Sunday, December 30, 2012

On Top of It


Merry Christmas!!

I tried to wait until all of my cards were out this year before posting this sweet picture but I still have a few left to send.  Being in the military means about a fourth of your list moves every year.  It makes sending cards that much more work and hopefully that much more meaningful to those who receive them!  We were out of town from the 14-28 so I came home to a huge pile of cards.  It was SO fun to open them all!  My plan this year is to pray for someone as a family each night at the dinner table.  We'll make it through the cards a few times and hopefully it will help us to be more meaningful as we remember our friends in prayer!

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So apparently I was on CRACK when I made our airplane reservations.  I'm not sure what part of "leaving from Atlanta at 6:45 PM" I thought was a good idea but seriously none of it was.  We left Chattanooga at 3pm (making an emergency stop for diapers since I accidentally mailed all of ours back home).  We flew out at 6:45 Eastern and finally got in bed at 3AM Pacific (which felt like 6 AM Eastern).  Oh my word.  Exhaustion.  Thankfully the boys were pretty amazing on the trip.  I have some hilarious "how to sleep anywhere" photos that I'll be posting  later in the week!

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One of my post Christmas "to dos" was to get a Christmas tree.  I've enjoyed having a real tree the last few years but wanted to have an artificial one for those times that Peter might be deployed or TDY.  We were checking out the last tree at Lowes last night when this couple came up to us and offered us theirs for free.  We drove to their house today and picked it up.  It's a little shorter than I hoped for but I figured I'm not going to want to mess around with a huge tree by myself anyway.  It's prelit and has colored lights.  Not my favorite but I know the boys will love that over the next few years.  I always loved colored lights when I was a kid.  What a blessing this was!

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We haven't given the boys all of the gifts yet because we were gone and it has literally taken all of energy just to get through errands the last couple of days.  I am SO excited for the last part of their gift to come.....a train set!!  Between my parents and "Umple" Steven we were able to purchase a train table and a train set.  Once it arrives we plan to put it together during naptime and then surprise the Little Guy.  He is going to freak out!!

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Speaking of freaking out, we took the boys to Rock City to see the lights in Chattanooga. I'll be posting about this later this week because it was seriously one of my favorite nights ever.  All I can say was even if no one else had fun, the Little Guy had enough fun for everyone!

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I hope your holidays have been wonderful!  We are filling our last few days off with church, cleaning and potty training!!  Whoa!!!  Please stop back by for some new recipes and don't forget to enter my giveaway!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Blog Planner Giveaway sponsored by Click It Up A Notch

I don't know about you but my New Year's resolution each and every year is to finally get organized.  Sometimes I do better than others.  But one area where I've struggled is my blog.  Like most bloggers I started my blog as a place to record my thoughts and feelings and interesting things I want to remember about my family.  Ultimately that will always be it's purpose.  But as it's grown and I've developed more readers and a love of sharing food and recipes in particular I've realized that I have to be a little better prepared!

My "I've never met you in real life but am so glad we are friends" buddy Courtney over at ClickItUpANotch has created the ULTIMATE blog organizer!  This planner seriously has everything I never dreamed I would need.  Check this out!  For $12.00 you get....

- 3 page description of how to use the blog planner to its fullest capabilities
- Cover page you can edit with your site name
- Yearly goal sheet
- User names/password form
- Brands to work with sheet
- Blog post ideas sheet
- Blog title ideas sheet
- Sites you want to guest post on sheet
- Sites you have been featured on or wrote a guest post sheet
- People you want to guest post on your site sheet
- Blog statistics form
- Social media statistics forms
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- Affiliate program form
- Blog expenses form
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- Monthly goal sheet
- Daily to-do sheet
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If you haven't checked out Courtney's blog you should!  It is organized, eye appealing and seriously loaded with amazing photography tips and tutorials.  And she's shared all of her tricks of the trade in her Blog Planner!  Courtney is generously offering my readers a chance to win one of 3 planners!!

Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below!! 

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Good luck!!!  And here's to a more organized blogging year!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Cranberry Tea

I love tradition.  There's something warmly comforting in the expected.  And while I certainly enjoy surprises and making new memories, nothing makes me happier than participating in something year after year.

