Monthly Archives: August 2013

Easy Peasy Chocolate Chip Pie

Easy Peasy Chocolate Chip PieI’ve been making this pie since my first days of marriage. As a newlywed, I didn’t have much experience in the kitchen, and this was one of my first successes. I have no idea where the recipe originated (I’ve been toting it around on an index card through all of our moves), but it is definitely a keeper. Once My Hubs was having a sweet craving, and I just whipped this up with what we had in the kitchen. He said the fact I can just throw together a pie is a total turn on. Henco facto, try this super simple recipe on for size…

Easy Peasy Chocolate Chip Pie
1 unbaked 9 inch deep dish pie crust (if frozen, thaw completely; bake on baking sheet & increase time)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional – I’ve used pecans & walnuts but like peanuts best)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter.
3. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
4. Pour mixture into pie shell.
5. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center comes out clean.
6. Cool on a wire rack. Especially yummy served warm with ice cream.
7. Enjoy!

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Birth Announcement Silhouette Project

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My good friend had her first baby, and I really wanted to send her a personal gift. And I wanted to play with my Silhouette. A match made in heaven.

After looking at some birth announcements on Etsy, I figured I could give one a go. I first picked up a piece of cut wood at Michael’s ($4.80 with a 40% off coupon) and some grey craft paint for $1.29. I had the white & black vinyl and the ribbon from other projects. So not only was this a home spun, heart felt gift – it was also very inexpensive!

I’m pretty stoked with the results. So all expecting friends: assume something like this will show up at your door after the arrival of your bundle of joy!

Obessions: Weelicious

Weelicious cookbook
If we’ve met and we’ve discussed our kiddos, chances are I’ve gushed about Weelicious to you. I receive their daily emails, I’ve got the cookbook, I’ve made a ton of their recipes with a lot of success – my mom group even has Weelicious cooking play dates! Needless to say, Weelicious would qualify as one of my current obsessions.  My Girl’s too – we cook Weelicious recipes from her Learning Tower all of the time!

The concept behind Weelicious is to provide recipes that are quick, easy and wholesome for the whole family. And I believe they’re pretty on the money with what they deliver. Of course I recommend you give the whole site a good look for yourself, but here is a quick rundown of some of my favorite recipes I’ve really enjoyed.

Tip: the baking times given on her recipes are usually a few or several minutes too long for my oven. I’d recommend checking your food about five minutes before the given time to make sure you don’t burn anything. Not that I’ve burned food and had to throw some things straight into the trash or anything.

My favorite Weelicious recipes…drum roll please…
Sweet Potato Muffins
Spinach Ricotta Bites
Rice Cooker Mac n’ Cheese
Oven Baked “Fries”
Carrot Snack Sticks
Chicken in a Crock Pot
Chewy Granola Balls
Baked Zucchini Coins
Banana Wheat Germ Muffins

Good luck cooking!!

Home Spun Fun: Big Box Scavenger Hunt

Home Spun Fun: Big Box Scavenger Hunt
My Hubs got some new gear in the mail, and I knew the massive peanut-filled box it was delivered in would be ripe for the toddler pickin’.

I first filled the box with objects she could fill with the peanuts.  Then I cut shapes out of foam, sticker-backed paper and threw those in.  When she found a shape, she’d peel off the back and then stick the shape on the box.  This let us talk about colors and shapes and – best of all – it kept us busy for a good thirty minutes!  That deserves a whoop whoop!

Home Spun Fun: Big Box Scavenger Hunt

Home Spun Fun: Big Box Scavenger Hunt

The Greatest Thing My Mother Never Did

the greatest thing my mother never didWe all know of the pressures young girls face growing up, especially about looking a certain way and fitting a certain mold of what the world has decided is beautiful. And though I was certainly not immune to these outside pressures growing up, I had a role model to keep me grounded: my mom.

At home, I was never exposed to a woman second-guessing her body. Did she have insecure moments? She’s a human being, and I’m sure she did. Did she see changes in her body after having two kids? I’d think so, but I never heard a complaint about them. Did she undertake diets during my childhood? Probably, but I never saw evidence of it.

At the same time, she didn’t smother me with positive body messaging and tell me at every waking moment that I was beautiful and worthwhile and someone to be treasured. It was much more organic. It was much more simple. It was just a mom living by example.

Seeing my mom with a positive body image provided an awesome home base for me to grow my own healthy body ideas. While I’ve seen friends really struggle with the way they look, analyze every morsel of food they consume, and agonize over every imperfection, I’ve been pretty low key in that arena. I have always had a strong confidence in myself, sometimes dinged but never destroyed. And I know that stems from my mom showcasing that in herself.

Do I have insecure moments? I’m a human being, and I do. Do I see changes in my body after having a baby? Of course, but I strive not to complain about them. Will I undertake some sort of lifestyle change to lose the baby weight from my second pregnancy? Probably, but I will not allow my daughter to see evidence of it.

The greatest thing my mother never did was talk negatively about herself in front of me. And that’s one thing I hope to never do for my daughter too.

It’s a Boy!

Round two goes to team blue! We’re thrilled to be expecting a healthy baby boy this December. Seeing all of the adorable boy things at my friend’s Little Peanut Shower made me excited but also a bit overwhelmed. After nearly two years of hair bows, pink, & purses, the sight of frogs, blue & trucks threw me off a bit.

But if there’s one thing to launch a fury of excitement about all things boy, Pinterest would be it. The first boy thing I’m getting excited about and hope to tackle soon will be the nursery. My Girl caught us by surprise with an early debut, so I plan to get as many things accomplished as soon as possible the second time around.

So far, I’m digging these photos for inspiration…

Boy nursery colors

Two-tone changing table

Boy nursery artwork
I was leaning towards a navy color scheme, but after seeing the first photo I’m thinking about browns & greens. I also love the vintage map. Maybe I could use it in some sort of travel theme?

For My Girl’s nursery, we transformed a sad looking dresser off Craigslist into a beautiful piece of furniture she’ll have for years. I’m hoping to do the same here, and I really like the two-tone look of the second photo for a dresser/changing table.

And the rustic artwork behind the crib in the bottom picture is just too cute!

I’m sure I’ll keep pinning, so who knows what we’ll end up with. I’m getting more and more excited about all things boy!

Raquel’s Little Peanut Shower

First, a disclaimer: this cute shower was not of my making. But it was too cute of an event not to take pictures and share them!

We took a trip to see some friends in Minneapolis and celebrate their baby boy due any day this month. Of course our first time traveling with a tantrum-throwing toddler was riddled with long delays, but My Girl did awesome considering the circumstances. And other than getting thrown out of an airport store (don’t get me started), I’d consider the trip a total success.

Her shower was a success as well – totally adorable! The theme was “Raquel’s Little Peanut,” and though it was for a baby boy, it would be totally appropriate for a little girl or a surprise. I loved the peanuts in the bottom of the flower jars, and my favorite tip I’m taking away from the shower was the three large circles cut from cute construction paper & arranged together under the flowers as an adorable centerpieces. So simple and sweet!
Little Peanut Shower Centerpiece

Little Peanut Shower Drink Table

Little Peanut Elephant Streamers

Little Peanut Shower Food Table

Raquel's Little Peanut Shower Photo Booth

And a shot of our baby boy bumps!
Growing boys