First Birthday!!


This post is a little late going up.  But last month we celebrated our Bub’s first birthday.

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been busy.  So getting pictures up took a little longer than I would have liked.

But on to the show!

There were presents.  And Bub loved them, so did his sister, SweetPea 🙂 .  But even better than presents were chocolate cupcakes.  With pink frosting, of course.  And yes, SweetPea did pick out both the flavor of the cupcakes AND the color of the frosting.  Bub can pick those things next year, you know, when he’s talking.

This next picture proves that Bub is my child.  I make that same face every time I eat chocolate.  Every single time.  It’s just so dang good.IMG_0401

This next picture proves that Bub is related to my husband.  He does the same thing whenever he eats chocolate.  Or spaghetti for that matter.  That’s actually not true, he’s a bit of freak about getting food on his hands and face.


But this face is why we love him so!


Also this face.


Happy Birthday Bub!  We’re so lucky to have two wonderful kids.  And here’s to lots more crazy, messy, wonderful adventures. I hope you all are enjoying your families and your chocolate as much as I am.


Apple Spice Bread Update

In case you were wondering, Apple Spice French Toast is ah-mazing.  Seriously, it was so good.  My husband gobbled it up.  SweetPea gobbled it up.  I gobbled it up.

What a great way to start the morning, especially when we’re supposed to get a couple of inches of snow today.  Isn’t nature aware that spring has sprung!?

breakfastThis picture was pre goodies, because yes, we loaded it up with butter and maple syrup (or powdered sugar, depending on who was eating it).

I would’ve taken a picture of SweetPea eating, but I was too busy trying to get bites into my mouth between getting bites into her mouth.  Sorry 😉

The Apple Spice Bread recipe can be found here.

Apple Spice Bread

So SweetPea really didn’t eat much yesterday.  Last night I pretty much offered all her favorite foods, and she just wasn’t interested.  So naturally, I blamed myself and decided that she was bored with every single thing we had been feeding her.  I immediately planned a trip to the grocery store so I could make big batches of kid friendly food and freeze them for just these kind of emergencies (and also for every day for expanding her palette, getting her all her nutrients, yadda, yadda, yadda).

Turns out, she probably wasn’t sick of everything I was feeding her.  She actually was coming down with a cold and just won’t eat much when she doesn’t feel well.

But I maintain, that chances are, she is getting a little bored with the same ole meals every single day.  So we went to the store.  And we spent a lot of money buying ingredients for multiple dishes.  And apple spice bread happened to be the first one I made.  I’m hoping that SweetPea will muster up enough of an appetite to give it a few nibbles.  And I’m especially hoping that it will make delicious french toast, for SweetPea, I mean, I’ll probably have a slice or two myself.  But definitely the french toast is for SweetPea.  I repeat, it’s not for my own slightly selfish desire for french toast.

I found the recipe for this bread over at A Hungry Runner.  And recreated it, with a few tweaks.  Pardon the quality of the photos, but they’re better than most of the pictures I take, that’s why I posted them.  Boo-yah!
Apple Spice Bread

1 1/2 cups shredded apples (2 small-mediumish apples (I used granny smith))
1/2 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
1 egg + 1 egg white
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour bread pan.

Beat egg and egg white.  Add shredded apples, greek yogurt, and brown sugar; mix well.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir until mixed.

Spread into bread pan.  Put into oven.

Bake 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.  Let sit 5 minutes in pan.  Remove from pan.  Cool and enjoy.

I’ll let you know tomorrow how the french toast turns out.  And also if this was a success for a picky-when-I don’t-feel-good eater.