Aug 24

Banana Bread Bake

Although I cook every day, it’s rare that a recipe actually makes it to the blog these days. I thought I’d share this banana bread bake, because it’s delicious!

My Mom brought us a loaf of banana bread she had made. We didn’t finish the whole loaf before it started getting stale. I couldn’t let it go to waste, so I put my trusty breakfast casserole recipe to use with banana bread instead of white/wheat bread. Banana Bread Bake Banana Bread Bake Banana Bread BakeRecipe:

1 loaf of banana bread, cubed
4 eggs
Splash of whole milk
1 tsp cinnamon

Spray a small glass baking dish. Cut up the loaf of banana bread into cubes. Line the bottom of the baking dish with bread cubes.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, splash of milk, and cinnamon.

Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until eggs are set.

** This can also be made the night before. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Place in a 350 oven until warm (about 15 minutes)


Aug 08

Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!

So apparently the blog is now solely devoted to monthly Charlotte updates and Five on Fridays. We (meaning mostly Eric) have been doing DIY projects out the wazoo at home, but they just don’t quite make it to the blog these days. For now, here are a few things we’ve been up to…

Miss Charley girl turned 11 months on Wednesday! That’s just one month closer to a big one year old! I still can’t believe it…but I say that every month. Taking photos of her has never been more difficult. She doesn’t sit still! This month, she took her first steps (watch out world!), learned to clap, talks all the time, and got cuter…if that’s possible.

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On to Five on Friday! These are from the last couple of months as a little update…

ONE– We have fox friends! They showed up on our PORCH of all places one Saturday morning. We had eaten breakfast out there and apparently left some food behind. They were brave enough to come up to the house and eat away. Barkley was at my parents house….he never would’ve let that happen. They’re just pups, so they’re seriously adorable! They come up near the house nearly every night and look for food. I get that we probably shouldn’t be excited that we have fox around (especially with a little cat running around), but for now, they’re causing no harm and they’re cute to see!Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot! Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!


TWO– Yea, we’re in this stage…climbing on everything! It’s hilarious to watch her try to fit in tiny spaces. Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot! Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!THREE– Playing in the baths with friends is fun! Charley’s BFF, Charlotte, came over and we couldn’t resist putting them in the tub together. It’s so amazing to watch these two grow up together. They’re really starting to play, rather than just stare at each other. Dinners together have never been so exciting!Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!


FOUR– I have yet to do a post on our 4th of July vacation with our friends! This is one of the many photos from the weekend. We made so many great memories on that trip- I hope we make it a yearly tradition!!Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!FIVE– Our garden is out.of.control. I’ve never seen cucumbers as big as we’re getting, and the tomatoes are coming in by the dozens. I guess that’s what happens when you have 27 tomato plants….woops. We’ve been giving produce away to people every day, so this is just part of the loot from two day’s harvest. Whew! Eric and I have enjoyed gardening since our first house in Sidney, so it’s a fun thing we love to keep going and learning from. Maybe Charley will have a green thumb from all the time she spends out there!

Fireside Five on Friday and 11 Month Photo Shoot!Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Jul 10

Baby Charlotte- 10 Months

This little girl turned 10 months on Sunday…and I’m still a bit in shock. Everyone always told me that time goes by so quickly when you have little ones, but I had NO IDEA how fast they really meant. I make a conscious effort to be in the moment with her and try to limit distractions when we are alone so that I don’t miss a thing.
She is changing by the day and learning so many new things! She has recently started what we call the “crinkle nose” smile. Where she got this, we don’t know…but it’s just plain adorable!
We had a blast on our vacation and Charlotte seriously did amazingly well. More on that another day!
For now, enjoy the cuteness!

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Jun 20

Fireside Five on Friday

It’s SUMMER!!! I couldn’t be more excited for warm weather and summer activities. It’s by far my favorite time of year. I love that Charlotte is at the age where we can take her places and she can interact with people. The fun is really just beginning!


I’m linking up with some bloggers, so click on the link below to find out what other people are up to!

Fireside Five on Friday(Let me just preface this by saying that these are all phone pictures, so the quality isn’t the greatest!!)

ONE- Charlotte’s first trip to the zoo! We were lucky enough to go on a weekday (ie. not busy!) with our friends Lauren and Ella. Ella is a couple months younger than Charlotte, so we pushed the girls around in their matching strollers. Let’s be honest, the girls had no idea where they were, but we had fun and we can check it off the “firsts” list!

Fireside Five on Friday TWO– The Salina River Festival was last weekend! Looking back to Last year, I was pregnant and envisioning what it would be like to bring my 9 month old to the fest the next year. And Two years ago, when we didn’t even have baby on the brain! Oh how life has changed Fireside Five on Friday We had the most beautiful weather this year- the best I can remember for a festival weekend. I got to catch up with some great friends from high school, went to my parent’s bar, and saw family! Definitely memories I will remember forever as Charlotte’s first River Festival of many to come.Fireside Five on FridayFireside Five on Friday Fireside Five on FridayCharlotte met a horse for the first time while at my parents place. She liked petting them, and I’m convinced she thought they were just big dogs. Fireside Five on Friday We drove my car back home, so that meant Barkley got to sit in the backseat with Charlotte.She seriously loves that dog, and he loves her back. He rested his head on her carseat for the majority of the way there and back while she pet his head. So, so sweet.Fireside Five on FridayTHREE– Charlotte’s first time in a swing! I took her to the park last week on our Mommy-Daughter day (random day off in the middle of the week). It was a gorgeous, sunny day…perfect for a nice swing. She loved every second of it. My Mom pushed her in the swing at the River Festival too and she couldn’t have been happier! Fireside Five on Friday Fireside Five on Friday FOUR– Our pond is full again! We got some nice rain last week, so the pond is back in action. I love to hear the bullfrogs at night, and it’s cool to actually be able to see water from the house. Let’s hope it sticks around this time. Fireside Five on Friday Fireside Five on Friday FIVE– You know how I mentioned that Barkley and Charley have a special connection? Well Charley and Lilly don’t exactly share the same love for one another. Now that Charlotte is on the move (crawling), she is constantly chasing Lilly around the house. Lilly tried to hide from her, but Charlotte always finds her and pulls her hair, haha. We are working on “gentle touches”….Fireside Five on Friday Fireside Five on Friday

SIX (I just can’t stop)– Want to know what Charlotte’s new favorite toy is?? Our piano! I pulled her up there the other day to show her how it worked, and since then, she crawls over to it every morning. She stands herself up and can barely reach the keys. She gets the biggest smile on her face when she hears herself making noise. It’s seriously the cutest thing I’ve seen her do…I think I’ve said that before. It makes me so happy to think that she might have the same love for playing piano that I do! Fireside Five on Friday

Hope you all are having a great start to the summer!

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