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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Poor Baby!

Resting in his stroller
Resting in his stroller

As noticeable in the photograph A has been sick. He has just your run of the mill cold, but his first. The first couple of days he sounded raspy, leading to a “lion-esque” sound that he kept making when he breathed in deep. After talking with the nurse at our pediatrician I began the standard baby remedy of running the humidifier and using saline drops for his nose. That is pretty much all you can do for colds for babies these days since every cold medicine out there is not FDA approved for babies. Therefore, my blogging and pretty much everything else has been put on hold this week while we have been doing an extra amount of nose wiping, baby rocking, and humidifier running.

Towards the end of the week A began doing better, finally! I was a bit scattered at my first day back to work after taking care of A, it still hasn’t completely set in that I am working a few days a week again. I keep trying to remember that I need to do lesson planning, etc., but as I said this week has been a bit crazy. We did end the week by attending a birthday party for one of our friends’ little girl. A was doing remarkably better and was no longer contagious, so we figured he would be good to go. It was so sweet! A was a bit nervous at first, he still has some stranger anxiety, but after a few minutes he warmed up to the adults and the other babies there. It was a beach theme and the cake was so adorable! I had never had a cake from Cakes Etc. and it was delicious! A was very chatty while our friends’ little girl was opening up her presents. A loves presents, which I hope continues until his birthday!

We ended our weekend by my dad and my husband flooring a good part of our attic. Our guest bedroom was basically spilling out into the hallway and we needed to get the items (such as A’s newborn clothes, etc.) that I had boxed up into the attic. Our attic only had one small part with flooring and after carrying a few things up while A was napping we realized there was no way we were going to get everything up there without extra floor space. Thankfully my parents have two things we needed, a truck and flooring experience (haha, thanks Dad!). They got to work putting the flooring in, which went relatively quickly, and my husband and I spent the rest of the day moving things from the guest bedroom to the attic. Now we can actually move in our guest bedroom!

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Snack Time!

A has switched eating schedules. Actually, scratch that. I have switched A’s eating schedule. He is supposed to be working towards eliminating his nighttime bottle, so we needed a schedule that would start to move him in that direction. Plus, I am going back to work in about a week, so I needed to make A’s schedule more accommodating for AWGP (Afternoons with Granna and Papa). Our new schedule is breakfast at 7, lunch at 11, snack after his nap (between 2 and 3), dinner between 4:30 and 4:45, and then bed time bottle at 7 ish. He still gets bottles at breakfast lunch and dinner, so we are trying to move from four to three eventually and so on and so on. So now A and I have a snack in the afternoon. He sits in his high chair with his sippy cup and cheerios (occasionally he also gets diced pears and yogurt, but I won’t get into the details of our on going fruit situation, haha), and I sit next to him in our recliner with a pop tart and iced tea (yes I eat pop tarts for a snack and they are S’Mores. Not the good for you strawberry kind). We watch Tyler’s Ultimate, or a rerun of What I Like About You, and it is a few peaceful moments of quiet as he munches on his snack. Here is a picture of A at our snack time!

Snack time!
Snack time!
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The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Desserts Edition

As you may have realized from my actual cooking blog, I don’t always stick with the different blog categories I set up. This stems from my own history of having stream of conscious type writing. I usually write exactly as the thoughts play out in my head and this tends to me having eureka moments and then constant months of writer’s block. Perhaps it’s why it took me so long to write papers in college. Anyway how does this lead me here? I am inspired by the new Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate. While watching the show it got me thinking about really good things I have eaten at various places around the country and I feel the need to share.

I would love it if you shared your favorite desserts, etc. as I will try to update each week! So here is my first edition. The best dessert I ever ate came from Louisville, Kentucky. It was the Spring of 2007 and I was at a convention. Several of my colleagues and myself went to one of the famous eateries near our hotel called Maker’s Mark. Appropriately named for Kentucky! The food was fabulous, but the item I remember most is the dessert. I have a passion for Dunkin Donuts. I know you may be rejecting my claim right now, with a desire to express the reasons why Krispy Kreme is better, however I can tell you this. I have tried many selections of both and I still love Dunkin Donuts. Their light and airy donuts feature a plethora (many, a lot, a whole bunch..why couldn’t I think of these while writing my thesis?) of selections, however, I have two favorites in particular, sugar raised, and chocolate (not chocolate frosted, chocolate).

