Recipe - Ice Box Torte

I cannot believe today is the last day of August! It is Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end to summer. I go to back to work in less than two weeks. The thought of it makes me a little nervous. I found a daycare that I trust, but it will be another adjustment adding work into the mix.
Today has been better than yesterday, so I am using it to relax. Today I want to share a recipe with you for the holiday weekend.
I have had a go to recipe for years and I really want to share it with everyone! I am a big fan of this recipe. My aunt used to make it and everytime I would try to make it I would have to call her and ask which part of the recipe I had to double. I do not know why it took me years to get that part down. I finally got smart and just changed the recipe to reflect the modification.

Ice Box Torte:
2 cups Flour
2 sticks Butter
1/2 cup choped nuts (optional)

Mix and pat into a 9x13 dish - Bake @ 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until light brown - cool

8 oz Cream Cheese
1 cup Confectionary Sugar
5 oz Cool Whip (1/2 10oz container)
2 boxes of Instant Pudding (Chocolate, Butterscotch, Lemon, anything really) I usually use Chocolate
3 cups of Cold Milk

Beat Sugar & Cream Cheese together. Fold in the cool whip. Spread over crust.
Whisk Instant Pudding and Milk together until well blended. Pour over the Cream Cheese layer.
Set in fridge and top with remaining cool whip (5 oz.) Then sprinkle with nuts or sprinkles for decoration.

This dessert is great for summer events - it is a cool dessert. I make this dish when I need something last minute for an event. It is really easy and really delicious :)



Wittle People Wednesday & A Giveaway

What a productive day it has been for Mason and I. we have been to the doctor, the house is clean, dinner is ready to go on the grill, and Mason is sound asleep.
We went to the doctors this morning to get him checked because I got a little worried the last few days. I noticed that he has a rash that was red and bumpy on his sides and shoulders. I had not noticed it before and was a little concerned. I got more concerned when he spit up more than usual yesterday. Add in the possible constipation that he has been showing signs of for the last few days and you get a phone call to the doctor's office. The pediatrician I chose has not seen Mason yet so she decided to have him come in to check him out.
He is fine. The rash is heat related because of the humidity. She also checked his mouth and she believes he is tongue tied. I asked what that meant - it is when the little section that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. That might explain why breast feeding was not going so well. It prevents him from latching properly and later in life it may cause speech problems. An ear, nose, and throat doctor will be contacting us for an appointment to fix it.
I feel much better now that I have been told his is alright. He is much better today, yesterday must have been a fussy day. The doctor also said that his fussiness could be caused by something I ate. I will have to pay more attention to what I eat, I do not like when he is fussy.

Now for Wittle People Wednesday:
This is my favorite picture of Mason - He looks so peaceful and perfect.
This is Mason this morning in a cute outfit :) He was calm too which was a change from yesterday and I was grateful.
Now for the giveaway! This is my first giveaway and I am excited. I mentioned wanting to do this when I first told you guys about a book I got for a Baby Shower Gift.
You like the vase the book is in? I got flowers in that after Mason was born and think it is adorable. Now back to the giveaway. This book is great for future moms, new moms and really any mom. Enter to give it to a friend or keep it for yourself. I loved it and found it helpful, so much so that I want to give it to someone else.

How to Enter:
1. Be a follower of this blog
2. Tweet about the giveaway - something like this : "I just entered the giveaway for #Howtorockyourbaby @ A Step in the Right Direction @ashz909 http://tiny.cc/2yptjw"
3. Pin this Giveaway on Pinterest with that little button right below this.

