Dear Autumn @ 16 months

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Dear Autumn,

It’s Thursday night and I am currently on a flight to Seattle to visit Aunt Emily. You are staying with Daddy and visiting G-ma, Uncle Chase, Aunt Heather, and your cousins. I am missing you already. This will be the longest that we have been apart. I know you are in excellent hands as your Dad is downright amazing, but it was hard for me to say good bye. I already can’t wait to see you Tuesday morning when you wake up with your wild bed head. Oh, that hair is out of control!

You are such a happy, smiley sweetheart. You have your moments when you get really frustrated at us but for the most part you are a happy girl who likes to be involved with things. While it can often be hard to juggle, you like to be in the kitchen with me. Your favorite activity is to crack eggs, so you really like it when I make quiche. You quickly whack your way through a dozen eggs. At the end you give me a big smile as you are proud of your completed task.

We are making slow progress on you walking, but I’ll take it. I basically bribe you to stand and take a few steps with stickers. You love your stickers! I have been finding them on my clothes and around the house recently. Seeing them on the sink when I brush my teeth at night just makes for a happy reminder of the great day you had.

You are working hard on communicating with us. You are taking to say names of classmates at daycare and you are a parrot trying to repeat after me when I say something. Your teacher gives us updates on how you can say ‘dos’ and ‘tres’. But you really let everyone know you can (loudly) say ‘Hola’. The newest thing is that you say ‘Ow!’ to just about everything from Kemper knocking into you to us giving you a hug. Everything is ‘Ow!!!’ Thankfully, you just as enthusiastically say ‘Yay!’ and ‘Wow!’

We struggled to find a milk that wouldn’t upset your stomach or your bum for a bit. Cow’s milk upset your stomach so we moved on to Almond milk. Things were going well for about a week until you developed such a horrible, horrible diaper rash. I felt so bad for you. It broke my heart all over again at every diaper change.  We moved on to a combination of goats milk and coconut milk. Thankfully things have been going well with that. Even if you make us broke with that $18 a gallon goats milk! But we’ll get anything for you!

Your personality is shining so brightly now. You test your limits by playing around with us, even biting us to get a rise out of us. Thankfully, you don’t do that often! You are adventurous, but cautious as you are timid to walk yet. I love to hear your ramblings in the mornings when you wake up. I know that in the coming months your ramblings will be more and more developed. So much fun.

I love each and every day with you my Autumn.

Love,

Mommy

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Press Play: Wedding Songs

I’ll be posting some fun wedding planning progress stuff soon (hopefully!), but in the mean time, I have a request…

Leave me a comment with a song (or songs!) that you think our wedding playlist needs!!

We have our first dance song picked out. And our Father- Daughter song(s) picked out too. So I’m requesting something that once you hear playing makes you want to make a bee-line to the dance floor.

I’m curious as to what people suggest!!

Classics? 80’s? 90’s slow jams? New pop songs? Country? Pick your poison

In the mean time, enjoy this movie mash up to a song that has been added to our wedding playlist. I love it!

Off to Seattle for the weekend!! Woohoo!!

 

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Banana Buttermilk Waffles

Banana Buttermilk Waffles

I’m going to Seattle tomorrow!! And I am so freaking excited!!! SO EXCITED!!!

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I am going there to visit my best friend Emily, who moved out there just about 2 summers ago. I haven’t seen her since last Christmas (’13) when she was back visiting family in CT and came up to Boston for an overnight so we could hang and she could meet Autumn. So it’s been far too long since I’ve seen her.

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I’ve had this trip planned for months and months. I’m packed and ready to head to the airport from work. Autumn is staying home with dad so this is the longest time that I will be away from her. That will be hard but I think the trip would be tough on he/us. Plus, they get to have a funny Daddy & Daughter weekend together.

Emily and I have been planning fun things to see and do. And, of course, delicious things to eat and drink.

I’m looking forward to checking out Pike Place Market, Gas Works Park, and taking a Ferry Ride. Plus, I think I kinda have to check out the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. Oooh, maybe even the Grey’s Anatomy House. I’m such a dork.

We have been sending back a “Seattle Restaurant Tread” email for the past few weeks that is stuffed full of restaurants and bars that we could check out. The plan is so eat, walk, eat walk, and repeat all day. I can’t wait to check out places like Revel, Local 360Toulouse Petit, and Marination in Ma Kai. So good!!!

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I’ve posted a few banana enhanced waffle recipes recently, so I was not too sure about posting these Banana Buttermilk Waffles now, but I couldn’t resist.

Buttermilk waffles are always a great waffle. A family favorite! And with the added banana it just knocks the flavor out of the park. Plus, it just enhances the texture.

We always have bananas on hand and sometimes they get too brown and soft to eat, I’m sure the same happens in your house, so whip up these waffles with those brown bananas.

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So, while you are enjoying these waffles this weekend I’ll be enjoying Seattle. I think it will be a great weekend!

