Monday, November 20, 2017

I inadvertently made Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, and I'm SO glad I did!



Cinnamon Copy Cat Cinnamon Rolls

Whole Wheat pizza dough from HT
Salted butter Softened
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon
Salt

Pre Heat oven to 375
Grease a glass pie pan
Roll out dough into a rectangle (ehhh about 6-8" wide for minis) and as long as you'd like.  Make sure it's relatively thin.
Spread softened butter alllllll over the rectangle.
Then lay brown sugar on the butter.
Next, generously sprinkle cinnamon on top of that.
Annnnnd a dash of salt, because all sweets are better with salt.
Roll tightly and seal the edge by pinching shut.
Get some dental floss and cut the mini rolls by wrapping the floss around the roll, fold and pull together method.
Lay rolls swirl side up in pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, be sure not to over cook them.

Now, use pre-made icing (we used some from Wal-Marts bakery department, the same kind they use on their cakes). Generously dollop on each little morsel and enjoy! 


Friday, October 27, 2017

Growin' like a Weed: Charlotte - 12 months


Height: 29" 
Weight: 21 lbs

Likes: Mommy, Mommy's milk, and being held by me! Charlotte's happy place is still in my arms/on my hip, still, but is finding a bit more freedom and independence.  She's official walking. Okay, no walking is not her primary mode of transportation but she can take a few steps, stop, and take a few more. She is still into dumping toys and making a mess (board books, the kitchen set, magnets on the fridge) but it keeps her entertained and off me while I fix dinner, so we go with it! Annnnd water! ANYTIME she sees water... she's in it! 

Dislikes: If someone other than Mommy picks her up, haha or if I move away from her sayyy 5 feet to grab something.  She also gets pretty darn ticked when you take something away from her that she's not suppose to be chewing on (shoe, small toy, toothbrush, toys Brooke and Taylor leave on the floor, mulch, sand, etc.). She still hates her carseat. AND we found out she doesn't like medicine. I gave, scratch that ATTEMPTED TO GIVE her some ibuprofen after her 4 shots at her well check up and she screamed the whole time.

Sleeping: Two naps a day still.  2-3-4 schedule.  Wakes around 7ish naps 2 hours after she wakes up (normally an hour to 1.5 then is awake for 3 hours takes a 2 hour nap that normally coincides with Taylor's (PRAISE THE LORD). Once she wakes, it's 4 hours until bedtime! I'm going to say she sleeps through the night. Yes, there are a few fluke nights every now and then, but pretty much she sleeps from 7:30-7:30. Thank. You. Lord. AND I'm back in my room sleeping with my husband, BUT  I still stay up until AT LEAST midnight getting work/housework/miscellaneous things done that I can't do during the day with the girls. 

Eating: Nurses when she wakes.  Morning, after first nap, after 2nd nap and at bedtime (but she doesn't nurse to sleep).  I've had a few folks ask me when we're going to stop nursing. I'm not sure. I just follow my kids lead. B and T both stopped, abruptly around 13 months.  She loves food now and pretty much eats whatever I put on her plate.  She seems to really like meat/chicken, scrambled eggs, veggie straws, and anything I put in front of her. Charlotte also now has 5 teeth! She also stinks at drinking water through a straw or sippy cup.  Grrrrr don't take a big mouthful and proceed to empty the contents of your mouth on your chest child!

Playing: Charlotte loves dumping toys and putting everything in her mouth. She's becoming a lot more vocal and enjoys "talking" while looking at board books. Slides, yes, outdoor slides.  The fridge magnets are always on the floor, as is the "dishwasher contents" from the kitchen set.  Charlottttte! Our sandbox is a favorite spot for her. She is curious about animals, but not a big fan of them.  Charlotte likes to crawl under the dining room table and play while we finish dinner. Silly little lady!

