Friday, June 24, 2016

Life Lately

Ryan went for his 347th haircut last week ;) and then got a special treat from the treasure box there. ...confession: I've considered teaching Matt how to cut my hair to justify what we pay for this little man to get his hair cut- this little shop is so stinking cute though, and Mrs. Yaya (great name for a kids hairdresser, right?!) cuts his hair in 3 minutes, and I'm clearly a sucker.

We were introduced to this little duck pond in Smyrna and took Matt there last Friday night- Ryan got to feed the fish and turtles and see the baby ducks and then got to play on the little play ground there before heading home- such a fun little night!

Ryan asked if his "friends" from his crib could watch him take a bath the other night. The ideas little people come up with :)

Andrea and I met at Target to buy some supplies for a Father's Day craft (confession: my "craft" idea was having Ryan draw Matt a picture and I actually needed to take a trip to Target to stock up on drawing supplies... if you know me, this isn't all that surprising as I don't craft.) THANKFULLY, Andrea is way craftier than me and came up with a much cuter idea. And she also had the genius idea of piling 3/4 kids in one cart for a little Daniel Tiger viewing party while we grocery shopped. Free Target Wifi for the win!

Andrea's idea- so cute! And I might have been really impressed with myself on getting those pieces of tape on and off to make these letters. A rare crafting win for this mama. ;)

We love this new-to-us waterfall spot at The Roswell Mill! On Father's Day morning, we took a trip out there to start off the day- perks of having an early riser is enjoying views like this while the rest of Atlanta sleeps ;)

I swear Tally saw me grab my phone out to take a picture and ran in to join the shot. And then right as I went to take it decided to shake off all the water. Oh Tal!

We celebrated Father's Day at Matt's parents' house that night and we all UNINTENTIONALLY showed up in coordinating outfits like we were prepped for a family photo. Please note that Riley and Natalie are in the exact same outfit (as were Matt and his dad) and that everyone is wearing blue and coral- hysterical!

The next day we celebrated Father's Day and Noah's 11th Birthday (ELEVEN?!- so big!) at my sister's house.
Ryan's still working on his spacing and smiles in pictures. ;)


Matt's meeting us at the pool later today to kick off the weekend. Man I love summer.

If you missed this week's gnocchi recipe, you can check it out here!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Gnocchi in a White Wine Cream Sauce

When I'm making sauces from a white wine base, I usually use Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. This time, I decided to go with a sweeter Moscato and paired it with goat cheese to give it a rich texture- and because goat cheese is one of my fav-or-ite cheeses. I'm really happy with how it turned out! Check below for ideas on how to mix up this recipe with additional ingredients.

This recipe serves 2-3 people as a main dish or more as a side.

1lb gnocchi (or mini gnocchi)
2T butter, divided
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Moscato wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
4oz goat cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
2T fresh parsley, chopped
1/4tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Melt butter in pan. Saute onion in butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and mix with onion. Immediately add wine, chicken stock and goat cheese. Simmer over medium heat until cheese has completley blended (about 5 minutes). Add cream, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to low. Add remaining tablespoon of butter and simmer (on low) until ready to serve.

Cook gnocchi according to package directions. After draining, add to sauce. Garnish with parsley and parmesan.

As I was finishing the sauce, I was wishing I had mushrooms to add. I think chopped Baby Bella or Cremini mushrooms added in at the beginning with the onions would be perfect with this dish! And to make it even heartier, you could also add crumbled Italian sausage.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Natalie Grace- 4 Months

Oh how we love this sweet, snuggly, loves-to-stick-her-tongue-out girl. She brings us so much joy every day!

4 Month Stats:
12lbs 4oz
25th percentile for both :)

This month, Natalie, or "Nani" (nah-ni) as we've all come to call her thanks to Ryan, has really started focusing on on everything around her- our faces, her hands, toys, Tally. She's starting to take it all in and recognize her people, which has been so fun to see.

She loves when Tally kisses her feet and when we blow raspberries on her belly. She lets out the daintiest little giggle and then waits for you to do it again. It is so sweet!

Girlfriend has spoiled us rotten with her sleep. This month, I decided I would try giving her the paci when she woke up in the middle of the night to see if she was actually hungry or just wanting to suck to fall back asleep. One night she woke up each hour starting around 1am but went right back to sleep when I gave her her paci.  After that night, she started sleeping all night without even waking for her paci! BLESS HER!

She's our little go-with-the-flow angel. We try to make sure she gets at least one good nap in her crib each day, but aside from that, she often sleeps on the go. In fact, I've been teaching Ryan about "thinking about Nani" when she falls asleep in the car since she's so sweet to come everywhere with us, even when she's tired. ;) Ryan will peek in her carrier and say, "Sweet girl's sleepin" and will switch to a whisper voice when he wants to tell me about all of the passing dumpers, mixers, and fire trucks on the road. Love his little heart for her!

Here's a look a Natalie's past month, including her first little vacation:

Memorial Day :)

Beach Baby!

Ryan talking on his play phone and Nani listening to every word :)

The concentration- I love it

We love you, sweet girl!