Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Recipe: Blueberry Biscuits

Anybody out there a fan of Bojangles? Boberry Biscuits? Well, I came across a recipe for blueberry biscuits, basically the Boberry biscuits from Bojangles, and I had to try my hand at the recipe. Let me tell you, if you're a blueberry fan, you want to try this one out! While it's not something I'd typically recommend with baking recipes since they can be sensitive, I cut this recipe in half and it still worked out well, I just had to play with the flour amount to get the consistency right. 





Recipe (from Our State magazine):

In a large bowl, combine:
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder

Cut in one stick of diced, cold butter until combined. Make a well in the center of this mixture and 
dump in 2 cups of blueberries, 1 3/4 cup buttermilk and 1 beaten egg. Mix all ingredients together until just combined. Turn the dough out onto a very well floured surface and pat or roll the dough out until it's about 1" thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits and place them, touching one another, onto a parchment paper lined baking pan. Top each biscuit with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of sugar. (You can also mix just a tiny pinch of salt in with the sugar before sprinkling).
Bake for 8 minutes at 475 degrees, then turn off the oven, but leave the biscuits in the over for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and top with almond glaze (recipe below).

Almond glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp almond extract

Combine all ingredients and drizzle over warm biscuits



Monday, June 27, 2016

Caroline's Dance Recital


This little cutie performed in her very first dance recital a few weeks ago. It's taken me forever to upload pictures from the good camera so I'm behind here, but how cute are these tiny dancers!


Caroline has been doing gymnastics for over a year now and absolutely loves it, but our gym is about an hour away, so when I saw that the local YMCA was offering a ballet/tap/ tumble class for the month before and of Carter's due date, I decided to sign Caroline up to keep from having to drive but still having her in an activity. 


She absolutely loved getting to put on her special shoes for both the dance classes, especially the tap shoes. She also loved her teachers so classes went really well and it worked out great with getting her to and from. Dance class was actually the last outing I made the evening before having Carter and the first place I went in public after having him for her class the following week, so little man timed his arrival very well :)







Each little girl got a certificate and a red rose after the recital, which lasted about fifteen minutes.




After her recital, Caroline informed me that she is only a gymnast, not a dancer and she was ready to go back to Morehead. I guess the shoes and adorable outfits weren't enough to sell her. I'm hoping she'll maybe want to pick it back up in the fall after a little break this summer. We are going back to her regular gymnastics classes, but I'm holding out hope she may decide to do both dance and tumble. 



Caroline with her teacher, Miss Tina and her blue teeth from the cookies after the recital. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Carter's Newborn Pictures

I had Carter's newborn pictures done when he was a week old and got them a couple of weeks ago. I've used the same lady, Kacy Cierley, for Caroline ever since she was a newborn as well and she always does such a great job! These are a few of my favorites. If you're in KY and looking for a photographer, I'd definitely recommend Kacy. You can find her by searching her name on Facebook or on Instagram!





 I actually made the little football hat, but the stitches somehow wound up looking crooked, but it's still cute. 

 Personalized hat and blanket are from Sassy Baby Essential on Etsy or via her website. 


Both of the kids outfits are from Baby Bundles in Lexington. 

 My mom came along and was a huge help entertaining Caroline and keeping me organized. I really wanted a professional picture of her with my kids, so we snapped one while we were there. I wish I could have gotten Dad in it, too, but he would definitely not have been down for the 2.5 hours photo shoot. It would have been like having two toddlers with us! haha

I was hoping to get one of myself with both kids as well, but by the end of the shoot when we got this one, Caroline was not feeling it at all! But I did get a sweet shot of me and my boy. That's still so odd to say :) In the best way, though.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Carter: One Month


Baby: Carter Scott
Age: One month
Birthday: April 26, 2016
Weight: 10 pounds 2 ounces
Length: 20 1/2 inches long
Sleep: 10:00 pm-4:30 am, 5:30 am-7:30 am typically
My Bedtime: 10 ish pm
Clothes Size: 0-3 month
Milestones Reached: His first receding hairline and baby acne outbreak ha
Our little Carter man is such a laid back baby. If he's crying, it's most likely because he's hungry or hot. Otherwise, if he's awake, he loves looking around for Caroline while she runs circles around him. He seems so big already compared to what Caroline was at this same age. He's mostly bottle fed pumped milk, but I can occasionally get him to nurse a few times a day. He typically gets very angry when nursing and just stiff arms himself off his latch and we repeat that process about 17 times before I finally relent and give him a bottle. 

He rides pretty well in the car. He hates being put in his car seat at first, but once the car is moving he's good to go. He loves our morning and evening walks. He just looks around taking everything in most of the time. He also loves laying on a blanket on the floor and looking side to side checking it all out. It was been a very fast month for sure. Caroline is a great big sister and Carter is a great baby, so I am very blessed for sure.