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Banana Buttermilk Waffles

Makes approximately 16 waffles, depending on waffle maker

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 Cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Process

  1. Preheat your waffle iron according to your manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, melted butter, and the vanilla extract. Pour into dry mixture, and combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into batter.
  5. Ladle about 1/4-1/3 cup batter, depending on your waffle iron, onto each section of the waffle grid; spread batter almost to the edges. Close lid, and bake until steam no long emerges from waffle iron, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the cooked waffles to a cooking rack lined baking sheet; place in an oven set to low heat, about 200 degrees, while you finish making the rest of the waffles.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Oh, what a weekend! Such a good weekend!!!

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My sister came up from Connecticut on Saturday so we could go wedding dress shopping. We went to David’s Bridal in Danvers to start our shopping adventure. I had done some previous browsing on-line but nothing had jumped out to me so when we got there we just started grabbing dresses based upon the vision I had in mind. Plus, a few more that I wouldn’t have originally considered, like a short dress and a mermaid dress. Some looked surprisingly good but didn’t make the cut.

Ultimately, I the dress that I did pick was the first dress that I tried on. We both really liked it early on but I didn’t like a shadow from where the tulle was added to the lower portion of the dress. I tried it on again to see who annoying that shadow was – it was annoying. I jokingly mentioned that I would love to hack it off and the great women helping me there said it could be done. They suggested that I get a petticoat to replace the fullness from the tulle we would be removing. Plus, we added a grey band around the waist and it all fell into place. Woohoo!!

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Plus, my sister picked out her Matron of Honor Dress. Getting things done!!

I had a busy Saturday so my Sunday was a bit more relaxed with some baking in the morning, and new laptop shopping in the afternoon. Ugh, that’s the worst. But the cake I made was delightful!!

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I had grabbed some Meyer Lemons at Trader Joe’s on a whim the last time I was there. They were taunting me every time I went into the kitchen as I had no plan for them. I had to figure something out fast before they went bad. I turned to Pinterest to find a recipe to use up those Meyer lemons.

Side note- is Pinterest the new Google? It is for me! I need a recipe. Pinterest! Home design inspiriation. Pinterest! Wedding hair styles. Pinterest!

So I found a few great recipes and Price narrowed it down to this Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake from Kelsey, aka The Naptime Chef. It looked and sounded great. I love pudding cookies so I was intregued and then even more intrugided as there is no pudding in the cake! What?!?

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The texture is what gives the cake it’s name. It’s dense, but airy. It’s creamy, but fuffly. It’s just plain interesting! We loved it, as did autumn’s daycare teachers. They are saints with all those kids running around. They deserve a slice of cake with a cup of tea while the kiddos nap. (Also, last week Autumn woke up early during naptime and then yelled to wake the rest of the kids up so they could all play again. Naughty!)

Kelsey does note that you get a different consistancy when you use a glass pan, it’s a little less dense on the bottom, than when you use a metal pan. I thought the results I had, with the metal pan, were enjoyable, but I would like to try it with a glass pan to check out the difference.

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Makes a 8″ square or 9″ round cake*

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 Cups sugar, divided
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Meyer lemon zest
  • 5 eggs, separated, yolks in one bowl with whites in another
  • 1/2 Cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 Cups whole milk

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly butter a baking pan*. Place the baking pan in a larger roasting pan to create a ban marie later.
  2. Bring several quarts of water to boil for water bath.
  3. Mix flour and cornstarch together in a bowl, set aside.
  4. Cream the butter, 1 Cup sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Beat in the egg yolks, then flour mixture, mixing until smooth.
  6. Slowly mix in the lemon juice, then mix in milk. Set the custard mixture aside.
  7. Beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Addthe remaining sugar and beat egg whites to stiff, moist peaks.
  8. Gently stir a dollop of the egg whites into the custard. Then, working slowly, fold the remaining egg whites in bit by bit until they are all incorporated, but not over beaten.
  9. Pour the batter into the buttered baking pan. Fill the larger pan with the hot water until it comes halfway up the side of the smaller pan.
  10. Bake until pudding cake center is set and springs back when gently touched, about 1 hour. Let pan cool for 1 hour before serving.

*There is some flexibility in the shape of the cake pan you use, as long as you have the same volume capacity. For expample, the recipe called for a 8″ x 8″x 2″ square pan, but I didn’t have it so I used a round 9″ x 2″ (deep), as it has the same 8 cup capacity. I refered to this chart for help.

Sourced from The Naptime Chef

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3.13-15: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

home | Autumn has dinner & bath| Price gets home | Autumn to bed | Date night! @ Floramo’s | Trader Joe’s | home | bed

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{Saturday}

up at 6.15 | breakfast | kitchen clean up | Autumn naps | get ready | Kris arrives | dress shopping with Kris at David’s Bridal | lunch at Border Cafe | home | Autumn to bed | Kris goes back to CT | leftovers for dinner | OITNB | blogging | bed

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{Sunday}

up at 6.30 | take Kemper to Peter’s Park (dog park) | Jaho for Coffe and Tea | Flour Bakery for breakfast sandwiches | Price goes to Pet Smart & CVS | Autumn won’t nap | make Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake with Autumn | Autumn has lunch | Price goes back to Pet Smart & CVS for returns/ exchanges | Autumn naps | Best Buy for a new laptop | Stop & Shop | Fancy Nails for new shellac | Autumn has dinner & bath | Price puts Autumn down while I make our catfish Blue Apron Dinner | blogging | work | bed

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