Thursday, January 8, 2015

Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes

It has taken me almost two and a half years to get to 100 posts, so this one is a special one! Little Miss Salean has turned 2 years old, and what a birthday!

She woke up at 3:30 AM on the 30th of December puking, poor kid! She was sick a few more times over the next few hours, but after that alright, although tired. That night, it happened again! And Mr Man and I spent that night sitting up with her while she played and slept for a few hours on his chair. Every time the newbie woke up for a feeding, we switched. Little Miss spent her birthday dozing on Daddy's chair, so we cancelled her birthday parties. We planned on having cake at his parents on her birthday, and at mine the next day; now the plan was to push cake off to Saturday at his parents, and whenever we could get out to mine. Saturday rolled around and we found out the rest of the family was sick! So, the party was pushed off once again. Finally on Sunday, January 4th, we had cake! I made cupcakes using THIS recipe that I got from a random internet search.


I decorated them with store bought icing and a few mini M&Ms that I had bought with a plan to make cookies.


I will definitely be using this recipe again, the batter was so thick and creamy; very fluffy so it scooped into the cups without much mess.


The cupcakes themselves were a little dry, but that could be fixed with a few minutes less in the oven. Otherwise, they were delicious, very chocolately.


And since I only needed a dozen, I had some extra batter to try out a new machine I got for Christmas, cake balls!

And a few pictures of the Birthday Girl, on her party night and on her actual birthday, poor kid.



Here's to the next 2 years, and the next 100 posts! Happy New Year from Savana and Salean, who is not getting to close to the newbie if she can help it :-) 



~Natasha,

Friday, January 2, 2015

Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Poor little Miss spent her 2nd birthday sick, and unfortunately had a visit to the hospital. The visit proved knowledgeable for us, though, and the Doctor asked us to try her on a 'no white' diet. This means no white bread, crackers, bananas, white rice, refined sugars, etc. A hard task for a little one who will only eat crackers, toast and some fruit. Looking for new recipes, I tried a Pintrest search for 'Real Food for Toddlers' and came up with THIS, homemade tater tots. Tater Tots are something Salean will eat sometimes, but my fussy eater is not crazy about them all the time.



While we were out getting groceries this morning, I picked up the ingredients. Both were on sale, yay! I broke in the steamer from my new pot set to make this, and I was quite surprised at how fast the sweet potatoes steamed compared to boiling time!



I used some mozza-cheddar blend in the tots as per comments below the post. I also ran out of Parmesan after rolling one pan, so the rest I just left plain. The coated ones I froze and the plain I baked off for her dinner, since she refused the pizza we were having.



Unfortunately, my toddler took one bite, made a finny gagging noise and spit it out. To her credit, she tried it a second time but with the same results. I liked them, though. I have plenty, so I will bake some more up and try them on her again, you never know she could be just having an off day!

So we now officially have a two year old and the terrible twos have begun! Her favorite word is No! and she refuses to nap, she has been taking them in Daddy's chair. I think maybe she senses that he will be going away again. He finally found a job that starts early next week, and Little Miss has become quite attached to Daddy in the last few months. But, we will stay busy, she starts speech this Thursday and I am hoping to start up Tot School again while the Newbie naps.

Have a good weekend!!

~Natasha.



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ginger the Elf: Final Week

Since baby Savana came in the middle of last week, Daddy took over some of my Shelf Elf duties, so we had a few repeats and we missed a few pictures while I was away at the hospital. We also missed a few more pictures when I left the camera at Grandmas for another two days. But, Ginger was up to her usual antics and delivered an ornament for Miss Salean each day. Here are some of the ornaments she left.




A little bear from last Christmas, given to Salean by Grandma.


A beautiful ceramic snowflake, Daddy said she didn't have much interest in this one, she just looked at it and set it on the table.


A clay bauble, Salean loved this one and thought it was a cookie!


One of a set of Santas we painted for Christmas. We made one for each Grandma and one for our own tree.


A cup from last Christmas, Salean played with this one all day.


A homemade ornament I was gifted when I was in High School. It was given to me by a fellow Girl Guide leader.


A little clay stocking. This one was so small and light, Daddy thought I had put out an empty bag!

As for hiding places, Ginger found her way onto the laundry shelf, hanging above the tree, on top of the television and caught in the blinds once again. Hopefully next year we will be able to have some more original ideas!


And this morning, Ginger is hiding under the tree, she brought new PJs and an ornament for each girl.


A truck that plays music for Salean and Savana's First Christmas ornament. She has been up for about 2 hours, but Salean has yet to notice them!

Santa comes tonight, and we are pretty sure Salean has no clue. I can't wait for tomorrow morning to see her face when she comes into the room and sees all the gifts under the tree!

Have a Happy Christmas, everyone!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Baby Sister has Arrived!

