Sweet Potato Muffins

by Karly Morgan-Smith on February 2nd, 2013

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(I apologize for the poor photography that my my muffins have suffered, Iphones make me lazy.)

I had a few comments about how gross my spinach muffins looked so i decided to post this equally healthy muffin recipe, but looks a little more “normal”.  And i think i ended up liking them a little better than the Spinach.  I got the recipe, again, from Weelicious.  And here is this really amazing recipe!  The only things i did differently was half and half all purpose flour/100% whole wheat, used almond milk, and i added about a 1/2 cup of brown sugar instead of 1/3 (oops!).  I also used coconut oil for the oil, and i should note here that if you decided to use coconut oil, make sure that you melt it before you try and mix it in.  I cooked the sweet potato a couple of days before hand  and i scooped it out, put it in a ziplock, smashed it and stuck it in the fridge until i was ready to use it.  Super easy, super delicious!  Cosby had about 5 right out of the oven!

Mini Sweet Potato Muffins  (Makes 30 Mini Muffins)

  • Prep Time:1 hours,
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes,
  • Total Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes,

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree, cooked*
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Place the first 7 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl whisk the remaining ingredients.
  4. 4. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients just until they are combined (be careful not to over mix the batter).
  5. 5. Place 1 tbsp of batter in each cup of greased mini muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. 6. Serve.
  7. * To make sweet potato puree, bake sweet potatoes (or yams) in a 400 degree oven for one hour, allow to cool, slice in half lengthwise and mash flesh with a fork until smooth.
  8. ** You can place muffins in labeled freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.

Spinach Muffins

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 31st, 2013

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I got this recipe for Spinach Muffins from my dear friend who said that her little boy loved them so i thought i’d give it a try, and i’d give this recipe 2 thumbs up.  The recipe found on a delicious blog called Weelicious.  You can find all sorts of recipes on how to get your little ones -or big ones- to eat just a little healthier.  Here’s the recipe posted at Weelicious.  I did a few things differently.  Instead of using vegetable or canola oil i used coconut oil.  I also substituted the all purpose flour for 1/2 unbleached white and 1/2 100% whole wheat flour.  I thought it tuned out great!  It says here that you can freeze them for up to 3 months but i’m pretty sure mine aren’t going to make it long enough to freeze.  Maybe not even through the day!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, packed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor and puree.
  3. 3. Place the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and combine.
  4. 4. Pour the spinach puree in a large mixing bowl.
  5. 5. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.
  6. 6. Scoop batter into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup 2/3 of the way.
  7. 7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  8. 8. Serve.

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Vegan, a lapse

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 29th, 2013

This evening I decided that I wanted pizza, and as a friend always sings to me… ” whatever Karly wants, karly gets.” And since I have a better half who just as easily gives into the whims of the taste bud, we got pizza. Not vegan pizza, cheese, chemical and antibiotic ridden cheesy pizza. It tasted good but I kid you not, within 10 minutes of eating the pizza ( and the ice cream– why not go all out?) my head started to hurt, my nose got stuffy, my stomach started gurgling, I got all congested and coughy and I started feeling a bit sleepy and lethargic. With in 10 minutes!!! I really wish that I would have kicked myself about the pizza BEFORE eating it instead of after.
Moral of the story, kids? Listen to your body. Pay attention to how it responds to food, beverage,and general life situations and do what’s best for it. Instant gratification is exactly that, but it’s almost never what’s best for ones self.

So go…forgive yourself for eating sh** and do better tomorrow.

Just as a side note, I came home and took digestive enzymes and drank some peppermint water. And I felt much better! :-)

Vegan, Day 2: Quinoa Spaghetti with Mushrooms in a White Wine and Soy Cream Sauce, served with Roasted Kale

by Joe Smith on January 16th, 2013

Day two of our vegan experiment down.

 

We eat a good deal of pasta in our house. We’ve always done the whole wheat, but recently decided to make the switch to quinoa pasta, because it doesn’t have the wheat gluten, which is hard for our bodies to break down, and because it’s packed with protein, which is so important for the vegan or vegetarian diet. The quinoa doesn’t get quite a soft as whole wheat pasta, (which, itself, doesn’t get quite as soft as white pasta), but that doesn’t bother me, because we usually cook ours a little al dente anyway. And the taste was great! It was actually really rich and buttery.