Big Sisters:  Nicknames were a bit slim this past month.  Brooke - Shawlet is how Brooke pronounces her name.  She also calls her Baby Love Love.  Taylor - Challie is how she pronounces her name.  She likes to call her Doh Doh (which I don't approve of). Brooke is getting confident in her mother, I mean sistering abilities. She can now pick up Charlotte and take her out of her crib. She can also buckle and unbuckle herself and her sisters.  Chick is on a roll!  It's fun seeing her learn and grow and frustrating at times.  It's crazy to me how just yesterday she couldn't put on her own pants and now she gets herself AND Taylor dressed and ready to go for the day.  Yes, she tells Tay exactly what to wear and forces her way and manipulates her sister, but she's learning! hahaha Taylor.  Y'all. She's a mess. Like talking up a storm. Saying the sassiest things in the most innocent way, and attempting to give us looks. Bahahaha she's a riot.  Little stinker pushes Charlotte down, takes her toys, withholds her favorite toys from Charlotte, fusses if Brooke BREATHES ON HER TOO HARD.  Oh Lord help me.  Lord help me.  So there it is.  12 months. One year with 3 kids.  I'd like to say it was easy. I'd like to say it was hard. haha but truth be told... I live one day at a time and do my best to soak up each moment. To be at peace with where God has me and what He gives me each day and to live in that power.  Dear Lord, you are good. You knew each and everyday before it happened and you have us in the palm of your hand. Father, we love and trust you with each of our days.  Thy will be done! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Growin' Like a Weed: Charlotte - 11 months


Height: 27" 
Weight: 20 lbs

Likes: Mommy, Mommy's milk, and being held by me! Charlotte's happy place is still in my arms/on my hip, still, but is finding a bit more freedom and independence.  She can stand for a good 30 seconds without holding on to anything!  I just keep waiting for her to try to move her feet! She is also into dumping toys and making a mess (board books, the kitchen set, magnets on the fridge) but it keeps her entertained and off me while I fix dinner, so we go with it!  She also seems to enjoy music when we have it on (but not really that much when she's strapped into the carseat, haha too bad it's not a good distraction!) Annnnd water! ANYTIME she sees water... she's in it!

Dislikes: If someone other than Mommy picks her up, haha or if I move away from her sayyy 5 feet to grab something.  She also gets pretty darn ticked when you take something away from her that she's not suppose to be chewing on (shoe, small toy, toothbrush, toys Brooke and Taylor leave on the floor, mulch, sand, etc.). Car rides, strollers, and shopping carts pail in comparison to my arms and HEAVEN FORBID I stand up to put away something when we're playing. Still not a fan of her car seat and she really gets ticked when I make her sit down to put on her seatbelt, haha chill pill little missy!

Sleeping: Two naps a day.  2-3-4 schedule.  Wakes around 7ish naps 2 hours after she wakes up (normally an hour to 1.5 then is awake for 3 hours takes a 2 hour nap that normally coincides with Taylor's (PRAISE THE LORD). Once she wakes, it's 4 hours until bedtime! Sooo she slept through the night 3 nights... and now wakes up again! I'm really not complaining.  It's not a big deal.  I sleep on the couch until she wakes up. Or okay, scratch that, I stay up cleaning, working, on facebook, exercising, folding laundry, writing this blog post, until she takes or until I simply can't bear standing any longer, THEN I rest on the couch until she fusses. Then I scoop her up, nurse her and sleep on the comfiest bed in the house! haha UNTIL SHE WAKES ME AGAIN! hahaha

Eating: Still nursing every 2-3 hours when awake and once at night.  I'm still "Momma Birding" foods and giving her fruits/veggies/table food. She loves food now and pretty much eats whatever I put on her plate.  She seems to really like meat/chicken, and she can hoover bits to pb&j and baked apple oatmeal!  ANNNND my smoothies.  She LOVES my single serve cup and massive straw. Child will seriously drink half of it!  Charlotte also now has 4 teeth! The top two have a decent gap, it's adorable! She hasn't really "bit" me yet while nursing, just kind of test nibble and I laid down the law. haha Thank you Lord that we don't have a biter so far! She also stinks at drinking water through a straw or sippy cup.  99% of the contents end up on her or she chokes on the liquid. 

Playing: Charlotte loves dumping toys and putting everything in her mouth. She's becoming a lot more vocal and enjoys "talking" while looking at board books. Slides, yes, outdoor slides.  The fridge magnets are always on the floor, as is the "dishwasher contents" from the kitchen set.  Charlottttte! Sand is also a favoriting ine, haha but she HATES slime and cries when you try to have her touch it.  She's starting to crawl and "wrestle" Daddy and the big girls more! It's cute to see her play with them!  Chunka is only 7lbs away from Taylor and she's pretty good and lay into her! haha Watch out T!

