I cannot believe the amount of snow we’ve had recently, but honestly, I am so over it! I’m am not a cold-weather girl, that’s for sure. My favorite part about the winter weather is that I get to stay home with my little family and have an official snow day!
Snow days call for cooking. And cooking = baking something sweet and delicious! My MIL made this recipe when Adam, Kate and I visited Pittsburgh in December. She was sweet enough to share her recipe with me and I’ve made it twice since: Christmas Day brunch and this past snow day. I’m happy to share it with you all! If/When you make it, let me know what you think! 🙂
- 1 C Brown Sugar
- 1/2 C Butter
- 2 Tbs Corn Syrup
- 7 Eggs
- 2 C Milk (I always use whole milk when baking)
- 1 tsp Vanilla (I’ve probably shared this before, but this is my favorite and worth the extra $)
- 1 Loaf Cinnamon Swirl Bread*
- Butter for top
- Pecans for topping (if desired)
1. Slice bread into thick slices, cube, and set aside.
2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, mix and melt the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup.
3. Spray 13 x 9 baking dish with nonstick spray and fill with butter mixture.
4. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla.
5. Arrange bread in baking dish over the butter mixture. Pour egg mixture over the bread. DO NOT MISS ANY SPOTS! And use all of the mixture – the bread will absorb it!
6. Dot with butter and pecans.
7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
8. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
*I typically use Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl Bread, however, since it was a snow day and I didn’t have a loaf of the usual stuff, I used store brand hot dog and hamburger buns and it turned out just fine! I just added a little extra brown sugar and about 2 Tbs of cinnamon. So get creative and use what you’ve got!
A couple of weekends ago we celebrated Kate’s big day! I was literally looking more forward to her party than Christmas…and y’all know how I love Christmas! But this was such a huge milestone…and it’s hard to believe how quickly we’re already here. Celebrating ONE YEAR! Woohoo!
Another reason I was so excited was because we were literally going to have most all of our families together at our house! We love hosting, and we really love our families so this was going to be a super fun weekend. Adam’s parents came from Pittsburgh, and his aunts and uncle came from Michigan and D.C. Of course, my family only lives 40 minutes away, so they were coming, plus our close friends that are more or less like family.
We kicked off the weekend with a celebratory dinner at Shucker’s (one of my favorite places! Check out my recommendation here). As you may recall, Kate shares her birthday with Adam’s Uncle Jim, so we wanted to make sure he knows that even though there’s a new kid in town, we’re still happy he was born. 😉
When Kate was just a few days old I had already decided I wanted to do a ladybug themed first birthday party. I love how black and red look together (Go Pack!), and seriously, how cute are little ladybugs? I had a lot of fun prepping for the party. I had all of these things I wanted to do (thanks Pinterest), and spent time each night after she went to bed to make the invitations, banner and put everything together. I am so thankful I had the help I had to make it all possible! Adam’s mom and aunts were God sent! I couldn’t have pulled it off without them.
First off, the invitations. I found the tutorial here, and then went off to Michael’s for my supplies. I’m really happy with how they turned out, however, I wouldn’t recommend making these for parties larger than 20…they are pretty time consuming. If you want me to send you the Word doc file so you can edit the invite for your party, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to send it to you!
Then I hit Etsy, another one of my favorite sites, and searched for something for Kate to wear. I ended up with a long sleeve onesie and a dress (that came with a matching bow!)…I love both of these so much! I also found a custom cake bunting. The awesome chalkboard sign was made by my friend Carley with Life Passionately. We also used all of these items in Kate’s one-year portraits, but more on that later…
The food was my favorite part! It was so fun coming up with bug themed dishes. The menu included butterfly pasta, ants on a log, grasshopper cookies, ladybug caprese salad, bugs in a blanket, caterpillar fruit skewers, ladybug (chocolate) cupcakes, yellow cake, bumble bee lemonade (lemonade with blueberries) and sweet tea.
Believe it or not I bought most of the decor from WalMart.com. I shopped online and had everything shipped to the store; it was the easiest shopping experience! Their selection was cuter than any other I found, and everything was super inexpensive! (Side Note: There is an instagram account called @whoawaitwalmart that you NEED to follow. You’re welcome.)
