Monday, January 30, 2017

Ronan's First Birthday 1-31-2017

Dear Ronan,

You are the one who made me a mother. You are the one who I wake up to and for every morning. You are my first born, my baby boy, my heart + my soul. Your first year of life literally flashed by in the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was holding you in my arms at the hospital, thanking God for entrusting me with the most perfect little human. You light up our lives every single day. Your sweet + funny personality, your inquisitive nature, and your stubborn streak make us proud to be your parents. You make us laugh, you make us smile, and even when you make us tired, we could not imagine a single moment of life without you in it. Thank you for being you. We cannot wait to see what else you have in store for us over the next several years. We love you, our little man Ronan.

Mama + Dada





with love,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Recently J found his great grandmother's (which would make her "great great grandma" to Ronan) recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls. There was just something special about the torn and fragile state of the paper, the fading ink, and the idea that years ago his grandma would wake up on any given morning to make these for her family. And now, my husband is making them for our family. Family recipes are something special that can't be replaced by anything other than generation after generation continuing the legacy of those comforting smells filling the kitchen. So Ronan, J, and I spent this chilly winter Tuesday morning in the kitchen together to do just that. (recipe found at the bottom of the post)

Great Great Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons soft/melted butter

1/4 cup brown or granulated sugar
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup confectioners sugar (sifted)
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1. Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
2. Add shortening and cut in until fine
3. Add milk all at once and stir until dough sticks together. Form a ball.
4. Turn out on lightly floured board
5. Knead 5 or 6 times. Handle dough lightly and work quickly!
6. Roll dough to about a 12"x8" rectangle- 1/4 in thick
7. Brush with melted butter or spread on soft butter
8. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar mixture
9. Roll up like a jelly roll; pinch edges together and shape into an even roll
10. Cut into 12 even slices
11. Place in greased pan (cake, ring mold, or cookie sheet) closely
12. Brush tops with milk or melted butter
13. Bake at 450* for 15 minutes
16. Pour icing over rolls
17. ENJOY!

with love,

Friday, January 6, 2017

One-Two Year Old Food & Meal Ideas

So, now that my child has decided he would like to eat meals equivalent to that of a grown man, I knew I needed some sort of visual to keep me on track and make sure I was feeding him a well-balanced, nutritional diet. I scoured Pinterest (duh), asked all my mama friends what their littles ate, and compiled this comprehensive list of all of the above. I hope you find it as helpful as I hope to!

Do you think you will use this chart for your little one? I plan to print it off, laminate it, and hang it on my fridge as a reminder before grocery shopping trips and during meal planning for Ronan. What other ideas do you have for using it? Remember, if you like what you see and plan to print off a copy for yourself, please share this post on Pinterest!!

with love,

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A First Birthday Gift Guide

As my son, Ronan, nears his first birthday (whaaaaat???), I thought I would put together a little gift guide for our family and friends to politely guide them towards Ronan's preferred toys & activities at this age. Any mamas out there with a little one just might relate and want to share this list with their family and friends as well 😉

A common moment of Ronan running away after
being caught playing with the cords under the table...

1. His very own electrical outlet. Really, anything dangerously electronic that involves long cords would be perfect.

2. Wicker baskets. He prefers ones that he can pick apart into verrrrrry small shreds and eat.

3. Vent covers. The ones with the decorative designs are best because it's easiest for him to get his little fingers in there to lift it up, look around to make sure no one is looking (or that they are 👀), and run away excitedly with it.

 4. Wipes. The more you say no, the more delicious they are to him. Any brand will do.

5. Any large object or piece of furniture that he could potentially a) climb on or b) pull down onto himself at a moment's notice.

I think that about covers it.... Any other mamas have any suggestions to add? 😂

with love,
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