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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Chocolate Cobbler

Years ago, and I do mean years... like Monroe living years, I made this yummy little cobbler and posted it to the blog. 

My photography has come a long way since then, although not perfect today, so I thought I'd reshoot and reshare this yummy tidbit since I dug it out of the recipe vaults for Sunday lunch around these parts this past weekend. 


This recipe is terribly easy, and I guarantee you if you have coco powder you already have everything you need to make this. 

This recipe doesn't contain a single egg and is reminiscent of my Chocolate Butter Rolls in it's recipe techniques. Which makes me think it's probably an old one. 

Then again these are the only two recipes I've come across that suggest pouring hot water over the top of it. I still don't entirely understand why... I just obey. 

Then again anything that contains tons of coco powder and zero eggs always reminds me of recipes from around the 1940's. 

I served this up in big bowls after lunch and we vegged out in bed soaking in the chocolate goodness while the baby napped. 

This is a dessert to be savored, not to be eaten in a hurry while a wild baby is clawing at your spoon. 


Chocolate Cobber


Ingredients::
1 cup All-purpose Flour (I used whole wheat this time, it's what I had on hand)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Salt
7 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Divided
1-¼ cup Sugar, Divided
½ cups Milk
⅓ cups Melted Butter
1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Packed (I subbed 1/4 cup of it for coconut palm sugar because I ran out of brown)
1-½ cup Hot Tap Water

Directions::
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Reserve the remaining cocoa and sugar.
Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. I prefer my small oval Corning Ware glass dish.
In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.
Pour the hot tap water over all. DO NOT STIR!
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set. It took me about 50 with the oven we have now. 

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Weekend Cleaner

I have really tried over the years to clean as I go all week and without fail it just doesn't work for me.

Granted while I was home for maternity leave/summer break it was a breeze, but the evenings just aren't cleaning time for me.

My schedule at night literally looks like this:

4pm - 5pm - clean bottles & do a 30 min workout dvd
5pm  - nurse Harrison, cook dinner & eat
7pm - baby bath time
7:30 - nurse and put H to bed
8pm - blog if I'm not exhausted and then go to bed

Jeremy does dishes and straightens the kitchen in the evenings while I put Harrison down, but full blown cleaning just isn't in the cards.

I operate much better on Saturday morning... and with a list.

So I thought I'd share what I do and when with you, as a printable, in case your a weekend cleaner too. I actually have this printed out and on my fridge.

It's not uber fancy... but it works!

I've got it broken down by weekend and then there's a bonus weekend for those months with 5 weekends. There are a few basics that I do every week, but other than that I will have cleaned the house from top to bottom in the course of a month.



Who else is a weekend cleaner? 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

6 Months

We've got a 6 month old y'all! 

I thought the 4 month pics were my favorite, 6 month might be running a tight game. 


The eyes and up on this kid, all Daddy. Nose and down, all Mama. 


Weight: 17.2 lbs according to our scale at home, and it's been spot on with every doctors appointment. 

Length/Height: Who knows, you haven't been to the doctor yet. 


Eyes: more hazel, they go between blue to green/brown depending on what he's wearing


Hair: Brown like Mama's!


Clothes: 9 months


Diapers: Size 3 all around, day and night


Likes: People, he loves being passed around at church. We've gone out to eat the past two Friday's and I think he's convinced everyone there is wanting to talk to him because he just babbles the entire time! Bath time is still high up on the favorites list, the baby loves water. With Jeremy taking him to the sitter every day and picking him up he has decided that Daddy is the best thing ever, great for Mama since the first 2 months were so Mama focused. 


Dislikes: Harrison hates having his nose sucked out, other than that he seems to like everything at the moment. 


Eating: We started Baby Led Weaning and he is loving it. So far he's had apple, celery, cucumber, every potato type under the sun, avocado, banana, broccoli, carrots, and rutabaga. There are a few more I'm forgetting. He likes the aspect of feeding himself and actually does well with the large chunks. I tried giving him some Puffs at a restaurant Friday and he hated them, then Jeremy gave him a piece of tortilla and he was in love. I really think that it's the lack of control over the Puffs because once it got stuck to his tongue he was going to gag until I fished it out. I also tried a Mum Mum and he wasn't a fan. But the child is obsessed with Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, he goes to town on a slice of that. So maybe the dislike for the processed food we tried is due to the lack of flavor. 


