Sunday, July 10, 2011

nana & papa's visit

my parents came to visit this last week, and brought ethan home from his visit. we missed him so much and were so glad to get thim back home. we had lots of fun, cooked lots of good food, and got lots of house projects done. we also went to the flea market twice, had two 'family dinners' with our good friends julia, amber, jesse, and baby lily, spent a day at the VA park walking, picnicing, and playing mini golf, took miss fi to her 4 month dr appt, did 'fireworks' in our driveway, and spent an afternoon at valley falls state park with our friends.

as for miss fi's appt, she got 2 shots (boo) and has been pretty miserable since. she is weighing in at 11lb 6oz (less than a pound up from 2 months ago) and measures just over 23 inches, so she is still tiny, but healthy. our doc was happy to see that my trial and error lead to the right combination to get her to poo more regularly (yay super pooper!!) and was happy to hear good bowel sounds and feel a nice soft belly. so, she is happy, healthy, and on track (and slightly advance) developmentally, just petite.

as for for house projects, my parents brought up metal roofing for our front roof. after installing it, our roof still leaked, so we had to do a bunch more patching. it hasnt rained since then, so we dont know if it is fixed or not... we also re-routed the hot water heater vent duct which was improperly (un-safe and un-healthy) installed. we added ductwork so we could have a heat & a/c vent in our room and logan's. and my mom re-did the floors in both bathrooms. i am sure i am forgetting something, it was a crazy busy week!

for tried and true recipes, i baked blueberry crumb muffins, hawaiian bread, and M&M cookies. as for my experimental baking, i made cherry-almond cupcakes, caramel cupcakes, and peanut butter brownies (recipe to follow pics).

here are some of my fave pics from the week:

fi doing what she does best

ethan's sparkler

very noisy, but pretty

nana teaching the kids to putt

once again....

up on a cool wall by the walking trail

way up there

being papa's buddy

at valley falls

out on the rocks

great minds think alike

nana and papa

now for the recipe:

Melt together:
½ bag chocolate chips
1/3 cup butter
½ cup peanut butter
Mix in well:
1 ½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
Stir in lightly:
1 cup flour
Pinch baking soda
1 cup peanut butter chips
Pour into 9X13 pan lined with foil & bottom sprayed
Bake @ 325 until center is set
Cool, pull out of pan with foil, frost with peanut butter frosting (recipe previously posted)

1 comment:

  1. I think I need to sample these cherry-almond delicacies ;) you know, whenever you're not sure which kind to make.