Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfaits

One thing that happens when you have a baby is that you have no choice but to multi-task. anything you want to get done, chances are you’ll be doing it while keeping and eye on the baby or even holding the baby on your hip. It comes with the territory. Most of the time, everything works out alright. Some other times, you leave the cookies in the oven for a little too long. It happened the other day with the first batch of lemon cookies I made. They didn’t burn, but they were cris-py. A little on the hard side. So, I decided to repurpose my hard work into an easy Blueberry and Lemon Cookies Parfait

Let’s face it, yogurt is better with something crunchy in it. It just gives it a little more texture, dimension and taste. Plus, when life gives you overdone lemon cookies, you use them in a parfait.

Delicious Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfaits

All you need are a handful of blueberries, some plain or vanilla yogurt and the lemon cookies.

Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfait ingredients

Crush the cookies in a plastic bag. A rolling pin works great for this.

Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfait crush

Layer a cup or bowl with yogurt, then cookies crumbles and then blueberries. Repeat as desired.

Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfait  assemble

Simple, quick, easy and delicious.

Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfait

Plus, you save your “bad” batch of cookies!

Blueberry and Lemon Cookie Parfaits

Hope you have a good weekend!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Ok, I’m in love with lemon flavors. Lemon screams summer just like peppermint screams winter. The sun and citrus were meant to be together. These sugar cookies are divine. Soft, chewy and sweet. Sign me up!

Lemon Sugar Cookies with Glaze and Sprinkles

I followed this recipe from Cooking On the Front Burner with a few minor tweaks. It all comes together with a few pantry staples, plus a little lemon. I actually made just half of the recipe, so my numbers below reflect that.

Lemon Sugar Cookies ingredients

First up, you need to cream together the sugar and butter. Soft butter is what will do the trick here.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  butter sugar

Next, comes in the egg, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  wet mix

Next, the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  dry

Form the dough into sizeable balls and roll in sugar.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  dough balls

Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes, not more. On parchment paper, always.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  bake

Once out of the oven for a few minutes, transfer to wire rack to let cool completely.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  cool

To be honest, the cookies are really good at this point, so you don’t have to add any more to them. But, if you want to make them all pretty then move on ahead to the glaze. It’s basically powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  icing

Gently glaze over the cookies. I use the same whisk used for mixing up the glaze.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  glaze

For a little bit of added crunch and color, decorate with some yellow sprinkles.

Lemon Sugar Cookies  sprinkles

Try not to eat all of them. It’s pretty hard because they are addicting!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Glaze and Sprinkles

makes 16-18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • half a large egg (comes to be about 1/8 cup of a beaten egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream 3/4 cups of sugar and butter.
  3. Add the lemon zest, vanilla, egg and juice of 1/2 a lemon and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, little by little until all is combined.
  5. Form dough into balls and roll in 1/4 cup of sugar. Place in baking sheets and bake for 11 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack until completely cooled.
  7. Whisk together the powdered sugar, juice of half a lemon and 2 teaspoons of milk. If glaze needs to be more liquid, add milk little by little. Pour glaze over cookies and top with sprinkles.
  8. Enjoy!

First Father’s Day

Hi! Hope you had a good weekend! Things over here were pretty hectic, not that we were too busy, but Olivia was Mrs. Needy all weekend long. Plus, she had a couple of nights when she slept through the night in the week and now I’m dealing with a plugged duct, not fun. Nonetheless, Ryan and I got to spend some time together at the house and celebrate Father’s Day.

Work sillyness

Friday, I picked up Olivia a little earlier from daycare so we were able to spend some time outside before I had to start dinner. I even got to do some weeding to our front beds, which honestly needs to happen more often.

OMA Friday

Saturday, Ryan woke up bright and early to go fishing, so Olivia and I spent a little longer morning in bed. Once we were both wide awake, we spent some time on the floor working on her upper body strength. This girl will be rocking on all fours in no time…

OMA hands

Once Ryan got back, we went out to walk around and get a pool for Olivia. She already loves bath time and we really want her to love the water. I pretty much spent half of my childhood in the sea, so Olivia being comfortable in the water is very important to me.

