Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10 months

Happy Boy in the morning! He loves to push the chairs around
the kitchen for us....
This is Hank's favorite toy!

He can even play on his knees.

Hank is growing so quickly. He loves to play with this toy pictured, read books, and he absolutely loves CARS or anything he can pretend is a car (like our cell phones, or remotes).
He is also eating so many new foods. He currently LOVES bananas, avacados, and any kind of meat. He is not so sure about noodles, I think the texture kind of throws him off. He starts to spit it out at first then I give it to him again and again and he likes it. He is so funny. He likes to say: Mama, Dada, Whoa, WOW, Uh-Oh, and Go! I am also pretty sure he said Nigh nigh last night at Derric's game when I put him in his stroller. It was so stinkin cute. He is such a blessing to our lives and such a joy to have him to love on everyday.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Little Fall Treat... Yummy!

Okay I am totally stealing this...... from MyButtercream.blogspot.com but it was so cute, I couldn't resist!
apple pie pops
I am a "simple" fanatic so when I saw this little edible project in the September issue of BHG magazine, I just knew that it was going to be next on my list to try.
Apple pie on a stick or otherwise known as "Apple pie pops". A portable finger food that is perfect to take along for a Bonfire, picking that perfect pumpkin at the patch, or maybe you'll visit a State Fair this Fall and pack these along for a satisfying snack. I'm getting happy just thinking about it. I love Fall and these perfect little treats and I know you will too.

First start with any apple sweet or tart that you wish. The firmer the better.

Dice them up, place in a pan and add 1/2 cup of sugar, lemon juice and apple pie spice

Add cornstarch and water mixture and bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes

Now roll out the dough

Keep it easy...use store bought dough. Oh, and use your cutest Fall cutter. I used an apple and leaf cutter to make them look like mini apple pie"apples"!

press a cookie stick in the center and put a tablespoon or so of filling in the middle.

Using your finger, wet the outer edge of dough with water then with a fork to seal edges. Pay close attention to the area around the stick

Brush with egg to moisten or use your finger and rub with water like I did.
sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon and bake

Viola! The cutest, yummiest pies that your kids will love tucked away in their school lunchboxes. Or, you can just eat them plain and simple.

Apple Pie Pops

printable recipe
Things You'll Need:
2 large apples
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice blend
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
20 wooden lollipop sticks 1 package
(2 pieces) of rolled pie dough
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon cinnamon Core and peel your apples cut into small pieces.

Over medium heat combine the apples, 1/2 cup of sugar, lemon juice and apple pie spice into your pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small cup and pour over mixture, stir and continue cooking until the mixture is Thick! Remove from heat and set aside.Preheat oven to 375. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper and spray these with Pam. Unfold each pie dough sheet and using a glass or 3-inch round cookie cutter...cut 10 circles from each. Knead and re-roll the scraps as needed for more circles. Place a tablespoon of pie mixture into center of each circle and a lollipop stick, fold over and crimp or leave them round by adding a top circle, just be sure to crimp edges with a fork. Pinch the dough around the stick to make sure it is secureIn a small bowl whisk together egg yolk and water, brush it over each pop for the golden brown and flaky crust. Mix together the cinnamon and left over sugar...sprinkle over pops and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown!

Enjoy my stolen recipe and comment and let me know which filling you are going to try?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Okay so maybe I am a little bias but isn't this the cutest lion you have ever seen??? Seriously!

Shara Tietz is a photographer new to The Woodlands and she asked to do a photo shoot of Hank for some business in the area. She did an amazing job! She is also very affordable. Here are a few more pictures from our session, Baby Hayes joined us for a couple of snapshots for My Fair Baby as well, cutest stuff ever (my mom's best friends).

Here are a few pictures of Hank and Hayes in their My Fair Baby Fall onesies,

the hats are from Gymboree (so many people have asked).

And a few more Halloween pics!

A precious Lion and cutest pumpkin ever!
Hayes is a little pumpkin, cutest face, priceless!
Hank sporting his precious Halloween basket his mommy and Gramms made him.
And a few extras.... The boys did a 2 hour photo shoot, and I was practically singing at the TOP of my lungs the "Ants Go Marching" to keep them smiling! They were troopers, it was hot and we had them in their costumes, and hats, the whole nine yards, these babies deserve a very special prize for being such angels. I am pretty sure Hank got a few Tonka trucks since then :)
Hank loving the Noggins beanies ,this is his third one.
Hayes wearing a Hat from Aunt Sambo's obsession with hats stash!

Hank taking a little break!

A little teething action for the camera!
Our sweet cousins are going to have these pictures to cherish for a lifetime!
Thanks so much Shara Tietz Photography for giving us amazing memories.....