 

Quinoa Spaghetti

 

We had a jar of marinara sauce in the cabinet that we we’re going to pour over the quinoa spaghetti, but we also had some extra mushrooms in the fridge and I was feeling inspired, so I whipped up a recipe: Quinoa spaghetti with Mushrooms in a White Wine and Soy Cream Sauce.

 

We served it with roasted kale, which we learned about from our good friend Hannah Snuffer, and it’s become one of our favorite side dishes—and super easy.

 

So here’s the recipe:

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed and torn into bite sized pieces (it looks like A LOT, but it cooks down considerably)
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, separated
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 box of quinoa spaghetti (or pasta of your choice)
  • 1 – 1½ cups of mushrooms, sliced (I used portabella, but whatever you’ve got is fine)
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • Something to season the mushrooms with (I used some dried thyme and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, but you can use whatever makes you happy. I think you could even get away with just some salt and pepper)
  • ½ or so of white wine
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy cream, or unsweetened almond milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

 

 

Procedure

Preheat over to 400°

Put water on to boil for the pasta.

 

For the Roasted Kale

In a large bowl toss the kale with 1 tbsp of olive oil and a little salt and pepper, and spread it out on a baking sheet. (I usually have more kale than I can spread into a single layer on one sheet. If it’s not a single layer, some of the kale at the bottom will be soft, while the stuff on top gets crispy. That doesn’t bother me, but if it bothers you, use two pans, or less kale). Bake at 400° until kale gets crispy and begins to brown around the edges, (probably about 15 minutes).

 

 Roasted Kale

 

For the Pasta

One you water has come to a boil, SALT IT! The Italians say that pasta water should taste like the ocean. Then cook the pasta to the package directions.

 

For the Sauce

While the kale and pasta are cooking, sauté the mushrooms  in 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat, until they are soft and starting to carmelize, (5 minutes or so). Add the garlic and seasoning of your choice; cook another two minutes, or until the garlic begins to carmelize. Deglaze the pan with white wine. Make sure you scrape up all the bits that are stuck to the pan—that’s the best part.  Remove from heat and add the milk. Season with a pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Return to heat and let simmer for a minute or two until sauce begins to thicken.

 

white wine and soy cream sauce, with satued mushrooms

 

 

Toss the pasta with the mushroom cream sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley. Serve hot with a side of roasted kale.

 

Quinoa Spaghetti and Mushrooms in a White Wine and Soy Cream Sauce, served with Roasted Kale

 

 

Vegan, day 1

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 16th, 2013

I recently watched a documentary called Forks Over Knives, where in pretty compelling evidence suggest that a whole foods plant based diet is optimal for our health.  For the prevention and even cure of cancer, diabetes, heart disease ETC.  Now before you say you don’t believe it, please watch the documentary first!  You can do so on Netflix instant streaming.

 

I’ve done the vegan thing twice in the past 4 years or so and each time my detox from dairy is horrible.  I feel nauseous for weeks, my skin breaks out, and this last vegan attempt the roof of my mouth would get raw anytime I ate anything with vinegar in it.  Both times i decided to jump off my vegan wagon because it was my birthday, and i can’t resist cookie cake and unfortunately I’m an all or nothing type so once i was off i was off for good.  Maybe this year I’m starting early enough to where i’ll be quite resistant to the idea of dairy by the time my June birthday comes around.

 

A couple of weeks after I watched the documentary I watched a video on the chemistry of essential oils and why they work  and the lecturer stated that for our body to start to heal from  our addictions it takes 21 days  so I asked Joe if he would do this with me for 21 days.   –as a side note, i’ve recently became a consultant for doTERRA Essential Oils and i’m so excited about it, it so if you have any questions about what they are or if you want a sample some LET ME KNOW!–

 

After watching the documentary we decided to buy the Forks Over Knives Cookbook, which is full of seriously delicious recipes that won’t make you miss your dairy or your meat!  OK, you might miss it a little but i promise you, the meals in this are really tasty!  After i went shopping for our first week of no dairy and more vegetables i couldn’t believe how full my refrigerator was.  I was really happy to have  half of our grocery bill be solely comprised of raw foods, fruits and vegetables.

 

Here’s the first recipe we tried out of our new cookbook,  and it really was delicious!  And so easy to make.

Brown Lentil Stew with Avocado Salsa

RECIPE BY DARSHANA THACKER THIS DISH IS a delicious curried stew with a Latin flair. Serve it over brown rice or quinoa to make it a meal.