Big Sisters:  Taylor. Taylor, Taylor, Taylor is now Brooke's right hand man of the nicknames (along with saying NO to me, a lot and talking in a baby voice).  Without further ado... Mink Minks, Ammie Georgo, Shawlet, DohDoh, DoDoo, brief butt, Miss Miss Lady Britches .  I'm sure I'm leaving some out but, there ya go! hahaha! This poor child probably has NO CLUE WHAT HER ACTUAL NAME IS! haha Brooke is amazing, most days.  She can be so sweet, helpful, compassionate, and inquisitive.  Other days... Lord help meeeeeeee.  Squealing and taunting Taylor, annoying Charlotte and not listening to a thing I say and fussing/whining a lot.  But gracious, I love her! She's learning a lot and growing like crazy.  I put a lot of pressure on her. I need to stop.  I do it without really noticing, so a lot of times, I try try try to get on her level and let her wings open, and soar.  She has a BEAUTIFUL mind and a crazy vivid imagination!  Taylor.  Y'all. She may be cute, but chick is wearing me thin!  The NO Mommy's and the whining and fussing and getting super emotional for no good reason.  And the, feed me, and let me take 45 minutes to eat two bites of food. But I can't even tellllll you about her bond with Charlotte. She. loves. her sister.  Taylor wants to be near Charlotte, always! I mean B and T play, but Charlotte and T are tight.  Speaking of T.  She's fearless in new situations and makes friends with ease. Brooke is reserved and would rather just play with herself. I'm really having baby fever. But I can't fathom 4.  I feel soooooooooooooooooo bewildered now how I'm going to have enough to give to these 3.  Not stuff, but wisdom, and patience.  You know, the one on one attention, the teenage years and the individual attention to let them know that I know them, and I want to help them flourish. Every time I look into their eyes, I'm amazed.  Charles is never included in this, haha sorry love.  But you're amazing too shug.  Thanks for being all in and loving our sweet little ladies! Congrats on losing 30 lbs in 3 months too! 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Growin' like a Weed: Charlotte - 10 months


Height: 27" 
Weight: 19lbs 9oz

Likes: Mommy, Mommy's milk, and being held by me! Charlotte is attached to me, still, but is finding a bit more freedom with her new found confidence in standing.  She can stand for a good 30 seconds without holding on to anything!  I just keep waiting for her to try to move her feet! She is also into dumping toys and making a mess (which royally stresses this Momma out) but it keeps her entertained and off me while I fix dinner, so we go with it!  Ladies and gentlemen... Charlotte now LOVES the bathtub! PRAISE THE LORRRRRD! Hallelujah! Haha this little lady is also exploring with clapping and talking. Everything is "BUH" from Brooke, to fan, to toy, "BUH" it is! 

Dislikes: If Mommy isn't near she's not happy.  She also gets pretty darn ticked when you take something away from her that she's not suppose to be chewing on (shoe, small toy, toothbrush, toys Brooke and Taylor leave on the floor, mulch, sand, etc.). Hmmmm putting on jammies is a new struggle. Charlotte isn't a fan of getting changed before bedtime.  Also, she won't snuggle before bed, she just wants to be put down to rest.  Car rides, strollers, and shopping carts pail in comparison to my arms and HEAVEN FORBID I stand up to put away something when we're playing.  Oh silly girl!

Sleeping: Two naps a day.  2-3-4 schedule.  Wakes around 6:30, naps 2 hours after she wakes up (normally an hour to 1.5 then is awake for 3 hours takes a 2 hour nap that normally coincides with Taylor's (PRAISE THE LORD). Once she wakes, it's 4 hours until bedtime! She nurses, sleeps until 11:30-2 ish, nurses, and sleeps until wake time.  90% of the time she ends up in the twin bed in her nursery with me.  She's slept through the nigh twice, but not in a row. This lady has also boycotted morning naps a bit, but generally sleeps well.

