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Why do you have to play there?

Mr. Blue Eyes got super quiet yesterday. That’s usually my queue to find him asap. So I had to put a crying little bug down and go find him. Thankfully little bug fell asleep in her swing so the crying stopped and I had plenty of time to catch what blue eyes was going. Normally he likes to get into the pantry and bring me all of the bags of chips, but so far my hands were empty.

Peeking around the corner of the pantry I saw my little boy happy as can be, sitting in the bottom drawer of the stove. Thank god the stove was not on! Instead of yelling at him, I decided to see what he was doing…. Sure enough, he climbed out and went to find his blankie. I was about to shut the drawer when he came back with blankie and cars in tow. He gently placed his blankie in the drawer, and then piled his cars on top before climbing back in. And there he sat, happy as can be.

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The holidays are chaotic, and it’s all MY FAULT!

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Everyone agrees the christmas season is one of the most wonderful of the year. There’s something almost magic in the air, and even if you hate snow (like me) you can’t help but be in awe of the crisp chilly mornings. So in all the holiday cheer, how did I let myself get so overwhelmed?

It seems to happen every year. Last year for christmas I was nine months pregnant and just the effort to decorate a tree was exhausting. This year I’m three months pregnant, and the chaos is starting to roll in with the mist. The piles of laundry, the toys on the floor, the dogs tore apart yet another stuffed animal. I found dishes in Mr. Blue Eyes room, apparently the dogs stole them and dragged them in there. The playpen still has traces of kix and you can’t even see my kitchen table.

So taking a deep breath and venting to my hubby more than once, I’m finally calm enough to enjoy the holidays. My house is full of clutter, and the laundry is still folded on my bed, but I feel calmer. Mr. Blue Eyes is enjoying some macaroni while I take a moment for myself.

So what that my hubby isn’t here to help get ready for vacation? I can find peace in packing, for me it’s all a mind change. Instead of rushing around throwing things in a bag, I cuddled with Blue Eyes through a couple cartoons, and loaded the dishwasher. I had to stop to pull out all of Blue Eye’s toys that he snuck in there, but it made me laugh. Then Blue Eyes and I tackled the laundry. He’s figured out how to pull clothes out of the washer, but he hasn’t figured out that mommy wants them there. That resulted in a tickle fest and a giggly baby.

The pups are still asleep, but that’s fine with me. I’m not quite ready for their energy yet. I’m sorry to our house sitter if the house isn’t spotless. I really did try, but I’m not going to let chaos take over my holiday season. It’s time to take things a moment at a time. Maybe Blue Eyes and I will even decorate some cookies or something…

Please leave any chaos free ideas you have. I have trouble relaxing when there is a lot to do.

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Hubby is gone again. You’d think a military spouse would get used to it, but sometimes it catches you off gaurd. Especially when this is supposed to be his shore time. He’ll be back any day now, and I am really excited about that. My puppies always misbehave really bad when he is gone. I mean like Mr. Blackjack lets them all out the back gate, or pulls all the tuperware off the counter so they can have a feast. The two new puppies love baby diapers and have figured out how to open the diaper genie. What’s the point of having a genie if it doesn’t keep the pups out? Domino just gets into every bit of trouble the others do. They even managed to knock over my blood orange tree. I’m a little mad about that. I’m going to have to get new potting soil now. Not to mention Mr. Blue Eyes will only say mama when he’s mad at me, and cries for dada nonstop. I pulled down daddy’s picture and that seems to help. I may have to get a daddy doll and one of those book recordings. Just something so daddy is around. He does love when daddy gets on the phone though. So other than school, and naughty dogs, I’ve been taking advantage of the season to make COOKIES!
I must admit, I may not be the greatest cook, but I LOVE to bake. I love making cookies, and cakes, and an occasional pie. With christmas coming upon us, I had my friend over to make cookies with me. We didn’t get very far. We made peanut butter cookies and red velvet cookies. I’m not sure where I went wrong with the peanut butter cookies, but they were slightly flatter than normal. I may remake them. Mr. Blue Eyes sure loved them though. His first real cookie. He’s been zooming all around the house with half a cookie, treating it like gold. Of course there is a small herd of puppies following him around waiting for any signs of dropping crumbs.
As far as the red velvet cookies go, I may be in love. They were delicious. I meant to take a picture, but instead you get the sole surviving cookie.

In my search for the Red Velvet Cookie, I came across this amazing lady’s blog about food. It’s called Cooking Classy, and I’ve loved all the recipes I’ve tried so far.

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields about 3 dozen

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder*
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
7 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
6 Tbsp all vegetable shortening, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp red food coloring
1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips, divided

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375
degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch,
baking soda and salt, set aside. Add butter, shortening and sugar to the bowl of
an electric stand mixer and mix on medium speed until very pale and fluffy about
4 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk and mix until combine. Add vinegar, vanilla and
food coloring and mix until well blended. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix
just until combine. Mix in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Scoop dough out by the
heaping tablespoonfuls (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) and roll into balls and place on
buttered or Silpat lined cookie sheets. Gently press about 6 white chocolate
chips into the top of each cookie, being careful not to flatten the cookies (if
you do flatten them a bit just reshape them to the height they had before adding
the chips) and bake in preheated oven 8 – 9 minutes. Allow to cool several
minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store
cookies in an airtight container.