Being am military doesn't lend itself to predictable tradition.  Deployments, living far from family and limited time off makes it hard to establish holiday traditions in particular.  This year I was determined to start new traditions in our family and I have to admit I failed miserably.  I'm still learning how to balance all the things I think I have time to do and all the thing I actually have time to do.

I'm planning a "Christmas in July" blog series so I can get prepared early next year!  I'm also doing some after Christmas shopping this year to get supplies and hopefully some books to start our advent tradition next year.

One thing I did manage to do was have my annual ornament party.  This was the 5 year I've had this party and I look forward to it each year.  It's a great time for the girls to get together (sans babies!) and fellowship.

One of my favorite family traditions is enjoying a cup of cranberry tea before dinner on Thanksgiving.  For the first time this year I didn't get to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family so I was craving this tea.  I've started serving it at my party to share a little bit of my family tradition with others!


This tea is sweet and tart and comforting.  It's a gorgeous cranberry red color and looks particularly beautiful when served in my Aunt's Christmas china cups.  But it tastes great regardless of whether you serve it in a china cup or a mug!

Ed's Cranberry Tea

1 package of fresh cranberries
4 quarts water
2 oranges, quartered
2 lemons, quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
8 cloves
4 cups sugar

Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water and boil oranges, lemons and cranberries (about 25 minutes) until the cranberries pop.  Add cinnamon and cloves and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Strain the tea and add 4 cups of sugar.  Mix well.

I put mine in the crock pot to keep it warm.  You could play around with the amount of sugar if you would like it to be more sweet or more tart.  

This is a beautiful addition to a holiday meal or party.  

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Still Here...

I've been silent here in my corner of the blogging world for the last week.  We've been traveling, celebrating and of course holding each of our family members a little closer as we process everything that is going on in our world right now.

After a long day of travel we are here on the East Coast soaking up as much sunshine and family time as possible.  I got to spend my birthday here with my family which was just fabulous.  We had our first Christmas celebration this evening and it was filled with laughter and smiles.  I love watching my family together.  I am so blessed to be their daughter, wife, sister and mother.

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I finally managed to take a decent picture of the boys for our Christmas card.  My goal is to eventually be able to get a picture of all four of us but I'm taking baby steps!  Here is one of my favorites that I didn't use.


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Time with family is precious to me so I won't be posting quite as much in the next week or so.  I do have some super excited news to share regarding our family and I will definitely be posting that in the next few days.

I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying this holiday season!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Guest Posting at Momma's Meals!

Happy Friday!  I'm so excited for today's post!!  You won't find it here though.  You'll have to head over to Momma's Meals!!

Tammi contacted me a few months ago about featuring me on her blog for her weekly series "Featured Friday".  Tammi is the cook and the Momma behind all the meals at Momma's Meals.  She blogs not only about food but about her adventures as a first time Momma!

The fun part about Featured Friday is the recipe!  Tammi chose a recipe from my blog and made it for her family.  She'll reveal that recipe on her blog and tell you how she liked it!

So head on over to Momma's Meals to see what recipe Tammi chose and to get a peak at all of her yummy recipes as well!

Momma's Meals

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Airplane Travel with Toddlers

I don't know about you but other than shots the thing I dread the most with toddlers and/or babies is travel.  Air travel in particular.  At least if you are in the car they are only making you miserable.  But on an airplane?  I do NOT want to be THAT family.

Because we live far away from family we are fairly experienced land and air travelers.  Since Christmastime is coming I wanted to share my "how to" fly with young children.  Hopefully you'll find something that will make your trip and the trip for those around you enjoyable!

Tips for Travel with Small Children

*Pay attention to your tickets.  How long is your layover?  It is too short to change diapers, nurse and do things you may not want to do on the airplane?  Worse, is it too long?  Are you stuck in the airport for hours?  You may want to re-think your tickets!

*Purchase a seat for your toddler.  We flew as much as we could until our first turned two.  In fact we flew cross country 2 days before his birthday.  Would I do it again?  Probably not.  Although it was great to have him fly free, I'm not sure the headache of having him on our lap the entire time was worth it.

