Miss Cayla Renee - Our Birth Story

Hello there! Yes, I know...I've been gone for a while. However, dealing with a rough pregnancy, complications, and ultimately having the baby - I've been REALLY preoccupied lately. In case you misseed it, we welcomed our new baby girl on December 21st, right before Christmas. Cayla Renee was born at 38 weeks weighting 7lbs 4oz, and was 19 1/2 inches long.

My water broke at home and after getting to the hospital my labor went really fast and was relatively easy. Easy compared to the 13 hour long pushfest with my first! I only pushed 4 times and out she came! She was ready to meet her family. :)

For those of you who have followed my pregnancy journey, you will remember we had a second trimester miscarriage last fall which you can read about in this post for Chicken Jalapeno Rice Soup: A Letter To Our Baby. After much soul searching, and given the nature of how hard pregnancy is for me (we're talking home health care, 24 hour IV's, and bed rest), we decided that our family was complete with just our son, and we wouldn't try anymore.

Well, never say NEVER...right? I had an EXTREMELY surprise positive pregnancy test 6 months after our pregnancy loss, and after getting over the shock - we were happy to tell Cade he was finally going to be a big brother. I was scared that my Hyperemesis would be so severe again, and I began to prepare for the inevitable. I have to say - we were giving a blessing and it was not as hard this time around. Don't get me wrong, it was still miserable - but I avoided having a nurse come to my house every other day to redo my IV because my veins were shot. I avoided vomiting over 20 times a day (No, I'm not exaggerating). Most of all, I avoided having to inject a catheter into my abdomen every day for the Zofram pump.

This pregnancy had it's share of worries - but we made it to the end and the result was SO worth it. Wanna check out my cute little nugget?  Just take a peek below. She's pretty special if you ask me...but I'm slightly biased. :)

Chocolate Revel Bars

Chocolate Revel Bars: A chewy oatmeal bar with creamy chocolate filling - yum!

Chocolate Revel Bars

Today I'm sharing a tasty cover recipe that I reviewed for Culinary Covers - Chocolate Revel Bars. These bars are so easy to make, with an oatmeal crust and topping and a creamy chocolate filling that's very close to a satiny frosting. 

Yes, I said it. Frosting. Who wouldn't want to eat a cookie bar with frosting in middle?

I'm about 34 weeks pregnant now and I am definitely READY to be done. It never ceases to amaze me how a full grown baby manages to fit inside me. I feel like a stuffed turkey - pretty fitting for the upcoming holiday, right?

Well, if you'd like to grab this recipe then head on over to Culinary Covers to read my full post and get the printable recipe too!


Squash, Sage & Gorgonzola Tart

It's gonna be short and sweet today peeps. My day hasn't started off too well, something involving my morning car ride to school,  becoming an official squirrel murderer :( - being 32 weeks pregnant, and either constantly grumpy or in some kind of pain.

It's one of those days.

But a slice of this Squash, Sage & Gorgonzola Tart definitely helps. I'm reviewing this recipe over at Culinary Covers today, and it's a good one. This tart has a layer of creamy butternut squash topped with gorgonzola crumbles, and a baked egg filling topped with fresh sage.

It's good!

For the recipe head on over to Culinary Covers and check it out! 

I'm out.


Brunch Cinnamon Rolls

These breakfast rolls are yeast-free, soft and delicious. Without all the hassle of prep work you'll be making these time and time again!

Do you love cinnamon rolls? I bet you don't love all the rising time and prep work...if you're anything like me. But the gooey delicious results have me making them at certain times of the year when I get the itch.

How about if I told you I found a yeast-free cinnamon roll that was actually GOOD. Seriously. These rolls are fluffy and biscuit-like with a gooey brown sugar pecan filling that will have you going back for seconds.

Maybe even thirds. I'm just sayin'. Have I got you curious yet? Yes? I'm reviewing this Taste of Home recipe today over at Culinary Covers, so stop by and say hi and you can grab the recipe while you're at it!


Fresh Berry Cobbler

Orange zest in the crust and the filling adds great flavor to this summer berry cobbler.
Berry cobbler

This summer has been so busy for me that I've had a hard time keeping up with everything. My poor little blog has had to take a back seat to pregnancy and my growing photography business. Summer and the approaching fall season is the busiest time of year for me as a photographer, and I have sessions filling up my calendar.

So please bear with me if I'm not able to post recipes as frequently as you're used to, I promise to make it up to you with many mind-blowing fall and holiday recipes!

Today I'm reviewing this Berry Cobbler recipe over at Culinary Covers. How can you say no to bowl full of fresh strawberries and fluffy cobbler topping?

You can't. Simple as that. :)

So head on over and say hi, you can grab the printable recipe while you're at it!


Berry Cobbler

Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Rum-Raisin Filling

Two layers of spiced oatmeal cookies filled with a delicious cream cheese frosting filling.

I've got another tasty treat to share with you today. Who doesn't love oatmeal cream pies? Even better - HOMEMADE oatmeal cream pies with a delicious rum flavored cream cheese frosting filling.

Yep. These are for real.

I'm reviewing this recipe over on Culinary Covers today, so head on over to see how they turned out and grab the printable recipe while you're at it. Enjoy!


My post is short and sweet today, it's the hubby's birthday and we're all heading to enjoy some time at the Magic House before the kiddo heads back to school next week. I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by! First grade...here we come. Sniff.

Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Luscious lemon sugar cookies with a creamy lemon buttercream frosting.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

By now you should know of my love for citrusy desserts. But sometimes you don't want to wait for a cheesecake, cake, or pie to bake, and need the quick sugar fix that a cookie can give you.

That's why when I came across this Tasty Kitchen recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Buttercream Frosting, I knew I had to try them out.

They're the perfect combination of lemony sweetness and soft, buttery cookies. The frosting is amazing and may or may not have been eaten by itself in vast quantities.

Don't judge. :)

Are you intrigued yet? If you head on over to the Tasty Kitchen Blog, you can read my full step-by-step post and pick up the printable recipe while you're at.  What are you waiting for!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

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