9 Months Old- Innie/Outie Day

Emaline has officially been outside of the womb as long as she was in! It’s her break even day or innie/ outie day as a Facebook friend coined a few years ago. This means she is closer to being one than a newborn!!! At this point last year I was already getting the won’t be long now comments, referring to my belly. And oh the shock people would have when I’d tell them I still had 3 months to go…HA! So so happy to have our Emmy- Bemmy here with us on the outside.

She has the best disposition! I was telling a friend the other day, if I could bottle her up as a baby- everyone would want an Emaline! She is by far my easiest baby, and the other two were easy themselves. Here is a peak at what Ms. Em has been up to these last few months.

eating: she is loving food! She has eaten everything from sweet potatoes, to asparagus, to mangos, to avocados and even ribs ( yes she passed the Statler test and LOVES BBQ just like the rest of us-she can stay😉). Although I still purée most of her food, she eats a lot of chunks or shredded food and can feed herself the pieces!

IMG_8420.JPG And as you can imagine the girls just adore feeding her! Their own real life doll

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She still nurses 4-5 times a day. And unfortunately we came down with my first ever bout with thrush-ouch!! Hoping it clears up soon!

sleep: has returned!! Well, as much that can be returned with three little girls. She sleeps usually 7-5 and then eats quickly and goes back down until 8. Naps are all over the place (because our days are on the go). But Emaline adapts to whatever the day involves, sleeping in the car or Bjorne or stroller. Usually her morning nap is short and her afternoon nap is lined up with Moira’s around 2-3 hours.

milestones: As noted earlier, Emaline is in no hurry to race through these (unlike Moira). She is sitting and will sit and sit and sit. Still loving her hands. Rolling all over but not excessively. Scooting some but not crawling. The doctor wasn’t concerned and I’m loving the extra time to enjoy this non mobile baby😊. I know baby gates and child proofing will be back in our lives [again] before we know it. Em started saying dada and knows who daddy is. She also says bah bah, ma ma (not intended for me) and squeals loudly whenever she finds it appropriate: church, library…all the loud places 😉
Emaline had a few other firsts this month. Going to the zoo

IMG_8325.JPG Taking a ride in a shopping cart (sans car seat) and sitting in the high chair at a restaurant. Funny how these milestones were met much sooner with L and MJ-whoops

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This past month has been filled with déjà vu moments for me. Since L is in preschool three days, Moira and Em have more time just the two of them. Going to library storytime, taking walks in the stroller, swinging together, holding hands. wasn’t I just watching Moira and Liesel doing all these things?!

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Life is good. We are in a nice groove as a family and little Emaline makes it all complete!!

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And of course the Statler girls at 9 months

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Liesel: 30 1/4 inches, 21#
Moira: 28 3/4 inches, 18# 9oz
Emaline: 28 1/4 inches, 18# 14oz

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Homemade Apple Butter

As mentioned in my previous post, it is truly fall! This past weekend we made our annual (first) trip to the Apple Orchard. I say first because we typically go two or three times! This year did not disappoint.

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IMG_8287.JPG Couldn’t resist putting this comparison of 2012 and 2014! What a difference two years makes.. But before I start crying over “where’d my babes go?!” we need to talk apples!!

This year we picked 16lbs of apples, mainly Cortland and a few Red Delicious per Eric’s request. Now the fun could begin…what to make! Last year I wanted to try a hand at Apple Butter and never got around to it. So this year I wanted to be sure and make it first thing!

I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. All I can say is wow-ridiculously yummm!!! And I thought applesauce smelled amazing?! Not even close to the delicious aromas from apple butter. Our house smelled like an autumn heaven! Bookmark, pin, write or however you remember, this recipe. This is an absolute must for fall cooking!

ingredients
Apples, peeled, cored and cut into lg sections (enough to fill your crockpot)
1 1/3c sugar
1 1/3c light brown sugar
1 TB cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 TB vanilla
2 tsp lemon juice

Fill your crockpot with apple chunks. Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar (reserve the rest for later), cinnamon,nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a small bowl. Pour spices on top of apples and put lid on crockpot.

IMG_8314.JPG. Cook on low for 1 hour then stir the spices so that all he apples are completely covered. Then replace lid and let it cook for 10 hours. The apples should have cooked halfway down your crockpot. At this point stir the Apples and stir in vanilla and lemon juice. If you feel that your apples are not sweet enough add remaining sugar until it’s to your liking. I added a bit more since cortlands are quite tart.

IMG_8318-0.JPG. Continue cooking apples on low uncovered for 2 more hours. This allows the liquid to evaporate a and your butter to really thicken. Then, pour apples into a blender to get your butter nice and smooth.

IMG_8319.JPG. Pour into mason jars, I used 8oz containers, leaving some breathing room at the top.

We decided to gift most of ours to our sweet sweet neighbors and Liesel’s teachers. We made some yummy biscuits to go with them. Here were our finished products

IMG_8321.JPG. The girls loved delivering them!

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Happy Fall to you all!!!

Pumpkin Spice Latte- A sure sign it’s fall!

Well, kicking and screaming, summer has ended! And I can honestly say I’m embracing fall (it is truly my FAVORITE season-just not a fan of the season it leads too 😉). With the school year starting for Ms. L and already a handful of cooler mornings (rushing in the frenzy of what pants/long sleeves fit the girls), it really feels like autumn!

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As promised, I found and have made a Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin. Spiced. Latte! Yes, nothing says fall like a PSL in my book! And friends, I have yet to buy one from sbucks!!

IMG_8301.JPG Not saying I won’t (because I will, I’m sure) I just don’t find it necessary. This recipe is fantastic and nearly spot on!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
4 oz Espresso or strongly brewed Coffee
1 cup steamed milk
2 TB Pumpkin Syrup (recipe below)

Pumpkin Syrup
1 1/2 c water
1 1-2 c super fine sugar ( I just used food processor)
4 cinnamon sticks
2 heaping TB pumpkin purée
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg

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Heat water and sugar over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir frequently. Add in all the spices and pumpkin purée. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Remove from heat and strain using a mesh strainer. Once liquid has cooled
Place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to one month.

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Once your syrup has been made pour two tablespoons into the bottom of your mug. Pour espresso on top and stir. Froth milk and pour over your espresso. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and there ya go! ( you could also add whip cream).

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This recipe will not only save you a lot of $$$ you’d otherwise be throwing away at Starbucks, it also isn’t filled with all the yucky mystery ingredients the other PSLs have in them! Enjoy this sure sign of fall.