Friday, October 31, 2008

What Was I Thinking?

I have never been good at coming up with Halloween costumes. Really. I thought I was really clever one year when I went as a magnet--but no one quite got it. Then there was the year I went as the nerdy business man. Bad idea. So I don't know what made me think I could come up with a decent costume for Ella this year. But I was determined to make something--well, not just something. I wanted her to be a flower and I was going to be a butterfly and Blair was going to be a butterfly catcher. So I set out to make her into a flower. And it worked! I actually made a recognizable Halloween costume that was pretty cute. And it only took six hours. Six hours?! What was I thinking? No wonder people just pay for ready made costumes. I take comfort in the fact that Ella won the baby costume contest at our ward party. 
I also made some tasty treats for the party. Yum.
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Ella is growing so fast! Here are some snapshots from the past few weeks.

She'll sit up when she's propped with pillows. She also likes playing with the "Taggie" that her Aunt Cherry Ann and cousin Emmy made for her. She's a champion fist eater and gives great smiles. 

Though Ella has been to play group with other babies, this weekend was the first time Ella had a friend over. We baby-sat Elizabeth while her parents went out. The two were blissfully unaware of each other.  

Here's Ella in her Sunday dress all ready to go to a wedding reception. I am in love with her Mary Jane socks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fast Friends

When we visited out friends in Vegas a few weeks ago Ella also enjoyed spending some time with her new friends. Sort of. 

Until Adam decided to let her know what he really thought. 
Guess they'll have some things to work out on our next visit. 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thank You, Alton

I would be so ungrateful (sniffle, sniffle) if I did not publicly thank (hiccup) Alton Brown (sniffle) for his strangely good lentil cookie recipe. Yes, I said LENTIL. Red Lentils to be exact. 

I like to pretend sometimes that I'm a good cook (and Blair encourages the behavior) so sometimes I turn to the Food Network for inspiration. Lately I've been recording lots of old episodes of Good Eats, an Alton Brown staple on the Food Network. I like it because it combines food history, food science, and good recipes. His skits are over the top and are often pretty amusing as well as educational.  

I wasn't sure I would find any inspiration on the Good Eats show all about lentils. Really, there's only so much you can do with them: soup and cold mush that might pass as a salad. But then when he started going on about a baked good made with lentil puree, he had me. I had to try this. Was he just acting when he took a bite of the lentil cookies and looked like he actually enjoyed it? Well, apparently not. I made them and they're good. Really. Not the decadent treat kind of delicious, but definitely good. 

In addition to lentils, they have oatmeal and dried fruit in them so you feel like you're actually eating something a little more healthy than a usual cookie. I wish Food Network provided nutritional information on their recipes so I could confirm this. I bet they would be good with chocolate chips, too. I'll try that when I can eat chocolate again (Ella doesn't do well when I eat chocolate...something in it must irritate her). Anyway, here's a link for the brave who want to try these for themselves. Oh, and FYI, I did use all purpose flour (sorry, Alton!) and I found that baking them for only 12 minutes yielded a more moist cookie. I only baked a few at first then scooped out the rest of the dough into balls to freeze individually before moving to a plastic bag for long term freezer storage. Now I can pull a few out at a time to bake whenever I want a sweet chocolate free treat. Enjoy if you dare!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Three Months

Ella is three months old today. I can hardly believe how fast she is growing! She is a sweet baby and Blair and I love being her parents. 
Everyone said when we had a baby our lives would change forever--and they were right. But the change was gradual and natural. We've never been happier and we look forward to the many more months and years we'll have with our sweet baby girl. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What Happens in Vegas...

Blair and I went to Las Vegas this past weekend to visit our friends, Amy and Ryan, and their new twin babies. They were born early but are both very healthy and growing well.  I witnessed for myself that two babies are four times the work of one! And definitely four times the joy as well. Thanks for the fun weekend!


One of the few pictures together where neither one was crying
Adam * Rachel