Homemade Brownie Brittle (that totally beats Costco’s!)

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This brownie brittle is hands down the best new recipe I’ve tried this year. Of course, that may have a little something to do with my great love of chocolate. 😉

I first tasted this deliciousness when my mom brought me some after Sofia’s birth. It was the best thing she could’ve brought! (Well that and the huge bowl of fruit salad… that was heavenly too!) Anyway, if you’re looking for a good dessert to take a new mom, look no further!

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Hanging a photo collage

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Since we moved here last November we’ve been slowly but surely getting things up on the wall and making this place homier. Shortly before Sofia was born we decided to put a photo collage up on the wall in our one little hallway. I snapped a few pictures on my phone of the process and here I am finally posting about it!

We decided to keep things simple by using black frames because we already had a good many and only had to buy a few more. We also picked up a  black “G” for 50% off at Hobby Lobby to add something different.

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Caleb’s 2nd birthday

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I can’t believe it’s been two years (well, two years + one month: this post is a bit late) since Caleb made me a mom for the first time! I had no idea I could love a baby so much, and that love has only grown since then.

At two years old, Caleb is a little bundle of energy. While he has his grumpy times he’s a really happy kid in general. He loves playing with cars and trains and is currently obsessed with keys; he always wants mine so he can “start” all his toys.

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Crock-Pot Greek Yogurt

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You guys. I don’t know why I didn’t start making yogurt sooner. Homemade yogurt is SO much better than store bought + it’s cheaper + it’s super easy to make in the crock-pot! So basically you have no excuse not to try it.

All you need is 1) a gallon of milk and 2) a cup of yogurt for a starter. I try to save out a cup of yogurt each time I make it to use for starting the next batch, but obviously for the first time you’ll need to buy some. Plain or vanilla yogurt will both work great. Also, you’ll need a crock-pot as well as some cheese cloth.

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Thoughts from my devotions – 7/26/16

After getting both kiddos down for bed this evening I sat out on my little front porch with my devotional book that I’m currently working through. This is it if you want to check it out; it’s excellent! I’ll hopefully take some time to review it once I’ve completed it.

Today I was reading about God’s love. Growing up in a Christian home this is stuff that I’ve heard over and over again. Sometimes though I think that when you hear stuff so much it can become “old hat” so to speak… like, of course, I know about God’s love.

It hit me in a new way tonight though, reading about it through a parent’s eyes and imagining giving up my only son. It brings tears to my eyes to even imagine giving Caleb up. I think I would die, seriously. It’s an awful awful thought.

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Chicken Ranch Pasta

 

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I’m a huge fan of easy meals, especially in this stage of life with two little kiddos. This pasta dish is one of my mom’s recipes and it’s one of the easiest ever. It’s a great meal for the summer when you don’t want to use the oven and it can be served hot or cold, whichever you prefer.

All you need are five basic ingredients:

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Granola

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I’ve been really into granola lately. It’s such a great way to start the day, especially when it’s paired with homemade Greek yogurt (another post for another day!)

This is a simple but fantastic recipe. I love it just how it is but it’s also a good starting point for you to add whatever else you like in your granola: dried fruits, other kinds of nuts, sunflower seeds, etc.

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Sofia’s Birth Story

 

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Hi there! I shared Caleb’s birth story here on the blog awhile back and today I want to share Sofia’s! I won’t get too graphic, but like I said with Caleb’s, if knowing all the details isn’t your thing, feel free to skip this post. 😉

My contractions started at 11:45 pm on May 4th. They were a bit irregular at first but averaged about ten minutes apart. Pablo was asleep and I figured there was no need to wake him until I waited to see if things were going to keep progressing, so I just stayed in bed and tried to rest as much as I could between contractions.

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Fruit and Veggie Muffins

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Hello. I have a confession to make. I have sadly come to realize that I am not as good as my pre-child self imagined that I would be at getting my almost two year old to eat vegetables. Ha! This post comes as a result of that realization.

So, if your toddler is happily devouring his broccoli and brussel sprouts, yay for you, continue on! But if it’s a bit (or a lot) of a struggle, then read on.

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