Happy 10 Months Chickadee

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Dear Chickadee, 

DOUBLE DIGITS! I cannot believe we are two months away from celebrating your first birthday. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Another month with the happiest baby on the block, another month of God blessing us with your sweet smiles and squeals! You, sweet girl, are one of a kind in the best way. I know I’ve said it before, but we are so blessed to be your parents.

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One of the biggest changes to date came this month. You are CRAWLING!! Two days after you turned 9 months you took off and have not slowed down since! And girl, you are fast. My days now consist of chasing you around and trying to keep you contained. We’ve had to put a gate up between the living room and kitchen, mostly to give Max a little space. You love crawling after him and when he walks away you keep after. You love him! But we have to let him be sometimes :o) When you are in your crib or trying to reach something up high you often push yourself up on your knees to be able to see. I am sure you will start pulling yourself up soon, but for now you are okay with just going up half way! You are great at waving hello to everyone (not big on goodbye) and if you hear someone say “Yay!” you immediately start clapping. It is so precious.

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On July 21, the same day you started crawling you started sleeping on your stomach…and you finally got back to your regular good sleeping habits. You continue to sleep 12+ hours at night, often till 8:15 in the morning. Your two naps each day (usually around 10 and 2) are at least 1.5 hours if not more. Keep it up little lady! And I almost forgot, if you are sleepy and feeling up to it you will put your head down on my should before you go to sleep! Makes a mama’s heart sing!

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Eating…you are feeding yourself 95% of the time. Yogurt & smoothies are the only things you eat from a spoon which is crazy. You are so independent Chickadee. Your favorites are still peaches & blueberries, and you’ve taken a liking to chicken. Just last week you had your first kid’s meal from Chickfila and you enjoyed grilled chicken nuggets and fruit. One other thing you have discovered with regards to eating and feeding Max when you are in your high chair. He is always waiting for something to hit the floor, but every now and then he is able to take it straight from your hand since you seem to be offering it to him! Also you have mastered eating puffs out of your snack container when we are out running errands.

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You stayed away from both mom and dad for the first time. We headed to Mexico for a little rest and relaxation and you spend a few days at Camp Bebe and Pop (with a special visit from Nana and Paw Paw). You did great! And while we had a great time we missed you like crazy and were so happy to see your sweet face when we got home. 

One of your favorite things this month has been Music class. We go with other moms and babies and you love singing, dancing, and playing with all of the fun instruments. At home you love dancing to music on mom’s iPhone. We also joined a playgroup and love meeting with our new friends each week! 

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Let’s keep having fun Chickadee! Love you!

 

The Most Amazing Buttercream Icing Ever!

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I have a blogging friend and her name is Gwen (The Bold Abode), and well folks she is the bomb. Seriously, I’ve met her in person and can testify to the fact that she is the nicest person ever and a must follow blogger. You can thank me later.

You see, the other day I was making these caramel apple cupcakes (are yall as ready for fall as I am???), and I realized I didn’t have any icing. And well, a cupcake without icing….that is just a muffin folks. And who wants muffins for dessert? So, it was Gwen to the rescue. She saved my cupcakes from having to live out their lives as plain boring muffins. Whew! And after making my own, I am pretty sure I will never be buying store bought buttercream icing again. 

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I had everything on hand and was able to whip, literally, this up in seconds.

So have I enticed you yet? Well you are going to have to head over to Gwen’s place, The Bold Abode to grab the recipe. She breaks it down for you step by step…the only advice I would add is if you are in the deep, humid till October, South like me, let the icing sit in the refrigerator for a little bit to firm up before icing your cupakes/cake/cookies. Now head on over and tell Gwen I said hey!

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And because I feel like I should apologize to all the muffins out there.

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 So see, you can have you (cup)cake and eat it(a muffin) too! Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Dip | Snack Recipe

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Yall, I am not really sure where summer went this year, but FALL is in the air! Do you feel it? In the South the kids are heading back to school, the mornings are cooling off (a little), college football is just around the corner, and pumpkin flavors are beginning to be found in delicious recipes and on the shelves of Walmart. 

And if you have been around A Step in the Journey you know that pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors. I may even have a tendncy to go a little pumpkin crazy this time of year. Today I have another great pumpkin treat to add to the list. This Pumpkin Spice Dip is quick and easy to whip up and add to your kid’s lunchboxes or serve as an after school snack after a busy day of school. I also love to make this dip to take to  tailgates on college football Saturdays. 

Since the ingredient list for this recipe includes Cool Whip, it is nice and fluffy, making sure to leave room for all the other lunchbox or tailgating goodies! However, if your friends and family are like me they might just fill up on this dip. 

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You can find all ingredients at Walmart. The Cool Whip will be in the freezer section on the dessert aisle, and the pumpkin puree and Jello pudding mix on the baking aisle.  Make sure and take along your $1.00 off coupon (while they last)  for when you buy one tub of Cool Whip and two JELL-O pudding mixes. 

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Pumpkin Spice Dip
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4oz of Cool Whip
  2. Small Package of Pumpkin Spice JELLO pudding mix
  3. 6oz Plain Green Yogurt
  4. 8oz (1/2 can) of Pumpkin Puree
Instructions
  1. Whisk yogurt, pumpkin puree, and JELLO pudding mix until combined.
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Serve with Cinnamon Sugar pita chips, pretzels, graham crackers, or apples.
Adapted from http://www.shugarysweets.com/
Adapted from http://www.shugarysweets.com/
A Step In The Journey http://astepinthejourney.com/

As I mentioned you can serve it with pretzels, graham crackers, or apples, but my favorite item to dip are cinnamon sugar pita chips! Absolutely delicious. 

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So what is your favorite FALL snack? Does it include pumpkin, like pretty much ALL of mine? 

Check out a few other pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes, Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies, and Pumpkin Cake Pops!