Wednesday, September 26, 2012

If my nose was running money...

Surprisingly it was my extremely conservative mother who showed me this video. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bucketlist item #1: Rehiking the Y!

About two weeks ago our good friends the Rhotens babysat for us while we re-hiked the Y!

Hiking the Y was our second date (about three years ago now) and it was magical. It was the first time hiking it for either of us. This time it was mostly painful. Apparently two years of marriage and giving birth can do a number on your body... who knew?! Haha. But it was a lot of fun, and it was the first time we've been out without the baby for a real date. 
This is where the hike starts. Our jackets stayed on for probably 5 minutes! 
Us cracking up about something...
Us still cracking up about something
Brian ruining a perfectly good photo. (Switchback #1, I believe.)
This is the last (of 12 long, steep) switch backs. Can you tell Brian is pushing me in this one? I'm not sure I would've made it otherwise! In fact I'm not sure I would've made it had Brian not kept telling me "I think this is the last one!"
Right by the Y! Me with an incredibly red face, notwithstanding the help from Brian. Did you know you're not actually supposed to sit on the Y? I think we missed that sign the first time!
Celebrating our victory with some german chocolate goodness! (Perfect energy boost.)
On the way down. Wow, I'm photogenic...
Going down was definitely more difficult than going up. Thankfully I had Brian to hold onto because my jelly legs wouldn't have managed the steep declines otherwise!
And here's my lovely collage of the view!
Now almost two weeks have passed and I'm finally recovered. The first few days (okay week) afterwards I was ridiculously sore and would hobble around like an old lady. So embarrassing. 
Oh, well! Good times.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Top 5 funny videos:

In no particular order:
  • Flight of the conchords, "Issues (Think About It)". I don't love all their stuff, but this is class:

  • Kid History, Episode 6. I really enjoyed all the episodes, but this one is definitely my favorite:

  • Hey Jimmy Kimmel...
  • Funny British Animal Voice Overs
  • Flight of the Conchords, "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)". This song has been in my head for a week! Made for charity:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Isaac at 3 months

He's got that Old Spice "I'm in a bath" look going on here.

3 months already!

On Sunday Isaac turned 3 months. He has become so much fun. Motherhood is definitely getting easier and more fun all the time! Here are some fun facts:
  • Approximately 16½ lbs, usually sporting 6-9 months sized clothing(!). This has generated such nicknames as "hunka chunka" (as in "hunka-chunka burnin' love" (obviously)), "turkey legs", and "the chubby one". He also has other non-weight related appellations like "cute face", "lovely boy" and other mushiness, which we're hoping will prevent any potential complexes :)
  • Sleeps through the night now!!!!!!!!!!! (I'm pretty excited about this one.)
  • Still loves his bath and is splashing more and more!
  • Is enjoying tummy-time fractionally more, thanks to his new toy from Grandma and Grandpa Earley
  • Smiles more than ever... and has even laughed a handful of times! 
  • Is more interested in screens now. He We are both mesmerized by his Baby Einstein's Mozart DVD... (thanks Deb!)
  • Loves to lay on his back and kick
  • Snorts when he cries hard... it's hard to take him seriously sometimes!
  • Babbles and makes a variety of different sounds. His vocabulary mostly consists of "glue", "blue", "ma!" (when upset), "uhgul", and "blabla". Very fun. Sometimes he'll go into a monologue for a minute or so, or he'll stop eating suddenly and yell something very important, smile, and then finish his meal.
  • Hates his bumbo... probably because he's so chubby and his thighs don't fit into it very well.
  • Really loves people watching and is more interested in them than with toys so far
Can't quite sit up on his own yet, but we're (hopefully) close! 

He looks so grown up in his 6 month clothes! Thanks Natasha for this awesome outfit!

At the park in his Elvis shirt (courtesy of Auntie Lisa)

I just love those invisible eyebrows!

"Bow-ties are cool!"
Decked out for church in his "big boy" trousers and velcro bow-tie (courtesy of Auntie Kay). 
And here's a little video of Isaac giggling a little bit. Apparently me shouting "ye-yeah!" is really funny :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Can you make no-bakes with margarine?

Can you substitute margarine for butter when making no-bakes?

{When you google this question nothing helpful comes up so I thought I'd share and prevent some potential flops!}
We love no-bakes around here and recently we've been making a ton of them. When we found we were out of butter a few weeks ago I started experimenting with margarine (which is conveniently cheaper, too). I generally use this recipe from, it's fast, reliable, and tasty.

The recipe calls for 1/2 a cup (or one stick) of butter. 

If you substitute the entire amount with margarine, the no-bakes won't set properly (even if you boil them for a little longer). We ended up putting ours in the freezer, but even then they stuck to the paper and got us really messy. The taste was fine, slightly margariney to me, but fine.

Half butter, half margarine (4 tablespoons or half a stick of each) turned out really well, as long as you make sure to boil them the whole minute and a half. They set well while retaining a nice gooey texture.

Lastly, using slightly more margarine than butter also works ok. The no-bakes in the photo are made with approximately 5 Ts of margarine to 3 Ts of butter. These I boiled for almost 2 minutes which made them set well but dried them out more than usual.

Good luck!

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