Friday, January 29, 2010

My New Favorite Cookbook - Pioneer Woman Cooks

I was clicking through blogs one day while the newest addition to our family was sleeping. I didn't have the energy to do laundry, pick up toys or anything else of the manual labor variety. I was reading blogs, clicking through here and there until I came across a post referencing the cookbook "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl", by Ree Drummond.

I also stumbled upon the author's blog. A great read on a daily basis!

So far I've made only a couple things in the cookbook and bookmarked some additional recipes on her blog as well. The recipes have turned out wonderfully. The beans (my 2 year old loved these) and the cube steak sandwiches. Next up is the chicken spaghetti and maybe even the biscuits and gravy.

This is real food. Not the 50 ingredient, make trips to 5 specialty stores to get everything you need cookbook. It's the type of food my Dad grew up eating and made for us.

Also included in the cookbook are stories about the author's life. These are also very entertaining.

I can't wait to try more recipes!

Monday, January 25, 2010

"Fairies - Come Here Fairies"

With all of my brilliant parental wisdom, I pulled off the ultimate nap crime yesterday...

We are big on sleep in our house, at least for the little ones. Steve and I aren't sleeping much these days, but that may have something to do with the 5 week old in the house.

Before Abby's nap time yesterday, I read her the book 'Ten Tiny Fairies'. The last page in the book has a picture of a little girl sleeping with visions of the Ten Tiny Fairies in her dreams. In great hopes that Abby would nap, I told her "If you close your eyes and nap, you'll see fairies". BIG MISTAKE. For over 90 minutes I heard her yelling "Fairies, come here fairies", followed every once in a while with "mommy, I need my wings". Needless to say, there was no nap yesterday....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Baby Emily (aka 'Baby Sister')

Emily joined our family on Dec 21st. She has been a true blessing, is very sweet, seems mellow and is pretty happy sleeping most of the day.

Big Sister Abby is thrilled to have a 'Baby Sister'. For a few months leading up to Emily's arrival, the wonderful woman who takes care of Abby during the week along with Steve and I, prepped Abby for 'Baby Sister's' arrival. 'Baby Sister, coming soon', was Abby's phrase of choice. Now that 'Baby Sister' is home, it's changed to 'Baby Sister is here'. Yes Abby, 'Baby Sister' is here!!

I used to think people who said their family was complete when they had the last of the children they planned on having, were a little too sentimental. I understand what that means now. With our two precious daughters, our dog Murphy and each other, I join the ranks of the sentimental and feel we can start really planning a future together as a complete family (Disneyland, here we come).