SERVES 4

FOR THE STEW:

1 cup brown lentils, rinsed

½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped (about ½ cup)

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped tomato

½ teaspoon curry powder

½ teaspoon lime juice

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA:

½ avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes (about ½ cup)

½ cup finely diced tomatoes

½ teaspoon cilantro, finely chopped

½ teaspoon lime juice

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

TO MAKE THE STEW: 1. Place the lentils, salt, turmeric, and 2 cups water in a large saucepan. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Add the green pepper, celery, tomato, and curry powder and cook for 10 minutes. Just before serving, add the lime juice. TO MAKE THE AVOCADO SALSA: 2. Combine the avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and black pepper to a medium bowl. Mix well to combine. 3. Serve the stew hot and top with the avocado salsa.

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Hair cut

by Karly Morgan-Smith on November 11th, 2012

Today, the day she turns 18 months old, clover got her very first hair cut! I trimmed about an inch off, it was beginning to look a little scraggly!

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I’m not entirely sure why they label the little boxes like this, do they want you to immediately cut off your child’s first curl? Well I think mine should say, a curl.. 1 many and probably not her first. It’s already engraved though so I guess I’ll keep it like it is.

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Don’t worry, she still has plenty of hair to spare!

Story Telling

by Karly Morgan-Smith on November 4th, 2012

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Lately, Cosby has been quite the story teller!  It’s so interesting so watch kids mature, kind of sad, but i love seeing all of the new things he can accomplish every day!

 

I cut it off but cosby says at the very end “and thats a true story!”

 

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Just a little snow shot from our “frankenstorm”  2 ft of snow on Halloween.  WOW

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Princess Clover, After she saw Cosby telling a story, she decided she needed a turn.  Always making sure she has the spotlight!

Shaving Cream

by Karly Morgan-Smith on October 4th, 2012

In our house hold, we’ve kind of run out out things to do.  I know that’s a super  ridiculous thing to say for someone who spends so much time on Pinterest but it seems for ever activity i’ve pinned i’m always missed 3 of the 4 ingredients. –which brings me to another topic, If anyone wants to buy us something for Christmas, a craft item would be a nice addition–  But today, we had shaving cream and we had food coloring.  So we went with it.  Clover was occupied forever, and Cosby didn’t like getting his hands sticky but he still had a great time trying to wipe it off.

 

 

 

They both decided it was hilarious to chase me around and try to get shaving cream on me.

I totally wish that i could capture all of Clover’s little faces! She’s seriously cute!

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Get your shaving cream (i bought mine at the dollar store) and let your kids go at it.  I promise, they won’t regret it.

Worth it

by Karly Morgan-Smith on September 10th, 2012

Whenever i leave Cosby with someone i always remind him that i’ll always be back, no matter how long i’m gone, I will always come back to him and this evening i had one of those super sweet moments that make me forget, for just a little while,  all of the crap my kids give me on daily basis.

My dad came by and asked the kids if they wanted to wanted to go to his house for a while and play, and Cosby said yes and Clover her usual gibberish. And and after Cosby agreed he came and climbed on my lap and said ” Don’t worry mommy, I will always come back.”  And i told him ” I know, buddy.  I love you.” and he replied “I love you too mommy.” And then gave me a kiss.

That, my friends, makes all of the tantrums and the crying and meltdowns and the patience and time spent with them letting them know how much i love them even when they don’t show it back, worth it.  Our children are listening and it’s my hope as a mother that what they and all of the other children in the world are  hearing… is love.

20 questions with Cosby- 3 yrs old

by Karly Morgan-Smith on August 22nd, 2012

So i just saw on blog post from Reaves, Party of  four (literally 10 minutes ago) the idea to do 20 questions on your child’s birthday starting with age  3 and since Cosby’s birthday was only a mere month ago, i decided to ask him some questions.  As long i remember to do this again, i might just be starting a tradition of some sort.

 

22 Questions with Cosby- age 3

1. What is your favorite color? blue

2. What is your favorite toy? Dinosaurs

3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries

4. What is your favorite tv show? Big bear in the blue house

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Oatmeal

6. What is your favorite outfit? My wombat outfit

7. What is your favorite game? Curious George game on the ipad

8. What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks

9. What is your favorite animal? dinosaurs

10. What is your favorite song? The itsy bitsy spider

11. What is your favorite book? Baby Animals

12. Who is your best friend? Lucas

13. What is your favorite cereal? Fruity o’s

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play in the sand box

15. What is your favorite drink? water

16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter or Christmas

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My light I plug in who has the fish

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Oatmeal

19. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dog

20. What’s your favorite time of day? Christmas, because I like it to be Christmas.

21. What’s your take on our current political situation?  The pet store.

22. Where do you want to live when you grow up? On my farm, way over there back behind that tree.

 

 

There you have it folks.  What would your 3 yr old have said?