Pool w dad

She actually had a pretty good time. She still doesn’t know the concept of splashing, but she was moving her legs around and bobbing for her pacifier. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do this often.

Pool w mom

We had our fun here and there, but honestly Olivia was a handful this weekend, literally. We were unable to lay her down for a nap at all during the weekend and she wanted to be held most of the time. She was cranky! Hence, the only naps she took during the day were either when she was nursing or on the carrier. It took us about two and a half hours to get her to sleep on Saturday. We were both exhausted and I woke up Sunday with sore arms. Holding a 13 pound baby for so long will do that.

OMA sunnies

It was a new day though, and Father’s Day!, so we made Ryan his breakfast of choice: biscuits and gravy with hash brown potatoes. It doesn’t really photograph well, but it was delicious.

Dad's breakfast

He got in some playtime with Olivia (the pic is actually form Saturday, but I hardly took any on Sunday) and then got to finish mowing the lawn. He later proceeded to do what dads do best, tried to fix things. The self-propulsion zonked out on the mower, so he tried to fix that while watching golf. Yep, he’s totally a dad.

OMA hanging

The rest of the day was spent changing the scenery for the little lady so she wouldn’t get bored or fussy. She really was a handful. We did get to spend some time outside, which she loves.

sunday out

Plus, the weather was super nice.

Sunday view

It’s a new week now and she had another all-nighter last night, so here’s to hoping for an easier week where we can catch up on rest!

Red & Gunmetal Necklace

It’s Friday! This weekend I hope to concentrate on doing a bit of relaxing, after I clean the house of course. I told Ryan that he called the shots this weekend and all he wants to do is relax and maybe go fishing. I’m totally game for that. We plan on heading out earlier rather than later to avoid the heat, it’s going to get quite warm this weekend. I’ll tell you all about what we end up doing on Monday’s post.

For now, I’m sharing another quick necklace tutorial. A lot of these are made with materials I already have on hand. The chains for this necklace actually came from an old necklace I never used and saved for parts. I do that a lot and need to start to get rid of some of these. And so, the red and gunmetal necklace was born.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace

Materials needed:

  • gunmetal chain in various sizes/types of links
    • (2) 4.5” sections of bigger chain
    • (4) 9.75” sections of fine or small chain
    • small strands for accent beads: .5”, .75” and 1.25”
  • four small red beads
  • one large red accent bead
  • round end of a toggle clasp
  • jump rings, clasp and head pins
  • jewelry pliers

Red n Gunmetal Necklace materials

For this necklace I started working from the bottom up. I first got the red pendant ready. The wholes on the bead were a bit large for a headpin. There’s two options for this, you can either add a small bead to act as a stopper or just do a small loop with the wire (same as an eyepin). I did the later and attached a jump ring on one end.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace pendant

Attach the toggle clasp with the “eye” side on top.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace toggle

With one jump ring, connect two 4.5” long pieces of the thicker gunmetal chain to the toggle clasp.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace chian

With another jump ring, connect each strand of thick chain to two of the smaller 9.75” long strands.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace chains

Finally, connect the clasp to the ends of these chains.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace xlasp

At this point, you can definitely use the necklace as is.

Red and Gunmetal Necklace

But let’s add a little flare. Place a headpin on each of the four small beads.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace  accent beads

Attach each one to the end of one of the small chains. One will be left out.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace  w chains

Connect all of these to the necklace by attaching all the chain and bead combos to a jump ring, plus the lone bead as well. Then, attach this jump ring to the jump ring connecting both sets of chains on one side of the necklace.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace  attchs beads

Done!

Red n Gunmetal Necklace with accent beads

A nice and simple design. I mostly like it paired with grays or whites.

