Saturday, December 13, 2014

santa's lap

i went back + forth whether i wanted to get photos of harper on santa's lap for her first christmas. of course they would be fun to have, but i'm not one to spend good money on something like that. it was a tough decision though, considering my budget goes out the window when my baby is involved. 

while in grand junction a few weeks back, garrison was at cabela's when i realized it was attached to a mall (coming from a small town with only 1 grocery store, any sort of mall is very exciting stuff). i went to pick out a gift for my sister-in-law, when i walked past santa photos. if harper wouldn't have been sound asleep in the wrap, i just might have pulled the trigger. 

i though i might have missed my opportunity (again, we live in a tiny town). then i heard there would be a surprise visit from santa at our church's christmas party. i got pretty excited at the idea of taking a few photos of her reaction. 

but before the party, we had a day to waste (due to house-selling stuff) and decided to drive to denver for some christmas window shopping. and there was the fanciest frozen-themed santa photos. if harper wouldn't been dressed in something more festive, i think i would've broke down right then + there. but purple + mustard clothing doesn't exactly screen christmas. 

so i pulled out her fanciest dress (a few sizes too big because it's for my brother's wedding in march) and hoped the surprise santa would make an appearance. he did in fact, as we sang jingle bells. a girl from our ward was holding harper, and i asked her to grab a spot at the front of the line. since there was a whole line-up of excited children behind us, i didn't have more than a few seconds to snap the quickest photo ever. she didn't cry, or smile. but i'm just happy it's not blurry. (and the hand in her mouth is due to 2 more teeth coming in!)

and then we stopped by the library for another santa visit, which didn't go quite as well :) but it was also past nap-time.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

o' christmas tree

on thanksgiving day, we picked out our christmas tree, and decorated the house a bit by hanging lights, ornaments, and stockings. as we are preparing to move out of our house at the end of the month, we have sold most of our furniture already. aannnd, we still don't own real stockings. but it is the perfect year to get creative with what we do have. which apparently is lots of dress socks :) we used a plaid blanket again for the tree skirt, and a twig, twine + mini clothespins to hang our "stockings" (one for garrison, myself, harper + mister fynn of course). i love it all.


somehow, all the winter holidays lined up to be on garrison's days off this year. how lucky are we! thanksgiving being my favorite holiday, we opted to cook our own dinner and stay home. we spent all morning + afternoon together in the kitchen; garrison making cajun stuffing, sauces + prime rib. myself making pies + yam casserole. harper happily gnawing on celery spears + apple slices. it was a relaxing day, despite all the cooking, which turned out delicious. 

on thanksgiving day, we also went + picked out our christmas tree from whole foods, since we ran out of time the day before. we opted for a mini one again because they are so cute! 

notes for next year: make a chicken stock gravy for the stuffing. the yam casserole is much tastier made a day ahead and reheated. also make any pies the night before to cool properly. paula deen's pumpkin pie is great, but try this one next year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

pumpkin pie ice cream recipe

there is one reason i buy a pie pumpkin every october: to make this pumpkin pie ice cream in november. it is one of the best homemade ice creams, in my opinion. super creamy + perfectly spiced. i adapted the original recipe method for use in my ice cream maker.

pumpkin pie ice cream
method adapted from
equipment needed: ice cream maker
serves 4

1 pint (16 ounces) heavy whipping cream
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree (preferably homemade)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of cloves

freeze ice cream maker bowl for 24 hours beforehand (or according to manufacturer instructions). prepare pumpkin puree, if making from scratch, and let cool to room temperature.

wisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. pour into frozen bowl of ice cream maker and churn about 20 minutes (or according to manufacturer instructions) until soft-serve consistency. pour into a freezer safe container, place saran wrap or wax paper directly on top of ice cream, and freeze until ready to serve. serve with pie crust pieces or whipped cream, if desired.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

harper // 8 months

this month, we dropped harper off with her first babysitters (our friends two sons who live down the street) for only 45 minutes, she was a kitty-cat for halloween, started this new fake cry thing that sounds like "mah mah mah," became fascinated with our white living room curtains, learned to pull herself to a stand in her crib, lifted her belly off the ground & began scooting around the house, has a signature "model pose," actually enjoyed a baby play-date (usually sh'e uninterested), needed her first bandaid, celebrated garrison's birthday, discovered the yellow stripe on our wooly blanket, had our first snow of the season, and flirted with herself in the mirror.