Monday, September 24, 2012

Look what I found!

Someone has found her foot, which I think is adorable!

Not sure where she got these blue eyes, but I'm in love with them.

She has her 4 month appointment on Tuesday where she'll be getting another round of shots.
Poor baby.
Last time she handled it like a champ and napped the day away.
Fingers crossed we don't see the Fussy Monster this time!

PS...I've started watermarking my photos, especially those of Evelyn,
because of this post I read about people taking pictures of your baby
and claiming them as their own.  Creepy.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cat In A Box

I was sitting at my desk doing some work on my computer
when I turned around and found this...

I have no idea how long he was sitting there
but he looks kinda ashamed to be caught.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Three Months

Evelyn had her three month birthday the other week and I can now repeat what every other parent on the face of the earth has said before....the time sure does fly by quickly.  A couple months ago, the three month mark seemed so far away and now it has already passed us by.  I was looking forward to this month because it's when her so called "fourth trimester" would be over and she would (hopefully) be a little less fussy.  And now I can safely say she's definitely a much happier and interactive baby than before.  That's not to say she doesn't fuss anymore....the girl sure does know what she wants (mainly being held and nursing) and tends to throw tantrums when she doesn't get it.  I sense a little girl with a strong personality is going to emerge soon!  But she's also full of gummy little smiles, lots of little coos and squeals, and buckets of drool.

I could have sworn she gained at least 2 pounds and grew several inches since last month, but she only gained 1 pound and 1 inch, putting her at 12 lbs, 4 oz and 23.75 inches (right in the 50th percentile for both).

This past month saw a growth spurt, a serious dislike of naps, a total change up of the sleep schedule I thought we'd finally accomplished, lots of new sounds like "aahh" "mmm" and high pitched squealing, the need to put just about anything in her mouth, and a love for her new Baby Einstein's Take Along Tunes (or as we call it, her ipod).We started going to a Mommy and Me class, which she seems to really enjoy.  She likes to look around at all the other babies and smiles whenever we sing songs.  We've also started taking morning walks to Starbucks and the park, where we lay out under a big tree and play.  She continues to be a super alert and inquisitive baby, always looking around with her eyes wide open.  She's turned into a (mostly) happy baby and it's fun to play and talk with her every day.

Her daddy and I are so excited to see what new changes every week and month brings.  It really is amazing to see this little person grow and change in front of our eyes, and we are trying to cherish all the little moments as we know they'll fly by.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spicy BLT Soup

It seems like it has been forever since I've posted a recipe.  Which is kinda sad considering I started this blog as a cooking blog!  I guess it's fairly reflective of my current life....there's not a whole lot of cooking going on in my kitchen these days.  =(

However, my parents' kitchen is literally overflowing with fresh tomatoes from my dad's garden.  Every year he grows buckets and buckets of tomatoes that end up in homemade chilis, tomato sauces, and salads.  But as much as I love homegrown tomatoes, there's only so many tomato, basil, and mozzarella salads a girl can eat.  So last week when my dad brought over his latest bounty, I decided to look for a new way to put it to use.  With the 100 degree weather we've been having lately, this chilled soup recipe fit the bill perfectly!  Normally I'm not a big tomato soup fan, but I found this to be really good and refreshing.  And other than frying up some bacon, there's no cooking involved whatsoever!

Andrea's Spicy BLT Soup

2 lbs assorted tomatoes, roughly chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 small cucumber, chopped
1 jalapeno, stemmed and chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 slice white bread, crust removed, torn into pieces
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Toppings - Croutons, crumbled bacon, and sliced lettuce

Sprinkle tomatoes with 1/4 teaspoon salt and let sit for 10 minutes.  In a blender, combine all ingredients except the toppings.  You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.  Pour soup through a sieve pressing on the solids.  Discard the solids.  Cover soup and chill til cold, about 2 hours.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Top with croutons, bacon, and lettuce.