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Birthday Breakfast

Posted by casey on February 27, 2012 in Caden, Caden's Chronicles

We had to start off 2 right with a celebratory birthday breakfast.
(He insisted that his Mickey and snuggle bears eat with him.  A birthday party breakfast?)


Caden enjoyed the candle so much we had to light it so he could blow it out 7 or so times.

 What the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets.

He went and grew up too because he was able to blow the candle out by himself which he did not do at his party on Saturday. Apparently turning two allows you to blow out candles like a big boy.

 
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Permission Slip

Posted by casey on February 27, 2012 in Caden

This Morning at 5:23 a.m. My Precious Baby Boy

Who 365 Days Ago Had the Nerve to Turn One

Turned Two.


TWO!
Did I sign a permission slip for this?

 
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Sweet Baby Blues

Posted by casey on February 16, 2012 in Everett, Everett's Edition

Another baby with my childhood eyes.
Sweet baby grey blue eyes.
Even bluer than Caden’s.

Speaking of, who thinks they are looking at Caden?
Nope…it’s Everett.

baby twins

 

 

 

 
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Be Ours {A Kazmann Valentine}

Posted by casey on February 14, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Home

Get out your personally decorated shoebox I mean “Valentine Mailbox” like in elementary school because I have a few Valentines to deliver.

Happy Valentine’s Day From Our Sweethearts!

 
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Sweetness and Smooches [A Week of Kazmann Love-Day 7}

Posted by casey on February 14, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Snapshots

Two Under Two
Mommy’s Arms Are Full of Valentines

 
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Sweetness and Smooches {A Week of Kazmann Love – Day 6}

Posted by casey on February 13, 2012 in Caden, Snapshots

Love in This House Is Watching Boys be Boys


Man Time

 
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Sweets for Your Sweet {Red Velvet Whoopie Pies}

Posted by casey on February 11, 2012 in In The Kitchen, Sweet Treats

Looking for a different yet adorable dessert for Valentine’s Day? I have got it and it is sure to be a hit with your coworkers, friends, neighbors and loved ones.  Surprise, surprise I got the idea on Pinterest.  However, go figure that when I went to get the recipe and method I realized I didn’t actually pin it. Never fear! I dug around and found a different recipe for red velvet whoopie pies and then adapted them to the Valentine concept.  Adorable, tasty and a bit different from the usual.

(Do not be deterred by the length of the recipes/steps.  It just took some explaining!)

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
red food coloring
parchment paper, small heart stencil
 
Cream Cheese Filling
4 ounces (half package) cream cheese, room temp
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

1. In one bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
2. In another bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, shortening, grandulated sugar, and brown sugar first on low speed. Then beat on medium speed for 5 minutes. (Don’t skip this – a solid five minutes to get the right consistency.)
3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each one.
4. Add vanilla and red food coloring. (Add as much food coloring as you want for the color. They will get darker when you add the dry ingredients.)
5. Add half the dry ingredients and half of the buttermilk and beat on low speed. Then add the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk.

Cut your parchment paper to fit your baking sheets.  Now, to make sure your hearts are the same size and shape so they will match up when frosted you need to use a small stencil. (draw one, print one, cookie cutter – whatever) Trace your small heart over and over a couple inches apart on your cookie sheet. (They cook larger so a heart that is 3 inches or so across will be plenty big)

Now, scoop your batter into a frosting bag (or large ziploc baggie and cut the corner tip).  Pipe your batter inside the lines of your heart stencils on your baking sheets.  This is just making sure you get the heart shape consistent. (If you don’t want to make hearts you could just use a small measuring cup to scoop on circles)  Once filled bake away!

Bake for 10 minutes, cool for 5, and then move them to a cooling rack.

Frosting
For the filling, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, scraping the bowl often. Then add the vanilla and beat on medium speed for about 4 minutes.

Once they are completely  cooled frost the flat side of one whoopie pie.
I took the frosting (from another decorating bag) across in a zig zag pattern dragging it slightly over the edge which resulted in “doily” effect you see on the finished product.  Sandwich it with another whoopie pie and ta-daaa you are done!

 
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Sweetness and Smooches {A Week of Kazmann Love-Day 5}

Posted by casey on February 10, 2012 in Everett, Puppy Palace, Snapshots

Puppy Love…And Kisses…And Cuddles

 
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A Trying 3

Posted by casey on February 9, 2012 in Everett, Everett's Edition

Everett is 3 months old!
(a week ago)


Remember how last month I said we had been making progress, especially in the sleeping department?  Well, then all hell broke loose with sickness and the whole ordeal threw everything off.  The poor guy went through it and back and ever since everyone has been floundering for normalcy.This has been a trying month in Everett and our life for sure. It is challenging to think of anything that happened leading up to him turning 3 months other than being sick, not sleeping, puking every morning at exactly 5:30, back and forth to the pediatrician, lots of holding, lots of crying and more sickness.

However, in between it all there were still many sweet moments with our little man.  While it is tricky to catch him smiling on camera, Mr. Everett smiles and coos ALL THE TIME.  I swear he smiles even more than Caden did and you can’t help but sweet talk back to his grinning face. So precious.  As soon as he locks eyes with me he gets a GIANT smile on his face and chuckles.   

Oh the chuckle.  At 3 months this baby boy already laughs himself straight to the hiccups.  It always starts with a chuckle (usually during peek a boo or as I make noises at him or laugh myself) and progresses to a full on laugh fest. So despite all of his troubles this past month and the colic from his first month that still pops up he is quite the happy boy and finds plenty of things in life to smile and laugh about.

At three months he is just under 14 pounds and eats all the time.  Just prior to him getting sick he had spread his feedings out but now in what seems to adjusting from being sick backing straight up to a growth spurt has him eating every 1 1/2 to 2 hours day and night.  It is most definitely not the best schedule. 

I can’t help but constantly see glimpses of his future relationship with Caden.  He loves him. Whenever Caden comes into view or brings something to share with him he grins and starts excitedly squirming.  Sometimes Caden can get a reaction out of him even when we can’t.   Too sweet.

Everett is very strong and even though he had a 3 week hiatus from tummy time while sick/coughing he continues to progress with his rolling (rolls tummy to back) and is working hard to go from his back to his tummy (pushes to his side and gets stuck).  He still prefers to be carried in the Baby Bjorn while we are shopping or running errands but he is finally getting a little more patient in his car seat but only if he is freshly fed, a little sleepy and it is moving.  A lot of conditions right?  I still have hope that he will one day hang out a little bit better but at least he no longer demands to be held 24/7!  Recently Everett has decided that he would like to have his hands in his mouth as much as possible which he them drools all over. Yummy!

 

 

We had planned on moving him up to his room shortly after he turned 2 months because he was doing so well.  But, as I have said plenty this post all of the hospital/healing hubbub through that off and since he is still waking up like crazy he has only been up in his room prior to 3 months a couple very unsuccessful times. (I have to tell you that now, a week later he is up there full time.)

Now that he loves his playmat, can grab and play with his toys and move around without startling himself he is enjoying his playtime.  Soon enough we will be getting out the bouncer for him to try out too! Little by little he is making progress again and we are able to get out and about and function like a normal family.  We here are keeping our fingers crossed for a happy and healthy fourth month! (Then I will be able to give a real update with fun things and not just “since they’ve been sick” news!)

 
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Sweetness and Smooches {A Week of Kazmann Love – Day 4}

Posted by casey on February 9, 2012 in Caden, Everett, Snapshots

“I Only Have Eyes For Yoooooouuuuuu!”

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