Eating: Still nursing every 2-3 hours when awake and once at night.  I'm still "Momma Birding" foods and giving her fruits/veggies/table food. She's really not a fan of food yet.  I found out that she likes graham crackers... a lot! haha and my smoothies and kernel free part of popcorn.  Charlotte never misses a chance to chomp on an apple core or gum some juicy watermelon!  She has two bottom teeth and her top two could literally poke through ANY DAY NOW! Man oh man is she going to look cute!!! Praying she doesn't BITE ME WHILE NURSING!!! 

Playing: Charlotte loves dumping toys and putting everything in her mouth. She also likes electronic toys that play songs and attempting to pull up and climb on everything.  Slides, yes, outdoor slides.  Her little, scratch that, juicy, succulent, fantastically fabulous thighs grip on to the plastic surface and away she goes!  It's hilarious to watch her fearlessly go from bottom to top.  Taylor likes to tease her and try to come down as she's going up.  That booger. The fridge magnets are always on the floor, as is the "dishwasher contents" from the kitchen set.  Charlottttte! She loves books too. Especially turning pages in magazines, trying to rip out pages and completely destroy the bookshelf!

Big Sisters:  Soooo Taylor has joined in the nickname game! Drum roll, please! this past month Charlotte was affectionately called ... Chachie, Mink Minks, Ammie Georgo, and Taddy.  I'm sure I'm leaving some out but, there ya go! hahaha!  Brooke officially "started school" AKA we do about an hour a day of reading, writing, craft, Bible reading, geography, art, etc. She has truly grown in her interest to learn and focus.  I really enjoy our special time together.  She also is a HUGE helper for Charlotte! She's not AS wild around her (most of the time) and she can actually keep her entertained for short periods of time while I focus on dinner cooking, or tending to Taylor.  I am amazed at that sweet big girl and love, love, love how considerate she is and how her heart is bursting with Jesus.  Taylorrrrr is starting to get a little too big for her britches.  Yeahhhh we're dealing with an attitude and a half and disobedience, and periods of frustration.  But, she's 2. And she's trying to figure things out. EVERY DAY IS A LEARNING LESSON.  Praise God for his peace, patience and understanding.  Taylor and Charlotte love each other.  It's adorable!  Tay often pulls her down, steals her toy, or sits on her, and lil Mink Minks gets ticked but kinda fights back. haha due to their size similarity I feel like Charlotte see's Tay as a peer.  Goodness me.  I am amazed each day that I have the honor to pour life into these 3 ladies.  Y'all.  Even on our worst days, God is good and he shows me himself through those little faces.  Be blessed! 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

From our kitchen to yours: Yummy Black Bean Veggie Burgers



1 can no salt added black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup cooked butternut squash or sweet potato
1 handful spinach
1 tbsp flax/chia
1 tsp grilling blend (black pepper, salt, garlic salt)
1/4 cup old fashioned oats

Pulse all in a blender/food processor until combined.

Scoop mixture into 1/4 cup scoops and shape into patties.  In skillet/frying pan, saute burgers in grape seed oil or olive oil (2 tbsp) on medium-medium high for 8 minutes per side or until a crust forms.  Splash with liquid smoke flavoring.

Monday, August 7, 2017

From our kitchen to yours: Cinnamon Sticks

Like the ones you get at a pizza buffet, but better!

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1 ball HT whole wheat pizza dough
4 tbsp butter

Cinnamon Sugar - 1 tbsp cinnamon & 1/4 cup sugar
Salt - dash
Oil - a splash (tiny, I used grapeseed oil)

Icing:
Butter - 1 tbsp melted
Powdered sugar - 1 cup (add more to reach desired consistency)
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Milk - splash

Oven at 375°
Melt butter in 9x13 pan in oven.
Take pan out of oven and stretch dough to fit pan then flip dough so both sides are covered in butter. 
Set in hot oven for 2-3 minutes then let rise in microwave while you make cinnamon sugar mix. 

Take cinnamon sugar/butter/oil/salt mixture (resembles wet sand) and spread over dough. Pre-cut the dough into strips in the pan. Cut oven down to 350° bake for 10-12 minutes.

Icing:
Melt 1 tbsp butter, mix in vanilla, powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over warm cinnamon sticks.

Enjoy!!!