*Take a stroller.  It is more to pack?  Yes.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.  Strollers can serve so many functions.  You can use it for a high chair if you are in a rush and don't have time to eat somewhere that provides them.  If you are traveling with two you can "wear" one of your kids and put the other one in the stroller.  If you kid wants to walk you can put your bag in the stroller!  All of the airlines I've flown on let you check it at the gate and usually it is set up and ready to go by the time you are off of the airplane.  I suggest just a cheap umbrella stroller.

*Pack a change of clothes for you and the kids.  I always put in 1 outfit for each person traveling.  Unfortunately you never know when luggage won't arrive or when you'll have an accident during your travels.  I can't imagine anything worse than going around all day in clothes covered in some sort of baby mess.  I usually pack my carry-on with my "just in case" items and stow it overhead.  Then I keep the diaper bag under my seat.

*Even if you don't use one at home, take a pacifier clip.  Oh the panic of losing your pacifier on the airplane right when the baby starts to get extremely fussy!  I hate having to reach down under the seats and you know it isn't clean on the floor!  This is one of those really easy things that really makes life much better for all involved!

*Make a special bag for travel.  Growing up my Mom called ours a Goodie Bag.  It was full of fun stuff that we didn't get on an everyday basis.  For air travel you might want to visit the dollar bins at Target to get a few things.  That way if you leave them somewhere it isn't a big deal.  You might include things like matchbox cars, stickers, a new coloring book and special treats like suckers or jelly beans.

*If you having children that are electronically savvy you'll want to make sure you save these for mid-flight.  We made the mistake last time of giving our 2 year old one of his hand-held Leapfrog toys before takeoff.  We didn't even think about the fact that it uses batteries.  We then had to take it away as soon as the stewardess called for all electronics to be turned off.  Thankfully we had other items to distract but I felt like we narrowly avoided a meltdown!

Other nice things to know--

*You can take milk/baby food on the flight.  However they will test it through the security line. Make sure you have plenty of time in case you are delayed.
*Children under 12 no longer have to remove their shoes when going through security.
*If you do take a stroller you'll have to fold it up when you go through security.
*You can have someone who isn't flying help you to the gate.  You'll need to get a pass for them when you check in for your flight.  They can go through security with you and sit with you at the gate until you depart.  This is a fabulous idea if you are traveling alone with multiple children.
*If you are "wearing" your baby they will not usually let you "wear" them during takeoff and landing.
*Items I include in the diaper bag--snacks, bib, wipes, 2-3 diapers for each child, 2 burp clothes, a wet bag (can be a large ziplock), a few small toys, changing pad, some type of blanket/nursing cover, spare pacifier, any medicines you might need
*Items I include in the carry-on--change of clothes for everyone traveling, extra diapers for both boys, more snacks, blanket, camera, any additional toys or items that I wouldn't want to live without the first day I get somewhere!

The biggest piece of advice is just not to stress out.  I always remind myself that I'm not the first person to fly with children.  I try to be gracious to the people around me and apologize if I feel my children aren't acting appropriately.  I also constantly tell myself that it is just one day.  It may feel like an eternity but it will be over!  And I take lots of chocolate!!  Hey, big girls need goodie bags too!



Airplane travel is our "use the paci in public" exception



This guy was a champ!



The Little Guy loved the moving sidewalks!

Ready for take-off!  When you leave the house at 3am you fly in pajamas!

Strawberry Santas


I love a good party.  And I love party food.  Appetizers are probably my favorite dish and I'm sorry to say that I haven't been making enough of them lately!  I was super happy to have an excuse to try out this recipe for our church Christmas party a couple of weeks ago.  I saw this recipe on 21 Rosemary Lane and just fell in love with the cute little Strawberry Santas!

This recipe is super easy!

Strawberry Santas
2 packages of fresh strawberries
8 oz cream cheese
8 T powdered sugar
1 T vanilla (use white if you have it)

Try to find strawberries that are as "hat shaped" as possible.  With a paring knife cut off the stems.  Then slice the bottom off the strawberry leaving about 2/3rds.

Mix your cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with a hand mixer.  (Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature.  I did this at the last minute before the party and the cream cheese was too cold.  It didn't want to stick to the strawberries and they looked messier than I would have preferred.)

