Monthly Archives: September 2012

Weekend Update: 9/30/12

Another weekend that went by way too fast. . . thankfully we fit a lot of stuff into it! An early post this week because tomorrow is the scheduled Foodie Pen Pal post for October!



A new book. . .



a new toy. . .


I don’t want to be in my bumbo. . . wait what’s coming up behind me.  .. IMG_1742IMG_1746

One picture with both of them looking at the camera and then. . . not. Winking smileIMG_1750IMG_1752

It’s already started. .. having to put away baby clothes. Sad smile IMG_1753


More baby food – this time carrots!


Target trip! Still working on product placement (for Planters Peanuts) in photos. Winking smile 


Stopover at Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s


Lunch at Cane’s Chicken Fingers


Then, off to look at new homes in the Parade of Homes in the cities.


Getting ideas for our house that we will (someday) build.

Big entry from garage with bench/hooks. Beautiful kitchen cabinets.


Big laundry room with sink and counter space. Beautiful railing detail.


Love love love this kitchen – big island! IMG_1787

Open floor plan into living room. . . IMG_1790

Someone was pretty tuckered out from all the houses. IMG_1805


Sunday morning. . . Mom, I know you can see me and I don’t wanna nap!


And FINALLY the highlight of the weekend – dinner at China Buffet with Jodi, Chris, Evan, Sarah, Matt, and Brynn!


Brynn wasn’t too sure about all the commotion. . . Luke was loving sitting in the high chair in his super cool new high chair cover! Thanks Matt and Sarah (and Brynn!).


Evan wasn’t too sure about sitting in his high chair. . . sitting with Mom and showing off his sweet fork skills was way more fun! IMG_1822IMG_1833

Thanks to all for another great trip to CB! Winking smile


Scott and I also managed to get in an 11.1 mile run in preparation for our half marathon in Des Moines in October!!!

What were you up to this weekend??? Enjoying this beautiful fall weather?


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Best-ever chocolate chip cookies

*according to Hungry Runner Girl


** And I totally agree. Smile


Here is the original post with the recipe from Janae. .  .

The key to these cookies is the milk chocolate chips: Ghirardelli –> super delicious, silky, luscious chocolate that just melts in your mouth. IMG_1436

The perfect cookie to make on Saturday night while your husband is away at a ALL- WEEKEND bachelor party (don’t get me started) and the baby is sleeping. Winking smile 



Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag chocolate chips (Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips are the key!)

Cream together butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.


In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture and beat well.


Stir in chocolate chips. **If you L.O.V.E. cookie dough like I do (I know, I know, it has raw eggs and you shouldn’t eat it. . . but sometimes you gotta LIVE!). .  anyway. . . I always put some in a small container and put in the fridge so I can have some more another day after all the cookies are made. I got this idea after my husband made cookies one day while I wasn’t home and I didn’t get ANY cookie dough – oh the horror  – it was awful, I don’t want to talk about it. Anyway, since then, he always sets aside a little container for me and now I do it for myself too. Smile 


Drop onto greased cookie sheet by heaping tablespoons. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.


Makes about 5 dozen.


Seriously. .. go make these now. You can thank me (or Janae) later! Winking smile 


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Weekend Update: 9/23/12

Sleeping in Mom and Dad’s bed. . .

Running errands . . . including picking the dog up from the groomers.
And helping Mom with her list at the grocery store IMG_1575IMG_1576
But I don’t wanna napIMG_1577
Pretty puppy. . .you can just barely see her bow—> which lasted about 20 mins! IMG_1586
Friday night dinner from Chipotle! Steak burrito bowl for me – and lots of chips and guac. YUM!

The view from the top of the parking garage at the Mall of America. IMG_1612
Lunch at Famous Dave’s and then shopping for jeans with Dad. IMG_1616IMG_1618
My 1st trip and purchase from Lululemon –> Love! IMG_1620IMG_1622
Saturday morning playtimeIMG_1628

Making baby food! 1st up –>peas.
Took my new Lulu shorts for a run – l.o.v.e the zippered pocket. IMG_1680
Luke got a new high chair. . . at first he wasn’t too sure about it. . .
But then he realized he gets to eat when he is in it and then he loved it. Smile IMG_1686IMG_1687IMG_1688IMG_1689IMG_1690IMG_1691
finished off the weekend with a family classic crockpot dish –> recipe soon!IMG_1707
And one tired puppy

Hope you had a good one!

Packers v. Seahawks on Monday Night Football – Go Pack! Winking smile



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5 months!

My little boy isn’t so little anymore. . . weighing in at about 19 pounds and rapidly growing thru all of this clothes! And already 5 months old – I. just. can’t. believe. it.

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New things this month:

Turning over from back to front (haven’t quite figured out how to go the other direction yet)

Sleeping *mostly* thru the night in his own crib (still gets up for 1-2 wet diapers and 1 feeding)

Started eating baby cereal last week and loving it

Loves stroller rides, his bouncer, and petting Abby

Give lots of smiles and laughs all day long!

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Having too much fun with my new favorite app – Diptic


Just got a new winter coat. . .


