Baby Caden Quinn

My dear friend, Michelle DeCarlo, just had her second son, born this morning at 4:30am. He was about 1 1/2 weeks early! But you could not tell as he weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Tonight I went to visit Michelle and meet little Caden. He is a cutie! I took lots of pictures. Here are a fews. Congrats, Jon and Michelle!!!!

Big brother, Ky, with Caden



Blueberry pancakes

Yes, we have been eating a lot of blueberries around here. The girls love them and can't get enough. This morning we made blueberry pancakes, which turned out so good! It's the first Saturday in awhile that we didn't have anything planned and were able to relax a bit and enjoy being together as a family. Life is slowing down a bit, after a few very busy months for us. I am so enjoying it! Anyway, I included the recipe at the end that we use for pancakes. It's a family favorite! It does require that you soak your flour overnight, but it is so worth it as it makes very yummy pancakes. Enjoy your weekend!

Mckenna helping stir the batter.

Selah waiting and very hungry!


2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups buttermilk or yogurt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbs. melted butter
few shakes of cinnamon (optional)
dash of vanilla extract (optional)

Soak flour in buttermilk or yogurt overnight, for 12 or so hours. Stir in remaining ingredients and thin to desired consistency with water. Cook on hot, oiled griddle. These pancakes cook a little more slowly than other pancakes. Serve with maple syrup or honey.

To make blueberry pancakes (or even sometimes raisen) drop the berries on the pancakes right after pouring the batter on the pan.


Blueberry Pie!

Thanks to Kel and Larsen! The Ploon fam showed up at our door tonight, just as we were cleaning up from dinner with a blueberry pie in hand, specially made by Kel and Larsen. Larsen was obviously very proud of himself. We sat out on the deck and chatted while the kids played out back. Then later on we enjoyed this treat. It was probably one of the best pies I have had..really! Well, if you know my sister than that probably doesn't surprise you.



Blueberries are here! Today we went with the Purswells and Plunneckes. The girls did great. Mckenna just stood on the other side of the bush I was picking and just ate all the berries off...she literally completely cleaned a few of the branches bare! As for Selah, I tried to keep her in the stroller. There were a few boys picking berries next to her and they kept feeding them to her. After they got bored with that, I had Mckenna and Ty feeding her. So, needless to say, she stayed very content for most of the time.

I brought my camera, but left it in the car. Here are some of my sister's shots. I love the one of Ty....he is something else, going to everyone's buckets of berries, including strangers, and eating all the berries out.


Few random pictures


Taco Salad

This turned out to be another great bean recipe and a great summer dinner. It was light and easy to make.

Taco Salad

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans -- rinsed and drained (I soaked one cup of beans overnight and cooked)
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced ripe olives -- drained
1 1/2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes (about 2 medium)
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions (2 to 3 medium)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chopped spinach (about 6 ounces)
|Mix beans, olives, tomatoes, cheese, green onions and cilantro. Mix lime
juice, cumin and pepper; toss with bean mixture. Serve on spinach.



Dave, you are an incredible Dad! Thanks for loving our girlies the way you do and for constantly looking for and asking about ways to improve parenting them. I love watching you play with them, read to them and spin them around till they're dizzy! They love you so much, as do I!


Where's my post???

So much for Blogger's new feature, auto-save....or even just the "save now" button. It took me awhile but I finally carved out time last week to write up a post on New Attitude and all that took place that weekend. Normally my posts are not that long, but I actually wrote quite a bit for this one and posted some pics. I got called away from my computer by a little voice and right before leaving my lap top, pressed "save now."

Well, all that to say to that when I came back my post was all gone! Oh well! I have not taken the time to write again, but for now, go ahead and read this. Matt and Helen Lowe drove down with us and a good bit of what I wrote was similar. They are such a great couple and we so enjoyed getting to know them better. Dave and I were both provoked and encouraged as we learned more about them and how they pursue our Savior. We Love you guys!


