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Archive for September, 2012

mr and mrs fees

Two Fridays ago we had the pleasure of attending our neighbors and good friends wedding.  It was at Mountain Springs Lodge, the same venue where Blake and I were married.  The weather, company, food, and pretty much everything was perfect.

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painting pumpkins

On Wednesday we had another super fun playdate with our friends Daniela and Violet.  We arrived at their house mid morning and got to playing right away.  First was dress up, which is quickly becoming one of Macy’s new favorite things to do.

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Next up was pumpkin painting.  Since Daniela knew it was going to be a rainy day, she picked up some pumpkins for the girls to paint.  (<—- Isn’t she the best?)

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I brought a few different options for us to choose from for lunch- peanut butter and jelly, egg salad, and chicken salad.  I also brought along my white bean dip and pumpkin cookies.  I guess I forgot to snap a picture of our feast, but it was quite delicious!

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We let the girls have a little more fun and then headed home for naptime.  We just have so much fun with these girls that I’m already looking forward to our next get together!

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Between Macy and Avery’s joint birthday party, her actual birthday, and the celebration that they had for her at preschool, the festivities lasted nearly a month!  I remember when my birthday used to be such a big deal.  What happened?!

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Anyway, I sent in these adorable piggie cupcakes for her because she loves Olivia the pig.  They were pretty simple to make- strawberry wafer ears, chocolate chip eyes, and a marshmallow nose and so, so cute!  I was pretty proud of my little piggies Smile

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sandspring cooking class

On Monday night, I took another cooking class at Cooks Tour in Mountainhome.  This time, the featured chef was Nathan, the sous chef from Sandspring Cuisine.

Everything that he had us create was delicious!  First up was sushi- either tuna or crab with avocado and cucumber.  He also created a spicy mayo for dipping that was awesome!  I was pretty impressed with my sushi making skills since I was a first timer.image (2)

The main course was chicken stuffed with shallots, mushrooms, and garlic, grilled broccoli, and fingerling potatoes.  He covered the chicken in a light cream sauce.image (4)

Finally, dessert (created by yours truly and my friend Beth) was a pastry of sorts- chopped apples mixed with powdered sugar and whipped cream cheese in flaky Phyllo dough.  We drizzled this with caramel sauce and served it with fresh homemade whipped cream.  Delicious!

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fall eats

Yesterday morning I had some extra time on my hands while Macy was at preschool and Avery was napping, so I got to work on making some yummy things to enjoy!

White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip

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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I used this recipe for the cookies, and this one for the frosting.

and I prepped Pork and Sauerkraut in the crockpot that we enjoyed for dinner later on.  I will share this (easy) and tasty recipe if anyone is interested, just let me know in the comments section!

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All of this good fall food, combined with gorgeous weather, and lots of family time made for a great day.  Blake and I wrapped up the evening by watching “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”  It was okay, but I had higher expectations for it since there were so many big name celebrities featured in it.

What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?  I just signed up for Netflix (again), so give me some movie recommendations please!

farm aid

Yesterday, Blake and I attended Farm Aid concert in Hershey, PA.  Since we waited until the last minute to make hotel reservations, we ended up staying in Harrisburg, but it worked out just fine.

I rocked my homemade Dave t-shirt (which I received a few compliments on) and my purple polka dots jeans, which I may or may not be too to be wearing.  I’m not sure why I look like I have a belly in this picture.  Maybe it was the ginormous blackened burger with blue cheese that I ate for lunch.

photo 4 (2)photo 3 (1)I sipped on a fall cider by Woodchuck that I enjoyed very much.photo 2 (4)My handsome husband drank a Belgian white beer that reminded me a lot of Hoegarden.  I forget who made it, but I think it’s that funky name on the glass maybe.photo 1 (4)

After a delicious lunch, we took a cab over to the venue.  It was definitely hippie-ville.  Here’s a picture of the girl that sat next to Blake.  I think it’s possible that she forgot to shave her legs ever for the occasion.

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The music was AWESOME!  Jack Johnson killed it with an awesome set list, stood in line the entire time Kenny Chesney played, then rocked out to some Dave and Tim.

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I have decided that I like Dave and Tim concerts better than Dave Matthews Band.  My only complaints for the concert would be that I wish we got to hear more from the artists that we loved, and the organization of the event was pretty crappy.  I don’t think that the venue is set up to handle so many people, but otherwise it was such a good time!

After all of the concert fun, we were able to meet up with our good friends Lynn and Julius for a couple drinks and late night snacks.  They live in the area and found a willing babysitter, so we took full advantage and ended the night on a good note with them.

preschool update

Tuesday was a rough morning for Mommy and Macy.  As I previously mentioned, she has been having a hard time adjusting.  The morning of, she repeated over and over again that she did not want to go.  She cried the whole way there.  When I took her in and sat her next to the teacher, she was reaching out for me and crying.  It broke my heart.  I actually left there in tears because I felt so bad leaving her. I just kept thinking, “Maybe she is too young for this.”

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But, three hours later, when I went to pick her up, she was happy as could be.  This was the first time she was all smiles as I picked her up.  The teachers reassured me that she had her best day yet and didn’t cry at all after I left.  She also participated in all of the group activities, which made me very happy.

Today, we had a  few moans and groans before the drop-off, but once we were there, she was fine, and once again the teachers said it was a day with no tears!  I’m glad that I was able to stick it out and trust the teachers advice (who are wonderful!), because I think (and hope!) that from here on out it will only be fun and learning.  No more tears from Macy OR Mommy.

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Until Christmas break when we have to go through separation anxiety all over again. Winking smile