Baby Savana Lynne Anita has arrived! 


And big sister Salean is somewhat proud. Proud enough to tell her cousin (who is about the same age) "Noo!" every time he approached baby yesterday afternoon. 


Savana is a little cuddlebug who is sleeping and eating well. 


She was born Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 6:32 AM. She weighed in at 7 Lbs, 1/2 oz, and was 20.25 inches tall! 


Baby Savana on her coming home day, December 18th. 

Hope you all had a good week, I will update you on Ginger's antics shortly!

~Natasha,

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ginger the Elf, week 3

Has it only been three weeks since we started this? I will admit, I am running out of places to stash poor little Ginger where Salean can look but not touch! But, this week went so fast, I almost forgot it was Saturday night and with another week over, time for a Ginger update! 


Sunday morning, Ginger was peeking through the branches of the tree, looking at a puppy she brought last week!


This morning, she brought an ornament made of string! Salean thought it was boring and let me put it on the tree right away,


Monday, she was caught hanging out on the coat rack. Salean didn't seem to see her much, but she found the bag with her ornament in it quite quick!


This one we made last year, Salean's hand print at one year old! Another that didn't interest her much...plain baubles must be boring!


Tuesday, Ginger hung out in our laundry room, in a box of spare parts and instruction books.


And she brought this oldie, one I received when I was a child; a character from an 80's cartoon. It was banged up before Salean got hold of it, but she had to shake it multiple times to hear the bell ring. She also tried to steal the present! She reluctantly surrendered it after being told "no no" a few times.


Wednesday, Ginger hung out on top of Daddy's sword again. Salean spotted her right away and went back several times that day.


Today's gift is a little Tim's coffee cup, this was a great plaything! She immediately ran to her corner kitchen and started playing coffee. 


I had to sneak the cup away and onto the tree during breakfast. Thankfully, she didn't miss it. 


Thursday, we were back in the laundry, this time hanging out in the lint bag. She is peeking around the corner towards Salean's bedroom.


Salean received a little teddy bear this morning, but would not let it go! She stashed it and then eventually took it to bed with her that night. So, in it's place her first Christmas ornament adorns the tree. I decided not to let her have it, as it looks pretty fragile.


Friday was another day hanging out in the tree, this time on the very top! 



Ginger brought a star for the tree. It replaced her at the top that night, as this was another Little Miss was reluctant to give up! 


This morning, Ginger was found in the pocket of my apron, maybe next time she will bring some cookies along!


A plain white bauble came with her, and I guess I should retract my earlier statement about them being boring, because this was the most fascinating ornament of the week! Thankfully it is quite sturdy, because it was bounced, knocked, rolled on everything and even got a few licks! I had to sneak this one away, to, so it landed on the tree after bedtime.

So that is another week over, so hard to believe Christmas is only a week and a half away! And, another week with no baby sister...I am officially due in 2 days, so it won't be long now!!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

~Natasha.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ginger the Elf, Week 2.

Week number two with Ginger the Elf has come to a close, here is a recap of her exploits this week! 


Sunday morning, Ginger was hanging out around the backdoor. Salean had a hard time finding her because she was down the hall. 


Monday December 1st, Ginger brought our Christmas tree! It is a small one that we were given last year, To keep little fingers out of it, it is perched in a window between the kitchen and living room. 


Tuesday morning, Ginger started bringing ornaments for our tree! She will be doing this every day until Christmas. Last year, we just hung them on the wall for Salean to open each day, our homemade Advent calendar. 


Day one, Ginger brought a little clay puppy to hang on the tree. Salean was quite excited about this! 


Wednesday morning, Ginger was found hanging from the door frame of Salean's room, peeking in on her sleeping! Ginger left her decoration gift on the doorknob, which was found very quickly! 


This morning, she left an original My Little Pony. We played with it for a litle bit before hanging it on the tree.


Thursday morning, Ginger was hanging from the electrical panel door. Her gift hung from the doorknob of the bathroom, which is close by. I didn't think  Salean had seen it on her way by, but after being up half an hour or so, she suddenly stopped what she was doing and ran to get it! 


This one was a clay ornament from last year, for baby's first Christmas. 


Friday morning, Ginger got caught in the blinds! Salean thought this was quite funny and had to point her out all day! 


Ginger brought a special ornament this day, it is a little bell angel that she received from an Aunt last Christmas. It is the first in a series that Auntie plans on buying for her each year. 


This morning, Ginger was hanging out on the calendar. Salean tried to grab her as we went out, as it is just inside the front door! 


This morning, Ginger brought a little Santa ornament. Salean loved this one and we had to chase her so we could put it on the tree! 

So, week two is done, as is week one of our makeshift Advent calendar. Another week is done, which is another week closer to baby coming, ten more days until she is due! 

Have a good week, everyone!!

~Natasha.