Thursday, November 21, 2013

Harrison Month 5 Update

Oh boy, this was a busy month. You are trying just about everything and are moments away from scooting and sitting up. We started you on food a few days after you turned 4 months and you are up to 5 foods in your oh so refined palette. We have stuck mainly to vegetables but recently added banana and you LOVE them. 

You love love love "sugars". You get the biggest smile on your face when you know they are coming. So much lovin' to go around. 

Warmer weather has stuck around a bit longer than usual which is good because you just love to be outside. I mean really who wouldn't when outside means you get to wear shades like those. 

You have your days when you refuse to nap. One day you just weren't going to no matter what. By mid afternoon you sat on the couch lifeless until the nap ended up winning the battle. 

We set up your highchair but don't use it all of the time yet. You are more focused on eating the tray than your meal. You look like such a big boy in there it just kills me! 

You and Mac have officially bonded. I wouldn't tell you this to your face but I think you like Mac more than Mac likes you. Don't worry though... he'll come around. He is patient though and allows you to grab, poke and "kiss"/eat his ears. 

We will catch the two of you having your moments. He tries to lick the drool off your face and hands and you try to get a good grasp on those big lips of his. 

yes, that is your drool hanging down off your chin. And there is more where that came from. trust me. 

before bed snuggles

You found your feet. And you love them. "Always keep them close by" is your motto.  

Your quick. Like, REALLY quick. Daddy set you down unstrapped. I found you seconds later belly down, half off with your feet just flappin in the wind. 

Harrison, we love more than we thought possible. You are hilarious sweet and so loving. Watching your personality come out more and more each day has been so fun. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see what each new day holds. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 
adapted from Spoon for Bacon
(serves 4) 

2 Sweet Potatoes 
1/4 cup butter (melted) 
2 tablespoons brown sugar 
1/2 cup feta (crumbled- I used the really crumbled part of the container vs the large chunks)
2 tablespoons milk (if your going all out- whole milk would be best) 
2 cloves minced garlic 
Salt and Pepper to taste

For Garnish
Crumbled feta 
chopped pecans (if you have more time on your hands, toasted pecans would really make a difference here) 

Heat oven to 450 degrees 

1. Scrub potatoes and cut lengthwise in half, place cut sides down onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake 30-35 minutes or until tender. 

3. Lower heat on your oven to 375 degrees. 

4. Scoop out the flesh of both sweet potatoes, making sure to not tear the skins. 

5.  Mix warm sweet potatoes with butter, feta, brown sugar, milk and garlic. 

6. Return sweet potato mixture to the "shells" and bake for another 10-12 minutes.

7. Garnish with feta and pecans 

If feta isn't your thing, these would just as good substituting with marshmallows to go for an all over sweet taste. However, I would maybe omit the garlic. 

If feta is your thing and you really want to play on the sweet and salty bit, chopped crispy bacon would be just as wonderful. Certainly a fun dish you can play with. 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

A couple of weekends ago we ventured out to a local pumpkin patch. It was their first year and I don't think they were expecting the crowds they got so they were a bit sparse on actual pumpkins, but nonetheless it was fun.  

Before we headed out... spitting image of his dad!

Harrison wasn't sure about the train ride. He was concerned a majority of the time 

There was a petting zoo with some pigs, a turkey and well really just a lot of pigs

These were the pigs they used in the pig race... Kevin Bacon, Piggy Spears and the other two I can't remember their names. 


And the few pumpkins they had left. 

A fun fall day. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Five on Friday

:one: I die. Halloween is truly so much more fun with a puppy dog. 

:two: I ate my body weight in Halloween candy. An embarrassing, shameful amount. I'm going to need to step up my game. 1 measly mile isn't going to cut it. (but lord that mile was miserable- i refuse to believe that once upon a time I ran 13 at one time)

:three: It is taking everything in me to realize that buying a coat for a child that he can't wear until he is 5 is stupid. But oh how bad I want to snag this adorable one for Harrison. 


:four: Abita Pecan Ale. Fan flipping tastic. And if we are comparing their seasonal beers.... WAY  better than strawberry 

 :five: In light of Halloween being over, is that not the cutest bottom ever?