New Recipe Additions Edition

Every so often, I update my recipe section with foods we’ve been chowing down on that deserve a spot on the ol’ bloggety blog. So here are the new ones for this go around! I am far from being a culinary genius (I wish!), but each recipe I list is usually slightly adapted for our family’s preferences. For the most part, someone else is responsible for making up such delicious dishes, so look for the credits at the end of each my recipes and thank God for these gifted individuals.



Sloppy Joes (can’t remember if I had this one highlighted last time. Fun Fact: I hate Sloppy Joes. But these. I do NOT hate.)

Cheeseburger Pie

Self Admitting… I need more dinners.



Mexican Rice

Homemade Noodles

Icebox Butterhorns (Rolls)

Pie Crust



Scones (cinnamon)

Scones (lemon)

Lemon Bars

Surprise Cupcakes

Mocha Punch


Party Food

Black Bean Queso

Avocado Dip

Harvest Seasonings

The memory of wheat harvest is a relatively new one for me… I would go out and hang in the combine with Logan many moons ago in high school and college, but we’ve probably had a solid ten year break from the scene. The last few years we’ve made it a tradition to have a meal in the field and take a few pictures of the kids whilst wallowing in the beautiful Kansas scenery. I squeezed both kids into last year’s overalls and off we went! Evie was enamored with picking the wheat out of the already harvested tracks and we made lots of wheat bouquets with “Farmer Steve” (Great Uncle Steve was a good sport). Olan was smitten with the machinery. That kid’s got farm boy written in his DNA I’m afraid. Ha ha!

What a unique experience these kiddos get to have riding in the combine with Grandpa. Not to mention they were all about getting down and dirty in the field! Thanks to Chuck, Janine, Great Grandpa Henry, Steve, Mike and Roleta for letting us crash your party on Saturday! Way to work hard!

O: 1.75 Years

Olan at his one and three quarters mark. He’s such a candy bar… meaning way too delicious for anyone to resist. Here’s Olie’s list of fun things he’s doing and preferring these days.

Although in the past he’s been slow to speak out, he has exploded with words in the last few weeks. He says: egg, hat, car, ball, big bite, blue, daddy, mama, Evie, moon, truck, mow, tree, done, water, snack, eat, God, uh huh, no, light, bay… Okay so he’s saying everything. Ha! He is trying many other words, but these are the ones that are most recognizable by Joe Schmoe.

The kid loves being outside and throws a fit when it’s time to come in. He has taken a liking to baseball, he’s fearless in the water, and enjoys swinging. I think he might stay in the swing for hours if that were not considered neglect. Blue car is his go-to toy, and I feel like we need some big boy toys pretty quick… he’s getting into dinos and trucks and farm equipment, big time.

Eating is a favorite pastime for the man. He’s into throwing his food at the table (which we are swiftly disciplining for outrageous behavior like that). Blueberries for the blueberry eyed baby boy and he’s content as can be. He also digs bananas, oatmeal, and pizza. Weighing in at 31 pounds, his appetite matches. And all he wants at mealtime is to watch mama cook his food in the kitchen.

Evie and Olan have a special relationship. Evie is very protective of her baby bro, and they love hugging and wrestling with each other. We’ve really seen Olan follow after Evie’s example in a lot of ways. Just this morning, Evie put on her shoes and was running through the house as fast as she could, and Olan brought me his shoes to put on and started running too. So cute. (And they look like they’re gonna be up to no good one of these days with their shifty eyes in the last picture!)

Biting, throwing screamy tantrums (wondering if the twos are coming soon…), pacifying at nighttime, and “tattling” on Evie are some of his bad habits. But all in all, dude’s a pretty docile creature. He is still a cuddly babe who loves to be carried around. He thinks brushing his teeth is the funniest thing, he reads “Down by the Bay” every night and never wanes in excitement, and snoozes from 8:00pm-6:30am.

Nearly two years with my babe and I haven’t gotten tired of him yet.

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