I have conducted an experiment. And the results have proven that my baby is indeed a super baby… an astute observer. .
Braxton loves remotes– what baby doesn’t? It’s like the universal toy favored by babies. So, we gave him one that goes to an old dvd player that we no longer use. It’s his to have and play with and do whatever he wants with. See? Just as real as the one we use….
BUT how funny…. he doesn’t want the silver one! He only wants the one he sees us using. So I figured that by pretending a couple times a day to use the silver one, point it at the tv every so often and press buttons, he would be fooled into thinking it’s real. It did work for about five minutes, then…. back to wanting the black one and only the black one.
Look. When both remotes are presented to him, which one does he chose? Yup. The one we don’t want him to use. Of course!
Hey, incidentally, look at what else he likes playing with:
1. Okay. Since obviously this has changed from a recipe blog into a blog for me to post my super cute pictures of B man and for you guys (family) to see what he is up to on a day to day basis…….. I want comments. ! If you visit the site, leave me a comment that I can read to B. He is monitoring web traffic closely and wants to stay abreast of what people are saying about him. This may just kick start his Gerber career. He has high aspirations. Just as a super baby should.
2. You know you are a parent when your baby has a snotty nose and covers your shoulder in said snot and you don’t skip a beat and figure better on your shoulder than running down his face. Eh, just a little snot. Haha.
Hi! B is a stubborn little capricorn. We have tried to teach him to wave for months now, and he pays attention and knows how but just hasn’t felt like indulging us. Until now. Today, so far, here is the list of people Braxy has waved to:
1. His daddy leaving for work.
2. The two old ladies walking in the mall.
3. The check out lady at publix, and then the bag boy.
4. The bum outside the truck begging for change at the intersection lol.
I got a text from Aunt Lulu. She is not happy. NOT HAPPY. She is claiming she taught B to wave AND how dare I leave her off the list of people he waved to yesterday. She says “he waved to me the most yesterday”. lol. There ya have it.
He seriously gets cuter and cuter everyday, if that is even possible.
Hi strangers! We have been gone for a long time…I know, unfortunately duty calls. The duty being school. I just can’t do things half way and it seems that school has been taking up all my energy, or more like draining it. Anyway, I got a wild hair today and decided to pop in and say hello with a little holiday pecan recipe for everyone!
How do you say it…. pi-con? Or pee-can?
Me and Lexie say pee-can. Must have got that from our dad, he has a pretty southern accent. For example, our favorite is how he answers the phone. It’s not hello, but “yell-oh”!
This recipe from Cooking Light is for Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix and I just think it sounds so delicious!
This would be perfect for any get-together or even as a gift for someone put into a pretty container!
2 1/2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 1 large egg white
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 225°.
2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in pecans. Combine sugar, salt, and pepper. Add to pecan mixture; toss well. Spread mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 225° for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; cool completely. Stir in cranberries.
Note: Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
- Calories: 91 (76% from fat)
- Fat: 7.7g (sat 0.7g,mono 4.6g,poly 2.4g)
- Protein: 1.2g
- Carbohydrate: 4.8g
- Fiber: 0.8g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 0.3mg
- Sodium: 98mg
- Calcium: 1mg
Today I actually had some time to make a friendly visit to the Real Simple website, one of my favoritos. They happen to be talking about a topic that is very near and dear to the Pickle sisters…. beer!
Before I get to that, I will share with you a little background about Lexie and I and how we came to love beer. We grew up in a small town… small and actually kind of a country town considering it’s in Florida. Like, we had a cow pasture at our high school and kids could actually take a class on how to drive a tractor and raise a steer. What. The. Hell.
Anyway, the fun thing to do on the weekends was go to keg parties out in the middle of woods. But, I would NOT drink beer, oh hell no. Only Jack Daniels Lynchburg Lemonaide and Boones Farm Strawberry Hill for me! Hellooo, I was a lady!
Then we went to college in the big city. Both Lexie and I went to FSU in Tallahassee for college. We learned real quick how much we took those bums outside the local jiffy store in Leesburg for granted….. just slip them the cash with the promise of keeping the change and voila, wine cooler central! Now, getting our favorite wine coolers was a thing of the past!
We both learned to make do with what was there–free beer at the fraternity parties. At first this was a love-hate relationship but has blossomed over time into a strong love. We LOVE a good beer. And only good beer. In fact, the phrase Beer Snob has been thrown around a time or two.
So, this brings me to our topic at hand. Real Simple outlines for us 7 Refreshing Summer Beers that they recommend we try! Let’s talk shop guys!
First we have Sam Adams Summer Ale:
This beer is so good. So good! If you enjoy Sam Adams then you will really like the Summer Ale. Real Simple says “A lemony warm-weather wheat ale, this crowd-pleasing brew has cardamom notes and a peppery kick”
Next there is Shock Top Belgian White:
We have had this a few times now. It is made by Michelob, so I didn’t expect it to be up to my high standards (haha!). I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this beer is! If you like Blue Moon I think you will like Shock Top.
Here we have good ‘ol Red Stripe:
Red Stripe is just near and dear to my heart! The hubby and I took our honeymoon in Jamaica and I have fond memories of drinking this beer. Aside from that, it is just a good beer that is in a bottle that is super fun to drink out of! Definitely a beer to be served out of the bottle and not a glass.
On to Flying Dog Woody Creek White:
I love anything from Flying Dog. I don’t know if I have ever tried the Woody Creek White but I have really enjoyed all their other beers. I would imaging it is appealing to a wider audience because it is more of a light ale than some of their other full-bodied beers.
Real Simple says “made with coriander and bitter orange peel, this Belgian-style pilsner from the eccentric Maryland brewery known for its craft beers has a light, creamy texture and dry finish. I am gonna be on the lookout for this one!
Moving on to Newcastle:
I don’t really have too much to say here…. Newcastle is good but not something I would order or buy at the store. There are just too many other better beers out there in my humble opinion. However, I certainly wouldn’t snub my nose if I was in the mood for a beer and it was the only thing being served!
Now we have Negra Modelo:
I have ordered this one when eating Mexican a handful of times. It’s pretty good! It’s not as dark as I expected either considering they say on the label “dark beer”. I’ll give it 2 thumbs up for those times you are eating chips and white queso (yummm!) and have had your fill of margaritas. Good beer to switch to.
And last we have Bohemia:
I have never even heard of this beer so I have nothing to add here. I guess I will need to be on the lookout next time I am somewhere with a good beer menu and try it out! From what Real Simple says it sounds pretty good! This crisp, light-gold Mexican pilsner has a pleasing, slightly bitter finish that cuts through rich and spicy foods like Buffalo chicken wings and hot curries.
And there you have it folks! All this talk about beer has really got me craving one myself! Does anyone have any good suggestions for a good beer to try? I would love to hear them!