Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AppleCheeks Giveaway!

AppleCheeks is having an AWESOME giveaway...check them out on facebook if you want in. Basically, they're teaming up with Ergo Baby and giving away an Ergo Baby Carrier. Have you seen these? They have all the benefits of a wrap style carrier but without having to deal with the yards and yards of material. I've been wanting one for awhile now but felt that my baby had outgrown the carrier stage. I will have more babies someday though! It even comes with a little insert for newborns to make them feel all snug and close.

So, if you wanna win one of these little pieces of awesome, head over to facebook and like both Ergo Baby Carrier and AppleCheeks and then comment on their note about it. You have until December 7th at midnight EST.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Parade of Lights

Sorry this post is a little late but last weekend we made our way back to the city for the Parade of Lights! I don't mean to sound like a whiner but I don't know if it was worth it after seeing how it went. We contemplated for hours on how to dress her and brought the necessary gear for a cold night but at the last minute we decided to leave it home and just dress her normally.

She was still dressed for coldish weather: hat and hood, winter coat, mittens, lined pants, etc. We thought her feet would be warm enough with just shoes on because she wasn't going to be running around in the snow but apparently we were wrong. The parade didn't start on time and we ended up leaving early after watching it for over an hour. Our poor baby was over tired and a little bit of an icicle. When we got back to Nana's house all she wanted was to be snuggled as she cried and cried. I love the snuggles but I hate that they always seem to come around when my bebe isn't feeling the greatest. What's up with that? She eventually thawed and got some sleep. By morning she was back to her old self.

So, remember those shoes we bought for her way back in March for her birthday? Well, they finally fit now and she wears them all the time. How cute are these suckers?

Speaking of adorable footwear, we got her some slippers from Superstore the other day because the floors are starting to get cold now that there's snow on the ground. Take a look at these cutie beauties:

Oh, and speaking of Superstore, have I mentioned I would like to win the lottery and blow all my money there on super cute kid clothes!? The plan was to pick up a pair of jammies to go with some books and then Mya would be done and I could cross her off my Christmas list, but I don't think I could buy just one pair! They have fleece nighties and fleece 2 piece pajamas and flannel 2 piece pajamas...all adorable. AND they have their clearance racks out with stuff I could get for cheap for next summer! I know!

Alright, time to stop fantasizing about Superstore and get some housework done while my helper is sleeping.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weekend Getaway

This post is a little overdue but I blame that on kids and Christmas. I can do that, right? Anyways, last weekend we were in the city for a planned getaway. Adam's sister got us a suite here

and offered to take the baby for the night. Let me just say, it. was. awesome. After we dropped Mya off at Elisa's place we left to get some shopping done and holy crappoly, I forgot how easy shopping was when you do it alone. There was no getting someone out of a car seat when you got to the store. No wrestling someone back into the car seat when it was time to leave. No stroller taking up your precious trunk space and then having to be opened everytime you get said someone out of car seat. There was no one whining to leave the store before we were ready (except me when we were in Golf Town). Can you believe that we managed to cross almost every single person off our Christmas shopping list? I know!! And to top it all off, it was unseasonably warm and sunny so me and Adam got to walk around without jackets on! It was probably the best day ever.

Next weekend (this weekend?) we're headed back to the city so we can take Mya to the parade of lights. Our town is putting on its own parade but it's being held on Thursday night and I have to work so we won't be able to go. I mean, who has a Christmas parade on a Thursday?? Weirdos. So, back in the car we go for Mya's first parade. Well, technically it's her second but she slept during the entire Canada Day parade so it doesn't really count. I hope she likes it as much as I want her to. She might still be a little young to fully grasp the concept but we have to start somewhere, right?

What else is going on in our lives at the moment? Well, the weather forecast is calling for snow this weekend so we bumped up our plan to get snow tires on the car and we have an appointment for Friday. At least we'll be prepared for whenever the snow decides to come even if it changes its mind about this weekend.

Ok, sorry for the boring post but I hadn't updated in a long time. I'll leave you with a little game:

Can you find Mya?

One of these things is not like the of these things just doesn't belong...

And now a couple just for the cute factor:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies the Recipe

Someone commented on my last post asking for me to post the recipe of these awesome cookies I made (see picture below!). I actually took that pic...turned out pretty good eh? So, give you the recipe I will:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl mix together, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Put 1/2 cup of the sugar in small bowl and set aside. With electric mixer beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients mixing just until a dough forms. Pinch off and roll dough into balls about 1 tbsp in size. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat. Bake until edges are just firm, about 10-15 min.

**These cookies didn't spread as much as I thought they would based on the picture the recipe provided, but they were still chewy and yummy. Now, the first sheet I put in the oven I left for 15 minutes because I couldn't tell if the edges were firm. They seemed to be harder and darker than I wanted but were still good nonetheless. The second sheet I put in for only 10 minutes and they were definitely softer and lighter than the first batch but I think that the third batch (which was left in for about 12-13 min) turned out the best. Oh, one last thing: I found the dough to be really soft so I popped it in the fridge while waiting for the oven to preheat and in between batches and it was much easier to handle. So those are my tips and observations!

Good luck! I wanna know how they turn out!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Baking

So, yesterday I decided to get a start on my Christmas baking. I came across this recipe I had bookmarked online while looking through my recipes for a gift for someone. I found what may be the only-cookie-I'll-ever-bake recipe: Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies.

Now, I don't normally bake cookies. I'm more of a pies, breads, upside down cakes kind of girl. I don't know why. Something about making cookies seems hard or time consuming. But not these puppies! They were definitely quick to put together and they were easy to make. I happened to have everything I needed in the house which is one of the reasons I decided to make them. That and Adam made this "I would really, really like some holiday cookies" face so I had to do it. I came home from work last night to see that a good dent had been made to the cookie container, so I guess they must have been good! Now that I've made my trial run and passed, I'll be making these for Christmas!

I also found a holiday eggnog recipe that I'm dying to try. Adam wants to do a trial run of that too (shocking!). So, I'll be sure to let you know how that turns out.

Have you started holiday baking yet? What are you making for goodies at your house this holiday season?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Baby Blues

So, there's this comic strip on my fridge that I came across some years ago and it was so funny (because it rang so true) that I cut it out and saved it. Some of you already know about my comic strip and some of you have already read it but I thought I'd post it on here to share with everyone because I know almost all of you can relate.

See? Don't you feel better now? I thought so!