Slip n Slide

One day recently we spontaneously went to the Lees and the kids played on the slip n slide. This thing has come pretty far since the day we were little. The kids loved it. No surprise it took Mckenna a bit to warm up to it, but once she did, you couldn't get her off of it!


May Birthdays

Last Month we celebrated a few birthdays. Charisa's was on May 23 and my mom's, May 24. The pictures below are from my mom's birthday dinner. Esther's was May 26 and little Lauren, May 27. Happy Birthday to you all. Sorry I'm a little late ;o).

Mom's birthday Dinner


My little acrobat


Hearty Fiesta Cassoulet

I've been on the look-out lately for good bean recipes. Often they are not very tasteful. I just came across this recipe on the internet as I was planning this month's meals. I wanted to try to have a bean recipe once a week to save a few pennies. (BTW, I found this website that seems to have a good variety of bean recipes).

This one was a real winner! Everyone loved it and it was incredible of those, "throw it all in the pot and cook" recipes. I think from start to finish it only took about 20 min. Well, I did soak my beans the night before and cooked them during the day, but other than that, it was simple.

The next time I make it I think I will experiment and add another can of tomatoes or marinara sauce or just plain tomato sauce. I kinda prefer more of a tomato base. Anyway, here it is:

Hearty Fiesta Cassoulet

* 1 pound angel-hair pasta, uncooked
* 2 14 1/2-ounce cans tomatoes, diced
* 2 15 1/2-ounce cans black beans (I used 1 cup dried beans, soaked and cooked)
* 4 1/2 cans water
* 2/3 cup frozen corn
* 9 ounces smoked sausage, thinly sliced
* 2 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
* 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
* 2 Tablespoons grated Jack cheese (optional)

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Add 4 1/2 cans of water, using can from diced tomatoes. Stir well. Bring to a low boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

To serve, ladle into soup or chowder bowls. Garnish with grated red pepper and Jack cheese, if desired.

Makes 12 servings.


Picking Flowers

One of Mckenna's favorite things to do as of late is picking flowers. The common area behind our house is covered in clovers and whenever Mckenna goes out there she never fails to come back with a handful of them.

A month or so ago we were trying to grow a bean plant from an actual kidney bean. It was doing fairly well in the window, we had a stalk and green leaves forming. Well, I put it outside to get some sun and Mckenna went up and picked a good portion of the stalk right off. She just loves to pick all kinds of plants. Needless to say, it died. She is learning though and most often will ask now if she can pick flowers from our garden and when we are out about about. I love it! I so look forward to when she gets older and we can garden together!

Neighborhood kids picking Flowers

Jett and Ann

Little Lauren


Happy Birthday Selah!

Today is Selah's 1st birthday. It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since she was born. What a joy she has been to us. It was both a fun and full day. We had the whole family over around 3pm for cake, snacks and presents. Everyone took turns holding the birthday girl and all the kids ran around and played. Selah had just woken up from a nap so she was as happy as ever.

Cake time was too funny! My dad brought a yummy cake for everyone and a separate cupcake just for little Gracie to devour. She quickly realized she did not like the feel of the icing, so decided to take another route to get it to her mouth...

All done, mom!

The finished product.

After cake was presents. Little Selah received so many cute outfits, fun toys and even some much needed baby wash! Thanks everyone!

After presents all that sugar started to kick in and Selah literally started wiggling around in circles on the floor just as fast as her legs could move her. It was so cute!!

I couldn't conclude without mentioning the grand finale to the party. Keenan has had a loose front tooth for weeks now. It has driven everyone crazy because his new tooth is right behind it, literally pushing it straight out front. So, dad told him he would give him money to buy a new toy that he loves if he would let us pull it out. Dave's dad, is an old pro, yanked it right out, without Keenan even realizing what happened. We were all cheering!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Selah Grace! We love you so.


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