Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

This Halloween is a very special celebration for us. Liam has come so far in the past year. It was at his Halloween party last year that we first noticed a change in his behavior. He was NOT happy! It was that weekend that he began to scream and cry anytime I put him down. Of course at the time I thought he was having seperation anxiety.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Sunday

Fall has finally arrived in the Sweet Carolinas. Please stay, Please!
So Mommy decided to earn her bagel this morning and we walked to Brueggers.
Liam wasn't so thrilled.
But the apple juice was nice.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Food Friday: Black Bean Brownies

Back in the day, me and my high school bestie BK used be top chefs!
And by top chefs I mean we used to bake on the weekends. And it would come out awesome, if we remembered to stick around the house while it was in the oven!

Brian laughs when my mom talks about my bakings skills, because let's face it, I don't have rme anymore.

My friend Jessica sent me this recipe a while back but I kinda put off making it because I don't do beans- black beans, red beans, pinto beans, green beans, refried beans : YUCK! I have a texture issue. {insert ah-ha moment- that's where my child gets his eating problems}

Anyway I have also avoided these Food Friday posts because I didn't get many emailed to me **HINT HINT**

Anywho without further ado BLACK BEAN BROWNIES


Butter, for greasing pan
3/4 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup vegetable oil, or olive oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square baking pan.
In a blender, puree the beans with the oil. Add the eggs, cocoa, sugar, coffee, and vanilla. Melt half the chocolate chips and add to the blender. Blend on medium-high until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the blender and pulse until just incorporated. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until the surface looks somewhat matte around the edges and still a bit shiny in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.
Cook's Note: Place a small cutout or stencil on the brownie before dusting to make a design.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

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11-11-11 challenge

It was nearly a year ago that we met Kaitlyn, a friend in Liam's play group. Kaitlyn is seriously the sweetest little girl. Her smile is infectious. It is honestly a privilege to have Kaitlyn in our lives. But Liam has missed his friend lately, because just like when Liam was sick- it is too dangerous for Kaityn to be around her friends.Kaitlyn has Niemann Pick Disease type A, a rare, fatal genetic disease.

Kaitlyn's Video

Please consider participating in the 11-11-11 challenge by donating $11 to the challenge. The challenge is for each person who donates to find 11 more to donate $11.
Also by putting Kaitlyn Bourgeault in the in honor of section of your donation will dedicate your donation to NP type A research, which Kaitlyn is one of only 5 children living with in the US.

Please visit
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Parenting Styles

Okay so maybe we didn't have an perfect first year, but Liam was a well behaved boy!  Now we are running into some tantrums.  Although we haven't quiet figured out the perfect way to handle them, we are open to suggestions.

Liam's first time out
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hunter Farm

On Sunday Liam and I met a few of his friends at Hunter Farm for a hayride and a visit to the petting zoo.
Liam and Liam

Cute animals...

...which Liam wanted nothing to do with!

But he of corse LOVED the tractor.  Uncle Greg are you seeing this??

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Look at that hair!

When asked about his hair I have a standard response.  I will not cut his hair until he asks. He has worked so hard for that hair, he will need to ask for it to be cut before I will take him!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011


Liam loves gymboree! He goes to a level 4 class once a week. In level 4 they are working on prepositional concepts; in/out, up/down, high/low etc.

One year ago gymboree was very stressful for us, Liam was miserable and cried the whole class. So I was so scared to sign him back up when he finished chemo, but it is definitely the highlight of our week!
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Saturday, October 8, 2011


Just got a new iPad app to hopefully fix the problem of not being able to upload photos to the blog. So this is a test...

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad
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Okay so I feel I have entered the 21st century and finally have a smart phone. But I am having the same problem with this as the iPad. How do you upload pictures from this thing onto blogger!
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