The Best Thing I Ever Ate….Wraps.

In a tiny town in the southeast corner of Alabama lives a little restaurant that I have had a love affair with since the year 2000. That was the year that I started college in Auburn Alabama (quick do the math…how old am I??, haha). Even though I transferred and then went back for graduate school and now live in a big city (HAHA), Auburn will always be very special to me as it is the place where I met my husband, got married, and had my first real job. One of the things I love about Auburn is that it is truly a college town. There is no big city surrounding it (Atlanta is two hours away), and so when you live and go to school there it is really all about the college and the town.

And with all small towns that means there are small restaurants that move away from the typical fair…Amsterdam Cafe is one of those restaurants. Indisputably my favorite restaurant in Auburn, I believe a good part of my pay check went to that restaurant for the years that I lived there. My husband and I visited the restaurant at least once to twice a week, often enough that many of the hostesses knew our preferences (booth, or outside…no high tables) when we entered the restaurant. While there are so many wonderful items on the menu (their specials are fabulous as well), I have to say my nostalgia meal will always be the turkey wraps. Every Auburn student and alum know what I’m talking about. These wraps cannot be recreated. With just a swirl of turkey, cream cheese, lettuce, monterey jack cheese surrounded by soft lavosh cracker bread and served with a side of honey mustard sauce they are perfectly proportioned and completely delicious.

I love these wraps so much, that as we prepared to leave Auburn (while I was seven months pregnant), I continually asked my husband…”but what will I do if I crave the turkey wraps? Will you come back to Auburn to get them?” Keep in mind traveling to Auburn from our new residence was no short trip. I actually considered stocking up…wondering if I could order a dozen or so and freeze them. In any case it just gives me an excuse to eventually come back to Auburn so I can have a turkey wrap with sweet potato chips and half of my husband’s sweet tea 🙂

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Seriously Cute…A Mini Cupcake Delight!

While this isn’t exactly an edible item…haha, it is a backpack so perhaps someone could put edible items in it. I’ve been looking for a little backpack to put items in for our little cupcake and these are just too cute to resist! They are from Skip Hop and feature a monkey, penguin, mouse, and dog (the dog is out of stock most likely due to it being featured at this party).

Penguin Backpack from Skip Hop
Penguin Backpack from Skip Hop
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So Yummy… A Cupcake Delight!

Cupcake Bites by Bakerella
Cupcake Bites by Bakerella

Don’t these cupcake bites just look scrumptious! They are done by Bakerella, a fabulous blog of all things deliciously baked.

However if you don’t have the time to make these tasty treats, check out hostess with the mostess for a a great DIY Marshmallow Bite. By the way if you don’t have a local “bakery supplies” type store (as I don’t know of one in my area, except those on-line!), all of the great supplies mentioned in the DIY post (even the candy melts) can be found at Hobby Lobby. I’m thinking about making these for the Candyland party I am in the midst of creating for my little mini cupcake’s first birthday (but not in pink…that would be for my birthday!).

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Guacamole

I can’t provide you with the exact recipe as this is a “secret family recipe” I’m sharing, but I can give you the basic ingredients and amounts used to make my Dad’s guacamole. I was inspired because this as it is a game day favorite and I’ve never taken it anywhere and had any left over. In our family the “tasting” of the guacamole is a tradition and usually leaves little left for the table. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 ripe Hass avocados

1 tablespoon lime juice

3-4 heavy spoonfuls of salsa (we use tostitos medium chunky salsa)

1/4 diced red onion

4 dashes (or more!) hot sauce (we use Louisiana hot sauce)

2 diced roma tomatoes

Instructions:

Mash avocados in a bowl with a fork until only slightly chunky. Add in lime juice, red onion, tomatoes, salsa, and hot sauce. Mix and taste with chips until satisfied (hopefully bowl won’t be gone before you serve it).

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Today is Sponsored by the Sound…

Somehow my days are sponsored by Sesame Street, so I would say today and yesterday, and most of the week that they have been sponsored by the sound “kuh”. For A right now everything is kuh. Car, couch, cup, he loves it when you say it and he loves it when he says it. His Aunt K is loving this phase! He sees my sister right now and goes Kuh, Kuh, Kuh! He gets so excited that he can say part of her name (well to him it is probably her whole name, we just don’t get it).