25

by Karly Morgan-Smith on June 25th, 2012

This is a big year for me.  25.

I feel so old… slightly accomplished… i know i’m still so young.  I still have so much to improve on.  So much to do.

I look back at the letter that i wrote for Cosby on his first birthday. I have yet to become the person that i encouraged him to be in that letter.

This is a big year for me. 25

 

 

25 THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO DO BEFORE I GET TOO OLD TO DO THEM

  1. Go Skydiving
  2. Open up a cloth diaper store
  3. Have 4, possibly 5 children
  4. Love exercising
  5. Join a protest in washington
  6. Star in a movie
  7. Learn to speak French
  8. Look excellent naked
  9. Learn to play classical piano
  10. Become an expert in classical music
  11. Have someone make a hilarious sitcom based on the hilarious thoughts that go on in my head.
  12. Know a subject so well that I could write a wikipedia article (a good one)
  13. Become an expert gardner
  14. Win the lottery and give 90% of it away (we still need to pay of student loans)
  15. Go to Figi
  16. Swim in the ocean without fearing all of the creatures that are potentially around me
  17. Become a mermaid…i’ve wanted to be one since i was a little girl
  18. I want to see my children grow up and find a partner that will love them like their daddy loved their mom.  They deserve nothing less
  19. Go blonde
  20. Finish reading all of the books on my very long list
  21. Write a children’s book
  22. Live in old city Philadelphia
  23. Live on the beach and buy a bicycle with a basket on the front
  24. Take up for innocent and the voiceless people… just like i do in my head after the fact.
  25. Learn to appreciate beer (for my husband), or at least learn to suppress my gag reflex when i drink it.

 

What’s on your list?

“I’m sorry”

by Karly Morgan-Smith on April 4th, 2012

Yesterday was a bad morning…a really bad morning.  Soon after Cosby got up and while he was still grouchy and right before i was about to put Clover down for a nap, he stepped on a plastic coat hanger and cut his foot.  It wasn’t bad, just enough to bleed a little and probably to hurt him just the same. But Cosby’s perception was quite different,  Cosby thought his leg was in terrible condition and acted as though i was leaving him out in a scorching, humid jungle to suffer and bleed to death.  At first he only cried a second, so I went ahead with operation “Clover, please sleep”.  Then right as I got Clover to sleep Cosby rushed into her room screaming about dirt on his foot and vigorously trying to rub it off, the dirt was blood.  I told him that it was ok and it wasn’t dirt it was just a little blood (I had recently talked with I’m about blood so he sort of understood what i was talking about) but at this point he was hysterical. So i layed Clover down hoping she’d go to sleep on her own (she did not) and went to go comfort Cosby  and help him understand he wasn’t dying.  He fell on the floor crying, he pulled me, he screamed at me, he wanted me to hold him but not touch him and he hit me.  Lets be honest…i’m a person of growing patience but that patience still has not reached the level of which it would have required me to handle this situation in a proper manner, so I yelled back.  I didn’t kick or push or hit him but i did yell (a lot) and I did leave him in the room crying alone and to put it simply, i was very unkind.  But after this fiasco was over and Clover was asleep and Cosby was finally hobbling around the house unaided and i had a few second of quiet to think about how i had handled the situation… I went to give him a hug and apologize

All was right with the world again.

“Cosby, I’m sorry we had a bad morning.  I’m really sorry i yelled at you, we shouldn’t yell at people we love”
“It’s ok, Momma, I’m sorry we had a bad morning.   I love you too.”

 

When Joe and i got married i knew that we we’d have to say sorry, and we do.  But when i had a child, i didn’t imagine apologizing much.  I’m the parent right?   In my naivety, and plainly put-stupidity, I didn’t realize that I was going to be SO wrong SO much.  And that a little 2 1/2 year old could make me so angry i could (and sometimes do) scream. Or that a little boys feelings could be hurt so badly by a simple little fight or a less than kind exchange.  So I apologize and I apologize a lot.  I want my children to grow up to be kind, compassionate people, who don’t yell at those they love (or even those they do not love), people with great empathy, people with great love… people who apologize.   And I have a hunch on just how to teach them… by showing them.  And Cosby’s learning as I’m learning.