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Growin' like a Weed: Charlotte - 9 months


Height: 26 1/4" 
Weight: 19lbs 1oz

Likes: Mommy, Mommy's milk, and being held by me! Charlotte is attached to me, still, but is finding a bit more freedom.  B and T went to Grandma and Grandaddy's house for 3 days and wow was she a different child! haha Poor thing was meant to be an only child!  She really likes splashing in water (a pool, tub of water outside, puddle) and exploring with her new found vertical mobility! She pulls up on EVERYTHING and cruises (while holding on to couches, tables, etc.) She has also found a love for shoes... like chewing on them... it's nasty, but if it keeps her happy, I go with it! hahaha poor 3rd child! 

Dislikes: If Mommy isn't near and her big bad sister runs up and jumps at her as she roars as loud as she can COUGH COUGH Brooke Grayson! Dear Lord help this phase to pass soon! haha Charlotte is traumatized by hr older siblings :(  She also gets pretty darn ticked when you take something away from her that she's not suppose to be chewing on (shoe, small toy, toothbrush, toys Brooke and Taylor leave on the floor, mulch, sand, etc.) Oh... and bathtime... she hates it.  As noted above, she loves water, but get her naked and put her in a warm (or cold) tub and she FREAKS!  Bath time is now less than 2 minutes.  Seriously. It's terrible! 

Sleeping: Two naps a day.  2-3-4 schedule.  Wakes around 6:30, naps 2 hours after she wakes up (normally an hour to 1.5 then is awake for 3 hours takes a 2 hour nap that normally coincides with Taylor's (PRAISE THE LORD). Once she wakes, it's 4 hours until bedtime! She nurses, sleeps until 11:30-2 ish, nurses, and sleeps until wake time.  90% of the time she ends up in the twin bed in her nursery with me.  Momma needs sleep too and her squishy snuggles are the BEST! Nothing has changed here this month! I keep thinking I need to try to get her to stop nursing at night and be in her crib, but... eh.  Maybe next month! haha Oh yes! And I moved her crib down finally! 

Eating: Still nursing every 2-3 hours when awake and once at night.  I'm still "Momma Birding" foods and giving her fruits/veggies/table food. She's really not a fan of food yet.  Though she does love veggie straws!  She took to a straw "sippy cup" very easily and gets to play with it/drink from it when her big sisters share.  She loves nursing, like loves it! I feel like she's going to go past the 13 month stop that both B and T self weaned at.  I've never had any issues with her refusing to nurse. She's a champ!

Playing: She's getting it.  She likes to put things in her mouth (pegs with foam board) and likes toys that make sounds (maraca, piano, wiggly giggler).  She can tear down a block tower before we really even build it, and finds magnets on the fridge and the metal door stopper thing absolutely fascinating!  Silicone muffin cups keep her entertained for a good bit as well as our toy ice cream set.  Charlotte is pulling up on ALL THINGS now and likes to try to see what her big sisters are into (though most of the time they don't let her in on the fun).  I'm SOOOO curious to see when she's going to attempt walking!!! Oh yes! And she can say MA MA and DA DA, and wave "hey gurl, hey!"

Big Sisters:  Debby, Debby Libs Grace Dowdy, Brief Butt, and Buffaloe are Brooke's nicknames for this month.  Brooke is still crazy and loud around Charlotte most days. She's constantly running up to her and growling, or smacking her rear or coming up behind her and pulling her backwards, or holding her arm a bit to long... has anyone else had this problem... it's killing us.  We're at a loss how to discipline/modify behavior because it's VERY evident that Charlotte doesn't like it (bless her soul).  It's just a bit much. Taylor always asks to hold Charlotte when she gets up from a nap, and will let Charlotte play with her face/snuggle her. They have a precious bond and Tay is just soooooo much more her speed.  She gets her and she doesn't really force herself upon her as Brooke does.  BUT Tay does get possessive over toys and manages to take EVERYTHING away from Charlotte.  Taylor is also the chief "I'm going to leave every toy in the house out and not pick them up especially those things that Charlotte can't have yet," I feel like I'm constantly asking her to pick up her things! Our girls are getting big! Like T is potty trained, day and night. WHAT?! And Brooke can wipe her own butt after she poops.  Big time guys. BIG TIME! hahaha Counting our blessings each and and surrendering it all to our precious Heavenly Father who is God of the hills and valleys (and I am not alone).