Wednesday, October 30, 2013

making cupcakes

Nanna made cupcakes for the kids to decorate last night while we were running.  She's such a fun grandma!

Julianna wasn't feeling good so she didn't didn't even want to eat one when they got finished. Of course, when they started she had me take this picture:

Josh had no objection to eating his.

I guess they are children after my own heart because after I ran I took this selfie:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

why do all of my posts involve lots of food?

I wanted to go to the Lexington BBQ Festival this past Saturday but my family didn't want to go.  So we stayed around the house for most of the afternoon and Sunday morning.  We did go to church on Saturday night like usual.

I finally told them they on Sunday that didn't have a choice and they were going to have to go with me to the Burke Street Food Truck Festival for lunch.  No one wanted to go with me but this foodie wasn't going to miss two food festivals in one weekend so I made them go.

The kids wanted nothing to eat, except of course, Josh wanted ice cream.  We ordered macaroni & cheese bites and I got a chipotle pimento cheeseburger that was delicious.

The kids hated the macaroni bites although I couldn't figure out what there was not to like about fried cheese.

After we left there we ended up at Dairio, a local burger joint so they could order burgers and fries and get their ice cream.

On Saturday afternoon we carved pumpkins in Salem Square. Josh made the 3 bears and Julianna decorated hers with the symbols from a deck of cards.

We used cookie cutters and rubber mallets to make it easier for the kids.

Nanna made a fish for her pumpkin.

Sunday night we went trick-or-treating in Old Salem. They have offered that several years in the past but this was our first year going to it.

They put the pumpkins all along the fence in Old Salem and they light them up for the trick-or-treating night.  It was such a pretty sight.

It was very crowded, but baby Jane got to come for her first Halloween and we got some cute pictures of the kids so that was fun.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Nutella Banana Bread

I posted a picture of this on Instagram this morning and several people have asked for the recipe. I figured it was easier to type and post here than it was to type in the comments of IG so here it is.  I don't remember where I got the recipe from exactly, but I know Pinterest led me to it. I tried to do a quick Pinterest search just now to find it but I was unsuccessful so if you've seen it before then let me know and I will give credit.

Nutella Banana Bread recipe:

4 ripe medium bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Nutella

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg whites. Add the banana, vanilla, and apple sauce and mix together. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
5. Warm the Nutella up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until it is softer and melted.
6. Pour the banana bread batter into a bread pan. Then slowly spoon the nutella on top and swirl into the bread using a knife until all of the Nutella has been worked in.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes until cooked through. Enjoy!

It is relatively clean and pretty easy to make. It always comes out well too.  I make it about once a week or every ten days because Jonathan likes it so much.  

Happy baking!

Monday, October 21, 2013

four is...


  • is super sneaky and likes to hide from everyone that comes over
  • can dress himself completely
  • is a hilarious dancer
  • likes to demand candy
  • is growing like a weed
  • is full of sass and backtalk
  • has learned his phone number and address
  • can buckle his seatbelt but cannot unbuckle it
  • continues to play bashful often
  • usually says "please" and "thank you"
  • is a master negotiator
  • is fascinated with Wreck It Ralph
  • is a much better eater than he was at three, but he still likes someone to feed him
  • doesn't want to be the baby, yet wants to be the baby
  • can hit 100 tennis balls in a half hour
  • loves to call people "rat mouth"
  • probably knows more words to songs than I do
  • cares for his sister more than anyone else in the world
  • naps infrequently
  • is plenty of fun

photo credit: Marilyn Miller

Friday, October 18, 2013

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