The party was so much fun! Lots of friends and family came. Kate LOVED the cupcake, she even cried when I tried to take it away from her. For party favors, I just got little red bags from Michael’s and put miniature candy bars in them. I printed a simple label to thank everyone for “buzzing” by. The ladybug on the door came from Carolina Pottery. Here are a few more photos from the party…enjoy!
We did one-year portraits at Lundie’s, and we should be getting those proofs next week. They were a lot of fun, and from what I saw on her camera, she got some really cute shots. I can’t wait to share them!
We kicked off the weekend with a party at Kate’s school. We gave bubbles to all of her friends in her class. I found the template for the wraps here. We got the bubbles at the local Dollar Tree. Super easy, super economical and well-received. I call that a win-win-win!
What a cute helper!
Today Adam, some friends and I ran in the Cupid Undies Run, an annual fun run (I’d hardly call it a “run” at 0.8 miles!!! But it’s not about the “race”…) to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. We had a great time and can’t wait to participate again next year!
I hope you all had a wonderful day of fun with the ones you love! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I never eat breakfast…I know it’s the most important meal of the day, but if you know me, you know I’m not a morning person. My sleep comes before food.
I was reading an old Food and Wine the other day and stumbled upon this Broccoli Frittata recipe. It seemed simple and delicious so I thought I’d give it a try. It was super simple, but I under salted, so make sure you use enough seasoning!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced (I used the ready-to-use minced garlic)
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 3 1/2 cups broccoli florets
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (I would use a little less…but tweak depending on how hot you want your dish)
- Black Pepper
- 8 large eggs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (it is so worth it to buy a block and shred it yourself with a microplane – I have this one and I use it almost every day!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In an oven-safe skillet, heat a small amount of olive oil and garlic. Add the broccoli and red pepper. Let cook for 2-3 minutes until the broccoli turns bright green and begins to get tender.
3. In a bowl, whisk the egg with salt and pepper. I also added a little milk (just a little bit!) to make the eggs fluffier.
4. Pour egg mixture over broccoli and cook for about 3 minutes.
5. Sprinkle the cheese on top and put the frittata in the oven. Let it cook for about 10-12 minutes, until the center is set.
Like I mentioned, breakfast is difficult for me…I originally made this with the hopes of taking it to work and eating in my office. I ended up having it for lunch (with a side of risotto), which was tasty. So my point is, this broccoli frittata is versatile. Eat it any time of the day!
Next time I make it, I think I may also add some more veggies like mushrooms and spinach. Yum!
I’ll be 30 this year. Feels crazy typing that…I still feel 18! My resolution for this year (less time on my phone) turned into more of a challenge. I made a goal to read 30 books in 2015 before I turn 30 years old. So far I’ve read two…
I think (okay, know…) I was way more excited about Kate’s Christmas present than she way. As a child I always wanted an American Girl doll but never got one. So when Kate got Kit from her aunt and uncle, I was eager to learn all about the doll I always wanted! Kit’s first book was a cute story about a young girl growing up during The Great Depression, and all of the trials she and her family endured. It was a quick, easy read to start my journey with a little momentum! Looking forward to the other Kit books.
2. Promises to Keep by Jane Green
I bought this book as a gift for my mom a few years ago. I started reading it but never finished…this time around, I really enjoyed it! I have read other Jane Green books (Jemima J is my favorite!), and I found this one to be a little different. It’s inspirational, and sad…so make sure you have a box of tissues nearby!
Next on the list is The Book Theif by Markus Zusak…from those of you who’ve read it, what are your thoughts? I’ve heard really awesome things about it…
I am open to suggestions from you all…so please, please share your favorite books! I’ve also signed up for the Good Reads App, so if anyone is on it, follow me. Can’t wait to get my read on!! 🙂
I can’t believe how fast Kate is growing up! We went to the mall last weekend to pick out and buy her first pair of shoes! After lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, we stopped by Stride Rite.
Kate was so excited! She picked out two pair and fortunately they had one of them in her size (the more expensive pair, but hey! Baby’s first pair of shoes…).
After measuring her foot (size 4), the sales woman put the shoes on Kate’s feet and Kate was ready to test them! She cruised around the store before we made the purchase, and didn’t want to take them off!
She loves her shoes! When I take her shoes off in the evening, she tries to put them back on. Too cute! 🙂