Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Fun

Looking forward to a cozy weekend cuddled up with my family - with a stroller walk or two in between.  Our nights might be sleepless here and there, but our hearts are happy.  Have a great weekend!

+ loved this family's creativity - an Inside Out Halloween

+ a 4-ingredient flu season tonic that works

+ Norway's secrets to enjoying a long winter

+ wanting to try this recipe

+ perfect sign for a child's playroom

+ this Thanksgiving appetizer looks delectable!

+ ideas to mix up your wrapping paper game for the holidays

+ homemade focaccia, yes, please!

+ oxford's word of the year emoji?

+ wouldn't mind noshing on this gourmet breakfast


Friday, November 13, 2015


My little baby is 3 weeks old already!  We are spending our days cozied up in our warm house, snuggling under fleecy blankets, watching newborn stretches and startles.  It's wonderful.  In the meantime, here's a few links of what we've been up to...

+ binge watching these HGTV gems on Netflix

+ attempting to read this during feedings

+ devouring episodes of this podcast

+ eyeing these fall-ish recipes, yum, yum, and more yum

+ recording my gratitude in this new journal

+ excited to hear about this movie sequel coming next March

+ loving this cute snowy sweatshirt for my littles


Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekend Baking: Gingersnaps

It seems my sweet tooth has returned, taking a brief hiatus during my pregnancy, only to return with a vengeance post-partum.  These gingersnaps a la Smitten Kitchen made for the perfect cookie aroma filling the house on a misty, drizzly, rainy fall Sunday.  Amazing - as all her recipes are.  Enough said.

Quote of the Week

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
~ Denis Waitley


Friday, November 6, 2015

It's a Boy!

It's a boy!

We welcomed Cooper Owen into the world on Friday, October 23rd at 1:35 AM.  He almost arrived on our fourth anniversary after a fairly quick labor, but ultimately decided he wanted his own special day!  Cooper weighed in at 9 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches long.  We are home now as a family of four, enjoying our newborn snuggles and cuddles, and so in love!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dinner Last Night: Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo

When I saw this recipe on Little Baby Garvin, my first reaction was YUM!! I need to make that this week!  I've never been a huge fan of fettuccine alfredo, it's a little too rich for my taste, but it's one of my husband's favorites.  Aside from the pasta and 1 cup of milk, this recipe is mostly vegetable based, so it's definitely on the lighter side as alfredos go.  I served with crumbled applewood smoked baked and pomegranate seeds - the perfect garnish of salty and sweet.  It was delicious!  Also, just a note, there was plenty of sauce to go around, I ended up freezing half for a later date.  Definitely a repeat recipe.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Weekend Baking: Pumpkin Scones

Tis the season for pumpkin, and I just can't get enough!  This weekend, I made these pumpkin scones during nap time.  I didn't have cranberries on hand (who does in October!?) so I substituted in a large handful of pomegranate seeds, which turned out splendidly and was visually appealing as well, as though dotted with deep red jewels.  



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