Dear Autumn @ 8 Months

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July 2014

Dear Autumn-

Man, you are so cool. As cool as can be for a 8 month old. Definitely.

We are just in love with everything that you can do now. You are just growing in leaps and bounds now. It’s so much fun seeing all the new things you are learning in such a short period of time. You’re sitting up like a pro. Every now and then you’re pitch over and wack your head on the floor so we generally try to keep the Boppy around you or sit right behind or next to you just in case.You can keep yourself occupied for a few minutes on your own so that I can run Kemper out in the front yard or start dinner.

Your favorite thing to do now is wave at everyone and everything. You started about a week and a half ago and now it’s just the coolest thing ever. You’re such a crab when I change your diaper but once we leave your room and you see your reflection in the hallway mirror you just light up and star waving.

You even wave at Kemper now. He doesn’t get it, he just looks at you for food, which you are amazing at giving to him. You look right at us and listen to us say “No, not for puppy!” but you still drop it for him. And then when you continue to do that we put our hand under your’s so that if you drop it we will catch it before he gets it. You take your hand back and then put the food in your mouth, take a bite or 2. Once we move our hand as it seems you are going to eat your food, you quickly extend your hand and drop it for Kemper. Ugh. So, while we are ticked that you keep feeding the dog, we still crack up because you are try your best to be sneaky about it.

The dog is fun but walking is the best. You love to hold on to our hands so that we can guide you around. I’m afraid you’ll never crawl but I’m not that worried about it since we haven’t done any baby-proofing yet. You completely freak out when you are on your stomach since you can’t figure out crawling and that completely pisses you off! Oh the tears and tears. It’s so sad but funny how instantly you will freak! ha!

But truthfully, we do more freaking out than you. We can’t believe how fast you are growing (minus the crawling!). There have been some great moments this past month but I have 2 favorite moments. You started to wave one day to your reflection when we would walk by the mirror which was so cool but that night you started to wave to Dad and you had the biggest smile on your face. You were so excited to wave to him and he was so excited it was the best moment (so, of course, I teared up!) And then one day when I was picking you up from daycare you guys were outside and you noticed me and you started to kick you legs and wave your arms while Gloria was holding you. As I got closer you started showing ‘mamamamama’ and put your arms out to grab me. OMG. The. Best.

You’re just the best thing ever.

 

Love,

Mom

 

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Springs for Legs

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When we were back visiting Price’s hometown over the Fourth of July, we took full advantage of his brother’s great big backyard. We typically had him steaked on a leader so he could move around with some freedom to pick the best spots for laying under the trees. At one point we did let him off the leash to run around for a bit but we kept some cheese in our pockets as a quick bribe for him to come back incase he was thinking of running off into a neighbors’ yard. Thankfully he didn’t do that and just enjoyed running around after Price and me.

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Prior to that we did have a bit of fun with him, some sticks, and my new camera. I love to get him to jump really high so I grabbed some good sticks as quick toy for him. Bostons are mega jumpers so he was easily leaping several feet in the air. I love that kind of jumping, not the jump on your clean dress or white pants jumping. Can’t he understand that?! ha!

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Love him to bits!

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Nacho Cheeseburger- Burger Month

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It’s the weekend!!!

It’s time to rock it. It’s time to get shhh done. It’s time to actually cook.

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We’re going to be busy this weekend as we’re on vacation next weekend. So we really need to focus and try to tackle this weekend’s to do list, as well as much as possible of next weekend’s to do list. Here’s just a few things… laundry, mop the first floor, get the kitchen rug back down, clean Bunny’s cage, get to the post office, make SRC recipe, work on refinishing dinning chairs. Plus, I have a fun brunch to go to on Sunday while Price is visiting his sister and dad in NH. Oh yeah, and I have 4 hrs of work to do as well to make up time from always leaving early to get miss Autumn from daycare.

At least Price and I are ah-maze at tackling the to do list. I’m just hoping we ca pull it off this weekend. #Fingerscrossed.

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While we’re talking to-do lists, I’m giving you this burger to add to your to-do list.

Yep, I give the marching orders here!

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These Nacho Burgers are the perfect mash up of a great dinner and a great appetizer. But if we’re truthful here, I’ll just admit that we eat nachos for dinner a lot. Anyway, these are so great because of all the yummy toppings. AND the tortillas chips. The tortilla chips add the best crunch to the burgers. Don’t skimp on them.

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You know how they say not to mess with things when grilling, well don’t mess with these burgers while you are grilling them. They are a little delicate since they are filled with a mixture of beef, beans, and cheese. So just put the burgers down and let them be until they are ready to be flipped once. Grab a beer and just relax.

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I’ve made these burgers two times in like 9 days since I wanted to tweak things and since I enjoyed them so much I had to have them again ASAP. I first had taco seasoning in the burger mix. While it was good we were remarking that it was more like a ‘Taco Burger’ than a ‘Nacho Burger’. I guess they are similar so no foul there but I decided I wanted to mellow that flavor out so I took it out. Feel free to add it in if you would like. As well, one we ate these burgers with jarred salsa and another with pico de gallo. Both ways are really good and I’d say just go with your personal preference.

You can’t go wrong here. I swear since I picked these black olives off of mine the moment I was done taking pictures (we just aren’t friends) and still enjoyed it so just do what you want, just make sure you have a lot of tortilla chips on there. You need that crunch!!!!!!

