Saturday, December 15, 2018

Something Saturdays (12/15/18)

I have much to discuss. Let's dive right in:

2 weeks ago we got James' 1 year photos taken, he wasn't as cooperative as I would've liked. He was in a great mood but he was just so fascinated by the camera and lights that he wasn't smiley or giving many expressions other than "Oooh, what's that?" BUT Amanda Ellis is AMAZING and she got some ridiculously good shots anyway! Just the sneak peeks blew me away. This is one of my favorites:
Photo by Amanda Ellis Photography
The rest of that week was pretty busy getting ready for his party. Cleaning, making the favors (I made hot chocolate sticks which were so cute and I loved them but the recipe I used had some issues so I won't link it), decorating, making the smash cake (which reduced me to tears when it came to frosting time but luckily James super duper loved it), and making the cupcakes for the guests. Everyone (including me) LOVED the cupcakes. I made Baking a Moment's vanilla cupcakes with whipped cream frosting (half of which I filled with a strawberry reduction I made) and Brown Eyed Baker's ultimate chocolate cupcakes. I loved them all, but I ended up with leftover frosting for both. I was worried I didn't frost them enough but everyone said they were perfect so I guess it was fine! I'm definitely keeping both recipes in my repertoire. The party went super well, James had so much fun and loved all the attention. He also loved having all his grandparents (3 grandmas, 2 grandpas, 2 great grandpas, and 2 great grandmas-we were just short 1 great grandma!) in one place. He was so cute and had a blast. And he's been loving playing with all his new toys. Monday was his real birthday and Michael took the day off. We had put up the Christmas tree the night before and little boy was in awe of it. He loved having us both home and playing with him and I made lower sugar chocolate chip cookies for him to have his first taste of chocolate + 1st ccc. He was ALL ABOUT IT. He was actually kind of aggressive about it. So...yeah. Chocolate is dangerous, not new information. The rest of the week was spent playing with toys, putting up Christmas decorations, and normal stuff (+ little boy's 12 month check up). I have to work today but I have tomorrow off so yay!

Posts from this week 

Recipes from the blog that I made this week
Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole (I stirred mixed veggies into James' portion)
Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole
{Lower Sugar} Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (for James' first chocolate chip cookie!)

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James Birthday Highlights:
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