Friday, December 23, 2011

foodie friday! nutella hot chocolate.

isn't this vintage winking santa mug fantastic?! new addition this christmas season, i found a set of 4 on etsy. what's even more fantastic is the nutella steamer inside. my barista whips them up for me. no worries if you don't own an espresso machine, nutella hot chocolate is just as yummy...

nutella hot chocolate
1 cup milk
2 1/2 Tbsp nutella
1 Tbsp cocoa
tiny pinch of salt

pin it here
recipe found here

Friday, December 16, 2011

o christmas tree!

so fun to have a little bear with us this year on our tree hunt.  ...she's a tiny little bear, her bunting is 12 months and she's swimming in there!  no snow this year, but turns out there are perks with that. usually we have to leave the tree on the porch overnight to dry off, but since it was nice & sunny we were able to bring the tree right in!  we put a favorite christmas record on and j popped some popcorn on the stove.  with one of his special seasonings,  cinnamon chipotle - yummy.  it's so cozy in here with the tree and all the lights.  it's the most wonderful time of the year!

Monday, December 5, 2011

the partons' adoption auction!

my mooms made this most amazing little owl hat for fab's birthday. every time she wears it, she gets compliments. you can own your very own owl hat here. plus it's for a super good cause, so you should pay two or three times as much as you normally would . ;)

also, you can find a warm and cozy neckwarmer knit by yours truly here.

score an a-mazing deal on a one hour photo session with a fabulous photographer here.

there are a ton of other handmade and amazing items. you MUST check it out.
see full list of auction items here.

one thousand gifts.

in this season of giving i am reminded of the abundance that has been given to me. starting a list to remind myself of that abundance.
01.. this sweet little cakes. perhaps she wouldn't be smiling if she knew we were waiting for the flu shot. but i'm thankful for that too...good medical care.

02.. oliver's homemade peppermint ice cream with hot fudge. so so yummy.

03.. going to cut down the christmas tree with my sweet little family.

04.. my little bear in the woods. she's such a sweet baby.

05.. an impromptu dinner with my mooms. at the library. so so thankful she lives close by.

06.. my bath beanie burrito. fresh and clean. girlie loves her bath.

07.. a nutella steamer made my one true love. like a nutella hot chocolate only fancier. it's handy having a barista live with you. he's a good looking barista too.

share your 1000 gifts here...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

i know someone.

.. today is world AIDS day
.. 33 million people are affected with HIV/AIDS
.. 2/3 of them live in sub-saharan africa
.. every little bit helps
.. $1 provides clean drinking water for 1 person for an entire year.
.. don't put it off. give today.

"If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered." - Proverbs 21:13

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

i'm still here. and...

so i know i have been rather absent lately. because you see...

there's this thing called pregnancy exhaustion. and i have been exhausted. however i am into my second trimester now and that means i will feel totally awesome and have endless energy. right? pleasesayyes.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

foodie friday! artichoke crusted chicken.

i have a new favorite pastime. that would be pinning recipes on pinterest.
this recipe is basically artichoke cheese dip baked on a chicken breast. brilliant. so easy and so yummy. and all ingredients i always have on hand. we had it with corn and baked sweet potato.

2 six-ounce chicken breasts, pounded thin
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/3 cup grated white cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper the chicken and then sauté each chicken breast in 1 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat, for about 8-10 minutes, flipping once, or until the juices run clear when pierced with a fork. Set aside.

Mix together the mayonnaise, artichoke hearts and cheddar cheese until evenly distributed. Spread the mixture over the sauteed chicken breasts, and then broil at 400 degrees for about 3 minutes. Do not take your eyes off them — broiling can lead to burning faster than you can imagine. When the cheese is melted and bubbling and the tops are golden, remove and serve.

Serves 2.

recipe found here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


a perfect fall day.
a woodland party in the woods.
an adorable owl hat made by mimi [tanks mooms!].
a risky plan to have an outdoor party at the park. in western ny. at the end of october. it snowed 2 days later...
it was the best birthday party fab's has ever had.

eventually this little stinker figured out she could take the hat off...
the most delish and prettiest dessert table you ever did see.
..sea salt caramel cupcakes
..brooklyn blackout cupcakes velvet cupcakes
..caramel apples [with real homemade caramel. i ate one of these a day for like a week.]
..caramel popcorn bars
..all made by auntie manda. she's sick in the brain. in a good way.

..totally adorable owl rocks made by uncle mike. see detail here.
we had the party at the county park, one of our favorite places. i loved the rustic pavilion. the big stone fireplace was the perfect place to nurse my tiny tot.

the cakes. the pink cake was fab's 'smash cake'. isn't it seriously beautiful?! it was seriously yummy also. and there were pink layers inside. amazing.
i LOVE this cake progression!...

fabs eyeing down the cake. those chubby little hands. love.

the perfect little dress with woodland animals also from auntie manda.

fabienne joy...
a year ago i did not realize just how much joy you would bring into our lives. your smile makes my heart smile. your dimple makes me want to squeeze you. i love the way your whole face lights up when you smile. i love that you already have so much spice and want to do things your way. you make your mommy and daddy smile every day. you fill our home with laughter. you work so hard to do things that come naturally to so many. we are so proud of you. God knew what he was doing when he gave you to us and we wouldn't have it any other way. we love you fabienne joy.

