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Madeline: Four Months

Madeline: Four Months

This 4-month update is overdue, but we’ve had a busy two weeks with family in town for Maddie’s baptism. It was amazing to have so many of our loved ones come in from all over the country to celebrate our baby girl! She has been spoiled rotten while everyone was here

Life with this baby just gets better and better. She is so full of life and her little smiles and giggles just melt us into a big pile of goo!

Maddie weighed in at 12lbs. 14 oz. at her 4-month checkup. She’s still a little behind for her age, but for her, this growth has been perfect. A lot of her 3 month clothes are starting to get tight! She’s also getting delicious little rolls in her arms and legs. Gah, I want to eat them for breakfast!

Chicken, Tomato, & Mozzarella Panini with Basil Mayo

Chicken, Tomato, & Mozzarella Panini with Basil Mayo

When it comes to taking care of plants, I’m pretty much the worst caretaker. I don’t water them enough. I just stink at it and they always die. I have to replant my basil a few times a year it seems because either the cold or the heat destroys it. And with the lack of rain we get here in the desert, you have to stay on top of such things.

After the baby was born, I was obviously preoccupied and then the cold nights killed it and I have been without fresh basil since. So recently after buying a big beautiful plant of basil to replant in my kitchen, I wanted to just take some by the handful and eat it! Instead of eating just the leaves though, I made a quick basil mayo to use for sandwiches. And once I started thinking about sandwiches, I thought about a panini. I mean, what’s not to love? A hot and toasty sandwich with melty cheese, and in this case, basil mayo! Pretty much the stuff dreams are made of, my friends!

This simple panini is stuffed with chicken, sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil mayo, and then gets pressed and grilled to perfection! This is a great sandwich to make for a fancier lunch or even for a quick dinner with a big salad.

Chicken, Tomato, & Mozzarella Panini with Basil Mayo

Italian Biscuit Cookies

Italian Biscuit Cookies

This weekend we are baptizing our sweet baby girl. Family is flying in from all over the country and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this special day with our loved ones! Special occasions like this make me think about family traditions. And with Easter coming up, these Italian Biscuit Cookies are the perfect recipe to share! My family has been making these cookies for as long as I can remember every Easter. We always make them for Easter, but you can really make them for any holiday and just do whatever icing colors and sprinkles you want. They are pretty easy to make and fun to decorate with the family. I have a lot of fond memories decorating these cookies and coloring Easter eggs growing up and I can’t wait to carry on the tradition with my own little girl!

Italian Biscuit Cookies are more of a plain cookie, but by no means are they boring! They are nice and soft with just the right amount of sweetness. I really like to enjoy one of these cookies with a nice cup of coffee any time of the day! Yes, even for breakfast!

Italian Biscuit Cookies

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

It’s starting. The hot weather. I know some of you probably want to throw garbage at me for complaining about the heat, but if you have ever lived in Phoenix, you would understand where I am coming from. We brought the baby to a spring training game last week and it was about 90 degrees and we almost died. My poor baby was so hot and started getting really mad by the 2nd inning. This can’t bode well for the summer!

So needless to say with the rising temps, I am over hot foods, especially for breakfast. I started craving overnight oats again. If you have never had overnight oats, I can tell you that some people can’t handle the texture and the fact that its cold, but I am totally down with the overnight oats! I love that I can just mix everything up the night before and have breakfast just waiting for me in the morning when I am trying to rush out the door.

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

My inspiration for these overnight oats came from my cinnamon roll oatmeal. I wanted to create an overnight version. Oh goodness are these yummy! Plenty of cinnamon flavor and then if you really want to treat yourself, spoon a big ol’ dollop of cream cheese topping on top and you’ve got yourself one easy, but seriously decadent but not too-bad-for-you breakfast!

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas (Giveaway)

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

We eat a lot of quesadillas in this house. It’s one of our go-to quick dinners. I typically just pick up a roast chicken, shred it up, season it and toss some in between tortillas and call it a day, but I like that I can change things up by mixing in whatever veggies or cheeses I have on hand. It’s actually a great way to empty out the fridge!

My friends over at Mission Foods recently sent me a package of some of their new Digestive Health tortillas and I was pretty excited to give them a try! These tortillas are so great because they are packed with digestive and immune supporting probiotics! I was really pleased with these tortillas actually. Sometimes these types foods don’t always taste so great, but these tortillas taste just like a regular tortilla and are nice and soft.

Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars

My new favorite time of day is the evening. First, it means that I get to snuggle with my sweet girl while she has her bottle and falls asleep. Then it means that I get go downstairs, sit on the couch, watch whatever I want on TV, and eat dessert. And lately, dessert has been desperately needed. Oh, and wine too.

While I am grateful that she only wakes up once in the night these days, she pretty much refuses to take a nap during the day. She might take maybe 2 30-minute naps and that’s it. And for whatever reason lately, she has been super needy and crabby. She wants to be held a lot. Lots of drooling and chewing. Perhaps she is about to start teething? Whatever it is, she is giving us a run for our money. By the time we get her down finally, it kind of feels like I have been run over with a truck. How can such a tiny little person cause two grown adults to be so tired?!

Ok, back to wanting a lot of dessert.

Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Today I am giving you cheesecake. And it’s only about 100 calories per square. Oh yes, it is true. I wouldn’t lie to you guys! If I am going to need so many desserts to help cope with exhaustion, they need to be low cal. These Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars are so dang yummy! They are made with reduced fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and less sugar compared to regular cheesecake. My biggest challenge? Not eating 10 at once!

Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars