Sunday, January 29, 2012

What's Cooking

RANCH CHICKEN --  this was good even for lunch the next day (not spectacular or gourmet of course).

Combine: 3/4 cup crushed cornflakes. 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese. 1 packet of hidden valley ranch dressing mix. Dip 8 chicken halves in melted butter and then roll in cornflake mix. Place in greased 9x13 pan. Bake @ 350 for 45 min. 

SLUTTY BROWNIES ---  these were out of this world right out of the oven (they were just good the second day)  Luckily, we had people over to watch the football game last weekend to help us eat these, so we are not 300 pounds.

I used a 9x9 greased pan.  Layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, Layer of whole oreos (I used double stuff because I'm bad), and then pour over prepared boxed brownie mix.  Cook until knife comes out mostly clean.  I think it took about 50-55 mins. for mine.

HONEY ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN -- I made this tonight and it was awesome.  Pretty presentation too, but I didn't take a picture.  (My aunt Noelle recommended this one at Christmas).  

2 pork tenderloins. Olive Oil.  Greek seasoning.  Worcestershire sauce.  Soy sauce ( I didn't have this).  Pickapeppa sauce.  Honey.  1/2 cup of beer (used what was in the fridge, Michelob Ultra).  Preheat oven to 350.  Rub tenderloins with olive oil and sprinkle with Greek seasoning.  Place tenderloins in a baking pan with sides touching.  Drizzle Worcestershire, soy sauce, pickapeppa and honer over each tenderloin.  Add beer to bottom of pan for moisture.  Bake uncovered 45 min. to an hour.  (I cooked mine for an hour exactly, I like to know my meat is done.   After it was done I sliced it and put it back in the juices)

The first two recipes were from Pinterest, my new best friend!  The third was from Prime Meridian, my most favorite cookbook!

Hope everyone has a great week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yay for 10 months

~ wearing 12mth and 12-18mth clothes
~ size 4 diaper, just switched (finishing out our 3s)
~ 4 or 5 bottles a day, 6ozs
~ words: dada, ball, AND said MA-MA the other day---plain as day (Brent heard him too)!
~ Usually eats 3 meals a day.  Sometimes he's interested and sometimes he's not.  Dislikes--cottage cheese and Mandarin oranges (i think its a texture thing).  Loves--Yogurt, bananas, puffs, crackers.
~ Uses a sippy cup really well.  Prefers water.
~ Crawling, pulling up, and can cruise along toys and furniture with ease.  I predict he will be walking by his first birthday.  Oh my gosh, I can't believe his first birthday is in less than two months!
~ Ahhhh, SLEEP!  He is finally sleeping through the night again 10-12 hours.  We usually put him to bed between 7 and 830 and he sleeps until 6-7am.  We I finally did cry it out--it was time.  I did not shed a tear throughout the whole process.  Go me.  One point for the parents (who are still losing by a landslide)!  The longest he ever cried was like 25 minutes, but it took a little over a week for him to get the message.
~Naps are another story, he usually takes about two cat naps in the morning and a long afternoon nap (1.5-3hrs) on the couch/car seat/stroller/etc.  He will not let me put him down in his crib.  And I just can't make myself let him cry it out for naps because they can't do the same at daycare and I don't feel like that is fair to him.
~ Three more teeth coming in right now.  His two middle, top teeth and a bottom one.
~ Loves to play peek-a-boo ("where's Hampton?  there he is!") and clap.
~ We've had our first sicknesses [pleural] BOO!  Our first was 12/28/11 at my Mom's (lucky me, huh?!  I'm so glad I had my mom---even more so, because Brent was at the hunting camp)  It was an ear infection and "red" throat.  Two days later with the help of Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Amoxicillin he was on the mend.  Currently, he has had a nasty cough and stuffy nose for a week.  I finally took him to the doctor today to make sure I wasn't missing anything and he gave him some amoxicillin.  I really think he is on the mend so I may hold off on starting that.  I'm not a big fan of giving antibiotics for everything....I'll have to discuss it with Brent, he's still at work.

My Baby is definitely not a baby anymore.  I felt like I was taking his senior portraits today or something!  He is truly amazing and the sweetest little kid I've ever known.  If another baby is crying, he'll start crying too.  He is also a cuddle bug and we call him a little "tree monkey" (thanks to Nina) because he'll just hang on to your neck and hug, hug!  Love it.  However, that amazingness is also coming with an opinion----and I can see glimpses of a very strong-willed, stubborn little boy with a temper!  I wonder where he gets that from?!?!  He knows what no means and does not like it!  Please start praying for us now, haha!!

His first pair real pair of shoes.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

9.5 month stats and a bath!

length:  27.8inches (24%)
weight:  20lbs 3oz  (45%)
head circ.:  18.5 inches (79%)
in summary:  a short, average weight, big-headed little boy....

Who loves his bath time (and will cry if we happen to walk into the bathroom {heaven forbid} and it's not bath time).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On the Go

Hampton is crawling!
It was either last Thursday or Friday when it became official (at daycare, of course).
Until this week, you really had to coax him to crawl somewhere.  However, this morning I sat him down in the den and went to the kitchen---when I turned around he was turning the corner around the couch!  Super cute!  

I better get on the baby-proofing stuff!

Hope everyone is having a Fan-tab-u-lous week.

I intend to blog more often in the coming weeks.   I feel like Hampton is changing  It is crazy and amazing.  Oh yeah, here is his "accident" report from school today.

and who doesn't love a sweet baby thigh?!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas 2011 (Vacation)!

Best Christmas Present Ever:  a week of vacation afterwards!  

Brent and I were able to spend 10 nights in Mississippi celebrating Christmas with our families.  I enjoyed it so much.  Until we left Knoxville, which was on the 23rd, I felt like I was chasing my tail the whole entire holiday season.  I'm not going to lie, it passed me right by and I feel horrible, guilty and a little cheated.  I didn't watch a single Christmas movie.  I intend to be very careful in the years to come not to let it pass me by ever again.  

Highlights in Mississippi:
(I originally began downloading 28 pictures--here are my faves)

Hampton finally got to meet Whitney, Anne, Julie, and his BEST friend Reese!

The Meridian Cousins

Love this picture of Lake.

It was definitely the year of boxes and paper.

The first year of the new tradition, Dirty Santa, in Hattiesburg

 The only picture taken of us.

A Carrollton Christmas

Who put this girly bow on my head?

Greenwood cousins

Hampton and his namesake.

Hampton was spoiled rotten by his grandparents and aunts / uncles.  It took a lot of self-control, but I only got Hampton a Mickey Mouse doll, bath towel, and several Christmas outfits from "Santa."  

Monday, January 2, 2012

I'm Behind (9 months)

Hampton at 9 months.

You have been quite the little stinker these past few weeks :-)  You are no longer content to sit and play for hours....You want to go and get things now, but unfortunately this is proving to be a little on the difficult side.  Right now, you can only go in circles and reverse.  This leads to a good bit of whining.  However, I predict you will be crawling by next month and walking shortly after.  You love to stand up.

Sleeping is not going so well.  We put you down in your crib and you wake up around 1am.  I scoop you up, give you a bottle, put you in bed with us, and then give you a bottle (which you can now hold on your own).  I know, parents of the year, right?!  This has been going on since Thanksgiving.  We figured we might as well not try to remedy the situation since we would be going back to MS for over a week at Christmas.  NOTE:  we started last night with "cry it out."  He only cried 20 minutes and then he was asleep.  He woke up a couple of times during the night, but only whined for about 5-10 minutes before sleeping until 730 this morning.  Tonight, he is currently crying and it seems to be worse than last night.  What is up with that?  But, I am sticking with it.  Brent and I are in desperate need of a good night's sleep...for the sake of our sanity, marriage and health :-)

You weigh right at 20 lbs.

Size 3 diaper.

I'm pretty sure you are ready for table food and we have tried a few small pieces here and there, but I'm paranoid you will I tend to stick with baby food, crackers, and yogurt.  Blueberry yogurt is your favorite.

Still saying da-da and as of a couple of days ago can say "ball" and you definitely know what it means.

You are mimicking more things.

You are definitely not a baby anymore and it is just amazing watching you learn and explore.  I'm literally in awe and think you are a baby genius :-)

The nine month photo shoot did not go so well (we took these right before heading back to MS for Christmas).....Therefore, please refer to the Christmas pictures as your 9 month pictures.

Anyway, just for fun...

Oh yeah, this is your new trick (we had to lower the crib---and then lower the crib again)

Life is so hard.  :-)

I also forgot to mention, his top tooth that was coming in last wasn't his middle, top tooth.  It was the next one over (and now the other side, not the middle, is coming through).  Yes, his smile is a little "rednecky!" 

Love him.