singing to Baker since he was teeny tiny. You might recognize it partially from an Amazon.com commercial from a few years ago. I loved the snipet they played on the commercial so I searched and searched until I found the whole song. Anyway, Its' by Joey and Rory (who I'm 99% sure are married) and I just adore her voice. This song has a very "Judds" quality to it that I love.


The main reason I am sharing this though is to hopefully find the guitar chords. I can't find them anywhere, but I want to learn it. I'm not sharp enough to figure them out by just listening.


Enjoy



video

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July

I love love love the 4th of July. This year did not disappoint. Although, I have been out of blog commission for 2 weeks due to Theatre Camp. During those 2 weeks we had company, I taught dance at camp from 8-12, then to my real job from 12-5, then Baker duty, then cook dinner, prepare for the next day and repeat! It.was.exhausting. We ended camp on Friday and jumped right into an action packed 4th of July weekend.


I am ashamed to say I basically took 3 pictures all weekend which is awful. We had so much fun, I think I just forgot.


My family came to our house again this year which was great. We grilled, swam, played with babies, and just had fun together. I hope this can remain a tradition!


These two have become besties. Its blurry of Hayes b/c she would not stop jumping. It makes me happy to see them playing well.

Sunday night, Glenn, Beth, Izabelle and Kelsey came over for the rest of the weekend. We got up on Monday and swam again with them. Baker and "E-belle" had fun running around in circles. I would love to sit with a camera on Izabelle just to capture some of the hilarious things she says as well as the facial expressions to go with them. Classic.


Brent, Baker and I had a 4th party to go to that afternoon so we packed up our life to go over there for a little while. Great food and friends there too. I wish I had at least one picture of that. We swam in their pool until the lighting started back. Baker came 2 inches from his first sip of a margarita. Sorry Lisa!


Then, we came back home and got ready to go to dinner with the Glenn/Beth crew. I think B was past the point of tired because he acted the fool at dinner. I had to take him out. This was right before his tantrum when I asked him to "smile".

This was an event that reminded me why we always stick to a schedule. If he goes past his point, we are all miserable. Kids don't undestand "staying up late" for a special occasion.

The picture above was just a moment I caught Baker in a "pose" and I had to take a pic. I'm sure this will be embarrassing one day.


Glenn's crew will be back this weekend and hopefully I will take more pics!


On another note, I haven't been diligent about updating Bake's newest tricks and catch phrases. I will take this time to document them.


-He has started saying "Mommy Look" or "Daddy Look" or "Kitty Look" when he thinks he is doing something funny.

-"Have it" "Hold you" "Do it" are all common phrases in our house

-If something happens to him that we don't see, he runs to us and says "HAPPENED!" and points to whatever it was.

-He loves to tickle people and lately will tickle inanimate objects and say "Tickle computer" or "Tickle the water"

- He counts 1,2,3, like this "Wuh, Two, Fee!" and its the cutest thing ever.

- He has started "reading" his books to us at night instead of other way around. My newest goal is to catch this on video. He knows certain words from that page and will jabber, say the one word, jabbers more and turn the page. Cute overload is what it is.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12-14