Week in Photos {August 25-31}

You guys. It was one of those weeks. The ones where you pretty much can’t do anything right. You ruin dinners. Forget appointments. Find a month old diaper soaking into a wood floor. Cut the dog’s tail off (okay, it was only part of the tail).

But it wasn’t all bad. The dog lived, and as far as I can tell he doesn’t hate me for mutilating him. My parents are visiting. We got a deep fryer (because, mozzarella sticks) and used it without burning the house down.

And here are a few haphazard photos from this week.

August 25

I never know what I’m going to face when I go get Wyatt up in the morning. I think he may have had a rough night.

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August 26

I thought maybe if I made the toddler breakfast look appetizing it might entice him to eat more of it. Spoiler: He still threw it all on the floor.

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August 27

I was mad with excitement when nap time finally rolled around. I don’t even remember taking this picture. Or why I thought it was a good idea. But it’s the only one I took all day, so I’m going with it.

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August 28

Do you want to know something? Sometimes I take my camera in the bathroom and hide and mess with the settings and take practice pictures while the kid is running around like a maniac in the living room. I feel like this might not be normal.

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August 29

Grandpa and Wyatt having a little jam session. My dad opted to wear clothes though. Didn’t want to be too matchy-matchy.

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August 30

Oh Lord. So Wyatt got a new pair of sunglasses and I was determined to get a picture. Obsessed. But every time I got my camera ready he’d rip those suckers off his head so fast and I was left with a dozen pictures of his blurry “get out of my face” face.

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August 31

But if you just slip those suckers on him right before he passes out, you’re golden.

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So how was your week? If you didn’t cut your dog’s tail off, I’d say you’ve at least got one up on me.

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Parmesan Pull Apart Garlic Bread

Another recipe post? Who am I?

I guess I’m just really excited about cheese and garlic and carbs forever and ever amen lately. Plus, it’s easy. If you can do a little chopping and stirring and have the patience to wait for the dough to rise, you can totally make this cheesy pull apart garlic bread.

Basically, I insist you make it. And invite me over to share it with you.

Parmesan Pull Apart Garlic Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of frozen bread dough
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Directions

  1. Remove bread dough from freezer and place on a cutting board. Allow to thaw for 30-45 minutes, just enough so you can easily cut through the dough.
  2. Slice the bread dough into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Place butter in a medium bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in minced garlic and seasonings until well combined.
  4. Add bread dough pieces and toss with butter until coated, being sure to keep them from clumping together. Then add 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese and continue tossing until your bread pieces are coated.
  5. Spread your dough pieces out into a greased baking dish. I used a loaf pan, but a round or square cake pan would also work. Be sure the dough doesn’t clump together. This will help ensure you get that awesome pull-apart goodness in the end.
  6. If there are any parmesan bits left in the bowl, go ahead and sprinkle that goodness over the dough and cover your dish with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 2-4 hours. Your rise time will depend on the temperature of your kitchen and how much the dough thawed previously.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, then check to make sure the top is not over baking. If it looks too dark, cover with aluminum foil.
  8. Continue baking for another 5-10 minutes, or until the center is completely cooked. If a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean, your’e good!
  9. Allow to cool just long enough that you won’t scald yourself while you shovel piece after piece into your mouth.

Really, the hardest part about this recipe is keeping the bread from clumping together. But man, it’s worth it. Let me know if you try it out!

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Week in Photos {August 18-24}

So, this week most of my picture taking went something like this: “Oh crap, it’s 8 o’clock. I didn’t take a picture. Wyatt, stand still and let me take your picture!” And he’s a toddler so of course he didn’t stand still.

Anyway, there’s a lot of poorly lit Wyatt this week. But the good news is, he’s cute no matter what, so I think it’s okay.

August 18

I bought a bunch of bargain wood! I have a project in mind, but of course all the supplies sat in the garage because it was humid and disgusting and it was basically my goal to sweat the least amount possible this week. Who am I kidding, that’s actually my goal for my whole life.

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August 19

You see this kid? The one who hates hats. Tears them off his head with disgust. I guess he has changed his ways.

