Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Auburn Weekend

This weekend we had a Beach House reunion in Auburn, and it was so fun. I always feel a little old when I go back to Auburn, but this year things felt REALLY different. Wearing a baby around campus was a new experience! It ended up being a long day (getting back to Birmingham at 2 in the morning), but we had such a great time! All of my friends are SO sweet to B. She just gets passed around and she loves every minute of it. She really does great when we travel, it just seems to take us a few days to bounce back to our normal routine once we get home. I am thankful she is an easy going and flexible baby, so weekends like this can happen!
 One of the highlights was B getting to meet her baby bff, William. It was so fun to see them together and I loved watching the game with his sweet mom and getting to catch up! 

They are going to get married, they just don't know it yet :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shrimp Cakes

These days when it comes to cooking....the simpler, the better! In the early newborn days, I truly wondered if I would ever cook again. But life got more manageable and cooking is definitely possible. I found this recipe in a recent Food Network Magazine and realized it was a recipe that I could prep during nap time, and then just put in minimal work when it was time for dinner. It was in the "Weeknight Cooking" section, and I figured "weeknight" was probably synonymous with quick & easy, so I gave it a try. And I'm so glad I did...it was delicious! The recipe made 8 shrimp cakes, so I made all the cakes one day, and then cooked 4 one night and 4 the next. I served these grits one night and sweet potatoes the other night. If you served it with a salad, it would be a pretty light meal...plus it would make for a more colorful plate :)

Shrimp Cakes w/ Scallion Dip 
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 scallion, roughly chopped
1 small glove garlic, grated (or chopped)
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for forming

1. Preheat oven to 400. Puree the mayonnaise, parsley, scallion, garlic, 2 tbsp. water, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a food processor; transfer to a bowl.
2. Add half of the shrimp, 1/2 cup panko, 2 Tbsp. of the prepared dressing, the egg and lemon zest. Pulse until combined but still chunky. With oiled hands, shape the mixture into 8 1/2 inch thick patties. Transfer to a baking sheet and freeze for 5 minutes.
3. Put the remaining 1/2 cup panko on a plate. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick ovenproof skilled over medium heat. Coat the patties on both sides with the panko; cook until golden, 2 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the patties are cooked through, 5-7 minutes.  Serve with the dressing on the side. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nashville Weekend

Last weekend we went to Nashville to celebrate with two specials friends! Saturday night, we celebrated the marriage of Kree and Ross! They got married last month in Scotland, and this past weekend was their American celebration. The night of the party it was surprisingly cold for the first weekend in October. So before too long, Peanut and I had to go inside, so I only have this one picture from the party!
Sunday, we threw a baby shower for little Baby Boy Perry. We are so excited to add to the BH baby clan and can't wait to meet this baby boy in December. 

It was a great weekend in Nashville celebrating friends and just getting to spend time hanging out. Weekends with college friends are always good for the soul!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 months

Time is flying by and I can hardly stand it. Peanut is such a sweet little baby. This past month involved lots of traveling. We went to the lake, the beach, and Nashville. We only ended up being in town one weekend. Everywhere we went Peanut was good as gold! She loves to be around people and as long as there is something interesting to look at it, she is happy as a clam!

  • She eats 6 times a day...still once in the middle of the night. All of our traveling set us back in the nighttime department.
  • She is in size 2 diapers and averages 6 a day. 
  • She loves hands! Her hands, your hands, any hands she can find!
  • She has started to grab everything...And once she grabs it, it goes straight to her mouth.
  • She LOVES Lulu and all dogs in general. Dogs that bark crack her up. 
  • She takes 3 naps a day. Her morning nap and afternoon nap are longer, and around lunch she naps for 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • She loves the bath. 
  • I'm afraid she is going to have a permanent scratch by her right eye. It happens when she rubs her eyes as she is falling asleep. One spot will fade and another will pop up it in its place. It doesn't help that I am terrible at clipping her nails. But we frequent Aunt Ab's nail salon and she takes keeps those tricky little baby nails trimmed for us. 
  • She loves to be outside. I know we will take advantage of these cooler fall temperatures with lots of time outside. 
  • She always has her little feet crossed.
  • She can roll over from front to back, and back to front. One day she ended up rolling halfway under the bed from her playmat a few feet away. 
  • She sleeps on her stomach. I think that has contributed to her good naps. She seems to be much more comfortable on her stomach, and now that she can roll over I can't keep her on her back. 
  • I think her favorite toy is still her playmat. At least that is where she can stay entertained the longest. We introduced the jumperoo, and she likes that too. I think soon that might take the place as her #1 place of entertainment. The tricky thing about the jumperoo is that her feet can't touch the ground yet.
  • She loves watching her cousins. We had so much fun with all of them at the beach. We spend lots of time with my sister's family that lives in town and her cousins always keep her entertained. 
  • She does not enjoy being in the car as much as she used to. I think she got a little burnt out on the car seat with all of our recent trips. 
  • We introduced Sophie the giraffe and she is already a hit! Also, it turns out Sophie is super popular? Everywhere we go, someone comments about how much babies love Sophie. 
4 months >>> 5 months
The 5 month mark has been a little hard for me to swallow...I need time to slow down! Our precious girl is growing up too fast!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Newborn Pictures

I am beginning to recognize a theme on my blog (and in my life in general)...better late than never! When Peanut was 7 weeks old my talented friend Amy took some pictures of her and of our family. I can not even let myself think about how much our sweet peanut has changed already. Here are a few of my favorites from that special photoshoot.