Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dinner Successes!

When Dieter eats a vegetable and likes it I kind of want to run around the kitchen doing fist pumps.  But instead I just smile and keep feeding it to him.  I found a recipe for zucchini fries on Allrecipes and they turned out really good.  I thought about breading some other veggies…green beans maybe?  I’d hate to waste a good trick!

Another dinner success was thanks to Pinterest.  I had some leftover ham and used it in this recipe.  The best part was I just dumped it all in the slow cooker instead of doing it on the stove.  Is it okay if I use a picture from Pinterest?  Okay, good!  Dieter didn’t eat this but he was happy enough with his zucchini fries.

Latest Creations

Somehow I have found quite a bit of time to do knitting lately.  I think the cold weather has something to do with it.  I like to knit a little something for new babies that our friends have so when I heard a friend had her baby boy right after Thanksgiving I decided to knit him some legwarmers.  They were so fun and easy to make I decided to knit Dieter a pair too.  I found a super easy pattern and if I wouldn’t have dragged them out so long I’m sure I could have gotten them done in a couple days.  He looks so cute in them  and they’re great for running around the house or for an extra layer under some pants.


  • Size 2 needle
  • Sock yarn
  • Cast on 40 stitches
  • Knit 2×2 rib for 10 inches.
  • Cast of loosely

Told you it was easy!  I got the pattern from Ravelry, it was called “Super Simple Little Legwarmers” by Emily Jane.

The other knitted thing I’ve been putting Dieter in was something I made before he was born.  I made them before I realized how serious my gauge issue was so instead of them being 6-9 months they started fitting him a month ago.  They are so warm and snuggly though and I really love them.

I also found this pattern on Ravelry.  It’s called “Kanoko Pants.”

To my Child

My dear sweet baby,

From the first moment I laid eyes on you I knew you were special and your heartbeat put a smile on my face that I couldn’t wipe away.  You are a gift from God and a very special part of our family.  I have dreams of you playing with your older brother, him teaching you all the things he has learned and being so proud when you accomplish them.  You will be the best of friends, two peas in a pod.  I dream of holding you at night while you sleep so peacefully, not a care in the world, safe in my arms.  I dream of your daddy tickling you just to watch you giggle, you will make his day with those smiles.  You will be a wonderful addition to our family, fitting in perfectly.

For now though we must wait.  We will be waiting much longer than any of us hoped or ever imagined.  Life doesn’t seem fair in that way because heaven is so far away and we cannot choose when we get to go.  I know that God has welcomed you, my sweet child, with open arms.  You will never have to know pain, disappointment, hurt or any earthly feelings and what a blessing that is. You get to spend all of eternity rejoicing in the sweetness of our Savior and praising his name and one day we will join you and be the family that God has planned for us.  We are so excited for that day and I cannot wait to see what you look like, if you have my curls or your daddy’s pretty eyes or your brother’s beautiful smile.  Until then I find comfort in knowing that you are in the most beautiful place, growing and thriving.  I’m sure there is a mommy taking care of you just until I can be there, perhaps a mommy waiting for her child to join her.  I am so excited to meet you and until that day I will do my best to comfort other mommies patiently waiting to meet their babies and use your story to show how God loves all of his children so dearly.



Festive French Toast

First things first, I need to stop taking blog pictures with my phone.  You’ll see why if you scroll down and I apologize.

But on to more important things like this delicious french toast I made for our Sunday morning breakfast.  Sunday mornings are crazy around our house but I like to do something a little different for breakfasts on the weekend and since I had some bread I needed to use up I decided to get on the trusty AllRecipes.  They had a recipe for french toast stars that I decided would work out perfectly.  In keeping with the holiday theme I opted for snowflakes instead of stars and I didn’t have actual french bread but rather whole wheat.  Oh and no orange zest (next time I’ll add a splash of orange juice).  Nevertheless, they came out super tasty and I will definitely try them again.  Perhaps snowmen next time?