Little Puppies and other things…

This past week has been just as busy as the last few, but I have managed to somewhat keep my sanity. I decided to drop the Biology class I was planning on taking, which will put me behind a semester but I’m not stressing over it.

Logan has been talking even more lately! He is a little shy though so hopefully he will learn to talk more when it is not just him and I. We have also started getting him to eat in a regular chair with us at meal times. This is such a good thing. He has thrown up in the high chair SO MANY TIMES its smells terrible, and I cannot wait to see it leave my dining room. However, Logan thinks the barstool is his own personal throne. He eats lunch and all his snacks at the counter now. I just hope he does not throw up on the barstool, fingers crossed.

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Helping Mommy fold the laundry.

 

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“Helping” make cookies while Mickey plays. I let him use my laptop since the flat screen TV puts off so much heat.

We also have two new additions to the family, sweet little beagle puppies! Logan cannot get over them, and loves it when they get, what he calls, “cookies.” He even goes as far as trying to give the girls his Vanilla Wafers.

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This little one is my Bella! She is so precious, and judging by her personality she would make an excellent hunting dog.

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I already have her spoiled for me, which was my every intention.

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This one is Sophia, and she is spoiled for my mom. Logan likes Sophia best, he calls her “Fia,” but I think it is because she is hyper just like him. She is full of all kinds of energy, she is a biter though, so I have to watch Logan carefully with her.

The last couple weeks I have had huge cravings for filet mignon, which is very odd since I’m not huge into beef. However, I will not be denied, so we have had it three times in two weeks.

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This is typically what my plate looks like. The potatoes are AMAZING, so here is how I make them.

Foil Packet Red Skinned Potatoes

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees

– Take a sheet of tin foil long enough to fold over on itself for however many potatoes being used, and spray it with nonstick spray

– Cut Potatoes in 1″ pieces, then place on foil

– Mince 2 garlic cloves, sprinkle over potatoes. Then Sprinkle with a Dried Oregano, and top with desired amount of butter.

– Seal the potatoes in securely, then place packet on baking sheet.

– Bake 45 to 50 minutes, flipping over half way through…Enjoy!

 

I have not been ignoring Logan’s favors though. Here is my little guy waiting for Lasagna Roll-Ups to come out of the oven. Image

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Have a great week! I will be helping my mom prepare for family coming in for my grandma’s surgery in a week, and I will be finalizing the schedule for our trip to Walt Disney World!

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Unexpected Busy Summer

Sorry for my absence lately, but things have been so busy. Just thought I would give everyone another quick update as to the goings on in the Stevenson house.

Logan is trying so hard to speak in sentences, and is so close I know it will not be long before the is talking constantly. He has also gotten over his dislike of getting his hands sticky, thankfully! Now he will feed himself just about anything he can get his little hands on.

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For me, this is a relief, because I felt like I was going to be hand feeding him until he went to preschool. Dinner time is better now since I do not have to eat my food as fast as I can in order to feed him at the same time!

Logan has also discovered he can climb on Mommy and Daddy’s bed, so while I get ready in the morning he lays on it watching Disney Channel with Mickey.

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On June 4 my Grandma turned 80, what a blessing! Doug and I are so blessed to have her in our lives. Logan loves his Great-Grandma so much, and I know she feels the same about him. To celebrate her birthday we threw her a party.

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The party was so much fun, but was marked with a sense of sadness. The week before her birthday she was diagnosed with cancer. She will be having surgery in a few weeks, then the doctors will determine what treatment is available. Family is coming from all over the country to be here when she has surgery, so she will have a great support system while recovering.

When my mom told me Grandma was sick all those years in high school having to go through the same situation with 3 other grandparents came flooding back to me. However, I understand now that God always has a reason for putting us through the trails He gives us. As with everything, the outcome is in His hands, and the family will support each other giving Grandma with whatever she needs.

On a happier note Doug and I have begun planning a special vacation for January 2014! We will have been married 5 years, wow time flies, and wanted to mark the occasion with a special trip (conveniently my 24th birthday will be celebrated as well)! We will be leaving Logan with my parents, and spend 9 days at my favorite place, Walt Disney World!! Last time we went we had such an amazing time! Instead of The Wilderness Lodge, we will be staying at Port Orleans Riverside (having a child requires a budget unlike last time). We have had numerous people tell us the resort is beautiful, so we thought we’d give it a try. I did tell Doug when we take Logan we will return to The Wilderness Lodge, because the decor is perfect for a little boy. I LOVE the Deluxe Dining Plan so I was not giving that up, all that amazing food I can hardly contain myself! Artist Point, Be Our Guest, Teppan Edo, YAK & YETI…Here I come!!!!

