Monday, June 27, 2011

enjoying every moment

with baby girl on the way, i want to enjoy every moment with my sweet baby boy.
every smile and tear.
the sound of his laughter and the uttering of mama.
rubbing noses and butterfly kisses.
high fives and knuckles.
the delight of new discoveries...his eyes wide with wonder.
the reach for my hand for assurance.
blowing kisses night-night up the stairs.
one more song and rock, not caring if bedtime has passed.
reading the same book again and again, tucked away under my arm.
  every captivating brown-eyed stare.
every snuggle and squeeze.
every God-ordained, simply sweet, amazing blessing of a moment i want to enjoy and forever remember what it was like to be just me and my baby boy.

every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. -James 1:17

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

chocolate filled, whole wheat brownies

it's been quite some time since i posted a recipe, and realized i made these a few weeks ago and never shared them! they were de.lish, and semi-healthy...anything with whole wheat is healthy right?
when i made these, i wasn't planning on making brownies.
i was making puppy chow (the powdered sugar covered, chocolatey, peanut buttery chex cereal treat),
 when i heated the chocolate chips too fast...causing them not to melt properly, and i was left with a big, mushy, semi-melted pile of chocolate. being the saver that i am, i didn't want to throw away an entire bag of chocolate chips, so i found this recipe for whole wheat brownies and put the mush in the brownies...and it was delightful!
these definitely require a tall glass of organic, non-fat milk! enjoy!

chocolate filled-whole wheat brownies
adapted from king arthur tasting is believing whole grain brownies

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup king arthur white whole wheat flour
12 ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips partially melted (see paragraph above ingredients)

1.preheat the oven to 350°F. pam spray a 8" x 8" pan.
2. in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine.
3. return mixture to the microwave briefly, just till it's hot but not bubbling. don't worry if it separates; just stir it briefly to recombine a bit. heating the mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will make the top crust on your brownies shiny.
4. transfer the mixture to a bowl, and stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
5. add the eggs, stirring till smooth.
6. then add the flour, stirring till smooth. spoon 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan.
7. take your mushy, pile of chocolate and spread it over the brownie batter.
8. spoon the other 1/2 of the batter over the chocolate chip mush.
9. bake the brownies for about 30 minutes (i can't remember how long these took to cook. try 30 minutes and add on from there...sorry), until a knife or tooth pick poked into the center reveals wet crumbs, but not raw batter. the brownies should feel set on the edges and in the center. remove them from the oven, and cool completely.
10. cover and let sit overnight before cutting and serving (if you can wait that long!).
 this gives the bran a chance to soften and they won't taste wheatie. if you can't wait a day, cut and enjoy!

Monday, June 20, 2011

it's a...

yep, a sweet, darling girl will be added to our family in october.
we are excited about what God has in store for our new family of 4!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

my (few weeks late) mother's day picture

happy mother's day indeed. spending the day with these two couldn't make me happier!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

beach boys

last year, jude only went to the beach once. that's really all i could handle. he was about 7 months old, and i had to take so much stuff! so, we only went one time.
this year, one time will definitely not enough! he absolutely loves it! not only does he love the beach, he loves exploring with daddy at the beach, and i love to watch the two of them explore together. here are a few pictures from jude's first trip to the beach this year...
he wanted to stay at the water with daddy most of the time...

i think he and daddy were contemplating life and pondering God's wonderful creation...they're deep thinkers...

his first shell...he found it when he was playing with daddy,
and we brought it home to save