** sorry for the dramatic pause in the middle of my birth story. my tiny tot is teething and decided to stop sleeping at night, which leads to an extremely exhausted mommy. i'm working on it, cross my heart.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

birth story: fabienne joy

i got up to pee for about the 5th time that night. it was 3 am. when i laid back down i noticed i felt crampy. i tossed & turned for about 10 minutes and noticed i felt crampy again. i glanced at the clock. tossed & turned for another 10 minutes. crampy. glanced at the clock & grabbed my phone. i had an appointment with my midwife at 8:30 am and i thought i'd have to tell her about these early contractions. so i started keeping track. this went on for about 2 hours and i finally started to drift off to sleep between the contractions, which were still about 10 min apart. i figured they'd stop eventually. after all i was only 36 weeks. that day i became a mother. that day my life changed in ways i never expected.
my water broke around 6 am [thankfully it was just a trickle]. up to this point i had been in denial that i was in labor. the whole water breaking thing turned the denial into shock. this led to me running in and giving my sweet sleeping hubs a rather shocking wake up call (sorry friendo)... at least I let him sleep from 3am-6am while i pretended i wasn't in labor... at this point I literally had no idea what to do. apparently they go over this part at your 36 week appointment, which was scheduled for 8:30 am. eventually i was able to get ahold of my midwife and moved my appointment to 7am. when we got to the office my midwife confirmed my water broke and that i was having a baby that day. she suggested we go out for breakfast or go for a walk. when we got in the car i let j know we were going straight home to clean! i still could not believe my baby was coming NOW. we had no crib. my hospital bag wasn't packed. the house was a disaster. the nursery wasn't finished. my showers were scheduled for that weekend. and on & on. we were so. not. ready. for the next couple hours we worked on getting things in order and the contractions intensified. i frantically finished packing the hospital bag, which thankfully i had started and i had a full list on my phone. i was very happy to have the list as i would have pretty much forgotten everything in my current frazzled state. my first hard contraction sent me running to the toilet. throwing up and contracting at the same time is no fun, i don't recommend it. that was the first time i told j, maybe we should go to the hospital now. my bradley trained birthing coach looked at me and gently said, why don't we do a couple more contractions here. so i labored on. as a strong contraction came on my sweet hubs came to massage me, one of the relaxation techniques we had learned in our birthing class. i ordered him not to touch me. poor guy just had to throw weeks of training out the window. te hee (i'll gladly take those massages now, love!) he was absolutely amazing and i was so glad to have him by my side. i no longer could find any comfortable position with my contractions, so i decided to try the bathtub. i found myself loudly moaning through the hard contractions, my midwife called it my birthsong. the bathtub offered little relief as it is not a soaking tub and my big ole belly was not even under water. as i started thinking about the process that would need to ensue to get from my house to the hospital bed, i looked at j and said we need to go to the hospital now. he called our midwife to let her know we were on the way. i had a contraction in the car as i waiting for j, i wondered if the neighbor could hear me moaning my way through the contraction. i had 2 contractions on our 5 minute drive to the hospital. i had a contraction as j was signing us into the hospital and they asked if i wanted a wheelchair. i declined and they sent us right up to our room that they had ready and waiting [i was very appreciative of how quickly this went and how ready they were for us.] my midwife arrived soon after and checked me. she announced i was almost 7 cm dilated. this was extremely encouraging to hear! however, as a few more contractions came and went i wondered how much longer i could endure. the contractions were so intense i was finding it difficult to breath and was actually losing my voice from all the moaning, er my birth song. i was beginning to feel a small urge to push and i asked my midwife if it would get stronger or if i should just push. she said i would know when i was ready to push. with my next contraction i realized my body was ready to push and my mind totally was not. with my next contraction, i let out a grunt so now everyone in the room knew i was ready to push. i consider myself to be a pretty tough cookie. but with the amount of pressure & stretching that was going on, the thought of pushing terrified me. my midwife told me to push with my next contraction. the first couple pushes were a bit reserved. my midwife told me to get mad and push and that's exactly what it took. i thought rational thoughts along the lines of, well i hope she's happy when i break in half. needless to say i didn't break in half...i did have some serious tearing, but that's because fabs came flying out. my little lady arrived at 1:29pm, after about thirty minutes of pushing, and less than two hours after we arrived at the hospital. little did i know this would be the easy part of my day. my midwife lay my tiny squirming baby on my stomach. and i knew. the instant i saw her, i knew...

(to be continued...)

Monday, October 10, 2011

ten on ten

one photo. every hour. ten hours.

01. morning=coffee.
02. my bedheads! wonder where she gets her hair from?
03. an orange on the table.
04. aunt jan's back porch.
05. jen's butternut squash soup. so yummy.
06. oh that dimple.
07. grass wars...all these little cousins and they chase auntie marmo.
08. broken leg pose. love my seester.
09. gram's apple crisp, aj's elderberry pie, aj's pumpkin cheesecake, mand's
pumpkin whoopie pie. i'll take one of each please and thank you.
10. love going out to aj's...a dreamy walk with my loves on a perfect fall day.

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