Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Confetti Bars

I don't know what it is lately (well for the past 7 months) that has made me want allthesweets.  It doesn't matter what shape or form they are in, I want them.  I need them.  Cookies, bars, chocolate chips out of the bag, just get in ma belly.  I think it might have something to do with nursing?  Who knows, whatever it is, my waistline doesn't appreciate it.  My tummy sure does though :)

My parents are remodeling their home and last Saturday was Demo Day.  I thought it would be nice to make a treat to bring over there when Addie and I checked on the progress.  I brought over these Spring Confetti Bars and they were a hit!  Obviously I had to keep a few at home to photograph for the blog.  Oh and eat.

 The base of these bad boys is the most delicious white chocolate chip cookie dough.  You bake them until they are just golden brown around the edges.  Then, sprinkle mini marshmallows, more white chocolate chips, sprinkles and M&Ms on the top.
 These are the perfect bar for me right now. #allthesweets

Happy Spring!

1/2 cup (1 stick) of room temperature butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, separated
3 cups mini marshmallows
3/4 cup M&Ms
1/8 cup (or so) sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and sugars.  Scrape the sides and add the egg and vanilla.  Cream together again for another minute or 2 or until fluffy.  Shut off the mixer, scrape the sides.  Pour in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, corn starch and salt.  Mix just until it comes together.

Pour in 1 cup of white chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon.

Spread the dough into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Okay, honestly I didn't think there was any way that there was going to be enough dough to spread on the bottom of the pan. There is.  Keep working it with a  rubber spatula until you cover the bottom.  The dough is basically as thick as the chocolate chips, if that helps.

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the edges of the bars just start to turn golden brown.  Remove from the oven and top with the mini marshmallows.  Return to the oven for an additional 1-2 minutes or until they start to get puffy but not golden brown.

Remove the bars from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the additional white chocolate chips (1/2 cup), M&Ms and sprinkles.

Wait until fully cooled to cut.  They surprisingly come out easily from the pan and the marshmallows stay gooey for a few days...if they last that long!


Recipe by: Chelsea's Messy Apron 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cheesy Bacon Biscuits

Today I am popping in with another quick and super easy recipe using Tastefully Simple products! 

I made Cheesy Bacon Biscuits.  Yes, Cheesy BACON  Biscuits.  Just a few minutes and a few simple ingredients and we had warm bacony biscuits right out of the oven! 
First I started with the Perfect Parmesan Biscuit Mix and Bacon Bacon
 I simply poured the Parmesan Biscuit Mix into a bowl
Sprinkled in the Bacon Bacon
 Gave it a quick stir
Shredded in some cheddar cheese 
 Poured in cold water
Gave it a quick stir 
Scooped the dough onto a baking sheet and baked.  
14 minutes later these cheesy bacon biscuits were ready to devour. 
We had them alongside soup but I think they would me ah-mazing split in half with an egg for a little egg sandy.  You should give it a shot! 

Cheesy Bacon Biscuits 

1 tablespoon Bacon Bacon 
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cold water 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Combine the Perfect Parmesan Biscuit Mix and Bacon Bacon™ in a bowl.  Shred cheese into the bowl, mix.  Pour in the water and mix again, just until it comes together.  

Scoop the dough into 6-8 balls onto a silpat-lined or greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 14-15 minutes.  

Remove from the oven and enjoy!  

Recipe by: Tastefully Simple 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Addison's Baptism

A few weeks ago our sweet little Addison was baptized into the church. Here are a few pictures from her special day.  Some are super blurry...not sure what was going on with my camera that day! 

I was nervous about how she would do in church since she is so busy these days and we had to sit in the front row!  Also there wasn't really an option to escape to the crying room since the baptism was woven throughout the church service.  But, she ended up doing great! To our surprise she conked out half way through! Seriously she never just falls asleep.

With Addie's Godparents, my brother Jeff and his wife Emily 
Then Addie woke up...Aaron's side of the family

Had to sneak one in when she was awake :)

Addie sure loves her Godmama 

Probably my favorite picture all day.  After the service Aaron and I went to go change her into her "casual" baptism day clothes since her dress wouldn't fit in her car seat.  Rocking the pearl necklace from her Godparents and the cut off onsie her dad made earlier in the day. A little bit of class a little bit of trash and a lot of special christening oil in her hair. Framing it. 

After church we went to my parents for brunch.  They have more space for 5 little girls to hang and some run around.  My mom and I worked hard to get things together and I was super happy about how it all came together!

Of course we had to get treats from the Cold Spring Bakery.

The next day Addie and I had to take some glamor shots at home since her dress wouldn't fit in the carseat.  My mom made her dress which turned out GORGEOUS! It was so much fun designing it! Addie is lucky to have such a talented Nana! 


We are so blessed to have this little light in our life.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Addison Month 5

Okay, someone tell me how 5--FIVE--months have gone by so quickly!?  I cannot believe that Addie is five months old already.  Time goes by so much quicker with a baby I swear!