So how does this relate to Maker’s Mark. While I was mulling over whether or not to get a dessert, one of my colleagues told me “to go for it”, and the waitress pointed to one on the menu the “Wide Awake”. “Try this one, you won’t be disappointed” she stated. After reading the contents, chocolate espresso torte, I decided that it would be worth the try. I made my colleagues promise to share it with me, as I was pretty full from dinner. When our waitress brought the torte out it looked unassuming. However, after one bite I was hooked. I ate every last bite of the torte and would have ordered seconds, except I wasn’t paying. It had the taste of the chocolate Dunkin Donut I mentioned earlier, except with an extra kick of espresso and something that made it chocolatier, “more chocolatey?”. And even though I woke up two hours after going to bed ready to get up and go for the rest of the day (I did say espresso were in the contents), I think if the restaurant hadn’t closed for the night I would have marched back over there and ordered a second. And that is the best dessert I ever ate.

Sidenote: If you ever happen to go the Maker’s Mark: Bourbon House and Lounge in Kentucky I believe the dessert is now called Homage to Keller.

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Reading and Climbing

A has become quite the little reader lately. One of his favorite activities is opening up the cabinet by our couch that has his books in it, and taking them out. He not only takes them out, but he flips through each one before removing the next one. Somehow that reminds me of how I always organize things. I take stuff out and then end up flipping through the stuff I have taken out, instead of actually organizing it! He will also push away books he is not interested in and grab books he likes. A few of his favorites are “My Fluffy Bunny”, and an Ocean book with puzzle pieces. He LOVES chunky puzzle pieces right now. And when I say love, he loves to chew on them. When we went over to my sister’s house the other day my nephew nicely pulled out one of his Melissa and Doug dinosaur puzzles, and A promptly went to town licking each piece. As my nephew describes it, they were “slobbery”.

I am also now chasing him down everywhere before he can climb onto something, into something, or pull up on something dangerous (like the front of the fireplace). On Sunday he climbed into the middle of his exersaucer and got stuck. Which was funny in hindsight and I would have taken a picture, except A completely panicked once he climbed inside and it was a mess trying to get him back out. I am working with him on his color, shapes, and identifying animals. I am not sure how much he is taking in, he always takes whatever I am showing him and tries to eat it. I just figure he is identifying the item in his own way. We are also constantly amazed at how much more he is talking each day. He talks constantly (mostly in baby language), but in just the past few days he is saying bye-bye, and he said “red” yesterday when I was showing him a card that had the word red written on it. Which probably makes him a genius :). Here are some updated pictures of A getting books out of his cabinet and climbing on the couch!

Choosing a book to read
Choosing a book to read
Trying to get on the couch
Trying to get on the couch
Look at those baby blues!
Look at those baby blues!
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Updates

I haven’t been the best blogger lately! A is now crawling everywhere, and by everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE. There is a full amount of child proofing that we didn’t even realize we were going to have to do. It’s amazing how quickly he can get to things and get into things. It makes me wonder if he has spent the last ten months looking at everything in the house thinking, “once I can crawl I’m going to touch that, grab that, climb up on that…etc.” I am now having to either take him with me when I go from one part of the house to the other, or entice him to follow me with toys or games of peek a boo.

While crawling means more work for us, it is so fun to watch A. He is so pleased with himself that he knows how to go places and can follow us. We are working on him saying “done” and “more” when he is eating and he is slowly getting the idea. I’m getting ready to go back to work in a few weeks, and although I have enjoyed my summer with A, but I am ready to get back to work a few days a week. I think he is ready to spend his two afternoons a week with his Granna and Papa again.

In other news…we began taking A to Sunday School this past week. He was none too thrilled being passed off to people he did not know. I was having a panic attack for most of the ride to church as I haven’t left him with anyone but my parents and sister since he was born. However, our church has excellent and very secure daycare so we knew he would be in good hands. We saw one of his teachers circling the hallways with him in a stroller for probably 90 percent of our class, but we were thankful that he did not cry the whole time, and that they did not have to come get us!

Here are some updated pictures of our little munchkin! I posted one for his Aunt A. From what I hear A has a similar sleeping style to his aunt when she was a baby. 🙂

Helping Daddy get ready for church
Helping Daddy get ready for church
I can crawl to you!
I can crawl to you!
So happy!
So happy!
Aidan's standard sleep position
Aidan's standard sleep position
Snoozing on the couch
Snoozing on the couch
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