Sleeping: Sleeping all night! Finally. Jeremy goes in maybe once to put the paci back, but he can stretch it to 6am for the next feed. Although sometimes I just go ahead and go in if he wakes after 5:20ish. 


Milestones: He is rolling from back to front, but only when it's convenient for him. Like at night! During the day he doesn't do it much. He can sit up assisted with the Boppy well and for a tiny bit without it. 


If I had to describe our fifth month in one word, it would be: Happy, the evening was when he was melting down for the most part but he is a peach in the evenings here lately. 

Mommy notes: 
I think Harrison is on the verge of breaking a tooth. I can feel the difference in his lower gums, but nothing is showing just yet. 






The next picture is what Jeremy loves doing! 

He's rubbing his beard on Harrison's back by the way. 

I have to say I sympathize with the baby on this one, the whiskers are ticklish. As soon as Jeremy starts messing with him he pulls those legs up and scrunches his neck. 

I seem to recall my own father tormenting me in the same way. 


Although I can't say much about Dad and his nicknames. I was called Tyrone for years... and I keep catching myself calling Harrison, Freddy. As in "Ready Freddy," but I just shorten it and call him Freddy. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

MPM - Whole September

To make it easier on Wednesday I've been eating at the church with Jeremy. It's only been two weeks of that plan, but I have to say it has backfired. 

After eating dinner Wednesday I then go into a full blown "anything goes" mentality and eat whatever is in sight before finally getting my act together Monday morning. 

That just won't fly if I ever plan on losing the remainder of the baby weight and fitting into more than 3 pair of linen pants that I own. 

So for September I'm getting back on the wagon (even though breakfast, lunch, & dinner have been Paleo... after Wednesday the snacks go crazy) and officially calling this a Whole September. 

With one stipulation - Sunday Lunch. 

Sunday Lunch won't be Paleo in any sense and I will enjoy it and then behave form then on out. That way my fun meal for the week is what I what and not whatever is being served at church as a means of making life easier that afternoon. 

So no crazy odd snacks, no saying oh well I ate at church now let me eat a coffee mug of peanut butter mixed with butter and powdered sugar (peanut butter ball). No nothing, because on Sunday I get to eat fun food. I can hold out until Sunday.

 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Chicken Cacciatore

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - leftover freezer meal for me/ church dinner for Jeremy

Thursday - Tandoori Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Friday - Balsamic Roast with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (for Jeremy)

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday - French Bread with Hot Tomato Oil, Nana's Pot Roast over Rigatoni

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Heart Pinterest - is it fall yet?

Granted I know we've officially had only one morning at this point with below 90 temps.... 
but that means fall is in the air people! 

I suddenly want to break open that can of pumpkin in my pantry 
and get cracking on my pumpkin door hanger. 

But until then...
here's a few pins I'm obsessing over until WalMart starts selling pumpkins. 






Tuesday, August 25, 2015

an ode to brewer's yeast



How do I love thee? 
Let me count the ways, 
I love the to the depth and height my bottles can reach.  
When feeling as though my supply would never be what it was,
you made it happen. 
A month of fenugreek and terrible hunger and I got nothing,
but thee lovely brewer's yeast produced. 
A five ounce bottle after a month
of lowly two and one ounce bottles was just what I needed 
to see at 2AM. 

Oh dearest brewer's yeast, 
it seems I'll be eating thoust lactation cookies for the next six months. 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

But seriously, a straight month of not producing like I was in May and one batch of cookies later and I got a 5 ounce bottle! Wha what! 

Now to go out and buy ALL THE BREWER'S YEAST.

#OhMyWordPumpingIsStressful
#BreastfeedingExclusivelyWasMuchMoreEnjoyable
#UghWork

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meal Pinning Monday

I'm starting to get sick of the Louisiana summer and long for the days of a football season filled fall! 

Crockpot meals. 

Taco Soup. 

Drinking coffee without sweating. Coffee just tastes better in cold weather. 

 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Pork Chops & Fried Cabbage (never got to it last week)

Tuesday - Turkey Burgers (Paleo-fied)

Wednesday - Dinner @ Church

Thursday - Mustard Glazed Chicken with Butternut Squash

Friday - Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon

Saturday - Chicken Marabella with Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

Sunday - Lemon Butter Chicken with Brown Rice (because Jeremy loves it)
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