Archive for September, 2011

Font Fanatic Friday, Vol. 18

September 30th, 2011

Today I decided to choose a nice Western-flavored font: Bleeding Cowboys.

You can download this free font here.

Have a great weekend!

Cute Little Baby Hats!

September 29th, 2011

I actually made these months ago and never shared them with you. I found this awesome tutorial on Prudent Baby and it just so happened that my husband had just cleaned his closet out so there were tons of his old t-shirts at my disposal.

So I spent the next day or two making hats. I kinda went overboard, but I was bored and it was a free activity. My husband likes those kind of activities. 😉

Unfortunately Sam hasn’t really been able to use them yet. Aside from his short hospital stay and his photo session he’s had no need for hats. We’re still topping the hundreds down here in Texas. Hopefully it’ll get cold enough for a hat before his head gets too big for them.

7 Weeks Old!

September 28th, 2011

That means he’s almost two months. I can’t believe he’s almost two months old already. Where has the time gone? Ok, I’m rushing things. It’s only week 7. I must slow down.

Sam’s still cute as can be. He got a little sniffle-y this week, but we got him some saline drops for his nose and he’s as good as new. We’ve transitioned him back to sleeping in his pack ‘n play at night. He’s doing great. He even slept for 6.5 hours straight last night. If he could high five, he’d totally get one for that. I tried to get him to nap in the pack ‘n play too, but he was having none of that. He still prefers the swing for his nap time. It’s a work in progress.

Everything’s going well with me too. I started working out again this week. I’m starting slow as the doctor recommended and thank god. I did 20 minutes worth of Zumba (My husband just bought me the Zumba video game!) and it nearly killed me. I’d never survive an hour long class right now. Hopefully soon I’ll be back up to speed. The trick is finding time to squeeze in the workout between Sam’s micro-naps and his eating.

I’ve also been working on making cloth diapers for Sam. We bought some before he was born, one-size-fits-all, but they only start fitting at around 10 pounds and he’s not there yet. I’ve got 4 made so far and should have 2 more completed later today! I can’t wait to share them with y’all!

Push Presents

September 27th, 2011

I know what you’re thinking, what the heck is a push present? I didn’t know either until I was about 8 months along with our little kiddo. Apparently a push present is something that the mama-to-be gets (I guess usually from her husband or partner) after she physically pushes out their child. (Or you has the child removed via c-section like me.)

I’ll admit when I first read about push presents I thought it sounded silly. But the more I read about them, the sweeter the idea sounded to me. A loving husband gifting his champion wife a present after one of the toughest days of her life.

But you know I don’t think it’s fair for the mama to be the only one receiving a gift. The dad has done a lot over the past 9 months too getting ready for the arrival of his baby. At least I know my husband did. He took care of me and didn’t run away during any of my emotional breakdowns so I thought he deserved a present of his own.

We both love the Willow Tree figurines you can find at the Hallmark store. We featured them at our wedding and my husband gave me one for my last birthday too. I thought it’d be perfect to pick him out a “dad” figurine.


And I’ve been lusting after these cute baby name necklaces from The Vintage Pearl since long before the idea of a baby was in my mind. A few weeks after we got home from the hospital look what arrived:

Now I get to wear symbols from both my boys around my neck!

Malt Shoppe Memories Ice Cream Cookie Cake!

September 26th, 2011

I’ve got a delicious (way too sweet but wonderfully yummy) dessert to share with y’all today!

Every year I get Betty Crocker calendar in the mail for FREE! I’m on their email mailing list and come December I just have to click a button that says I want a new calendar and it arrives in my mailbox a few weeks later. There’s a different recipe featured each month and last month’s recipe happened to be this delicious-looking ice cream cake. My husband requested that I make it (you know, seeing as how I was bored sitting around waiting for our little guy to show up). The request was most definitely not because he wanted to try the cake or anything. 😉

(I couldn’t find the right cookie mix, so I had to substitute with an alternative.)

I started by gathering all my supplies. And pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease a 9-inch springform pan (definitely use a springform, not a regular cake pan.) Mix cookie mix, 1/2 cup malted milk powder, oil, water and egg until dough forms. Press 1/2 of dough into springform pan and press other half onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 or 13 minutes and then cool completely.

Once cookie has cooled spread hot fudge on top of cookie in pan. (The recipe calls for 1/2 cup; I just used the whole jar.)

In a bowl, break apart cookie from sheet and mix with crushed malted milk balls.

Sprinkle half of mixture on top of hot fudge.

In another bowl, mix vanilla and chocolate ice creams together with the remaining malted milk powder.

Spread this layer on top of crushed cookies.

Then layer on the frozen whipped topping. (Again I used the whole container which is slightly more than what the recipe calls for.)

Then top it off with the remaining half of the crushed cookie mixture.

Cover with foil and freeze for at least 5 hours. After impatiently waiting for 5 hours, remove side of springform pan, cut and devour!