If you have fancy decorating gear you can use it but I simply put my cream cheese mixture in 2 ziplock bags.  I cut a tiny hole in the corner for the buttons and a larger hole in the other bag for the filling and the topper.

Pipe your cream cheese on the strawberry and top with the bottom 1/3.  Pipe on the hat and the buttons and you are finished!  The original recipe called for chocolate jimmies for eyes but I didn't have any and I still think they look pretty cute without!

A variation of this would be leaving the strawberries whole and then piping a large pompom on top to make it look like a santa hat.

Another mistake I made was using a dark vanilla.  I have dark and clear vanilla.  I couldn't find the clear that day and I think they look a little dingy since the dark vanilla changed the color of the cream cheese.

Hope you enjoy these cute little snacks!  My 2 year old thought they were wonderful and I think they were a hit at the party too!

Like this recipe?  I'd love it if you pinned it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Write That Down

One of my favorite things to write about lately is the funny things the kids do.  The Little Guy is entering the "everything out of my mouth has the potential to embarrass my parents" stage.  It's hilarious and horrifying at the same time.

Last night we braved the holiday crowds to get pictures at the mall.  It was already dark here and a little rainy.  The four of us piled into the car and as we drove down the street I did a little backseat driving and asked Peter to slow down.  I must have seemed a little too concerned because we heard that all too familiar voice from the backseat say...

"Oh!!  That a closer one!!"

Hilarious.  I laughed so hard.  Silently though.  I want to laugh privately at him as long as possible so he keeps producing these gems without shame.  It's way more fun to write them all down so I can show them to his future wife and children.

I thought he understood what he was saying.  That is until we were in the restroom at lunch today.  I flushed the toilet and he looked up with concern on his face and said...

"That a closer one Mama!"

I'm not sure what we so narrowly avoided there in the restroom but thankfully we managed.

I just love this kid!



Monday, December 10, 2012

Giveaway Winner!!


The winner of the gorgeous earrings by Hannah at Happy Days is....
earrings: deep sea and mustard czech glass
# 11!!!
Grey said...
This is a lovely giveaway. Thank you all for a chance to win. I am partial to the 26" necklace coral red, mustard, blue and clear czech glass

Please email me at storybookreality@gmail.com to get your earrings!

And please don't forget to check out Hannah's etsy shop! Wifeysinger.etsy.com  Her jewelry is beautiful and proceeds go to missions!  Love her heart!!

Light in the Dark

Although we've lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost 18 months this is the first winter I've been here.  Last year the Little Guy and I went home for 10 weeks while Peter was away for 6 months.  We spent November through January back east and came back here in February.  I was pregnant and tired all of the time it seemed and I guess I was not very observant.  It was also before the times when the Little Guy liked to do things like go to the park or the zoo so I didn't notice if we made it outside that often.

This year the lack of sunlight is making me a little crazy.  I think I need to start taking Vitamin D.  It starts getting dark here before 4pm and by 4:45 it is totally dark out.  It's been exceptionally grey the last few weeks and I can only remember 1 day where then sun was really shining most of the day.  It's not depressing but it's not great either.  Thankfully it isn't super cold.  I think if it were cold and grey I might go insane.

We had a missionary speak at our church today.  He serves in one of the poorest countries in the world.  He spoke about being a light in a dark world.

And I just sat here and thought.  Maybe that is why God is letting me live here.  Maybe that is why the weather is so bad.  He needed a way to show me what it is like to live in darkness.

I used to joke with Peter that if he was stationed in Alaska that he'd have to get an Alaskan family and leave me in South Carolina.  We would laugh about it but I knew in my heart that I needed to be living in a place where there was a lot of light.

And now after experiencing these last few weeks here I have no doubt.  I was meant to live in the light!

Ephesians 5 says this...

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light

Not only are we meant to live in the light but we are meant to BE light to a dark world that seems to be getting darker all the time.

I'm challenged by this as I think about my life.  Am I a light to people?  When people see me or talk to me do they see Jesus?  And if they do see Jesus is it a Jesus that they want to know too?  Or do I turn people off to Jesus.  Do they look at me and think, if that is what a Christian is I don't want to be that way?

I want people to see a Jesus worth knowing.  A Father in heaven that cares for them.  A Savior!

