These two. Husband left this morning all suited up, complete with tie, and The Monkey ran to get his tie, too…wanted to look just like his favorite big guy. They’re quite a dapper pair.
Husband typically eats a bagel for his breakfast every morning, and I was getting tired of buying him commercially-made bagels from the store when I was convinced I should be able to make my own at home for far cheaper (and hopefully tastier). This year I’ve been really trying to focus on making my family as much real, from-scratch food as possible. We have kicked the restaurant habit, and haven’t eaten out dinner since last December! It’s been so awesome for our budget, and our health. I’ve actually made some really, really good copycat recipes from our favorite places, but that’s a whole other story for another day. So the last several weeks have been a flurry of bagel baking activity! I’ve tried my hand at all kinds…plain, cinnamon raisin, cinnamon swirl, cinnamon streusel crunch, plain with streusel topping, cranberry, orange cranberry streusel, and then this morning’s flavor of the week…blueberry with crystal sugar topping. Check ‘em out:
Don’t get me wrong, these were yummy, but I have to admit, I was hoping for a stronger blueberry flavor since the berries on their own were incredibly sweet and delicious. BUT the crystal sugar topping totally put these over the edge with its crunchy sweetness. Heaven! I’ll keep experimenting, but definitely will be adding the crystal sugar regularly from now on! What about you? Have you ever tried your hand at making bagels? Do you have a recipe you’re in love with the I absolutely have to try? Do share!
I love Pinterest, and let’s be honest…who doesn’t? I was checking out my boards the other day for some inspiration and noticed that I have over 7,000 followers! What?!?! Looks like some of you love baking as much as I do! :) It gave me the idea to start sharing some of my favorite things from Pinterest over here…and I’m starting out with my faves this year for Valentine’s Day. It’s only a few days away you know, and if you’re like me, you’ve got to plan not only the perfect thing for Husband, but there’s the kids’ class parties to worry about, too. And I myself like to get in on the holiday fun! So, here are my 2014 Valentine’s Day Pinterest Picks!
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So much of Valentine’s Day is centered around sugar, and while I’m all for a sweet treat, I wanted to get away from the candy a bit and focus on the love! Of course, though, I had to include one cake! :) Hope you enjoy a fabulous day of celebrating love in your life!
It’s the end of the third week in January. Typically it’s around this time that the luster on a lot of people’s bright, shiny new year goals begins to dull…or fizzle out altogether. And this year seems to be no different for me so far. I loosely planned some ideas of things I wanted to accomplish, and so far, the only one that’s panned out with any consistency is following the reading plan for reading through my Bible chronologically this year…I’ve actually kept up with each day’s assignment. And while I’m super glad to be on track with that, there are still other things I’d like to accomplish and have just stalled out on getting started.
So, I was super excited when I found out this week that the next upcoming Proverbs 31 Ministries online study is going to be Made to Crave. Now, I read this book when it first came out, and let me say…it was life changing. Really. But a couple of years have passed, and I’ve lost the fire I had when I first studied the things that God has to say about my health, my body, my cravings, and my stewardship. And I’m excited to be doing it this time around with an online group that will provide feedback, insight, and some accountability from like-minded Christians who are facing some of the struggles I am. Sound like something you could benefit from? Then sign up at the Proverbs 31 Ministries Web site! I’d love to have some fellow friends from the Interwebs participate so we can support, encourage, and pray for one another!
The Monkey is four. FOUR! Took him yesterday for his four-year well check and he did such an amazing job! The kid is super happy and healthy, just the way he should be. He’s now 3’4″ tall, and weighs 34-and-a-half pounds (he doesn’t get to switch to a booster seat until he’s forty pounds, but I’m actually ok with that…it makes me feel a bit safer to still have him in a five point harness). He passed the hearing and vision screenings with flying colors, although we’re keeping an eye on him with color recognition…it seems he’s a little unclear about red and green, which makes us a bit suspicious about red-green color blindness. Although it’s more prevalent in boys, it’s usually hereditary, and there’s no family history of it. The doctor thinks it’s really too early to test him until they are confident he knows his letters and numbers accurately, since all of the color blindness tests require kids to identify either numbers or letters. Plus, it’s not a developmental issue and we couldn’t really do anything about it if he were color blind. It would be more for our information to help him adjust. I was actually surprised that this check-up included the round of vaccinations for kindergarten! Kindergarten! Seems so soon for that, but really, it’s not that far off…it’ll be here in a blink. I’ll keep trying to live with my eyes wide open…wouldn’t want to blink and miss this precious time with my Monkey!