 

 

“Mommy, don’t say that.  We don’t talk to other people like that”
“Mommy, that’s ugly talk”
“Mommy, please don’t go away from me”
“I’m sorry we had a bad morning Momma”
“Mommy, don’t say that.  It hurts me when you say that”
“Mommy, I’m sorry it rained in my sand box”

Yes, He’s learning as I’m learning.

Have you apologized today?

 

Disney in 2:56

by Karly Morgan-Smith on March 23rd, 2012

I’ve been super lazy about posting our trip to Disney, and i know you guys are desperately wanting to hear!  But i will spare you all the  gory details about the 90 degree weather and all the fun we had and just give you a quick summary and 2:56 video.

PACKING:  Can i just say how much i hate packing!!!  Why do kids require you pack up the whole house just to go on a 5 day trip!?!

AIRPLANE: Plane ride there was OK.  Cosby did great.  Clover was exhausted.  I was kinda of car sick… or plane sick, i guess.  Margie and Libby were so excited to be going on a trip with their children.  (They asked us of we’d leave the grandkids at home because the trip was really about Joe and me but i somehow convinced them to let us take the kids, they do have free park admission after all.)

DAY 1- Seaworld:  Cosby was so exhausted from the trip down here that he only semi enjoyed sea world  but i would say it was a pleasant experience. We got more plastic animals for him in the gift shop, which he desperately needs.  Clover was indifferent and happy as usual.  Joe, as usual, happy but seemingly indifferent.  I was super excited to for Cosby to see the animals and would have loved to have gotten some pictures of me and Cosby feeding the sting rays but mom had my camera and only took pictures of herself :-(

DAY2- Magic Kingdom:  We’ve heard over and over that the Magic Kingdom is so very… magical.  And it is, if you like waiting in long lines in the hot sun and trying to keep your bus of a stroller from hitting the enormous amounts of people, so very magical.  In all seriousness though, it was very nostalgic. And turns out that the kids didn’t mind waiting in the lines and we had a wonderful day seeing the kingdom.  And i would like to shed some light on a certain event that several people have called me out on.  On a certain boat home, i put up a Facebook status and picture that said “On the fairy home” and i just wanted to clarify that i did indeed mean fairy. Trust me, I got D+’s in spelling… fairy.

DAY 3- Univeral Studios:  I LOVE when decisions start with the phrase ” Karly you decide, we can do whatever you want.”  This made me think of my dear friend Andy who always sings to me “Whatever Karly wants…da da da…Karly gets.”  This may be somewhat true but i think generally it’s because i’m the only one with a strong opinion, either that or no one wants to hear me whine, but i’m not sure.  So Karly decided to go to universal because she oh so wanted to see the TRULY magical world of Harry Potter.  And boy was i happy with her decision!  Universal was a blast.  Everyone had an amazing time!  Cosby got to see the land of Dr Seuss and the Dinosaurs and Joe and i got to see the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter and the grandma’s had fun because they got to be with the grand babies.  My favorite part of the day (i’m not sure why i think this kind of stuff is funny, because it really isn’t)  was when my mom threw up on the Harry Potter ride… not once but thrice.  I’m so glad she’s has a good sense of humor, because i would have felt terrible for laughing so much if she didn’t.

DAY 4- Animal Kingdom:  Well this place was great!  The weather was great, the animals were great, the kids were great!  We went on an african safari.  We got to see a 4D bugs life movie (that literally made Cosby piss himself and is still so scarred from it that he won’t step foot in a regular theater). We did a dinosaur dig.  And best of all it wasn’t crowded!  If we do another Disney trip, it will most certainly be this same time of year!

DAY 5- Going Home:  We were so sad to leave, we had such a great time!  We packed our stuff up and headed to the airport to come home.  The kids were great on the flight home.  The only eventful things worth noting is I was “randomly” selected for additional security screening at the airport….agh!! i knew i should have checked my knife stash.

 

There you have it folks! And here’s 300 some pictures in 2:56….enjoy!

 

Sweet Little Boy

by Karly Morgan-Smith on March 11th, 2012

Cosby (when he’s in a good mood) is seriously the sweetest little boy and lately he’s been a momma’s boy through and through!  He’s finally at an age where he can give an unprompted “I love you, Momma!”  I just love hearing his sweet little voice.  Today Joe’s parents were over and he crawled up in my lap “MAMA MAMA MAMA MAMA”  pulling my face and trying to get my attention. I told Granny and Pap how he’d been very cling lately.  When Cosby heard me say this he hugged me and said “because i like you, Momma” with a sweet little smile.  Even though I’d love a day off every once in a while, it would be sad to think i might miss one of his “I love you’s” –but then again, all I might miss is one of his epic tantrums.

