Sunday, November 28, 2010

And..."A Walk-a-walk-a-walk-a-walk"

Hattie took her first 4 consecutive steps when she was 10 months and now she is just a cruzin'! Here is a video I was able to snag of her.

As a side note...I practically have a rotary phone for a cell phone so taking GOOD pictures and video is nearly impossible--SO in order to take video of Hattie I have to get out our DSLR camera which is a pain...anyway so I'm sorry if you get a neck kink or feel like you have blurred vision watching this. HA! Enjoy :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chocolate Decadence

When it starts to get cold outside I pretty much make hot chocolate every night until summer begins, ha! Maybe not quite that often but I seriously love, love, LOVE hot chocolate. Here is my favorite recipe{thank you M.S.}:

3/4 cup "Chocolate Sugar--A mix of 1 part cocoa powder and 2 parts sugar until it tastes sweet and is lighter in color. I never measure the two and I usually just make a bunch and keep it in a baggie.

1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla (I get mine at Kneaders)
2 cups fat-free half and half
2 cups whipping cream

Combine the "chocolate sugar" and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a light boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add half and half, whipping cream and vanilla to chocolate sauce in pan and bring to a light boil. Be sure to stir frequently to avoid scorching.

And for those of you who want even more rich goodness in a cup try this...

Instead of using the "chocolate sugar" and water method, heat 1/2 cup whipping cream to a low boil and then combine with 4oz Guittard Chocolate chips. Then add the other ingredients above for a candy bar in a cup!

Either recipe will surely blow your mind!

Enjoy! :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sneak Preview

Here is a sneak preview of Manhattan's first birthday decor! It will be owl themed and if you can't tell I am SUPER excited! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

{Happy Haunting}

I first thought I would post some pictures of my Halloween Decor this year. I love to decorate my house for all of the holidays and Halloween is definitely NO exception :) {Please forgive my picture-less frames and candle-less candelabra...}

About a week before Halloween, Amanda, Jackie and I went up to Gardner Village for a "Witches Night Out!" It was such a blast to spend some girl time together! We ate yummy food, did some shopping and even got our groove on! Thanks ladies--I had a GREAT night on the town with y'all :)

On Friday, we had a little Halloween Party at work. Sean and Hattie came to visit and all of the ladies at work dressed up as Witches! It was a lot of fun!

AND...If you don't already know, or can't already tell...Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays! I think it is super fun to decorate for and who doesn't love to dress up?! Of course we had to have a theme, and this year it was the Wizard of Oz! I was Dorothy, Sean was the Scarecrow, and Hattie was the Cowardly LionESS! Haha! We had so much fun being apart of Manhattan's costume :) Here are some pictures of us on Saturday night.