One Year In

So it has been one year since I published my first post. Wow, this year flew by! A lot has happened in this past year that has caused me to put this hobby on the backburner. We got Sirus, moved and had a baby. There are some things that I wish I had done differently but all in all, I think I made the right decision to start this blog.

When I first told my husband I wanted to start a blog, he was very supportive and genuinely excited for me. I took the plunge and jumped right in with no experience or skill in this area (um, html and CSS). Sure, I had an idea of what I wanted write about, but then life took over. I made all these plans to blog every day and let my voice shine through. I had hoped to make tons of friends and make some connections. In the back of my mind, I knew that being a full time graduate student and having a hobby that required a lot of time was a long shot. All that being said, I tried not to put pressure on myself.

I decided from the beginning that I would mainly use this blog as an outlet. I could share recipes and workouts and day to day happenings. I could have sort of an online journal to look back through in years to come.

Now, looking back through the past 12 months, I don’t have as much to show for it as I had hoped. What began as a small inkling has now blossomed into something I really really want. I want to commit more time to this blog. I want to actually make connections with other bloggers. I want to share more recipes and workouts. I want to be creative and open and provide quality content. Unfortunately, I still have a few more years of graduate school in front of me. So, instead of setting unrealistic goals, I will just say that my hope for the next year is to really focus on making this blog more of a priority. I truly enjoy the little time I get to spend writing it.

Thanks for listening (well, reading) and in honor of reaching the blog’s first birthday, here are a few posts that I had the most fun writing. (Edit: For some reason my links aren’t working properly. You can access the below posts by right clicking and opening in a new tab. I’m currently trying to fix this problem. Sorry for the trouble.) 

A post about all the little things that make me happy

My pregnancy announcement!

My unexpected love for Sirus.

My experience as a first time mom.

Sirus turns 1

My experience with breastfeeding

That time I made 50 cookies

Thank you for hanging in there with me. I look forward to the next year and many many more!!!

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Easter Weekend and a Cookie Recipe

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! This one was a little different for us because it was our first Easter with a baby. She is still too little to hunt eggs so we just gave her some to play with. We also celebrated three birthdays this weekend in my family. It was a food and family filled weekend!

Saturday

After taking care of some odds and ends around town we arrived home in the afternoon and I set out to make a batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. I have never made them before but they are my husbands favorite. Since his birthday is coming up, I thought this was the perfect time to try.

I used  the following recipe as a base because it has never let me down before. (Original recipe can be found HERE)

Dough:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

I added:

1/2 bag white chocolate chips

1/2 cup crushed macadamia nuts (I may have used more)CookieDough

Cream together butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add to creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.  Drop onto greased cookie sheet by heaping tablespoons. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.

It’s supposed to make 3 dozen but my idea of a “heaping” spoonful is a bit large so we ended up with 2 dozen.

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My husband said they were the best cookies he’s ever had. He is brutally honest when it comes to my baking so they must be good.

After dinner we watched an episode of X-Files (we can’t stop) before heading to bed early.

Sunday

We woke up early Sunday and headed out to meet up with family to help prepare Easter lunch. By the time it was all ready, I had already helped myself to 3 servings of banana pudding so I only had a little room left for some turkey and dressing.

Because I am sensitive to sage right now (due to a morning sickness mishap last Thanksgiving) I had my own pan of dressing!

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We spent a few hours hanging out before heading home in the early afternoon. The rest of our afternoon was spent getting things ready for the week and then finally sitting down to relax before heading to bed.

Have a great Monday and let me know if you try out those cookies!

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Happy Birthday, Sirus!

Last week we celebrated Sirus’ first birthday. One year ago we drove 2 hours in the rain to go pick him up and bring him to his forever home. He was so tiny and full of energy. He rode in my husband’s lap all the way home. Not much has changed since then, except he is 6 times bigger!!

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He quickly made himself part of our family and I’m pretty sure he is too smart for his own good. He loves to communicate with us in low groans and growls. His personality takes up the entire room.

Over the past year we have learned a lot about each other. I have never met another dog like him. I wanted to mention just a few things that make him unique.

-He will eat anything and everything. I know most people will say their dog does that too but seriously, Sirus has eaten a sock, thrown it up and eaten it again several times. Once again, I know many dogs would do this. But, he is so crazy that when I gave him hydrogen peroxide to make him vomit, he guzzled it down and licked the floor where it hit. Umm, I’m pretty sure that is messed up.

-He has a weird obsession with paper towels and bottle caps. He will steal them and run to his bed or his house and hold them hostage until he can swallow them whole.

-He absolutely loves getting his booty scratched.

-He likes to watch TV depending on what is on. I’m still trying to figure out what he likes to watch. It seems odd because sometimes I can see why he likes it (Eight Below) and other times I just have no idea (YouTube video of a kid singing horribly).

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-He loves to play chase with my husband. He is so smart that he learns certain tricks that my husband uses to get away from him, then anticipates and copies them immediately after.

-He is afraid to jump into the car even though he is tall enough it wouldn’t even need to be a jump.

-Every squeaky toy we have ever given him has been destroyed so that he can play with the squeaker. Actually, there is one that has made it this far and it is a Kong. 

-He lets us wipe his feet when he comes in from outside if it has been raining.

-His favorite thing in the world is whipped cream.

-My favorite thing he has done so far was on Christmas. He knew which stocking was his and he had no trouble shoving his head into it to pull out his new toys one by one.

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We knew we wanted to celebrate his birthday and start a tradition so that our little girl could participate when she gets older. After reading Julie’s blog for years and seeing how they celebrate Sadie’s birthday, we decided to do the same type of thing.

To explain, we chose two foods that we thought Sirus would enjoy. We chose an Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich and a Whopper Junior from Burger King. Not the most healthy of foods, I know. Anyway, we let him sniff both options two times before laying them on the ground about 10 feet away from him. Then we let him run to the one he wanted and he got to eat the entire thing. The winner gets to return next year at his birthday and go up against another food. The winner…

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Whopper Junior all the way. He didn’t even act interested in the roast beef. We were pretty sure which one he would choose but it was still fun to watch. I’m sure he has no idea why we gave him “people food” and doesn’t care. I do know he is counting down the days until we give him more. Sorry buddy, you have to wait one whole year.

Happy one year, bud! I know there will be many more.

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