*If you want a more
chocolaty cookie you could replace 1 – 2 Tbsp flour with an additional 1 -2 Tbsp
cocoa, the red just won’t be quite as vibrant. Or, you could replace the white
chocolate chips with chocolate chips.

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

A piece of Pumpkin Spice heaven

Delicious cupcakes hot out of the oven

I have been having serious junk food craving for the last week or so. I’ve been trying so hard to be good, but it’s hard with these wonderful food holidays coming up. Just think of it, as Americans we have some amazing food traditions, and we get to take from all other cultures too! It doesn’t matter, there is food everywhere! So in a festive mood, I made pumpkin spice cupcakes. They were delicious. I made them last night, and I didn’t even need frosting on them. I love cupcakes that taste more like muffins.

This hit the spot with my sweet tooth, and thankfully it’s healthier than some of the other choices I could have made. My suggestion, have a glass of hot tea with it, and wait till the little ones are in bed. It was a nice mommy alone time snack. Pardon the picture, it was taken with a little bit of a crappy camera. I still haven’t fixed my nice one.

Here’s the recipe I used:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-spice-cupcakes/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=pumpkin%20spice%20cupcakes&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=%2fmy%2frecipebox%2fdefault.aspx

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoonground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoonground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoonground ginger

1/2 teaspoonground cloves

1/2 teaspoonground allspice

1/2 teaspoonsalt

1 tablespoonbaking powder

1/2 teaspoonbaking soda

1/2 cupbutter, softened

1 cupwhite sugar

1/3 cupbrown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

3/4 cupmilk

1 cup pumpkin puree

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 ounce) packagecream cheese, softened

1/4 cupbutter, softened

3 cupsconfectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoonvanilla extract

1 teaspoonground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Sift together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  2. Beat 1/2 cup of butter, the white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree after the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by beating the cream cheese and 1/4 butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon; beat until fluffy. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost with the cream cheese icing

Blue Eyes First cupcake

Cupcakes with friends

 

To answer any questions, I do not tint my little boys eyes in these pictures. These are all his blue eyes. Isn’t he going to be a heartbreaker?

Chocolate Thanksgiving

Girls night

 

Delicious, dripping chocolate. Bacon oozing in fudge, devil’s food cupcakes with chocolate chips, candy bars, and chocolate vodka. Ice-cream with hot fudge dribbled over it. Does it sound good? Believe me, it was. After my two girlfriends and I had a really rough week, we decided the only thing to do was to have a chocolate thanksgiving. I know, it’s a confusing concept, is there chocolate turkey? Well, no there wasn’t, but there was almost everything else in chocolate form. We had more than any three girls should eat, and the next morning, there was definitely a huge dent in the chocolate feast.

This night was dedicated to all things chocolate, and all things sweet. Including watching 16 candles, and made of honor. Oh yes, it was a wonderful night. We did drink a little more than any of us ever do, but it was fun to have just a girls night. The only boy allowed was Mr. Blue Eyes, and he was more than happy to be a good little baby when he was given some ice-cream.

I know this isn’t a very long post today, but I was wondering, if you were to do a CHOCOLATE THANKSGIVING, what would be your one MUST HAVE chocolate??

Mr. Blue Eyes realized the ice-cream is cold

 

Yes Mr. Blue Eyes, help yourself….

My Dear Readers:

I love mashed potatoes. I mean to say, I will eat them instead of a meal. Apparently, my son does as well. While I left my bowl out to cool, he decided to help himself. Dear Readers, this is what happens when Mr. Blue Eyes decides he’s hungry for mommy’s bowl.

-Military Bride

When the house is a little too quiet

If I don’t look at you, you can’t see me….

Well Today was THE DAY. I knew it was a little to quiet in this house. And then I heard it. The little scrape scrape noise caught my attention. At first glance I didn’t see anything, but then again that’s the problem. I don’t see two little fuzzy puppies, I don’t see my grumpy old pup, or my tan little “shepard mix.” Then it hits me…. I don’t see my little blue eyes either. Panic should ensue at this point, but instead I start wondering what I could have possibly left out that he is getting into.

There’s the scratch scratch again. Where on earth did all my pets and baby go?

Scanning…. scanning…. found.

Blue eyes had both fists into the puppy chow, and was awkwardly chewing on a piece. He looked so happy with the food, I felt so bad taking the pieces away. I have to admit though before I did take them away, I had to get a couple snapshots for future embarrasment. The puppies were right beside him just waiting for him to share. Sometimes I love being a mom….

 

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