Thursday, November 24, 2016

October Baby Shower!

Last month in October, we had our gender reveal baby shower! I was about 32 weeks then. Today on Thanksgiving Day 2016, I am 39 weeks exactly & still very pregnant! The belly has gotten very heavy & big! The hubby & I cannot wait to finally get to meet this kiddo!

I'm thankful for ...
... having made it to 39 weeks of pregnancy
... a healthy baby growing inside me
... a supportive hubby who wakes up any time of the night to help me with absolutely anything & everything
... such loving friends & family who helped make the baby shower happen!

Here's a few photos of the simple DIY/decorations we were able to come up with...

We went with a simple flower centerpiece made of baby's breathe & white carnations which my mother-in-law & aunt bought the morning of ...
... and my aunt arranged them in decorated mason jars with pastel pink & pastel blue burlap ribbons...
 Pink, Blue & White balloons...
 Some Hand-written Hand-drawn signage...
DIY mason jars used as cups for guests during the party & then to take home as party favors!
Because I had little energy to bake & decorate cakes/desserts, we went with simple store-bought cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes... & a family friend made pecan tarts & pecan cookies!
... and on the opposite food spectrum, are very healthy appetizers... cheese, grapes & hummus...etc...
& one of my favorite things... me & the hubby's baby photos! I wonder who the baby will look like!??! 

& if you are wondering... IT'S A BOY!!!

Praise God! & Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Updated October Cookies!

October Cookies! 
(Recipe adapted from here)

Makes up to 45 cookies
(recipe updated)
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 cup Nestle's dark chocolate morsels
about 24 Rolos, cut into 4 pieces each
1. Preheat oven at 350 F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Make batter. In a large bowl, sift and mix flour, salt, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the butter and sugars until fluffy and well incorporated, add eggs, and vanilla.
3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together just until almost all the flour is incorporated.
4. Add chocolate morsels and cut-up Rolos.
5. Scoop up about 1-inch cookie rounds, and place onto parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 10-11 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and cool onto cooling racks.
I decided to make s'mores!
I do like this updated recipe is even better than the original October Cookies. =)

Monday, November 2, 2015

NEW Camera Lens - Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II

It's been awhile since I've been wanting to try a new camera lens.

I have an old Canon EOS Rebel T1i DSLR camera. I KNOW, soooo throwback classic. But to be honest, it's a good camera for what I typically use it for (blog photos, & family vacations). I bought a new lens for it to play arounf more with depth of field. to get that nice blurry background for my photos... so I picked up the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 lens II . I've read some good reviews on it so I decided it was time... Anyway, I still have to play around with it. Review it a bit more and pick up a few tricks and how-to's, but long story short... Here's what's in my bag... using the new lens...

'What's in my everyday bag'
It's fall season now, and it's actually beginning to feel like it here in So-Cal, so I figure I'd crack out the old brown bag. I got this bag several years ago from Macy's, & it's honestly held up! I like the shape and overall slouchy-ness about it, but still looks put together (discretely hiding the shit-ton of stuff I lug around everyday...)

of course, I carry around my good ol' wallet (my favorite wallet since it fits everything, cash, cards, receipts, store cards - all in one place). plus, it just happens to be the same color as my bag... i've had it for years!
I did, however, pick up a new make-up bag, pencil-bag style because it's way smaller and compact, just enough room for what I need to carry around for touch-ups during the day. I found it at Burlington's for about $10. It's by Betsey Johnson, & I thought it had a nice pattern, nice quilted/fabric feel to it, and also has a black&white striped interior pattern, which makes it easier to see your products. MOST importantly, the ZIPPER is smooth as a baby's butt. it even has a cute fuzzy zipper pull.
I carry the usual touch up powder, blush, multi-task brush, lipsticks, etc...
Some of the stuff in the back is kinda hard to see (a little too much depth of field, maybe ;), but I also carry around hand-sanitizer, lotion, lip balm, small calendar, phone charger (which I keep in that little black pouch), a pen, an emergency kit (which is in that transparent bag in the back, which has Altoids, pads, tampons, nail cutter, meds, cough drops, earphones, candy, band-aids, and just a bunch of other random "just-in-case" stuff). 

Everything all laid out... looks like a lot of stuff, but it's honestly stuff I use every time I go "out-out," where I'm gonna be gone for more than a few hours. It helps to make me feel comfortable, you know?
Ps. I've been in & out of my blog phases, BUT i do wanna keep updating it with new posts. Especially using the new lens. May not all be about food, but most of it will =)

Happy November!