I’m actually pretty proud of myself this week with the over-picturing — as it didn’t really happen. I only have three extras from the week! And yeah, yeah, we’re working on the pacifier thing, but for now, it works for us. I hope you all had a great week!
Ok, ok .. so every New Orleans lover knows that it’s supposed to be Brandy Milk Punch, but here’s a little secret — I’m not a fan of brandy. And when I was looking up a recipe to share for a cocktail for Mardi Gras, this little gem from Dickie Brennans kitchen popped up, and I got beyond giddy. This is a super simple recipe that only takes a little time because it needs to be frozen.
// 4 cups whole milk
// 1 cup bourbon
// 1/4 cup vanilla (I know this seems like a lot, but consider the amount of milk and bourbon you’re using)
// 1/4 cup simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar – heated up and mixed)
// 1 pint vanilla ice cream
// nutmeg for garnish
//throw everything in a blender. blend for about 8-15 seconds. (ours wasn’t completely milkshakey after that, so we threw it in our kitchenaid ice cream mixer thingy to complete and then left in the freezer)
// throw a pinch of nutmeg on top if you so choose.
// drop in a fancy ass straw and enjoy. happy weekend to you.
The first year of marriage after a baby is hard. That should be capitalized with an explanation point after every letter. You’re both getting in the groove of having something new demanding attention at every turn, and so that then, of course, takes the attention off each other. Which is hard on a marriage – regardless of how great it was before you had a baby.
Add in the fact that B and I maybe get a date night every other month (3-4 months mostly), and have no family around to maybe just take the baby for an hour so we can collect ourselves from the week, and it was just not fun.
Yesterday, B and I both had off, and you know what we did? We took the baby to daycare anyway. And no this doesn’t mean that we don’t like hanging out with him, or love him any less. We wanted a day to be ourselves – the non-mom and dad versions. So we did – we spent an entire day together…
…eating sweet rolls from Bogue’s.
…buying kiddo a sandbox from Toy’R’Us and shopping at the outlets.
..having pizza and beers from The Filling Station.
…having beers at Hop City and then onto Good People brewing.
...and even snapping our first selfie together in what might actually be a year.
That day was so good for the both of us -it reminded me just how much I like being around my husband and how much fun we have together. The weather was perfect, the day was perfect, and we didn’t love on that guy any less when we went to pick him up. I was so grateful for the day that we got to spend together, and given the chance, I know we both would do it again.
Mardi Gras is exactly a week from today. This will be the first year in awhile that B and I aren’t going – and, yes I’m super sad about it, so I decided to make my house/food/drinks as Mardi Gras-y as possible to make up for not being able to go. And I wanted to start with our front door. I love the Mardi Gras door hangers that you can find on Etsy, but they are lots of money, and well, I don’t have lots of money! So I thought what could I do? I have these four bags of Mardi Gras beads, and I really wanted to do something with them. So while, I was out at Hobby Lobby this weekend, it came to me! A Mardi Gras wreath made completely out of beads!
This is so easy you guys that even I could do it. I picked up a $3.99 wire wreath circle at Hobby Lobby – they also had smaller and larger sizes — you know, if you have a bigger or smaller door. I opted for the middle size, because I wanted it to stand out on my door.
After digging through all of my bags for Mardi Gras beads, I started out the wreath with all the same size beads. You can either tie them together, or you can snap them together. I snapped them together, because, duh, way easier.
After I got the wreath to about the size I wanted it to be, I added in different sized beads, and Krewe specific beads that we had caught. Bigger beads, smaller beads, heart shaped ones. You name it – we’ve caught it all. Side note: I will say that snapping some of the smaller beads to the larger ones and vice versa didn’t always work so well. I either tied these, or used a bigger strand over them to snap them onto the wreath. Your call – they both worked well.
After I had gotten to the thickness I wanted, I added the bigger beads at the top – the special ones the Krewes throw with their mascot or whatever their theme is for the year, and snapped them onto the top of the wreath so they hung down below. And voila! Finished product:
I love this wreath so much! And it even glimmers at night with the side light glowing on it! Plus it was a fun way to get boo involved — check out this kiddo and his beads!
If you need beads, let me know. I can send you a bag.
I am definitely an over-picture taker when it comes to my kid. This 365 project hasn’t helped matters, seeing as how I’m obsessed with getting the right picture. But then that leaves all the ones that I’m not using anywhere to get left behind. And well, I can’t have that. So here are a few “from the cutting floor” that weren’t used for the project this week:
//just chillin on a rock in the flower bed he’s not supposed to be in// probably watching frozen for the millionth time this week, maybe sesame street //tree huggin!! seriously, you tell this kid to go hug a tree and he does it!// lovin on both of his foxes while he sleeps // static baby hair! // since he had to miss his valentine’s party at daycare, mama covered him in valentine’s stickers — and then he took them off. and got mad that they were off until he got mad that they were back on. it was a super fun game that we played all day.