A First

Sunday was our first Mother’s day! It was lovely.

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Tulsa Fun: Fat Guys Burgers

We decided on a whim the other night to eat at Fat Guys Burger downtown. It’s right beside the new Tulsa Drillers stadium. We wanted something baby friendly and where we could sit outside and enjoy the amazing weather. Their patio opens up right beside the stadium and there was a game in progress. Roman was very intrigued by all of the lights and sounds. Enough so that we might have to suck up our lack of enthusiasm for sports and go to a game.

Overall, great burgers, family friendly and a fun atmosphere!

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Baby Photo Book

After having Roman almost 8 months ago, we’ve got a huge collection of photos, THOUSANDS of photos to be exact. All of which were taken with a digital camera or our iPhones. I wanted a way to document each month of Roman’s first year and a way to use all of those photos. The thought of doing a traditional photo album or scrapbook seemed like a hassle. So, I checked out Shutterfly. As sort of a test, I created a photo book of pictures from our hospital stay. I absolutely love the way it turned out! I decided at the end of each book to write what I remember from the month. I love that I can upload photos and work on the books as I have time and then save them. I can also order multiple copies in case family wants one, too. Shutterfly is constantly offering discounts and credits, so I can save my projects until I have a discount to apply.

You can view my photo book for Month 1 here:  Roman Brant Month 1


Giveaways!

Two of my friends are currently hosting giveaways. Go check out their blogs and enter for a chance to win!

The first one ends tonight at midnight, so hurry over to Holly’s blog now and enter for a chance to win her cute rings!

The other giveaway is being hosted by my friend Renee. It’s for a $25 credit good towards the purchase of invitations or any of her cute stationery! Head over to her blog to check it out!


Weekend Rehash

The weekend went by way fast, as it always does, but especially so because of daylight savings. I was hoping for a warm, sunny weekend, but it was the exact opposite! It’s so much harder to get things accomplished when it’s dreary out. I am starting to get excited to spring clean! We’ve lived in our place for almost a year now, but it still doesn’t feel settled. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I was pregnant when we moved in, which limited my ability to paint and organize like I wanted to and now we have a baby, which limits my time. So, I am going to take full advantage of the motivation spring brings and continue working on this place! Including, reorganizing the garage and making half of it into a studio space for The Knit Owl. Right now my fabric and yarn are stacked in bins. It makes it really hard to work on anything!

My brother celebrated his birthday on Saturday. Since I couldn’t be in Alabama to celebrate, I made him some rice krispie treats and mailed them. For some reason he thinks mine are the best! (I do add extra butter and a bit of vanilla.) Roman wanted to wish him a happy birthday and since he can’t talk or make anything yet, this is what we came up with.

Hope everyone has a great week!


Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

This has become my favorite banana muffin recipe. I adapted it from a recipe for banana cake. While I’d like to tell myself it’s healthy because of the whole wheat flour, it still has butter and sugar. So we’ll call it “semi-healthy”. I used both my regular muffin pan and the silicone muffin pan.  On a side rant: My mom got me the silicone pan for Christmas and I LOVE it. I wish I had switched sooner. So far I’ve made muffins, cornbread and biscuits. They have come out perfect every time!

 

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 stick of butter

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp. applesauce

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. vanilla

Top with crushed walnuts (optional)

Mix and bake @ 375 for 30 minutes or until tops are golden brown and your kitchen smells delicious!

The one on the left is from the metal muffin pan and the one on the right is from the silicone! Why on earth have I been using a crappy metal pan all this time!


Wholesome Baby Food

I went to Whole Foods yesterday and stocked up on some organic fruits and veggies to start making food for Roman. He hasn’t been very  interested in store bought baby food. However, he loves when I mush up bananas. I’m hoping that means he’ll like “real” food better. I’ve been looking at recipes on Wholesome Baby Food and decided to start with something simple.

Last night, I tried making some carrots. I steamed them until they were very soft, about 20 minutes.

I put some on his tray. He would pick them up, but hasn’t mastered the “pinch” yet so he kind of had a rough time getting them into his mouth since they were so small.

He let me feed some to him and he liked them! He ate quite a few. I must admit they were delicious!

I also put some in the baby safe feeder, but he wasn’t as interested in it. I think I’ll stick to putting frozen food in it.

He also LOVES teething biscuits.

I’m planning to make him peaches, pears and apples. Anyone have baby food making tips?

Also, check out awesome this feature about The Knit Owl here! Thanks, Kristen!!