 

 

Just a funny little Cosby story….
Tonight I was showing him pictures of when he was a baby and telling him how he use to be as little as Clover and that they both were in my belly one time.  He told me that he was in my belly now.  And i said “You’re not in my belly now, silly.”  And Cosby replied “Well you’ll get your curves and i’ll crack back in”
I have no clue where he comes up with this stuff.

Domestic Diva…almost

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 25th, 2012

Ok, So if you read one of my more recent post you would know that i’ve kind of been on a crafting kick inspired by an overwhelming amount of time i’ve wasted/spent on pinterest.  I have pin board devoted to Clover’s first birthday party, and several of those things i’ve attempted…some i’ve completed successfully and some i’ve completed not so successfully.  I think this project would go in the later category.

One thing i’ve been inspired by is this blog on baking -and sort of anything else you want to know.  This lady (i presume)  made the most beautiful Rose cake i’ve ever seen, granite it was my first, but I know it’s the greatest.  One that can be done by a simple novice like myself.  In my previous blog post I mention that pinterest, and tutorials in general, should have a disclaimer at the top of their pages that say “THIS IS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS!”  And much to my dismay, this rose cake was no different… nor was the “worlds best butter cream recipe” I tried either.

So while waiting on the cakes to bake i told Cosby a bedtime story and this one took form from my own need to persevere after a failed icing attempt.  And here’s something how it went.

Polly Polar Bear decided to go ice skating one day and she was TERRIBLE!  She skated and twirled and whirled and flipped but she could never do it quite right.  So Polly Polar Bear wobbly skated over to her mother and cried “I can’t do this!  I’m terrible!!  I’m never going to be able to skate well!”  And her mother told her “Polly, you have to keep trying because no body gets stuff right the first time they try.  If you need to improve then you skate back out there and you keep practicing and one day you’ll get it.”  So Polly huffed and she skated back out onto the ice.

The next day Polly and her Mommy came back to the ice and Polly skated some more.  She skated and twirled and whirled and flipped and was TERRIBLE, but not quite as terrible as she was the day before.  So every day Polly and her mom came to the ice to practice.  One day Polly skated and twirled and whirled and flipped and wasn’t so terrible anymore.  She was actually good at skating.  She gracefully glided over to her mom and said “Did you see that?!?  I did it!  I can’t skate!”  And her mother replied ”  I did see!! You can skate WONDERFULLY!”  See, all you had to do was practice a little.  It took some time but you did it!” Polly smiled and said “Mom will you please come skate with me?”  And mother said “YES! But i’m not sure how good i’ll be.”  And Polly Polar Bear and Mother took hands and started to skate out on the ice and then THUMP…Mother fell down on her butt (and Cosby thought this was seriously hilarious!) and she laughed and said “Ooops! Looks like I need to practice a little”

The end.

 

Well I fell down on my butt with this cake attempt.  And no, i’m not going to make a cake a day until i get better  like miss Polly did with skating but i’ll be back… and maybe next time I won’t be quite as terrible.

 

I didn’t have quite enough icing

The icing was a terrible texture and WAY to rich (but that’s more the fault of the recipe). How does Betty Crocker get her icing so smooth?

 

Here are the links to the Rose cake (press here) and to the Butter Cream icing (press here). I would like to invite you to come and “skate” with me and let’s see if one of us can’t master this **** rose cake before Clover’s first birthday party.

The Energizer Bunny

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 24th, 2012

If you asked me to describe Clover in one word I think it would be… relentless.  This child is nuts!  I can’t get a good picture of her because she is ALWAYS on the move.  Never stopping and never slowing down, even if this means she (and more importantly, Mommy and Daddy) don’t get any sleep. Sitting up at 4 1/2 months, crawling and pulling up at 6 and now taking her first step 8… she is in a huge hurry!  Last night she woke up around 1 and I rocked her and sang to her and then i put her in bed with us- which she thought was a lot of fun- and it wasn’t until 2 hours later did we finally force her to sleep with a full tummy full of warm milk.  That is just a typical night for us.  I honestly don’t think i could have had 2 more opposite children.  But this little girl is the happiest thing in the world, always afraid she’s going to miss a moment to have fun- and she rarely does.  She brings so many smiles to our whole family!  Can’t imagine my life without this little fire cracker.

