October 14, 2016

Ten Kid AND Mom Approved Halloween Books

We love holiday books, they're a great change of pace from our normal favorites, but some are tedious to read. We're sharing a few we love that you might want to add to your collection (click the picture to link to Amazon, most books are under $5 and qualify for Prime Shipping), look for at your local library, or even listen to on YouTube.
Leave a comment and share your favorite Halloween Books, we're always looking for something great to read.

Listen to I Need My Monster on YouTube:

Listen to Stellaluna on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLRIvyWUzxs

March 7, 2016

Amazing Summer Infant Baby Sale

Summer Infant is taking 50% off nearly everything on their site with code BABY2016.
This includes the Pop 'N Play Playard, Video Monitors,  Baby Gates, Swaddle Blankets, Bibs, Sippy Cups, Crib Sheets, and SO MUCH MORE.
Shipping starts at $2.99 for your whole order.
Seriously these deals are making me wish I had a reason to buy baby stuff, I mean $39.99 for that playard!!! :)

Remember you can check out product reviews on Amazon for anything you are interested in, this is also a great way to compare prices and see what kind of a deal you're really getting.

Happy Shopping.
Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard
Baby Zoom™ WiFi Video Monitor & Internet Viewing System
Step to Secure Wood Walk-Thru Gate

January 25, 2016

Soft Pretzels with Creamy PepperJack Dip

When I was 12 years old my grandparents took me and 3 of my cousins on a US History tour in the Washington DC area. While on that trip we visited the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, the first commercial pretzel bakery in the US. I practiced twisting pretzels, I ate pretzels, both soft and hard, and I came home determined to make my own soft pretzels. I tried, and they were good, but not great. Perhaps my expectations for a homemade product were too high. 

A few years ago my little sister made some homemade pretzels that were AMAZING but she couldn't remember which recipe she used.
It renewed my desire to make delicious soft pretzels. After a few less than awesome attempts, I combined what I liked from 4 different recipes and these were the result. 

Try them and see what you think.

2 c. Warm Milk 
1 1/2 Tbsp. Yeast
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Combine in mixing bowl, let sit until bubbly, about 10 min.

2 tsp. Salt
4 1/2 c. Flour
Knead for about 5 min until dough pulls away from the bowl and is soft and elastic.

While the dough is kneading 
2 c. Water
2 Tbsp. Baking Soda
Bring to a boil in a large saucepan
Turn off heat, and let cool.

Place dough in a greased bowl and let raise until double in size, approx. one hour.

Divide Dough into 8 pieces, roll each piece into a rope, then shape into a pretzel.
Once shaped, dip each pretzel into baking soda mixture, then lay on parchment lined cookie sheet and let raise another 10-15 min.

Beat 1 egg.
Brush each pretzel with beaten egg.

Bake at 500' approx 10 min.

Remove from oven, brush with butter, sprinkle with kosher salt, and serve with Creamy PepperJack Dip.

Pepper-Jack Dip

1 c. Pepper Jack Cheese
1 block Cream Cheese cut into cubes
1/3 c. Milk

Mix together in an oven safe bowl/dish, bake on cookie sheet @ 500* for 20 min.
Stir after removing from oven, it will be slightly lumpy, but oh so creamy and good. (I'm sure it would also taste good made in the microwave if that's easier for you.)

They're also great for playing peek-a-boo, in case you're into that sort of thing.

January 14, 2016

Baby Cannon

I had the amazing experience last week of being with my sister for the birth of her first child.
Life is a miracle.

 All pictures taken with my Nikon D3300 and 35mm 1.8 lens.