Tuesday, January 31, 2012

White Chocolate Chip Cookies… YUM

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I made the best cookies last week. Thought I’d share the recipe. My boys devoured these. But let me warn you, they are super sweet. Super super sweet.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup all purpose and 1/2 cup whole wheat)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter (real butter softened, almost melted)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 sugar

2 eggs (0r 1 egg and 1 egg white)

1 TBS vanilla extract

2 cups white chocolate chips

1/2 instant oatmeal (optional, if you don’t use add in another 1/2 flour)IMG_7647

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla. Add in eggs one at a time.

Stir in flour mixture. Add chips and oatmeal. Drop heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes. When they are the color of brown sugar they are ready. Cool on cooling racks (or eat piping hot.)

 

Also, we took a few days to visit our northern cousins. It was a blast. IMG_7885

Now go bake some cookies!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Snippets from our week

doctors office

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sssshhh…

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playing games, we make up our own rules, so we win every time.

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silly faces caught on tape

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rainy day movie and popcorn (with marshmallows)

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my boys love jillian as much as I do.

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chunk loves the vacuum. I will remind him of this ten years from now.

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bath time. oh how I love bath time.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIWW- The Drive Around Mom

When I wasn’t nursing sick kids this past week, I feel like I was driving them all around. To school, to the library, to karate, to gymnastics, to the doctor, so comfy clothes were in order.
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Here I am with my, “this is so silly face.”IMG_7594

The details: plaid shirt-target merona, plum shirt-brass plum nordstrom, jeans- old navy, boots- uggs from australia
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details: vest- old navy, long sleeve tee- gap, jeans- old navy, uggs

I find myself buying more clothes from Old Navy than the Gap these days. Gap always seems to be so depressing with their clothes; the colors and their waif models are just so dreary. I miss the All-American Gap. Has anyone else thought this?

Two things I’ve noticed since starting these WIWW posts. I always were my hair down now… boring. That’s what prompted yesterday's post. And I need to accessorize more. I know I always par down when I have an infant: no chunky necklaces, no dangly earings, and no wedding ring (I always seem to cut their faces so I just don’t wear it for the first year.) Band only. But now that we’re planning a first birthday its time to change that. Anyone have a favorite accessory right now?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

hair up, hair down

 

If I were getting married again…

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must try this. sock bun curls. now, to look for a stray sock…

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once the bangs grow out. and I’ll take some of those eye lashes please.

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when I’m cleaning the house? a little inspiration. and I love that necklace.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Small Tasks… Great Accomplishment

I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. ~Helen Keller

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My small and tiring tasks this weekend included hours and hours of rocking this baby as those chompers invaded his mouth. Four teeth in four weeks and still more swollen gums, fever, and runny nose. I expect he’ll have six teeth before this month is up. He smiles here, but in the middle of the night his pain has kept everyone up. Tired doesn’t even begin to describe the way I felt on Saturday. Exhausted, worn out, make a better attempt out describing me.  He wanted to be held 90% of the time. Have you ever tried to blow dry your hair holding a baby?  It doesn’t work out so well. 

I do long to accomplish a great and noble task: raising men. It is such a long journey, one that Mr. Dunbar and I have only begun to climb. A journey that will take three lifetimes. Where there are so many valleys and hills and rabbit trails to be explored. But in the small of the night it is my small tasks of rocking, soothing, cuddling that will hopefully forever imprint just how loved he is. So much of who he will become relies on these first few years. Whether he’ll know just how loved he is, whether he’ll understand his value to this family and the world,  his personality relies so much on his acceptance at home. I was supposed to leave him all day today. Had all of the plans made and then they didn’t pan out the way I had wanted. I was so super bummed. But then I thought, perhaps I’m just supposed to spend the day cuddling this guy.  So that’s just what we’re doing. And that’s okay.

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How about you? Any small or large tasks you’re conquering today?

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Take-Over Dinner

One thing that the Dunbar’s have been great recipients of over the years have been Take-Over Dinners. You know, we have a baby and all of our friends rally together a schedule and coordinate dinners for our family. In our case it has been each time we’ve had a baby, but it can be for anything really, the loss of a loved one, a hard time at work or loss of work, a family whose time is being stretched tight. I’ve made dinner for several of my friends who are working moms, just to give them the “night off.”

There are several guidelines I like to follow when sending a Take Over Dinner.

1. Do they have any food allergies? Or foods that they just don’t eat? Avoid those foods.

2. When packing up the dinner try to include all of the plastic and paperware fortheir dinner. Eating and then having nothing to clean up is bliss! One thing I’ve learned, when you’re trying to give the mom the “night off” creating a whole bunch of dishes for her doesn’t really help.

3. When making dinner for a family who is going to be receiving dinner for a week or more, just try to include dinner for that night. Making too much takes over their fridge and counters and for people like me, ends up causing stress.

4. When packaging the food, put it in the disposable plasticware or baggies. (All you greenies don’t come banging down my door, I only use these containers for take over dinners… and Mr. Dunbar’s lunches, in which he always brings them home.) If you can avoid it, don’t take dinner in your favorite casserole dish or glass containers. One, the giving family will probably miss it and two, who knows when it will be returned.

5. A rule of thumb for me is whatever I serve someone else, it has to be something my own family loves. And I always make the same thing for my family that night for dinner.  If I wouldn’t give it to my own kids, I’m not going to give it to someone else’s. One time I made chop suey for a family, I didn't think their kids would eat it, so I included mac and cheese too.

6. Okay, my last point, if you run out of time, picking up a pizza and a premade salad is still okay. When our last guy came and I wasn’t getting more than 2 hours of sleep, anything to put on the table for dinner was fine by me.  I appreciated any and all of the help. A few months ago I was signed up for dinner for some of our best friends, their meal schedule was all fancy-schmancy on a website and I had entered that I was bringing ‘tacos.’ But when push came to shove tacos just weren’t happening on my assigned night. So I swung by Tios Tacos and brought those. (I still owe you real ones B!)

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This past week I was able to take dinner to a friend who has just had a baby. When I made my meal plan the week before it was supposed to be warm, so between that and that I knew two others had brought over pasta I figured Chicken Salad Sandwiches sounded good. Looking back, I should have mixed that salad for her. But I thought, if they had leftovers from a previous dinner, this would still pack away for a good lunch the following day. There are no dishes that need to be returned and the bag is hers to keep if she’ll use it. If not, I told her to put everyone else's dishes in it. IMG_7539

Not the fanciest of meals, but something hopefully they enjoyed. My family sure did. I went to go take a picture of it so I could include the recipe and it was GONE. But I’ll still include the recipe.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

4 cups shredded or diced chicken

2/3 to one cup light mayo

1 whole apple diced

4 stalks of celery chopped

2 carrots shredded

1/2 cup pecans

Mix everything up and add salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add curry, lots of it, but not for new moms.

Spread on toasted bread and enjoy.

 

Do you take meals to people? What are your go to meals?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Part-aay Peeks

Just some snippets from the parties and festivities we enjoyed this past weekend.

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And then we went to ‘Vegas for Kids’ here in our little city. The place was hopping and all of the boys had a blast, so did Casey’s pocket book. It was good times though.

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Happy Birthday Lukie!!

Ahh the fun never ends around here. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.