Archives for the month of: January, 2013

I wanted to dedicate this post to little Haley and Hazel over at HSquaredblog – happy first birthday sweet girls!!

Emily, you truly have amazed me with how you handle everything with the twins! The girls are so beautiful and you make me jealous that Dan and I didn’t have twins LOL!

Happy birthday!!



Trader Joes makes sesame honey cashews that are SO addicting! So instead of buying a bag, I thought I’d try to make my own 😀 The original recipe is from Two Dancing Buckeyes, but I tweaked it a lil.

Sesame Honey Cashews
2 cups raw cashews
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar
Sesame seeds (as much or little as you like)

• Spread the cashews evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and roast them in a 250° oven for about 8-10 minutes, until they just start to brown. Move them around a bit halfway through to make sure that they don’t burn.

• Meanwhile, melt the butter and honey together. As soon as you pull the cashews from the oven, toss them in the honey-butter mixture so that they are evenly coated.

•Then sprinkle the sugar, salt, and sesame seeds and toss them again – I like mine like the Trader Joes version – heavily coated with sesame seeds. It balances out the flavors, I find. Dan made a good point and said that shaking them in a baggie with the sesame seeds might coat them more evenly.

• Put them back in the oven for 8-10 more minutes and watch them to make sure they don’t burn. When they come out, toss them once again to pick up any stray sesame seeds, then let them cool completely on the sheet.








Today Owen turns 11 months old! Eek! My lil baby is growing up! 😢 Haha 😉
He’s walking 85% of the time now, can wave, let’s me know when he’s done with food (will mimic “all done” if we sign it), and is slowly learning how to say “night night” and it’s meaning!! He knows his name and comes over when we call him (which is really handy now that he can walk – I don’t hafta pick him up anymore whenever I leave the room, he just walks over)!

There’s a lot to be thankful for these days! 🙂

• Our car got hit while someone was trying to parallel park in front of it – tho this may be a bad thing, the person luckily has insurance and our car’s gonna get fixed. Yeah, it’s inconvenient but at least no one got hurt and the car still runs! Plus it was hit in the same spot where Dan accidentally hit a pole earlier, so it’s really nice that we’re getting it fixed!! Gotta be thankful about that!

• I’m so thankful that Dan was able to watch Owen and put him to bed on New Year’s so I could meet up with a couple friends – Danielle and Amy! We went to the Driftwood Room downtown and had a lot of fun catching up (plus it was nice to have some baby-free time)!

• The family I nanny for have an 11 month old who is 5 days older than Owen, and they have offered to have a joint birthday party for the two at their house!

What things are you thankful for that have occurred within the past week?






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