Friday Things

Joseph David - 3 Months Old

1. On Sunday, Joseph turned three months old! I’m in total disbelief that it’s been a whopping three months already, it seems like it’s gone by in a blur. He’s almost 13 pounds now and is starting to push the limits on his three-month clothing. He has started babbling a ton and I’m convinced there’s nothing sweeter than listening to him happily ramble on to himself for a half hour in the morning on a baby monitor.

2. I’d really love to get back into reading, even if it’s only for a few minutes before bed each night. I’m looking for some easy read recommendations… lay ‘em on me!

3. So, the Full House spinoff is actually happening on Netflix next year… I can’t wait!

4. Earlier this week, my husband went out and got us Chick-fil-A for breakfast and oh my goodness, was it awesome. I got a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit along with an order of hash browns. The sandwich was so big that I only ate half of it and saved the rest for lunch. It totally blows other fast food breakfasts out of the water.

5. For anyone else in their mid-30’s, this article – Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech – is a spot-on description of growing up on the cusp of social media explosion. I’m so glad I went through high school without Facebook, Instagram or smartphones… it makes me sad that my kids won’t have the same luxury.

6. Rainbow unicorn cookies that poop sprinkles… so awesome!

7. Loving these 7 Secrets for a High-Yield Vegetable Garden – I can’t wait to get back into growing and these are great tips.

8. I’m feeling inspired by Tracy and Jessica and want to start batch prepping food for the week. Tell me – what are your favorite healthy lunches and snacks?

9. Have you been watching the NHL playoffs? I’m pretty much expecting for Pittsburgh to be out of it tonight (womp womp)… if that’s the case, I think I’m pulling for St. Louis to win it all.

10. TGIF! These guys wish you an awesome weekend!

Einstein and Duke - April 2015

Hermit Cookies

Old-Fashioned Hermit Cookies |

I’ve talked many times about how my family would eat Sunday dinners at my grandma’s each and every week. She shared a duplex with her youngest sister, and one of my great aunt’s claims to fame were the poor man’s cookies that she’d make on a fairly regular basis. The cakey bar cookies were heavily spiced, had raisins and walnuts in them, and that had a boiled icing poured over top. They were one of my very favorite treats when we’d visit my grandma’s and these hermit cookies remind me so much of them! There are no nuts, but the flavor is so similar that I’m taken back to those Sunday afternoons with each and every bite.

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