Monthly Archives: August 2012

One Month Away!

Adelaide is 11 months old today, and I can’t believe we will be celebrating her birthday in 4 short weeks. She has changed so much recently.

  • She’s standing on her own now. Still no steps without holding on, but we’re getting there!
  • She gets in silly moods every now and then where she throws herself down at Chris or me. It is so cute!
  • She loves to give us hugs when we sit down on the floor with her.
  • She’s starting to pay more attention to books and can sit through an entire story now.

I just love my little lady and am so happy to see her grow and learn new things. One thing I am working on for us as a family is better eating/cooking habits. Adelaide is eating 100% “table food” now, so Chris and I really need to make some changes in our diet, so she can get the good stuff. I just signed us up for a 3-month trial of thefresh20. We’re living it up this weekend before buckling down and committing to healthy meal-planning. I’m praying this is a good solution for us and that we can stick to it to save money and get healthy!

I got all excited yesterday and decided to get ingredients for some green smoothies. I figured I could finally get some use out of the Baby Bullet I was convinced was essential and bought a year ago. I blame my hormones. Anyway, the smoothie ended up being a bust the first go-around. The peanut butter, banana and blueberry definitely masked the spinach taste, but the texture was not velvety smooth like this blogger’s. Next time, I will dig out our fancy schmancy blender and use the liquify setting. Lesson learned. Although, I was able to score some frozen blueberries at a closeout price for 1/3 of the normal cost, which made for one very happy 11 month old.


All that was missing was some cheese, and she would have had all her favorite foods at once!

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Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Ever!

I am really terrible with most “domestic” things. Meal planning has never lasted more than a month for us, and most of the time I am too busy chasing Adelaide around to cook and clean properly. Thankfully, Chris has embraced his inner chef and has been doing most of the cooking since I got pregnant. He especially loves to grill, and he is fantastic at it!

I am so grateful to have such a helpful partner. The other night we were both getting peckish, and having no meal ingredients in the house, Chris came up with a craving for grilled cheese. He agreed to chill out with Adelaide while I ran to the store for supplies. Going to the store hungry is never a good idea, but this trip, I think I managed to do a pretty good job. I even managed to get everything on my list except for avocado, which was meant for Adelaide. Whoops!

Anyway, here are the ingredients for the best grilled cheese ever (*bacon not pictured, but very much required) :


The cream cheese added a richness that made this meal seem much heartier than it was. Also, the cheese combination was heavenly. I’m glad that I was suckered into buying 2 cheeses, since they were on sale 2/$5 at Dillon’s.

Here’s a picture of the finished product, served alongside Art’s & Mary’s jalapeño chips:


They were so good, I even had another for lunch the next day, minus the bacon. What’s your favorite grilled cheese ingredients? Do you have any quick and easy go-to recipes to share?

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