Yup that is my 5 month old in a 12-18 month winter coat! Winking smile 


Things we are looking forward to in the next month:

rolling over front to back

more foods – making baby food this weekend –>peas, carrots, and sweet potatoes!

lots of walks enjoying this fall


As I was rocking him before bed earlier this week. . .I was smelling his wonderful baby smell, feeling his soft hair against my cheek, and his little body against my chest.. . And just thinking to myself how wonderful life with this little person is, how much I love him and how I just cannot imagine our life without him. It is just amazing how one little baby can change your entire life and oh so wonderful!


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Tater Tot Hot Dish

Want to make the most traditional Minnesota dish that guarantees you will be saying “Uff Da” before you know it?

Well.. . look no further than this dish.


Ground beef mixed with cream of mushroom soup, add in veggies and top with as many tater tots as you can fit on top. Rich and creamy with the cream of mushroom ‘sauce’ and perfect with the addition of crunch, slightly salty tater tots on top. Perfect served with gobs of ketchup. (As most hot dishes are!)

And no – this is not a casserole – if you are from MN – then this is a hot dish!

And it is really so so so easy to make. Winking smile 

The ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

1 large onion – diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 –3 cans of veggies

1 bag of tater tots


Start with 1 lb ground beef and diced onion. Sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent and soft and ground beef is cooked through.


Remove from heat. Add can of cream of mushroom soup. (Cream of mushroom soup is the most traditional – but you can really use any cream soup.)


Be careful using your awesome pink spatula to get the soup out of the can, because the sharp edges will cut the spatula and make you sad. Sad smile 


Then, move on, because you know if you complain to your sister about it, you might get a new one at Christmas. Winking smile

Drain the veggies.


Add to the mix of ground beef, onion and soup. *Tip – you can use any amount of veggies you want. . . at least 1 can, but you can use up to 3 cans if you like your veggies. Smile You can also use fresh or frozen veggies too.


Mix all together and put in 9×13 pan.


And it’s ok to take out some of the mixture before you add other veggies, in case you only like corn in yours. . .


Perfect to make and take to a neighbors house for a new baby or after an accident. I took this pan over to our next door neighbors house after the Dad had a bad car accident.


But of course, kept some for us for dinner too. Smile 


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Top with a layer of tater tots. (you probably won’t use a whole bag)

And cook for about 30 minutes or until the tots are golden brown.


And enjoy! With lots of ketchup because that it the Minnesota way. Smile 

Do you call them hot dishes or casseroles?


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Weekend Update: 9/16/12


Luke started eating solids! Baby oatmeal cereal. And loved it.


On Saturday, we (all)  headed to the cities. . .


10 miles on Summit Ave.


Dad and Abby joined us for 4 miles.


Then, headed out to the park for a picnic with lots of friends (Scott’s group of friends – from high school!) It was a great time!


Luke got to meet everyone. Smile Love his belly. .  .



Beth (in the blue shirt) also has an awesome blog:

The Awkward Dancer <—check it out!


The newest puppy in the group – Lambert! IMG_1549

Sunday morning on the couch. . .


Finished the Pinterest art project Laura and I started last weekend!


Errands: Kohls –> new entryway rug


And a super comfy memory foam rug for the bathroom


Another great weekend. . . that went by too fast. Already looking forward to next weekend! Smile 

Coming up this week: Tater Tot Hot-dish and Luke’s 5 month post!


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Weekend update: 9/11/12

My weekend started on Friday! I had the day off of work. Smile 

We started with jumparoo time for him and coffee time for her.


the saddest part of my day. Sad smile


Played with my new HAAN steam mop. Unofficial review – awesome! (Will do a more official review soon.)


I leave Luke alone for 3 seconds. . .


Beautiful sunny Friday. . . perfect day for an afternoon walk. IMG_1343IMG_1345IMG_1347IMG_1349IMG_1351

Waiting for our weekend house guest. . .


She’s here!!! My little sister, Laura. Smile It was supposed to be a sisters weekend but unfortunately my older sister, Jenny, who is a youth pastor had to stay in town for Sunday School Kickoff.


Aunt Laura is so good at giving Luke his afternoon snack. IMG_1365

Bath time. . . towel baby!


Saturday morning: official start of our “Weekend of Fun!”


First up: Mankato Farmer’s Market


Checking out bath salts


Next up: Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet



We got lots of good stuff. . . a full bag each! IMG_1384

Abby was a good car companion


Quick stop at the grocery store


Then onto OCB!

*Photo credit to Laura!

Luke’s second trip. . . his first one was about a year ago when I told Laura I was pregnant!


I love OCB –> perfectly acceptable to have a blue raspberry icee with a salad

Do you think someone might be a tad bit interested?


And then the next part of our Weekend of Fun. . . cooking!


2 new recipes: coming to the blog soon!


And then. . . BAKING!


Finally, snuggle time on the couch –> perfect Saturday night


My Sunday morning. . . ❤


First up: pedi for me, mani for Laura


Then. . . fro yo!


In my cup: chocolate and latte fro yo topped with crunch topping, cookie dough and Andes mint pieces


More baking – making RPSs (I got the recipe from Colleenmy August Foodie Pen Pal!)


More crafts: Pinterest inspired..  . finished product and details to come soon!


It was such a great weekend. Laura and I had so much fun together and it just warms my heart to see Luke spending time with his Aunt Laura. Smile 


Thank you Laura for a super awesome weekend. Can’t wait to have another one soon.


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