 

Here’s a few attempts at trying to get a good picture of Clover tonight…

 

Attempt failed…

 

pinter-what?

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 22nd, 2012

Ok, so I’ve kind of gone crazy on this thing Pinterest.  I honestly think it’s the greatest invention since the in-house (ok, maybe it’s not that great).  For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a virtual pin board of anything and everything that inspires you- blogs, pictures, articles, recipes, you name it- and you create different boards/categories and then “pin it.”  They give you a little button to put on your browser so you can pin something in an instant. It is truly wonderful!!!  To check out what i’ve been wasting too much time on, look over to the right and click the “follow me on pinterest” button.  If you need an invite, let me know!

 

So I’ve been obsessing about what I’m going to do for Clover’s 1st birthday party (it’s less than 4 months away!).  I’ve got the colors, what cake I’m going to do, and what decorations I’m using all from Pinterest.  I’ve been so inspired to find my inner crafty self, that I have done JUST that!  Although they should make a disclaimer on pinterest that says “THESE CRAFTY IDEAS ARE NOT AS EASY AS THEY APPEAR!” because, quite honestly, it’s been very disappointing that my crafts do not turn out near as good as the bloggers.  Oh well, I am an admittedly novice crafter and sewer, I can only expect so much.  Here are a few things that I’ve tried.

 

This banner is going to be used as decoration for Clover’s party but it sure does make for cute room decor too.  This was such an easy sewing project that even I thought it was easy (say the “I” with inflection #capatolizedalready =).  The hardest part was just taking the time to pin (the sharp kind, not the internet bookmarking)  it all together.  The actual sewing took only about 25% of the time spent on the project… which was about 2 or 3 hours.

 

Here’s the tutu I made for Clover (that I’m still not sure if I’m going to put on her)  It doesn’t look anything like the picture.  I guess you can say I took my own creative initiative?

 

Happy blogging, facebooking, twittering, crafting, and pinning everyone!!!!!! (surely I covered everybody, right?)

the blanket

by Karly Morgan-Smith on January 5th, 2012

Ok, so I still have a blanket.  I ‘m not afraid to admit it… I sleep with it every  night  It’s a blanket that i’ve had since I was 5.  I take it on all of my trips and if for some reason I don’t have it, it’s kind of hard to sleep at night.  I remember being little and chilled with fever and the only blanket that would keep me warm was mine, it was like a layer of sunshine draped over me. No other blanket could replace it.  Over the years I’ve given pieces of it away… some has just unraveled and some have been given to the most beloved creatures in my life.

When I was a little, we had a dog, cuddles, who chased my blanket around the house.  Every where i’d go, Cuddles was there with me trying to get my blanket.  So i, in nice geasture, decided that if she loved my blanket that much that she should have a piece of her own.  I got the scissors and cut out a heart shape the best I could and presented it to her but i could never figure out why she still only wanted MY blanket.  Only later did it occur to me that she was just chasing around a “toy” and she wasn’t really in love with my precious blanket.

Another piece went to my doll.  I was always a motherly type (ask my brother and sister)  and when I got my first Lee Midleton doll, I just knew that he needed a piece of my blanket too, and he was grateful!  And what baby wouldn’t be grateful for that golden piece of cotton?

Another piece went to my Cosby.  When he was born,  I just knew that he needed a blanket too.  My blanket had brought me so much happiness over the years that i thought Cosby deserved to have that kind of happiness and comfort too.  So i went to the store and bought some fabric and satin and sewed it together and presented it to him when he was born.  He wasn’t to keen on the blanket, or any blanket in particular until he was old enough to get ahold of mind.. and it was fate.  He would get it every chance he had…so then,  I cut a piece off for him.

Clover’s blanket did not come from mine.  I was determined not loose anymore of it because by the time we’re done having children, it would be possible that i wouldn’t have any left for my self (and a mother can only be so selfless) .  So I asked my dad about the blanket that i had when i was a baby.  The green blanket that i loved so much.  The one that he hid from me in hopes of breaking my bad blanket habit.  The one i replaced with my golden fleece.  And he kept it all of these years.  So when Clover was born i knew she had to have that blanket.  I gave it to her when she was born and from the beginning she has loved that thing with her whole heart.  Every time she sees it she gets giddy and wiggly and she falls down on it in total love.

