Wednesday, April 16, 2014

15/52


"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Caleb Roscoe: Daddy lets me eat at the big kid table!

see more of our 52 project here.

{joining the 52 project at Practising Simplicity & Living Arrows at I Heart Snapping}

Thursday, April 10, 2014

baby moccasin giveaway!


As I was cleaning up in my studio yesterday, I came across these adorable little moccasins I made over winter.  These are a prototype of the moccasins I made for my little guy but have decided not to list these in the shop.

So, in the spirit of Spring Cleaning, I've decided to give them away!

Head over to my Facebook page to learn more!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

dear caleb // nine months

20 lbs 8oz // 29 inches

Dear Caleb,

Once again it seems like you've changed over night.  This week, while battling an awful cold, we spent countless hours cuddling.  You seemed to cling to me with every part of your being.  Your legs wrapped around my waist now grip and help hold you up.  Your arms reach for and wrap around my neck for the most amazing hug.  And when we rock, your eyes hold on tight.  When it's time to put you down, your big brown eyes swell with giant tears of longing...longing to spend every moment in the safety of mama's (or daddy's) arms.


Most nights we're able to lay you down happy but slightly awake and you put yourself to sleep within minutes.  If you do fuss (which usually happens around 10pm when mama and daddy are climbing into bed), your daddy loves to scoop you up and rock you back to sleep, enjoying one last snuggle before heading to bed himself.  You sleep soundly for nearly 12 hours every night and continue to take two naps throughout the day  Must be all that growing you're doing!  At 9 months old, you're a healthy 20.5 lbs and 29 inches long!


While out and about, you shy away from strangers and cling to mama or daddy.  You recognize us among a crowd and rarely allow others to hold you.  Honestly, we love it!  We love that you're ours, and that you know us, that you feel safe when you're in our arms.  We love that you love us just as much as we love you!

Little one you're so amazing, and each day we are in awe of the little man you are and feel so lucky to be your parents!

love you forever,
mama & daddy

Caleb at one monthtwo monthsthree months, four monthsfive monthssix monthsseven months and eight months.  Read more letters to Caleb here.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

14/52


"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014"

SPRING has arrived! (though here it looks more like fall!) 

see more of our 52 project here.

{joining the 52 project at Practising Simplicity & Living Arrows at I Heart Snapping}

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

chicks are here!


We did it!  We finally added chicks to our little homestead.  We've been dreaming about this for months!



We got a variety of breeds to hopefully make our flock a little diverse.  There are 6 Tetra Tint Pullets (a cross between Rhode Island Red Male & White Leghorn Female) three are dark and three are light.  The other 3 are Ameraucana.  The Ameraucana are known for laying Easter eggs, but they are unsexed so we may end up with a rooster!



They are a little over a week old and we have a temporary home set up for them in the kitchen.  They'll spend the next month or so there until they have all their feathers.  Then they'll be re-located to the backyard where we plan to create a small chicken run for them to roam.  Now the pressure is on to get that chicken coop finished!



In a few short months we'll have our very own free range, organic eggs....right in our backyard!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

13/52



"A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Sometimes, you get to the end of the week and realize you never got your camera out...but then you snap some cute "selfies" with your boy to entertain him, and are reminded that it doesn't matter when the photo happens, but that I capture the moments of our life! !

see more of our 52 project here.

{joining the 52 project at Practising Simplicity & Living Arrows at I Heart Snapping}

Friday, March 28, 2014

chocolate "apples and bananas" bread


"I like to eat, eat, eat, apples & bananas..."

Every night we sing this with Caleb during dinner.  So when I came across this recipe for banana bread, and decided to substitute the oil with applesauce, I couldn't get this song out of my head!

After finding a few brown bananas in the freezer, I did a little search for "what to do with over-ripe bananas" and found a great round-up of recipes.  With a name like "Triple Chocolate Quick Bread" I had to give this recipe a try!



Chocolate "Apples and Bananas" Bread
adapted from Crunchy Creamy Sweet's Triple Chocolate Quick Bread
makes 2 loafs

1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1/2 c applesauce
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 overripe bananas, mashed ( about 1 cup )
1 1/2 c whole wheat white flour
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/4 c milk

1. Preheat your oven 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and applesauce, mix until just combined.
3. Add eggs, bananas, vanilla and milk. Stir with a wooden spoon.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix gently, do not over mix.
5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder,baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
6. Divide batter in 2 greased bread pans. 
7. Sprinkle 1/4 c. chocolate chips on each loaf, gently stir into the batter.


8. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting.  
Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to a month.  

We've been eating on this bread for over a week now and it's a great healthier alternative to my ice-cream addiction!  What are some of your go-to healthier sweet treat recipes?