February Playlist

this is the month of our second year anniversary of engagement so i figured it would be filled with love songs that i adore + remind me of marco.

  • “hooked on a feeling” -Blue Swede
  • “come and get your love” -Redbones
  • “northern wind” -City & Colour
  • “crazy for you” -Adele
  • “everlasting light” -The Black Keys
  • “you and i” -Ingrid Michaelson

i hope you enjoy them! as always feel free to let me know your favorite love songs. happy love day everyone.

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McNay Art Museum

This past Sunday we decided on a family date to the museum. Loads of fun and I got so many great shots. Adaileé loved being outside a lot more than inside but we still got to enjoy all the exhibits that they were featuring including a Tim Burton one.

We are going to start with the outside

She absolutely loved this water fountain and didn’t want to leave it! it broke my heart that we had to force her to leave, but i knew she would enjoy the fishes next!

I loved this zen pond!

little adaileé sitting on the bench inside of the bamboo gazebo this is the roof on the inside of the gazebo, i loved it.

we stopped to take a family selfie before leaving!

of course we had to say goodbye to all the cute koi fishes.

she is so beautiful, i love my princess.

who doesn’t love Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas??? if you dont, please go away and take your opinion elsewhere. it was so lovely to see these beautiful little stages in person. my top 3 favorite shots i got.

also i can’t forget mister oogie boogie!

a few of my favorite pieces from the art displayed inside.

adaileé getting some photographs with mom + dad.

i loved this tiny little pond, it was gorgeous.

we had a great time with our little girl, spending time with my family is the best thing i could ask for. we don’t get much time all together to be outside and explore so i try to make every month special by planning a family date. i can’t wait to show you all the cool ideas + things we plan to do this year as a family.

January playlist

i want to share monthly playlist of all the songs i have been religiously listening to. in hopes you’ll find some cool jams down the road you didn’t know you liked until now! please feel free to share your favorite song(s) with me as well. i love listening and being turned on to new music.

  • “he’s gone” -Magnoliawind
  • “talk is cheap” -Chet Faker
  • “seaside” -The Kooks
  • “devil woman” -Marty Robbins

thanks so much if you went ahead and listened to any of them!

January 2018

it’s been awhile since i’ve been on here, i wanted to start fresh this year and at least blog once a month. here i am already almost blowing that because it’s about to be February. ha.

new years resolutions

  • learn to “self-care”
  • budget, budget, save, save.
  • start a few family traditions
  • be outside more

these are a few goals for myself. i have been struggling for the last few months (even though it feels like a life time) with depression. i am trying to learn what works for me and what doesn’t. what makes me truly happy and what’s blocking me from getting there. i need to be more patient with myself, more forgiving, and even more open.

on a more positive note, our daughter grows more beautiful, smart and stronger everyday. every week she learns a new thing. i’ll be doing a little year and half update on her next month. can you believe i’ll have a 2 year old in about 6 months??

Adaileé’s First Pumpkin Patch 

Last year she was only 2 months old so we didn’t think taking her out to visit a pumpkin patch was a good idea. I’m glad we waited because the pictures we captured were absolutely beautiful. She is an adventurer and loves walking. She gets in this mode and just never wants to stop and hates being slowed down. 

They had a small patch of sunflowers up and of course I just had to get some pictures of her in front of them. 

My sweet friend lives in Seguin, Tx and had recommended this family owned pumpkin patch there. As we got there they had some treats for sell (candy apples, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, Rice Krispies, etc.). They also had a pit filled with corn kernels I was scared at first to let Addy play in it because you know how 14 months are they want to put everything in their mouths. Adaileé tried once and I told her no and she never tried it again. She sat there contently by herself putting the kernels into the bucket and then dumping it out, repeatedly. She would get so upset with me if I put any in. It was so fun to watch her play and be so amused. ​​​


They also had a few farm animals we got to see and touch. Adaileé was still a little scared of them and would put her hand out to touch them and as soon as they moved she would very quickly bring her hand back to her sides. 

The piggies were my favorite of course! 

I am just going to upload some of my favorite photos from our visit to the pumpkin patch. I hope you guys all enjoy Adaileé’s cuteness as much as I do. 

We had so much fun! We can’t wait to make this a tradition. I love watching her explore and experience new things. It’s one of the best things about being a momma, watching them enjoy the simple things in life. Hope you all have a safe Halloween if you are celebrating, if you are not, enjoy the 50% off candy the next day! 

Stuffed Candy Apples 

My aunt Jerri shared a delish link on Facebook of those easy recipe videos and my dad had pointed out to me that he wanted to try them. So of course I took it upon myself to go ahead and attempt but put my own little twist to it. 

I’m sure like many of you, nostalgia wins my heart over. Which is why even though the recipe wants you to drizzle chocolate on top. I decided to take the chocolate away and add crushed peanuts because Granny Smiths covered in caramel rolled in peanuts are such a classic taste when it comes to candy apples. 

Ingridents 

  • 6 apples, halved, Granny Smith 
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter 
  • 3 tsp. of cinnamon sugar  
  • 1/4 tsp. of apple spice 
  • 1/4 cup of water 
  • 20-26 caramel candies 
  • 1 cup of crushed peanuts 

Directions 
Preheat oven to 375.

Using a melon baller, core the apples. Place apples in a shallow baking dish and brush each with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon apple spice sugar. Pour water into baking dish and place in oven for 20 minutes.

Remove apples from oven and add 2-4 caramels to the well in each apple. Return to bake, 15 more minutes. 


Top with crushed peanuts, sprinkle with more cinnamon apple spice sugar, let cool and serve.

These were simply delicious, soft and savory. The easiest way to eat a candy apple. Your toddler and grandmother will all love it! 

Banana Nut Bread

My father and I are the cookers + bakers in our family. We love sharing ideas and enjoy cooking side by side. My grandmother gave my dad an old recipe from the 70’s of this banana nut bread and for the past week or so he’s been wanting me to help him make it. It turned out so delicious and I wanted to share with you all this amazing simple recipe. 


1 1/2 cups sugar 

1/2 unsalted butter, softened 

2 large eggs 

4 very ripe bananas, mashed 

1 tsp vanilla 

1 tsp baking soda 

1/3 cup of buttermilk 

1 1/2 cup unbleached flour 

1 cup of finely chopped walnuts* 

Preheat the oven to 350 f. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter; add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in mashed bananas and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. In a measuring cup stir baking soda into the buttermilk and add it to the banana mix along with flour and chopped nuts *we added a little more than a cup and also saved some chunks to add to the top. Stir the batter until it’s just combined. Pour batter into a greased + floured 9×5 in loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until the center comes out clean with a pick. Transfer bread to a rack and let it cool in the pan for 10 min. Then turn it out onto a rack and let it cool completely. I hope you enjoy this recipe as did my family. It’s a great Sunday morning breakfast! Have a lovely day.