Monday, February 25, 2013

Valentines Day

 We always cook instead of going out for Valentines. This year we kept it a little more simple by grilling. I think this was the best idea because Nathan did the grilling and all I had to do was make a side and dessert.

We started by putting this guy in his Valentines pajamas and into bed.

To accompany our Mustard Seed Crusted Burgers and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad was beer from local Throwback Brewery

During Jan-March they are making special batches of dark beer. They call it their Unafraid of the Dark series. I bought this for Nathan for Christmas. For Valentines they featured a beet stout. The color was an amazing burgundy purple. Despite the high sugar content in beets it still tasted like beets and unfortunately I've never liked them so I wasn't a huge fan. 

We hadn't grilled in a while so a burger was a nice change. My favorite was the roasted sweet potato salad. I had come across the recipe on Bon Appetite and wanted to try it because I was tired of all the ways I usually prepare sweet potatoes. It was delicious! I could have eaten the whole bowl myself. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Big Snow

Almost 2 weeks ago we got about 25 inches of snow. Thankfully it was on a Saturday that Nathan didn't have to work so it was actually kind of nice. This was the biggest snow storm that we have experienced. I think the largest one while we were in Iowa was 18 inches. Anyway, here is what it looked like.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dumpling Update: 6 Months

Half a year old! George turned 6 months on Saturday. 

Weight: 16 pounds 2 ounces

What he's doing:
Eats real food! (avocado, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans and bananas)
Rolls from tummy to back
Sits up on his own
Drools a lot
Screams, screeches, yells & jabbers
Blows bubbles
Stomps his feet
Rocks back & forth when we tell him to dance
Still gets up 1-2 times a night
Doesn't like naps but is getting better
Hates getting dressed
Plays in his bed
Has had 3 haircuts


George enjoys movie scores while he eats.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rewind: George's First Christmas

We celebrated Christmas quietly with our little family this year. It was nice just to have Nathan home for a few days and have nothing to do. 

George in his Christmas pajamas

Neighborhood turkeys on Christmas morning...not sure where they live in the middle of town.

Italian rosemary and grape bread for breakfast


Helping daddy open his stocking.

Opening his first gift...

...and trying it on.

 Because we were Skyping with family the rest of George's gift opening was not documented. 

 Christmas Dinner: Beer Braised Beef, Goat Cheese & Herb Stuffed Onions, and Sauted Kale