Red n Gunmetal Necklace how to

Have a great weekend!

Olivia’s Four Month Update

This past couple of weeks have been quite amazing. Every day, Olivia shows some new skill she acquired. She is extremely alert and happy and loves to interact with people. A third of her first year has passed, WOW! She’s in a super fun stage right now and I’m loving every second I get to spend with her. Plus, we had our four month checkup on Monday and everything is going great with her. Growing as expected and developing perfectly as well.

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Feeding

Still going about every three hours during the day and anywhere between 4-6 hours at night. Still on the 5oz per bottle feeding and 10-15 minutes per side while nursing. Pumping has been going a little bit better, but I haven’t really seen a huge rise in supply. So, I’ll just keep trucking along until I can’t anymore. Her new thing during some feedings is getting distracted. She’ll start eating, then look around the room and then keep eating. Or , she’ll stare at me and try to make me smile before she keeps eating, what a goober!

Eating OMA

Sleep

She has been doing pretty good with sleep. There’s been a couple of days when she has fought sleep, one time for two excruciating hours. Mostly, she has no problem in going to bed after her 8 or 9 o’clock feeding. Sometimes, she’ll even skip that and fall asleep until midnight. Her naps are more of  hit and miss thing. She naps about twice a day at daycare, 1-2 hours each. At home, probably because she gets more activity and interaction, she’ll need at least a cat nap between feedings. She ends up napping less time, but more often. I can already see how this whole long summer days is messing up her bedtime though. This week, I had Ryan put a blanket on top of the curtains on one of her windows. Waaay too much light coming in to stimulate sleep.

Resting OMA

Awake Time

This girl loves to have all attention on her. She thrives on interaction and loves to be talked to, sang to and played with. She is also very observant of everything around her. At the appointment, the doctor mentioned that at this stage they might start getting bored and I can definitely tell. Once she starts getting a bit fussy and it’s not nap or eating time, a quick change of scenery or new toy usually does the trick. She spends her time talking, screaming (a brand new skill she loves), sucking on everything, taking a hold of anything that crosses her path, holding her feet, looking around, wriggling and smiling. She’s a pro at holding her head up while on her belly and loves to be standing up, when held of course. She is mastering rolling over back to belly and is working on the other way around now. She is also loving bath time right now. Ryan usually takes care of it and they seem to have a lot of fun splashing around in the water.

Oball Infant Rattle

Me

Milk production is still a battle for me. I don’t have low supply, but I fight to keep up with her. Talking to the lactation consultants at the hospital has been a huge help. Working on different strategies to stay on top of it and not fall behind. I did talk to the pediatrician of when to consider supplementation and she suggested just doing a feeding a day if it comes to it. Better to prolong breastfeeding, than to just use up all the stock now. I still haven’t started an exercise routine, not because of lack of wanting, but because of lack of time. Ten hour work days give me little extra time to get everything done around the house, and weekends are usually devoted to spending time with her and catching up with housework, plus all the summer travels and activities that take up time. Hopefully soon I’ll get back to it, at least once a week.

OMA and I

Randoms

Just got over her first cold. She developed two fevers that went down right away with Tylenol. She never got fussy, but slept a lot. It only lasted about three days and now she’s back to her happy energetic self.

Cold OMA

We had a few visitors this past month and Olivia did her part in leaving a mark on each one of them, mostly consisting of spit up. She’s our special little girl. Both my parents and sister got to spend some quality time with her.

Ohana

We love spending time outside. There’s so much to look at! The sun and the nice breeze puts anyone in a good mood. Also, we’re now super confident in taking her with us when we head out the door.

Iowa Arts

I am loving this stage right now and cherish every moment I get to spend with this little girl, even the two hours she spent the other day fighting sleep. It’s amazing seeing what new things she comes up with every day and there’s nothing like seeing her smile at the end of a rough workday or to start the morning off in a great mood.