Leave a comment for each action - that is three chances to win.
Giveaway ends September 4th, 2012 @ Noon

Good Luck!
*This giveaway has nothing to do with the author or publishing company, I am doing this on my own.*


One Month

Happy Monday!
Mason is one month old today - I cannot believe it has been a whole month already.
He was much easy to get a photo from today than when he was a week old. He was great when this picture was taken too. Then he got fussy. He has been fussy at times the last few days. I wonder if he has a tummy ache or gas. Sometimes it is just another burp he needs to get out. Last night he was fussy for two hours and we were trying to get him to calm down before we gave him a bath. He would not calm so we just put him in the water and tada! The bath was the calmer. He was fine in the little tub and while we washed him then we put some night time lotion on him, fed him, and he was fast asleep. We will try to remember that little trick :)
I will do a little questionnaire on Mason after his doctors appointment in a couple weeks. I do not know his measurements.
I do enjoy that he is more awake during the day now and looking around more. I noticed the other day that he was watching his mobile. He was also looking in his mirror on the swing too. It is amazing how much he has developed in a month.

Last week we spent a lot of time at the lake. Tim's aunt rented a camp for the week and it was very relaxing. Here are some photos from the week:

Nutmeg loved her swim & her boat ride

I stepped on the scale today - 203.4 lbs. It is a Monday habit that I have gotten back into. I am still struggling with my eating. This past week should not count though. We were at the lake almost every night and we went to the county fair on Saturday. You cannot go to a fair and not eat some fair food :)
One positive is that I am walking more. I have a walk planned for tonight, hopefully the weather holds. I feel good and pretty much back to my old self before giving birth. The lack of sleep at night is starting to catch up with me. I am not getting up to feed Mason as quickly and easily as I was three weeks ago. Tim has been amazing and he started getting up for a feeding at night. This makes it easier on me and helps me get a little more sleep.


Scavenger Hunty Sunday 8-26-12

Sorry I have not posted in a few days, we were enjoying time at the lake last week and then we went to the fair yesterday. It has been a busy week. I got a chance this morning to work on Mason's baby book a little and do my scavenger hunt post.
Enjoy :)
Ramblings and Photos

I did not take this and it is obviously not recent, but I did not have anything for school. It is my school picture from early elementary school. Anyone else have those books in the background of their school pictures? They used to be really popular, I know my mom picked it a few years.
Rule of Thirds
I tried to take this photo using the rule of thirds and when I went to crop it I made sure it was following the rule. The mountains are in the middle section, the sky in the top and the water and Tim's mom in the bottom section.
Side Profile
Nutmeg loves to take boat rides. We walked down to the dock the other day and she went right for the boat.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Mason. He is so small! :)
You cannot tell by the picture, but the swing is in motion. He slept great this morning in his swing. He seems to sleep with his mouth open a lot. I hope he is not catching any flies - lol.

Happy Sunday!


Wittle People Wednesday

Ashley Sisk created a new "theme day" and I like it :) It is not like I need a reason to show you guys pictures of Mason, but this will get me to be more creative hopefully.
Mason is currently sleeping and I am getting things ready to go to the lake. It has been a good morning and I am actually showered before noon. (Wahoo!)

These pictures make me laugh every time I see them. I wanted to do the "bunny project" from the book How to Rock Your Baby - Giveaway coming soon! The basic idea is to take a picture of Mason with the same stuffed animal at a week, a month, two months, etc. I set him in the chair with the bear and he decided to be a wiggly baby. These are the one week photos. I cannot believe that this Friday I will have to do another set for the one month photos. (He is a month old at 4 weeks or on August 27? I am slightly confused by this)

HAHAHA - I cannot help but laughed at these. He cracks me up with the faces.



I need a nap! When do I get to sleep through the night? I try to lay down during the day for a nap, but there are so many things to get done around the house or things I want to do while he is sleeping. I know I need to make time for myself, but I get really anxious when things are not done around the house. I am really trying to work on putting things aside so I can get some rest.
I have a bad habit and I may need to change up my late night feedings. I keep falling asleep in the recliner with Mason feeding. There is no chance I will roll over on him and he is pretty secure in the chair with me, but I don't want to sleep in a recliner. I want to sleep in my bed and him to sleep in his Rock N Play. I do not want him to get used to sleeping with me, that would not be a good habit for him or me. Two nights ago I fell asleep at 10:30 in the recliner trying to get Mason to sleep - he was being fussy - and I did not wake up again until he was hungry at 4:00. Last night I fell asleep after going into the nursery to feed him at 12:30 and woke up at 3.
My thought is that I should feed him by bottle for the late night feedings. I will pump during the day for milk for those feedings and for an extra supply.