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August 20

So look, I’m pretty much the weird person picking mystery berries up off the ground in front of your house so I can take them home and arrange them on an old squirrel feeder and take pictures. I’m okay with it.

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August 21

Everyone living together in perfect harmony. As long as it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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August 22

He got a new hat from the dollar section at Target. And I kid you not, the tag said “role playing hats.” Not until you’re at least 30 buddy. I’m keeping an eye on you.

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August 23

We pretty much let him run around like a maniac in Walmart. I feel like if there’s anywhere you can get away with that, it’s there.

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August 24

And now I’d like to mark the day my child finally figured out how to fruit pouch. Previously he’d get a fruit pouch and just gleefully squeeze it out onto his tray and spread it around like a mental patient during art time. I think this way is better.

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How was your week? Take any pictures? I’d love to see them!

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Cheesy Baked Pasta Recipe

I had a few people tell me how amazing the baked pasta dish looked that I posted in my week in photos, so I decided that a recipe post was in order! Normally I steer way clear of recipe posts for a couple of reasons: They’re a lot of work, yo. And I am like a mad scientist in the kitchen most of the time, just throwing things together and hoping it comes out edible, so creating a recipe from that is kind of hard.

But this creamy baked pasta dish was so good (even my toddler ate it, can I get a hallelujah?), I made myself sit down and remember the insanity that lead to such deliciousness. I hope you like it!

Cheesy Baked Pasta

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz box of your favorite pasta {i threw my box away, so i’m guessing here. a little more or less won’t hurt this recipe though}
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, minced {about half of a large onion should do it}
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced {i am a garlic fanatic so i used two giant cloves}
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cups cheese, grated {any cheese that melts nicely will work great. i used a Mexican blend}
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Start a big pot of water for your pasta
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are softened. Add hamburger to the pan and cook until brown.
  4. While your hamburger cooks, boil pasta according to package directions, then drain.
  5. Once your hamburger is brown, add diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Stir and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. After the meat mixture has simmered, add the sour cream and cream cheese to the pan. Mix until the cream cheese is melted and combined. Stir your pasta into the creamy meat mixture.
  7. Add half the pasta mixture into your greased pan, then top with 1 cup of cheese and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Repeat with the rest of your pasta and cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese gets nice and bubbly.

Notes:

Be sure to taste as you go and add more seasoning if needed. A little more garlic and basil never killed anyone. I don’t think.

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Week in Photos {August 11-17}

I have to confess, between allergies and insomnia this week, I was feeling pretty uninspired in the photography department. Something about shuffling around like a zombie doesn’t lend itself very well to creativity. But I tried.

August 11

Sometimes if I need a few minutes to myself I just open the blinds. Apparently the dog isn’t the only one in this house who’s into squirrel-watching.

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August 12

I got done with dinner and thought “you better take a picture just in case you forget to take one of something more interesting later.” And sure enough, I did.

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August 13

And then the next day, I just forgot everything. Usually I sit down to read a chapter or two (or, ahem, play Candy Crush) when I get Wyatt in bed for nap, which is usually fine, except I completely passed out on the couch this time. For two hours. Woke up with crazy headache. Forgot I owned a camera. Kind of wished I didn’t own a head for a while.

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August 14

We went for ice cream after dinner. This was before he basically started to bathe in his dish of vanilla. Also, if you order a peanut butter cup mixer from Culver’s, ask them to put marshmallow cream in it. You will not regret it.

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August 15

You would be really disturbed if you knew how many pictures of the back of my kid’s head I have. His curls. I just love them. If they ever disappear some day, I feel confident he will appreciate I immortalized them in photos. Or he’ll think I’m weird. One of those.

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August 16

Hitching a ride back home after a trip to the park, where he covered every inch of ground at least 4 times. And still had energy to spare, which he dutifully used to terrorize us all night long. It’s a good thing he’s cute.

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August 17

I love the way Dewey holds his chew toys with his little paws. This is one we let Wyatt “buy” for him as a peace offering for being such a terror. It didn’t work.

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Did you take any pictures this week? I’d love to see them!

If you missed them, here are last week’s photos:

August 1-11, 2014

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