Due to my unexpected business my posts will not be that often this summer. I am taking Biology, starting July 7, so that along with helping out my mom I will be busy. I will try to do updates as often as possible, all my love until next time!

Bread Pudding for Dinner!

Before my errands this week I was thinking about what to make for dinner last night. For the life of me, I could not figure out what I wanted, which is abnormal. Usually by the end of Sunday night I have a weeks worth of meals planned so I can go grocery shopping. On Tuesday, Logan and I went to our hair appointment then headed to Target. As we were walking around I smelled something that caught my attention, Pumpkin Streusel Bread. I knew exactly what I was going to make for dinner – “Breakfast for Dinner” in the form of a wonderful Bread Pudding.

Doug and I are  fans of the show Chopped on The Food Network Channel, and I always get mad when those competing opt to make bread pudding in the dessert round. It just seems to easy to me. However, I am not opposed to make it for dinner even though most people would argue it is a dessert. If you are one of those people, just call it French Toast Bake, and it makes it acceptable to make for dinner (or even breakfast)!

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This is the wonderful bread I used to make the Bread Pudding!

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While I was preparing everything to soak Logan decided he was going to help, but he had to have Mickey and Minnie get it on the cooking as well.

“Breakfast for Dinner” Bread Pudding

(3 servings)

7 Slices Pumpkin Bread, cut into pieces

3 large eggs

1 1/4 c. Milk

2 Tblsp. granulated sugar

splash vanilla

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

sprinkle Pumpkin Pie spice

-Place eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and spices to a large bowl then whisk to combine. Add the bread then let soak 2 hours.

Streusel Topping

1 Tblsp. cold butter

1 Tblsp. light brown sugar

1 Tblsp. flour

cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to liking

-cut butter into ingredients

**When ready to bake**

-Preheat oven 350 degrees. Spray (or butter) 3 – 10 oz. Ramekins or a 9×9 baking dish, spoon bread mixture into, top with Streusel topping.

-Bake 30-4o minutes, should puff up and look browned. Insert fork or toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.

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The finished product is SO good! This one was Logan’s, but he was only able to eat half so he finished it for breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Grandma’s Ribs

Happily, I am done with Spring Semester!! I will have two months of freedom, and be able to read the large stack of books on my bookcase! I go back for a one month Summer Semester to get Biology out of the way, but I am actually looking forward to taking the class!

On Sunday, while everyone was celebrating Cinco de Mayo, I celebrated what would have been my Grandma De Vries’ birthday.

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She was such a wonderful person, and taught me to love music as much as she did. I will always cherish all the time spent at the piano with her, and all the times she played the oregon while I ran around the room like a lunatic.

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One of the many times we shared ice cream together.

I honor of her birthday I made my favorite recipe she used to make, and have decided to share it with all of you so you can enjoy it as well.

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(This picture is half a recipe)

BBQ Beef Short Ribs

4 lbs Beef Ribs

1 c. Ketchup

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/3 c. Vinegar

1/3 c. Brown Sugar

3 Tblsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp. Dry Mustard

1 tsp. Paprika

4 Tblsp. Chili Powder

1 Onion, sliced

2 Garlic Cloves, minced (I added this)

1 tsp. Lemon Juice

1 c. Water

– Place ribs in large stockpot and cover completely with water. Bring to a boil then let simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (This step cannot be skipped.)

– While the ribs are simmering, combine water, salt, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, dry mustard, paprika, and chili powder in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add onion, garlic, and lemon juice bring back to a boil then remove from heat. Let cool in the pan while the ribs finish simmering.

– Once the ribs are done simmering place half the sauce in a greased 9×13. Place the ribs on top of the sauce then pour the rest of the sauce over top. Cover in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minuted to 1 hour.

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I served them with homemade garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. They are the most wonderful ribs ever (that is saying something coming from me considering I am NOT a huge fan of beef), and when the sauce mixes with the mashed potatoes it is heaven. Doug had them for the first time when we were dating, and told me they were the best ribs he had ever eaten!

I am off to get Logan settled at his GiGi’s, so I can go to lunch with my best friend! Japanese food here I come! Enjoyed my treasured recipe all!

 

 

Waiting for work = quick update!

Since my Political Science homework has not been posted yet, I thought I would give an update on what has been going on in our house. Where to begin? Well the weather lately has been beautiful, so we have been taking full advantage. On our weekly Saturday trips to Great-Grandmas, Logan has enjoyed playing in her front yard and picking flowers.

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I have been busy wrapping up Spring Semester, and am going to take a class this summer that is a month to get it out of the way. I am actually looking forward to the class, since it is a science class. However, I know it will be a lot of work, but I am prepared.