We are a blanket family.  And what can i say, my kids got it honestly.  If you ask Cosby, he’ll tell you we have a blanket bond.  And i’m pretty sure that there are more of you out there just like us- lovers of blankets.  Just admit it.  Do you have a special blankie?

Here’s a picture of mine and Cosby’s “remastered” blankets.  Thanks Granny for giving  our blankets another life… i see 20 more years in it’s future!

Back to the grind (but in a fun way)

by Karly Morgan-Smith on December 18th, 2011

Since our little Clove has been born our “big boy” Cosby had gotten into a rotten of a routine.  The first few months of Clovers life we didn’t little more than just sit on the couch and watch Ally Mcbeel, which isn’t exactly Cosby’s type of show, so he watched Go! Diego Go!…I was too tired to do anything else!!  So in the 7 months that Clover has been alive Cosby has watched a lifetimes worth of TV and i recently found a blog that has inspired me to get him back into a “routine” of playing–instead of TVing!

 

PLAY PLAY PLAY!  That’s our new motto in the Morgan-Smith house hold.  The TV watching has severely been reduced.  It’s been about 2 weeks now where I have been really intentional about not letting Cosby watch much TV and we’ve gone from as soon as he wakes up in the morning “What are we going to watch, Mom?” to not even asking for it.  Instead of Tv we’re reading, A LOT more.  And I’ve tried to pick a special project to do at least several times a week (most recently cooking baking)… nothing to extravagant or costly, just a little different from our usual reading and playing with Animals. Also, we got a membership to the Youth Museum, where we can walk to a couple of times a week!   When I showed Joe everything the fun stuff I  had been pinning on Pinterest for inspiration, he said “This is going to cost us a lot of money isn’t it?” …. Of course not Joe, you can’t spend money you don’t have!

 

 

If any of you parents are in a rut with what to do with your kids Check out Play at Home Mom. They have offer some great inspiration for playing with your kids.

6 Month Update

by Karly Morgan-Smith on December 2nd, 2011

Our little Clovie has been around for a little over 6 months now and wow has it gone by fast!  I look back to the endless days/night (because who could really tell which it which)  and wonder how on earth we ever made it though her newborn days.  I tell you what, I think she was the worse newborn on the face of the planet and those first few months I thought maybe I was a one child kind of mom.  But our little girl has sure shown us!  What a good baby she’s become… a great baby even… even a better baby than her notoriously wonderful big brother (who has now hit his terrible twos and is quickly making up for every good day we had!)  From the moment Clover gets up until the time she goes to sleep she has a big smile on her face… even when she wakes up in the middle of the night.  I honestly never thought we’d be lucky enough to have a good a baby as Cosby, but she is!  Clover Adelaide, we love you so much.  Your bright blue eyes and big smile bring us more joy that you could ever know!

Her 6 month accomplishments…

  • Smiling.  At 4 weeks when I saw her smile at me for the first time, my heart melted!  It made every bad night we had with her totally worth it!  And she has hasn’t stopped smiling since.  She’s the happiest baby on earth!
  • Sleeping.  We had  a really rough start but she now goes to bed around 8:30 and doesn’t get up until around 6,eats, and goes back to bed for a few hours. And, boy, do Mommy and Daddy appreciate that sleep!
  • Sitting up.  At about 4 1/2 months Clover began sitting up and at around 5 she starting sitting up by herself from the belly position.
  • Crawling.  At around 4 months Clover began doing the army crawl, she could go anywhere she wanted (which was everywhere) and at 6 months she finally lifted up to all 4′s and has been on the move ever since.  We never had to baby proof our house with Cosby because he was always so docile and I always knew where he was but Clover is a different story.  She’s into absolutely everything!  And much to Cosby’s dismay, that also includes his toys and his beloved animals-which he is not quite willing to share.
  • Cruising.  A few days before she started crawling Clove began pulling up on stuff, me, her toys, her brother.. whatever she could.  Now she’s pulling up on EVERYTHING…her crib, the walls, the cabinets, our legs, the stairs,  and whatever else she thinks looks like fun.  She’s started walking while holding onto things and sometimes she over-confidently lets go, but that always ends in a big crash.
  • Talking.  I knew from the time she entered this world she was going to be a talker and, oh, was I right.  Her favorite noises to make are raspberries (especially at night when she refuses to go to bed) and Da-Da-which is a new one.  This girl is going to give her big brother a run for his money!
  • Hair.  Goodness she has a lot of hair!

Here are some videos!