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Nacho Cheeseburger

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces of ground beef (80/20)
  • 10 oz of canned blacked beans
  • 12 oz of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 burger buns (I suggest Kaiser rolls)
  • salsa, such as pico de gallo
  • tortilla chips
  • 1 avocado, pit removed, thinly sliced/guacamole
  • aproximately 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • sliced black olives
  • pickled jalapenos slices

Process

  1. Combine the ground beef, black beans, 1/2 of the cheese, and salt and pepper. Form 4 equally sized patties as round as your buns.
  2. Prepare the grill by cleaning the grill grates and preheating to ‘medium’ heat. Just prior to putting the burgers on the grill, spray the grates with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Grill the burgers over medium heat until they are half way done prior to flipping. Once you flip them put the remaining shredded cheese on the burgers and put a lid on the grill.
  4. While the burgers are cooking, grill the buns as well to toast them.
  5. When the burgers are cooked through and the cheese has melted, remove from grill and place on the toasted buns.
  6. Top the burgers with the salsa, tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream, olives, and jalapeno slices.

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Reese’s Cup Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

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I’ve been in a cooking funk.

I’m currently in a ‘nope don’t wanna cook anything’ phase. Basically, all I make anymore is pies. And that is just to have something to post on Fridays. I guess I could post about making Bacon Egg and Cheese sandwiches since I’m a rock star at at making them. But I should be since that is about all I’ve been making lately- breakfast sandwiches, bowls of cereal, and making calls for take out.

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Shouldn’t I be super inspired to make some great meals now since some much is in season and we love summer time grilling? It be great for some BBQ chicken breasts with some grilled veggies. Or some of these pork kabobs? What about a juicy steak? Or skip the grill and at least make a great fresh salad, no?

But truthfully, we’re beat. Autumn hasn’t been sleeping that well. Thanks teething. And whatever else is going on. Blah.

And I recently got a Fitbit Flex so I’m all about walking while it’s still nice (I shudder thinking about winter already) and before Autumn’s bedtime so getting out of the house for a 2 1/2- 3 1/2 mile walk at night it my top priority. It’s sooo nice to be able to get out to stretch our legs. But it just means something has to give and that has been making a real dinner.

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At least all that walking has helped balance things out when I shovel mouthfuls of warm ooey gooey pie into my mouth. RIGHT?!? That’s what I figure when I walk over 15,000-18,000 steps in a day.

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When I was taking photos of this pie in front of our house (best lighting) my neighbor started to say hi and ask what I was doing. He doesn’t know English that well, so instead of trying to explain what blogging is to him I told him to go back inside and get a plate. He then came over with this plate and I slapped a piece of warm pie right on it. I think his eyes bugged out of his head a bit when he really saw this baby.

And then a guy driving by in a truck slowed down and stopped saying “You taking a picture of a pie?” I shouted back “Yep!” He still looked a bit confused but went with it “Okay…” and then drove on.

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That’s right, this pie is attention getting!!

How could anyone ignore this Reese’s Cup Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookie Pie?!?! I mean, come on, a peanut butter cookie crust, chocolate chips, Reese’s Cups, and mini marshmallows. Ridiculous.

The crust is easy to make but if you find a roll of refrigerated peanut butter cookies at your grocery store then feel free to give that a try. Then it’s all about raiding the candy aisle and dumping that into this pie. The candy make the filling ooey gooey so just accept some sloppy slices, but it’s worth the mess. I swear.

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Reese’s Cup Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

Make a 9″ deep dish pie

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup smooth creamy butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups self rising flour

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 12 Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of mini marshmallows

Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a deep dish pie plate by spraying with non stick cooking spray.
  2. To make the crust, cream together the butter and brown sugar together. Add the peanut butter, egg, and flour and mix to thoroughly combined. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom and up sides of the pie plate. Place the remaining dough into the refrigerator. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until it’s just starting to set up.
  3. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the semi-cooked bottom. Place the peanut butter cups over the chocolate chips. Lastly, sprinkle the marshmallows over the top.
  4. Roll out chunks of dough to create 1″ round balls of remaining dough into the palm of your hand, press to create a 1/4″ thick disk. Create the top crust by placing the pieces on top of the marshmallows (pieces can overlap).
  5. Bake for an additional 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. The center of the pie will still be very jiggly as the filling should be very gooey.
  6. Cool for at least 30 minutes for the perfect piece to come out. Serve warm.

Crust adapted from I am a Honey Bee, filling from Oh Sweet Basil

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7.11-13: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

home | pump | get Autumn | dinner: me- garlic noodles price- leftovers | take Kemper on a long walk | packing up camping stuff | Jack died :-( | Price buried Jack in the backyard | go to UPS to get package at 9.30 | tidy up and sort packing stuff | bed

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{Saturday}

 up early | finish packing for camping | load dishwasher- which Ii forgot to run! | leave the house by 7.30 | Sonic  for breakfast | Target | go to the campsite & get set up | Walmart for bugspray, sunblock, and beer | hang around & eat lunch- cheese and crackers | take Autumn swimming | we all take Kemper to swim | Autumn naps while Price went to the pool | hang around | Price went to Shaw’s for lighter & dinner side stuff | Price made a campfire | make dinner- hot dogs w store bought sides | get Autumn to sleep- took forever because of fireworks | make s’mores | pump & get ready for bed | sleep

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{Sunday}

up early-ish | pump & drive to go on a walk with Autumn | get DD coffees | Price made breakfast sandwiches | pack up the camping stuff | get home by 10am | give Autumn a bath | Price gave Kemper a bath | Autumn gets lunch | Price showered | I showered | lots of laundry and dishes | naps on the sofa | NASCAR | take Autumn on a long walk | grocery store | Autumn has dinner | fold laundry| make dinner- beef and veggie stir fry | Autumn goes to bed | start We’re The Millers | bed

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