When I first began our baby registry, I felt pretty overwhelmed and clueless about so many things. The stores give you a list, but there are 10,000 items on it and I will tell you that you only need maybe about half of those items. These are some of the items that we have loved these first two months (besides the obvious items like diapers, wipes, clothes, bath stuff, etc.)! Now, that being said, keep in mind that while we have found these items particularly useful, it doesn’t mean that all of you will too. Every baby is different and what works for one won’t necessarily work for another! Along with these items, I also put together a complete list of items we needed and loved for these first two months and I hope you find it helpful! I plan to share more of our favorite items every couple months or so as I know things will change as the baby gets older!
Trying to get back in the baking and cooking groove during those first few weeks after having a baby can be a little tough. On the one hand, you are incredibly exhausted and don’t want to do anything except sleep and maybe grab a shower. And then on the other hand, you get really tired of eating takeout and wish for a nice home cooked meal. I made a whole Thanksgiving dinner by myself just a week after the baby arrived. I guess I’m a little crazy like that.
After about 2 weeks and after the first group of family visitors left, I found myself with a random quiet morning where the baby was still sleeping and I got a serious hankering to do some baking! I made some cranberry orange bread which I always love making around the holidays. And then I spotted some seriously overripe bananas sitting on the counter. Banana bread was definitely in order! I stuck the loaf in the freezer as we were heading out of town for Christmas and then forgot it was in there and it was pretty much the best surprise ever after we got back.
I can’t believe is our baby girl is two months old! Actually, I feel like two months is sort of an odd place to be. Parenthood is still so new to us and we are still trying to get the hang of taking care of a baby, she is not quite on a schedule yet, and everything still seems like kind of a mess.
So I hear there is this big game coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m really not sure, I’m just there for the food…
My mom used to make pepperoni rolls every summer for the Annual Italian American picnic when we were growing up. They were so simple, yet so yummy and addicting. Hers were just made from dough and pepperoni. I had a weird craving for those rolls last week and decided to make a batch, but I changed them up by adding cheese and sauce so they are more pizza-like…just like a slice of pepperoni pizza all rolled up into a few bites!
These rolls would be great to make for your Super Bowl parties. I think they are also very kid-friendly for lunches or after-school snacks as they are less messy than a slice of pizza and are easy to hold. You can get a little creative too and add in some other toppings like sausage or veggies if you want. Just be careful not to overdo it otherwise you won’t be able to roll up the dough. I served my rolls with extra tomato sauce, but you could also do ranch or whatever sauces you like dipping your pizza into!
So my Grandma always used to make breaded zucchini that she would fry up on the stove as a side dish with our dinners growing up. And yeah, it was fried, so not such a healthy side, but goodness, was it yummy!
These baked zucchini fries are my updated and healthier alternative to that beloved fried zucchini that my grandma used to make. Coated in panko and Parmesan, the fries get all nice and crispy in the oven. And in fact, I seriously would happily eat these over regular fries. Not even kidding! It might also have something to do with the spicy chipotle mayo I like to make with the fries for dipping, but whatever. Since these fries are a vegetable and baked instead of fried, I can dip them in copious amounts of chipotle mayo, right?!
1. It has been 10,000 years since my last Nibblies post. I’m sorry. Let’s get these going again!
2. Please tell me that I am not the only one that is watching Vanderpump Rules. I know, it’s almost embarrassing to even admit to watching it. But, it’s so good. All these damn kids cheating on each other. It’s like a train wreck and I can’t look away.
3. RE: Above. My husband keeps telling me that our daughter is not allowed to be present while I watch “such filth”. Whatever.
4. Maddie will be 2 months old this weekend. Two months! How did that happen?! I will post a 2-month update for you guys next week.