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Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's cooking this week?

Good morning friends! This week has been rough because our princess has been dealing with a pretty nasty diaper rash! She gets them from time to time but not usually as bad as this one. We're at the point now where the rash itself is gone but she has some raw skin still. Poor thing! My heart just breaks for her! Ouch! Hopefully we are finally in the clear. On top of the rash, she is in hardcore teething mode. She is gnawing off the paint on some of her puzzle pieces (took those away), biting on the handle to her stroller/walker thing, not to mention she's drooling like a beast. Still no new teeth, but surely they've got to be coming soon! I had to plan this week's meals fast because she is only going to be distracted by Mickey Mouse for so long. 
Tonight: Grandpa's Marinara with whole wheat pasta and salad
Tuesday: Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
Wednesday: Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili
Thursday: Healthy Peach BBQ Pulled Chicken with roasted sweet potatoes

I've only made sauce ONCE since we moved into our new house (two months ago)...unacceptable! I can't wait to make Grandpa's sauce today. I'm going to take my time and let the onions caramelize REAL good. YUM! 
Yesterday I went out shopping for some 12-18 month clothes for the babes. As you can see, it was a major success! I remember having a hard time finding long sleeve onesies last year so I stocked up. There's a chance I may have gone overboard (twelve are probably more than enough). 

Today we are just lounging around. I think a Disney movie marathon is in order. If the rain holds out we may go for a walk to the park a little later. We also may attempt to break in Ella's new crayons - surely she will just try to eat them. That's about it over here. I think we all need a day to rest,  Baby Girl included! 
Happy Sunday!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All Twelve

Our monthly photo sessions were something I looked forward to (although I didn't want to rush anything). Some months were easier to capture than others. Of course once she became mobile it became much more difficult! And somewhere around month 6 all she wanted to do was eat the sticker. Here are all twelve months of cuteness. It's so crazy to me how much she changed from month to month! How do I already have a one year old?!
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

What's cooking this week?

Back to the weekly meal plan after being off for a bit. I hit up Pinterest for some inspiration in order to get back into the swing of things. Last night's meal was so good that it was definitely still worth mentioning! It's almost like writing something on your to-do list just so you could cross it off. 
Last Night: Salsa Verde Honey Lime Pepper Jack Chicken Enchiladas
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Wild Rice Soup (and steak for Hubs)
Wednesday: Spicy Hawaiian Turkey Burgers and sweet potato fries
Thursday: Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

My KitchenAid mixer was finally broken in for the first time last week by my aunt when she was finishing Ella's birthday cake, but I used it for the first time myself today and made this yummy pumpkin bread. It came out delicious despite the fact that I didn't have any baking powder. Imagine how good it would have been if I did use all the ingredients! 

This weekend was nice, I'm as relaxed as I could be and ready to start another week. We got the entire house back to normal AND fit in lots of playtime with our girl. She is so fun these days as she does something new every day to amaze us! Aren't these two just the cutest together?
Goodnight, have a great week!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dolce Far Ninte

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Yes. It means "the sweetness of doing nothing". I think I see a new printable in my future. I'm feeling extremely content today. It's our first day in a while to be home and just do nothing. There's absolutely nothing on my agenda for today besides making a grocery list for the week (done). I've got a clear head, and now a clean home! 

Our little family has been incredibly busy over the past week. We've been spending quality time with tons of loved ones and celebrating our girl's first birthday. It's been a whirlwind of excitement and fun! Having both sets of grandparents here visiting us in our new home was just the BEST! We miss everyone already since they've all gone home by Wednesday.  The remainder of the week was spent getting the house back in order and ourselves back into a routine. Now that the weekend is finally here, I plan to spend the day doing nothing but playing with my girl and getting as many snuggles in as I can. Happy Weekend Friends! 
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's cooking this week?

We are a week away from Ella's first birthday party, there is still so much to do! There will be anywhere from 35-45 people (plus about 8-10 kids)! Stephen's parents arrive from NY tomorrow and mine will be here on Thursday. I've got the meals planned for the week but as far as the food for the party....I have not a clue. Okay, I have an idea but nothing has been finalized. I guess I better get on that NOW!
Tonight: Taco Sunday!
Monday: Pasta with leftover Sunday Sauce and salad
Tuesday: Apricot Chicken and green beans
Wednesday: Margherita Pizza and salad
Thursday: Pulled Pork with corn bread, sweet potatoes and cole slaw

We've had a busy, busy day so far. This morning we got up and out early so we could go down to Orlando for Ella's birthday photo shoot. She did great, as soon as I have the photos you know I'll be posting them. We can not wait to see them! She wanted absolutely nothing to do with smashing cake! I was surprised she wasn't at least a little curious about it, whether she wanted to eat it or not. We could hardly get her to be near the cake let alone sit and smash it. Regardless, I'm sure our photographer got plenty of good shots! Ella had a blast running around the park especially when she was barefoot. I think it tired her out a bit...
We just took this sleepy, dirty girl home, gave her a bath and she's snoozing away. I'd like to join her for a nap but there is too much party planning and house cleaning that must be done! One week to go!
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