Saturday, March 23, 2013

Birthday Round Two

Today was Liv's 3rd birthday.
We started the morning with breakfast in bed.
My mom did this with my brothers and I when we were little
and I have to say it is my favorite memory of my birthdays.
I looked forward to it more than anything every year.
It was such a special thing she did for us and I wanted to share
it with Liv this year too.
And let me say she loved it!
She squealed the moment I walked in the room.
We spent most of the day at home getting ready for her party,
but we had to take a quick trip to the barn at
one point to see the puppies. 
We had a simple dinner of tacos.
The best part of the evening was watching the birthday girl .
I love seeing how things make her so excited.
She loved the cake but most of all loved all the presents!
Happy Birthday my sweet Liv!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Last Saturday for Kellen's birthday we decided to have a brunch.
I wanted to have some sort of bread dish,
whether it be pancakes, scones or muffins.
So while browsing through Pinterest I came across this
Cinnamon Baked French Toast.
Oh. My.
It was absolutely delicious.
It really didn't even need any syrup or anything.
I think the bread was key to the recipe.
Challah is one of my favorite breads and it
works perfect in this dish.

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

  • 1 loaf stale bread (I used challah)
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, cubed
  1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Tear the bread into chunks and place them in the greased pan.
  3. Mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter and mix until the batter comes somewhat together, like little pebbles. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Take your pan with the soaking bread inside and sprinkle crumb mixture on top.
  7. If you like soggier french toast, bake for 45 minutes. For a firmer and less liquid-y french toast, bake for an hour.
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup and butter, if desired.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Look at the positives

Sometimes when I don't see the number that I want I have to
take a step back and look at the positives.
I ended this week in the same spot I was last week.
So we are still at 25 pounds.
Now for the positives....
On Saturday I ate anything I wanted, and I mean anything.
It was the first time in five and a half weeks that I had
 done that and it was wonderful.
But here's the thing.
In the past, the next day I would have seen all the leftovers in the fridge and just decided to take another free day.
But not this time.
It was nice to have a little break but the next day I was
soooo ready to get back in the routine.
Another positive is the fact that I didn't gain weight.
I was up a couple of pounds after Saturday but all
those are gone by this morning.
It frustrates me a little that I won't hit my goal of 30 by Liv's birthday but I mean come on.
I have to be so proud of where I'm at.
I'm down 25 pounds!
So I have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and not get discouraged when the scale doesn't show the number I want.
Liv's birthday party is this weekend but I
 will have awesome numbers next week!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

1st Birthday

It feels like we've had Kellen in our family for years and
at the same time it's hard to believe it has just been one year
since we welcomed him into our lives.
I can vividly remember every little detail
of the morning of his delivery.
I was so excited to meet this sweet little guy.
But I was also worried about how his big sister would react.
Although she was hesitant at first she soon became
a little mother to him.
We celebrated with a birthday brunch this morning.
Quiche, hash browns, cinnamon french toast casserole,
 bacon and strawberries.
And of course birthday cupcakes.

Happy Birthday my sweet Kellen!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Weigh Day & Art

5 weeks down and 25 lbs. down.
So far I haven't had much temptation but this weekend is
Kellen's birthday so it might be a bit of a problem ;)
Liv wanted to draw yesterday which usually consists of
her scribbling all over a piece of paper.
After she was done she called me over to see her picture and
I couldn't believe what I saw!
She actually drew a persons head. She's never drawn anything
other than a circle so I was really shocked.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Three more down!
That brings the total to 22 lbs!
I'm getting close to my goal of 30 by Liv's birthday, with only
2 and a half weeks to go.
I definitely need to step up the exercise if I'm going to hit it though.