I totally goofed the 3 and 4 month post dates and published it way too early.  I'm totally calling Mommy Brain on that one.  So, month 4ish/5 is here!  From now on I'm not messing with weeks and we are going by the 23rd of every month like a normal person.  Seriously though, how confusing is that whole month vs day of the month thing?
Anyway, we had a great time with the 25 Days of Christmas Activities...until I got a terrible stomach virus and was knocked out of commission.  Seriously I have not felt that terrible in a long, long time.  We had to call in the reinforcements (aka Nana) who swooped in and helped out.  Luckily I got the worst of it on the weekend so we had more hands on deck.  I had to take some meds that didn't allow me to nurse while taking so I had to pump.  Um moms out there, pumping while sick with a fever and terrible stomach "symptoms" worst.thing.ever.  So thankful we all made it through.  And that Addie takes a bottle and I had a ton of frozen milk as back up.  Whew. 
My birthday was right at the tail end of my sickness/recovery.  My mom (Nana) reassured me that I was no longer contagious and I could hold her.  Actually, she said while I was in the depths of my sickness that Addie was going to get it one way or another, if she was going to get it.  I thought maybe we could save her if Aaron and she went to stay at my parents...then she broke it to me that she was doomed either way.  But neither she or Aaron got it. Thank GOD! 
So we went on our merry way... (see what I did there?)

I was happy to feel a little better for Christmas
And Addie was happy to open presents and eat her puppy's face
All I ever need.
Christmas at my parent's
And at Aaron's parents
We still have a "holdy napper." I keep trying (let's be honest semi-trying) to break the habit 
But she is sleeping so good at night I don't want to mess it up! 
So I nurse her to sleep 
And hold her while she naps 

Part of me loves it and part of me wants to be able to do the laundry, do the dishes or you know, go to the bathroom while she naps.  We are a work in progress.  The issue is that she will be out like OUT sleeping while I hold her and if I put her down her eyes open 1 minute later.  Literally I time it.  It doesn't matter if it is on the couch next to me, in the Rock-n-Play, her crib she wakes up and is ready to play.  She isn't crabby and doesn't cry, she just won't sleep then.  And baby needs her sleep, and mama needs a little break.  So, any tips?  I'm not really ready for the cry it out and honestly I don't think she would sleep even if I did it.  She just doesn't seem tired enough unless I hold her to sleep!  Non-judgmental suggestions appreciated :)  

She does however sleep in her carseat.  When we get back from wherever we are and she is still sleeping in her carseat, I leave her in there till she wakes up.  I obviously watch her but she will sleep for a while if I leave her in there.  
I have to say, it is pretty sweet. 
 At night, Aaron is still the one to put her to sleep.  He gives her a bottle and rocks her to sleep.  I love that they have that time together, Aaron says he loves to do it which melts my heart.  
 Speaking of bottles, she just holds her own now.  Well not really all the time but she likes to.  When I got sick she got a lot of practice which ultimately wasn't a bad thing.  She goes from bottle to breast to bottle every day with no issues so that is awesome!
I'm still pumping every night before bed and every morning when I wake up.  It is such a pain but I'm so nervous to get mastitis again and it allows Aaron to give her a bottle in the evening and in the morning.  
We also introduced oatmeal, carrots and avocados.  She is getting the hang of it and really doesn't like anything more than the other but it has been fun making food for her!
Her other systems continue to work as well. Gosh this kid has a poop blow out every single day.  She has some power behind her poops and I do a lot of laundry.
She officially ground all of the hair off of the back of her head.  And since this picture was taken I think all of that dark hair fell out and lighter hair has replaced it.
Still working on tummy time. 
Doesn't love it but tolerates it.
We had quite a few get togethers over the holidays and with our baby buddies and mamas.  We went solo to my college roommates Christmas Party since Aaron had to work.  She dressed the part and looked adobs.
But then cried her brains out for about an hour when we got there.  She never cries. Like seriously, she doesn't cry (I know I am a dick for saying that and our subsequent children will be criers but...) I didn't know what to do.  I was solo, sweating and thought I should go to the emergency room.  Luckily we were in a house of mamas and they helped me calm her down and chill me out.  I love them all. And their babies. 
We had another baby play date with them just this week and it was so fun to see them all together. (Aaron thinks this is the creepiest picture ever because of the light coming in from the sliding door).
Addie had her 4 month old apt and took her shots like a boss. For real, cried for one second I picked her up and she was good to go. 
The nurses said they liked giving her shots since she "has a lot of surface area."  I had to take this picture of her mad with her band aids but honestly, she was just hungry and annoyed with me taking picture of her.
It's winter in Minnesota and I would be lying to say it isn't getting long.  We try to fill our days with playdates, short trips "to town" and fun adventures with my Seester and nieces.  But, some days we just do laundry and hang out.  Note my husband's awesome deer shirt. #hick
These two have really started bonding lately.  Rem is always by her side and she watches him like a hawk, usually grinning at him as he runs around the house.
I caught the sweetest moment the other day when Rem picked up his toy and dropped at at her feet.  He looked up at her like "here's my toy, let's be friends forever okay?" My heart of stone melted and I thought "maybe we will keep him after all."  Just kidding Aaron I love Rem and we will keep him ;)
Cousins. Their friendship and love for each other just kills me. Ivy (far left) cannot wait until Addie is big enough to run around with her.  Oh the trouble those two will cause. 

And that is month five.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our girl...
Our Bug.
The Bugga.
Addie Cat.
Sugar Bear
Queen of Pork Chops
Oh Addison, how you have blessed us. 

Your little personality is starting to shine and we just adore you.  Our happy baby girl!