Any suggestions from moms out there?
This past weekend Tim's aunt from Phoenix came up to Lake St Catherine and rented a camp. She does this every year. We took Mason to meet her on Saturday and he was really good.
 He was really excited - can you tell? He slept most of the time. I love the little outfit he is wearing in the picture below. It is the first time it has been cool enough to put him in some pajamas.
While Mason was sleeping, Judy offered to watch him so we could go on a boat ride. It was a nice evening so the boat ride was relaxing.
Poor Nutmeg had to stay home both Saturday and Sunday, but I did bring her and Mason for a walk yesterday and then to the lake. She was a very happy dog.

One last thing... I stepped on the scale yesterday and did not like the number I saw. I was at 201.4 lbs which is a pound heavier than last week. I guess I need to start watching what I eat.

I need some healthy snacks in the house. I have not been grocery shopping since before Mason was born. I am still really nervous to take him to a store. :/


Scavenger Hunt Sunday 8-19-12

I cannot believe it is Sunday again. These weekends go by way to fast. I missed last weekend Scavenger Hunt because life got in the way, but I am back this week.
Want to participate? Click the little guy below and head on over to Ashley Sisk's page :)

Ramblings and Photos

This is a stretch but there is a forest in the background. I could not think of a good one for this prompt. This photo is from yesterday when we were out on the boat.
Morning Light
I took this photo after a feeding early one morning. That face is priceless lol
I love snuggling with Mason. Just touching him and having him look up at me is amazing. I like when he grabs our fingers and holds on for dear life.
This is the birth announcement from our local paper :)
Coffee or Tea
I do not drink coffee or tea, but this picture taken at 7 one morning makes me wish I did. I have been trying to avoid caffeine for fear that it will go to Mason and we will be up all night, but it would be nice to have a little boost in the morning.
Well this week was a lot of Mason, but I have been taking all my pictures of him lately. I will try to get some variety in the coming weeks.


Someone Loves Their New Sewing Machine...

Today I asked my mother in law to come over and watch Mason so I could mow the lawn. I have to say that I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed my hour by myself on the mower. She took him for his first walk and she used our stroller for the first time. He was really good on the walk.
I feel accomplished today, I got the lawn mowed, laundry down, and I changed the sheets on the bed. It is nice having someone else here with me to help with Mason.
It is now time to make dinner, but I want to share some great baby things I received that are homemade.
My brother-in-law bought his girlfriend, Michelle (one of my bridesmaids), a new sewing machine for her birthday. She is in love and I am enjoying the benefits :) A few months ago I was looking at nursing covers online and the prices were horrendous! I could not believe that they cost between $30 and $50, that is crazy for a piece of fabric. I emailed Michelle and asked if a nursing cover was something she thought she could make. For my shower she gave us these amazing diaper covers for Mason this summer when it is just too hot for clothes. She also made wash clothes.
We use the wash clothes all the time. I use them when I am breastfeeding. I may even ask her to make some more.
The diaper covers are great and looked really small before Mason was born, but now they are huge on him. We will have to wait a little longer for him to wear them. I cannot believe I thought there were small before he was born and now they are too big.

She said she would give the nursing covers a try. She found a tutorial online and got to work. I went with her to choose the fabric and we ended up finding a nice fabric on clearance. I was amazed when she gave them to me. I could not be more grateful! They are perfect.

Creeper in the picture... It is because she thinks that this is her room

Creeper in the background again
When I showed my mom she had never seen a cover before. She thought it was a great idea and that they looked good. After buying fabric (with extra to spare for some other projects), boning, & D rings the two covers cost me roughly $20. That is a huge savings! I keep saying it, but I really need to learn how to sew!
Michelle also gave me this...
A Monkey costume! It is adorable :) The hat needs to be a little bigger for baby, but it is pretty good!