Doug and I bought our first couch a few months ago, we did not think it would come this soon, but last Thursday it was delivered!

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We were without a couch for one night, so I had to watch the Giants game laying on the floor. I am not going to lie it was kind of fun.

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The couch being gone opened up the entire living room, and let me just say it was so funny to watch Doug and Logan “make” a “fort.” While I baked some Red Velvet Cookie Creamwiches (recipe to come in another post), Doug tried to teach Logan how to build a fort, but it was more like Logan destroyed everything Doug put up. Frustrating for Doug, but funny for me!

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In the end, Doug gave up trying, and decided maybe Logan is a bit young to make forts with at the moment. However, everyone in the house loves the new couch.

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On the other hand, Simba is a big fan of the new chair, but so am I since I can curl up in a ball to watch TV due to the fact it is huge.

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Sadly, there was an injury in the house yesterday involving Logan, Mommy, and the vacuum. I thought Logan was watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but to my horror he was not. The little guy was behind me, and when I pulled the vacuum back popped him in the eye. My mom and I took him to the doctor, and his eye is fine just a little purple. This morning it looked better than it did yesterday, but I feel so bad his first black eye was caused by me.

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Well that is my update, hopefully my homework is up so I can finish my class for the semester. Enjoy the rest of the week!

This entry was posted on April 23, 2013. 2 Comments

Busy, Busy

I apologize for my absence, and just thought I would give a quick update from the last couple weeks. The end of my school semester is quickly coming to an end, and I cannot wait for it to be summer!! As a family, we are planning some FUN stuff, and it all starts the week I get out of school with a SF Giants game! As for the other things being planned, well you’ll just have to wait to find out!! This weekend we will have a fun time at my cousin Megan’s baby shower! Another boy for the family woohoo! So many babies expected this year for my family, and I am SO excited to finally be an Auntie I can hardly contain myself! My little niece or nephew to come is already spoiled by me, and I think his or her Mommy loves it! Logan had his 2 year check up a few weeks ago, and is finally right in the middle for growth. He has sprouted like a weed, 35 inches! My little baby is clearly a little boy, which is so hard to believe.

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I LOVE this picture of my little Big Man and I!

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Logan clearly thinks the closer he is to his work, the better it will turn out. What a silly boy!

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Palm Sunday, getting ready for church with a hair wash and a bath!

Yesterday a little accident happened. Right before I went to take an exam, Logan squished the back of his hand in the sliding doors at my parents. The back of his hand swelled, turning purple, and looked like it was oozing, which was not a fun thing for either of us. He started screaming, and I, already frazzled from anxiety about my exam, got so sick to my stomach. After screaming for DaDa, he finally calmed down, but it resulted in his first band-aid. Sadly, my parents had no Disney band-aids so he had to settle for a regular one.

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This morning his hand looked fine, so I am not worried! My Dad, thankfully, fixed the sliding door so Logan will not be able to repeat the hand smashing.

Well, time for me to say bye, and begin my final paper for this semester. My next post will not be until I am done with the semester, so goodbye until the beginning of May!!

Beginning of March

Well since my last post my little boy turned two, and has continued to show us that he is growing into a big boy  (or my little Big Man)!

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(A huge thank you to Amanda for taking the beautiful pictures for his 2nd birthday!)

Logan’s birthday week was a week long celebration that included his favorite foods including lasagna, butternut squash macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and of course a trip to his favorite restaurant.

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Logan’s Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

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His favorite place to eat is Mimi’s Cafe to get the Mimi Mouse Pancakes with scrambled eggs. On the day of his birthday his Great-Grandma wanted to take him there for lunch, so Uncle Chris met us to celebrate. It was so nice of our waitress to bring Logan some ice cream with caramel, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. However, due to the size we all helped him enjoy it.

His party was a Sesame Street Theme, and was so much fun. Although he did get a little cranky at one point, but he was fine after he got his cake. He got some awesome presents including a basketball hoop, and some DC shoe to match his Daddy’s.

This week Logan decided to figure out how to get out of the crib and playpen, so he got upgraded to a toddler bed. He was so excited, and we have had no problems with the transition. However, I decided a big boy needed sheets (and a room theme) fit for his age instead of the infant theme of deer. Last night before he went to bed we told him we would go shopping for some new things for his room.

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This morning we headed out, and Logan picked a new bedroom set. I was VERY surprised the Mickey Mouse set did not win, but I like what he picked. Jake and the Neverland Pirates! After we got back I made lunch, and put the set in the washer. We played outside after that, Daddy did the lawn, and then it was bath time for Logan. Finally, they had finished drying so I could put them on his bed.

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He was so excited 🙂

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It is safe to say as long as he has this, and his Mickey Mouse, he will sleep like a little angel.