Did I mention A is walking? Oh yes. He started on Thursday, just walking holding on to the couch, and now he can walk holding on to the couch to the chair to the side table. He will walk some holding your hands, but he prefers to do it himself, not surprising, haha. He is getting better at it, but he gets a little nervous once he is up about sitting back down. He is also extremely fast at crawling now. He pulled the carbon monoxide monitor off the wall in our hallway (LOUD) and so now that is secured behind our dresser in our bedroom.

We still have not gotten a picture with his rocket! I have to put part of it back together because it came apart last time and A is so interested in the rocket that I now have a hard time taking his picture with it by myself. Hopefully I will get it taken before he is eleven months old, I don’t really want to skip a month! The most humorous thing he did this week was manage to half undress himself in the morning. I came into his room the other morning and he had one arm out of his shirt! He was quite proud of himself. Here are some updated pictures of our little walking, talking, boy.

It's the off the shoulder look
It's the off the shoulder look
Can I help you?
Can I help you?
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Ten Months

I feel like I just posted A’s nine month information! How time flies. I know this is a bit late, but as I stated in my previous post I’ve been a bit sidetracked this week! The ten month rocket picture will come soon! Here is what is going on in the world of A at ten months:

A is 22.5 lbs, and close to 30 inches long.

A is in size 4 diapers during the day and size 5 diapers at night, and hopefully will stay there until I get through all the boxes I bought during the tax free weekend!

A is wearing various sizes in clothes he is already wearing 18 months in brands like Carters. He is tall so his pajama pants are 18 months for the length.

A is saying nah-nah for no, and i da, for i’m done (different than dada, which is dadada), uh-oh, and ba for bottle, or ba for ball (there’s a slight difference in the accent on those, haha), and mum (he calls me mum, or “a mum, mum”). He also has the k, h, and g sounds down pretty well. The thing I love most about his talking is he whispers to some of his toys and then gradually gets louder. When my husband comes home from work he’ll whisper “dadada” and then get louder and louder.

A is starting to wean off some of his bottles. We are down to three, 6 oz lunch, 8 oz dinner, and 8 oz nighttime bottle.

A is eating more table foods everyday. Last night he had his first Popsicle (lime flavored) and he loved it! He also loves toast with a little butter, cheerios, yogurt, diced pears, and diced banana. He is not a fan of table peas, macaroni and cheese (who knew?), or diced carrots. We are still working on those.

A eats about four containers of baby food a day, and his favorite meat is turkey apple cranberry.

A is crawling super fast now! He can get from our kitchen to our bedroom in a short span of time and he is beginning to stand one leg up when he crawls so he is half-walking at times.

A is pulling up on everything he can find.

A has taken a new found interest in his baby cousin and tries to offer him things like his sippy cup, and he tries to crawl over to give him a pat.

A loves giving slobbery kisses and big hugs. He is still a cuddle bug and usually sits in my lap in the mornings for at least 15 minutes while we both wake up.

A loves his Little People toys and stuffed animals, he loves to chew on them and talk to them. He will hold one of his rabbits (he has three) by the ears and talks to them excessively. I always wonder what he is telling them!

Aidan loves taking baths and now tries to get in the tub when we are getting the water ready.

A constantly babbles to anything and everything (and anyone and everyone) at home, but he is selective about who he smiles and talks to when we are out.

A is extremely curious. He loves to turn his toys over and look at how they have been put together. He also loves cameras and my laptop and likes to touch the keys on my laptop one finger at time.

A stands on his tippy toes when he is holding on to things.

Best memory of the month: A is scared of the door stoppers behind the door(the ones that are attached to the wall). He doesn’t like the loud sound they make when he hits them. A will crawl over to the door stoppers start to touch them and then shake his finger at them saying nah-nah (no-no). Shame on those noisy door stoppers!

Ten Months
Ten Months
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