We celebrate the great gift of Jesus during this season.  My prayer is that people will see him and choose to live in the light!


So thankful right now to remember that Spring and the sun will eventually return!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Buttermilk Pie




This is such a yummy pie!  It is rich and light at the same time.  Plus most of the ingredients (other than buttermilk) are pantry staples!  If you don't get buttermilk on hand you can actually make your own.  I find this to be helpful because often when a recipe calls for buttermilk you only need a cup or so and then you have all that buttermilk left over!  I didn't make my own this time but here is how to do it.

1 scant cup of milk (this means almost a whole cup)
1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice

Fill a 1 cup measure with the vinegar/lemon juice.  Top off the cup measure with milk.  Let it stand for 5 minutes and you have an easy buttermilk substitute!

Now on to the good stuff!

Buttermilk Pie
from the kitchen of Karen Jaeger

1/2 cup margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 T flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 T vanilla
8" unbaked pie shell

Melt the margarine and add it to the sugar and flour.  Beat for one minute by hand.  Add eggs one at a time, beating each one by hand.  Add buttermilk and vanilla.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 325 and bake for 40 minutes.

When you take this out of the oven you'll want to let it set up for a little bit.  If you cut into it right away it is a bit runny.  Also, it has a strong vanilla flavor, which I personally love.  But if you aren't a huge vanilla fan you might want to use less.

This is an easy pie to whip up!  I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Giveaway--featuring happy days blog

Y'all may remember me posting about some fabulous little earrings I picked up for myself a few weeks ago.  Well do I have a treat for you!

I've had sort of a bloggy/instagram/etsy crush on Hannah from Happy Days for a while.  I kept seeing people posting pictures of her bright and cheery jewelry.  Her comments to friends were always so uplifting and sweet.  And once you get into the down and dirty of her blog you can't help but notice what a wonderful wife, mother and child of Jesus she is!  She just radiates it!!

I'm often encouraged by her posts, verses and just her attitude about life.  It challenges me in a good way!  And it doesn't hurt that she makes gorgeous jewelry.  I might have a little obsession with jewelry.

My favorite thing about her jewelry is that part of the profits from many of her pieces go to missions.  You can learn more about the various organizations here!

http://www.owenstoafrica.com/
http://www.aimint.org/usa/

http://usa.ntm.org/content/search?q=southern+tepehuan
http://usa.ntm.org/missionaries/barry-and-candy-wingo
http://hope4sudanblog.blogspot.com/

Don't you just love her already?!?

So...Hannah, otherwise known as wifeysinger has offered you the chance to win a beautiful pair of earrings!

earrings: deep sea and mustard czech glass

I guess it wouldn't be fair to win my own giveaway.  But seriously....I am loving these!!!

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide and will run from tonight until midnight (EST) on Sunday.  That way if you just happen to want to give these as a present you'll have them by Christmas!

Hannah is also offering free domestic shipping on ALL of her jewelry too!  Just use the code CHEER (valid through 12/10).

If you'd like to enter do any or all of the following...Please comment for EACH item you complete!  I'd love for you to follow along here but you don't have to!

1. Visit Hannah's ETSY shop and comment on your favorite item
2. Follow Hannah on Twitter
3. Follow her blog Happy Days
4. Follow Storybook Reality
5. Follow Storybook Reality on Twitter
6. Follow Storybook Reality on Facebook
7. Pin this post on Pinterest
8. Tweet, blog or facebook about the giveaway

That's like a billion entries per person!  I'll randomly select a winner and post it on Monday morning!

If you don't win you'll still have time to make the Christmas deadline.  Purchases made by December 14th will be shipped in time for gift giving!!

Merry Christmas and good luck!!




Catch-Up & Sponsor Spotlight

I'm playing catch-up today.  Like 5 weeks of catch-up it seems.  I'm exaggerating but still I feel like I am so behind!  I'm not sure if it's the weather or what but I can not seem to get anything done.  I woke up today determined to accomplish something....anything!!

So far I've been pretty successful!  I cleaned both bedrooms and unpacked our new fan.  It's fabulously loud.  I made 2 batches of baby food and started on dinner for tonight and tomorrow.  Laundry load number 3 is in the washer.  The Little Guy and I did a little craft and now I'm finally finishing our Christmas card and catching up on about 2 weeks worth of email!

