Monday, August 25, 2014

Hot Cheddar Pasta

Fletcher likes to say that macaroni and cheese is my favorite food. Labeling it as my favorite food makes me feel like I'm 5 years old, so I typically deny it. But if I'm being honest, it is on the list of my favorite foods! Last week I tried a new mac & cheese recipe. The recipe comes from a local restaurant, Urban Cookhouse. Lucky for me they published the recipe in the paper a while ago. We love Urban Cookhouse, and I particularly love their hot cheddar pasta. I have been wanting to try their recipe at home, and last week I finally did. I thought it was even better fresh out of the oven, then it is in the restaurant. It was delicious!
Hot Cheddar Pasta
4 cups penne pasta, cooked
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
Cheese sauce (recipe below)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cheese Sauce:
1 can of cheese soup
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup half & half
  • Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients for cheese sauce.
  • Mix pasta, cheese sauce, salt, and egg in a bowl. 
  • Layer the pasta in a baking dish with cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Special Celebration!

"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Acts 2:39
 This weekend we got to celebrate our sweet girl's baptism. It was such a wonderful day! Our baby girl is well loved. We are so thankful for the friends and family who came to celebrate with us. We believe that God works through families, and that He gives us baptism as a reminder of His promises.  We have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time! 
 It sure is fun to see all these munchkins together! Five kids ages 4,3,2,1, and 3 months (just wait a few more months and it will be 7 - two more on the way)!

After church we had everyone to lunch at our house. Thanks to many helping hands we had a wonderful lunch!
After lunch and naps, we made another attempt at some pictures...
Sisters + babies :)
All in all it was a wonderful day with family and friends. I loved having everyone together, and it was so special for everyone to come together to support and celebrate our newest addition. We thank the Lord for giving us our precious baby girl. She is such a blessing to our little family!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

3 months

  • She LOVES to "talk", and for you to talk to her. Hello social baby!
  • We are in the process of dropping the swaddle. I think it may take a while. We are one arm out during naps at this point!
  • She still loves her hands!
  • She really loves her play mat. I thought she loved it before, but the love just keeps growing! Now she can swat at the things hanging down, which really cracks her up. She also loves the music and lights. 
  • She wakes up really happy in the morning. After I first hear her in the morning, I usually let her stay in her bed for a few more minutes and wake up slowly. She just lays in her crib and talks to herself. She always seems really surprised when I come in and get her. 
  • She is still waking up about an hour in to her naps, and I have to get her back to sleep. We are in the early stages of sleep training, and naps are on the agenda for the coming weeks.
  • She is still in size 1 diapers. She averages 7 diapers a day. 
  • She likes to be outside, but not when it is too bright. After dinner is a good time for us to be outside. 
  • She takes 4 naps a day.
  • She is doing really well with holding her head up. She is going to be sitting up before we know it. 
  • She wakes up once in the night to eat - usually sometime around 4. 
  • She is working on her hand eye coordination. She can grab things that you hold in front of her. 
  • She is becoming more interested in her toys. She will sit in her bouncy chair and look at/play with a toy while I cook dinner. 
2 months >>> 3 months
She is such a happy baby! All of the sudden she seems to be growing and changing really fast. We are loving every minute with our sweet 3 month old girl!