One of the things I put off that I shouldn't have put off was introducing you to my sponsor for the month of November.  As in last month.  Yeah.  Super embarrassing!

But!  Better late than never right?


http://sarasherrell.com/  So without further delay let me introduce Sara, known in the bloggy world as the Rockin' Oily Mama.  Sara is a busy essential oil using mom/stepmom of five girls!  (Lucky!!!)  Sara blogs about mommy moments, faith, family, health and occasional giveaways.

Why the Rockin' Oily Mama?

Because she and her youngest use the Young Living Essential Oils and are enjoying better health as a result!

Sara has all kinds of fun stuff going on at her blog right now!  A new linkup, a giveaway AND you can check out her essential oils business!

www.sarasherrell.com
www.twitter.com/rockinoilymomma
www.facebook.com/SaraSherrellYoungLiving
www.pinterest.com/rockinoilymomma

Thanks so much Sara for being patient with me and for sponsoring me for November!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

7 Month Update


Dearest Reed,

The time continues to fly by and you are already 7 months old!  Your smiling little face brightens even the darkest day and I am constantly reminded of how blessed we are to get to be your parents!

You are still in size 3-6 clothes and size 2 diapers.  You are built like your Daddy, tall and skinny.

You are a huge eater!  You've been eating consistently at breakfast and dinner and sometimes at lunch.  The only thing you don't seem to care for is green beans.  Although you are eating up a storm you are still not sleeping through the night.  You have been enjoyingYou are doing better though and tend to make it until around 5:30 or 6.  Then you usually go back to sleep until around 8 or 9.

The biggest news around our house is that you are CRAWLING!  You have been crawling since just after you were six months old.  You are also pulling up and have even attempted the stairs.  You are clearly determined to keep up with your big brother.  I am hoping you will slow down a little bit because I am not ready to have another walker in this house!

You really enjoy playing with toys.  You'll play with almost anything we put in front of you.  You seem to particular enjoy this jump rope that we have laying around.  And actually anything that resembles it you go for.  You go straight for the computer cord, the hairdryer....it's like you know where they all are in the house.  You also enjoy little cars and the musical table.

You are also the one sock wonder.  Every time I put socks on you I find one laying around soon after.  Sometimes it is in your mouth.  But for some reason you just enjoy wearing one sock.  It is hilarious!

I've found it is harder to figure out your naptime because we are on the go a lot.  If we are around the house you will often take a short morning nap and then a longer afternoon nap.  You are very ready for bed by 8 o'clock.

We love watching you grow little man!!  We just want you to slow down a bit!

Love,
Mama & Daddy


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Ok so apparently cauliflower is all the rage and I'm late to the party.  I found all kinds of recipes using cauliflower for a substitute for everything from rice to pizza crust.  It is super hard to stick to my diet right now.  I mean super super hard.  I love to eat.  I love Christmas food.  Did I mention that I love to eat?

Sigh.

So instead of making a pizza crust and then topping it with cheese I decided to try making something else.  I found a couple of recipes and used different ideas from both to come up with these delicious little gems.

During dinner we kept making the Little Guy eat his soup in order to have "bread".  He was totally convinced!

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

2 T olive oil
1/2 head of large cauliflower
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg

You'll need a grater or a food processor to get the cauliflower to the right consistency.  I cut mine into smaller pieces and then processed it in a few batches until I had about 2 to 3 cups of cauliflower.  At this point it almost resembles rice or couscous.

Saute the grated cauliflower in the olive oil until translucent.  Meanwhile process the additional ingredients in the food processor.

Mix the cheese mixture with the cauliflower.  I would suggest tasting your cheese mixture before adding the egg.  If you like the amount of spices you can then add the egg.  If it is not spice enough or you think it needs more flavor at that point you could add additional oregano, parsley, garlic salt, red pepper and or cheese.

Grease a mini muffin tin.  I use an sprayable olive oil.  Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin and press it down.  This ensure that the bites will stick together.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees and serve with marinara dipping  sauce.  We use Hunt's No Sugar Added Tomato Sauce.  Yum!!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!  The Little Guy seriously couldn't get enough of them!!


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